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China: Calls for 2022 Winter Olympics boycott doomed to fail

BEIJING (AP) — Calls for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on human rights grounds are "doomed to failure," a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday, as lawmakers and political advisers began converging on China's capital for the biggest annual gathering of the political ...

AP source: Eagles send Carson Wentz to Colts for draft picks

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person familiar with the deal. The Eagles will receive a third-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional second-round pick ...

Spurs have 4 players positive, Atlanta has All-Star concerns

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The San Antonio Spurs are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak among four players, the NBA said Tuesday, meaning the Spurs will not play until the middle of next week at the earliest. Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — whose city was picked ...

On the move: Serena’s court coverage brings her near No. 24

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Serena Williams agrees with everyone else that her footwork and movement are better these days than they've been for a bit — and that's a big reason she's closing in on what would be a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Here's what she wants to ...

Lots of confusion with 2 races, 3 winners at ski worlds

By ERIC WILLEMSEN Associated Press CORTINA D'AMPEZZO (AP) — Katharina Liensberger was talking to reporters in the mixed zone when she learned that her silver medal in the parallel giant slalom event had been upgraded to a tie for gold at the world championships. The Austrian fell to the ...

Smashing success: Djokovic beats Zverev, into Australian SF

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic smashed a racket, sending a piece of the frame flying. Later, he plopped himself down right there at the back of the blue court, looking forlorn as can be. He dropped the opening set against Alexander Zverev, one of the young guys trying to shove ...

AP source: Panthers to release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Short

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team has not ...

Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

ATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank's family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the ...

Kittle dismisses ‘chatter’ about Niners trading Garoppolo

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer George Kittle dismissed talk about the San Francisco 49ers possibly trading Jimmy Garoppolo the way he sheds tacklers after making catches. "I think it's speculation. I think it's rumors. I think it's chatter," Kittle said on the AP Pro Football ...

Eddie Rosario, Indians finalize $8 million, 1-year contract

Eddie Rosario, Indians finalize $8 million, 1-year contract By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario has joined the Cleveland Indians, adding a quality player who has haunted their pitchers in recent years. Rosario passed his physical on ...

Chiefs’ success big reason why fans will be at Super Bowl

By The Associated Press There will be about 25,000 fans inside Raymond James Stadium for the Super Bowl on Sunday. One reason the Buccaneers and Chiefs won't be playing before oceans of empty seats is Kansas City helped to prove it was possible to have folks in the stands. The Chiefs hosted ...

NHL revises virus protocols with 40 players on COVID-19 list

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer With COVID-19 problems cropping up and four teams currently idled, the NHL has revised its virus protocols in a bid to keep the shortenend season on track. Glass panels have been removed from behind benches for better air flow, players and coaches are not ...

AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. WNBA free agents can't officially sign until Monday, but Parker is leaving Los Angeles for Chicago after playing the first 13 years of her professional career with ...

Tight games this weekend, with one upset projected

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers' backfield. Donald hopes ...

AP source: LeMahieu, Yanks work on $90 million, 6-year deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1 million. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. The ...

Judge, Yankees agree at to $10,175,000, 1-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Slugging outfielder Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $10,175,000. Judge had his third straight injury-interrupted season since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, hitting .257 with nine ...

Bills’ dynamic Allen-Diggs duo ‘just scratching the surface’

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Stefon Diggs isn't altogether content with how he and quarterback Josh Allen have teamed up to rewrite several pages of the Buffalo Bills' single-season record book. Acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March, Diggs ...

A wearable tech defense vs COVID-19 in world juniors bubble

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — What looks like a thin pack of gum is attached to Braden Schneider's event credential at the world junior hockey championship. It's a beacon providing both contact tracing capability should the Canadian defenseman test positive for COVID-19 and a warning if he stands ...

Padres acquire Darvish in blockbuster trade with Cubs on Tuesday night

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller reunited with an old friend in another blockbuster move Tuesday night. The aggressive Padres got Yu Darvish in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, adding another ace to their rotation after announcing a ...