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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Jesus Navarro, left center, wears a mask while he prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it's impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

At least 15 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

May. 29, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 15 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and...

Teacher says he was forced to resign over racist allegations

May. 29, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A high school teacher in Florida resigned from his job over allegations that he belonged to a hate group on Facebook and posted racist comments. Vernon “Chuck" Henderson, 40, told the Tampa Bay Times that he is innocent and that his Facebook account was hacked. The social studies...

FBI: Florida man scouted terror targets and attack weapons

May. 27, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, including attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint charges...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, blocks New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast, of Sweden, with Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) slowing Fast during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Carolina was one of two teams (along with Tampa Bay) that voted against the current playoff format, which doesn't reward it for being in a playoff spot when the season was paused. But the Hurricanes shouldn't need emergency goaltender David Ayres anymore with Mrazek and James Reimer healthy in net. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

May. 27, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the coronavirus was shutting down sports. “You can’t eliminate teams who are...

Boy wants to save the oceans. His moms are there to help.

May. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One day last year, Miles Fetherston-Resch was watching the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week when he decided he wanted to donate the money in his piggy bank — all $13 of it — to ocean conservancy. He was 6 at the time. And as with all declarations by boys that...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

In a photo provided by the Dade City Police Department, Dade City police work at the site where officials say a minivan crashed into a Publix liquor store in Florida, injuring an employee and a customer and leaving many broken bottles. The Tampa Bay Times reports an elderly woman left the parking area and jumped a curb and kept going for another 24 feet before striking the entrance and fully entering the Dade City store. (Dade City Police Department via AP)

Minivan crashes into Florida liquor store, injuring 3 people

May. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A minivan crashed into a liquor store in Florida, injuring an employee and a customer and leaving numerous broken bottles. The Tampa Bay Times reports an elderly woman left the parking area and the minvan jumped a curb and kept going for another 24 feet before striking the entrance...

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo, Saint Wilkins poses for a portrait outside The Salvation Army's Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Chicago's Southside. Growing up in a rough part of Chicago's South Side, Wilkins figured he was headed for a life on the streets.

Public youth sports concerned about lasting COVID-19 effect

May. 24, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Growing up in a rough part of Chicago’s South Side, Saint Wilkins figured he was headed for a life on the streets. The 19-year-old Wilkins has another plan these days — attend college, study psychology and work with children and teenagers. Before he started playing basketball...

Polk charity works to stave off hunger for migrant families

May. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Their hands have spent countless hours plucking strawberries, squash and other fruits and vegetables that would eventually end up on the plates and in the stomachs of people they will never meet. As they waited outside their meager homes Wednesday afternoon (May 13), the farmworkers...

FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Tiger Woods, left, and Phil Mickelson share a laugh on the 11th tee box while playing a practice round for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club. Turner Sports announced more details Thursday, May 7, 2020, for “The Match: Champions for Charity,” a televised match between Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Out of the Woods: Tiger emerges for TV match with Lefty, QBs

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

The purpose is to raise $10 million or more for COVID-19 relief efforts, and provide entertainment with four of the biggest stars from the PGA Tour and NFL. Another appeal to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, “The Match: Champions for Charity,” is a chance to see Tiger Woods swing a golf club for...