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Sevilla and Betis players warm up before the start of their Spanish La Liga soccer match in Seville, Spain, Thursday, June 11, 2020. With virtual crowds, daily matches and lots of testing for the coronavirus, soccer is coming back to Spain. The Spanish league resumes this week more than three months after it was suspended because of the pandemic, becoming the second top league to restart in Europe. The Bundesliga was first. The Premier League and the Italian league should be next in the coming weeks. (AP Photo)
June 11, 2020 - 8:00 pm
When EA Sports came up with its longtime slogan, “It’s in the game,” no one thought it would apply to what was literally happening on the field. But in another twist due to the coronavirus pandemic, the video game company is playing a part in the return of two of Europe’s top-flight soccer leagues...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, players practice for the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. When he first contemplated the prospect of a U.S. Open without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief revenue officer figured there was no way it could work. Lew Sherr eventually came around to embracing the idea of a closed-door Grand Slam tournament -- if it’s held at all; a decision is expected in the next two weeks -- because it still could make money even if millions were forfeited with zero on-site receipts from tickets, hospitality, food and beverage or merchandise sales. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)
June 11, 2020 - 11:17 am
When he first contemplated the prospect of a U.S. Open without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief revenue officer figured there was no way it could work. Lew Sherr eventually came around to embracing the idea of a closed-door Grand Slam tournament — if it’...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Atlanta United defender Jeff Larentowicz, left, and New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell battle for a header during round one of an MLS Cup playoff soccer game in Atlanta. Atlanta United veteran defender Jeff Larentowicz, who serves as an executive board member for the players union, said Thursday, June 4, 2020, he has safety concerns about an agreement announced Wednesday for a MLS tournament in Orlando in July. He is worried about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and said "We play a contact sport and the virus is a serious thing that puts us all in danger." (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
June 10, 2020 - 3:48 pm
Major League Soccer is resuming its season amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 8 with a World Cup-style tournament in Florida that won't include fans in the stands. The league's 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Alabama defensive backs Jared Mayden (21) and Patrick Surtain II (2) break up a pass intended for Duke wide receiver Jalon Calhoun (5) during the first half an NCAA college football game, in Atlanta. Around the country schools are taking the first cautious and detailed steps toward playing football through a pandemic, attempting to build COVID-19-free bubbles around their teams as players begin voluntary workouts throughout June. Thousands of athletes will be tested for COVID-19 _ though not all. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
June 08, 2020 - 5:48 pm
College football is scheduled to kick off in less than three months and there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful that games will be played Labor Day weekend. Universities across the country are taking the first cautious, detailed steps toward playing football in a pandemic, attempting to build...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2014, file photo, a student walks through empty seats inside Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., where preparations continue for the upcoming college football season. The crippling grip the coronavirus pandemic has had on the sports world has forced universities, leagues and franchises to evaluate how they might someday welcome back fans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
June 08, 2020 - 1:18 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ NASCAR fans won’t be allowed to attend when the Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday night, but the sport’s impact will surely be felt by Henry County residents the next day. The Joey Logano...
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June 02, 2020 - 9:11 am
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the cornavirus pandemic. The Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day...
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The Georgia National Guard lines up in front of the of the College Football Hall of Fame in the aftermath of a demonstration against police violence on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 31, 2020 - 5:08 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The College Football Hall of Fame is boarded up and assessing damage from a destructive night of protests in downtown Atlanta. The facility’s most valuable trophies and artifacts were moved to a secure facility in case additional trouble breaks out amid nationwide unrest over the...
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Workers walk into Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 25, 2020. Spanish league clubs are now allowed to train with groups of up to 14 players as the league stays on track to restart in less than three weeks. (AP Photo/Paul White)
May 29, 2020 - 7:11 am
MADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer matches could have the look of a video game when the competition resumes next month. The league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of matches that will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spanish league...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. The Indianapolis Colts bet big on 38-year-old Philip Rivers. They're hoping the $25 million investment in a new starting quarterback pays off with a playoff appearance and perhaps Super Bowl run. Colts coach Frank Reich insists he's seen no physical decline in the eight-time Pro Bowler. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 29, 2020 - 2:02 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich jumped right into research mode when he knew Philip Rivers would hit free agency. The Indianapolis Colts coach studied tapes of Rivers' throws from an uncharacteristically poor 2019 season to compare with those he made earlier in his career. Reich saw no difference...
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
May 28, 2020 - 6:48 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-...
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