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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga poses during an NCAA college football media day in Stillwater Okla. Oklahoma State University officials said Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that  three returning student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 although they were not showing symptoms. Among them is OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, who said on Twitter he tested positive for the virus after he attended a protest in Tulsa. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The Latest: Detroit Pistons set to reopen practice facility

Jun. 3, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Pistons are set to reopen their practice facility, starting Thursday. The Pistons announced that the team’s performance center will enter its first phase of reopening, for voluntary, individual workouts....

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) laughs during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Beckham, who skipped Cleveland's program last spring after being acquired from the Giants, has been a “model guy” during the team's virtual program. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

OBJ a "model guy" during Browns' virtual offseason program

Jun. 3, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. practiced his own version of social distancing during his first offseason with the Browns. This year, the flashy receiver's been as close as possible. Beckham, who skipped almost all of Cleveland's program last spring after being acquired in a trade from the New York...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, left, jokes with middle linebacker Kwon Alexander during a combined NFL football training camp with the Denver Broncos at the Broncos' headquarters in Englewood, Colo. All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo are among those that stage training camp elsewhere.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

NFL tells teams they must hold training camps at home

Jun. 2, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Carolina, Washington and the Los...

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 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...

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 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...

In this Jan. 29, 2009, photo, Sean Murphy, alleged mastermind behind a $2 million jewelry heist from the E.A. Dion jewelry manufacturing company in 2008, in Attleboro, Mass., listens to a list of charges brought against him during arraignment in Attleboro District Court. At right is court officer Howie Werman. In a February 2020 letter to The Associated Press, the career criminal said he is hoping to catch a break on his prison sentence from burglarizing a Brink’s warehouse in Columbus, Ohio, during which he accidentally set millions of dollars on fire. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

'Master Thief' burglar hopes to catch break on sentence

May. 28, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A self-described “master thief” career criminal is hoping to catch a break on his prison sentence from burglarizing a Brink’s warehouse during which he accidentally set millions of dollars on fire. Sean Murphy and two other men were convicted of breaking into the...

AP Source: NFL drops booth official proposal to aid calls

May. 27, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has tabled a proposal for a booth official who would aid calls by using a video feed, a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press. The league’s competition committee told teams last month it supports studying ways to determine how officiating personnel who...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday, May 25, 2020. The document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The Latest: Iowa St AD sees football games with 30,000 fans

May. 26, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no...