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  Tiger Woods was speeding before crashing SUV, sheriff says

Johnson, McIlroy seeking exclusive company at the Masters

  MLB officially moves All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field

Rangers fill stands with fans, who accept ‘calculated risk’

Baylor ends Gonzaga’s bid for perfect season with 86-70 victory

AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field

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NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

All-Star Game yanked from Georgia in response to voting law

Durant fined $50,000 for offensive language on social media

MMA fighter has finger severed in match; doctors reattach it

  WATCH: Basketball player’s parents find out he’s paid off their mortgage

A different Augusta National awaits newcomers from November

Mets-Nats opener delayed after positive COVID test, tracing

The contest was not immediately rescheduled, even though Friday already had been set up as an off day that could accommodate a game pushed back from Thursday if there were a rainout, for example.

AP survey: Athletic directors fear sharing revenue with college athletes

An overwhelming majority of respondents in the survey that granted athletic directors anonymity in exchange for candor said sharing revenue with athletes would make it more difficult for their departments to comply with Title IX and provide equal opportunities to men and women.

Detectives find cause of Tiger Woods crash but won’t reveal

The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details Wednesday, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star.

Final Four set, a question left: Can anybody beat Gonzaga?

After everything else fans weathered throughout this wacky season, a few more days might finally deliver a national championship game worth the wait.

  Shaq adds mini basketballs to Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal

NFL owners approve 17-game regular season, 3 preseason games

Olympic gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

Supreme Court case could change the nature of college sports

Miami, Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger dies at 87

Bobby Brown, 96, a life of Yankees, military, medicine, dies

Torch relay for Tokyo Olympics kicks off its 121-day journey

The opening ceremony for the start of the relay was closed to the public but was televised live. Organizers say they will stop or reroute the relay if crowding becomes a problem.

Elgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86

Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor has died of natural causes at 86.

  NFL reveals plans for upcoming 3-day draft in Cleveland

The league said the three-day event will be open to the public, and protocols from the experiences of hosting the Super Bowl in Tampa will be in place.

Sister Jean gets the vaccine and seat at the NCAA Tournament

The chaplain for Loyola of Chicago's basketball team was on hand to watch her beloved Ramblers put away Georgia Tech in the tourney's first full day of action after the pandemic forced cancellation of the event last year.

NCAA opens up weightlifting facility for women’s teams

Teams at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament finally have a weight room.

  Coronavirus doesn’t care that it’s the NCAA Tournament

The pandemic that forced cancellation of last year's NCAA Tournament returned with a vengeance.

Spectators from abroad to be barred from Tokyo Olympics

The move was expected and rumored for several months.

NCAA apologizes to women’s teams for weight room inequities

NCAA basketball administrators apologized to the women’s basketball players and coaches after inequities between the men’s and women’s tournament went viral on social media.

Tokyo Olympics ready to announce ban on fans from abroad

Despite some calls to delay it, Hashimoto has promised a decision before the torch relay opens on Thursday from the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

  710 days later, NCAA Tournament is back with ‘First Four’

In the finale pitting two of college hoops’ marquee programs, UCLA outlasted Michigan State 86-80 in overtime. Two other games were decided by a single point.

Amazon gets Thursday night games, NFL nearly doubles TV deal

The league took in $5.9 billion a year in its current contracts. It will get $113 billion over the 11 seasons of the new deals that begin in 2023, an increase of 80% over the previous such period, a person with direct knowledge of the contracts told The Associated Press.

NCAA basketball players use biggest stage to deliver message

Following a year of activism in sports that included NBA players shutting down the playoffs after a police shooting, it seems fitting that college athletes would use March Madness to get a message across.

3 women sue Texans QB Deshaun Watson for alleged sex assault

According to the suits, the women live in Texas, Oregon and Georgia and work giving massages.

Tokyo Olympics: Yet another scandal over sexist comments

Hiroshi Sasaki was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, which are scheduled to begin on July 23.

  Crowded bars: March Madness or just plain madness?

This year, the tournament’s back, and bars and restaurants, some shuttered for months, are open for March Madness, though things may look a little different.

Tiger Woods returns to Florida to recover from car crash

Tiger Woods is back at home in Florida to resume his recovery from career-threatening leg injuries he suffered when his SUV ran off a road and down a hill in the Los Angeles suburbs last month.

  Tom Brady gives out phone number for fans to contact him

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady gave out a cellphone number on Twitter for fans to reach out.

March Madness: 68 teams punch ticket; the hard part awaits

Now that the 68-team field for March Madness is set, the next few days figure to be the most nerve-wracking part of the seasons.

Record-setting Saints QB Drew Brees announces retirement at 42

Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has decided to retire after 20 NFL seasons, including his last 15 with New Orleans.

Marvin Hagler, middleweight boxing great, dies at 66

Marvin Hagler, the middleweight boxing great whose title reign and career ended with a split-decision loss to “Sugar” Ray Leonard in 1987, died Saturday. He was 66.

IOC and China make vaccine deal for Tokyo, Beijing Olympians

Bach said the IOC would “pay for extra doses” for Olympic and Paralympic participants.

MLB’s Rangers in line to be first team back to full capacity

The Texas Rangers could be the first team to return to full capacity.

