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NHL revises virus protocols with 40 players on COVID-19 list

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer With COVID-19 problems cropping up and four teams currently idled, the NHL has revised its virus protocols in a bid to keep the shortenend season on track. Glass panels have been removed from behind benches for better air flow, players and coaches are not ...

AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. WNBA free agents can't officially sign until Monday, but Parker is leaving Los Angeles for Chicago after playing the first 13 years of her professional career with ...

Tight games this weekend, with one upset projected

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers' backfield. Donald hopes ...

AP source: LeMahieu, Yanks work on $90 million, 6-year deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1 million. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. The ...

Judge, Yankees agree at to $10,175,000, 1-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Slugging outfielder Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $10,175,000. Judge had his third straight injury-interrupted season since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, hitting .257 with nine ...

Bills’ dynamic Allen-Diggs duo ‘just scratching the surface’

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Stefon Diggs isn't altogether content with how he and quarterback Josh Allen have teamed up to rewrite several pages of the Buffalo Bills' single-season record book. Acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March, Diggs ...

A wearable tech defense vs COVID-19 in world juniors bubble

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — What looks like a thin pack of gum is attached to Braden Schneider's event credential at the world junior hockey championship. It's a beacon providing both contact tracing capability should the Canadian defenseman test positive for COVID-19 and a warning if he stands ...

Padres acquire Darvish in blockbuster trade with Cubs on Tuesday night

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller reunited with an old friend in another blockbuster move Tuesday night. The aggressive Padres got Yu Darvish in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, adding another ace to their rotation after announcing a ...

Florida-Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl dozen years after title game

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dan Mullen has been part of two national championships with Florida, the last for the Gators coming in a win over Oklahoma in his final game as their offensive coordinator before leaving for his first head coaching job. That BCS ...

No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer Facing fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Jets turned to veteran Frank Gore — along with rookie Mekhi Becton. The critical play called for Gore to run behind Becton, a 6-foot-7, 363-pound left ...

Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. Arizona was accused of nine counts of misconduct, including five Level I violations, in a Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA in ...

Alabama’s Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Heisman Trophy finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team, leading a contingent of five Alabama players on the first-team offense. Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris, tackle Alex ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By Pete Iacobelli AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington releases 2019 1st-round pick Dwayne Haskins

By Stephen Whyno AP Sports Writer Washington released 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Monday, less than 24 hours after he committed three turnovers in a loss to Carolina and in the aftermath of another violation of pandemic protocols. Haskins started in place of injured quarterback ...

On Football: Playoff picture clears up — and muddles, too

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer If they're singing anything in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Seattle, it could be "I Can See Clearly Now." All three took some big steps Sunday. As for the appropriate song in the AFC South and NFC East, try "Purple Haze." Or "Land Of Confusion." The ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington cuts Haskins; Smith or Heinicke to play at Eagles

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington released quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Monday, hours after coach Ron Rivera said either Alex Smith or Taylor Heinicke will start the regular-season finale with the NFC East at stake. Rivera is "optimistic" Smith will be ready to play at the ...

Odd became normal: sports’ masked road trip to the unknown

FRED LIEF AP Sports Writer Take your pick. Maybe it was a Big East Tournament basketball game that broke for halftime and never returned. Or the cardboard cutouts of spectators that replaced flesh-and blood fans in stadiums across the country. Or the Maui Invitational relocated from the ...

No. 18 Miami, Oklahoma State meet in Cheez-It Bowl

The Associated Press undefined Cheez-It Bowl: Oklahoma State (7-3, 6-3 Big 12) against Miami (8-2, 7-2 ACC), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Miami by 2. Series record: Miami leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE No. 18 Miami is looking to rebound after getting routed 62-26 by North Carolina in ...