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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

Oct. 21, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts — the Los Angeles Dodgers stars all shined. Nothing out of the ordinary there, even if the setting was surreal. Baseball's best team during the pandemic-shortened season showed off its many talents in the first World Series game...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Total package: Betts paying off big for Dodgers in every way

Oct. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. An inning later, he got to trot around the bases after going deep. That big commitment to Betts is already paying off for the Los Angeles Dodgers this postseason. After...

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow leaves the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Glasnow wilts, can't stay with Kershaw as Rays drop Game 1

Oct. 21, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Glasnow had already given up a two-run homer and four of his six walks when he went back out for the fifth inning. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash might have waited a smidge too long to go to his bullpen in Game 1 of the World Series. Glasnow was charged with all four runs in the...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Flores: Decision to replace Fitzpatrick with Tua was tough

Oct. 21, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he regrets that his players found out about the team's switch to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through social media rather than from him. And Flores says the decision to bench popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was difficult. “Fitz has done a great...

A staff member participates in a screening test for spectators and officials to ensure a safe and secure Toyo Olympic Games Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic officials say they don't know exactly what measures will be taken against the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's Games, but they want the world to know they're working on it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo Olympics try to get word out about COVID-19 measures

Oct. 21, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic officials want the world to know they are working on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's games, even if they don't know exactly what they will be. Tokyo organizers showcased a few possible remedies on Wednesday, displaying various screening measures at the...

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred watches Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AP Interview: Manfred likes larger playoff, runner in extras

Oct. 20, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year’s innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. “People were wildly unenthusiastic about the...

The Los Angeles Dodgers line up during during the national anthem and a fly over before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

Oct. 21, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Julie and Lance Smith walked through the mostly empty concourse of Globe Life Field. Tampa Bay infielder Joey Wendle is married to one of their cousins, and they weren’t going to miss his World Series debut. “It’s so weird,” said Julie Smith, 38, from...

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen and catcher Will Smith celebrate their win against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of a baseball National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Bullpen saved: Dodgers keep Jansen and Co. fresh for Game 2

Oct. 21, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

Winning Game 1 was a sweet way to start the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The cherry on top: all the big arms left on ice. Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol should be fresh for Wednesday after watching the Dodgers’ 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1. Clayton Kershaw...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

AP source: Tagovailoa replaces Fitzpatrick as Miami starter

Oct. 20, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa now has a role to match his jersey number. He’s the Miami Dolphins’ No. 1 quarterback. The former Alabama star will make his first NFL start next week for the Miami Dolphins, who are turning to him to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick, a person familiar with the team's...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger celebrates his two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

No knocking Bellinger's homer celebration in World Series

Oct. 21, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

Cody Bellinger bashed a home run in the World Series opener, and celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates. Foot taps — not forearm knocks. Much easier on his delicate right shoulder that popped out of its socket during a home run celebration in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. “I...

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No Copper Bowl: Virus cancels annual UP prep football game

Oct. 21, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — Bragging rights in Copper Country will have to wait a year. The Hancock and Houghton high school football teams will not play for the Copper Bowl trophy Friday for the first time since the game began in 1953. Officials cited possible coronavirus exposure at Houghton. Hancock is way...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Flores: Decision to replace Fitzpatrick with Tua was tough

Oct. 21, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he regrets that his players found out about the team's switch to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa through social media rather than from him. And Flores says the decision to bench popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was difficult. “Fitz has done a great...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: USA Wrestling won’t attend world championships

Oct. 21, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United States won’t send a team to the world wrestling championships because of health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive committee of USA Wrestling, the national governing body for...

Afghan carry body of a woman who was killed in a stampede the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to Pakistan, officials said. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

Stampede kills 11 Afghans seeking visas to leave country

Oct. 21, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to leave the country, officials said. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Nangarhar province, said another...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Erik Jones celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Busch Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The pandemic only accelerated the inevitable: The driver market bubble, pushed to its limit with multi-million dollar salaries for nearly two decades, is about to burst. A major reset has arrived and team owners have all the power. They can pick and choose between drivers who bring sponsorship dollars (Bubba Wallace) or drivers who have won races (Erik Jones). (AP Photo/John Raoux, FIlre)

Jones lands iconic No. 43 with Richard Petty Motorsports

Oct. 21, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Erik Jones will drive NASCAR's iconic No. 43 next season for Richard Petty Motorsports, a pairing of a driver and a team both in need of fresh starts. Jones in August was was dropped by megateam Joe Gibbs Racing after six seasons, while Bubba Wallace and RPM are splitting at the end ...

Food concessions company to lay off 550 in Kansas City

Oct. 21, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The food concessions provider for Kauffman Stadium and the Kansas City Convention Center has announced it will lay off more than 550 workers at both venues as efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disrupt business. Food services contractor Aramark recently notified state...

Family settles suit over death of prep football player

Oct. 21, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina family has settled a lawsuit filed after a 14-year-old high school football player collapsed after an intense practice and died, news outlets reported. The suit, filed against Lexington County School District 1 over the death River Bluff High School student Lewis...

Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts after Tottenham scored their sixth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Oli Scarff/Pool via AP)

Man United's revenue drops, debts rise amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United's revenue dropped by almost a fifth because the team did not play in the Champions League and because it was forced to close its stadium to fans during the coronavirus pandemic, the English club said Wednesday. The Premier League club, which is listed on the New...

A staff member participates in a screening test for spectators and officials to ensure a safe and secure Toyo Olympic Games Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic officials say they don't know exactly what measures will be taken against the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's Games, but they want the world to know they're working on it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo Olympics try to get word out about COVID-19 measures

Oct. 21, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic officials want the world to know they are working on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's games, even if they don't know exactly what they will be. Tokyo organizers showcased a few possible remedies on Wednesday, displaying various screening measures at the...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of the Lake of the Pines neighborhood and Allens Lake, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, before the CalWood Fire, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

People warned to reduce driving because of Colorado fires

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — People in Colorado's most populated region were being asked Tuesday to limit driving to avoid making air pollution caused by smoke wildfires even worse. The state health department issued the warning for the Denver and Boulder metro areas because of three fires burning in the area,...