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Column: The measure of DeChambeau is if anyone copies him

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer He reduced the golf course to a pitch-and-putt with power that got everyone's attention. That was John Daly at Crooked Stick in 1991 when he followed his caddie's instructions — "Kill it!" — on his way to winning the PGA Championship. It was Tiger Woods at ...

Browns sign ‘Bama tackle Wills, team’s first-round pick

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Jedrick Wills has slid into place for the Browns. The former Alabama star right tackle, who will attempt to slide over to the left side for Cleveland, signed his four-year, $19.7 million contract on Tuesday, two weeks before he's scheduled to ...

AP source: Browns restructure DE Olivier Vernon’s contract

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Olivier Vernon's status with the Browns has more certainty. So does his paycheck. The defensive end, whose future in Cleveland seemed in doubt for months, has renegotiated his contract for next season, a person familiar with the talks told ...

Ohio High School Athletic Association changes leadership

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that its executive director has been replaced by an interim leader while the organization searches for a permanent replacement. The president of the association's board of directors, Dan Leffingwell, said Monday that ...

PGA Tour, Memorial scrap plans to have limited spectators

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The PGA Tour and the Memorial scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week because of what it described as rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in ...

Cavs’ Drummond picking up $28 million option for next season

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond, who was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Pistons in February, said on an ESPN podcast Tuesday that ...

U of Cincinnati removing Marge Schott’s name from stadium

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati is removing Marge Schott's name from its baseball stadium and a library archive in light of her racist comments while owner of the Cincinnati Reds. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the move ...

Big Ten commissioner starts voter registration initiative

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer The Big Ten has created a voter registration initiative to go along with its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, hoping its 14 schools and thousands of student-athletes can leverage their platform to spur social change. "It all fits together," Big Ten ...

Mayfield “absolutely” will kneel during national anthem

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests of social injustice, police brutality and racism. In answering a post from a fan on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to ...

Browns’ Landry ahead of schedule in rehab from hip surgery

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Quarantine has allowed Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry to focus even more on his recovery from off-season hip surgery. Landry, who opted for surgery in February after being slowed by an injury last season, said on a Zoom call ...

NFL studying helmet face guard that works like surgical mask

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league's ...

CupCheck: 10 major leaguers market game, help fight cancer

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — On an off day in Los Angeles four years ago, a group of major leaguers players went to Manhattan Beach and played the prototype for a new game. Curt Casali, Matt Andriese, Alex Cobb and a few others spent the afternoon throwing discs at poles ...

NFLPA pres Tretter says “hurdles” remain before NFL’s return

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns center JC Tretter is cautiously optimistic the NFL season — at least some version of it — will take place in 2020. He's just not certain when it will start. The newly elected president of the NFL Players Association, Tretter said ...

Baseball players respond to MLB on virus protocols

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball players' association gave management a wide-ranging response Thursday to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. Management had presented the union and the 30 teams the ...

NFL to hold 2021 draft in Cleveland from April 29-May 1

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — After a successful virtual, stay-at-home experience this year, the NFL plans to hold its draft outdoors in downtown Cleveland next year from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced Tuesday, three days after the completion of a unique ...

Browns exercise contract option on star DE Garrett, TE Njoku By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn't have a major decision to make on Myles Garrett's near future. Now they can begin working on keeping the star defensive end much longer. Cleveland exercised the ...

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 ...

Indians’ Lindor has more on mind than contract with outbreak

GARY SCHATZ Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz (AP) — Francisco Lindor didn't want to discuss money or his future. This certainly wasn't the time. Just days after the four-time All-Star shortstop and Gold Glove winner broke off talks with the Cleveland Indians about a long-term contract ...

Ohio players get in one last run after MAC tourney canceled

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — After getting up some pregame shots, Ohio's players excitedly huddled at mid-court just like they have all season. Game time was an hour away, and as they stood on top of the Mid-American Conference's green-and-blue logo, the eighth-seeded ...

Spring practice provides look at Ohio State’s future QBs

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The opening of Ohio State's spring practice Monday began the competition to determine the Buckeyes' likely starting quarterback of the future. Coach Ryan Day got an initial look at Jack Miller and C.J. Stroud in the first of 15 ...