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MLB players draw line in sand…NBA board accepts restart plans…Shanahan backs Kaepernick

UNDATED (AP) — Major League players have reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games. More than 100 players held a two-hour digital meeting with officials of the MLB Players Association yesterday. Management on Sunday pitched an 82-game schedule that included a sliding scale for prorated salaries, with the richer players receiving a reduced share. The union countered on Tuesday with a 114-game schedule with prorated salaries and no adjusted scale.

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field. The plan includes the 16 teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped on March 11, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth.

UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has praised former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for trying to bring the issue of racism and police brutality to light with his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season. Shanahan said, “It’s three years later and there’s still some people not understanding what his message was.” The issues surrounding Kaepernick’s stance have resurfaced this week as many players and teams in the league have been protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is apologizing for comments that he now says were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. He says his words “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy” and had become “divisive and hurtful.” Those remarks came in an interview with Yahoo and drew sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

UNDATED (AP) — Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month. Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez plans to introduce the bill and says there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. The NCAA announced five weeks ago that it would move forward with a plan to allow athletes to earn money for endorsements, personal appearances and social media content, among other things.

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