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In this photo provided by the Dallas Stars NHL hockey team, interim head coach Rick Bowness watches practice in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Bowness, 65, coached from behind the bench the first couple of days of Dallas Stars training camp before lacing up his skates and getting on the ice. Montreal's 60-year-old Claude Julien, Edmonton's 58-year-old Dave Tippett and others are confident in the NHL's protocols as older, more at-risk people during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jeff Toates/Dallas Stars via AP)

NHL's older coaches debate wearing masks, taking precautions

Jul. 16, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

After two days behind a mask and off his skates, Rick Bowness returned to his natural habitat on the ice with air inside the rink blowing against his face. “You get out there and you miss it,” the Dallas Stars coach said. “You realize how much you enjoy being out there.” The...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson shoots free throws prior to an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season. But the club has not said whether the former Duke star would be able to return or whether he’ll miss any games because of his departure on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

Zion Williamson leaves Pelicans for 'family medical matter'

Jul. 16, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson left the club on Thursday to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season, but they did not specify...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu (20) reacts after her team scored against Stanford during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Pac-12 women's tournament in Las Vegas. New York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu is checking in periodically from the WNBA bubble at IMG Academy. She is offering her thoughts on her rookie season at the WNBA bubble as told to AP Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Liberty rookie Sabrina Ionescu's AP diary: Playing again

Jul. 16, 2020 2:59 AM EDT

BRADETON, Fla. (AP) — I'm so glad the wait is finally over. I hadn't been able to play basketball since March when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and now being in Florida with the New York Liberty at my first training camp has been great. You never know how much you miss something until you can't do it...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, Phoenix Suns' Jamal Crawford celebrates with teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York. Crawford is back in the NBA, filling one of the spots that the Brooklyn Nets needed to address after their roster was decimated coming into the season restart at Walt Disney World. With Vince Carter now officially retired, Crawford comes back into the league as its oldest player -- about 2-1/2 months older than Miami’s Udonis Haslem. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Jamal Crawford's latest NBA chance finally arrives with Nets

Jul. 16, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jamal Crawford is coming off a 51-point game. People may have forgotten. After all, it was more than 450 days ago. And for a while, it looked like that game might have been Crawford’s last as a player — because for most of this season, the now 40-year-old guard...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Los Angeles. Walt Disney World is the NBA’s home away from home for the foreseeable future. “We’re trying to just live our life,” Rivers said. “Have our best Disney life.” (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Inside the bubble, NBA players have plenty of options

Jul. 15, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Every team in the NBA bubble has played golf. Most have had at least a few players go fishing. Some have taken boats out. Bowling is available for a few hours most nights. The barbers arrive for the first time later this week. And the walking trail is pretty much always...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, fans stand for the national anthem at New Era Stadium before an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. New Era Field will no longer be the name of the stadium, after the global sports headware and clothing apparel company asked to be released from its naming rights and sponsorship agreement. No reason was provided for the move, announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

New Era asks to pull out of Bills stadium naming rights deal

Jul. 15, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New Era Field will no longer be the name of the Buffalo Bills home stadium, after the global sports headware and clothing apparel company asked to be released from its naming rights and sponsorship agreement. No reason was provided for the move, announced Wednesday, though it comes a...

FILER - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) goes to the basket against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pacers will finish this season without Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Oladipo backtracks on sitting out rest of season with Pacers

Jul. 15, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

Victor Oladipo is having second thoughts about calling it a season. If all goes well over the next two weeks, the Indiana Pacers just might get their two-time All-Star back. Twelve days after announcing he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee, Oladipo told reporters Wednesday...

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 hurt that request denied by panel of doctors

Jul. 15, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne was shocked and hurt when her request to be medically excused for the season was denied by an independent medical panel. Having battled Lyme disease for more than a decade and now taking 64 pills a day, she thought she was definitely going to be considered...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson sits on the sideline with his wife, Gayle Benson, before an NFL football game in New Orleans. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)

Judge denies media request to unseal files on Saints owner

Jul. 15, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

A judge has denied a request by news organizations including The Associated Press to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. The news outlets argued public...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 file photo, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) talks with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game in Tempe, Ariz. Taurasi and Bird know that they are on the tail end of their incredible basketball careers. After both stars missed last season due to injuries, skipping the 2020 season could have meant the end of their illustrious careers because it would have been difficult to return after two years off according to them. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Bird, Taurasi say playing in 2020 was only option for them

Jul. 15, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird know that they are on the tail end of their basketball careers. After missing last season due to injuries, they had to make a decision about playing this year in a short WNBA season in Florida that was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. But both say skipping the 2020 season...