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Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins, front right, talks with forward Brandon Clarke (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

NBA pushes back 3 more Grizzlies games, due to virus issues

Jan. 21, 2021 11:50 AM EST

The Memphis Grizzlies are the latest NBA team that will have a coronavirus-related extended break from games, after the league announced Thursday that their next three contests will be postponed because of a lack of available players. Friday’s game at Portland, along with home games Sunday and Monday...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2020 file photo, Spain's Paula Badosa plays a shot against Germany's Laura Siegemund in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.  Badosa who is in Melbourne for the Australian Open says she tested positive for COVID-19.  She wrote on Twitter, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021,  that she received her test result for the illness on the seventh day of her hard quarantine in Australia.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Spanish tennis player says she tested positive for COVID-19

Jan. 21, 2021 12:26 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Spanish tennis player ranked in the top 70 who was forced to quarantine in her hotel room after potentially being exposed to the coronavirus on an Australian Open charter flight says she tested positive for COVID-19. Paula Badosa, a 23-year-old who reached the fourth round at...

FILE - This is a 2020 file photo showing Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team.  The Jacksonville Jaguars formally named Baalke general manager on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo)

Jags hire ex-49ers exec Baalke as GM, removing interim tag

Jan. 21, 2021 9:19 AM EST

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Trent Baalke as general manager Thursday, removing the interim tag from his title and pairing him with new coach Urban Meyer. Team owner Shad Khan is switching to a coach-centric model in which Meyer and Baalke will both report to him to “have transparency and (fill) the...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is helped off the field by teammate Mike Remmers, right, after getting injured during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs' Mahomes practices, remains in concussion protocol

Jan. 20, 2021 4:00 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remained in the NFL's concussion protocol Wednesday, but practiced in a limited capacity, raising hopes that the reigning Super Bowl MVP can play in Sunday's AFC title game against Buffalo. The Chiefs typically breeze through their midweek practice...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gestures to fans after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers defeated the Rams 32-18 to advance to the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Super Bowl play-ins at Lambeau rare yet rich events for Pack

Jan. 21, 2021 2:22 AM EST

As Aaron Rodgers spoke with reporters in the wake of Green Bay's lopsided loss at San Francisco in the NFC championship game last year, the superstar quarterback expressed an optimistic outlook for the Packers that came with one caveat. “We’ve got to get one of these at home,” Rodgers said....

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talks with players on the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

EXPLAINER: A look at the data behind NFL decision making

Jan. 21, 2021 2:26 AM EST

Fourth downs in the NFL used to be reserved for kicks, except in the most dire of circumstances. But with teams scoring at a record pace and becoming more analytics friendly each year, teams are going for it on fourth down these days in scenarios that would have been unfathomable just a decade ago. Whether it was...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Belgium's Pieter Timmers holds up his silver medal after the men's 100-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Belgian swimmer Pieter Timmers had planned to retire after Tokyo last summer. He's decided to stick to his timeline rather than disrupt his family's plans. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, file)

Some athletes shelving Olympic bids amid delayed Tokyo Games

Jan. 21, 2021 11:26 AM EST

Driving to Dublin — it’s, well, a long way from Tipperary. Too long for Dean Gardiner, especially with a new baby and full-time university courses. The Irish super heavyweight boxer tried to endure the grind of traveling and training for another shot at the Olympics, but he's called it a career. The...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, center, appears in front of the building of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, in Bern, Switzerland. Former FIFA president Blatter spent a week in an induced coma after having heart surgery in December, his family said on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The 84-year-old Blatter, who also tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, was well enough only this week to be moved from an intensive care unit at the hospital. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP, FIle)

Sepp Blatter spent a week in an induced coma, daughter says

Jan. 21, 2021 12:28 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter spent a week in an induced coma after having heart surgery in December, his family said Thursday. The 84-year-old Blatter, who also tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, was well enough only this week to be moved out of intensive care at the hospital...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates his touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Brady, talented Buccaneers playmakers developing chemistry

Jan. 20, 2021 6:40 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Tom Brady drops back in the pocket he has a bunch of options to attack opposing defenses, including a talented collection of receivers that's possibly the best he's played with in more than a decade — maybe even his entire career. For starters, Mike Evans is the only player...

FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the second half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., in this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, file photo. Rodgers had his worst game of the season in Green Bay’s 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay Back on Oct. 18, as he threw two game-changing interceptions and completed less than half his pass attempts. Rodgers gets a chance to make amends for that performance Sunday when the top-seeded Packers host the Bucs in the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)

Packers realize how much Rodgers has at stake this weekend

Jan. 20, 2021 8:20 PM EST

Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers teammates understand what this NFC championship game means to the All-Pro quarterback’s legacy. Rodgers has delivered the kind of season that puts him in contention for a third MVP honor, which would match the total won by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady....

