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NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Monday ...

Zibanejad scores 5 goals, Rangers knock Caps from 1st place

By Simmi Buttar AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mika Zibanejad scored five goals to match the New York Rangers’ record, capping the scoring spree 33 seconds into overtime in a wild 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Zibanejad is the second player in NHL ...

NBA-leading Bucks bounce back from loss to rout Pacers

By Steve Megargee AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have the NBA’s best record in part by avoiding slumps. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Bucks bounced back from one of their weakest performances of the season to rout the ...

Stephen Curry set to return for Warriors on Thursday night

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry is scheduled to return from a more than four-month absence with a broken left hand to play for Golden State against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. The Warriors announced Wednesday night that Curry had been ...

Reds’ Bauer says tipping pitches for Dodgers all in fun

By Gary Schatz Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Trevor Bauer thinks his decision to tip pitches for a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during a spring training game and the resulting attention are good for baseball. The Cincinnati Reds’ outspoken starter signaled pitches to the ...

Yelich stays quiet amid reports of new contract with Brewers

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich is staying quiet when it comes to his contract situation with the Milwaukee Brewers. While Yelich is brushing off questions about his new deal, his teammates are all-too-happy to sing his praises. The 28-year-old is ...

Italian sport to take place without fans until April 3

By DANIELLA MATAR Associated Press MILAN (AP) — All sporting events in Italy will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the virus outbreak in the country, the Italian government announced on Wednesday. That will likely see the Italian soccer league resume in ...

Smoke returns: Stewart plans to race on Indy road course

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Smoke is hoping to kiss the bricks one more time. NASCAR Hall of Famer driver Tony Stewart announced plans Wednesday to drive in the Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and 2020 Hall of Fame inductee will ...

Pirates sanitize LECOM Park as proactive measure vs. virus

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus. Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said workers sanitized the clubhouse, press box, concession stands and other ...

Iowa hoping season dominance carries over to Big Ten meet

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's top-ranked wrestling team made it through the regular season undefeated. Ten of the Hawkeyes' 13 dual-meet wins came against nationally ranked teams, including a 13-day stretch in January in which they defeated Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State — all teams ...