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Former snooker player Willie Thorne dies at 66

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Willie Thorne, a former snooker player who was one of Britain's most distinctive sportsmen in the 1980s because of his bald head, died Wednesday. He was 66. A message on Thorne's GoFundMe page said he died after battling leukaemia. He had been placed into an ...

World’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests. Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year's world championships and had been the early favorite for ...

23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association's tournament presentation Wednesday that she "cannot wait to return" to New York for the major championship she has won ...

Column: Shut up and dribble? No way. It’s time to listen

A column is normally a spot for pontificating, to speak bluntly on the issues of the day and receive a gamut of feedback, from effusive praise to slanderous insults. Not this time. Now's the time for those of us in the privileged class to listen, really listen to what African-Americans and ...

Players left with bitter feelings after deal to restart MLS

Major League Soccer and its players came away with a sense of accomplishment after reaching a new collective-bargaining agreement in February as the league was heading into its 25th season. "I think coming out of February both sides felt good," Seattle player representative Harry Shipp said. ...

Back on track: IndyCar delayed debut all-in-one Texas affair

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Things are starting to feel a little more normal for Ed Carpenter with IndyCar finally about to start its season, though the timing still has him a bit out of sorts. The only owner-driver in the series surely isn't alone feeling that way. "One of the weirdest things, ...

DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto retires after 18 years

CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto is retiring. Ponsetto, who played four sports at DePaul, has served as athletic director for the past 18 years and worked in other administrative positions with the athletic department for more than 20 years. "The changing ...

NCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption case

Oklahoma State has become the first school to be punished by the NCAA in the fallout from the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school plans to fight — and likely won't be the only one. The Cowboys' men's basketball team was banned from the upcoming postseason ...

Penske wants full fans at Indy 500, ready for IndyCar opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roger Penske will watch the IndyCar season opener from a suite at Texas Motor Speedway — his first time off the pit stand and on the other side of the fence since his teams failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1995. His relocation is partly for safety. At ...

More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities

More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have coaching staffs at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Clubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Super Bowl champion Kansas City, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, ...

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

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 ...

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of ...

MLB players say teams ‘depriving America of baseball games’

NEW YORK (AP) — Players accused teams of "depriving America of baseball games" as part of a money fight set off by the coronavirus pandemic and raised the possibility baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union's objection. Bruce Meyer, the ...

AP Exclusive: MLB plan saves big-spending teams $100M each

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million on player salaries as part of management's proposal to start the coronavirus-delayed season than they would under the union's plan, according to an analysis by The Associated ...

Elway joins call for change after George Floyd’s killing

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 manager ...

Police in New Jersey praised for marching in Floyd protests

Police officers in one of New Jersey's largest and most violent cities were praised on social media for marching alongside protesters in rallies held this weekend over George Floyd's death. Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki, who has been working in the city for decades, joined the front ...

Protests, mayhem continue, lead to more California curfews

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers lined the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and cities across California declared curfews Sunday to head off more violence after unruly demonstrators at earlier protests burned police cars, broke into stores and skirmished with officers. In more ...

Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the coronavirus was shutting down ...

Jalen Ramsey won’t skip Rams camp; deal ‘will get handled’

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Ramsey says he will definitely report to training camp with the Los Angeles Rams for the final year of his rookie contract. And while he didn't confirm how he'll get there, Ramsey probably won't feel the need to show up in an armored ...

Elliott ends Busch’s win streak, collects $100,000 bounty

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott gained a measure of revenge against Kyle Busch on Tuesday night — and then let him know about it. Elliott snapped Busch's seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty at Charlotte Motor Speedway ...