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 Sports    May 31, 2020 

GAC announces 2020-21 football, basketball and championship schedules

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Friday, The Great American Conference announced its Council of Presidents approved changes to the league's upcoming football and basketball schedules, as well as alterations to the conference's championship formats. The...

 
 By Howard Fendrich    Sports    May 31, 2020 

US Open plan in works, including group flights, COVID tests

Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. No spectators. Fewer...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 29, 2020

NFL coaches could return to team facilities next week

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo...

 

2020 NFL Preseason Schedule

All Times EDT HALL OF FAME WEEK Thursday, Aug. 6 Pittsburgh vs. Dallas at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NBC) WEEK 1 Thursday, Aug. 13 Philadelphia at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. Detroit at New England, 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Giants at...

 
 By Ralph D. Russo    Sports    May 29, 2020

NCAA offers guidance for bringing athletes back to campus

The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring back athletes to campus during a pandemic. While schools will need to have testing and surveillance plans in place, the guidance does not recommend testing all athletes upon...

 

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

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...

 

KU Athletics imposing new pay cuts, furloughs to cut costs

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas athletic department has imposed pay cuts and furloughs for all employees in response to financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic Director Jeff Long announced the moves in an...

 
 By Doug Ferguson    Sports    May 24, 2020

Out of the Woods: Tiger emerges for TV match with Lefty, QBs

The purpose is to raise $10 million or more for COVID-19 relief efforts, and provide entertainment with four of the biggest stars from the PGA Tour and NFL. Another appeal to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, "The Match: Champions for Charity," is...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    May 24, 2020

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

Eddie Sutton waited so long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He couldn't hang on long enough to make it to the ceremony. The man who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to t...

 

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

Georgetown basketball coach and former NBA great Patrick Ewing has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home, his son said Monday. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York...

 

This Date in Baseball

May 23 1901 — The Cleveland Blues, later known as the Indians, scored nine runs with two outs in the ninth inning to beat the Washington Senators 14-13. 1910 — In the top of the ninth inning in a game against Boston, Cincinnati's Dode Paskert...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    May 21, 2020

Chiefs holding unique virtual competition for punting job

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — It's a good thing an NFL kicking operation requires no more than three players. There's the long snapper, tasked with delivering the ball. The kicker, who is expected to send it through the uprights. And the punter, who for...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 20, 2020

NFL teams can reopen training facilities with government OK

Several 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...

 
 By Ciaran Fahey    Sports    May 17, 2020

Soccer reboot in Germany: No fans, lonely goal celebrations

BERLIN (AP) — Erling Haaland scored the Bundesliga's first goal in more than two months and then celebrated. Alone. The 19-year-old's Borussia Dortmund teammates stayed away, mindful of the strict hygiene measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, as...

 

The Latest: NASCAR fans tailgating near Darlington Raceway

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's return at Darlington Raceway (all times local): ___ 1 p.m. Kevin Nobles wasn't going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn't matter that he couldn't get near the track. Nobles was part of a...

 

Vanderbilt adds guard Isaac McBride as transfer from Kansas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has signed guard Isaac McBride as a transfer from Kansas. Coach Jerry Stackhouse announced Monday that McBride will join the roster for the 2020-21 season. "He is a quick and explosive athlete who can play both...

 
 By Ken Miller    Sports    May 15, 2020

Oklahoma reopening on track as virus cases near 5,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The reopening of Oklahoma businesses will continue Friday with stand-alone bars, funerals, weddings and organized sports activities resuming, according to Gov. Kevin Stitt. "We continue to have that downward trend in hospitaliz...

 
 By Doug Ferguson    Sports    May 15, 2020

Johnson, McIlroy prepare for golf return before TV audience

Dustin Johnson left The Players Championship two months ago and didn't play another round of golf until four days ago, the start of a crash course for his return to playing before a television audience. He also owes it to his partner, Rory McIlroy,...

 
 By Barry Wilner    Sports    May 15, 2020

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...

 
 By Doug Ferguson    Sports    May 13, 2020

TV special on 'Tiger Slam' to air after Woods' charity match

Golf Channel was going to wait until a few hours after the Masters was over to show the latest project from its Golf Films unit called "Tiger Slam." But it wasn't going to wait until November. The timing turned out to be even better. The one-hour...

 

Courtney Paris returning to Oklahoma as assistant coach

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Courtney Paris is returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach after a 10-year WNBA playing career. The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday. Paris was the 2007 AP National Player of the Year as a...

 

Oklahoma Fishing Trail Grand Slam Challenge has biggest month yet

OKLAHOMA CITY – As Oklahomans social distance to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been spending time fishing Oklahoma lakes and rivers. In the month of April, the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department received six submissions...

 
 By Stephen Whyno    Sports    May 10, 2020

Mixed feelings around hockey about holding NHL draft early

The NFL's successful virtual draft and uncertainty surrounding the resumption of hockey this season have raised the possibility of an NHL draft held before the Stanley Cup Final. After postponing its draft scheduled for June 26-27 in light of the...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    May 10, 2020

Chiefs among centerpieces of NFL slate as they chase repeat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the makeshift interview room just outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, defensive tackle Chris Jones yelled across to Chiefs teammate Frank Clark, vowing that the Super Bowl championship they had just won would not be the...

 
 By Ronald Blum    Sports    May 10, 2020

AP source: MLB owners OK plan that could lead to July start

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that...

 

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