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Michigan State AD defends Izzo after witness report

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman defended basketball coach Tom Izzo on Thursday after Izzo was accused in an ESPN report of contacting a witness who was part of a 2017 criminal sexual conduct investigation involving one of his players. According to a police ...

Ivies deny graduate eligibility for spring-sport athletes

NEW YORK (AP) — The Ivy League has decided not to allow its spring-sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility as graduates, despite the NCAA granting that option earlier this week. The move, which was announced ...

Bucks try to stay ready when season resumes

MILWAUKEE — The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks remain confident the coronavirus pandemic won’t put a permanent halt to the season and that they’ll get to resume chasing their first league title in nearly half a century. The Bucks had a league-best 53-12 record when play was suspended three ...

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teams

A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year, while male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) ...

A’s minor league manager on ventilator due to virus battle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics minor league manager Webster Garrison is hospitalized in Louisiana and on a ventilator with the coronavirus, according to his fiance. Nikki Trudeaux posted her latest update late Tuesday night on social media. She said the 54-year-old former major ...

NFL teams rely on tape with virus altering pre-draft routine

AURORA, Colo. — Let's go to the tape. NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe. The social distancing spawned by the new coronavirus has ...

Bears sign Quinn, Ifedi

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears finalized a five-year, $70 million contract with former All-Pro pass rusher Robert Quinn and a one-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi on Wednesday. The Bears were looking to boost their pass rush and blocking coming ...

Crosby, McDavid favorites in NHLPA poll

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is still regarded as the NHL’s top forward, while peers consider Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby the game’s most complete player. When it comes to game-day dress code, hockey players overwhelming favor relaxing the rule requiring a suit and tie, ...

NASCAR industry steps up to produce PPE’s in virus crisis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The five 3D printers at NASCAR’s Research & Technology center – two delivered in February and installed less than two weeks ago -- are typically focused on composite parts and working on an updated stock car. But when racing came to a stop March 13 amid the ...

MLB vets receive $4,775 daily during coronavirus outset

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by the new coronavirus, a total of $286,500. That’s just 2.5% percent of the $193,548 the New York Yankees ...

Tokyo Olympics set for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. “The schedule for the games ...

NCAA giving spring athletes extra year of eligibility

The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes ...

Michigan forward Livers applying for early entry to draft

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft. The school said Livers is not hiring an agent and would work with the Michigan coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the ...

Signs suggest summer dates for 2021 Olympics

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020. “The games are ...

2 Cubs employees test positive for COVID-19 virus; 1 hospitalized

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field on March 8 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One was hospitalized and the other was recovering at home, spokesman Julian Green said Sunday. Green also said there was “nothing ...

Knicks owner Dolan tests positive for coronavirus

James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks announced Dolanís diagnosis Saturday night. It is not clear when he was tested or when he received the diagnosis. Dolan is the first ...

Lions reach deal with ex-Packer WR Allison

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The Lions announced the move Sunday. The 26-year-old Allison comes to Detroit from division rival Green Bay. He caught 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns last season. Allison played the past ...

Ovechkin, Crosby favor going directly to playoffs

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby prefers the NHL skip the rest of the regular season and head directly to the playoffs if games resume during this pandemic-interrupted spring. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the same page, saying he’d even be willing to finish two ...

Money crisis faces US Olympic Sports

DENVER — The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. At least one has already started layoffs and others are desperate to stay solvent. Some are expecting a major downturn in membership dues, ...

New playbook: Women rising through NFL ranks

NEW YORK — Sophia Lewin was 12 years old when she told her father about her career goal: coaching football. Her dad didn’t exactly scoff, but he suggested perhaps scouting would be a more attainable profession. Nowadays, there are women handling both jobs. According to 2019 research ...