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Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, poses for a photo, Thursday, July 16, 2020, sitting in the empty stands of the Renton School District's Renton Memorial Stadium, which is used for high school football, soccer, and track events in Renton, Wash. Hoffman and other administrators across the country are facing difficult decisions regarding the overwhelming uncertainty of whether high school sports can go forward this fall as the clock ticks closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year with little clarity in place for an obvious and safe path moving forward for athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 24, 2020 - 2:22 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus. “In March, when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich argues for a call against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Spurs will try to extend the longest active playoff streak in the four major pro sports without LaMarcus Aldridge and with a decent mathematical chance to sneak into the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
July 23, 2020 - 9:25 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich was working in a mask on Thursday — though not in his usual role — when the San Antonio Spurs made their scrimmage debut at the NBA restart at Walt Disney World. Popovich was not serving as head coach for the game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Spurs...
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FILE - WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals, in a Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 file photo, in Washington. 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 when the season begins in Florida. Loeffler is a U.S. Republican senator running for re-election in Georgia.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 23, 2020 - 1:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert believes the measures that the league has taken to ensure the players are safe as they work toward their season have been effective. Engelbert said on a conference call Wednesday that there were two positive tests for the coronavirus when the...
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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. The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season. But the club has not said whether the former Duke star would be able to return or whether he’ll miss any games because of his departure on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
July 22, 2020 - 9:16 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Baiamonte was not at Walt Disney World on Wednesday. The public address announcer for the Miami Heat wasn't in the building for the team's season-restart scrimmage debut. His voice was. The sound of him bellowing one of his signature phrases — “stand up and...
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Mick Hoffman, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, poses for a photo, Thursday, July 16, 2020, sitting in the empty stands of the Renton School District's Renton Memorial Stadium, which is used for high school football, soccer, and track events in Renton, Wash. Hoffman and other administrators across the country are facing difficult decisions regarding the overwhelming uncertainty of whether high school sports can go forward this fall as the clock ticks closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year with little clarity in place for an obvious and safe path moving forward for athletics. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 22, 2020 - 11:05 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The 28-year-old...
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A basketball court is shown at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The NBA's marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)
July 21, 2020 - 9:57 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — There’s no bench. The courtside broadcasters will not be courtside. And the stat crew will be doing their work inside what loosely can be described as an oversized hockey penalty box. The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look. The league’s marketing motto...
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July 21, 2020 - 9:20 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett wants to come back to Minnesota — as a Timberwolves owner. The longtime NBA superstar said Tuesday he is part of a group that is hoping to buy the franchise from Glen Taylor, who has owned it since 1994. Taylor said in a statement he was recently approached by a...
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FILE - This Dec. 30, 2012, file photo shows a Buffalo Bills helmet displaying a WWFD (West Webster Fire Department) decal in memory of two fallen West Webster, N.Y., firefighters who lost their lives in a shooting and a S.H.E.S. decal in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)
July 21, 2020 - 12:47 pm
The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers already have just about guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a delicate balancing act when the NBA returns to action. They must try to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus while also staying as healthy as possible for the postseason. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 20, 2020 - 4:48 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James keeps hearing the same questions. How’s it going? How’s the bubble? He now has a one-size-fits-all answer. “I just say it’s 2020,” James said. “Nothing is normal in 2020.” That’s not entirely true. The NBA is a few weeks from playoff mode, and James --...
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FILE - Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, center, attends the WNBA All-Star festivities in a Friday, July 26, 2019 file photo, in Las Vegas. The WNBA put all 12 of its teams at a single site in IMG Academy in Florida hoping the full 22-game season would be able to be played in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Two weeks in to the experiment and Stewart and the other players and coaches have been adjusting to their home for the next few months. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
July 19, 2020 - 3:36 pm
Sue Bird has seen a lot in her storied playing career in the WNBA, overseas and the Olympics. While nothing the 39-year-old Seattle Storm guard experienced has prepared her for life in the WNBA bubble, she is making the best of the situation. The WNBA put all 12 of its teams at a single site — the...
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