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  One year later: Loved ones, fans still coming to terms with Kobe Bryant’s death

Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 last year.

Reigning champion Chiefs dump Bills 38-24 in AFC title game

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in 2nd round at UFC 257

  Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

  Timeline of Hank Aaron’s life and career

  NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

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  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl

Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

PGA Championship leaving Trump National for ’22 tournament

PGA President Jim Richerson says the board voted to exercise its right to “terminate the agreement” with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Tommy Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

The Los Angeles Dodgers organization said Friday that legendary manager Tommy Lasorda has died. He was 93 years old.

Chattanooga fires football assistant after ‘appalling’ tweet on Stacey Abrams

Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton issued a statement Thursday, saying the post was brought to his attention Wednesday night.

  Alabama’s DeVonta Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

University of Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith has won the Heisman Trophy.

  Reported virus issues at Ohio State raise specter of title game delay against Alabama

Men’s NCAA March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

Paul Westphal, Hall of Famer and NBA champion, dies at 70

Florida Gators basketball returns, Keyontae Johnson back with the team amid recovery

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Heisman finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence and Trask

Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson will be released from hospital

Johnson was rushed to the hospital during Florida’s game against Florida State after he collapsed after a time out.

Florida Gators football hit with NCAA violations

The NCAA has sanctioned the Florida Gators football program for level II and level III recruiting violations.

World Chase Tag marathon set to air Dec. 23

World Chase Tag is what you might remember as a game of tag as a child, but much more intense, with athletes displaying extraordinary speed and agility.

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

Kevin Greene played 15 seasons in the NFL for four teams: the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

Clemson coach votes College Football Playoff opponent Ohio State 11th

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had Alabama No. 1 ahead of the Tigers. Notre Dame was third with Texas A&M fourth.

Sarah Fuller’s jersey added to College Football Hall of Fame

The Vanderbilt kicker made history this month when she became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game.

CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out

Notre Dame was picked Sunday over Texas A&M for the final College Football Playoff spot and will face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals while Clemson and Ohio State were paired in the CFP for the third time.

CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas

The College Football Playoff semifinal scheduled for the Rose Bowl will be moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Russia can’t use its name and flag at the next 2 Olympics

The court halved the four-year ban proposed last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a landmark case that accused Russia of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow.

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history” by elevating the Negro Leagues.

Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case

In August, Justice Elena Kagan had denied the NCAA’s request to put lower court rulings in favor of the student-athletes on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA formally petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case.

Parents: Florida Gators’ Keyontae Johnson is breathing on his own, FaceTimed team

In a statement released via the University of Florida men’s basketball Twitter account, Johnson’s parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, say their son is speaking with them, his doctors at UF Health, and has even FaceTimed his team.

AP Interview: Indians owner says name won’t change in 2021

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”

  NCAA to play women’s basketball Tournament at 1 site, eyes Texas

The women’s Final Four in 2021 was already set for San Antonio and the NCAA has begun preliminary talks with the Texas city to hold the entire 64-team tournament in the area.

Florida’s Johnson remains in critical but stable condition

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson remained in critical but stable condition at a hospital, the team reported Sunday, one day after he collapsed on the court during a game at Florida State.

Sarah Fuller becomes 1st woman to score in Power 5 football game

Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game by kicking an extra point for Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Phoenix Suns Arena won’t allow fans during start of 2020-2021 season

Team officials said they are working with health leaders to determine the best time to welcome fans back to the arena.

Listening to athletes, USOPC won’t punish Olympic protests

It’s a response to a set of recommendations from a USOPC athlete group that seeks changes to the much-maligned Rule 50 of the IOC Olympic Charter.

  Texas prep football player attacks referee, charged with assault

Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School came running from the sideline area after the referee announced the ejection, slamming into the official during the first half of the zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo.

No fans to be allowed at Rose Bowl for CFP semifinal game

The Rose Bowl is hosting one of the playoff semifinals; the other is at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced.

WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson dies at 79

Patterson spent decades in professional wrestling, as an in-ring performer and working behind the scenes. He wrote about his life and career in the 2016 autobiography “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.”

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.

AP source: NFL fines Saints $500,000, Patriots $350,000

The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 and stripped them of a 2021 seventh-round draft pick for violating league COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the discipline told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones

Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years.

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

Sarah Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend.

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

“Let’s make history,” senior Sarah Fuller wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.

Thousands bid farewell to soccer legend Maradona in Argentina amid clashes

Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he recovered from a brain operation on Nov. 3.

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

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

Major League Baseball says the plan is tentative, contingent on the status of public health next summer.

Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

An official familiar with the federal government’s decision told The Associated Press on Friday there is too much COVID-19 circulating in the United States to allow for cross-border travel that is not essential.

NCAA in talks with Indianapolis to host all of March Madness

The NCAA announced Monday it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s college basketball tournament in one geographic location to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and is in talks with Indianapolis to be the host city.

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

Dustin Johnson wins first Masters played in the fall with record score of 268.

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Lasorda hospitalized in ICU

Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California.

Breakthrough for women: Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as GM

Ng became the majors' highest-ranking woman and Asian American in baseball operations when she was hired Friday as general manager of the Miami Marlins.

The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

Earlier this year, The Weeknd’s hit single “Blinding Lights” became his fifth song to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19, putting into doubt whether the face of college football will be available to play the top-ranked Tigers' biggest game of the season.

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.

Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988

The Dodgers posted the best record in the majors during this pandemic-shortened season, then rallied in the final game to claim a most elusive crown.

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

The NFL has fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for violating protocols leading to the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak during the season, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press.

Matt Blair, star linebacker for Vikings, dies at 70

He started 130 of the 160 regular-season games he played, racking up 1,452 tackles, the second most in team history.

Woman runs under 6-minute mile while 9 months pregnant

Makenna Myler, 28, who’s originally from Australia but now lives in California, has been running five or six times a week during her pregnancy.

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.”