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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb looks on during an NFL preseason football game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers in Denver. Many players polled by The Associated Press over the last couple of weeks say they are scared to return to work without a cure or a vaccine for the coronavirus. By and large, however, those same players say they trust the protocols the NFL will have in place by the time practices resume and games return. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

NFL players both eager & anxious to return during pandemic

Jun. 6, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Seasonal colds and the flu spread through NFL locker rooms just about every year, sending some players home sick while others slog through practices hoping they’ll feel better by game day. Last December, the Patriots flew two airplanes to Houston to keep the healthy players apart from...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, Bubba Wallace motions to his crew about time left before getting in his car during practice for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

NASCAR looks to steer clear of protests over George Floyd

Jun. 6, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR has a checkered racial history. From an affinity for Confederate flags among the fan base to a driver losing his job just this season for casually uttering a racial slur, the good ol’ boys have never been known for diversity. Maybe it’s not surprising this mostly...

Graham Rahal prepares to practice for the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Hot start for IndyCar season at Texas that is usual midpoint

Jun. 6, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar drivers finally got on the track, on a steamy day in Texas for what would usually be the midpoint of their season. Nearly three months after the season was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, the cars had a two-hour practice session Saturday to start an...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality, racial injustice and social inequality, he was vilified by people who considered it an offense against the country, the flag and the military. Nearly four years later, it seems more people are starting to side with Kaepernick’s peaceful protest and now are calling out those who don’t understand the intent behind his action. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Colin Kaepernick has more support now, still long way to go

Jun. 5, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, he was mostly alone. Politicians, team owners and fellow players criticized him, fans burned his jersey, and he was booed even at home. Four years later, his protest is widely...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a season ticket member fan forum before practice at the Cleveland Browns NFL football team's training camp facility in Berea, Ohio. Several NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, May 19, 2020, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow them. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Goodell says NFL was wrong for not listening to players

Jun. 5, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was wrong for not listening to players fighting for racial equality and encouraged them to peacefully protest. One day after 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and several of his peers released a video demanding the league condemn racism, Goodell...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Denver Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Elway has selected a defensive player with his first draft pick six times in his nine drafts. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Elway joins call for change after George Floyd's killing

Jun. 6, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway says he’s no longer staying on the sidelines and is “joining with the players, coaches and our organization in speaking up against racism, police brutality and any injustice against the black community.” The comments from the Denver Broncos' general...

FILE - In this May 7, 2010, file photo, Boston Celtics fans try to distract Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) while he shoots foul shots during the first quarter of Game 3 in the second round of an NBA basketball playoff series in Boston. When the virus wanes enough to allow the games to begin again, the very essence of these events will likely be missing. Playing in empty buildings would require a significant recalibration. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

What's next for the NBA? A plan for testing is the big key

Jun. 5, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

For the NBA, it is not officially time to play. It’s getting closer, but the league isn’t there yet. The move to agree on a 22-team format for the resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season is a major step forward, but it was just the first of many major decisions that has to be completed before...

Kameko ridden by Oisin Murphy wins the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse, in Newmarket, England, Saturday June 6, 2020. The 10-1 Kameko upset the odds to beat Pinatubo and win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday and give jockey Oisin Murphy his first Classic. Pinatubo entered the race unbeaten in six juvenile starts and with the highest 2-year-old rating for 25 years. (Edward Whitaker/PA via AP)

Kameko wins 2,000 Guineas in record time to upset Pinatubo

Jun. 6, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEWMARKET, England (AP) — Kameko upset the odds to beat Pinatubo to win the 2,000 Guineas in a record time on Saturday, giving jockey Oisin Murphy his first Classic. The time of 1 minute, 34.72 seconds at Newmarket surpassed the previous fastest victory by Mister Baileys in 1994 by 0.36 seconds. With no...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, April 21, 2019, Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert, centre, and teammates celebrate scoring against Lyon during their Women's Champions League soccer match in Decines, France. The English Football Association’s board have decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis, Friday June 5, 2020, naming Chelsea as Women’s Super League champions after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, FILE)

Season scrapped, England seeks to keep gains in women's game

Jun. 6, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Runners-up when the season was paused, champions without playing again. It's no surprise that Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was fine with the Women’s Super League season being curtailed. But determining the final standings on a points-per-game ratio, rather than on the field due to the coronavirus pandemic,...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Noah Lyles of the United States, celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Lyles is spending his time these days trying to process what's happening in his country — a land riven with protests, pain and questions in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

Star sprinter eyes a roiled nation and race in all its forms

Jun. 6, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

Noah Lyles could be a year away from occupying a uniquely symbolic position in sports: an African American sprinter wearing the letters “USA” on a medals stand at the Olympics. Instead of contemplating how he might use that platform, Lyles is spending time these days trying to make sense of what's...

