Tokyo needs to convince sponsors Olympics will really happen
TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic turbulence and skepticism.
Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.
LEADING OFF: Rays, Indians try to clinch; Cole, Gray on hill
A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ ONE AND DONE Tampa Bay can clinch its first AL East crown since 2010 with a win at the New York Mets or a Yankees loss to Toronto.
Column: Big night for the Raiders and their new hometown
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the light outside faded, the glittering casinos on the Las Vegas Strip came to life Monday evening through the giant lanai doors in the new home of the Raiders.
Unmasked: NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces
NFL coaches thumbed their collective -- and exposed -- noses at the NFL’s mask mandate in Week 2. The league responded with hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.
Crowder, Olynyk see parallels between Spoelstra, Stevens
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jae Crowder will tell anybody who asks that the Miami Heat are extremely well-prepared for whatever comes their way in the Eastern Conference finals.
Oakland Athletics clinch first AL West title since 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros.
Raiders open Las Vegas stadium with 34-24 win vs Saints
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders delivered a performance worthy of their fancy new home. Too bad none of their fans were able to see it in person.
Parade to penalty box could prevent Stars Stanley Cup parade
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — There is no telling what a championship parade might look like in a pandemic. If the Dallas Stars don't stop taking so many penalties, they won't have to worry about that.
Giants' Saquon Barkley out for season with torn ACL
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A major knee injury has ended Saquon Barkley's season. His career still has a long way to go, New York Giants coach Joe Judge predicted Monday a little more than 24 hours after his star running back tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on a seemingly harmless tackle in a loss to the Chicago Bears.
AP source: NFL fines 3 coaches, clubs for unmasked coaches
A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been fined $100,000 for violating the league’s rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline.
Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2, get even in Stanley Cup
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup Final.
Column: NASCAR's dizzying silly season will change landscape
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There were two early warning signs that NASCAR was heading into its most unpredictable “silly season” in decades.
Oilers' Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL MVP
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. Only it had more to do with his home country than his home arena.
Florida decision likely clears Pats owner of soliciting sex
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors said Monday that they won't appeal a court's decision blocking video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will be dropped.
49ers complain about playing surface at MetLife Stadium
The San Francisco 49ers contacted the NFL on Monday about the conditions of the playing surface at MetLife Stadium after several players went down with injuries in a victory over the New York Jets.
Back to work: Celtics, Heat start getting ready for Game 4
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting angry worked wonders for the Boston Celtics. Their first win in these Eastern Conference finals just happened to come two nights after Marcus Smart sparked a loud and emotional series of shouting matches inside the Celtics’ locker room, all of that starting only a few seconds after the Miami Heat won to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Original 9, Hewitt, Raymond among nominees for tennis Hall
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Billie Jean King and the other members of the Original 9 who laid the groundwork for the women’s professional tennis tour are the first group nominated together for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Djokovic wins in Rome: 'I moved on' after US Open default
ROME (AP) — Fifteen days after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic had plenty to celebrate on Monday. Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win his fifth Italian Open title; he passed childhood idol Pete Sampras for the second-most weeks at No.
The Latest: UMass to play football this fall, reversing call
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ UMass says it will play football this fall, reversing an August decision to postpone the season until the spring.
Panthers' McCaffrey out multiple weeks with ankle sprain
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey said he plans to attack his rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain the same way he does everything else — with a full head of steam.
‘Match made in heaven’: Deion Sanders to coach Jackson State
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deion Sanders wiped away tears of joy and passion before speaking. Jackson State’s new football coach then stated “I believe” many times about what he envisions happening on and off the field.
DeChambeau carves up US Open one divot-sized slice at a time
Golfers like to say they win when it’s their week, when a swing adjustment suddenly clicks or because they are driving the ball and putting it just a little better than everyone else.
Analysis: DeChambeau charts path with new methods, hard work
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The road to his U.S. Open title might have been tougher than anything Bryson DeChambeau faced at Winged Foot.
Davis shows he has what it takes for biggest stage of career
Anthony Davis caught the ball deep on the left side with the Lakers losing and time about to run out. The shot Davis made to win Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was from nearly the same spot and situation as one he attempted in his team's last game before the NBA season was suspended.