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Fuller sticking with Vanderbilt football after historic kick

Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller isn’t walking away from football just yet after becoming the first woman to kick in a Power Five conference football game.

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5

  Female soccer player poised to play for Vandy’s football team

  Thousands bid farewell to soccer legend Maradona in Argentina amid clashes

  Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

White Sox to host Yankees in Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12

Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

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Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act heads to President’s desk

  NCAA in talks with Indianapolis to host all of March Madness

Dustin Johnson coasts to 5-shot win and 1st Masters title

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Lasorda hospitalized in ICU

Breakthrough for women: Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as GM

  The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

Honorary starters, then rain, as 1st fall Masters begins

Darkness and drizzle greeted Hall of Famers Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus for the honorary opening tee shots in the early dawn hours of the tournament.

Notre Dame mandates virus testing after football celebration

All Notre Dame students are required to undergo coronavirus testing before they leave South Bend for the extended winter break.

ESPN announces 300 layoffs, citing ‘disruption’ amid virus

In addition to the layoffs, the company is planning to leave about 200 vacant positions unfilled.

Travis Roy, Boston University hockey player paralyzed in first game, dies at 45

From his wheelchair, he gave as many as 40 motivational speeches a year. The message he shared: Do the best with what you have and don’t dwell on your misfortune.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988

AP source: NFL fines Titans $350,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

Matt Blair, star linebacker for Vikings, dies at 70

Woman runs under 6-minute mile while 9 months pregnant

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball’s best

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to win their first World Series title since 1998. The Tampa Bay Rays are among just six current franchises that have never won.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Alabama’s Saban cleared to coach after 3rd negative test

Saban had initially tested positive on Wednesday, along with athletic director Greg Byrne.

Patriots back to work, Jaguars work remotely after positive COVID-19 test

The Jaguars said Saturday that a practice squad player has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Florida Gators postpone game against Missouri to Oct. 31

Florida football will not play Missouri next week.

Colts' retests for COVID-19 negative; Patriots cancel practice over positive test, AP source says

The New England Patriots canceled practice Friday after a member of the organization tested positive for COVID-19, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Falcons shut facility after 2nd positive; Vikings game on

The Falcons' decision to shut their facility follows outbreaks with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots.

Nick Saban, Alabama AD Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

Alabama football head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Florida Gators’ game against LSU has been postponed

A source told WCJB the decision came a day after 19 Florida football players tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

NFL will test for COVID-19 on game days, has no bubble plans

The league will begin PCR testing for COVID-19 on game days starting this week, use of masks in walkthroughs are now mandatory and only play-callers will be permitted to wear face shields in lieu of masks or gaiters on the sideline.

Florida Gators football pausing team activities after 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases

"Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin.

Bobby Bowden to return home from hospital Wednesday

Bowden’s wife, Ann, says the former coach is “sounding like his old self again.”

Joe Morgan, Hall of Famer and driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77

Joe Morgan, the two-time MVP second baseman on the “Big Red Machine” teams in Cincinnati in the ’70s, has died at the age of 77, according to multiple reports.

AP source: Bills-Titans on with no positives for TN, Pats

The Buffalo Bills' game with Tennessee remains on schedule for Tuesday night after the Titans had no positives Monday morning.

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are back atop the NBA world.

NFL does major juggling of schedule due to coronavirus

The NFL has postponed the Denver-New England game indefinitely due to another positive coronavirus test with the Patriots.

Perfect in Paris, Nadal overwhelms Djokovic to tie Federer

Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.

Titans back at work, not talking about COVID-19 outbreak

This keeps the Titans (3-0) on track to host Buffalo (4-0) on Tuesday, with the Patriots hosting Denver on Monday after both games were rescheduled from Sunday.

Jets have no positive COVID-19 tests, game with Arizona on

Meanwhile, the Titans have gone three of the past five days without a positive test, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame ace for mighty Yankees, died at 91

Nicknamed the “Chairman of the Board,” Ford was a wily left-hander who pitched from 1950-67 in the major leagues, all with the Yankees.

AP source: Titans told not to hold any in-person activities

Tennessee was told players could not gather together for any in-person activities either at the club’s facility or elsewhere a day before several Titans worked out at a private school, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

  NFL looking at ‘several’ protocol incidents with Titans

Tennessee will not be returning to the team’s facility Wednesday after two more players tested positive in the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Titans hope NFL allows them to return Wednesday, coach says

The person tells The Associated Press that Tennessee needs that to continue Wednesday to be able to go back to its facility.

