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Cubs pitching coach says virus quarantined him for month

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CHICAGO (AP) — An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday. The Cubs resume workouts Friday ...

Packers sign 1st-round pick Love, 2nd-round choice Dillon

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers said Wednesday they have signed Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon, their top two draft picks. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and ...

Baseball: SNB-Stanton blanks Dean Kangas-State Farm

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HANCOCK — Superior National Bank-Stanton’s bats came alive in a 10-0 win against Dean Kangas-State Farm in Copper Country Twilight Baseball League action Tuesday night at Driving Park. SNB-Stanton (1-1) scored four times in the second and added five more runs in the third. Carter Nettell ...

Larue commits to Finlandia baseball

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HANCOCK — Brandon Larue (Crivitz, Wis.) has committed to play for the Finlandia University baseball team. “I’m excited to get Brandon from Milwaukee Area Technical College,” Finlandia head coach Evan Brandt said. “He is a pitcher that will provide leadership and stability to our ...

Teams not able to disclose who goes on IL due to virus

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Trying to find out the status of a baseball player coming back from an ankle injury definitely will be easier than learning whether someone tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball said Tuesday that a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a ...

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

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NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. The National ...

Positive tests force Nuggets to close practice facilities

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DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets say they've closed their facilities after two members of the team's traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. A third tested positive this week. All three are asymptomatic, the Nuggets said Tuesday in confirming a report by ESPN's ...

Flames drop pair to hard-hitting Iron Mountain

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IRON MOUNTAIN — The Copper Country Flames fell victim to Iron Mountain’s hot hitting in a doubleheader loss on Sunday. The Flames (3-6) had offense of their own, but couldn’t match the power Iron Mountain brought to the plate. C.J. Bolo homered in the first game to power Iron Mountain ...

Patriots hope winning still in fashion for Newton

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One is a man of a million fedoras. The other is all about the hoodie. But whether Cam Newton and Bill Belichick can take the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl is going to be more about football than fashion. The Patriots have turned to the former Panthers quarterback to replace ...

Hamlin caps Pocono with 4th win

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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Round 2 at Pocono went to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin seized the spotlight, specifically in victory lane when Pocono had to set up lights after the race ended in the dark. Hamlin topped Kevin Harvick on Sunday night to win the second Cup race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway ...

Red Wings plan to hold training camp at Detroit next season

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DETROIT (AP) — The Red Wings plan to hold their training camp for the 2020-21 NHL season at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced the decision Monday to stay home ...

NBC gets U.S. Open as Fox gets out of contract

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The U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA, multiple people told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Three people with direct knowledge of the change say it came together in the last two weeks. ...

Prep hoops star Bates commits to play for Michigan State

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EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school basketball standout Emoni Bates has committed to play at Michigan State for the class of 2022. Bates announced his decision Monday on ESPN to play for the Spartans and coach Tom Izzo. In April, the 6-foot-9 guard was named Gatorade’s national ...

Legends: Haug an early Copper Country hockey Pioneer

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HOUGHTON — Carlos “Cub” Haug may not be a name familiar to many modern hockey fans. But the Houghton native put together a career that was notable for two things: He often practiced with the world championship Portage Lake Pioneers and later played for them; and he later became the ...

Baseball: Copper Country Flames rout Negaunee for twinbill sweep

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Flames blew the doors open early in a doubleheader sweep against Negaunee on Friday. The Flames (3-4) scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 26-2 win in the twinbill opener. Copper Country stuck it out through a close game for a 9-8 win in the ...

NHL: Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at Lafreniere

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Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he'd be going when the league held its draft ...

Majors confronting short time period before opening day

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CHICAGO (AP) — Forget about those halcyon first few days of spring training, when arranging for the right tee time on the right golf course is often more challenging than the work on the field. When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps more accurately, ...

NFL cancels Hall of Fame game

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The NFL on Thursday canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first ...

Dodgers, Twins report positive COVID-19 tests

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19, officials with the teams said Thursday. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it's "a delicate subject" and ...