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Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco stands in the dugout during a simulated game at the baseball team's training in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020

Jul. 10, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field stands at PNC...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, Turf manager Jared Hertzel touches up the newly-painted Big Ten conference logo on the football field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday, July 9, 2020 it will not play nonconference games in football or several other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Jacob Hannah/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Big Ten scraps nonconference football games due to pandemic

Jul. 9, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in making its decision and added ominously that the plan would be...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Cleveland Indians' Franmil Reyes reacts after hitting a home run during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Franmil Reyes' first error this season was in judgment. The Indians' free-swinging slugger and outfielder apologized Thursday, July 9, 2020 for endangering his health and his teammates' for not wearing a mask while attending a holiday party last weekend. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Judgment error: Indians' Reyes sorry for not wearing mask

Jul. 9, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Franmil Reyes' first error this season was in judgment. The Indians' free-swinging slugger and outfielder apologized Thursday for endangering his health — and putting his teammates at risk — by not wearing a mask while attending a holiday party last weekend. Reyes' off-field...

Members of all the MLS soccer teams march around the stadium before a match Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla., while wearing shirts and masks with messages about race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Black Players for Change lead protest at MLS is Back tourney

Jul. 9, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

Now that Major League Soccer has re-started, a group of Black Major League Soccer players is using the moment to call attention to systemic racism across sports and society. Black Players for Change was formerly the Black Players Coalition of MLS, but changed its name this week while joining forces with the...

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...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, and guard Courtney Williams, right, huard Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, according to the Mystics.
The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Delle Donne waiting to hear from WNBA medical review panel

Jul. 8, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, the Washington Mystics said Wednesday. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme...

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...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 8, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them? New York Times July 1 Much of the focus on China in recent months has been over the coronavirus that originated there late last year. But that has hardly slowed...

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...