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A ball carrier wears a face mask prior to the friendly soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Le Havre, in Le Havre, western France, Sunday, July 12, 2020. For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and other soccer stars are going to play again in front of fans. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: New rule: Saratoga jockeys have to stay put

Jul. 14, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Jockeys riding at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York won’t be allowed to return to the track if they compete elsewhere during the upcoming summer meet. The new rule announced Tuesday is aimed at limiting the...

FILE - In this April 12, 1966, file photo, Atlants Braves second baseman Frank Bolling (2) throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first Major League Baseball game in the southeast at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Marion Crowe/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

2-time All-Star 2B Bolling dies, hit last slam off Koufax

Jul. 12, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, his family said. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six...

FILE - In this April 12, 1966, file photo, Atlants Braves second baseman Frank Bolling (2) throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first Major League Baseball game in the southeast at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Marion Crowe/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

2-time All-Star 2B Bolling dies, hit last slam off Koufax

Jul. 12, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, his family said. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six...

A sign on a street near the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City, Ore. lists its worship schedule on Friday, July 10, 2020. In mid-June, the small-town church in northeastern Oregon became the epicenter of the state's largest coronavirus outbreak when over 200 people linked to the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church tested positive. The left side of the sign reads,

Churches amid the pandemic: Some outbreaks, many challenges

Jul. 12, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are known hot spots. Then there’s the complicated case of America’s churches. The vast majority of these churches have cooperated with...

Scaled-back fishing rodeo planned at Dauphin Island

Jul. 5, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Organizers are scaling back plans for a major fishing tournament on the Alabama coast so it can be held despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has grown to include music events and a “liars contest” that draw thousands of people...

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey asks citizens to continue wearing masks and use social distancing during a coronavirus update in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday June 29, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Mobile, Tuscaloosa join Alabama cities requiring face masks

Jul. 1, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile and Tuscaloosa have joined the list of Alabama cities requiring face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as cities look for ways to curb rising infections and hospitalizations. The Mobile City Council voted 6-1 on Wednesday for an ordinance requiring facial...

More cities consider or implement face mask requirements

Jun. 28, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More Alabama cities are implementing, or considering, a requirement to wear face masks in public places to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Montgomery and Birmingham and Jefferson County have orders in place requiring face masks in public places. The mayor of Selma on Friday...

Ivey weighs extending safer-at-home order for Alabama

Jun. 27, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's “safer at home” order is set to expire Friday, and Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet decided whether to renew it. The order limits social gatherings, requires employees of restaurants and other businesses to wear masks and encourages masking for anyone who goes out...

Court: Alabama can't prohibit curbside voting

Jun. 25, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appellate court on Thursday refused to stay a judge’s order that allows local officials to offer curbside voting in the July runoff and loosens absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s large counties. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a...

Alabama police make second arrest in 1999 slaying

Jun. 22, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Police have made a second arrest in a more than 20-year-old homicide on the Alabama coast, authorities said Monday. Dammon Wright, 40, surrendered at the Mobile County Metro Jail and was charged with murder in the slaying of 24-year-old Marcel Chandler, who was found shot to death...