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Tokyo Olympic CEO promises ‘transparency’ over cost of delay

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics promised "transparency" with the Japanese public on Thursday regarding the cost of postponing the games until next year. Neither the Japanese organizers nor the International Olympic Committee has said ...

MLB, minors term talks constructive

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The tone of talks for a new agreement governing the relationship between baseball's major and minor leagues took a positive turn when the bickering sides met electronically for about an hour and later issued a joint statement that termed the ...

Incentive deal to move Carolina Panthers to S.C. approved

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A county in South Carolina approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site. The York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday, ...

Column: Nothing smart about staging UFC fights or NFL draft

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Dana White must be a smart guy. He did, after all, build UFC from almost nothing into the entertainment and sports juggernaut it is today. Roger Goodell is pretty smart himself. He's been able to keep 32 owners happy while filling their pockets with even ...

AP source: Cowboys sign DE Aldon Smith, suspended since 2015

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday with Dallas. The ...

Hockey players in the minors face uncertainty, job fears

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Tom Parisi made the long drive from South Carolina to his home just south of Boston with a lot on his mind. The ECHL season had just been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 26-year-old wondered if he'd need to dig for oysters on the beach ...

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

By RALPH D, RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Athletic directors at the nation's biggest schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey conducted by LEAD1, an association of athletic directors from 130 major college football ...

Rugby in crisis as unions engage in ‘unprecedented dialogue’

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. The Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. England leaders have drawn up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit. The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two ...

NCAA’s greatest hits: Austin Carr’s record 61 points in 1970

By Eric Olson AP Sports Writer Austin Carr played for Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated college basketball. LSU’s Pete Maravich was scoring 40 a night and still No. 1 on the points list. Niagara’s Calvin Murphy, Purdue’s Rick Mount and St. Bonaventure’s Bob ...

AP source: Jaguars dumping QB Nick Foles in trade to Bears

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to mitigate one of the costliest mistakes in franchise history. The Chicago Bears could benefit from the purge. The Jaguars agreed Wednesday to trade quarterback Nick Foles to the Bears for ...

Gronk gone wild! Gronkowski set to host WrestleMania

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gronk is going to WrestleMania. Rob Gronkowski, the retired New England Patriots tight end, is set to host WrestleMania in April from WWE's performance center. The WWE's annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — was originally ...

Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year begins

By Arnie Stapleton and Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writers Tom Brady preparing to trade the red, white and blue threads of this century's most successful franchise for one of the NFL's bottom feeders served as the highlight of a topsy-turvy start to the league's new year Wednesday. Brady, ...

Diggs highlights Buffalo’s offseason haul

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Frustrated by the Bills collapse in an AFC wild-card playoff loss at Houston, general manager Brandon Beane opened the offseason suggesting Buffalo wasn't one player away from being a better team. Beane backed up that sentiment by ...

Ottawa player is 1st in NHL to test positive for COVID-19

By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers The NHL has its first known case of the new coronavirus after an Ottawa Senators player tested positive. The team announced late Tuesday that an unidentified player had tested positive for COVID-19. The Senators said the player has mild ...

AP source: Saints, Brees agree on 2-year, $50 million deal

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints and record-setting quarterback Drew Brees have agreed on a two-year, $50 million contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the ...

Durant among 4 Nets to test positive for new coronavirus

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant told The Athletic he was one ...

AP Source: Panthers replacing Newton with Bridgewater

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have found a replacement for Cam Newton — and it didn't take long. The Panthers have agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

Brady leaving Patriots, says ‘football journey’ is elsewhere

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer For two decades, Tom Brady was the face of the Patriots, and even of the NFL. When he turns 43 in August, his home address no longer will be in New England. The six-time Super Bowl champion plans to keep playing. But the centerpiece of the Patriots’ ...

Titans use franchise tag on NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season. The Titans on Monday used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Henry. ...

NHL pushes back timeline on potential resumption of season

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writers The NHL is pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not a month or more. The league and NHL Players' Association told players Monday they can go home — even out of North America — and must self-isolate ...