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Orlando City players, left, raise their fists in the air in solidarity with other MLS teams before the start of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla., while wearing shirts and masks with messages about race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

Jul. 8, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nani called it beautiful and emotional. He wasn't talking about either goal he played a part in during Orlando City's 2-1 victory over Inter Miami on Wednesday night. Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before...

Golden State Warriors' Andrew Wiggins, left, keeps the ball from Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

AP Source: Kawhi Leonard's arrival at Disney will be delayed

Jul. 8, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

A person with knowledge of the situation says that Kawhi Leonard did not accompany the Los Angeles Clippers on their flight to Central Florida on Wednesday night for the restart of the NBA season. Leonard's absence was excused and he is expected to join the team at the Disney complex near Orlando sometime in the...

The Arizona Diamondbacks play an intrasquad baseball game Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Latest: D-Backs' Guerra returns after negative test

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated...

FILE - In this May 3, 2014, file photo, Stanford men's volleyball head coach John Kosty, second from left, looks down as players react after a 3-1 loss to Loyola in the NCAA men's college volleyball championship at Gentile Arena in Chicago. Stanford announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020,  that it is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

'Heartbreaking day' — Stanford drops 11 sports to cut costs

Jul. 8, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

Stanford was already facing some difficult financial choices as it tried to support one of the nation's largest athletics departments. The coronavirus pandemic forced a dramatic and painful decision: Faced with a nearly $25 million deficit next year, Stanford became the first known Power Five school to eliminate...

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...

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) drives around Dallas Mavericks guard Delon Wright (55) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Spurs' Patty Mills donating $1 million to fight racism

Jul. 8, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

Patty Mills will play in the NBA restart, and the San Antonio guard said Wednesday that the reason why he's decided to participate is so he can give just over $1 million of his salary to causes in his native Australia devoted to fighting racism. The exact amount, Mills said, for the Spurs' eight remaining...

Cunningham says Boynton key reason he stayed at Oklahoma St

Jul. 8, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton kept star recruit Cade Cunningham from leaving the program, in part, because he was willing to lose him. Cunningham, one of the nation’s top basketball recruits, has chose to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the...

List of college teams cut because of coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

Four-year college athletic teams eliminated because of budgetary cuts or school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to research by The Associated Press through Wednesday, July 8. (x-denotes school closure; y-effective in 2021) : DIVISION I (51) Baseball (3): Boise State, Chicago State,...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is surrounded by media after his team won the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, in Miami Gardens, Fla. As sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same reckoning that their colleagues who cover politics, education and entertainment have encountered — coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access and resources. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Games are restarting, but few reporters will be there

Jul. 8, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

Many familiar pregame sights won't be back when baseball and the NBA return later this month. Managers won't exchange lineup cards at home plate and basketball lineup introductions won't feature special high fives. There also won't be the ritual of a gaggle of reporters crowding around a manager before the game...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jul. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ July 8 The Courier Journal on the need for a mask mandate in Kentucky: Stop wagging your finger at the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear, urging all of us across Kentucky to please, pretty please, voluntarily wear a mask in public places. It’s time to make it...