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Ohio shifts focus to fall sports

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s mandatory no-contact period for all interscholastic sports remains in effect until at least May 3, which could be extended.

Coaches and school administrators are encouraged to have non-mandatory electronic and online communications with their student-athletes.The closure of school facilities includes all athletic facilities for any interscholastic training, practice or competition.

The Ohio high school spring sports season was canceled Monday after Gov. Mike DeWine decided school buildings should remain closed for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The status of the fall sports season is still unknown, but the OHSAA is preparing for it.

“July is a very physical month for our student-athletes entering fall sports, so we have already started looking at, if this continues through the summer, we’ll have the potential of having a lot of kids who haven’t had the physical activity that they would normally have going into a fall season,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. “So for the health and safety of everyone, we have to look at the acclimation periods going into the fall, if that happens. We have to be prepared for that.

Gronkowski joins Brady again

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Four-time All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a reunion with Tom Brady.

The agent for the retired New England star confirmed Tuesday that pending completion of a physical Gronkowski has agreed to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are acquiring his rights from the Patriots.

A proposed trade that needs to be finalized before this week’s NFL draft would bring Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fourth-round selection.

“Pending the physical, Rob has agreed to play for Tampa this season,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said.

The deal would reunite the 30-year-old Gronkowski with Brady, who signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs last month.

Gronkowski, who’ll turn 31 on May 14, retired in March 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots, who drafted him in the second round in 2010. He has one year left on his contract at $10 million.

“He will honor his current contract at this time,” Rosenhaus said.

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