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NFL prospects ponder threat of lost year

COLUMBUS — Joe Burrow was a competent if unspectacular quarterback as a backup at Ohio State and during his first post-transfer season at LSU. In 2019, he transformed into Super Joe. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the Heisman ...

What would have been: Indy 500, MLB’s ‘scandal series’

The Brickyard and major league ballparks will be quiet during the Memorial Day weekend as most of the sports calendar remains on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. While NASCAR will run its traditional holiday weekend Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (though without ...

Chiefs’ Hill completes year-long reclamation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The steady stream of nurses filing out of St. Luke’s Hospital for close to an hour was finally slowing down, which was altogether fortunate, because the young man with thighs like tree trunks was running out of food to give them. It may have been the most impressive ...

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns

DARLINGTON, S.C. — 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 ...

McIlroy delivers the winner as live golf returns to TV

Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a Skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who had not won a skin since the sixth hole, had a chance to win the final six ...

NFL cornerbacks Baker, Dunbar released from jail on bond

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were released from Broward County Jail on Sunday, a day after surrendering on felony charges stemming from a cookout at a Miramar home. Baker posted a $200,000 bond after a Zoom hearing with Broward Circuit Judge ...

Ohio governor to Little League: Play ball

MARTINS FERRY — Tom Regis had feared the worst. As president of the Martins Ferry Civics Little League Association, he was hoping Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would have a different opinion Friday on the summer staple than neighboring W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice outlined for the Mountain State a day ...

Returning to play will be tough call for youth sports leagues

Konrad Ott and some of the parents with his Northern California girls volleyball club skipped a popular Florida tournament that is now postponed. They could soon face a similar decision about a national event in Dallas. A boys baseball tournament organizer in the St. Louis area generated ...

MLB projects major losses without fans

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks, according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated ...

Staging Olympics won’t be easy task

GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday it will not be easy to make next year’s Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering after the pandemic. Speaking at a joint news conference with the IOC, the WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for ...