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Penske wants full fans at Indy 500, ready for IndyCar opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roger Penske will watch the IndyCar season opener from a suite at Texas Motor Speedway — his first time off the pit stand and on the other side of the fence since his teams failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1995. His relocation is partly for safety. At ...

More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities

More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have coaching staffs at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Clubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Super Bowl champion Kansas City, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, ...

What’s next for the NBA? A plan for testing is the big key

For the NBA, it is not officially time to play. It's getting closer, but the league isn't there yet. The move to agree on a 22-team format for the resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season is a major step forward, but it was just the first of many major decisions that has to be completed ...

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of ...

MLB players say teams ‘depriving America of baseball games’

NEW YORK (AP) — Players accused teams of "depriving America of baseball games" as part of a money fight set off by the coronavirus pandemic and raised the possibility baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union's objection. Bruce Meyer, the ...

AP Exclusive: MLB plan saves big-spending teams $100M each

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million on player salaries as part of management's proposal to start the coronavirus-delayed season than they would under the union's plan, according to an analysis by The Associated ...

Elway joins call for change after George Floyd’s killing

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway says he's no longer staying on the sidelines and is "joining with the players, coaches and our organization in speaking up against racism, police brutality and any injustice against the black community." The comments from the Denver Broncos' general manager ...

Police in New Jersey praised for marching in Floyd protests

Police officers in one of New Jersey's largest and most violent cities were praised on social media for marching alongside protesters in rallies held this weekend over George Floyd's death. Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki, who has been working in the city for decades, joined the front ...

Protests, mayhem continue, lead to more California curfews

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers lined the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and cities across California declared curfews Sunday to head off more violence after unruly demonstrators at earlier protests burned police cars, broke into stores and skirmished with officers. In more ...

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 ...