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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, official Kathryn Nesbitt watches during the first half of an MLS soccer match between the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC in Harrison, N.J. When the Portland Timbers play Orlando City in the MLS is Back tournament championship on Tuesday night, Aug. 11, assistant referee Nesbitt will become the first woman to work a Major League Soccer title game. Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal are the only two women among more than 40 officials that have been sequestered — just like the teams — in Florida for the monthlong tournament. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Kathryn Nesbitt breaks ground as MLS is Back final referee

Aug. 11, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

When the Portland Timbers play Orlando City in the MLS is Back tournament championship on Tuesday night, assistant referee Kathryn Nesbitt will become the first woman to work a Major League Soccer title game. Nesbitt and Felisha Mariscal are the only two women among more than 40 officials that have been...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

Orlando City forward Nani celebrates after scoring against the Minnesota United during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Orlando, Portland vie for MLS championship like no other

Aug. 10, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — In a year like no other, this will be a championship like no other. Orlando City and Portland will meet in the MLS is Back tournament finale Tuesday night, with the winner hoisting a trophy less than 24 hours before the league resumes its revised regular season in home...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Zion's rookie year will end without postseason berth

Aug. 10, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Zion Williamson’s rookie season is ending without a playoff berth. It’s not an uncommon stop on the NBA learning curve. Even for No. 1 draft picks, like Williamson was a year ago, winning takes time. The last player to go from being the top overall selection one...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Some Florida schools start as new coronavirus cases drop

Aug. 10, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Students began returning to some Florida college campuses on Monday and some public school classrooms in rural districts opened with new safety precautions in place as the state reported the fewest new daily cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. Classes for new students started...

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Nets start fast, beat Clippers to take No. 7 seed in East

Aug. 10, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Caris LeVert had 27 points and 13 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets used the best-shooting quarter in the NBA this season on their way to a 129-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. Joe Harris added 25 points — 23 in the first half — for the...

Boston Celtics bench reacts after guard Jaylen Brown (not pictured) makes a basket against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Hayward scores 31 as Celtics edge Magic 122-119 in OT

Aug. 9, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gordon Hayward showed early just how aggressive he would be as he drove the lane. He provided another reminder late of how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands. Hayward hit three free throws with 2:29 left in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event in New York. Major League Soccer said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up.  The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

MLS navigates resuming the season in local markets

Aug. 9, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

In light of Major League Baseball's trouble with its season, Major League Soccer's plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. The league has been buoyed by the success of its MLS is Back tournament in Florida, which concludes Tuesday with the title game between the Portland Timbers and Orlando...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event in New York. Major League Soccer said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up.  The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

MLS to resume regular season following Florida tournament

Aug. 8, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

Buoyed by the MLS is Back tournament and confident of its coronavirus protocols, Major League Soccer will resume its regular season with teams playing in their home cities. The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Wednesday. Dallas and Nashville will...

Bob Garick stands by the entrance to his home Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Oviedo, Fla. Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind and decided not to take the job. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Census Bureau drop-outs complicate door-knocking efforts

Aug. 8, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bob Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind. With widespread home visits for the 2020 census set to begin next week, the...