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McVay’s Rams begin virtual learning in unusual NFL offseason

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is beginning this unusual NFL offseason with big plans. The millennial coach is always on the lookout for teaching innovations, and he meticulously planned out the next nine weeks by examining everything ...

MLB teams adjusting as pandemic affects draft preparation

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer The Detroit Tigers can feel certain about one thing: They have the No. 1 pick in the draft. What that Major League Baseball draft will look like, when and where it will take place and how the selections will be made still isn't clear. "It's going to present ...

Chiefs to release 2-time Pro Bowl P Colquitt after 15 years

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dustin Colquitt walked into the Kansas City Chiefs training facility 15 years ago as a third-round pick out of Tennessee, a punter with a big leg and peerless pedigree. He wound up setting numerous franchise records, including most ...

Burrow to join exclusive NFL company if LSU QB is top pick

By The Associated Press undefined Joe Burrow has a chance to join some very exclusive company if the LSU quarterback winds up going No. 1 overall to Cincinnati. Not only could he become the ninth quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy and then be the first overall selection in the NFL draft ...

Prospects ready for their closeup on draft night from home

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer Yetur Gross-Matos would have liked to have been in Las Vegas for the NFL draft on Thursday night, but the Penn State defensive lineman is OK participating from home. Gross-Matos is one of 58 prospects who will take part remotely in the draft, which has gone ...

Tokyo Olympic CEO promises ‘transparency’ over cost of delay

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics promised "transparency" with the Japanese public on Thursday regarding the cost of postponing the games until next year. Neither the Japanese organizers nor the International Olympic Committee has said ...

MLB, minors term talks constructive

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The tone of talks for a new agreement governing the relationship between baseball's major and minor leagues took a positive turn when the bickering sides met electronically for about an hour and later issued a joint statement that termed the ...

Incentive deal to move Carolina Panthers to S.C. approved

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A county in South Carolina approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site. The York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday, ...

Column: Nothing smart about staging UFC fights or NFL draft

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Dana White must be a smart guy. He did, after all, build UFC from almost nothing into the entertainment and sports juggernaut it is today. Roger Goodell is pretty smart himself. He's been able to keep 32 owners happy while filling their pockets with even ...

AP source: Cowboys sign DE Aldon Smith, suspended since 2015

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday with Dallas. The ...

Hockey players in the minors face uncertainty, job fears

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Tom Parisi made the long drive from South Carolina to his home just south of Boston with a lot on his mind. The ECHL season had just been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 26-year-old wondered if he'd need to dig for oysters on the beach ...

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

By RALPH D, RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Athletic directors at the nation's biggest schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey conducted by LEAD1, an association of athletic directors from 130 major college football ...

Rugby in crisis as unions engage in ‘unprecedented dialogue’

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. The Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. England leaders have drawn up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit. The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two ...

NCAA’s greatest hits: Austin Carr’s record 61 points in 1970

By Eric Olson AP Sports Writer Austin Carr played for Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated college basketball. LSU’s Pete Maravich was scoring 40 a night and still No. 1 on the points list. Niagara’s Calvin Murphy, Purdue’s Rick Mount and St. Bonaventure’s Bob ...

AP source: Jaguars dumping QB Nick Foles in trade to Bears

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to mitigate one of the costliest mistakes in franchise history. The Chicago Bears could benefit from the purge. The Jaguars agreed Wednesday to trade quarterback Nick Foles to the Bears for ...

Gronk gone wild! Gronkowski set to host WrestleMania

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gronk is going to WrestleMania. Rob Gronkowski, the retired New England Patriots tight end, is set to host WrestleMania in April from WWE's performance center. The WWE's annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — was originally ...

Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year begins

By Arnie Stapleton and Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writers Tom Brady preparing to trade the red, white and blue threads of this century's most successful franchise for one of the NFL's bottom feeders served as the highlight of a topsy-turvy start to the league's new year Wednesday. Brady, ...

Diggs highlights Buffalo’s offseason haul

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Frustrated by the Bills collapse in an AFC wild-card playoff loss at Houston, general manager Brandon Beane opened the offseason suggesting Buffalo wasn't one player away from being a better team. Beane backed up that sentiment by ...

Ottawa player is 1st in NHL to test positive for COVID-19

By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers The NHL has its first known case of the new coronavirus after an Ottawa Senators player tested positive. The team announced late Tuesday that an unidentified player had tested positive for COVID-19. The Senators said the player has mild ...

AP source: Saints, Brees agree on 2-year, $50 million deal

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints and record-setting quarterback Drew Brees have agreed on a two-year, $50 million contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the ...