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Graham Rahal prepares to practice for the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Hot start for IndyCar season at Texas that is usual midpoint

Jun. 6, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar drivers finally got on the track, on a steamy day in Texas for what would usually be the midpoint of their season. Nearly three months after the season was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, the cars had a two-hour practice session Saturday to start an...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Fatima Negrini, left, is flanked by nurse Laura Catena holding a cut out heart reading in Italian

The Latest: Public sector jobs not immune from pandemic ills

Jun. 6, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

Federal, state and local governments in the United States have shed over 1.5 million jobs since March as they begin to deal with the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. And it could get worse for workers in the public sector, usually a stable part of the U.S. economy. Governments are trying to...

Players of both teams (Dortmund yellow jersey) kneel around the centre circle as a mark of support for the protests after the recent killing of black American George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, before the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC Berlin in Dortmund , Germany, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Lars Baron, Pool via AP)

Black Lives Matter in Bundesliga, Bayern keeps winning

Jun. 6, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s soccer league was marked by gestures against racism and support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday as Bayern Munich took another step toward a record-extending eighth straight Bundesliga title. All of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin’s 22 outfield...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen cheers on players during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Chicago. Boylen's future is the biggest issue hanging over the Bulls, who were left out when the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to restart the pandemic-interrupted season next month in Orlando. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Bulls not ready to announce decision on Boylen's future

Jun. 6, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls' new top basketball executive wasn't ready to make any announcements about the coaching staff on Saturday. Arturas Karnisovas still has not met in person with head coach Jim Boylen. And that's something he would like to do before going public with any decisions. Boylen's...

Wirtz is youngest scorer in Bundesliga at 17 years, 34 days

Jun. 6, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen substitute Florian Wirtz has become the youngest person to score a goal in the Bundesliga at age 17 years, 34 days, with an impressive strike against Bayern Munich on Saturday. The attacking midfielder came on for the second half and wrong-footed Lucas Hernandez – the...

Kameko ridden by Oisin Murphy wins the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse, in Newmarket, England, Saturday June 6, 2020. The 10-1 Kameko upset the odds to beat Pinatubo and win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday and give jockey Oisin Murphy his first Classic. Pinatubo entered the race unbeaten in six juvenile starts and with the highest 2-year-old rating for 25 years. (Edward Whitaker/PA via AP)

Kameko wins 2,000 Guineas in record time to upset Pinatubo

Jun. 6, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEWMARKET, England (AP) — Kameko upset the odds to beat Pinatubo to win the 2,000 Guineas in a record time on Saturday, giving jockey Oisin Murphy his first Classic. The time of 1 minute, 34.72 seconds at Newmarket surpassed the previous fastest victory by Mister Baileys in 1994 by 0.36 seconds. With no...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, April 21, 2019, Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert, centre, and teammates celebrate scoring against Lyon during their Women's Champions League soccer match in Decines, France. The English Football Association’s board have decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis, Friday June 5, 2020, naming Chelsea as Women’s Super League champions after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, FILE)

Season scrapped, England seeks to keep gains in women's game

Jun. 6, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Runners-up when the season was paused, champions without playing again. It's no surprise that Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was fine with the Women’s Super League season being curtailed. But determining the final standings on a points-per-game ratio, rather than on the field due to the coronavirus pandemic,...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin talks to Jermaine Couisnard (5) and Alanzo Frink (20) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Martin is joining dozens of college basketball coaches in taking action on racism and diversity. The NABC announced Martin would chair a new committee designed to address issues of race and discrimination and not only within college sports. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

College basketball coaches discuss racism, diversity

Jun. 6, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Frank Martin remembers the day 22 years ago when he was stopped by a police officer in the middle of nowhere, when he was driving across the country from his home in Miami to help coach a youth basketball camp. “An officer walked up to my window and asked, ‘What’s a guy from your neck of the...

FILE  - In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, Real Madrid's Isco, right, duels for the ball with Manchester City's Kyle Walker during the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European soccer will be heard over three days in June. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has set aside June 8-10 for the case. It is unclear if a hearing will be held in person at the court or by video link. No timetable was set for a verdict but a ruling is needed before English teams enter next season’s Champions League draw. Man City was banned by UEFA in February for “serious breaches” of financial monitoring rules and failing to cooperate with investigators. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Cloak of secrecy for Man City's court challenge to UEFA ban

Jun. 6, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A rare level of secrecy cloaks the court case opening Monday to decide if Manchester City will stay banned from European competition for two seasons. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has scheduled three days at an undisclosed location for an appeal hearing by video conference link...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Noah Lyles of the United States, celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Lyles is spending his time these days trying to process what's happening in his country — a land riven with protests, pain and questions in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

Star sprinter eyes a roiled nation and race in all its forms

Jun. 6, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

Noah Lyles could be a year away from occupying a uniquely symbolic position in sports: an African American sprinter wearing the letters “USA” on a medals stand at the Olympics. Instead of contemplating how he might use that platform, Lyles is spending time these days trying to make sense of what's...