  Goodell: Forfeits possible for NFL virus protocol violations

The NFL was forced to adjust its Week 4 schedule when Tennessee had the league’s first coronavirus outbreak and New England and Kansas City each had a player test positive.

Texans fire coach Bill O’Brien after 0-4 start

Houston Texans coach and general manager Bill O’Brien has been fired, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.

FSU coaching legend Bobby Bowden tests positive for coronavirus

Bowden says he tested positive for COVID-19 while at the hospital last week.

AP source: Titans have 2 new positives, none for rest of NFL

Another Tennessee Titans player and another staff member have tested positive for the coronavirus, while the rest of the NFL returned no new positives on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Chiefs vs. Patriots game postponed after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams

The announcement comes shortly after ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Patriots starting QB Cam Newton tested positive for the virus and will miss the game against the Chiefs.

Titans' outbreak now 18, with Bills' game possibly at risk

This is the fifth straight day that at least one member of the Titans' organization has had a positive test result return.

Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame ace for Cardinals, dies at 84

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, has died.

NFL reschedules Steelers-Titans, Ravens' bye now Week 7

The Titans' outbreak expanded by two more players testing positive Friday, pushing the team’s total to 14 within the past week.

Titans back to waiting after NFL postpones game vs. Steelers over coronavirus outbreak

The NFL postponed Sunday’s game in Nashville after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19.

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday after a new positive coronavirus test result Wednesday among the Titans, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles

Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open on Wednesday because of an Achilles injury.

Woman denies attempted kidnapping of Joe Montana’s grandchild

The suspect is charged with felony counts of attempted kidnapping and burglary. She could get eight years in prison if convicted as charged.

  Titans have NFL’s 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

The Tennessee Titans have shut down their facility until Saturday after eight positive virus tests, putting Sunday’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in jeopardy.

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

The NHL is the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to crown a champion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

NBA Finals set: LeBron, Lakers will meet Butler, Heat

The matchup is now set, with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers emerging as the last two teams standing in the chase to be crowned champions of the most tumultuous season in NBA history.

Molina gets 2000th hit, Cardinals beat Brewers

Yadier singled twice in the 4-2 victory. The Cardinals kept their slim lead over Cincinnati for second place in the NL Central.

Pac-12 to kick off 7-game football season in early November

The Pac-12 has decided to play football in the fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about COVID-19.

AP Source: Chargers’ team doctor punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung, according to a person familiar with the case.

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Wednesday that Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers, whose friendship with a teammate with cancer was recounted in “Brian’s Song,” has died at the age of 77.

Joe Laurinaitis, pro wrestler Road Warrior Animal, dies at age 60

Joe Laurinaitis, the legendary pro wrestler known as Animal in the Road Warriors tag team, has died at the age of 60, the WWE said Wednesday.

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over helicopter crash photos

The sheriff’s department did not immediately have a comment Tuesday.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Jordan and Hamlin purchased a charter for their team from Germain Racing that guarantees Wallace a spot in the 40-car field every week.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

Proposal would reduce FCS playoff field from 24 to 16 teams

The NCAA Division I Council has proposed a framework to conduct a season in the Football Championship Subdivision, with teams allowed to play up to 11 games from this fall into next spring and a playoff bracket reduced from 24 to 16 teams.

Maya Moore now wed, to wrongfully jailed man she helped free

Basketball star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the Missouri man she helped work to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction.

Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday.

Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates

Enshrinement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August for those players selected.

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.

School leader: Big Ten football on hold until questions answered

The University of Wisconsin chancellor says Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus.

Big Ten vote expected on restarting football

Leaders of the member universities met over the weekend to discuss health and safety.

Dominic Thiem 1st since 1949 to win US Open after ceding 1st 2 sets

Dominic Thiem has become the first man in 71 years to win the U.S. Open after dropping the first two sets of the final.

After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all -- maybe as soon as mid-October -- amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.

Kansas City Chiefs fans boo teams during display of unity against racism, social injustice

The Chiefs chose to stay on the field for the national anthem while the Texans decided to remain in the locker room.

  Return of football renews fears over more virus spread

The topic has led to passionate debates at the state and local level, including whether to allow high school seasons to proceed and how many fans to allow in professional and college stadiums.