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Mahomes’ big bet on football pays off with $503 million deal

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the ...

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field. On Tuesday, one day after Major League ...

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. Jackson initially posted a screenshot of a quote widely attributed to Adolf Hitler, saying ...

Yanks’ Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. But the team's new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball's new coronavirus ...

NASCAR and IndyCar collide for racing extravaganza at Indy

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — even without fans. NASCAR's elite Cup Series will share a ...

Ski worlds to be held in 2021 despite request to delay

By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year's skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation. FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina ...

French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament

PARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year's postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. ...

After renovation, Hoops Hall ready to show off its new look

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Workers wearing black masks and white gloves move through the corridors of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, pushing a cart loaded with high-top sneakers from some of the sport's biggest stars. The gloves are to protect ...

Cubs’ Quintana cuts thumb washing dishes, undergoes surgery

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Already concerned about the depth of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs will have to get by for at least a little while without one starter because of a freak injury. Left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his ...

For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...