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Ex-USOC spokesman Mike Moran dead at 78 after short illness

Jul. 7, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — Former US Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran died Tuesday after a short illness at age 78, according to the University of Colorado. Moran served as the Buffaloes’ sports information director for 11 years before his stint as chief communications officer and...

In this Nov. 4, 2016, photo, Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb is about to introduce Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in Omaha, Neb. Kleeb published a book in 2020 about how her party could return from relative irrelevance in rural America and once again win elections, but the last few months have shown just how difficult that task can be. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Democrats fight for relevance in red-state Nebraska

Jun. 26, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It's never been easy to be a Democrat in Nebraska, but somehow it keeps getting even harder. The 29% of Nebraska voters registered as Democrats is the smallest in at least 50 years, and that’s only one indication of the party’s problems. Just in the last week, the party...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, right, tries unsuccessfully to avoid a tag by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez during the second inning of a baseball game in Boston. The Cardinals and the Red Sox would have had one of their rare regular-season series this week. They have met in four different World Series. They would have played a three-game series at Fenway Park this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

What Would Have Been: Red Sox-Cards and a CWS title

Jun. 22, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

Most of the games played between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals have been in the World Series. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, they would have been playing a regular-season series next weekend at Fenway Park. There also would have been a College World Series title won in Omaha, Nebraska. The...

In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo is Chris Janicek in Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Democratic Party is calling on its U.S. Senate nominee, Janicek, to drop out of the race after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party says its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday, June 15, 2020, to withdraw all of its resources from Janicek’s campaign. Janicek says he apologized to the staffer but doesn't intend to drop out. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Nebraska Democrats renounce their Senate pick over comments

Jun. 16, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Democratic Party called on its U.S. Senate nominee to drop out of the race Tuesday after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party said its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday evening...

FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the golf to watch on Father's Day this year will not be the U.S. Open as is usually the case. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

What Would Have Been: US Open final round for Father's Day

Jun. 15, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

The golf to watch on Father's Day this year won't be the U.S. Open as is usually the case. There also will be no live baseball to watch this week from either the major leagues or the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. While the PGA Tour is playing again without spectators, and NASCAR ran its first race in...

FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the first round of the baseball draft in Secaucus, N.J. Baseball’s amateur draft this week will look much different because of the coronavirus pandemic, and more permanent changes could be coming soon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

A look back at big hits, bad calls as MLB eyes new draft era

Jun. 8, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball’s amateur draft is about to enter the next phase of its ongoing development — same as all those young prospects picked every year. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 version was ticketed for a move to Omaha, Nebraska, to coincide with the College World...

FILE - In a Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, Vanderbilt players and coaches celebrate with the trophy after Vanderbilt defeated Michigan to win Game 3 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in seven decades, there is no college baseball in Omaha this summer. The eight-team College World Series would have started with opening-round games next weekend. The event has been a summer staple in Omaha since 1950. (AP Photo/John Peterson, File)

What Would Have Been: London Calling and CWS opening weekend

Jun. 8, 2020 2:12 AM EDT

There will be no Major League Baseball in London and no College World Series in Omaha because of the coronavirus pandemic. While the PGA Tour resumes its season this week without spectators at Colonial Country Club in Texas, after IndyCar joined NASCAR in getting back on the track, The Associated Press looks at...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

This undated photo provided by the Kelly family shows Italia Marie Kelly, 22, of Davenport, Iowa. Kelly, who also went by the last name Impinto, was shot and killed outside a Walmart early Monday, June 1, 2020, while leaving a protest against police brutality. Police say the death is under investigation and came amid a night of civil unrest in Davenport, Iowa's third largest city. (Courtesy of the Kelly family via AP)

Retired officer, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest

Jun. 2, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

One man was a retired St. Louis police captain checking on his friend's shop. Another was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who provided free meals to officers. Yet another was a man known as “Mr. Indianapolis," a former star football player. They are among those killed as protests...

FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, Major League BaseballCommissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the MLB draft, in Secaucus, N.J. Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday, May 8, 2020, on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Shortened MLB amateur draft to remain at New Jersey studio

May. 29, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s shortened amateur draft will remain at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the first round on June 10. MLB shortened the selections to five rounds and 160 picks in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, by far the fewest since the draft...