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Gerald Armstrong recalls his time working for the old Kansas City Athletics as an attendant and ball boy in the visitor's clubhouse as he speaks from the front porch of the home where he grew up and now lives in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, June 26, 2020. Armstrong is one of more than a dozen Black men who said they were sexually molested by former Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald

Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse

Jul. 7, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he’d been called the N-word “a hundred times” at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism. “Torii Hunter’s experience is...

Washington Nationals' manager Dave Martinez, left, and bullpen coach Henry Blanco walk together during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Stadium, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Nats, Astros, Cards cancel workouts over virus testing delay

Jul. 7, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season. The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros called off training camp practices after...

The Minnesota Twins run drills on Target Field at a baseball camp iMonday, July 6, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

Jul. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

Major League Baseball released its pandemic-shortened schedule Monday, featuring a tantalizing season opener between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Washington Nationals, even as some teams were still bogged down by coronavirus concerns. By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, former NBA player and players union deputy Roger Mason, left, listens as entertainer Ice Cube, right, announces the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York. Hundreds of sports-related businesses got in line for the government-funded Payroll Protection Plan designed to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of the four North American major sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball — applied, but both Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League were represented. Rapper Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league says it returned almost half of the $1.6 million it received, but givebacks were rare. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Sports jumps on PPP bandwagon, but big leagues take a pass

Jul. 6, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

Rapper Ice Cube, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Data released Monday showed...

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, center, and center fielder Cody Bellinger, right, chat during the restart of baseball spring training Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Betts: Baseball didn't do good job with response to Floyd

Jul. 6, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts wasn’t moved by Major League Baseball’s response in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest star has a goal of getting the Black community to love baseball as much as he does. MLB released a...

New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws to Miguel Andujar during the first inning of an intrasquad baseball game Monday, July 6, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Yankees hold 1st camp intrasquad game of virus era

Jul. 6, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No fans. No music. A bullpen catcher calling balls and strikes. Still, for one night at least, the New York Yankees played something resembling a baseball game in the Bronx. “It felt great, actually,” said starter J.A. Happ, who pitched for Team Yankees against Team Bombers....

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2019, file photo shows The Greenbrier resort nestled in the mountains in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. At least six of billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice family entities received the Paycheck Protection Program loans, meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, including the governor’s lavish resort The Greenbrier, as well as The Greenbrier Sporting Club, an exclusive members-only club linked to the resort. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Governors' companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19's effect on the economy, data released Monday show. The governors of at least eight states...

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola adjusts his mask during baseball practice at Citizens Bank Park, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Aaron Nola clears virus protocol, arrives to Phillies camp

Jul. 6, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies ace Aaron Nola reported to camp on Monday after waiting a few extra days because he was in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. “All my tests came back negative,” Nola said. “If you don’t have symptoms and you come in contact...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 15, 2019 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson (52) throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 to a $1.25 million, one-year contract, an incentive-laden deal that could be worth $13.25 million over two seasons. In what's become a familiar refrain, the Dodgers arrive at camp still looking for their first World Series championship since 1988. After losing in two straight World Series, they were ousted by Washington in five games in the NL Division Series last fall. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Dodgers RHP Jimmy Nelson to miss season with bad back

Jul. 6, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will undergo surgery on his lower back and miss the upcoming shortened season. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Nelson’s back had been bothering him since the start of spring training in February before camps were shut down in March...

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts fields a fly ball during the restart of baseball spring training Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MLB '20 schedule: Yanks-Nats, Giants-Dodgers open on July 23

Jul. 6, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts, Gerrit Cole and a pair of high-profile matchups are set for opening day as Major League Baseball begins its shortened 60-game season on July 23 in ballparks without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic. MLB released the schedule Monday, and it starts with two games. Cole and the...