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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

A couple wear a protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak as they walk on the shore of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, May 22, 2020. Beaches in Gloucester reopened with restrictions on Friday after being closed two months ago due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Unemployment rate soars past 15%; COVID-19 cases near 91,000

May. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate soared to 15.1% in April — up from about 2.8% in March — as the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus shuttered wide swaths of the economy, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. The...

Coyotes part ways with CEO Ahron Cohen

May. 14, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with president and CEO Ahron Cohen. Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in...

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, a New England Patriots Super Bowl LI ring, created after the 38-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, is seen at the Super Bowl Rings exhibit in Indianapolis. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has donated his Super Bowl LI championship ring to an auction that raises money to provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

COVID-19 deaths top 5,000; Baker outlines reopening plan

May. 11, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts death toll from COVID-19 surged past 5,000 on Monday even as the state began mapping out plans to gradually restart the state’s economy. Massachusetts reported another 129 confirmed COVID-19-related death, bringing to 5,108 the total number of deaths recorded in the...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011, file photo, Betty Wold Johnson smiles on the sideline before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys in East Rutherford, N.J. Johnson, the mother of Jets owners Christopher Johnson and Woody Johnson, has died. She was 99. The Jets announced her death Friday, May 8, 2020, on their website, but did not provide details. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Betty Wold Johnson, mother of Jets owners, dies at 99

May. 8, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Betty Wold Johnson, the mother of New York Jets owners Christopher Johnson and Woody Johnson, has died. She was 99. The Jets announced her death Friday night on their website, but didn't provide details. Betty Wold Johnson was often referred to as “The First Lady of the Jets”...

FILE - In this May 17, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown, center top, attempts a dunk as Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, left, and guard Jason Richardson, center bottom, defend while Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, watches during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Los Angeles. Former NBA player Brown faces charges in suburban Atlanta after he was accused of firing a rifle at two people who were looking at homes for sale, police said. Brown, 34, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident May 2, 2020, at his home in Tyrone, Georgia. He is free after he posted bond on Monday, May 4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Ex-NBA player Shannon Brown accused of shooting at 2 people

May. 8, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

TYRONE, Ga. (AP) — Former NBA player Shannon Brown faces charges in suburban Atlanta after he was accused of firing a rifle at two people who were looking at homes for sale, police said. Brown, 34, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident May 2 at his home in Tyrone,...

Aces' JiSu Park to skip 2020 WNBA season, return to Korea

May. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Aces center JiSu Park will sit out the 2020 WNBA season to train in her home country of South Korea this summer. Park has started 11 of 57 games over two years with the Aces. The 21-year-old center averages 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. She was acquired from the Minnesota Lynx in...

Anaheim Ducks re-sign Djoos, Hakanpää to 1-year contracts

May. 6, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed defensemen Christian Djoos and Jani Hakanpää to one-year contracts. The Ducks announced the deals Wednesday. Djoos will make $1 million next season, and Hakanpää gets $750,000. Djoos had one goal and two assists in nine games with...

In this Sept. 24, 2019 photo Texas Rangers relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase works against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Clase has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug Friday, May 1, 2020.. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Indians reliever Clase suspended 80 games for PED violation

May. 1, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Whenever the Cleveland Indians finally get to start their season they won't have reliever Emmanuel Clase. The hard-throwing right-hander was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. Clase was the biggest acquisition...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Derrick Brown, wearing cap, watches during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, as people with him applaud his selection by the Carolina Panthers. (NFL via AP)

Panthers make history, use all 7 picks on defensive players

Apr. 25, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers sent a clear message over the weekend: It's time to upgrade the defense. General manager Marty Hurney and new coach Matt Rhule used all seven draft picks on defensive players, hoping to improve a unit that allowed 29.4 points per game last season, the most in...