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Mellow Matt; Penguins G Murray eyeing present, not future

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray's legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It's the goaltender's future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray ...

Judge denies American women’s soccer immediate appeal

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer A federal judge has denied a request by American women's soccer players to allow an immediate appeal of his decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a ...

Pro tennis set to resume in Australia after lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis players in Australia will have a chance to compete for prize money for the first time since March in a UTR pro series starting this weekend in Sydney and continuing in city hubs across the country from next week. Top-ranked Ash Barty is unlikely to compete, ...

New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor's office and deciding the race posed too many ...

As Florida virus test numbers rise, NBA prepares for Disney

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days. The NBA hopes that doesn't matter. After spending weeks putting together an incredibly elaborate series of health and safety protocols — the word ...

No full shields for players; NHL talking off-ice protection

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer NHL players won't be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer, though there could be plenty of covered faces around them. Equipment changes have not been a focus of return-to-play negotiations between the league and players' union, ...

Former snooker player Willie Thorne dies at 66

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Willie Thorne, a former snooker player who was one of Britain's most distinctive sportsmen in the 1980s because of his bald head, died Wednesday. He was 66. A message on Thorne's GoFundMe page said he died after battling leukaemia. He had been placed into an ...

World’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests. Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year's world championships and had been the early favorite for ...

23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association's tournament presentation Wednesday that she "cannot wait to return" to New York for the major championship she has won ...

Column: Shut up and dribble? No way. It’s time to listen

A column is normally a spot for pontificating, to speak bluntly on the issues of the day and receive a gamut of feedback, from effusive praise to slanderous insults. Not this time. Now's the time for those of us in the privileged class to listen, really listen to what African-Americans and ...