— President Donald Trump says he has spoken with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron about moving forward with the football season. Lawrence has helped spearhead the #WeWantToPlay movement. That’s a coalition of players calling on colleges not to cancel the upcoming season because of coronavirus concerns and give student-athletes greater say on safety issues. Trump says he’s hopeful that both college and high school football will be played in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have postponed their football seasons. NBA-NEWSNBA lays out plan for player guests to enter Disney bubbleLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA players could have some family members or close friends inside the season-restart bubble with them by the end of the month. And that raises the possibility of having a real, albeit small, cheering section for some playoff games. The league detailed the policies for guest arrivals to teams on Wednesday in a memo. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press. Washington to start the season without fans presentUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team formerly known as the Redskins says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Owner Dan Snyder said the decision followed discussions with federal, state and local officials. The decision can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-SCHEDULEBergeron scores in 2nd OT, Bruins beat Hurricanes in Game 1UNDATED (AP) — Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) scored the winner early in double overtime as the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 1 of their first-round series. — Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. The 52-year-old Pederson enters his fifth season as Philadelphia’s head coach. He has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.— The Buffalo Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension. A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. McDermott is fifth on the Bills’ all-time coaching wins list with 25. He is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. Prior to McDermott’s arrival, the Bills had the longest playoff drought in the NFL and just two winning seasons since 1999.— A report by the State Department’s internal watchdog confirms news reports that U.S. ambassador and Jets owner Woody Johnson has been accused of making “insensitive” and “inappropriate” remarks to embassy staff. The State Department Office of the Inspector General in a report Wednesday called for further internal investigation of the allegations. Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, has called the allegations false. The report says State Department officials contend that no further investigation is necessary because Johnson understands the responsibilities of his diplomatic job. Johnson is a friend and campaign contributor to President Donald Trump. He has served as ambassador since 2017.— President Donald Trump says he thinks New England coach Bill Belichick would make a solid military leader. In a call with radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Trump said if he ever were at war, he’d call Belichick to ask for his thoughts and ideas. The president said Belichick would “be as good as any general out there.” Belichick won two Super Bowls with the Giants and six more with the Patriots. NHL-NEWS August 12, 2020 The opportunity to bring guests into the bubble at Walt Disney World will be only for teams advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and the earliest any guest could satisfy quarantine rules and be reunited with a player is Aug. 31. In most cases, players would be limited to four guests. In other NBA news:— The NBA still hasn’t had a confirmed coronavirus case among players inside the season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. The league released updated numbers showing that none of the 342 players who were tested daily since the league last released results on Aug. 5 has had a confirmed positive. There has not been a player positive yet since teams began entering the bubble more than a month ago. The league’s play-in series for the last Western Conference playoff spot starts Saturday.— Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has agreed to a one-year contract extension. McMillan says the deal would add one year to his current agreement, which was set to expire after next season. McMillan has led the Pacers to the playoffs in all four of his seasons since taking the job in 2016. He went into Wednesday’s game with a record of 181-136. He needs one more win to break a tie with Rick Carlisle for third in career victories with Indiana.MASTERS-NO FANS Update on the latest sports Anderson and Eloy Jimenez led off the game with consecutive home runs, and Anderson had a triple, too, by the end of the third inning. He added two singles before striking out on three pitches in his final plate appearance in the eighth. Jonathan Schoop and Willi Castro homered for the Tigers, who scored four unearned runs in the fourth before Matthew Boyd gave the lead right back.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig 12 moves ahead with fall sports UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 Conference is moving ahead with plans to play college football and other fall sports. They will join the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not play this fall. The Big 12 football schedule allows each team to play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. The schools will all play each other to give them 10 total games, with the Big 12 title game scheduled for Dec. 12.In other college sports news:— The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four nonconference games in the fall at their own discretion. Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. He says the league hopes to play conference football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in conjunction with its spring sports and still crown champions in all 19 of its sports.— The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1. The league noted that the NCAA has identified those as high-risk contact sports that are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and personnel. The Birmingham, Alabama-based conference’s Board of Directors cited health and safety of athletes and others on campus, mandatory participation protocols from the NCAA Board of Governors and the cancellation of Division II fall championships. The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball.— The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference’s Board of Athletic Administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women. The conference members are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson. Associated Press KENTUCKY DERBY-COVID PLANSPlan for Kentucky Derby eliminates general admission ticketsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs officials expect fewer than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan.The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14% of the 2015 attendance record of 170,513. The 146th runnings of the Derby and Oaks for fillies were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of coronavirus concerns.NFL-NEWS Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 36 of the 40 shots he faced. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for Boston. The game was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start after Tuesday night’s Blue Jackets-Lightning series opener in the same Toronto arena went to five overtimes.MLB-SCHEDULEAnderson, Robert lead White Sox past Tigers 7-5UNDATED (AP) — Tim Anderson had four hits and finished a double shy of the cycle, and Luis Robert hit a bases-clearing double to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers. No roars at Augusta as Masters to be played without fansAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Masters will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators at Augusta National when the rescheduled tournament is played in November.That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans.Golf is coming off its first major without fans last week at the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open, moved from June to Sept. 17-20 because of the pandemic, previously announced it won’t have spectators at Winged Foot.The British Open announced in April it would be canceled this year. Penguins fire 3 assistants following quick playoff exitPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ qualifying round loss to the Montreal Canadiens has cost assistant coaches Sergei Gonchar, Jacques Martin and Mark Recchi their jobs. The club opted not to renew the contracts for all three coaches after the fifth-seeded Penguins fell to the 12th-seeded Canadiens in four games. Head coach Mike Sullivan’s job is safe, but he will have to move forward with a new coaching staff after Pittsburgh lost in its opening-round postseason series for the second year.