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Yzerman-led Red Wings sticking to long-term rebuilding plan

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is sticking to his rebuilding plan, which includes not making a coaching change or attempting to pull off a splash in free agency. Yzerman is not interested in short-term fixes such as firing coach Jeff Blashill or outspending other NHL teams ...

Boston Marathon canceled for 1st time in 124-year history

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another ...

At least 9 MLB teams pledge more minor league stipends

NEW YORK (AP) — At least nine major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseballís policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising ...

MLB players mull money-slashing plan

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball's proposed sliding scale of salary slashing for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans. Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose the most under the ...

Packers’ Jones says his contract status won’t be a distraction

Packers running back Aaron Jones says he wants to remain in Green Bay for his entire career and that he won’t let speculation about his future distract him as he enters the final season of his contract. The Packers drafted Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round last ...

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players' ...

Wilson, Rapinoe, Bird to host remote ESPYs feting heroism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and ...

Keselowski wins rain-delayed Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski, in a contract year and trying to up his value in free agency, gave Roger Penske a victory on what should have been the most celebrated day in motorsports but was instead just a 6-plus hour NASCAR show. Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing ...

Packers’ run defense eager for redemption after playoff loss

Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes his team's run defense is much better than its last showing. And he expects the team to prove that this fall. "When things are right, when things are clicking for us and guys have a good understanding of what they're doing, we can stop the ...

Sloan, coaching great of Jazz glory days, dies at 78

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. "This is pretty tough for me," Sloan said that night. Talking about ...

Packers lineman Adams faces marijuana, driving charges

ELKO, Ga. (AP) — Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams was arrested in Georgia this week and charged with marijuana and driving offenses. He was stopped Tuesday just after 6 p.m. on suspicion of driving with a suspended registration and no insurance, according to a Houston ...

Hamlin scores 2nd win of season at rain-shortened Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing ...

Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

"Full House" actress Lori Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has agreed to serve five months as part of a deal to plead guilty to cheating the college admissions process, according to court papers filed Thursday. Loughlin, ...

Cubs institute pay cuts, Pirates announce furloughs

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates ...

NFL looks at adding ‘booth umpire,’ tech adviser for refs

The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew. The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick. NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday. ...

Utah’s Conley waiting for news, like rest of NBA

Mike Conley is waiting for further instructions. So is the rest of the NBA. The league is continuing to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, with two people with knowledge of the situation saying Wednesday that Orlando — which has been talked about for several weeks — along ...

Body of WWE’s Gaspard found after suspected drowning

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The body of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was found early Wednesday on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, after he was caught in a rip current last weekend, police said. Patrol officers were flagged down around 1:25 a.m. by a person reporting that a ...

Stephen F. Austin receives playoff bans, forfeits wins

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin received postseason bans for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate and agreed Wednesday to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins for the improper certification of 82 student-athletes. The ...

Agency that oversees Coliseum says Athletics haven’t paid rent

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A’s have informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility. “They said because they haven’t used it, they were not able to generate revenue and they have ...

NFL teams reopening facilities with government OK

A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow ...