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.

  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

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

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

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

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

NASCAR’s Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race

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

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

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

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

Saints come out on short end of shootout against 49ers

No. 22 LSU basketball takes on Bowling Green

Florida State fires football coach Willie Taggart

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.

Late fumble keeps Rams unbeaten with 29-27 win over Packers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greg Zuerlein hit a 34-yard field goal with 2:05 left and Ramik Wilson forced and recovered Ty Montgomery's fumble on the ensuing kickoff return, allowing the Los Angeles Rams to remain unbeaten without a late defensive stand in a 29-27 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Vikes CB Rhodes among 6 starters out; Saints CB Apple starts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have six injured starters out against New Orleans: cornerback Xavier Rhodes (foot), running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring), safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring), left guard Tom Compton (knee) and left tackle Riley Reiff (foot).

9th-place Dynamo rally to deny Galaxy a playoff spot

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Mauro Manotas scored two second-half goals and the Houston Dynamo rallied past Los Angeles 3-2 on Sunday to deny the Galaxy a playoff spot.

Curry sets another record for 3s, Warriors hold off Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry set another NBA record by making seven 3-pointers and finished with 35 points as the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-114 on Sunday.

Villa scores 14th goal, NYCFC claim No. 3 seed in East

NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa scored his 14th goal of the season and New York City FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Sunday to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Leicester City owner was a success in soccer and business

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed in a parking lot next to the soccer club's stadium, was known to fans as a smiling, benevolent man who gave away free beers and hot dogs on his birthday and brought the club its fairytale English Premier League title in 2016. He was 60.

Cot Campbell, who innovated horse racing ownership, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who pioneered the concept of shared ownership of thoroughbred race horses has died. W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell was 91.

Djokovic aiming to take No. 1 ranking from Nadal in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic is in commanding form and well poised to wrestle back the No. 1-ranking from longtime rival Rafael Nadal at the Paris Masters.

Redskins win third straight, behind defense and Peterson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Safety D.J. Swearinger intercepted two passes, Matt Ioannidis had 2½ sacks, and the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins rode their defense to a third straight win, a 20-13 decision over the offensively inept New York Giants on Sunday.

McCoy clears concussion protocol, expected to play vs Pats

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has cleared concussion protocol and is expected to play Monday night against the AFC East rival New England Patriots.

Bengals pick off Winston 4 times for 37-34 win over Bucs

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jessie Bates returned Jameis Winston's fourth interception for a touchdown Sunday, and Randy Bullock kicked a 44-yard field goal on the final play that sent the Cincinnati Bengals to a 37-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now have a question at quarterback.

Steelers down Browns 33-18 a day after synagogue shooting

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, James Conner scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 33-18 on Sunday to bring some solace to a city grieving from tragedy.

Newton scores 3 TDs, Panthers defeat Ravens 36-21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton torched the league's No. 1-ranked defense, completing 21 of 29 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns and running for 52 yards and another score as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 36-21 on Sunday.

Trubisky throws 2 TDs as Bears beat Jets 24-10

CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, and the short-handed Chicago Bears beat the New York Jets 24-10 on Sunday.

Chiefs complete season sweep of Broncos with 30-23 victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns, Sammy Watkins had 107 yards receiving and two of the scores, and the Chiefs beat Denver 30-23 on Sunday to wrap up a sweep of the Broncos and keep their stranglehold on the AFC West as their season began its second half.

Kings place Jonathan Quick on IR, activate Dustin Brown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

Design based on Steelers helmet honors synagogue dead

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A design based on the Pittsburgh Steelers' helmet logo — inserting a Star of David — appeared on the internet and was displayed at Heinz Field for the team's game a day after a deadly mass shooting at a synagogue in the city.