Judge rules in favor of Vanessa Bryant in crash photos suit

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26, 2020, when the helicopter they were aboard crashed west of Los Angeles in the hills of Calabasas.

Tom Brady rookie card goes for record $1.32 million

In January, another of Brady’s rookie cards was auctioned on eBay for more than half a million dollars.

‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

A member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team has died at a treatment center for mental illness.

NFL hires first Black female game official, Maia Chaka

Maia Chaka enters the NFL after working in the Pac-12 and Conference USA.

Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese newspaper Mainichi said on Wednesday the decision had been made to exclude foreign fans. It cited only unnamed sources “involved in the discussions.”

Irv Cross, NFL player, pioneer Black analyst, dies at 81

Irv Cross, the former NFL defensive back who became the first Black man to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television, died Sunday.

Questions surround death of former NFL player Louis Nix III

Former Notre Dame and NFL player Louis Nix III has died after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death.

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

Torlano said he had been dreaming about skiing the dome since his family moved to Yosemite when he was 5 years old.

LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Authorities say Woods suffered “significant” injuries all down his right leg when his SUV crashed into a median and rolled over several times on a steep road in Los Angeles.

4 for 4: Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

Naomi Osaka has won her fourth Grand Slam trophy by pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final.

  NCAA OKs limited fan attendance at men’s, women’s tourneys

The governing body said Friday it is permitting 25% capacity at the venues to allow for social distancing.

Russia’s new team name, flag agreed for next 2 Olympic Games

A Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling in December banned Russia’s team name, flag and national anthem from the Tokyo Olympics this year and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president

She made even more history on Thursday in Japan, where women are still rare in the boardrooms and positions of political power.

Girl hurt in crash involving Chiefs coach Britt Reid awake

The news was delivered Monday in a post on the GoFundMe page for Ariel Young.

McDowell beats 100-1 odds for upset Daytona 500 victory

The collisions were one on top of another, flames erupting all over Daytona International Speedway as the race came to a close early Monday morning, nearly nine hours after it began.

NASCAR pays tribute to legend Dale Earnhardt, an N.C. native, 20 years after death

As drivers revved up their engines Sunday for the first race of the 2021 season, the memories of Earnhardt came rushing back.

Jaguars, accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle part ways

The Jacksonville Jaguars and embattled strength coach Chris Doyle parted ways Friday night, a few hours after a respected diversity group blasted the team and called the recent hiring “simply unacceptable.”

Jags’ Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism

Iowa agreed to pay strength coach Chris Doyle $1.1 million in a resignation agreement last June after more than a dozen former players said he bullied and discriminated against them.

Reports: Mori to resign Tokyo Olympics over sexist remarks

A decision is expected to be announced on Friday when the organizing committee's executive board meets.

  Brady-Brate trophy pass wows Bucs’ Super Bowl boat parade

Mayor Jane Castor is again emphasizing that people attending the parade must wear masks outdoors and observe social distancing rules.

Mavs’ Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song.

NBC will air opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics live

NBC plans to air the opening ceremony from the Tokyo Olympics live on Friday, July 23. With Tokyo 13 hours ahead of New York and 16 ahead of Los Angeles, the opening ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. in Japan, which is 7 a.m. ET and 4 a.m. PT.

Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach with 200 wins, dies at 77

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history.

Super Bowl on CBS draws audience of 96.4 million viewers

CBS said Tuesday the audience included record digital numbers for a game that had lost its competitive edge by halftime -- Tampa Bay won 31-9.

Man charged with trespassing after run on Super Bowl field

Authorities say 31-year-old Yuri Andrade scampered onto the field Sunday night in the fourth quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58.

Amanda Gorman, in a first, brings poetry to Super Bowl

If the Super Bowl was an unlikely platform for a poet, it showed just how much Gorman has seized the nation's spotlight since the inauguration.

Super Bowl ads went for light humor. Not all succeeded

Off the field, brands sought to relieve the tension of the game — and the year — with lighthearted commercials stuffed with celebrities and nostalgic characters.

  Tom Brady wins Super Bowl No. 7, Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9

The Buccaneers (15-5) won their second NFL title and first in 18 years while becoming the first team to play the big game at home.

Game changers: Manning, Woodson, Megatron headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Manning, the quarterback whose meticulous attention to detail helped turn the 21st-century gridiron into a chessboard on turf, was awarded his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. dies at 67

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr. has died after battling prostate and other cancers. He was 67.

  NFL writes to Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said many of the stadiums should be able to get vaccination efforts moving quickly because of previous offers to use stadiums as virus testing centers and election sites.

Entire NCAA women’s basketball tournament to be in San Antonio area

The move Friday was made to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and matches that of the men’s tournament, which the NCAA said last month will be played in the Indianapolis area.

  Super Bowl ads aim to comfort and connect

After uncertainty at times if there would even be a Super Bowl, marketers aim to comfort and connect this year, with ads like Will Ferrell teaming with GM to promote electric vehicles.

MLB to start on time after players reject delay

Major League Baseball will proceed with an on-time start to spring training and the season after players rejected a plan Monday night to delay reporting by a more than a month.

John Chaney, Temple’s commanding Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 89

John Chaney, one of the nation’s leading Black coaches during a Hall of Fame career at Temple, has died.