Women's sports

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 15, 2020 - 1:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne was shocked and hurt when her request to be medically excused for the season was denied by an independent medical panel. Having battled Lyme disease for more than a decade and now taking 64 pills a day, she thought she was definitely going to be considered...
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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 13, 2020 - 10:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP. The Washington Mystics star said in a statement Monday that the independent panel of doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 7:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, Washington Mystics guard Kara Lawson (20) tries to move around the defense of New York Liberty center Avery Warley-Talbert, front right, and guard Candice Wiggins during the first half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series in New York. Lawson has always wanted to coach at Duke, a fact the first-time college coach had not shared with many people. Once the job opened up earlier this month, the Boston Celtics assistant jumped at the opportunity. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)
July 13, 2020 - 4:02 pm
Kara Lawson has always wanted to coach at Duke — a fact the first-time college coach hadn't shared with many people. Once the job opened up earlier this month, the Boston Celtics assistant jumped at the opportunity. “I knew that if it ever came open I’d try and put my best foot forward and try to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, Lafayette wide receiver Matt Mrazek, left, catches a touchdown pass as Lehigh cornerback Oliver Riguad defends during the second half of an NCAA college football Patriot League game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Patriot League joined the Ivy League on Monday, July 13, 2020, punting on a fall football season because of the coronavirus pandemic while holding out hope that it could be made up in the second academic semester. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
July 13, 2020 - 2:31 pm
The Patriot League joined the Ivy League on Monday, punting on football and other fall sports because of the pandemic while holding out hope games can be made up. The Patriot League said its 10 Division I schools will not compete in any fall sports, which include football, men's and women’s soccer...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2019, file photo, Mikaela Mayer, right, lands a right to Lizbeth Crespo in a boxing match in Las Vegas. Junior lightweight contender Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the co-main event of Las Vegas’ first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
July 13, 2020 - 1:48 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jamel Herring had fever, aches and chills for three days before taking a turn for the better. Mikaela Mayer felt nothing, except regret that she wasn’t given a second COVID-19 test to begin with. Both tested positive for the coronavirus last month, forcing them off ESPN boxing...
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FILE - In this July 5, 1980, file photo, Sweden's Bjorn Borg falls to his knees in front of the scoreboard on the Centre Court at Wimbledon after beating American John McEnroe, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 8-6, to take the men's singles final for the fifth year in a row. (AP Photo/Robert Dear, File)
July 12, 2020 - 3:24 am
EDITOR’S NOTE — Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The Associated Press is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One...
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July 12, 2020 - 1:10 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday. Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a narrow split decision over Max Holloway, and Petr Yan won the...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team's training facility in Boston. A person familiar with the situation says Duke is in talks with Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Lawson to lead the Blue Devils women’s basketball program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, July 10, 2020, because the school has not commented publicly on its search. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 11, 2020 - 3:07 pm
Duke has turned to Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its women’s basketball program. The school announced the hiring in a social media post Saturday, a little more than a week after Joanne P. McCallie announced she wouldn’t return for a 14th season as she...
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July 11, 2020 - 10:39 am
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan's most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock...
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