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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes speaks to the media after taking part in an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-on Thames suburb of south west London. The salary-cap-strapped Minnesota Vikings have terminated the contracts of two long-time starters: nose tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The move will clear more than $18.5 million off the team's salary cap. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
March 13, 2020 - 5:46 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The stability and related success the Minnesota Vikings enjoyed on defense during coach Mike Zimmer's first six seasons will face a big test in 2020. The inevitable turnover of an experienced-and-expensive unit began Friday when the Vikings terminated the contracts of two long-...
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People sit surrounded by empty seats as they wait for the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
March 13, 2020 - 11:49 am
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday as the chaos stemming from the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact soccer. The French and German leagues also dropped plans to play this weekend. After Spain and Italy previously made similar...
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Fans and media watch during an NCAA college basketball game between North Carolina and Syracuse at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The ACC announced it will close the remainder of its men's basketball tournament to spectators, beginning with Thursday's quarterfinals, amid the emerging threat of the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
March 12, 2020 - 1:17 am
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT): 1:12 a.m. So what will an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game look like without fans? The conference plans to allow each of the remaining eight teams 150 tickets for "essential tournament personnel,...
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U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring against Canada during the second half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Carson, Calif. The U.S. won 3-0. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
March 10, 2020 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation says facing hostile crowds in Mexico and Central America makes playing for the U.S. men's team a different job than competing for the American women and claims the men have more responsibility. Those statements prompted a spokeswoman for the women to say...
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March 10, 2020 - 4:02 pm
The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and players' union. With the NFL Players Association's members still voting on a new labor agreement the owners already have approved — that deadline was extended by two days...
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The desk of Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, honors University of Kansas sports teams with a sign depicting the Jayhawk mascot, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, on his House chamber desk of the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation to allow college athletes to hire agents and sign endorsement deals. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
March 10, 2020 - 1:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are taking steps to allow college athletes to hire agents and sign endorsement deals because they fear that if they don't, out-of-state rivals will attract the best recruits and leave Kansas' athletic programs in the dust. A bill that would bar state...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media following an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. It probably makes sense when a six-time Super Bowl champion, and a quarterback to boot, enters free agency that his every move overshadows the rest of the available players. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
March 10, 2020 - 1:17 pm
It probably makes sense when a six-time Super Bowl champion, and a quarterback to boot, enters free agency that his every move overshadows the rest of the available players. It does get nonsensical, of course, when Tom Brady saying he's headed on a family vacation draws headlines and massive social...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, Southern California head coach Clay Helton, center, leads his players onto the field before the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Iowa, in San Diego. Helton is 40-22 in four full seasons as USC coach. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)
March 09, 2020 - 7:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Bohn took over as athletic director at Southern California on Nov. 7. His first major assignment was to assess the state of the football program and determine whether Clay Helton would continue to be the Trojans' head coach. He had about two weeks to make a decision that...
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Martin Truex Jr. (19) leads the field through Turn 4 on a restart during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
March 09, 2020 - 3:47 pm
A busy first month for NASCAR came to a close with a three-race West Coast swing marked by both a surprise appearance from injured driver Ryan Newman and a successful preview of the rules package that will decide this year’s Cup Series champion. Attention has been fixed on the sport since Newman’s...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker speaks during halftime of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in an unusual move is endorsing the labor agreement the players' union currently is voting on, citing pension benefits for its inductees and other former players. Hall of Fame President David Baker sent a letter to all inductees and their families on Monday, March 9, 2020. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter in which Baker refers to conversations with various league and union officials. Team owners approved the deal last month, and the player vote will conclude late Thursday night. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
March 09, 2020 - 2:04 pm
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in an unusual move is endorsing the labor agreement the players' union currently is voting on, citing pension benefits for its inductees and other former players. Hall of Fame President David Baker sent a letter to all inductees and their families on Monday. The...
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