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Lindsey Vonn to serve as NBC analyst for World Cup ski races

Jan. 21, 2021 2:03 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is returning to ski racing — as a television analyst. The winningest woman in World Cup history is scheduled to help out with the NBC Sports broadcast of the women’s downhill and super-G races in Crans Montana, Switzerland, this weekend. Vonn will make her...

Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) scores against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The Penguins won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Latest: COVID-19 protocols sideline Ovechkin, 3 others

Jan. 21, 2021 2:03 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Washington Capitals will be without Alex Ovechkin and three other prominent players for at least the next four games because of COVID-19 protocols, coach Peter Laviolette said. Ovechkin, a three-time NHL MVP, was placed on...

US forward Sebastian Soto recalled by British club Norwich

Jan. 21, 2021 1:58 PM EST

American forward Sebastian Soto was recalled to Norwich of the second-tier English Championship on Thursday from his loan to Telstar of the Dutch second tier. The 20-year-old from Carlsbad, California, has seven goals in 12 appearances or Telstar this season. Soto scored twice in his U.S. national team debut...

FBI: Michigan man with hockey stick assaulted Capitol cops

Jan. 21, 2021 1:25 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan man carrying a hockey stick during the U.S. Capitol riot struck police officers who were outdoors trying to protect the building, the FBI said Thursday. Michael Foy of Wixom was charged with five crimes, including assault and obstruction of law enforcement, for his alleged role in...

Wisconsin's D'Mitrik Trice reacts after sinking a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Rutgers, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Piscataway, N.J. Wisconsin won 60-54. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

No. 10 Badgers host No. 15 Ohio St in key Big Ten matchup

Jan. 21, 2021 1:16 PM EST

GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 15 Ohio State at No. 10 Wisconsin, Saturday. Wisconsin (12-3, 6-2) is out to its best eight-game Big Ten start since 2017 and has won 18 of its last 19 at home. D’Mitrik Trice is averaging 19.1 points over the last seven games. The Buckeyes (11-4, 5-4) lost to Purdue on Tuesday,...

Negro Leagues roots: Kansas City T-Bones renamed Monarchs

Jan. 21, 2021 1:01 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association are being renamed the Kansas City Monarchs after the team that played in the Negro Leagues. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum signed a licensing agreement with Mark Brandmeyer’s MaxFun Entertainment, owner of the...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020 file photo, jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., right, poses with the trophy after riding Mucho Gusto to win the Pegasus World Cup Invitational horse race, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. At left is Brenda Stronach. Stronach, president and  CEO of the Stronach Group, says this year’s Pegasus World Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. Jan. 23, 2021, will allow some fans at the track for the first time in nearly a year because of the pandemic.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

AP Interview: Belinda Stronach says Pegasus good for racing

Jan. 21, 2021 12:53 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Pegasus World Cup Day at Gulfstream Park was never intended to be just another routine day on the horse racing calendar. It was born to celebrate the best of everything: food, fashion and racing. This year, it’ll celebrate normalcy. Fans will return to Gulfstream on Saturday for the...

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

Jan. 21, 2021 12:34 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports betting to include the state’s licensed card rooms...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, center, appears in front of the building of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, in Bern, Switzerland. Former FIFA president Blatter spent a week in an induced coma after having heart surgery in December, his family said on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The 84-year-old Blatter, who also tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, was well enough only this week to be moved from an intensive care unit at the hospital. (Peter Schneider/Keystone via AP, FIle)

Sepp Blatter spent a week in an induced coma, daughter says

Jan. 21, 2021 12:28 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter spent a week in an induced coma after having heart surgery in December, his family said Thursday. The 84-year-old Blatter, who also tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, was well enough only this week to be moved out of intensive care at the hospital...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2020 file photo, Spain's Paula Badosa plays a shot against Germany's Laura Siegemund in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.  Badosa who is in Melbourne for the Australian Open says she tested positive for COVID-19.  She wrote on Twitter, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021,  that she received her test result for the illness on the seventh day of her hard quarantine in Australia.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Spanish tennis player says she tested positive for COVID-19

Jan. 21, 2021 12:26 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Spanish tennis player ranked in the top 70 who was forced to quarantine in her hotel room after potentially being exposed to the coronavirus on an Australian Open charter flight says she tested positive for COVID-19. Paula Badosa, a 23-year-old who reached the fourth round at...