AP Sports Digest

May 26

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TOP STORIES

CAR—NASCAR-TRUCKS

CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR's Trucks Series returns for its first race in more than three months when it takes the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last truck race was run on Feb. 21 and won by Kyle Busch. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts at 8 p.m. With separates previewing Wednesday night's Cup Series race and Kyle Busch backing masks in public as common courtesy (both sent).

HKN—VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return-to-play format in a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That could mean a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format, with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended. By Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BBO—VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALL

NEW YORK — Baseball owners are expected to make an economic proposal to the players’ association for the resumption of the season around the start of July. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m.

SOC--GERMAN ROUNDUP

BERLIN — Joshua Kimmich scores with a long-range lob to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over closest rival Borussia Dortmund, putting the team a huge step closer to claiming a record-extending eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. Kimmich's goal was enough for Bayern to stretch its lead to seven points over Dortmund with six games of the season remaining. By Ciarán Fahey. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-7TH INNING STRETCH

With no baseball at Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox ballpark organist Josh Kantor has been offering a livestreamed virtual seventh-inning stretch every day on Facebook. The 47-year-old Cambridge resident plays “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and fan requests during the sessions that last 30 minutes to an hour. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 600 words, photos.

A virus Latest across all sports. With separates from Italy (Juventus’ Bernardeschi sees duty to help Italy during pandemic); Australia (Aussie doctors say National Rugby League aim for July 1 spectators ‘absurd’); and Germany (WADA looking to artificial intelligence to catch dopers).

FBN—OFFSEASON UPDATE-STILL UNSIGNED

NEW YORK — Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL. Plenty of big names remain unsigned but could end up filling major needs for teams. Among those are Cam Newton, Jadeveon Clowney, Everson Griffen, Larry Warford and Devonta Freeman. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 830 words, photos.

COMMENTARY

GLF—ON THE FRINGE-EXHIBITIONS

There’s a reason the “Champions for Charity” match was so entertaining it became the highest-watch golf telecast in cable history: It was entertainment. The PGA Tour can’t duplicate this and be taken seriously. But it wouldn’t be a bad idea to break up the season with events like this. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. With Golf Notes (sent).

NOTABLE

FBN—NFL SEASON-ROSS

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he’s confident the NFL will play in 2020, with or without spectators. By Steven Wine. SENT: 300 words, photo.

FBN—RAMS-RAMSEY'S ROLE

LOS ANGELES — Jalen Ramsey says he won’t hold out as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract and his first full season with the Rams. After a tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville, the star cornerback sounds content in Los Angeles and eager to play new roles on defense. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 9 p.m.

BKN—WIZARDS-WALL'S PROGRESS

WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says he is “110%” healthy after missing the past 1½ years with two major injuries. He is working out at home and looking forward to getting back to the NBA next season. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TEN--TEAMTENNIS-FANS

If World TeamTennis gets its way, Grand Slam champions Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens could be among the first tennis players to compete in front of fans after the coronavirus pandemic prompted lockdowns around the globe. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TRANSGENDER SPORTS BAN-IDAHO LAWSUIT

BOISE, Idaho — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Republican Gov. Brad Little in May signed into law the measure that received overwhelming support in the Republican-dominated House and Senate, but was universally opposed by Democrats. It takes effect July 1. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 540 words.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

World records are still being set even with many sports on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Guinness World Records holds a weekly online challenge that gives anyone a chance to be crowned the world’s best. The longtime keeper of intriguing records features categories such as leapfrogging over a teammate, kicking a roll of toilet paper and how quickly someone can put on 10 socks. By Pat Graham. SENT: 870 words, photos.



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