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Players of Flamengo stand on the field prior to a Rio de Janeiro soccer league match against Bangu at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Rio de Janeiro's soccer league resumed after a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. The match is being played without spectators to curb the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazil network ends Rio soccer deal over new Bolsonaro rule

Jul. 2, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s TV Globo terminated its contract with Rio de Janeiro state’s local soccer body Thursday after powerhouse club Flamengo broadcast a home match using the team’s YouTube account under a new federal rule. The move was enabled by an executive order issued last week...

FILE - In this Friday, May 19, 2006 file photo, Indy Racing League driver Townsend Bell dons his helmet before practicing for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.  NBC Sports analyst Townsend Bell will have his own unique double duty Saturday, July 4, 2020 when he calls the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and then flies to Daytona International Speedway to compete in the IMSA sports car race.  (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)

Bell to commentate and race on same day in different states

Jul. 2, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend by calling the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before jetting to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race. The daunting task began Thursday when the NBC Sports analyst flew from...

Tigers announce partnership with sportsbook operator

Jul. 2, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers became the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership Thursday with PointsBet. Detroit said the agreement will “enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement by providing access to unique experiences,...

Records: Suspect in radio host's death had been drinking

Jun. 30, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man charged in a crash that killed longtime radio host and Wichita State University basketball announcer Don Hall had an empty alcohol bottle in his vehicle and told officers who asked him how much he had to drink that it was “probably too much," according to court records. An...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Canada's Victoria Hayward watches her inside-the-park grand slam against Guatemala during the first inning of a game in the Softball Americas Olympic qualifier tournament in Surrey, British Columbia. Hayward would have been in Japan right about now preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she will not have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. She is one of the 56 elite players signed to suit up when Athletes Unlimited launches the first of its professional women's sports leagues with a six-week season near Chicago in late August and an innovative model made for the moment. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

New league attracts softball's best, gives power to players

Jun. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Victoria Hayward would have been in Japan right about now, preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she won't have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. Hayward is one of the 56 elite...

In this combination photo, filmmaker Ava DuVernay appears at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020, left, and Colin Kaepernick attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on May 6, 2019. Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker DuVernay on a Netflix miniseries about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism. Neftlix says the limited series, titled “Colin in Black & White,” will examine Kaepernick’s high school years. (AP Photo)

Netflix series to dramatize Kaepernick's path to activism

Jun. 29, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a Netflix drama series about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism. “Colin in Black & White” will examine Kaepernick's high school years to illuminate the experiences that...

FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. The U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA, multiple people told The Associated Press on Sunday night, June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

USGA transfers US media rights from Fox back to NBCUniversal

Jun. 29, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

The USGA is transferring its U.S. media rights from Fox Sports to NBC, which returns the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open to NBC this year and for the final seven years of the Fox contract. The transfer is largely attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down golf for three months and let to a...

FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. The U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA, multiple people told The Associated Press on Sunday night, June 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

AP sources: NBC gets US Open as Fox gets out of contract

Jun. 28, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

The U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA, multiple people told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Three people with direct knowledge of the change say it came together in the last two weeks. They spoke on condition...

Colts' PR staff wins football writers' Pete Rozelle award

Jun. 26, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

The Indianapolis Colts public relations staff has won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for its work with both local and national media. The Colts public relations staff of Steve Campbell, Matt Conti, Christian Edwards, Pamela Humphrey and interns Hayden Clark and Kaila...

In this June 6, 2019, file photo, Harvard-Westlake's Pete Crow-Armstrong poses for a photo, location not known. Crow-Armstrong and the New York Mets agreed Thursday, June 25, 2020, to a minor league contract with a $3,359,000 signing bonus, the slot value for the 19th overall pick in the amateur draft. (Hans Gutknecht/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

True Hollywood story for Mets' top draft pick, son of actors

Jun. 26, 2020 3:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Call it a true Hollywood story for first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong. And no act at all, in fact. The son of two thespians is way beyond a little big league now. Crow-Armstrong and the New York Mets agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with a $3,359,000 signing bonus, the slot...