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Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday, July 11. When they do, visitors to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” will find new rules in place. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
July 09, 2020 - 6:21 pm
Nikola Vucevic had to raise his voice a bit to answer a question. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting contest. After four months, basketball was...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson shoots free throws prior to an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Pelicans rookie Williamson says he feels like he is in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans' eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
July 09, 2020 - 6:18 pm
The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation that his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before his lone season for Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in a Florida state court,...
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Orlando City players, left, raise their fists in the air in solidarity with other MLS teams before the start of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla., while wearing shirts and masks with messages about race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
July 08, 2020 - 10:31 pm
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nani called it beautiful and emotional. He wasn't talking about either goal he played a part in during Orlando City's 2-1 victory over Inter Miami on Wednesday night. Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice...
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Golden State Warriors' Andrew Wiggins, left, keeps the ball from Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
July 08, 2020 - 9:21 pm
A person with knowledge of the situation says that Kawhi Leonard did not accompany the Los Angeles Clippers on their flight to Central Florida on Wednesday night for the restart of the NBA season. Leonard's absence was excused and he is expected to join the team at the Disney complex near Orlando...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, and guard Courtney Williams, right, huard Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, according to the Mystics. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 08, 2020 - 7:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, the Washington Mystics said Wednesday. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled...
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Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
July 08, 2020 - 6:48 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Ohio State has paused voluntary workouts by athletes of seven sports on campus after getting the results of its most recent coronavirus testing. The school said in a statement Wednesday night that workouts have...
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FILE - Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., listens during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Atlanta Dream co-owner and Sen. Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement when the season begins in Florida. Loeffler is a U.S. Republican senator running for re-election in Georgia.(Win McNamee/Pool via AP, File)
July 07, 2020 - 4:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement. Loeffler, who is also a Republican U.S. senator running for...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Los Angeles. Jusuf Nurkic is back and healthy. So are Zach Collins, Meyers Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and plenty of others. If the four-month NBA shutdown had a silver lining, it’s that a lot of ailing players got well.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 07, 2020 - 2:58 pm
Practice facilities in the NBA have been open for a couple of months, with one major element missing from them. No team has had an actual practice yet. Most of the work that has gone on in those buildings during the NBA’s shutdown has been voluntary, and all of it has been of the individual variety...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal drives during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Washington. Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal won't take part in the restart of the NBA season because of a right rotator cuff injury. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 07, 2020 - 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won't take part in the restart of the NBA season, two significant absences in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Beal is out because of a right rotator cuff injury; Dinwiddie announced that he is still testing...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2006, file photo, college players scrimmage during an NBA pre-draft basketball camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla. Most of the 22 remaining NBA teams were taking the court for the first mandatory workouts in nearly four months Wednesday, July 1, 2020, as the league continued prepping for the restart of the season at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Workouts are still individual in nature, but are no longer voluntary. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
July 06, 2020 - 5:11 pm
After four months of waiting and planning, the NBA bubble is ready to be tested. The first six teams — Brooklyn, Denver, Orlando, Phoenix, Utah and Washington — are scheduled to arrive Tuesday at the Disney complex. Another eight teams arrive Wednesday, the last eight arrive Thursday, and with that...
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