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MLB rejects 114-game schedule, threatens plan of 50

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NEW YORK (AP) — If Major League Baseball and its players take the field for a coronanvirus-delayed 2020 season, it will be after acrimonious negotiations that resemble their labor war of a generation ago. MLB rejected the players’ proposal for a 114-game regular season with no additional ...

Broncos coach apologizes after suggesting NFL free of racism

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio is apologizing for suggesting discrimination and racism aren't problems in the NFL. "After reflecting on my comments yesterday and listening to the players this morning, I realize what I said regarding racism and discrimination in the ...

Clemson assistant Pearman apologizes for using racial slur

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman said he made a “grave mistake” when he repeated a racial slur to ex-Tigers tight end D.J. Greenlee at practice three years ago. The incident came to light Tuesday when former player Kanyon Tuttle posted about it on social ...

NASCAR ready for long-term commitment in Nashville

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Here's what NASCAR hopes is the honky tonk truth — that a Nashville reboot is good enough this time to make the sport a tough ticket in the heart of one of the entertainment hot spots of the south. The first step? Convincing its star drivers the trip to Nashville Superspeedway in 2021 is ...

NHL teams regaining chemistry a challenge

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Claude Giroux's Philadelphia Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL back when hockey was still being played. That was more than two months ago and their next game could be two more months away. He can't predict how things might go if the season resumes. "I don't know," Giroux said. "Right ...

MHSAA gives go-ahead for summer activities

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EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association updated guidelines for reopening school sports on Tuesday. The update came after Governor Gretchen Whitmer lifted the stay-at-home order on Monday. MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said member schools can begin summer ...

Notre Dame-Navy football opener moved from Ireland to U.S.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the cornavirus pandemic. The Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor ...

Peterson: The things you won’t see in 2020

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In this — whacky and never seen before — world we’re living in, there are going to be things you are not going to see in 2020. It’s bad enough that that high school and college tournament seasons in hockey and basketball were washed away. I especially feel for all the seniors who ...

Finlandia women’s hockey adds Pederson to roster

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HANCOCK — Jayde Pederson (Waseca, Minn.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University women’s hockey team. Pederson had a record-breaking career at Waseca High School. She scored a school record 110 goals and added 49 assists for 159 points. Pederson was a four-time All-Big South ...

MLB players offer 114-game season, no more pay cuts

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players ignored claims by clubs that they need to take additional pay cuts, instead proposing they receive a far higher percentage of salaries and commit to a longer schedule as part of a counteroffer to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Players ...

Non-revenue sports fret over college athlete compensation

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College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs. More than a dozen national associations in various sports – hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them – have signed a ...

Judge dismisses Dykstra’s suit against ex-teammate Darling

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NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra's defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, ruling the outfielder's reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more. Dykstra claimed he was defamed when Darling alleged he had made racist ...

NHL plans to test players daily for COVID-19

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Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information. It is part of the reason the Columbus captain supports NHL players undergoing daily testing if the season resumes. “Testing is a must because it’s the only way you’re ...

Keselowski wins another race with late fortunes

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Keselowski inherited his second win of the season when Chase Elliott and Joey Logano collided as they raced for the victory Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keselowski was in third with a lap and a turn remaining when he lucked into his second victory in three ...

Number of eliminated college sports programs nearing 100

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Four-year colleges facing budget shortfalls stemming from the pandemic are approaching an unwelcome milestone: In coming days, the number of eliminated sports programs will almost surely pass 100. Research by The Associated Press found a total of 97 teams eliminated at four-year schools ...

College Football Hall of Fame damaged in Atlanta protests

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ATLANTA (AP) — The College Football Hall of Fame is boarded up and assessing damage from a destructive night of protests in downtown Atlanta. The facility’s most valuable trophies and artifacts were moved to a secure facility in case additional trouble breaks out amid nationwide unrest ...

Legends: Rouleau’s hockey prowess led to Tech career

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HANCOCK — If ever a player was destined to play hockey at Michigan Tech University, it was Pete Rouleau. Rouleau, who starred at Hancock High School, said he watched the Huskies from a young age. “Whenever they (Huskies) were in town, I would be there watching with my Dad and his ...