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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012, file photo, an Arizona State fan is all alone in the upper deck during an NCAA college football game against Washington State, in Tempe, Ariz. As lock-downs are lifted, restrictions on social gatherings eased and life begins to resemble some sense, sports are finally starting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. Many college and pro sports teams already were dealing with declining ticket sales. The improved at-home experience, the emergence of wide-spread legalized betting and the changing social makeup of fan bases have been catalysts, while dynamic pricing, increases in parking and concession prices and a push toward luxury seating have exacerbated the problem.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 19, 2020 - 5:58 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson said 28 athletes or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to school June 8. Clemson has administered 315 tests since the school was given the green light to resume on-campus...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, fans walk outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, that the U.S. Open will be played in Queens from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, but without fans in attendance. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
June 17, 2020 - 5:43 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The International Tennis Hall of Fame is reopening to the public three months after shutting because of the coronavirus outbreak. Starting Thursday, no more than 20 visitors at a time will be allowed to enter the...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2017, file photo, newly hired Buffalo Sabres' General Manager Jason Botterill, center, flanked by Terry and Kim Pegula, displays his Sabres jersey at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure. In announcing the decision, the Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor. (AP Photo/John Wawrow, FIle)
June 17, 2020 - 12:40 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula reversed course by firing general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday as part of a drastic cost-cutting purge of front-office staff and scouts on a team preparing to sit idle for what could be the remainder of the calendar year. The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares skates during the team's NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn’t waste his limited time there. NHL players could start participating in voluntary small-group workouts, and teams began opening their training facilities Monday, June 8. Players learned Thursday training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement on returning to play later this summer, and they're now expected to trickle back in preparation of the resumption of the season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
June 13, 2020 - 5:12 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. The staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well, the team said. All other staff members or players...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, and Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins chase the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. Assuming everything goes according to plan and the final details are ironed out between the league and the players' union, the Blackhawks will play the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifier series for the playoff bracket. “It's been a weird three months,” Kane said during a video conference call with reporters. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
June 12, 2020 - 11:28 pm
John Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn’t waste his limited time there. Across the border, Andrew Copp is waiting things out in the U.S. before returning to Winnipeg for the start of mandatory training camps because of Canada’s 14-day quarantine...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, fans finish their food before exiting Kauffman Stadium after a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels was postponed due to inclement weather in Kansas City, Mo. As lock-downs are lifted, restrictions on social gatherings eased and life begins to resemble some sense, sports are finally starting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. When stadiums do reopen for fans, how are teams going to drive them through the gate? (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
June 12, 2020 - 12:48 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Boston Bruins say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Don Sweeney says the unidentified player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates. The Bruins say the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Jake Guentzel celebrates after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Pittsburgh. Guentzel feared his season was over thanks to a shoulder injury in December. The "pause" caused by the pandemic has given him renewed optimism that he will be ready when the playoffs hopefully being this summer. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
June 11, 2020 - 8:48 pm
The NHL and NHL Players' Association gave the go-ahead Thursday for teams to open training camp on July 10 in the next step forward toward completing the pandemic-delayed season. The league and union have already approved a 24-team playoff format but still need to decide on testing and health and...
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In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, Minnesota Vikings NFL football player Kyle Rudolph helps a woman carry items to her car at the "Change Starts with Me" food and household supply giveaway outside a Cub Foods store in Minneapolis. George Floyd was killed less than three miles from the stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play, so this global unrest over racial relations and justice hit awfully close to home for the team. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)
June 11, 2020 - 4:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Kendricks woke up distressed shortly after George Floyd was killed just a few miles from the stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play. Kendricks, the All-Pro inside linebacker who has mostly stayed out of the spotlight during his first five seasons in the NFL, was “super...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, Gavin Bollmer, left, and his buddy, Austin LaFountain, wear Globe Life Field masks as they tour the home of the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas. Many organizations are trying to bridge the budget gap from the coronovirus through enhanced sponsorship sales, such as temporary billboards that could be stretched over unsold sections of seats. Teams and leagues are selling branded face masks and other personal protective equipment. Almost all of them are trying to engage fans in new and creative ways. It won't come close to making up the budget shortfall, but the hope is to survive long enough for sports to return to normal. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
June 11, 2020 - 1:37 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic scheduled to be held in August outside of Seattle has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tournament director Brian Flajole said Thursday uncertainty about the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Major League Baseball has proposed expanding the playoff field from 10 teams to as many as 16 for this year and next season. Other major sports are accustomed to more teams in the postseason. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
June 09, 2020 - 4:15 am
Maybe this might get Mike Trout back into the playoffs. Major League Baseball is tossing around plenty of ideas these days to start up a shortened season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic — a DH in the National League, neutral-site games, personal rosin bags for pitchers. Now comes a proposal...
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