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Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the coronavirus was shutting down ...

Jalen Ramsey won’t skip Rams camp; deal ‘will get handled’

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Ramsey says he will definitely report to training camp with the Los Angeles Rams for the final year of his rookie contract. And while he didn't confirm how he'll get there, Ramsey probably won't feel the need to show up in an armored ...

Elliott ends Busch’s win streak, collects $100,000 bounty

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott gained a measure of revenge against Kyle Busch on Tuesday night — and then let him know about it. Elliott snapped Busch's seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty at Charlotte Motor Speedway ...

Reports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance, according to published reports. The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday cited unidentified ...

‘A step toward normalcy’ – NHL shapes a return to play plan

By JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writers Rosy as the news might sound, Gary Bettman made no promises in announcing the NHL has the framework of a plan in place to return to the ice. "We hope," the commissioner said, "that this is a step back toward normalcy." The league and its ...

Hall of Famers reach out to youth with messages of strength

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It doesn't matter how the message is conveyed as long as it is communicated. So the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have three members livestream a session Friday with Ohio youngsters as part of its Strong Youth Strong Community program. Anthony Munoz, ...

AP source: NHLPA board voting on playoff format to return

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writers The NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return to play format, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ...

Briscoe’s heartbreaking week ends with Xfinity victory

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives. It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that ...

Rams’ Aaron Donald: Football without fans ‘wouldn’t be fun’

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Donald is not thrilled about the prospect of playing football without fans. The Los Angeles Rams' superstar defensive lineman doesn't like the idea of playing an NFL season in front of empty seats, saying it "wouldn't be fun to ...

Odenigbo’s opportunity: Vikings pass rusher now in key role

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, like the rest of the NFL during this virus-restricted offseason, have been forced to rely on virtual instruction over video conference calls between staff and players. Ifeadi Odenigbo's opportunity to become a ...