Usman, Volkanovski, Yan leave Fight Island with belts
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday.
With fans back, Dixon wins at Road America for 3rd straight
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Winning an IndyCar race is nothing new for Scott Dixon, particularly this year. But getting to celebrate as fans cheered him on for the first time all year made his victory Saturday at Road America particularly sweet.
Oilers' Green joins list of players opting out of NHL return
Roman Polak of the Stars and Mike Green of the Oilers are opting out of playing, and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will try to play after recovering from injury.
The Latest: Pop keeping eye on Japan, and Olympic hopes
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan — the site of the next Olympics — is handling the coronavirus.
Thomas keeps clean card for 2-shot lead at Muirfield Village
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Justin Thomas never looked to be in a hurry. Not when he stepped to the first tee Friday trailing by 13 shots.
Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19; Judge scratched
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” The AL East champions are scheduled to start the virus-delayed season on July 23 at Washington.
LeBron won't wear social justice message on Lakers jersey
LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can't be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won't wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble.
NHL, players take collaborative approach in bid to resume
Collaboration or bust. Given the gravity of the new coronavirus pandemic and the abrupt decision to place the NHL season on pause in March, it didn’t take commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr long to realize they were going to have to work together if play was to resume any time soon.
Popovich had reservations, but Spurs coach ready for restart
Gregg Popovich fondly remembers his freshman year at the United States Air Force Academy, even though as a first-year cadet he was extremely limited in where he could go and what activities were allowed.
Yanks closer Chapman has coronavirus; Astros cancel workout
HOUSTON (AP) — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman became the latest high-profile player to test positive for the coronavirus, his diagnosis announced Saturday hours after the Houston Astros canceled another practice due to virus concerns.
Grit, resolve carry Northern Kentucky's Harris in hard times
The image Karl Harris has of his father is painted by old photos and the stories his brothers tell. His older brother, both best friend and basketball running mate, was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity.
Duke hires Celtics' Lawson to lead women's basketball team
Duke has turned to Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its women’s basketball program. The school announced the hiring in a social media post Saturday, a little more than a week after Joanne P.
Pistons' onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn down
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan's most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions.
Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it.
England World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85
Jack Charlton, an uncompromising central defender who won the 1966 World Cup with England alongside his brother, Bobby, before coaching Ireland to its first major tournaments, has died.
Pac-12, Big Ten shelve games and fears grow of ripple effect
The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five leagues to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as college sports faces a dramatically different landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Latest: Pac-12 Commissioner LarryS
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19.
Austin Cindric completes Xfinity sweep at Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — In two nights, Austin Cindric went from the cusp of winning on ovals to showing his ability to dominate those layouts.
NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA
Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season — and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026.
Morikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Among the lessons Collin Morikawa took away from missing his first cut as a pro was that his reliable cut shot had left him.
NBA teams at Disney had tough travel-party decisions to make
The 22 teams participating in the NBA restart were all at the Disney campus together for the first time Friday. None of them, however, made it to the Orlando, Florida, area with their usual travel party.
Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rosters
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.
White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this year
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day injured list because of unspecified ailments.
Madrid beats Alavés 2-0 for 8th straight win in title march
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid move one step closer to dethroning Lionel Messi’s Barcelona on Friday. Benzema scored one goal and set up another to lead Madrid to beating Alavés 2-0 and restoring a four-point lead over Barcelona in the Spanish league with only three rounds left.
Masvidal finally gets title shot on short notice at UFC 251
Jorge Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days' notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career.