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Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

The majority of the league’s 20,000 retirees are Black. And only a quarter of the more than 2,000 men who sought awards for early to moderate dementia have qualified under the testing program.

  Medina Spirit heads to Preakness, minus trainer Bob Baffert

Report: Tebow-Meyer reunion on verge of becoming official

Medina Spirit could lose Ky. Derby win; track bans Baffert

Olympics ban ‘Black Lives Matter’ apparel, could punish athletes for political demonstrations

  Trash Pandas ready for first game in franchise history

Boxer held without bail after lover found dead in Puerto Rico

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Medina Spirit gives trainer Baffert record 7th Kentucky Derby win

Packers GM: ‘We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers’

NFL draft: No suspense as 3 QBs dominate early picks

Lee Hodges returns home to compete in Huntsville Championship

Tiger Woods on crutches in Instagram photo

  Former Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke dies in LA car crash

Indy 500 to host 135,000 in largest sports event in pandemic

Roger Penske, in his second year as owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, had hoped for full attendance, but IndyCar and speedway officials are taking pride in the upcoming milestone.

Antron Pippen, Scottie Pippen’s oldest son, dies at 33

Antron Pippen was an accomplished high school player in Georgia, then played college basketball at South Georgia Tech and Texas A&M International.

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled

The question comes as the general secretary of ruling LDP political party, Toshihiro Nikai, raised the possibility the day before.

Officials say Olympic cancellation, no fans still an option

COVID-19 cases have been surging across Japan with just over three months until the delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to open.

AP sources: NCAA dumps requirement that transfers sit a year

2020 National Championship Team to be honored during Alabama A-Day festivities

Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

Protest near Masters pushes back against Georgia voting law

With a wave and smile, Lee Elder helps open the Masters

Tiger Woods was speeding before crashing SUV, sheriff says

Johnson, McIlroy seeking exclusive company at the Masters

The Masters is the one major keeping Rory McIlroy from joining the most elite company in golf by completing the career Grand Slam.

MLB officially moves All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field

Major League Baseball officially announced the new venue Tuesday after pulling the Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to extensive changes to Georgia’s voting laws.

Rangers fill stands with fans, who accept ‘calculated risk’

Long lines lacking social distancing required fans to wind through the concourse, and they were sometimes shoulder-to-shoulder in bottlenecks.

Baylor ends Gonzaga’s bid for perfect season with 86-70 victory

Baylor is on top of the college basketball world, winning its first national championship while denying perfection for Gonzaga.

AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field

Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

All-Star Game yanked from Georgia in response to voting law

The MLB is moving their All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to voting restrictions.

Durant fined $50,000 for offensive language on social media

Actor Michael Rapaport released images of the private messages on his Twitter account, and they included homophobic and misogynistic language from the Brooklyn Nets star.

MMA fighter has finger severed in match; doctors reattach it

Khetag Pliev was injured Thursday night during the second round of his fight, which was stopped when the referee noticed Pliev was missing his left ring finger.

WATCH: Basketball player’s parents find out he’s paid off their mortgage

His parents received the news via a letter Hayes sent. A video captured their reaction.

A different Augusta National awaits newcomers from November

The 2021 Masters Tournament begins April 8 at Augusta National Golf Club. Practice rounds start Monday.

Mets-Nats opener delayed after positive COVID test, tracing

The contest was not immediately rescheduled, even though Friday already had been set up as an off day that could accommodate a game pushed back from Thursday if there were a rainout, for example.

AP survey: Athletic directors fear sharing revenue with college athletes

An overwhelming majority of respondents in the survey that granted athletic directors anonymity in exchange for candor said sharing revenue with athletes would make it more difficult for their departments to comply with Title IX and provide equal opportunities to men and women.

Detectives find cause of Tiger Woods crash but won’t reveal

The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details Wednesday, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star.

Final Four set, a question left: Can anybody beat Gonzaga?

After everything else fans weathered throughout this wacky season, a few more days might finally deliver a national championship game worth the wait.

Shaq adds mini basketballs to Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal

Shaquille O’Neal and Tony the Tiger have teamed up to create a new twist on a classic cereal with the debut of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs.

NFL owners approve 17-game regular season, 3 preseason games

The NFL is increasing the regular season to 17 games and reducing the preseason to three games.

Olympic gold medalist charged with child sex abuse in Utah

James “Jimmy” Shea made his first court appearance Monday on one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual battery. The incidents occurred in 2020, court documents show.

Supreme Court case could change the nature of college sports

If the former college athletes who brought the case win, colleges could end up competing for talented student athletes by offering over-the-top education benefits worth tens of thousands of dollars. And that could change the nature of college sports.

Miami, Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger dies at 87

Howard Schnellenberger led the Miami Hurricanes to the first of their five national championships in 1983, and coached Louisville to a Fiesta Bowl win over Alabama to cap the 1990 season.

Bobby Brown, 96, a life of Yankees, military, medicine, dies

Bobby Brown was one of baseball’s most distinguished major leaguers on and off the field.

Torch relay for Tokyo Olympics kicks off its 121-day journey

The opening ceremony for the start of the relay was closed to the public but was televised live. Organizers say they will stop or reroute the relay if crowding becomes a problem.

Elgin Baylor, Lakers great and aerialist pioneer, dies at 86

Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor has died of natural causes at 86.

