UNDATED (AP) — The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did a good job filling their needs on draft weekend. They added defensive tackle Jevon Kinlaw, receiver Brandon Aiyuk and seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams to fill the three glaring holes on their roster. The Green Bay Packers were among the teams that didn’t do as well filling their needs. They took quarterback Jordan Love in the first round to sit behind Aaron Rodgers and didn’t get their star quarterback any help in terms of receivers.
UNDATED (AP) — ESPN executive producer Seth Markman said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days of the NFL draft. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt. The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen. The previous high was 6.2 million last year.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch. Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams and they would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The team says senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirm they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1. The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.
UNDATED (AP) — — South Carolina forward A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Lawson is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who also went through the process after his freshman season. Like a year ago, Lawson is not hiring an agent giving him the chance to return to the Gamecocks. Lawson started all 31 games for South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. Lawson had until Sunday to enter the draft. He has until June 3 to pull his name out and return for his junior season.