More than wins, losses at stake as basketball season arrives

As more than 300 teams prepare to start a season that will look nothing like any before it, the conversation isn't so much about who will be cutting down the nets at the end of March Madness as much a...

Photo of the Day: Severed fish head mascot spotted at Taiwan baseball game

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — This photo of a dancing disembodied fish mascot at a baseball game in southern Taiwan had foreign netizens scratching their heads last week. The photographer, Chen Chin...

Games go on, but many traditions on hold in college football

To the delight of fans young and old, an English bulldog named Uga has been stationed on the sideline at all but one Georgia home football game since 1956. Charles Seiler, whose fami...

Chiefs nix headdresses, face paint to start NFL season

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs fans who file into Arrowhead stadium Thursday for a masked and socially distanced start to the NFL season won't be wearing headdresses or face paint amid a na...

College football embarks on uncertain season of COVID-19

A most overused coaching cliche has never been so relevant as college football embarks on a season of COVID-19: Take it one day at a time. With so much uncertainty, trying to figure...

AP WAS THERE: 1988 Seoul Olympics

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in The Clarksd...

Native mascots still a sticking point in high school sports

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, the steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native American men in headdress...

Missouri town divided by move to change its 'Savages' mascot

SAVANNAH, Mo. (AP) — A nearly all-white northwest Missouri town is divided over an effort to change its high school's “Savages” mascot that depicts a Native American amid a nationwide movement calling...

Blackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home games

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks said Wednesday they are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community. ...

Indianapolis Indians minor league team to discuss name

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, said Tuesday it will form a committee to consider changing the team's longtime name. T...

Opening impression: Moustakas leads Reds over Tigers 7-1

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Moustakas drove in four runs in an emphatic first impression, teaming with fellow Cincinnati newcomers Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos to turn the Reds' long-delayed opener i...

Opening day amid virus: Masked men, empty parks, odd sounds

Opening day, at last. A baseball season that was on the brink before it ever began because of the virus outbreak is set to start Thursday night when excitable Max Scherzer and the Wo...

Edmonton of the CFL decides to drop Eskimos, change its name

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Eskimos will change their name. The Canadian Football League team announced the decision on Tuesday, following a decision to do the same by Wash...

Play ball? Experts send mixed signals on MLB 60-game season

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty baseball teams from 28 cities, trying to play 60 games each amid a coronavirus pandemic that seemingly hasn’t peaked in the United States. Plausible? Worthwhi...

Monday's Sports in Brief

NFL WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington NFL franchise announced it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism...