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Miami plays Oklahoma City for non-conference showdown

Miami Heat (44-27, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-27, fifth in the Western Conference) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat play Chris Paul and the Oklahoma...

 
 By DAVE SKRETTA    Sports    August 12, 2020 

College football players left in limbo as seasons get pushed

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is ready to play football next month. Or in the winter. Or even the spring. He just wants to pull on his shoulder pads one last time, run onto the field in front of thousands of adoring fans, and experience...

 
 By RALPH D. RUSSO    Sports    August 12, 2020 

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

A crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday as the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons. Five months almost to the day after the first spikes...

 

Washington faces Oklahoma City, aims to end 5-game skid

Washington Wizards (24-45, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (42-26, sixth in the Western Conference) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup with Oklahoma City as...

 

Duffy scheduled to start as Kansas City hosts Minnesota

Minnesota Twins (10-4, first in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (5-10, fifth in the AL Central) Kansas City, Kansas; Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) Royals: Danny Duffy...

 

Thunder keep Wizards winless in bubble with 121-103 win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Washington 121-103 on Sunday to keep the Wizards the only winless team inside the NBA bubble. Bazley was 5 of 8 from...

 

Phoenix plays Oklahoma City, seeks 6th straight win

Oklahoma City Thunder (43-26, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (31-39, 11th in the Western Conference) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Monday, 2:30 p.m. EDT LINE: Suns -5; over/under is 224 BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix is looking to keep its...

 

Memphis takes on Oklahoma City, seeks to stop 5-game slide

Oklahoma City Thunder (42-25, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (32-37, eighth in the Western Conference) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Friday, 4 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Memphis heads into the matchup with Oklahoma City as losers of...

 

Grizzlies roll past Thunder for first win since restart

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed their first win since the restart with a 121-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds and...

 

WNBA players urge people to vote against team owner, senator

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — WNBA players urged people to vote against Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a Republican U.S. senator running to keep her seat in Georgia. Loeffler, who spoke out publicly against the league's social justice plans and...

 

NFL bringing more staff back to HQ with saliva virus tests

The NFL is preparing to return most of its employees to team headquarters in Midtown Manhattan later this month and staffers going back to the office will have to take saliva COVID-19 tests every two weeks. No more than half of the 780-member staff...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    August 5, 2020

Chiefs' fortunate offseason helps with COVID-19 opt outs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kelechi Osemele was at a birthday party with his girlfriend in a park not long ago when his phone rang, and the two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman ducked away from the noise to find out who was on the other end. It turned...

 

Gilgeous-Alexander scores 19 to help Thunder top Jazz 110-94

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Utah Jazz 110-94 on Saturday in their first game of the restart. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds,...

 

Gonzalez expected to start for the White Sox against Royals

Chicago White Sox (3-4, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (3-5, fifth in the AL Central) Kansas City, Kansas; Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 14.73 ERA, 2.18 WHIP, 3 strikeouts) Royals: Ronald...

 

Oklahoma City faces conference foe Denver

Denver Nuggets (43-23, third in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (41-24, fifth in the Western Conference) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Monday, 4 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Denver Nuggets take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a matchup of...

 

Junis scheduled to start for Kansas City against Chicago

Chicago White Sox (4-4, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (3-6, fifth in the AL Central) Kansas City, Kansas; Sunday, 2:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Dylan Cease (0-1, 15.43 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 1 strikeouts) Royals: Jakob...

 

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team's four-game series at Detroit. The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday...

 

Broncos' Ja'Wuan James skipping 2020 over COVID-19 concerns

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Right tackle Ja'Wuan James informed the Denver Broncos on Monday that he's opting out of the 2020 season over coronavirus concerns. The Broncos were counting on their headliner from last year's free agent class to bounce bac...

 

Sports in Brief

BASEBALL HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, a day after throwing a fastball near the head of Houston's Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos...

 

Jets' Gase: Both teams benefited from Adams trade to Seattle

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Gase is moving on and mostly taking the high road. The trade of Jamal Adams was still a hot topic Tuesday as New York Jets players begin filtering into the team's facility for the start of training camp, and the coach had a...

 
 By TIM REYNOLDS    Sports    July 29, 2020

Davis could miss Lakers' 1st game back after poke in eye

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Re-opening night is fast approaching, and Anthony Davis' status is uncertain. Davis, who left the Los Angeles Lakers' second scrimmage after getting poked in the eye and didn't play in the team's exhibition finale at...

 

Cardinals RHP Mikolas out for season with forearm surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm, creating an opening in the rotation. The Cardinals placed Mikolas on the 10-day injured list before...

 

OU's Riley extended through 2025, will earn average of $7.5M

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will earn an average of more than $7.5 million a year under a contract extension through the 2025 season. The university's board of regents approved the two-year extension Tuesday. The deal was...

 

Oklahoma to face Missouri State week early Aug. 29

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has moved its football opener against Missouri State up a week to Saturday, Aug. 29. The Sooners said the NCAA approved a waiver request from both schools to change the date to allow more schedule flexibility amid the...

 
 By David Skretta    Sports    July 26, 2020

Jones wins overtime NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Brandon Jones must have learned something during two stifling Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway. He knew exactly what to do when he stepped in his Xfinity ride. The 23-year-old Jones came roaring around the outside of...

 

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