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Denver Broncos place franchise tag on Justin Simmons again

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos safety Justin Simmons is the first NFL player to be franchise tagged in 2021.

NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST to use the tag to prevent a pending free agent from hitting the open market.

The Broncos went ahead Friday and tagged their star safety for the second consecutive year. They have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal or Simmons would have to sign his $13.7 million franchise tag tender to play in 2021.

The sooner they work out a deal, the better for the Broncos, who would like some cost certainty heading into free agency, where they

Denver Broncos place franchise tag on Justin Simmons again

By ARNIE STAPLETON - AP Pro Football Writer

Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons has been franchise tagged for a second consecutive season. The sides are expected to work out a long-term deal, however, so that Simmons doesn’t play on the $13.7 million tag in 2021. Simmons played last year on the $11.4 million franchise tag after the pandemic stalled negotiations between teams and their franchise tagged players. General manager George Paton called the tag a procedural move that allows the team and Simmons’ agent to continue talks on a long-term deal.

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MLB to reopen with limits in California

UNDATED (AP) — California officials are allowing people to attend Major League Baseball games and other sports, go to Disneyland and watch live performances in limited capacities starting April 1.

The rules announced Friday coincide with baseball’s opening day. The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics all have home games scheduled for April 1. California divides its counties into four color-coded tiers based on the spread of the coronavirus. Attendance limits are based on what tier a county is in.

Theme parks will be

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MLB-NEWS MLB to reopen with limits in California UNDATED (AP) — California officials are allowing people to attend Major League Baseball games and other sports, go to Disneyland and watch live performances in limited capacities starting April 1. The rules announced Friday coincide with baseball’s opening day. The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics all have home…

No. 3 Baylor looks for home win vs No. 18 Texas Tech

No. 18 Texas Tech (17-8, 9-7) vs. No. 3 Baylor (20-1, 12-1)

Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas; Sunday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Baylor looks for its fifth straight win over No. 18 Texas Tech at Ferrell Center. The last victory for the Red Raiders at Baylor was an 84-66 win on Feb. 13, 2016.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: Baylor’s Jared Butler has averaged 17.1 points, five assists and 2.2 steals while Davion Mitchell has put up 13.6 points, 5.6 assists and two steals. For the Red Raiders, Mac McClung has averaged 16.4 points while Terrence Shannon Jr. has put up 12 points and 4.1 rebounds.MIGHTY MAC:

No. 3 Baylor looks for home win vs No. 18 Texas Tech

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No. 18 Texas Tech (17-8, 9-7) vs. No. 3 Baylor (20-1, 12-1) Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas; Sunday, 4 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Baylor looks for its fifth straight win over No. 18 Texas Tech at Ferrell Center. The last victory for the Red Raiders at Baylor was an 84-66 win on Feb. 13, 2016. TEAM LEADERSHIP: Baylor’s Jared…

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NBA-PISTONS-GRIFFIN AP source: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons agree to buyout DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin’s time in Detroit is over. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Griffin and the Pistons have agreed to a contract buyout. The Pistons announced last month that they would keep Griffin out of the lineup while resolving his future….

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AP source: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons agree to buyout

DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin’s time in Detroit is over. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Griffin and the Pistons have agreed to a contract buyout.

The Pistons announced last month that they would keep Griffin out of the lineup while resolving his future. His exit is another significant step in a rebuilding process that has Detroit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 10-26 record. Detroit traded Derrick Rose to the Knicks last month.

Griffin, who turns 32 later

VIRUS TODAY: Vaccinated adults await advice on family visits

By The Associated Press

Here’s what’s happening Friday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THE NUMBERS: VACCINES: Nearly 54.1 million people, or 16.3% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the CDC. Some 27.7 million people have completed their vaccination, or 8.4% of the population. CASES: The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases…