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Trump discusses virus with commissioners

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President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.”

“I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House. “I think it’s ... whenever we’re ready. As soon as we can, obviously. And the fans want to be back, too. They want to see basketball and baseball and football and hockey. They want to see their sports. They want to go out onto the golf courses and breathe nice, clean, beautiful fresh air.”

A person with direct knowledge of the call said Trump believes the NFL season - scheduled to begin Sept. 10 - will start on time with fans in seats. But that seemed too optimistic for California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was asked if he thought the NFL season would start on time.

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Ex-White Sox All-Star Farmer dies at 70

Federal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB

NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge

by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball.

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Vets on minors deals to get up to $50K

NEW YORK (AP) About 370 players who were at big league spring training with minor league contracts will get advance payments of up to $50,000 each from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The money approved Friday by the union’s executive board will be in addition to

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Edmonds has coronavirus and pneumonia

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Choo gives $1K to 191 minor leaguers

Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo is helping out financially strapped minor league players with the season on hold, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them who are in the Texas organization.

Choo said Wednesday that he remembers the financial struggles when he was in the minors. The 37-year-old outfielder-designated hitter hopes the gifts will help ease those worries for the current minor leaguers, most he has never met, allowing them to stay focused on their baseball careers instead of having to figure out ways to make money.

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Compressed season may mean more pitchers

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