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MTU bike trails open for spring, summer

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Recreational Trails are open to members and we’re doing our best to get trails in quality riding conditions. Only local riders are permitted and social distancing guidelines are in effect. We know the many people who visit the Keweenaw to ride the Tech Trails ...

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

Horse racing’s Triple Crown will look different this year from start to finish. The Belmont Stakes will be run before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the first time and take place at a shorter distance. It will lead off the Triple Crown on June 20 in New York with no fans in attendance ...

NHL’s plan to return face possible border restriction hurdle

The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format, a person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press on Tuesday. And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel ...

Devils’ Schneider: NHL players concerned as pause lingers

Veteran New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider said Monday that a growing number of players are concerned the NHL will announce a “drop-dead” deadline for returning to play as the coronavirus pandemic lingers with summer coming up fast. The 34-year-old Schneider said some Devils are ...

U.S. Open no longer ‘open,’ eliminates qualifier for major

The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. Open qualifying is the hallmark of golf’s ...

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR. The grandstands were completely empty. There wasn’t a single tailgate inside the track. Everyone wore face coverings — some with the team logos, others opting for plain disposable medical masks. It ...

McIlroy delivers the winner as live golf returns to TV

Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a Skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who had not won a skin since the sixth hole, had a chance to win the final six ...

New MLB rules: shower at home, don’t spit, Mr. Met stay away

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will look somewhat like high school ball this year under protocols to deal with the new coronavirus, with showers at ballparks discouraged and players possibly arriving in uniform, like they did when they were teenagers. Team personnel will be banned ...

Pilot in Bryant crash had no alcohol, drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies ...

Players ask MLB for slew of financial documents

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for the baseball players' union asked Major League Baseball to submit a slew of financial documents that detail the industry's finances, a person familiar with the request told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither ...

NFL teams can reopen facilities Tuesday — with provisos

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by The Associated Press, he stressed that the clubs must be “in compliance with any additional public ...

‘Moneyball’ manager Howe in ICU with virus

HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old Howe, best known as the manager of the "Moneyball" Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV ...

Rays’ Snell says ‘I’m not playing unless I get mine’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays All-Star pitcher Blake Snell says he will not take the mound this year if his pay is cut further, proclaiming: "I'm not playing unless I get mine." "I'm not splitting no revenue. I want all mine," the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner said on a Twitch ...

Keselowski draws pole for NASCAR’s return to Darlington

Brad Keselowski celebrated his first pole win of the season — and perhaps the most memorable of his career — from afar. After waiting nearly a full hour Thursday evening, the Team Penske driver watched NASCAR's chief scorer Kyle McKinney finally pluck the No. 1 ball out of a random draw ...

PGA Tour plans constant testing, limited access

Players, caddies and key staff around them will be tested once a week for the new coronavirus, and everyone at the golf course will have their temperatures taken every day when the PGA Tour returns next month and tries to show it can resume its season with minimal risks. Testing was a big ...

Safety protocols include Fox calling NASCAR race from studio

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon thought his wife, a former model, was kidding when she asked the NASCAR Hall of Famer to color her graying roots. He realized she was serious after the third request, FaceTimed her regular stylist and took a crash course in mixing color. “Those are the ...

No MLB economic plan in 1st session with players

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball did not include an economic proposal during its opening presentation to the players’ union on terms to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized big leaguers for not being willing to cut pay further at a news ...

National League designated hitters limber up

Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this: In a most remarkable October full of huge ...

Cavs’ Nance grateful for chance to practice during pandemic

CLEVELAND (AP) — There’s been a massive void in Larry Nance Jr.’s life that no amount of watching Korean soccer games, practicing yoga, riding a stationary bike or playing video games can ever replace. Basketball is his world. The COVID-19 pandemic has deprived Nance of his greatest ...

Bryant’s sports academy retires ‘Mamba’ nickname

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his "Mamba" nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were ...