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AP source: NHLPA board voting on playoff format to return

The NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return to play format, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the vote was still ongoing. ...

USOPC eliminates 51 in response to COVID-related shortfall

DENVER — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is eliminating 51 positions and furloughing 33 more as part of a dramatic cut in staffing designed to trim up to 20% of its budget to respond to shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of this ...

Briscoe’s heartbreaking week ends with Xfinity victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives. It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that it was a girl — had no fetal ...

Coach’s payments to player lead to Iowa volleyball sanctions

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa women’s volleyball program was placed on probation for one year and must vacate 33 wins over two seasons as part of its penalties for violations committed by former coach Bond Shymansky. The university’s athletic department also will pay a $5,000 fine ...

Hamlin wins at rain-shortened Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Denny Hamlin won NASCAR’s first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing ...

PLAY BALL! Summer sports get green light

Play ball! Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gave Iowa high school summer sports the go-ahead during her daily press briefing, and both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) voted Wednesday to approve resuming the summer seasons under Iowa ...

MHS fundraiser golf outing canceled

Marshalltown High School’s annual athletic fundraiser golf outing has been canceled due to ongoing concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. MHS athletic director Ryan Isgrig announced the cancellation of the event in an email and in a tweet on Monday, calling off the 18-hole, four-person best ...

Governors warming to the idea of the return of pro sports

Governors around the country are warming to the idea of the return of professional sports to their states, with two caveats: continued progress against the coronavirus and no spectators in the stands. The heads of California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania spoke Monday of the return of ...

US Open no longer ‘open,’ eliminates qualifying for major

The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year. The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924. Open qualifying is the hallmark of golf's ...

D-backs OF Starling Marte says wife dies of heart attack

PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. "Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack," Marte wrote on Instagram on Monday. "It is ...

NBC says 2.35 million viewers for live golf’s return to TV

ORLANDO, Fla. — The return of live golf to television brought 2.35 million viewers across all platforms, which NBC Sports says was 16% higher than the final of the Dell Match Play last year. The TaylorMade Driving Relief on Sunday from Seminole Golf Club was shown from 2 p.m. to just after ...

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing

DARLINGTON, S.C. — This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR. The grandstands were completely empty. There wasn't a single tailgate inside the track. Everyone wore face coverings — some with the team logos, others opting for plain disposable medical masks. It was ...

McIlroy delivers the winner as live golf returns to TV

Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a Skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who had not won a skin since the sixth hole, had a chance to win the final six ...

NFL cornerbacks Baker, Dunbar released from jail on bond

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were released from Broward County Jail on Sunday, a day after surrendering on felony charges stemming from a cookout at a Miramar home. Baker posted a $200,000 bond after a Zoom hearing with Broward Circuit Judge ...

Woman, boy, 5, drown in Houston home of ex-Dodger Crawford

HOUSTON — A 5-year-old boy and a woman drowned in the backyard pool of former Los Angeles Dodgers player Carl Crawford's Houston home, according to reports. Houston police were called about 2:40 p.m. Saturday for a reported drowning at a north Houston home that property and business records ...

ALL-DECADE TEAM: Wrestling

He didn’t have an undefeated season, nor was he a four-time medalist. But what Dale Hilleman of West Marshall did have was vice grips for hands, an undeniable determination to win and two, count ’em two, state titles. West Marshall’s four-time state qualifier capped his 171-28 high ...

NASCAR’s return latest chapter in Darlington’s rich legacy

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Harold Brasington III recalls riding around the infield at Darlington Raceway as a youngster with his late grandfather, track builder Harold Brasington, watching as his granddad said hello to the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt. ...

NFL teams can reopen facilities Tuesday with provisos

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained by The Associated Press, he stressed that the clubs must be “in compliance with any additional public ...

Marshalltown Little League season in limbo

This was not what Corey Schoenfelder had in mind when he took up the reins as president of the Marshalltown Little League. As a father of three active boys, Schoenfelder has put in his time as a volunteer coach in Marshalltown’s various sports offerings, and now he’s taken on the ...

Iowa loses both of its NASCAR events

NEWTON — Iowa Speedway will not hold a NASCAR race this season as the series announced a revised schedule on Thursday for the remainder of its 2020 calendar. The NASCAR Xfinity Series races originally scheduled for June 13 and August 1 in Newton, as well as the NASCAR Gander RV & ...