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“Ten years ago I’d have not only gotten to that shot, I’d have hit a winner past you,” I inwardly thought to myself with a pasted smile but with a real comment of just, “Nice shot.”

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Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker took his hacks during the first day of summer camp, launching a few balls into the empty Chase Field stands and watching them rattle around the unoccupied seats. There is a weirdness to baseball these days as it prepares for a shortened 60-game season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By DAVID BRANDT Associated Press July 15, 2020
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Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird know that they are on the tail end of their basketball careers. After missing last season due to injuries, they had to make a decision about playing this year in a short WNBA season in Florida that was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. But both say skipping the 2020 season could have meant the end of their playing days because it would have been difficult to return after two years off.

By DOUG FEINBERG Associated Press July 15, 2020
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The Yavapai College Athletic Department announced on Tuesday that it will reschedule its men’s soccer and women’s volleyball programs’ seasons from the fall to the spring 2021 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Doug Cook July 14, 2020
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Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has the coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday and saying he has hopes to join his team for the league's restart later this summer.

By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press July 14, 2020
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About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus.

By BEN WALKER Associated Press July 14, 2020
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Opening day rosters gained clarity on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with Yasiel Puig, while Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow provided hopes for teams awaiting players to be cleared following positive tests for the coronavirus.

By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press July 14, 2020
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The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on Monday voted to move all of its member schools’ close-contact fall sports seasons to either the winter or the spring, which impacts Yavapai College in Prescott.

By Doug Cook July 13, 2020
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The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the "Redskins" name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

By STEPHEN WHYNO Associated Press July 13, 2020
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At long last, baseball is ready to go after opening day was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. With a myriad of potential problems circling a 60-game schedule, the whole season is truly a day-to-day proposition.

By JAY COHEN Associated Press July 13, 2020
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Prescott natives Riley Lewis and Chance Hill each took first place in their respective age divisions during the Junior Golf Association of Arizona’s (JGAA) Prescott City Junior Championship at Antelope Hills Golf Course on July 7 and 8.

By Aaron Valdez July 11, 2020
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The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced on Friday, July 10, that its Presidential Advisory Council has recommended that a majority of sporting competitions be moved to the spring semester of 2021 due to growing concerns regarding the coronavirus.

By Aaron Valdez July 11, 2020
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The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer July 10, 2020
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Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season.

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW Associated Press July 10, 2020
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The NJCAA announced its 2019-20 Academic Teams of the Year on Thursday and all four Yavapai sports teams were included on the list.

By Aaron Valdez July 10, 2020
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The Big Ten became the first Power Five league to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as the college sports world faces difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer July 10, 2020
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Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn't been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season.

By STEVE MEGARGEE Associated Press July 10, 2020
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SAN FRANCISCO — Giants star catcher Buster Posey decided to opt out of the 2020 season Friday out of health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the coronavirus pandemic.

By JOSH DUBOW Associated Press July 10, 2020
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to hug, high-five and fist bump his players. After all, the defending World Series champions spent nearly four months apart before resuming workouts last week. Then, he remembered: Those are out. And just like crying, now there's no spitting in baseball, either.

By ANDREW SELIGMAN Associated Press July 10, 2020
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A blink, a chance happening, volunteer help, pats on the back, a little success, job prospects and opportunity, ignorance, roadblocks, open doors, diversifying, looking at the big picture, making decisions, trying not to be afraid, listening to your heart, giving back, family and community, continuing forward … life in a nutshell for this columnist and his journey in the tennis world.

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Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week. They're getting a more realistic glimpse this week as teams begin holding scrimmages. Yes, it's very strange.

By JOHN MARSHALL Associated Press July 9, 2020
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Nikola Vucevic had to raise his voice a bit to answer a question. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting contest. After four months, basketball was truly back.

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer July 9, 2020
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The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

By JOHN ZENOR Associated Press July 9, 2020
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Baseball has its answer to penalty kicks, overtimes and shootouts, and it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other forms of tiebreakers.

By STEVE MEGARGEE Associated Press July 9, 2020
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Chloe Woodruff breaks speed record on Prescott Circle Trail
Prescott native also launches fundraiser for upkeep of trails

As part of her Prescott Circle Trail Challenge fundraiser, professional mountain biker Chloe Woodruff recorded the fastest known time (FKT) on the Prescott Circle Trail, clocking in at 4 hours and 33 minutes on Thursday, June 25.

By Aaron Valdez July 8, 2020

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