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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 1970, file photo, New Orleans Saints' Tom Dempsey (19) moves up to kick a 63-yard field goal as teammate Joe Scarpati holds the ball and Detroit Lions' Alex Karras (71) rushes in while Saints' Bill Cody (66) blocks, in New Orleans. Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday, April 4, 2020, in New Orleans while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73 years old. (AP Photo/File)

Ex-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies at 73

Apr. 5, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Dempsey, the kicker born without toes on his kicking foot who made a then-record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate first reported Dempsey's death. Ashley Dempsey...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 1964, file photo, fullback Jim Brown, left, and flanker back Bobby Mitchell, once a feared duo for the Cleveland Browns before Mitchell was dealt to Washington, are back together as teammates, as they prepare for the annual Pro Bowl at Los Angeles. Mitchell, the speedy late 1950s and ’60s NFL offensive star the Browns and the Washington Redskins, has died. He was 84. The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Sunday night, April 5, 2020, that Mitchell’s family said he died in the afternoon. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84

Apr. 5, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bobby Mitchell, the speedy Hall of Famer who became the Washington Redskins' first black player, has died. He was 84. Mitchell split his career with the Cleveland Browns and Redskins and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983. The Hall of Fame said Sunday night that...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) is pursued by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Shelby Harris (96) during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver. The coronavirus pandemic has forced NFL teams to make free agent decisions without the benefit of meeting players face to face. That suppressed the market for plenty of lower-tier free agents such as Harris who signed a one-year deal for $2.5 million with a chance to earn another $750,000. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Column: Virus will make the timeline for sports, too

Apr. 5, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

The unthinkable, at least for sports fans, already has happened. The games, as we know them, are shut down. We’ll never know if San Diego State was a Final Four contender or if Tiger Woods would have defended his green jacket at the Masters. There was no opening day in baseball. The odds are increasingly...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Indiana wide receiver Nick Westbrook runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Bloomington, Ind. Gone for the most part this year are access to in-person interviews, campus workouts and visits to team headquarters. Those who competed in college all-star games but didn't receive a combine invite, like Indiana receiver Nick Westbrook, have the advantage of performing in front of scouts. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Pro day cancellations forcing changes to NFL draft process

Apr. 5, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian simplified the NFL's draft process years ago. He studied film, relied on medical experts, checked the numbers and interviewed players. With the flurry of pro days canceled because of the new coronavirus, the Hall of Fame executive who constructed multiple Super Bowl teams...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. From left, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump says 'toughest' weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads

Apr. 5, 2020 1:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump talks with US pro sports leaders to discuss virus

Apr. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House....

Baylor guard Moon Ursin (12) passes the ball against Oklahoma center Aspen Williston (31) and guard Gabby Gregory (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/ Jerry Larson)

The Latest: Grandmother of Baylor star Ursin dies from virus

Apr. 4, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The grandmother of Baylor junior guard Moon Ursin has died in the New Orleans area after being infected with the coronavirus. Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey, selected Saturday as part of the 2020 class for the Naismith Memorial...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) pulls in a 24-yard touchdown reception in front of Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (59) during the first half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. Perriman agreed to terms Tuesday with the New York Jets on a one-year deal worth up to $8 million and includes $6 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)

Jets' Perriman says late-season breakout was just sneak peek

Apr. 4, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Breshad Perriman insists his late-season breakout last year was merely just a promising start. For him to live up to his own expectations. And, to finally prove the doubters wrong. “I think that was just a sneak peek of what’s to come for this season and many other seasons...

NFLPA accused of stonewalling ex-players on disability funds

Apr. 3, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

The attorney representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement with the league was narrowly ratified last month. Ben Meiselas told The Associated...

Donna Houston holds up a photograph of her husband, Jim, during his playing years with the Cleveland Browns, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Sagamore Hills, Ohio. Houston's widow would keep notes on her husband's deteriorating condition in a three-ring binder so she would be prepared for the day when he needed full-time care. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Jim Houston, Browns' 'Mr. Dependable,' had CTE

Apr. 3, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

Donna Houston knew her husband’s mind was deteriorating when the college football Hall of Famer and Cleveland Browns All-Pro known as “Mr. Dependable” struggled to manage his money. A two-way player who won titles in high school, college and the pros, Jim Houston had easily transitioned into...