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Cavs’ Drummond picking up $28 million option for next season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond, who was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Pistons in February, said on an ESPN podcast Tuesday that ...

U of Cincinnati removing Marge Schott’s name from stadium

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati is removing Marge Schott's name from its baseball stadium and a library archive in light of her racist comments while owner of the Cincinnati Reds. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the move ...

Big Ten commissioner starts voter registration initiative

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer The Big Ten has created a voter registration initiative to go along with its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, hoping its 14 schools and thousands of student-athletes can leverage their platform to spur social change. "It all fits together," Big Ten ...

Mayfield “absolutely” will kneel during national anthem

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests of social injustice, police brutality and racism. In answering a post from a fan on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to ...

Browns’ Landry ahead of schedule in rehab from hip surgery

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — 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 ...

NFL studying helmet face guard that works like surgical mask

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league's ...

CupCheck: 10 major leaguers market game, help fight cancer

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — On an off day in Los Angeles four years ago, a group of major leaguers players went to Manhattan Beach and played the prototype for a new game. Curt Casali, Matt Andriese, Alex Cobb and a few others spent the afternoon throwing discs at poles ...

NFLPA pres Tretter says “hurdles” remain before NFL’s return

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns center JC Tretter is cautiously optimistic the NFL season — at least some version of it — will take place in 2020. He's just not certain when it will start. The newly elected president of the NFL Players Association, Tretter said ...

Baseball players respond to MLB on virus protocols

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball players' association gave management a wide-ranging response Thursday to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. Management had presented the union and the 30 teams the ...

NFL to hold 2021 draft in Cleveland from April 29-May 1

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — After a successful virtual, stay-at-home experience this year, the NFL plans to hold its draft outdoors in downtown Cleveland next year from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced Tuesday, three days after the completion of a unique ...