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FILE - In this April 7, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, center-left, join Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, left, in a round of laughter before the chief executive tossed out the first ball in an opening day baseball game at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/File)
March 25, 2020 - 1:14 pm
No game today. On what was supposed to be opening day all around the majors, ballparks will be shut Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic. So while we wait and hope for baseball this year, some present and past sports writers for The Associated Press reflect on their favorite opening day...
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A visitor wearing a face mask stands near the Olympic rings at Tokyo's Odaiba district Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Tokyo Olympics are probably going to happen, but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 24, 2020 - 11:55 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild said Tuesday he has the coronavirus and is recovering. The 20-year-old Seyboth Wild, ranked No. 114, said on Twitter that he has been taking care of himself and...
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A sign announcing the suspension of spring training baseball games is displayed outside a closed JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 24, 2020 - 9:38 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A minor league player for the Boston Red Sox has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. The Red Sox made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the positive diagnosis. The team didn't identify the player, but...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black watches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Denver. Black said in a conference call Thursday, March 19, that he would be open to the idea of doubleheaders. Opening day has been pushed back from March 26 to mid-May at the earliest, and both sides are committed to playing as many games as possible. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 19, 2020 - 8:36 pm
Let's play two? Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black would be down for doubleheaders. Maybe even a couple a week. That might be a necessity to make up games once a baseball season delayed by the new coronavirus gets under way. "In theory, yeah, I think all of us would be up for some sort of...
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Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Steward Berroa, center, prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Flight schedules for departures and arrivals remain normal during the coronavirus pandemic.(Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
March 19, 2020 - 3:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Logan O'Hoppe got the news from his agent and relayed it immediately to teammate Vito Friscia. Friscia, a 40th-round draft pick, would be getting his spring training pay, after all. “He thought I was kidding," O'Hoppe said. “It’s awesome, I’m...
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A closed sign is displayed on the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training baseball gift shop at LECOM Park, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. Major League Baseball has delayed the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak and suspended the rest of its spring training schedule. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
March 18, 2020 - 10:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus, people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. Talks between...
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A ticket holder pauses outside a closed Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, reading a sign as to where he might get a refund for a canceled game, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because if the coronavirus outbreak. MLB is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 18, 2020 - 1:22 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 2:25 p.m. An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 1994 file photo Kansas City Chief's quarterback Joe Montana watches from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins. Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 brings an end to one of the NFL’s most memorable eras. Joe Montana was in some ways a previous generation’s version of Brady — an iconic quarterback who was calm under pressure and always seemed to have his team in contention for a championship. He won four Super Bowl titles with San Francisco, but after elbow problems limited him for a couple seasons, the 49ers traded Montana to Kansas City. The Chiefs had Montana for two seasons and reached the AFC title game with him once. (AP Photo/Han Deryk, file)
March 17, 2020 - 4:20 pm
Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots brings an end to one of the NFL’s most memorable eras. It also means fans should prepare for the sight of Brady in another uniform. But that’s happened plenty of times before in sports — a legendary star switching teams toward the end of his...
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FILE- In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum stands in Cooperstown, N.Y. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the hall said it will close to the public beginning Sunday at 5 p.m. due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
March 16, 2020 - 4:23 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 12:10 a.m. The Kontinental Hockey League is taking a one-week pause in its playoffs to come up with a new format and schedule for the six remaining Russian teams. Finland-based Jokerit and Kazakhstan-based...
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Bugler Jay Cohen plays "First Call" as he calls the riders to post for the first race at Santa Anita Park to empty stands Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Arcadia, Calif. While most of the sports world is idled by the coronavirus pandemic, horse racing runs on. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 15, 2020 - 7:55 pm
The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks. That’s twice as long as...
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