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Diggs highlights Buffalo’s offseason haul

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Frustrated by the Bills collapse in an AFC wild-card playoff loss at Houston, general manager Brandon Beane opened the offseason suggesting Buffalo wasn't one player away from being a better team. Beane backed up that sentiment by ...

Ottawa player is 1st in NHL to test positive for COVID-19

By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow AP Hockey Writers The NHL has its first known case of the new coronavirus after an Ottawa Senators player tested positive. The team announced late Tuesday that an unidentified player had tested positive for COVID-19. The Senators said the player has mild ...

AP source: Saints, Brees agree on 2-year, $50 million deal

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints and record-setting quarterback Drew Brees have agreed on a two-year, $50 million contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the ...

Durant among 4 Nets to test positive for new coronavirus

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant told The Athletic he was one ...

AP Source: Panthers replacing Newton with Bridgewater

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have found a replacement for Cam Newton — and it didn't take long. The Panthers have agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

Brady leaving Patriots, says ‘football journey’ is elsewhere

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer For two decades, Tom Brady was the face of the Patriots, and even of the NFL. When he turns 43 in August, his home address no longer will be in New England. The six-time Super Bowl champion plans to keep playing. But the centerpiece of the Patriots’ ...

Titans use franchise tag on NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season. The Titans on Monday used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Henry. ...

NHL pushes back timeline on potential resumption of season

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writers The NHL is pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not a month or more. The league and NHL Players' Association told players Monday they can go home — even out of North America — and must self-isolate ...

Packers reach deal with free-agent LB Christian Kirksey

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Linebacker Christian Kirksey has agreed to terms on a deal with the Green Bay Packers less than a week after the Cleveland Browns released him. Kirksey's agent, Brian Mackler, confirmed that Kirksey would be signing with the Packers but didn't disclose terms. NFL ...

Germany warns soccer clubs at risk of collapse

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — German soccer is eyeing empty stadiums and a postponed European Championship to save clubs from financial collapse. The CEO of the German league, Christian Seifert, said Monday a meeting of the 36 clubs from the top two ...

Athletes try to stay fit amid coronavirus outbreak

By TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Standing in his living room with family photos in the background, the fitness trainer for Spanish soccer club Leganés started the day's online session. Using an elastic band, a couple of large water bottles as weight and a chair, Pol Lorente ...

Schachmann wins Paris-Nice held amid coronavirus outbreak

VALDEBLORE-LA COLMIANE, France (AP) — German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann won the Paris-Nice race on Saturday in a rare case of a sporting event still going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. While France's soccer and rugby leagues scrapped their matches indefinitely on a hectic Friday - ...

Coronavirus putting a damper on prep tourneys across country

By Steve Megargee AP Sports Writer HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) — There were no pep bands, no cheerleaders and only about 200 fans as the high school rivals faced off in a playoff game that might have drawn close to 2,000 in just about any other circumstance. Instead, it was a small crowd that ...

For these athletes, this is a spring break they don’t want

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton right-hander Ben Dotzler was supposed to be in the bullpen at TD Ameritrade Park this weekend, readying himself to pitch against Northern Colorado. Molly Little, who plays lacrosse for Denver, expected to be on the road for a ...

Dream denied: Virus dashes Dayton’s magical hoops season

By Dan Sewell Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has abruptly roused the University of Dayton’s men’s basketball team, and the city it uplifted, from a dream of a season. The 29-2 Flyers, ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll, were rolling into ...

No rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virus

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports calendar from the new coronavirus that already is responsible for the loss of March Madness and the delay of opening day baseball. So ...

MLB encouraging players to go home after canceling spring training

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home, a day after canceling the rest of the spring training schedule and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Ballparks in Florida and ...

No rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virus

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports calendar by the new coronaivirus that already is responsible for the loss of March Madness and the delay of opening day baseball. So much ...

Champions League, Europa League games postponed by UEFA

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — All Champions League and Europa League games were postponed by UEFA on Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak. Two Champions League games — Barcelona vs. Napoli, and Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea — had been planned for Wednesday. But there are travel restrictions ...

Olympic torch relay in Greece suspended because of virus

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Olympic committee suspended the rest of its torch relay on Friday because of the "unexpectedly large crowd" that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee said a large crowd ...