Indians, other teams pressured after Redskins drop nickname

CLEVELAND (AP) — The spotlight for change is shining on the Cleveland Indians. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades o...

NFL players are banned from exchanging jerseys after games

NFL teams will be prohibited from post-game interactions within 6 feet of each other, so players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread of ...

Phillie Phanatic, Mr Met, MLB mascots now permitted in parks

Phillie Phanatic, phenomenal. Mr. Met and Mariner Moose, marvelous. Wally the Green Monster, welcome back. Mascots are getting a reprieve from Major League Baseball. A month after be...

Will open seats be familiar sight in sports as virus fades?

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Empty seats have been the norm the past few years at the University of Kansas, where a succession of football coaches has failed to turn around the flailing fortunes of the Jayha...

Muzzle Mr. Met? Mascots wonder why they're banned from MLB

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillie Phanatic had stories of his favorite adventures -- from the Galapagos Islands to the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia -- read to him most weeks from his very best bu...

Bundesliga restart continues as Bayern readies for return

BERLIN (AP) — Bundesliga players and fans continued to adapt to the league's empty stadium restart Sunday as defending champion Bayern Munich prepared to return to action. More than...

New MLB rules: shower at home, don't spit, Mr Met stay home

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will look somewhat like high school ball this year under protocols to deal with the new coronavirus, with showers at ballparks discouraged and players possibly ar...

Tokyo Olympics closing 5 souvenir shops; downsizing another

TOKYO (AP) — Five official Olympic merchandise shops in Tokyo will close by early June with business hindered by the coronavirus pandemic and the games being postponed until next year, organizers said...

Long wait for Tokyo 2020 Olympic souvenir market to pick up

TOKYO (AP) — These are lonely times for thousands of souvenirs in dozens of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stores, which are drawing few customers with the postponed games more than a year away and facing an uncl...

Taiwan baseball fans allowed inside stadium but sit apart

NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (AP) — There were fans in the stands for baseball in Taiwan on Friday, albeit spaced far apart as a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. Up to 1,0...

Baseball in full swing in Taiwan, even in empty stadiums

NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (AP) — When Wang Wei-chen had a base hit for the Chinatrust Brothers, no one booed or cheered from the stands at the suburban Taipei ballpark. No one hurled insults at the umpi...

Video lists 20 ways Taiwan is fighting off coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan sees its second day with zero new cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in a week, an American blogger has created a video expounding on how the plucky island co...

AP PHOTOS: Tokyo airports — eerie reminder of virus' toll

TOKYO (AP) — An express train bound for the Narita International Airport departed Tokyo Station on time at 5:33 p.m. with only one passenger. That same night, there was only one inte...

Crosby, McDavid favorites again in NHLPA annual poll

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is still regarded as the NHL’s top forward, while peers consider Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby the game's most complete player. When it comes to g...

March Sadness: No brackets and no knowing what might've been

For all those who dreamed the impossible — making it a whole month without getting a single game wrong in the bracket — this is your year. Everything else about the NCAA Tournament t...