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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marcus Morris Sr. during the first half of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Doncic's first experience with the playoffs ended with questions about whether Morris was intentionally trying to hurt the young Dallas sensation in a first-round series won by LA. The Mavericks might have hinted at what they thought through trades and draft picks during this abbreviated offseason. Dallas acquired James Johnson and his black belt in karate from the Oklahoma City Thunder after using the club's first-round choice at No. 18 overall on Josh Green, who was a strong defender in his only season at Arizona. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

NBA: 48 players positive for coronavirus as testing resumes

Dec. 2, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA said Wednesday that 48 players have tested positive for the coronavirus since testing resumed last week. The league and National Basketball Players Association said 546 players were tested between Nov. 24-30 in the initial phase of testing after returning to team markets. That means...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Time is running short for the NHL to start its season on Jan. 1. Various pandemic-related geographic and economic issues remain unresolved. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Bettman: NHL players have to decide to pay now or later

Dec. 2, 2020 4:50 PM EST

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman warned players Wednesday they are likely going to have to pay one way or another to make up for the league’s projected lost revenue whenever the 2020-21 season gets underway. Speaking on a Sports Business Journal panel, Bettman stressed the NHL is not attempting to reopen the...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami. Goodell says the league remains committed to finishing the regular season as scheduled. Goodell also said on a conference call that while the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, it wouldn’t necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used successfully in completing their seasons. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Goodell: NFL committed to finishing regular season on time

Dec. 2, 2020 3:24 PM EST

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league remains committed to finishing the regular season as scheduled. Goodell also said on a conference call that while the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, it wouldn't necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used in successfully in...

Gosper leaving World Rugby to take up role at NFL Europe

Dec. 2, 2020 10:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The chief executive of rugby's world governing body is leaving his role to take up a senior position at the NFL, where he will drive the next stage of its growth in Europe. Brett Gosper will begin his new role as Head of Europe and U.K. some time next year, the NFL said Wednesday. The league...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor May throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Minneapolis. The New York Mets reached their first agreement with a free agent since Steven Cohen bought the team, a deal with 31-year-old May, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Dec. 1,  because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)

AP source: Reliever Trevor May agrees to deal with Mets

Dec. 1, 2020 11:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets reached their first agreement with a free agent since Steve Cohen bought the team, a deal with 31-year-old right-hander Trevor May, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, a sign is posted outside of Orchids of Asia Day Spa, in Jupiter, Fla. A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, that police violated the rights of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others when they secretly video recorded them paying for massage parlor sex acts, barring the tapes' use at trial and dealing a potentially deadly blow to their prosecution. (Hannah Morse/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

Women plead guilty in sex sting involving Patriots owner

Dec. 1, 2020 5:57 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two of four women charged in a South Florida prostitution sting that also involved New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have taken plea deals this week, court records show. Lei Wang, 41, and Shen Mingbi, 60, each pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County circuit court to one count...

Big leaguers giving $500,000 to support minor leaguers

Dec. 1, 2020 2:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball players are giving $500,000 to support minor leaguers whose season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Major League Baseball Players Association said Tuesday that money will be donated through the Major League Baseball Players Trust to More Than...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Adam Cimber delivers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday,. The Indians traded Cimber to the Miami Marlins on Monday, Nov. 3, 2020, for $100,000. Cimber went 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 games this past season for Cleveland, which acquired the right-hander in 2018 from the San Diego Padres in the deal that brought All-Star closer Brad Hand to the Indians. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Indians sell reliever Adam Cimber to Marlins for $100,000

Nov. 30, 2020 8:12 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians sold side-arm reliever Adam Cimber to the Marlins on Monday for $100,000, and Miami designated right-hander José Ureña for assignment. Ureña, the Marlins' opening day starter in 2018 and 2019, spent six seasons with the Marlins and had been with them...

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Ben Bartch (78) celebrates as his team scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Jags have plenty to offer in search for new general manager

Nov. 30, 2020 4:19 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have arguably the most attractive general manager opening in the NFL. It might not be close, either. They have several building blocks in place, including pass rusher Josh Allen, linebacker Myles Jack, running back James Robinson and receiver DJ Chark....

A man and a woman wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk in front of logos of Tokyo 2020 Olympics Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo Games won't confirm added costs reported at $3 billion

Nov. 30, 2020 2:29 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the delayed Tokyo Olympics have declined to confirm widely circulated reports in Japan that the costs of the one-year postponement will be about $3 billion. The estimates have been published in the last several days by some of Japan’s top-circulation newspapers, the...