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Jim Houston, Browns’ ‘Mr. Dependable,’ had CTE

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 ...

Virus claims life of Saints hero Tom Dempsey

NEW ORLEANS — Former NFL kicker Tom 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 while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73 years old. The ...

Byron comes out ahead in virtual Bristol

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — William Byron led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills. The third time out, he got the win. Byron easily won the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing ...

Cancellations forcing changes to draft process

INDIANAPOLIS — 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 ...

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84

WASHINGTON — 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 ...

Briefs

Plug pulled on virtual competition SYDNEY — Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the novel coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against ...

Mild winter, no games aid ballpark grass

Nicole Sherry poked some holes in the turf at Camden Yards, cut the grass and then left the ballpark about the same time the Baltimore Orioles should have been wrapping up their season opener. “What a beautiful day it would have been for a ballgame,” said Sherry, the head groundskeeper ...

Kobe Bryant headlines Hall of Fame class

Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer. And he’s got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan ...

President meets with pro sports leaders

President Donald Trump met by phone with many U.S. pro sports leaders Saturday to discuss how that industry has been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” ...

McLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event from Australia

Scott McLaughlin’s real IndyCar debut is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian V8 SuperCars champion isn’t letting that stop him from learning how to virtually drive the cars. McLaughlin won IndyCar’s virtual race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, ...

Union: 30% pay cut for EPL players would harm health service

English Premier League players failed to reach an agreement on Saturday with clubs to take 30% pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic, escalating a bitter public row as their union claimed the government would lose out on more than 200 million pounds (around $245 million) in tax. “This ...

The biggest bad guy at WrestleMania is coronavirus

WrestleMania planned for Gronk Gone Wild. Rob Gronkowski is set to host WWE’s signature show. But the frivolity — and perhaps the physicality if a wrestler dare gets in the retired New England Patriots star’s face — is now playing strictly to an audience of TV and streaming media ...

NFL medical officer Dr. Sills speaks of uncertain times

Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer warns that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team ...

Basketball HOF set to announce class

A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which typically reveals its annual selections ...

FIFA extends men’s age limit for Tokyo Olympics

GENEVA — FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic. The amended Olympic rule on Friday retains the “players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997” standard for the Tokyo Games following a one-year ...

New Preakness date still uncertain

BALTIMORE — The Preakness is looking for a new date this year and has decided to cancel the infield party that is a staple of the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club said in a statement Friday that the ...

Oak Glen’s Taylor named third-team all-state member

Oak Glen senior Zach Taylor was named a third-team member on the Class AA boys basketball all-state list on Thursday. He averaged 18.1 points and seven rebounds per contest. Teammate Jacob Clark and Weir High’s Elijah Gillette are honorable mentions. On the Class A girls basketball list, ...

Lavender’s dream put on hold

STEUBENVILLE — The dream is worth the wait, at least that’s how Steubenville High School graduate Ja’Quan Lavender feels. Lavender has been training with hopes of earning an Olympic Trials and eventual berth in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 400-meter dash. Now, Lavender — ...

Tight end Ebron eager to start over with Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Eric Ebron isn’t worried about Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow. The same goes for Ebron’s balky ankle, which the newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers tight end said had “a whole lot of mess” in it before getting cleaned up in December. While Ebron ...

Browns coach adjusts to ‘strange times’

CLEVELAND — Kevin Stefanski’s title has changed. His address remains the same. Stuck in Minnesota with his family, the Cleveland Browns’ first-year coach has been holed up and riding out the coronavirus pandemic, which has created challenges as he prepares for the NFL draft and a season ...