Youth sports

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 30, 2020 - 9:59 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 season to focus on his young family and help rejuvenate youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. Bridich says he had a pair of recent conversations with the 34-year-old...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 30, 2020 - 12:39 am
Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote Monday night on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not...
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In this image provided by USA Football and taken June 29, 2009, a youth football team comes together at a practice in Dallas. USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health department to determine which CDC phase their community is in. That step begins a youth program’s local reopening procedure during the coronavirus pandemic. (USA Football via AP)
June 29, 2020 - 10:19 am
USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health departments to determine which CDC...
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, VeAnne Navarro has a virtual fist bump with students including Bjarki Robertsson, lower left on screen, of Reykjavik, Iceland at Golden State Warriors basketball camp in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors had to adapt their popular youth basketball camps and make them virtual given the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 16, 2020 - 10:29 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sporting his No. 30 Stephen Curry jersey, 11-year-old Bjarki Robertsson kept up the pace. He hopped on his right foot, then his left, joining in a drill as part of the Golden State Warriors’ basketball camp. Like the 3-point shooting star he so admires, Robertsson certainly...
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Visitors play on the field at the Field of Dreams movie site, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Dyersville, Iowa. Major League Baseball is building another field a few hundred yards down a corn-lined path from the famous movie site in eastern Iowa but unlike the original, it's unclear whether teams will show up for a game this time as the league and its players struggle to agree on plans for a coronavirus-shortened season. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 11, 2020 - 2:03 pm
DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Spurred by a voice telling him, “If you build it, he will come,” the Iowa farmer played by Kevin Costner dutifully carved a baseball field out of his cornfield and then watched as Shoeless Joe Jackson and his Chicago White Sox teammates strode out of the stalks and onto the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Chicago's Ed Howard celebrates after his team won 7-5 over Las Vegas to win the U.S. final at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Howard in the first round of the baseball amateur draft Wednesday night, June 10, 2020. The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago's South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
June 10, 2020 - 11:55 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Ed Howard lost his senior season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prom was canceled. Same for graduation at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. Through it all, the 18-year-old Howard kept working. And he got rewarded Wednesday night. The athletic shortstop was...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo, United States' Amy Rodriguez (8) controls the ball as China's Li Dongna (6) defends during the first half of a quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. There are just a handful of mothers who play professional soccer in the NWSL. But when the league asks players to travel to Utah and be sequestered for more than a month, moms' voices are important. Rodriguez, who plays for the Utah Royals, has two kids. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP, FileO
June 07, 2020 - 1:33 pm
When the National Women's Soccer League was plotting its course for a summertime tournament, it reached out to a select group: moms. There are just a handful of mothers who play in the NWSL. But with the league asking players to travel to Utah and be sequestered for more than a month, moms' voices...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1956, file photo, United States' Bobby Joe Morrow (55) crosses the finish line of the men's 100-meter race in 10.5 seconds, equaling an Olympic record, during the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Morrow, the Texas sprinter who won three gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics while a student at Abilene Christian University, died Saturday, May 30, 2020. He was 84. (AP Photo/File)
May 30, 2020 - 9:12 pm
SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) — Bobby Joe Morrow, the Texas sprinter who won three gold medals in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics while a student at Abilene Christian University, died Saturday. He was 84. Morrow's family said he died of natural causes at home in San Benito. Morrow won the 100 and 200 meters...
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The fields and facilities at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, April 7, 2020, are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Westfield officials estimate the area could lose $85 million in direct spending if Grand Park stays closed through June. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
May 24, 2020 - 4:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — It started when a handful of organizations got together to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 shutdown on youth sports. The small conversation quickly turned into 600-some groups. Then it cruised past 1,000 on its way to 3,000 organizations and individuals signing on for the PLAY...
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Brothers Victor Ochoa, 7, right, Jesus Ochoa, 5, second from right, Mariano Ochoa 9, second from left, and their mother Mariana Ochoa run in front of their home in Chicago, Friday, May 22, 2020. Chicago Run's at-home fitness programs have become an essential part of the family's routine during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 24, 2020 - 9:51 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Mariana Ochoa worries about the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on her three boys. Their school is closed. She can't take them to their favorite park at the moment. There is no backyard at their home on the southwest side of Chicago. The fitness routines she gets from Chicago Run are a...
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