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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 ...

Lessons from ’18: Old pandemic is a murky guide for sports

The image is striking: Fans watching a college football game in the midst of a pandemic, wearing masks with a smidge of social distance between them on row after row of bleacher seats. The photo is 102 years old. The Georgia Tech alumni Twitter feed posted a black-and-white photo of the scene ...

Mostert acknowledges family concern over return to practice

Long before the sports world had been shut down and when only one death from the coronavirus had been reported in California, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert was concerned enough about the pandemic to cancel an appearance at an autograph show in early March. Now more than two ...

Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson leaves $1,000 tip at Florida eatery

COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson left a $1,000 tip for his waiter after dining at a restaurant in Florida that recently reopened amid the coronavirus outbreak. "Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. I LOVE YOU," Johnson wrote Monday on his ...

Governors warming to the idea of the return of pro sports

Governors around the country are warming to the idea of the return of professional sports to their states, with two caveats: continued progress against the coronavirus and no spectators in the stands. The heads of California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania spoke Monday of the return of ...

Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-law

NEW YORK (AP) — Richie Garcia was among baseball's best-rated and most popular umpires, and like many umps was known for the ones he missed: the Jeffrey Maier call in the playoffs, the pitch to Tino Martinez in the World Series. He lost his job in the failed labor strategy of mass ...

Lebron James, Spotify, HBO among 2020 Webby Award winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon, Spotify and HBO are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners Tuesday. Fallon's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" won a Webby for best website ...

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR. The grandstands were completely empty. There wasn't a single tailgate inside the track. Everyone wore face coverings — some with the team logos, others opting for plain disposable medical masks. It was ...