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NFL quarterbacks, wide receivers still getting their work in

Some NFL quarterbacks are still finding ways to hold throwing sessions with receivers during the coronavirus pandemic, though things look much different. Players are keeping it simple and sticking to football instead of the annual weeklong bonding trips that have included sleepovers, ...

Still more questions than answers surrounding college football season

COLUMBUS — During much of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, questions have far outnumbered the answers. That’s especially true as it pertains to the upcoming college football season. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith has basically heard them all multiple times, but he simply ...

Steelers to limit 2020 ticket sales

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club ...

Hall of Fame NBA coach Jerry Sloan dies

Jerry Sloan, the Hall of Fame coach who was a fixture for decades in Utah and took the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, died Friday. He was 78. The Jazz said he died from complications of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Sloan had been in failing health for many ...

NHL awaits players’ vote on 24-team playoff before deciding next steps

The NHL is awaiting the result of a players’ vote on a 24-team playoff format before discussing its options on how to proceed in its bid to resume play. The NHL Players’ Association executive board had not released the results of its vote as of late Friday, but numerous questions remain ...

Contact-sport training can start Tuesday at Ohio high schools

COLUMBUS — High school sports are back — sort of. A major hurdle, however, was cleared toward their full return Thursday afternoon when, during the governor’s daily press briefing, Lt. Gov. John Husted announced that “skills training for contact sports can resume on Tuesday.” It had ...

Browns WR Jarvis Landry’s rehab ahead of schedule

CLEVELAND — Quarantine has allowed Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry to focus even more on his recovery from off-season hip surgery. Landry, who opted for surgery in February after being slowed by an injury last season, said on a Zoom call Wednesday that his rehab has gone as well ...

Lace ‘em up: Boxing set for June 9 Vegas return

LAS VEGAS — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights ...

NFL looks at adding ‘booth umpire’ and tech adviser for refs

The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew. The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick. NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday. ...

OHSAA expanding football playoffs beginning in 2021

COLUMBUS — During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season. The vote was given to a recommendation from the ...