AP Sports Digest

June 15

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Attorneys file a lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court that seeks to prevent the association from limiting the amount of money athletes can make off their names, images and likenesses and seeks damages for lost potential earnings. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo by 5 p.m.


The U.S. Tennis Association intends to hold the U.S. Open in New York starting in August without spectators, if it gets governmental support — and a formal announcement could come this week. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 720 words, photos. With separate on Ash Barty expressing concern in an email to the AP over the timing of the U.S. Open (SENT: 670 words, photos.)


FORT WORTH, Texas — The PGA Tour returned after three months and Commissioner Jay Monahan felt every bit a winner as Daniel Berger at Colonial. There were no positive tests from the 487 administered at the Charles Schwab Challenge to players, caddies and key personnel. There were no fans, either. Monahan called it a phenomenal return, mainly because it was a healthy one. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 875 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The WNBA announces plans to play an abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July without fans in attendance. The league is finalizing a partnership with IMG Academy in Bradenton to play the games at the facility and possibly others nearby. Players would be housed at IMG and teams would hold training camps there as well. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photo.


MANCHESTER, England — When the Premier League resumes Wednesday after its three-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic, English soccer pledges to address diversity issues. Players will feature “Black Lives Matter” on their jerseys instead of their names. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. With separate club-by-club guide on the Premier League. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

A virus Latest across all sports has been sent. With separate from Germany on break paying off for Goretzka, Bayern’s new muscular dynamo.



The agent for Ezekiel Elliott says the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys has tested positive for the coronavirus. Rocky Arceneaux tells the NFL Network that Elliott is feeling OK and recovering. A person with direct knowledge of the diagnosis tells the AP that Elliott had the positive test about a week ago and could be described as symptomatic. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 270 words, photo.


Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. Durant, a 10-time NBA All-Star, has a 5% ownership stake, with an option for 5% more in the near future, the Union announced. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 490 words, photo.


ATLANTA — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins will join CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice, the network announced Monday. SENT: 310 words, photo.


Iowa cut ties with strength coach Chris Doyle, announcing a separation agreement that will pay him more than $1.1 million after former Hawkeyes accused him of mistreating and belittling African American players. SENT: 400 words, photos.


FIFA has appealed for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” after U.S. President Donald Trump denounced the annulment of a policy that required soccer players to stand during the national anthem. It was United States captain Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick that led to the U.S. Soccer Federation adopting the rule in 2017. By Rob Harris. SENT: 300 words, photos.


MADRID — Barcelona coach Quique Setién expects a tight fight for the Spanish league title after both Barcelona and Real Madrid showed that they kept their strength after the pandemic break. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 570 words, photos.


ROME — For Cristiano Ronaldo, nothing seemed to go right in the Italian Cup semifinal match against AC Milan. Fortunately for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, a 0-0 draw earned Juventus a spot in Wednesday’s final against Napoli and Ronaldo now has every reason to be motivated as he chases his 30th trophy for club and country. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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