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San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt runs during a baseball practice on Friday, July 3, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt sidelined by sore heel

Jul. 9, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been using a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said Belt will be re-evaluated in five to seven days but it's too soon to know whether the injury could affect his...

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stands for the national anthem prior to an intrasquad game during baseball training Monday, July 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

New center field backdrop has Dodgers hitters adjusting

Jul. 8, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers were eager to show off $100 million worth of stadium renovations to fans and a national audience at the All-Star Game this summer. Turns out, it appears only players are going to see the changes up close this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, which will...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, center, Marwin Gonzalez, right, and another player head to the batting cage during baseball training Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. Count Buxton among the players who probably benefited from baseball's virus-induced delay. The oft-injured Twins center fielder was coming off major shoulder surgery. After a late arrival due to the birth of his second child, Buxton is in camp at full speed. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Healed Twins speedster Byron Buxton: 'I've got no limit'

Jul. 8, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton's still-promising major league career, with surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder serving as the latest setback. The most games he can get in this year for the...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2019, file photo shows Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson skating against the New York Rangers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Glendale, Ariz. Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson labored through the first part of the 2019-20 season as a knee injury lingered. The time off during the NHL's shutdown and a trip home to Sweden allowed the defenseman a chance to heal, giving the Coyotes a boost as the postseason nears. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Healthy Ekman-Larsson ready to give Coyotes a playoff boost

Jul. 8, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson had knee surgery last summer, fully expecting it to help him have a healthy 2019-20 season. The Arizona Coyotes captain instead played with lingering pain, never able to fully recover. The NHL's shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic was a huge letdown, but it...

Toledo University football player fatally shot at pizzeria

Jul. 8, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A University of Toledo football player was shot and killed following a fight at a city pizza restaurant, authorities said. Jahneil Douglas, 22, was shot around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Authorities said the fight...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray warms up in the bullpen during team baseball practice at Chase Field, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Upcoming MLB free agents have fewer games to impress

Jul. 8, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray already knew 2020 would be a big season for his financial future because it's his last one before becoming a free agent. Now the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander has less time to make a strong impression. Major League Baseball's coronavirus-delayed 60-game season is much shorter...

Minnesota Twins' Rich Hill pitches live batting practice at a baseball camp Monday, July 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Over the Hill? Recovered lefty on track for Twins rotation

Jul. 7, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Minnesota Twins signed Rich Hill from the bargain aisle of free agency last winter, they expected the left-hander to be available around midseason after his recovery from elbow surgery. Now the 40-year-old is on track to be ready right away, thanks to the virus outbreak that...

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani pitches during an intrasquad game at baseball practice at Angel Stadium on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Shohei Ohtani back on Big A mound in Angels' intrasquad game

Jul. 7, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani threw competitive pitches off the mound at Angel Stadium on Tuesday for the first time in two years. Ohtani struggled with his control in the Los Angeles Angels' intrasquad game, walking eight batters on about 50 pitches. The two-way star and manager Joe Maddon weren't...

FILE - In this  Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, NFL Players Association Executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks at the annual state of the union news conference in Miami Beach, Fla. The NFL and the NFLPA haven’t come to an agreement on all protocols for training camp and the preseason as the report date for teams draws closer.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

NFL, NFLPA still haven't resolved all protocol for camps

Jul. 7, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

The NFL and the NFLPA haven’t come to an agreement on all protocols for training camp and the preseason as the report date for teams draws closer. The two sides finalized the protocols regarding team travel, media, and treatment response, and have also updated the facilities protocol to specifically...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon fights past a block by New England Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, rear, in the second half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Browns have reconstructed defensive end Olivier Vernon's contract for next season, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Vernon's future with the Browns seemed uncertain as he was set to make $15.25 million in 2020. But the club reworked his deal and he'll earn $11 million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly disclosing the agreement.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

AP source: Browns restructure DE Olivier Vernon's contract

Jul. 7, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Olivier Vernon's status with the Browns has more certainty. So does his paycheck. The defensive end, whose future in Cleveland seemed in doubt for months, has renegotiated his contract for next season, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Vernon's days...