Puzzle and game competitions

In this screenshot provided by SpellPundit, spellers and organizers of the SpellPundit Online National Spelling Bee participate in semifinals Tuesday night, May 26, 2020. The bee was launched after the Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. (SpellPundit via AP)
May 28, 2020 - 9:43 pm
The upstart ex-spellers who launched an online spelling bee to fill the void left by the canceled Scripps National Spelling Bee had little trouble running an efficient, and sufficiently challenging, competition. Replicating the drama of the ESPN-televised national finals wasn't quite as easy...
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In this screenshot provided by SpellPundit, spellers and organizers of the SpellPundit Online National Spelling Bee participate in semifinals Tuesday night, May 26, 2020. The bee was launched after the Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. (SpellPundit via AP)
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May 28, 2020 - 6:23 am
Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 13-year-old eighth-grader from Potomac, Maryland, was a two-time participant in the bee, and...
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A screen grab taken on Monday April 27, 2020 showing Spain's Rafael Nadal, bottom left, playing against Canada's Denis Shapovalov, bottom right, in a "virtual" tennis match at a tournament hosted by the Madrid Open. Tennis has joined the video game craze taking over the sports world during the coronavirus pandemic, with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and 30 other pros trading in their rackets for controllers this week to participate in a "virtual" tournament hosted by the Madrid Open. (Mutua Madrid Open via AP)
April 30, 2020 - 3:48 pm
A little glimpse of what a mic’d-up Andy Murray might sound like on a real-life court — cursing, muttering, grunting — provided the highlights for the coronavirus pandemic’s first video game tennis tournament involving pros. Alas, the gaming itself was full of glitches galore as the four-day event...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2017 file photo, Shourav Dasari, 14, from Spring, Texas, correctly spells his word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. With the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled because the coronavirus pandemic, an online spelling bee launched by two Texas teenagers is offering a consolation prize of sorts, with competitors nationwide including many of the kids who were considered favorites for the Scripps title.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 22, 2020 - 4:13 pm
With this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, an online spelling bee launched by two Texas teenagers is offering a consolation prize of sorts, with competitors nationwide including many of the kids who were considered favorites for the Scripps title...
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A woman carries a shopping bag as she walks on the sidewalk in downtown Chicago, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Several major spring and summer events in Chicago have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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April 21, 2020 - 10:06 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Spain called off the Running of the Bulls in July, the U.S. scrapped the national spelling bee in June and Germany canceled Oktoberfest five months away, making it clear Tuesday that the effort to beat back the coronavirus and return to normal could be a long and dispiriting process...
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April 21, 2020 - 8:05 am
This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee has been canceled after organizers concluded there is “no clear path to safely set a new date in 2020” because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision, announced by Scripps on Tuesday morning, means kids who are in eighth grade this year will miss their...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Phoenix. Booker won the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament on Saturday, April 11, 2020, sweeping Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the best-of-three final. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
April 11, 2020 - 10:30 pm
Devin Booker won the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament on Saturday night, sweeping Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the best-of-three final. “I played a lot growing up,” Booker said. “It's all about timing and eye coordination.” ESPN broadcast the three-day, 16-player Xbox One competition. The last...
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws during spring training baseball camp Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
April 10, 2020 - 7:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Snell, Juan Soto and Bo Bichette are among the baseball stars switching over to PlayStation with America's pastime on hold. Thirty big leaguers — one from each team — have signed on to play a round-robin regular season on the MLB The Show video game with the real season on...
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March 20, 2020 - 8:19 am
The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus. Scripps informed The Associated Press of its decision Friday morning, citing recommendations against large gatherings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ongoing state of...
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January 25, 2020 - 2:51 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Sports gambling giant DraftKings won't give a former "Bachelor” contestant the $1 million prize for winning an online fantasy football contest after she and her husband were accused of cheating. Jade Roper-Tolbert, who appeared in “The Bachelor” and "Bachelor in Paradise" television...
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