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FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta answers questions during a news conference in Iowa City, Iowa. Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team sued the school Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta announced last month that men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis and men's gymnastics would be cut after this school year. (Joseph Cress//Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP, File)

Bias suit seeks to block Iowa from cutting women's swim team

Sep. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Members of the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team filed a legal complaint against the school Friday, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. The complaint argues that Iowa is not offering equal opportunities for...

PA schools allowing more sports fans after court ruling

Sep. 23, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some Pennsylvania school districts are letting more fans in the stands after a federal judge’s ruling that tossed statewide pandemic limits on crowd size, although legislative Republicans on Wednesday lost an effort to enshrine local control of school sports into law. The...

Minnesota to restart high school football and volleyball

Sep. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The group that oversees high school sports in Minnesota voted overwhelmingly Monday to restart football and volleyball, after deciding earlier to delay both sports until the spring because of the coronavirus. The Minnesota State High School League board of directors voted 15-3 to begin...

Activities association, coaches optimistic for fall sports

Sep. 18, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — High school athletics officials and coaches are optimistic some sports teams will be able to compete this year despite silence from state officials on a tentative game schedule. Since summer, pandemic guidelines have kept athletes in groups of five athletes per coach and required them...

MA high school switches to remote learning after party

Sep. 13, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts high school scheduled to reopen this week with a hybrid learning model will now switch to remote-only learning after dozens of students attended a party without taking proper coronavirus-prevention measures, the principal said. The party held Friday night involved alcohol and...

The Latest: Positive tests prompt pause to Memphis football

Sep. 11, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Memphis has paused football practice and all group activities for the team, saying a “number of individuals” with the program have tested positive for COVID-19. The Tigers are scheduled to host Houston on Sept. 18...

Maine high schools won't play football, volleyball this fall

Sep. 10, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine high schools won't offer football or volleyball this fall, but will proceed with other sports, the Maine Principals' Association announced on Thursday. The principals' association made the announcement in conjunction with state officials. The coronavirus pandemic shut down high...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., heir status amid the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer says gyms can reopen after 5 1/2 months of closure and organized sports can resume if masks are worn. She lifted some coronavirus restrictions Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that lasted longer in Michigan than in many other states. The order, effective next Wednesday, allows for reopening fitness centers and indoor pools in remaining regions that hold 93% of Michigan's population.(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer clarifies order: Masks not required for all sports

Sep. 9, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer late Wednesday clarified her order requiring masks in organized sports, saying they must be worn in training and competition only when athletes cannot consistently keep 6 feet apart. The measure explicitly mentions football, soccer and volleyball as sports where...

FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, Hornell's Luke Morgan is wrapped up by Hoosick Falls defenders during the third quarter of the New York State High School Football Class C championship game in Syracuse, N.Y. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March to address concerns associated with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli, File)

New York's public high schools moving football to March

Sep. 9, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March to address concerns associated with the novel coronavirus. “We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly...

FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media in Westport, Conn. During a coronavirus briefing on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, Lamont said the Connecticut Department of Labor will be applying for a federal program that could lead to $300 in additional weekly unemployment benefits for certain recipients who've lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Lawmakers extend Lamont's executive powers for 5 more months

Sep. 4, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

A Democratic-controlled special committee of Connecticut legislative leaders voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency powers until Feb. 9, following a pointed partisan debate where Republicans argued changes need to be made six months into the coronavirus pandemic. On a party-line vote of...