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Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19; Judge scratched

Jake Seiner, Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 11th - 5:32pm

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Yanks closer Chapman has coronavirus; Astros cancel workout

Kristie Rieken, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 3:34pm

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman became the latest high-profile player to test positive for the coronavirus, his diagnosis announced Saturday hours after the Houston Astros canceled another practice due to virus concerns.

Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 10:58am

Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it.

Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rosters

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 10th - 6:42pm

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.

White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 5:02pm

Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day injured list because of unspecified ailments.

Update on the latest sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 2:53pm

San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Posey says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season.

The Latest: ACC commish expects fall decision in late July

The Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 10th - 2:03pm

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

No high-fives? No spitting? MLBers adjust in COVID world

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:25pm

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to hug, high-five and fist bump his players. After all, the defending World Series champions spent nearly four months apart before resuming workouts last week.

Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concerns

Josh Dubow, Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 10th - 12:51pm

Giants star catcher Buster Posey decided to opt out of the 2020 season Friday out of health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the coronavirus pandemic.

Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:02am

The tools are there. They have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw mix of power and potential.

Baseball players get a peek at playing without fans

John Marshall, Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 9th - 7:21pm

gum, sunflower seeds, a lot of guys dip tobacco. It’s part of your normal protocol. Maybe it helps people calm down. I’ve caught myself a few times. I start to spit and go, ‘Oh man, I can’t do this now.’ It’s something you’ve got to get used to.”

Williamson allegations, Positive Workday players play

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:39pm

The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before playing at Duke. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in Florida, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. Williamson had filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to terminate a five-year contract with Prime Sports. In court filings today, Ford’s attorneys included a letter signed by Williamson and his stepfather to repay a 2018 loan from a different agency. Williamson’s attorney says those documents are “fraudulent.”

Update on the latest sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:45pm

The Big Ten Conference says it will not play nonconference games in football or several other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league cited medical advice in reaching its decision, the biggest yet by a power conference.

Tiger Woods to play the Memorial next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 1:54pm

The PGA Tour has been back for five weeks. Now it finally gets its biggest star. Tiger Woods says he’ll be at Muirfield Village in Ohio next week for the Memorial. It will be his first official event in five months. The last time Woods played was Feb. 16 at the Genesis Invitational. He shot 76-77 on a cold weekend at Riviera and finished alone in last place. He said he felt stiffness in his back and skipped the next four events. And then the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months. Woods is a five-time winner at the Memorial.

MLB releases 2021 schedule; all 30 teams to open on April 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:53am

Major League Baseball will open the 2021 season on April 1 and hopes to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres INF Mateo out

David Ginsburg, Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 8th - 8:35pm

even if a player hasn’t had a positive test.

Gray to start, No Ivy League sports this fall, NASCAR moves

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:43pm

Sonny Gray has been chosen to start the Cincinnati Reds’ first game back from Major League Baseball’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Gray started openers for the Athletics in 2014 and 2015, throwing a combined 14 shutout innings while getting a win and a no-decision. He’s in line to face the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on July 24 as Major League Baseball starts a season shortened because of the pandemic.

No fans, no Ryder Cup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:21pm

With no guarantee of fans, there won’t be a Ryder Cup this year. The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin has been pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour still hasn’t allowed spectators at its events, and no other golf tournament is dependent on partisan cheering like the Ryder Cup. After working with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, the decision was reached to move the Ryder Cup to Sept. 24-26 in 2021. It had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27, one week after the U.S. Open.

Yanks' Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad

Jake Seiner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 7:42pm

Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx.