UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears have some work to do if they’re going to bounce back from a disappointing season. They come into the draft with seven picks, starting with two second-rounders, and no shortage of holes. The Bears need more playmakers on offense, better blocking and help in the secondary.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Brian Hill has signed his $2.1 million tender offer to remain with the Atlanta Falcons. The restricted free agent received an original-round tender last month, giving the team a right to match any offer Hill received from another team or accept a fifth-round draft pick as compensation. Hill played in 12 games with two starts in 2019, rushing 78 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns along with 10 catches for 69 yards and one TD.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar’s race on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.Pagenaud took advantage of a frantic final 10 laps to get the victory.
MADRID, SPAIN (AP) – The mayor of Madrid says soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer. He says the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” in time for events with big crowds to resume normally. The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall.
UNDATED, (AP) – Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options. The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports, TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure.