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MLB-YANKEES-JUDGE

Judge reveals he had collapsed lung, says rib improving

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has revealed he had a collapsed lung that has healed and said his broken rib is improving.

Judge had a CT scan on Friday and he said it showed that a “pneumothorax came back completely gone.”

The Yankees announced two weeks ago that Judge had a stress fracture to his first right rib. Judge says the bone is “healing the way it should be.”

The 27-year-old didn’t played in any spring training games because of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.

With opening day pushed back into mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak, Judge has more time to recover without missing games.

NHL-PREDATORS-HARPER

Predators sign Patrick Harper to 2-year, entry-level deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patrick Harper to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Predators general manager David Poile announced the deal Friday.

The 21-year-old Harper just finished his senior season at Boston University matching his career high with 37 points and a career-best 14 goals. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound forward finished 15th in the NCAA among all skaters averaging 1.16 points a game and was second on his team in points to David Farrance, also a Predators’ prospect.

The Predators drafted Harper in the fifth round at No. 138 overall in the 2016 draft. He finished his career with 115 points in 127 games at Boston. The native of New Canaan, Connecticut, twice played for the United States at the World Junior Championship.

NFL-NEWS

Tom Brady signs with Buccaneers

UNDATED (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.”

The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision Friday in an Instagram post and thanked the Bucs for the opportunity.

The deal is worth $30 million per season.

The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England, ending his historic run with the Patriots.

He joins an offense that led the NFL in passing yards last season, featuring a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, and a young, developing running back in Ronald Jones.

What the Bucs didn’t have in 2019, when they went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the 12th straight season, was a quarterback who protected the football. Jameis Winston led the league with 5,109 passing yards while also becoming the first “30-30” player in NFL history with 33 TD passes and 30 interceptions.

Brady, who turns 43 in August, will be counted on to change that.

In other NFL news:

— A person familiar with the deal says the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley, one day after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams. The person told The Associated Press about the agreement on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal will not be official until Gurley passes a physical. Gurley’s physical will be especially important. He had a persistent left knee injury that limited his effectiveness down the stretch in 2018. The issue remained last season, even though he played in 15 games. The former University of Georgia standout has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams.

— The Buffalo Bills have announced they are acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a multi-draft-pick trade with the Minnesota Vikings. The trade was agreed to Monday and announced Friday by both teams. The Vikings acquired four draft picks, including Buffalo’s first-round choice — 22nd overall — giving them five of the top 105 picks in this year’s draft. Minnesota also acquired Buffalo’s fourth- and fifth-round picks this year, and a fourth-round selection in 2021. Diggs has topped 1,000 yards receiving each of his past two years.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Eric Ebron, giving quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another proven red zone target. Ebron reached the Pro Bowl in 2018 while catching 13 touchdowns but was limited most of last season while battling an ankle injury. Pittsburgh hopes Ebron’s arrival can provide a welcome jolt to an offense that struggled in 2019 with Roethlisberger sidelined most of the year with a right elbow injury. The Steelers also agreed to terms with guard Stefen Wisniewski, a Pittsburgh native. 

— The Denver Broncos have agreed to a two-year deal with former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s worth $16 million with all but $2.5 million guaranteed. The Broncos get a running back who has rushed for 36 touchdowns over the last four seasons and scored 11 more on receptions.

— The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a deal with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, adding a familiar name for new coach Mike McCarthy. Clinton-Dix’s representatives, SportsTrust Advisors, announced the move early Friday on Twitter. McCarthy was the coach in Green Bay when the Packers drafted Clinton-Dix 21st overall in 2014. He had 14 of his 16 career interceptions with Green Bay, including a career-high five in 2016. The Packers traded him to Washington during the 2018 season, and Clinton-Dix spent last year in Chicago.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS

Saints coach tests positive

UNDATED (AP) — The head of USA Swimming is calling for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.

CEO Tim Hinchey has sent a letter to leadership at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee urging it to push for a 12-month delay. In his letter, Hinchey noted the unimaginable disruptions athletes have experienced during the coronavirus crisis.

The committee didn’t immediately respond to the letter. But earlier Friday, its leaders said there was no rush to postpone the Olympics.

In other virus-related developments:

— The Florida Panthers have been told by the state Department of Health that someone who works part-time at the arena where the team plays its home games has tested positive for the coronavirus. The arena worker tested positive on March 15, is self-quarantined and receiving medical care. The Panthers were informed by state officials of the positive test today. The team informed staff who may have come into contact with the employee during their shift.

— The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league played five games of a 10-game regular season in eight cities in a revival of the XFL that played one season in 2001. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a statement saying the decision was made “with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.”

— The Miami Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross have pledged $500,000 toward critical needs for elderly and youth in South Florida as a result of the coronavirus. The money will support public school meal programs, other food programs and church relief efforts.

— Formula One is setting up a series of virtual races to replace postponed or canceled Grand Prix events. The series says a “number of current F1 drivers” will take part in the races, with the first set for Sunday. That’s the day when the Bahrain Grand Prix was supposed to take place. None of the drivers taking part have been named. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris are among drivers from various competitions who have already been taking part in various online races not organized by F1. The Australian Grand Prix last weekend was canceled at short notice and the Monaco Grand Prix was canceled from its May 24 date on Thursday. Races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Spain and the Netherlands have been postponed.

— The LPGA Tour commissioner has provided a little hope amid more postponements. He says the ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for Sept. 10-13. The LPGA’s first major in the California desert had been scheduled for April 2-5. It’s the first tournament to be postponed that now has a new date on the calendar. The LPGA’s event in Portland was slotted for that week and now is pushed back to the following week. Meanwhile, the LPGA postponed three more events in April in Hawaii, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And the world ranking boards have decided to freeze the standings until golf resumes.

— All rugby in England below the top-flight Premiership has been canceled for the season. Bill Sweeney, chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, says the decision was taken “to assist with long-term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change” during the virus outbreak. Sweeney says the RFU is in “active discussions” with Premiership teams about managing the end of the season, which had been scheduled to finish at the end of May. Several Premiership teams have asked players to take a pay cut during the outbreak.

— The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece. It was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down Friday amid questions about whether the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The flame will stay in northern Japan for almost a week until the four-month torch relay begins officially on March 26 from the northern Fukushima prefecture. That’s the northeastern part of Japan that is recovering after being devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown of three nuclear reactors.

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