Professional hockey

FILE - In this March 11, 2020 photo, fans leave the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., after the NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was postponed at the last minute over an "abundance of caution" after a player for the Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. A person with knowledge of the situation says NBA players will be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, May 1 provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 26, 2020 - 7:50 am
MIAMI (AP) — NBA players will be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement still in place as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Any workouts that take place would be...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, National Women's Hockey League All-Star players take time for a "selfie" before the start of an all-star game at Harborcenter in Buffalo, N.Y. A person with direct knowledge of the plans tells The Associated Press the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League is in the process of establishing an expansion franchise in the Toronto area, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)
April 22, 2020 - 5:04 am
Professional women’s hockey is set to make its return to Canada with the National Women’s Hockey League officially announcing it is expanding into Toronto. The yet to be named franchise has an ownership group headed by former Harvard captain Johanna Boynton, features former Brown University coach...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media in Oakland, Calif. The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: _ Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston with the Oakland A’s for a weekend series. The A's right-hander, who pitched for the 2017 World Series champion Astros, hasn't been back to Minute Maid Park since saying last November that his former team used a camera in center field to steal signs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 20, 2020 - 6:55 am
While watching more replays of classic games with the national sports calendar on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: MLB: — Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2017, file photo, former Edmonton Oilers great Wayne Gretzky speaks to media about the upcoming NHL Centennial Greatest Team celebration hockey game and being voted the greatest team of all time in Toronto. Possibly losing as many as 13 games with the NHL on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic could leave Alex Ovechkin two short of another 50-goal season and threaten his ability to break Gretzky’s all-time record. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
April 19, 2020 - 12:45 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Charles Leclerc has won his second straight F1 Virtual Grand Prix after taking the checkered flag on the Shanghai track. The Ferrari driver started the Chinese GP in pole position and finished ahead of Red Bull’s...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian wears a hat and a face mask on Sunset Blvd., in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. With no games being played, recent sports headlines have centered around hopes and dreams — namely, the uncharted path leagues and teams must navigate to return to competition in the wake of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
April 19, 2020 - 10:50 am
With no games being played, recent sports headlines have centered around hopes and dreams — namely, the uncharted path leagues and teams must navigate to return to competition in the wake of the pandemic. Virtually all leagues talk publicly about their desire to return before summer. But behind...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013, file photo, Boston College goalie Parker Milner makes a save against Harvard during the second period of the opening round of the Beanpot college hockey tournament in Boston. ECHL players, fans and executives are getting creative in trying to raise money to make up for paychecks lost when the rest of the season was canceled. South Carolina goaltender Parker Milner hopes a quarantine concert brings awareness to the situation as well as some extra funds. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 17, 2020 - 12:21 pm
More than a month after the ECHL canceled the rest of its season, minor league hockey players are still hoping to get some financial help. A relief fund set up by the league and Professional Hockey Players Association has $270,000 so far, about a third of the total goal. PHPA executive director...
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FLE - In this April 17, 2018, file photo, Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien warms up before Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn. The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien have agreed to mutually terminate his contract after a lengthy dispute. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
April 17, 2020 - 10:15 am
The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien on Friday agreed to mutually terminate the veteran defenseman's contract after a lengthy dispute, potentially marking the end of his hockey-playing career. No financial settlement was part of the agreement, meaning Byfuglien walked away from the $14 million...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, musician Meek Mill, right, speaks about his incarceration along with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin at the launch of REFORM Alliance in New York. With factories closed, tens of millions out of work and a recession looming because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes, teams, entertainers and business leaders are donating prized possessions in response to a challenge to feed families suddenly in need. The “All In Challenge” was started by Rubin on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment have answered the call, including Meek Mill. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
April 15, 2020 - 3:22 pm
With factories closed, tens of millions out of work and a recession looming because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes, teams, entertainers and business leaders are donating prized possessions in response to a challenge to feed families suddenly in need. The “All In Challenge” was started by...
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Equipment trailers are lined up at the entrance road to the WWE Performance Center Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Florida’s top emergency official last week amended Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order to include employees at the professional sports and media production with a national audience, if the location is closed to the public. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 14, 2020 - 3:28 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Body slams and pile drives can go on in the Sunshine State. With Florida under a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's one business deemed essential by Florida's governor that is raising some eyebrows: pro wrestling. Florida's top emergency official last week...
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Gates stand locked outside the closed Manchester City Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, northern England, as the English Premier League soccer season has been suspended due to coronavirus, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
April 14, 2020 - 9:24 am
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league...
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