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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Aldon Smith cools off during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Oakland, Calif. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Smith had already been suspended from the NFL several years when his ailing grandmother implored him to change his life before she died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. That conversation, and her death in 2019, were catalysts for Smith trying to get a handle on issues with alcohol, getting in shape and ultimately earning reinstatement nearly five years after he was banished over multiple legal problems. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Aldon Smith says he's better man, seeks revival with Cowboys

May. 29, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith had already been suspended from the NFL several years when his ailing grandmother implored him to change his life before she died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. That conversation, and her death last year, were catalysts for Smith trying to get a handle on...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford (55) gestures next to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Santa Clara, Calif. San Francisco edge rusher Dee Ford had an

49ers edge rusher Dee Ford aims for healthy second season

May. 29, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

San Francisco edge rusher Dee Ford had an “extensive cleanup” operation for the tendinitis in his left knee that limited his effectiveness in his first season with the 49ers. Ford said Friday that Dr. James Andrews performed the operation a few weeks after San Francisco lost the Super Bowl and that...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, then-Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson responds to a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been named a senior advisor for the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with vice president of football operations Andrew Berry, who has filled out his front office. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Ex-Colts GM Ryan Grigson joins Browns' staff as top adviser

May. 29, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was hired Friday as a senior adviser for the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with general manager Andrew Berry. Berry, a first-time GM and the NFL’s youngest, has now filled out his front office in four months. Grigson was the GM in Indianapolis...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans' Rashad Johnson, center, and Kevin Byard (31) try to control an onside kick by Cleveland Browns' Cody Parkey (3) during the second half of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The Browns recovered the ball on the play. The NFL desperately is seeking ways to eliminate the more dangerous plays, and the onside kick has been deemed one. It occurs rarely, and in recent years with alterations to alignments and run-ups, the probably of it succeeding has plummeted. So Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie suggested giving teams an alternative. They could still try the onside kick, or they could opt for a fourth-and-15 play from the kicking team's 25-yard line. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Analysis: Onside kicks versus fourth-and-15s

May. 29, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

For a league that took so many years to find a catch rule that makes sense — we think the current one does that — it can't be a surprise that the somewhat radical proposal of an alternative to the onside kick has been tabled. No, fourth-and-15 is not a dead issue, and very likely will be revisited...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. The Indianapolis Colts bet big on 38-year-old Philip Rivers. They're hoping the $25 million investment in a new starting quarterback pays off with a playoff appearance and perhaps Super Bowl run. Colts coach Frank Reich insists he's seen no physical decline in the eight-time Pro Bowler. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Colts hoping for lucrative payoff from betting big on Rivers

May. 29, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich jumped right into research mode when he knew Philip Rivers would hit free agency. The Indianapolis Colts coach studied tapes of Rivers' throws from an uncharacteristically poor 2019 season to compare with those he made earlier in his career. Reich saw no difference. When...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019, photo, New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple (25) shrugs off a block in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans. The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Apple. The move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

Panthers agree to terms with free agent CB Eli Apple

May. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple. The move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four seasons in the NFL and has 233 tackles,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo ,New Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is introduced during a press conference at the Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Mike McCarthy has spent most of his first offseason as coach of the Dallas Cowboys at home in Green Bay. He's also leaning on the experience of 13 years leading the Packers to help figure out how to implement a new program while the coronavirus pandemic prevents him from being in the same room with players or assistant coaches. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

McCarthy prepping for Cowboys job from old home of Green Bay

May. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

Mike McCarthy has spent most of his first offseason as coach of the Dallas Cowboys at home in Green Bay. He's also leaning on the experience of 13 years leading the Packers to help figure out how to implement a new program while the coronavirus pandemic prevents him from being in the same room with players or...

FILE - This Aug. 24, 2017, file photo shows screens of a video game at a Madden NFL 18 Launch Event in New York. The Madden franchise will continue to be a part of the gaming universe for at least the next six years. NFL owners on Thursday, May 28, 2020, approved an extension of their deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years. It was also recently approved by the NFL Players Association. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18, File)

NFL, EA agree to extension of Madden video game franchise

May. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

The Madden franchise will continue to be a part of the gaming universe for at least the next six years. NFL owners on Thursday approved an extension of their deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years. It was also recently approved by the NFL Players Association. The...