NFL reveals plans for upcoming 3-day draft in Cleveland

The league said the three-day event will be open to the public, and protocols from the experiences of hosting the Super Bowl in Tampa will be in place.

Sister Jean gets the vaccine and seat at the NCAA Tournament

The chaplain for Loyola of Chicago's basketball team was on hand to watch her beloved Ramblers put away Georgia Tech in the tourney's first full day of action after the pandemic forced cancellation of the event last year.

NCAA opens up weightlifting facility for women’s teams

Teams at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament finally have a weight room.

Coronavirus doesn’t care that it’s the NCAA Tournament

The pandemic that forced cancellation of last year's NCAA Tournament returned with a vengeance.

Spectators from abroad to be barred from Tokyo Olympics

The move was expected and rumored for several months.

NCAA apologizes to women’s teams for weight room inequities

NCAA basketball administrators apologized to the women’s basketball players and coaches after inequities between the men’s and women’s tournament went viral on social media.

Tokyo Olympics ready to announce ban on fans from abroad

Despite some calls to delay it, Hashimoto has promised a decision before the torch relay opens on Thursday from the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

710 days later, NCAA Tournament is back with ‘First Four’

In the finale pitting two of college hoops’ marquee programs, UCLA outlasted Michigan State 86-80 in overtime. Two other games were decided by a single point.

Amazon gets Thursday night games, NFL nearly doubles TV deal

The league took in $5.9 billion a year in its current contracts. It will get $113 billion over the 11 seasons of the new deals that begin in 2023, an increase of 80% over the previous such period, a person with direct knowledge of the contracts told The Associated Press.

NCAA basketball players use biggest stage to deliver message

Following a year of activism in sports that included NBA players shutting down the playoffs after a police shooting, it seems fitting that college athletes would use March Madness to get a message across.

3 women sue Texans QB Deshaun Watson for alleged sex assault

According to the suits, the women live in Texas, Oregon and Georgia and work giving massages.

Tokyo Olympics: Yet another scandal over sexist comments

Hiroshi Sasaki was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, which are scheduled to begin on July 23.

Crowded bars: March Madness or just plain madness?

This year, the tournament’s back, and bars and restaurants, some shuttered for months, are open for March Madness, though things may look a little different.

SEC Gymnastics Championship begins Saturday in Huntsville

SEC Gymnastics Championship begins Saturday

Tiger Woods returns to Florida to recover from car crash

Tiger Woods is back at home in Florida to resume his recovery from career-threatening leg injuries he suffered when his SUV ran off a road and down a hill in the Los Angeles suburbs last month.

  Tom Brady gives out phone number for fans to contact him

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady gave out a cellphone number on Twitter for fans to reach out.

March Madness: 68 teams punch ticket; the hard part awaits

Now that the 68-team field for March Madness is set, the next few days figure to be the most nerve-wracking part of the seasons.

Record-setting Saints QB Drew Brees announces retirement at 42

Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has decided to retire after 20 NFL seasons, including his last 15 with New Orleans.

Marvin Hagler, middleweight boxing great, dies at 66

Marvin Hagler, the middleweight boxing great whose title reign and career ended with a split-decision loss to “Sugar” Ray Leonard in 1987, died Saturday. He was 66.

IOC and China make vaccine deal for Tokyo, Beijing Olympians

Bach said the IOC would “pay for extra doses” for Olympic and Paralympic participants.

MLB’s Rangers in line to be first team back to full capacity

The Texas Rangers could be the first team to return to full capacity.

Judge rules in favor of Vanessa Bryant in crash photos suit

Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26, 2020, when the helicopter they were aboard crashed west of Los Angeles in the hills of Calabasas.

Tom Brady rookie card goes for record $1.32 million

In January, another of Brady’s rookie cards was auctioned on eBay for more than half a million dollars.

‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

A member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team has died at a treatment center for mental illness.

NFL hires first Black female game official, Maia Chaka

Maia Chaka enters the NFL after working in the Pac-12 and Conference USA.

Fans from abroad unlikely for postponed Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese newspaper Mainichi said on Wednesday the decision had been made to exclude foreign fans. It cited only unnamed sources “involved in the discussions.”

Irv Cross, NFL player, pioneer Black analyst, dies at 81

Irv Cross, the former NFL defensive back who became the first Black man to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television, died Sunday.

Questions surround death of former NFL player Louis Nix III

Former Notre Dame and NFL player Louis Nix III has died after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death.

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

Torlano said he had been dreaming about skiing the dome since his family moved to Yosemite when he was 5 years old.

LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Authorities say Woods suffered “significant” injuries all down his right leg when his SUV crashed into a median and rolled over several times on a steep road in Los Angeles.

4 for 4: Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

Naomi Osaka has won her fourth Grand Slam trophy by pulling away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final.

  NCAA OKs limited fan attendance at men’s, women’s tourneys

The governing body said Friday it is permitting 25% capacity at the venues to allow for social distancing.

Russia’s new team name, flag agreed for next 2 Olympic Games

A Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling in December banned Russia’s team name, flag and national anthem from the Tokyo Olympics this year and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Oats inks six-year extension

Oats receives six-year contract extension

  Owens’ legacy lives on through museum

Jesse Owens honored yearly at his Museum