Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson were among five players who withdrew from the Travelers Championship, four of them out of a chain-reaction abundance of caution over the coronavirus that put the PGA Tour on notice.

“The snowball is getting a little bit bigger,” Graeme McDowell told The Associated Press after withdrawing Wednesday because his longtime caddie, Ken Comboy, tested positive for the virus.

The tour released results that showed three positive tests at the TPC River Highlands in Connecticut _ Cameron Champ and the caddies for Koepka and McDowell. There were no positive tests on the Korn Ferry Tour event

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The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website.

A spokesman confirmed the decisions Wednesday, saying Marshall’s name has already been removed from the history wall at the team’s training facility in Ashburn, Virginia. The spokesman said the Ring of Fame is removing Marshall’s name from its stadium in Landover, Maryland, on Wednesday and the process to alter the website is underway.

It’s the latest move to cut ties with the legacy of the team’s racist founder, a segregationist who refused to integrate by signing

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Canadian Kyle (The Monster) Nelson is off this weekend’s UFC card in Las Vegas due to visa issues.

Nelson (13-3-0) was slated to face Sean (The Sniper) Woodson at a catchweight of 150 pounds at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night show at the UFC’s Apex production facility.

A UFC spokeswoman said Tuesday that the 29-year-old native of Huntsville, Ont., did not receive his visa in time to make the trip. The UFC has put together cards on short notice recently as it looks to gets its schedule back on track despite the global pandemic.

“I didn’t know I was going to

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ROME — Pope Francis has praised Alex Zanardi as an example of strength amid adversity as the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medallist recovers from a handbike crash.

Francis penned a handwritten letter of encouragement assuring Zanardi and his family of his prayers. It was published on the front page of sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.

“Dearest Alessandro, your story is an example of how to start again after an unforeseen stop. Through sport, you have taught us to live life as a protagonist, teaching a lesson of humanity through disability. Thank you for having given strength to

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming resumption of the season in Florida.

He told ESPN on Tuesday night that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a six-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary.

Bradley averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while starting 44 games before the season was shut down in March due to the coronavirus. The Lakers are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference heading into the 22-team restart.

“I can’t

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MADRID — Barcelona earned a hard-fought 1-0 win against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday to put the pressure back on Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

Ivan Rakitic’s second-half winner moved Barcelona back in front of Madrid ahead of the rival’s home match against relegation-threatened Mallorca on Wednesday.

Rakitic broke the deadlock in the 71st minute to leave Barcelona three points in front of Madrid, which can retake the lead with a win because it has better tiebreakers.

“We can’t worry about our rival, just about us,” Barcelona coach Quique Setien said. “We needed to win, and now we wait to

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