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Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash, center with face mask down, watchers over a practice at Globe Life Field as the team prepares for the baseball World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series

Oct. 19, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A World Series like no other opens Tuesday night with Clayton Kershaw’s Los Angeles Dodgers pursuing redemption, Kevin Kiermaier’s Tampa Bay Rays seeking acclaim and Major League Baseball relieved just to reach the championship of the pandemic-delayed season. Buzz...

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, left, looks up alongside second base umpire Bill Miller as they wait for lights to be turned on at Petco Park during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Bill Miller, umpiring 4th World Series, named crew chief

Oct. 19, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bill Miller will be the umpire crew chief for the World Series and will work home plate for Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. This will be the fourth World Series for the 53-year-old Miller, who made his big league debut in 1997 and also worked the Fall...

Nelson umpire crew chief for ALCS, Reynolds for NLCS

Oct. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Nelson will be the umpire crew chief for the American League Championship Series between Tampa Bay and Houston in San Diego, and Jim Reynolds will be the crew chief for the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta in Arlington, Texas. The crew for...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) looks on with Miami Heat's head coach Erik Spoelstra in the back ground during the first half in Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Finals notebook: Around the world, fans are watching

Oct. 10, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami coach Erik Spoelstra makes no effort to hide his excitement or appreciation when journalists from the Philippines join virtual news conferences to ask him questions during the NBA Finals. In his mother’s homeland, they are most definitely watching the playoffs....

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the Tennessee Titans' practice facility is shown in Nashville, Tenn. A person familiar with the situation says the Tennessee Titans have their second straight day without positive coronavirus tests, giving them the potential to reopen their facility Wednesday after the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak. The Titans had no positive tests Monday and continued that trend Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Jets have no positive COVID-19 tests, game with Arizona on

Oct. 9, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

All New York Jets players and coaches have tested negative for COVID-19, and Sunday's game against Arizona will be played on time. The Jets posted a statement on social media Friday night, hours after their training facility was closed due to a presumptive positive coronavirus test for one player. “This...

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 26-10. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

On Football: Officiating not much of NFL issue thus far

Oct. 9, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

With so much else going on in the pro football world, it's probably no surprise that officiating has not been on the front burner. For sure, there have been some debatable calls, including the mess-up on Monday night in Kansas City that sent Patriots coach Bill Belichick into such a rage he apparently forgot to...

Maine CDC: Hockey ref could've exposed hundreds

Oct. 8, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A referee who was on the ice for eight games over two days could've exposed hundreds of youth hockey players to the coronavirus in Maine and New Hampshire, officials said Thursday. The state is still getting a handle on the situation, but as many as 400 people could've been exposed to...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, file photo, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops points at an official during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Lexington, Ky. Sloppy play has been common over the first few weeks of the season, and much of it has been attributed to there having been little or no spring practice and disrupted summer workouts and preseason practices. As a result, game officials' preparation also was impacted. They typically hone their craft at game speed by working live scrimmages in the spring and preseason. There weren't nearly as many opportunities this year. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, file)

Pandemic makes tough job even tougher for football officials

Oct. 8, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

The TCU-Texas game needed three tries at the opening kickoff to get it right and the officials' misadventures continued right up to the final play. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was so incensed about the officiating in an overtime loss to Mississippi that he chased the crew as it left the field. What appeared to be...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic stretches his left arm in the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Latest: Djokovic has arm issue but wins at French Open

Oct. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ___ 9:50 p.m. Novak Djokovic has overcome a bothersome left arm and early deficit to reach the French Open semifinals for the 10th time. The top-seeded Djokovic got off to a slow start on the scoreboard before coming back to beat No. 17 seed...

San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler, center, argues with home plate umpire Lance Barrett, right, during the sixth inning in Game 1 of a baseball NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Padres manager Tingler ejected from NLDS Game 1 vs LA

Oct. 7, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler was ejected by home plate umpire Lance Barrett in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers while making his sixth pitching change Tuesday night. It wasn't clear why Tingler was thrown out for the...