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2 more churches sue Brown over virus gathering restrictions

May. 27, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two additional churches are suing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, saying her social gathering restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic violate their constitutional right to the freedom of religion and assembly. The Edgewater Christian Fellowship in Grants Pass and the Church of God of...

In an otherwise empty ballpark, a grounds crew member continues to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Division II league in Calif suspends fall sports

May. 12, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The California Collegiate Athletic Association has suspended all fall sports for the upcoming year, the league announced on Tuesday. The NCAA Division II conference currently has 13 members but will lose one with UC San Diego...

University of Oregon plans for in-person classes this fall

Apr. 28, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — University of Oregon students may have in-person classes this fall, officials said. University President Michael Schill announced Monday that leaders are making plans to bring students back to campus after spring and summer terms are conducted online to slow the spread of the...

FILE - In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Mike Smith rides Justify to victory during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The move of the Triple Crown’s first leg to Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic will mark the first time the Derby won’t run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

The Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race

Apr. 23, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The governor of North Carolina is still considering a request to allow NASCAR to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert passes against Wisconsin during first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Herbert is a likely first-round pick in the NFL draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Justin Herbert's 2 brothers serve as his spotters, receivers

Apr. 23, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

Like every other NFL draft prospect, Oregon QB Justin Herbert found himself scrambling when the coronavirus outbreak forced school closures and stay-at-home restrictions across the country. In his garage a mile from Autzen Stadium, where the Eugene native set passing records for the Ducks, Herbert has continued...

USA Track and Field switches Olympic trials to June 2021

Apr. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Track and Field has rescheduled its Olympic trials for June 18-27, 2021, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The national governing body for track announced the new dates Tuesday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021. USATF worked with the...

Teen who killed sleeping man will serve up to 7 years

Apr. 9, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene teen who beat a man to death in 2018 has become the first to be sentenced under a new law designed to keep teens accused of serious crimes in Juvenile Court. Jonathan Daniel Kirkpatrick, now 18, admitted during a Tuesday hearing that he killed Ovid Neal, a 56-year-old homeless...

FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles.  Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020,  as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

The Latest: Lakers GM Pelinka draws inspiration from Bryant

Apr. 8, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is drawing inspiration from his friendship with Kobe Bryant as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic. Pelinka was Bryant’s longtime agent before he took over the...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, file photo, Sebastian Coe leaves the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. The date of the next world track championships is in limbo until the International Olympic Committee decides on a new schedule for the postponed Tokyo Games.
Coe, the Olympic great who is now president of World Athletics, said Friday, March 27, 2020, there are plenty of options for rescheduling next year's world championships in Eugene, Oregon, but at the moment they all depend on the IOC. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

Track world championships rescheduled for July 2022

Apr. 8, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

The first major domino tipped in the wake of the Olympic postponement on Wednesday when track leaders rescheduled next year's world championships for July 2022, setting up a busy summer for a sport that would normally be taking a breather. The new dates for the event in Eugene, Oregon: July 15-24, 2022. Track...

Man pleads no contest to sex abuse involving minors

Apr. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A man pleaded no contest to sex crime charges involving minors this week. Joshua Taylor Moore, 24, was convicted in Linn County Circuit Court of attempting to commit first-degree sex abuse and third-degree sex abuse, the Albany Democrat-Herald reported. A first-degree sex abuse charge...