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Ukraine's soccer restart disrupted by positive tests

May. 30, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Premier League restarted Saturday but one game was called off when an unspecified number of soccer players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said players and staff from last-placed Karpaty Lviv had tested positive ahead of Sunday’s match...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 6, 2018 file photo, the English Premier League trophy is displayed on the pitch prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. A Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday, May 24, 2020. The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

15 fit players enough for teams when EPL resumes in pandemic

May. 30, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Premier League clubs with only 15 fit players are still likely to have to play matches if the season resumes as planned next month during the coronavirus pandemic. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady has disclosed new details of Thursday's conference call of clubs when they agreed...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

Regulator freezes accounts of Mexico's Cruz Azul soccer team

May. 29, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s anti-money laundering agency said Friday it has frozen the personal accounts of some of the top directors of first-division soccer team Cruz Azul, saying that “unusual movements were detected" in bank transactions. The Financial Intelligence Unit said it had not...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer speaks during a press conference following his semifinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Federer tops highest-earning athlete list at more than $100M

May. 29, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player to top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. The owner of a men’s-record 20 Grand Slam singles titles made $6.3 million of that haul...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 28, 2016 file photo Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. In the absence of the Champions League final on Saturday, The Associated Press will take a look back at some of the greatest teams, players and matches in the history of the tournament. The AP will pick a topic for every letter of the alphabet to remember the greats of the game and the greatest games, going back to when the competition was called the European Cup and through its transformation into the Champions League. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

With Champions League on hold, AP looks back at past greats

May. 29, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In the absence of the Champions League final on Saturday, The Associated Press will take a look back at some of the greatest teams, players and matches in the history of the tournament. This year’s final, scheduled to be played in Istanbul, is on hold because of the coronavirus...

Workers walk into Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 25, 2020. Spanish league clubs are now allowed to train with groups of up to 14 players as the league stays on track to restart in less than three weeks. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Video game look? Spanish league considering virtual crowds

May. 29, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer matches could have the look of a video game when the competition resumes next month. The league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of matches that will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish league president...

FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2015 file photo, a man holds an original banner from the 1985 match during a commemoration at the King Boudouin (formerly the Heysel) Stadium in Brussels. Friday, May 29, 2020 marks 35 years since 39 victims lost their lives during a European Cup football match between Liverpool and Juventus due to a surge of rival supporters resulting in a collapsed wall. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Coronavirus crisis restricts Heysel disaster remembrance

May. 29, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities and fans on Friday marked the 35th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium tragedy where 39 people died during violence at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus. Flowers and wreaths were laid at a remembrance plaque at the King Baudouin Stadium, which was...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national who created the weekly 8pm Clap For Our Carers, stands with other residents in south London, as she joins the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in South London, Thursday May 28, 2020. On Thursday evening, people across the U.K. stood on balconies, doorsteps and sidewalks to applaud care workers on the front lines of the pandemic, for the 10th and possibly final time. Annemarie Plas, 36, founded the ritual but says that “to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.” (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

In lockdown easing, UK's Johnson says groups of 6 can meet

May. 28, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Up to six people from different households will be allowed to meet outdoors next week as part of another modest easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday. Johnson, who has faced days of scorn for keeping his top aide Dominic Cummings in...