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USF-Navy game cancelled due to COVID concerns.

The University of South Florida has announced that its matchup with Navy has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Tampa Bay Rays set to take on L.A. Dodgers in World Series

  Rays advance to World Series

John Cena marries Shay Shariatzadeh in a private ceremony in Tampa, FL

University of Florida football team experiences increase in positive COVID tests

Largest off-road park in Florida to open this weekend in Punta Gorda

COVID ends Braden River’s volleyball season after player tests positive

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City of Tampa to hold celebrations for Lightning tonight

Bolts to bring home the Stanley Cup!

Bubba Wallace leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at season’s end

Organizers, IOC trying to remove doubts over Tokyo Olympics

Tampa Bay Bucs to play first two games with no fans at stadium

School District of Manatee County releases plan for return of all fall high school sports

FHSAA board votes to begin fall sports season on August 24

The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted 11-5 to begin the fall season as previously scheduled on August 24. Sarasota County Cchools are going with that start date. Meanwhile, in Manatee County, the start of sports is still up in the air.

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx believes there is a “way forward” when it comes to college football this fall.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Report: NFL players banned from indoor night clubs during 2020 season

NFL players report to training camp July 28

Slow down, mate! Fort Lauderdale PD captures kangaroo on the loose

  WNBA announces seven players test positive for COVID-19, teams arrived at IMG Academy on Monday

  Suncoast native, Ian Desmond, opting to sit out of 2020 MLB season

MLB Plans to Schedule 60-Game Regular Season starting July 23rd or 24th

WNBA announces plans to play 2020 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton starting in July

Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights’ bill

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

Pending a physical, Gronkowski set to reunite with Brady in Tampa

Future Hall of Fame NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski is ending his retirement and returning to the gridiron.

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

Opening day on March 26 was pushed back until mid-May at the earliest after a national emergency was declared due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

FHSAA cancels all state high school sports for the remainder of the school year

On Monday, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSSA) canceled all high school sports for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

  Mom of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns dies from COVID-19

The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 pick out of the University of Kentucky in the 2015 NBA draft.

NASCAR’s Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race

Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter when he used the N-word.

Brady: It was ‘just time’ to leave Pats for new challenge

Tom Brady says it was “just time” to move on from the New England Patriots and begin another chapter in his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

The coronavirus outbreak prompted other sports like professional baseball and soccer to postpone seasons.

Tom Brady signs deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 42-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings said on Instagram on Tuesday morning that he is leaving the New England Patriots. Friday, the Buccaneers announced Brady was joining the team.

Bucs fans, expecting Brady deal, queue up for tickets

There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.

  Riverview H.S. alumnus Richie James Jr. to play in Super Bowl with San Francisco 49ers

Richie James Jr. grew up in Sarasota and played his high school football career at Riverview High School. He is in his second season in the NFL.

  Lakewood Ranch H.S. alum Austin Reiter to play in Super Bowl with Kansas City Chiefs

Before making it to the NFL, Austin Reiter started on the field at Lakewood Ranch High School. Reiter graduated in 2010 before heading to USF. Mustang Coach Mick Koczersut still remembers how hard Reiter worked not only on the field but also in the classroom.

  Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash, reports say

All nine people aboard a helicopter died in a crash Sunday in the Los Angeles area. Multiple reports say NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among the dead.

NFL Network report: Dallas Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy as new head coach

Calling it a “done deal,” an NFL Network reporter says Mike McCarthy has signed a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to be their new head coach.

Saints come out on short end of shootout against 49ers

The Saints dropped a heartbreaker in a back and forth shootout with the 49ers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

No. 22 LSU basketball takes on Bowling Green

The No. 22 LSU men’s basketball team begins its 2019-2020 season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against the Bowling Green Falcons.

Florida State fires football coach Willie Taggart

Florida State has fired Willie Taggart one day after the Seminoles were beaten by Miami and fell closer to missing a bowl game for the second consecutive season.

Nats beat Astros 7-2, force Game 7 in World Series

Stephen Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw a five-hitter Tuesday night, and now it’s on to Game 7 in the first World Series ever in which the visiting team won each of the first six games.

Florida considers allowing college athletes to earn money

During a news conference at the state capitol, DeSantis told reporters he supports bills filed for the 2020 legislative session that propose what he calls needed reform for college athletes.

Pope tweets at saints, but not those Saints - social media goes wild

Who dat thought the Pope was a Saints fan?

Fake Nikes worth $2.2 million seized at California port

The street value of the faux cargo is estimated at more than $2.2 million.

MLB releases 2020 Spring Training schedule for all teams

Major League Baseball (MLB) released every team’s 2020 Spring Training schedule on Monday.

All high school football games cancelled for Friday in Manatee County, one cancellation and delay in Sarasota County

The School District of Manatee County has cancelled all of tonight’s preseason football games due to the excessive rain that the Suncoast area has experienced within the last week.

US holds on to defeat England 2-1, advances to World Cup final

After a nerve wracking semifinal, the U.S. Women's national team will play in the World Cup Final.

US defeats France 2-1, advances to semis in World Cup

The U.S. advances in the tournament and will play England on July 2.

