Violence in sports

Referee Deniz Aytekin, 2nd left, and his team stand on the pitch before the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
May 16, 2020 - 12:02 pm
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — German soccer is normally a riot of color and noise. No longer. The Bundesliga season resumed Saturday with what German fans call “ghost games," played without spectators, and in Dortmund it was hard to tell that the city's beloved team was playing at all. Instead of...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph connects for a single against the Chicago White Sox in Baltimore. Jeff Samardzija pitched for the White Sox in the game at Camden Yards closed to fans because of rioting in Baltimore prompted by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. U.S. sports leaders are now weighing whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
March 08, 2020 - 4:30 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As U.S. sports leagues weigh whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is one of the few players who can tell them exactly what that feels like. “It’s not very fun,” he said...
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March 04, 2020 - 11:06 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A New York sports gambler is facing federal charges in Florida related to threatening social media messages sent to players with the Tampa Bay Rays and other teams, federal authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced a charge of transmitting threats...
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FILE - At left, in a Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Atlanta. At center, in an Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck speaks during a news conference following the team's NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, in Indianapolis. At right, in an Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly watches teammates warm up at training camp in Charlotte, N.C. Life in the NFL is short. The recent retirements of three of the game's best 30-and-under stars -- Gronkowski, Luck and Kuechly -- could be coincidence or the start of a worrisome trend. (AP Photo/File)
January 25, 2020 - 2:39 am
Last week, nearly two decades after his death, straight-talking Giants front-office boss George Young finally got elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It seemed only fitting for a guy who took the long view on everything. Back when most teams asked potential draft picks just a handful of...
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People set fires in garbage containers after a Catalan pro-independence protest outside the Camp Nou stadium ahead of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's match against fierce rival Real Madrid. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
December 18, 2019 - 5:35 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Riot police clashed with protesters in the streets Wednesday night outside a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, as authorities sought to keep Catalonia's separatist movement from disrupting the game viewed by 650 million people worldwide. The match in Barcelona'...
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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Barcelona's Gerard Pique walks together on the pitch during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Thousands of Catalan separatists are planning to protest around and inside Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium during Wednesday's "Clasico". (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 18, 2019 - 5:07 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday in a politically supercharged “clásico” match played amid a large separatist protest that turned violent outside Camp Nou stadium. The game inside the stadium was completed without...
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December 17, 2019 - 5:58 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's first-division soccer club America announced fines and a one-game suspension Tuesday for members of its under-17 team for a video showing them laughing and dancing to "The Rapist Is You" anthem adopted by campaigners against gender-based violence. The team said the...
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December 09, 2019 - 4:31 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have arrested three people after home-made bombs were detonated at Mineirão Stadium as Cruzeiro was being relegated to the second division for the first time. More fans suspected of violence, which included breaking seats, were being sought, police in Belo...
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FILE - This June 28, 1997, file photo shows Mike Tyson biting into the ear of Evander Holyfield in the third round of their WBA heavyweight match in Las Vegas. Violence is part of the game in many sports. But when the Cleveland’s Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Mason Rudolph and hit the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback in the head with it, the Browns’ defender crossed a line _ one that attracts the attention of authorities sometimes from within their sport and in other cases from criminal prosecutors.(AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)
November 16, 2019 - 4:04 am
Violence is part of the game in many sports but Myles Garrett crossed a line that attracts the attention of authorities sometimes from within their sport and in other cases from criminal prosecutors. The Cleveland Browns’ star defensive end ripped the helmet off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph...
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett walks off the field after he was ejected late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)
November 15, 2019 - 5:10 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett is done playing for the Cleveland Browns this season. The NFL isn’t saying when the star defensive end will play again. He was suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason — if the Browns qualify. The league discipline Friday came hours after...
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