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COLUMN: Staying patient is key

Is it even worth bringing sports back for the foreseeable future? Of course it is. When this coronavirus case begins to blow over, even if it’s months away, we need sports back in our lives. We need to break away from our everyday problems to soak in what sports really does for us. Thus, ...

Virtual race a real success for bored NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seated inside a simulator in his living room, Denny Hamlin grew thirsty as he virtually raced some of his top rivals. He asked his one allowed crew member — his 7-year-old daughter — to get him a soda and she handed him a bottle of slightly shaken Coca-Cola. Caution. ...

Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu is AP women’s player of the year

Sabrina Ionescu capped off a unprecedented college career by entering an exclusive club. Oregon’s star guard was a unanimous choice Monday as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year, receiving all 30 votes from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 each week ...

IOC looking at postponing Tokyo Olympics in four weeks of talks

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes a call for delay from the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games. The IOC is ...

U.S. Olympic CEO tells AP why she’s not demanding delay

DENVER (AP) — The CEO of the U.S. Olympic team is well aware of the power her country wields in a situation like this, with the coronavirus raging across the globe and the IOC taking its time before deciding whether to postpone the Tokyo Games. She’s not in a big rush to use it. “My ...

Hamlin wins virtual Homestead as NASCAR races again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The stands were packed, Jimmie Johnson caused several wrecks, Denny Hamlin raced barefoot and damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button — a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race. NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world ...

Jays’ Shapiro expects 4-week spring training before season

TORONTO (AP) — With no sign of when training camps can resume, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin. Opening day has been postponed until at least ...

Self-isolated NFL players engage in chats, workouts

(AP) - Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Dennis Kelly has been hunkered down with his family in the Indianapolis area since the birth of his third daughter a month ago. He has been self-isolating before the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. “We’re already kind of in a self-imposed ...

Bears sign former Steeler Burns

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday. Drafted out of Miami by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 25 pick in 2016, Burns played in all 16 games each of his first three years before falling ...

COLUMN: What made Filberto a legend was everything

One of the things retired Weir High football coach Tony Filberto is sure of right now is that he made the right decision to retire at age 70. “Today, it’s the right decision,” said Filberto, who got his first taste of football way back in 1958 at the age of 8 as a quarterback on the ...

Conklin gives Browns stability up front

Jack Conklin helped make Derrick Henry a rushing champion in Tennessee. The Browns wouldn’t mind if he made running back Nick Chubb the next one. One of the NFL’s top right tackles, Conklin signed with Cleveland on Friday as the Browns finally announced part of a free-agency haul aimed ...

Silver seeking answers, which are in short supply

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finds himself almost constantly looking at financial numbers and projections. And like the rest of a world that is dealing with the seismic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, he still isn’t sure how bad things will get. Silver said Saturday the league is ...

Biggest tourney upsets? N.C. State’s ‘83 title run hard to top

There are still moments, even after nearly four decades, when Ernie Myers has trouble believing it all really happened for his North Carolina State team. The series of tense upsets. The airball-turned-buzzer-beating dunk to stun top-ranked Houston and Phi Slama Jama. And the 1983 national ...

A look back at Olympics that never were

With more and more calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s worth noting that this every-four-years spectacle has been rocked before by traumatic events. Three other times, the games were canceled altogether because of World War I (1916) and World War ...

Former No. 1 overall draft picks still available on market

Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t have to wait long to find homes in the NFL when they came out of college. They were No. 1 overall draft picks. Now they are finding things moving much more slowly as they search for new homes or contracts this offseason. Winston, ...

Big Red grad Wilson ponders what could have been

Tariq Wilson had March 21 circled on his calendar since September. He fully intended to be in Minneapolis wrestling for at least an All-American status — if not a NCAA championship —this weekend. Unfortunately, the current N.C. State junior and Steubenville High School product is ...

Steelers reach agreements with Ebron, Wisniewski

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is getting a little help. The defensive line is getting a little depth. The offensive line a little veteran experience, all in the name of helping the Pittsburgh Steelers make some headway in the new-look AFC North. The Steelers have agreed to terms ...

USA Swimming urges USOPC to ask for delay of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

DENVER (AP) — The head of USA Swimming urged the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to push for a 12-month postponement of the Tokyo Games, signaling the first fissure between powerful American factions attempting to maneuver the U.S. team through the coronavirus crisis. CEO Tim Hinchey ...

XFL cancels season because of coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the new coronavirus pandemic. The league played five games of a 10-game regular season in eight cities. It was a revival of the XFL that played one season in 2001. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a ...

OHSAA keeps same plan in place

COLUMBUS — The status of Ohio’s remaining winter and upcoming spring sports remains unchanged at the moment. The Ohio High School Athletic Association held a media conference Thursday afternoon to provide updates on the basketball and wrestling tournaments, which were brought to a halt ...