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Michigan militia puts armed protest in the spotlight

Gun-carrying protesters have been a common sight at some demonstrations calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. But an armed militia's involvement in an angry protest in the Michigan statehouse Thursday marked an escalation that drew condemnation and shone a spotlight on 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 ...

Lakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan program

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted. The Lakers applied for the loan under the Small Business Administration's Paycheck ...

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 ...

McVay’s Rams begin virtual learning in unusual NFL offseason

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is beginning this unusual NFL offseason with big plans. The millennial coach is always on the lookout for teaching innovations, and he meticulously planned out the next nine weeks by examining everything ...

MLB teams adjusting as pandemic affects draft preparation

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer The Detroit Tigers can feel certain about one thing: They have the No. 1 pick in the draft. What that Major League Baseball draft will look like, when and where it will take place and how the selections will be made still isn't clear. "It's going to present ...

Chiefs to release 2-time Pro Bowl P Colquitt after 15 years

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dustin Colquitt walked into the Kansas City Chiefs training facility 15 years ago as a third-round pick out of Tennessee, a punter with a big leg and peerless pedigree. He wound up setting numerous franchise records, including most ...

Burrow to join exclusive NFL company if LSU QB is top pick

By The Associated Press undefined Joe Burrow has a chance to join some very exclusive company if the LSU quarterback winds up going No. 1 overall to Cincinnati. Not only could he become the ninth quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy and then be the first overall selection in the NFL draft ...

Prospects ready for their closeup on draft night from home

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer Yetur Gross-Matos would have liked to have been in Las Vegas for the NFL draft on Thursday night, but the Penn State defensive lineman is OK participating from home. Gross-Matos is one of 58 prospects who will take part remotely in the draft, which has gone ...

Tokyo Olympic CEO promises ‘transparency’ over cost of delay

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics promised "transparency" with the Japanese public on Thursday regarding the cost of postponing the games until next year. Neither the Japanese organizers nor the International Olympic Committee has said ...