Arch Madness: Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1

The St. Louis Blues have won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

  Two graduates of Manatee County high schools are headed to the MLB

The School District of Manatee County has announced that two graduates from high schools in the county were selected in Monday’s Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.

Browns’ Denzel Ward gives $10K to alma mater Nordonia High School

The NFL player won the Division II state championship in 2014.

Will Wade meets with LSU, NCAA officials

Suspended LSU basketball head coach Will Wade met with university and NCAA officials Friday.

Virginia holds off Texas Tech in overtime for first NCAA national championship

DeAndre Hunter hit two critical threes with the Cavaliers on their heels late, one in regulation and one again in overtime, and his 27 points led the team.

Skateboarding and surfing proposed to the International Olympics Committee for 2024 Games

Other proposed sports for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris include sport climbing and breakdancing.

NFL: Pass interference now reviewable by officials

Coaches still will have two challenges per game, and in the final two minutes of a half or fourth quarter or for all of overtime, the replay official can order a review of offensive or defensive pass interference.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a plea deal in prostitution case - with a catch

Prosecutors offered Kraft, along with others a plea deal, but they must concede they would've been found guilty.

  Jets agree to sign RB Le’Veon Bell, according to reports

Le'Veon Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, ending months of speculation about where he'd resume his playing career after six years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  Browns to acquire star receiver Beckham from NY

With the Browns, Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a teammate at LSU.

  Trump feeds FCS national champs McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-a during White House visit

The president served hamburgers from McDonald’s and chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-a, KLVY reported.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft pleads not guilty to prostitution charges

Robert Kraft was among hundreds of men charged in a crackdown on massage parlor prostitution and an investigation into human trafficking at Florida spas.

  Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason.

Team LeBron rallies back, defeats Team Giannis 178-164 in 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte

Team LeBron rallied back from a double-digit deficit and defeated Team Giannis 178-164 as the NBA’s best and most famous stars played in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte at the Spectrum Center Sunday night.

  Country music legend Garth Brooks at Spring Training with the Pirates in Bradenton

Country music superstar Garth Brooks will end his baseball retirement and spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game.

Chiefs QB Mahomes takes MVP and top offensive player awards

The Chiefs quarterback landed a pair of honors at NFL Honors on Saturday night, taking The Associated Press 2018 MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards.

Slam dunk: Gonzalez makes Hall, along with Bailey, Reed, Law

Towering tight end Tony Gonzalez is heading to the Hall of Fame, to be joined by three defensive backs who spent parts of their career trying to stop him.

Allegedly drunken and disorderly curling team gets booted from tournament in Canada

Video captured by a spectator Saturday shows Northwest Territories curler Jamie Koe appearing to be intoxicated before the team’s 4:30 p.m. game. The skipper, sitting on the ice, begins crawling.

  County moves to re-allocate money from tourism to Ed Smith Stadium

County allocates funds from tourism to Ed Smith Stadium repairs

Ongoing London Olympic doping tests catch Kazakh hurdler

MONACO (AP) — More than six years after the London Olympics, the IAAF has provisionally suspended an athlete from Kazakhstan who tested positive for two anabolic steroids in a re-analysis program.

Prince William sends condolences to Leicester owner's family

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Prince William has offered his condolences to the family of the owner of the Leicester soccer club and the four others who perished in a helicopter crash.

Heat Check: Comparing AP Top 25 with 1st CFP rankings

Something to keep in mind as the College Football Playoff selection committee prepares to release its first rankings of the season on Tuesday: In the four-year history of the CFP, the top of the committee's first rankings have never matched The Associated Press poll that immediately preceded it.

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Harris scores 22 and the Clippers down the Wizards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers coast to a 136-104 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.

Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers to win fourth World Series in 15 seasons following 86-year championship drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers to win fourth World Series in 15 seasons following 86-year championship drought.

Saints get revenge for 'miracle' in 30-20 win over Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints paid Minnesota back for their last-second loss in the playoffs last season, using two key turnovers, including a 45-yard interception return by P.J. Williams, to fuel a 30-20 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night.

Manziel gets first CFL win in Alouettes' victory over Argos

MONTREAL (AP) — Johnny Manziel has his first Canadian Football League victory.

Gobert, Jordan post double-doubles, Jazz beat Mavs 113-104

DALLAS (AP) — Rudy Gobert and De Andre Jordan recorded their sixth straight double-doubles in six games this season and the Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 113-104 in a sloppy game Sunday night.

Westbrook, George lead Thunder past Suns for 1st win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George and Russell Westbrook each scored 23 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder got their first win of the season, 117-110 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Zardes hat trick gives Crew 3-2 win over Minnesota United

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gyasi Zardes completed a hat trick in the 83rd minute to give the Columbus Crew a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday and a fifth seed in the playoffs as the Major League Soccer regular season concluded.

Scott Parel wins Invesco QQQ Championship

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Scott Parel won the Invesco QQQ Championship on Sunday, taking the PGA Tour Champions playoff event for his second victory in two months.

Rapids spoil FC Dallas' shot at a 1st-round bye

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Cole Bassett and Tommy Smith scored four minutes apart late in the second half and the 11th-place Colorado Rapids spoiled FC Dallas' shot at a first-round bye, winning 2-1 on Sunday.