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Dolphins owner says NFL will play in '20

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MIAMI (AP) Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he's confident the NFL will play in 2020, with or without spectators.

"I think there definitely will be a football season this year," Ross said Tuesday during an interview on CNBC. "The real question is will there be fans in the stadiums?"

The NFL has said it expects to play a full schedule beginning Sept. 10, but is preparing contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic makes venue changes or games without fans necessary.

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NJ governor says Giants, Jets can train

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QB Wilson, 2 others to host remote ESPYs

LOS ANGELES (AP) It’s a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over the two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson’s singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

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Ravens' Boykin to join teammates in Fla.

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Altered schedule could help Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL's organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success.

"You're learning about each other and how each other think and life outside of football," Fitzpatrick said Tuesday.

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Some big names remain unsigned

NEW YORK (AP) Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL.

Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win - whenever or if they actually play.

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The Match sets cable TV record for golf

ATLANTA (AP) Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.

Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of "The Match: Champions for Charity" attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.

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Ex-QB Leaf arrested on domestic charge

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday.

Leaf, 44, was arrested on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, which is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Saturday. Leaf is being held on $5,000 bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.

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Packers eye improved run defense

Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes his team’s run defense is much better than its last showing.

And he expects the team to prove that this fall.

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Saints adding ex-Steelers LB Chickillo

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Linebacker Anthony Chickillo has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints after playing the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The deal was announced Saturday by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis.

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