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Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
July 07, 2020 - 4:23 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Red Sox manager Roenicke said Tuesday that starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and prospect Bobby Dalbec have both tested positive for COVID-19. Rodriguez has yet to report to camp after previously informing the...
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North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg (6) controls the ball as Portland Thorns forward Morgan Weaver, left, defends during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Coach Paul Riley calls defender Abby Erceg the bedrock of the North Carolina Courage. The New Zealand native is captain of the Courage, the two-time National Women's Soccer League defending champions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
July 07, 2020 - 3:33 pm
Coach Paul Riley calls defender Abby Erceg the bedrock of the North Carolina Courage. A New Zealand native, Erceg is captain of the two-time National Women's Soccer League defending champions. Re-signed in March, she holds down a defense that allowed a league-low 23 goals last season. “She reminds...
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July 07, 2020 - 1:42 pm
Major League Soccer has postponed the second match of the MLS is Back tournament after five Nashville players tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced Tuesday. The match between Nashville and Chicago was initially scheduled for Wednesday. The league said two Nashville players tested...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo goes for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Torino, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set an outright Serie A record on Saturday with his 648th appearance in Italy’s top flight. The Turin derby game against Torino moved the 42-year-old Buffon one ahead of AC Milan great Paolo Maldini, who set the record in 2009. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)
July 07, 2020 - 5:51 am
GENEVA (AP) — European soccer clubs expect to lose 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) in revenue over the next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study released Tuesday by the European Club Association. The ECA estimated clubs in 55 countries face a collective shortfall of 1.6...
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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, former NBA player and players union deputy Roger Mason, left, listens as entertainer Ice Cube, right, announces the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York. Hundreds of sports-related businesses got in line for the government-funded Payroll Protection Plan designed to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of the four North American major sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball — applied, but both Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League were represented. Rapper Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league says it returned almost half of the $1.6 million it received, but givebacks were rare. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
July 06, 2020 - 10:16 pm
Rapper Ice Cube, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Data released...
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Fans of the Inter Miami CF soccer team reacts as the team leaves their stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, July, 2020, as they head for a Major League Soccer tournament in Orlando. All 26 MLS teams will compete in a tournament in Orlando beginning July 8. The games will be the first time the league has been in action since play was shut down on March 12 because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
July 06, 2020 - 7:05 pm
FC Dallas has withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament in Florida after 10 players tested positive for coronavirus. The league said Monday that of the 557 players sequestered at a pair of Walt Disney World hotels, 13 have tested positive: 10 from Dallas, two from Nashville and one from Columbus...
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FILE - This is a Thursday, Feb 25, 2015 file photo, Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee speaks during a press conference, in Doha. Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke Monday July 6, 2020, of his concerns about the looming global recession, without directly citing the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
July 06, 2020 - 4:15 pm
Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee did not directly cite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic in a statement announcing the job losses. But secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently...
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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, right, scores the opening goal from a penalty shoot during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid at the San Manes stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 06, 2020 - 9:31 am
MADRID (AP) — The closer Real Madrid gets to the Spanish league title, the stronger the accusations it is benefiting from the referees. Its opponents are not holding back, and Madrid has heard enough. “I’m tired of always talking about the same thing,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said after the 1-...
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Liverpool's Sadio Mane, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Shaun Botterill/Pool via AP)
July 05, 2020 - 4:25 pm
They walked out to another guard of honor, with a huge rectangular banner high up in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand reading: “Liverpool FC – Champions Again”. Liverpool’s players were back home at Anfield for the first time since winning a first English league title since 1990. It was a triumphant...
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Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Laurence Griffiths,Pool)
July 05, 2020 - 10:42 am
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City can host Real Madrid in the second leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League next month after the British government announced selected sports stars would be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in the country. There was a possibility the game...
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