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National Sports

Faces in the crowd: Cutouts provide virtual MLB audience

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Gabby Adamo loved the Chicago White Sox so much it influenced how she dressed and even how she drank her favorite beverages. "She didn't despise Cubs fans, but she despised anything to do with red and blue," said her father, Vince Adamo of Frankfort, ...

Washington owner Snyder vows culture change amid allegations

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder said Friday he's committed to improving the culture inside the team after allegations of sexual harassment, while the league will wait for a law firm's review before taking action. The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 ...

Pennsylvania sports teams ask to allow fans in the stands

By MARC LEVY and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania approached 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, several professional, semi-professional, amateur and college sports teams have submitted plans to the state Department of Health to have ...

Mayor: NYC poised to open zoos, play ball under reopen plan

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is on track to take the next step in reopening next week, allowing movie and TV crews to film, zoos to welcome reduced crowds, and professional sports teams play to empty seats, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. But malls, museums and restaurant dining rooms ...

Big finish for Woods with hopes of making cut at Memorial

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Five months without competition, Tiger Woods was grinding over key shots and big putts Friday at the Memorial, and the 7-foot par putt on his final hole at the Memorial might have been just enough. The goal on this day was simply to avoid ...

Michigan State University cuts salaries of top-paid coaches

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State University is temporarily reducing salaries for athletic department employees under contract who make at least $100,000 to cope with the loss of revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced Thursday. The move will cost Hall of Fame basketball ...

Central Michigan University in search of athletic director

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Central Michigan is searching for an athletic director to replace Michael Alford, who is leaving to be a lead fundraiser for Florida State athletics. The departure was announced Wednesday, less than a week after the Big Ten decided it would play only conference games in ...

World junior hockey showcase to be held downstate canceled

(AP) — USA Hockey has called off holding its world junior summer showcase, set to be held in Michigan in two weeks. With 44 players invited, the event was part of USA Hockey’s selection process in determining its team to compete at the world junior championships in Alberta in late December.

Detroit Lions sign 1st-round draft pick Jeff Okudah, other later draft picks

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Jeff Okudah. The Lions also announced Monday that they signed second-round selection D’Andre Swift along with fifth-round picks Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley. Detroit drafted Okudah, a former Ohio State standout, with ...

Another fast start could actually be meaningful for Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — On their way to 114 defeats last year, the Detroit Tigers actually won seven of their first 10 games, and they were still 12-10 in late April. A start like that this season could mean a lot more. With only 60 games on tap for 2020, the ...

Detroit Tigers release right-handed pitcher Zack Godley

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have cut ties with Zack Godley, giving the right-hander his unconditional release. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire says the move was made Monday to give the 30-year-old Godley a chance to sign with another team. Godley is 37-30 with a 4.68 ERA in five major ...

In an instant, the Palace of Auburn Hills is no more

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock ...

Ex-Detroit Tiger, Milwaukee Brave Frank Bolling dies at age 88

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a posted by the funeral home handling ...