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FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, United States' Serena Williams returns the ball to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in a women's singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.  After the traditional middle Sunday off, Wimbledon would have resumed this week with what some consider the most exciting day of tennis: The second Monday, when all 16 men’s and women’s singles matches in the fourth round are scheduled. Of the 19 times Williams has entered Wimbledon, she reached Week 2 of the fortnight on 16 occasions; that includes seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies and another four runner-up finishes, including in 2018 and 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

What Would Have Been: Close MLB interleague play, Wimbledon

Jul. 6, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

There would have been a lot of close MLB rivalry games this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic, with five interleague series matching teams from the same city or state. All of those rivals will still get to play this year. The Associated Press looks at some of the sporting events that had been scheduled the...

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward warms up during baseball practice at Wrigley Field on Friday, July 3, 2020 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Cubs, Ross get back to work as workouts resume in baseball

Jul. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — To new manager David Ross, Wrigley Field looked as good as ever. The ivy was in full bloom, and the Chicago Cubs got back to business, even if it wasn't quite business as usual on Friday. Lockers were spread out to allow for social distancing, Ross said. Some players even used the visitors...

Atlanta Braves' pitcher Cole Hamels works out during a baseball practice at Truist Park on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Braves' Hamels says shoulder feels strong after long layoff

Jul. 3, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For baseball's short season, Cole Hamels says short starts will work just fine. The Atlanta Braves' new veteran left-hander just wants to make sure he posts quality innings, no matter how few they may be. Hamels said Friday he is feeling strong as the Braves opened their summer training for...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday, July 2, 2020 after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Cubs' Quintana cuts thumb washing dishes, undergoes surgery

Jul. 2, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Already concerned about the depth of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs will have to get by for at least a little while without one starter because of a freak injury. Left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing...

A crow sits on fencing erected around the Epsom Downs racecourse, in Epsom, England, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. Athletic...

FILE - This 2020 file photo shows Tommy Hottovy of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that left him quarantined for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Cubs pitching coach says COVID-19 quarantined him for month

Jul. 1, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday. The Cubs resume workouts Friday for the first time...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nets' DeAndre Jordan says he has coronavirus

Jun. 29, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ DeAndre Jordan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and won’t be joining the Brooklyn Nets in Florida when the NBA season resumes. Jordan announced his status on Twitter, hours after fellow Nets player Spencer...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, former President Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago. Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports legends in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday, June 29, 2020, with photos and videos from, among others, Hank Aaron, Rachel Robinson Derek Jeter, Colin Powell, Michael Jordan, Obama and presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter at tippingyourcap.com. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

A long-overdue 'Tip of the Cap' to baseball's Black pioneers

Jun. 29, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday with photos and videos from, among...

FILE - In this March 4, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Grant Dayton pitches against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of a spring baseball exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla. Dayton is excited to driving north for the resumption of spring training with the Braves. He knows he will not be getting any more salary.

No paychecks for 11 big leaguers: advance larger than salary

Jun. 26, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Dayton will notice one glaring absence this season after he reports to the Atlanta Braves: his twice-a-month salary. He is among 11 major leaguers whose prorated pay for the abbreviated 60-game season amounts to less than the $286,500 advance already received by the 32-year-old...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Major League Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark, answers questions at a news conference in Phoenix. Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league season after a breakdown in talks between teams and the union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The league also said several players have tested positive for COVID-19. Two days after union head Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sent a seven-page letter to players' association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell MLB to announce a spring training report date and a regular season schedule. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878, as union balks

Jun. 22, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner...