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Wade to stay off LSU bench…MLB, players bump up renegotiations…Co-leaders at Players Championship

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU says Will Wade won’t resume his duties as men’s basketball coach unless he speaks to university officials about the reports of an FBI wiretap that resulted in his suspension. Thursday’s statement comes amid reports that Wade wants to resume his duties as the ninth-ranked Tigers prepare for the postseason. LSU suspended Wade indefinitely last week following reports that FBI wire-tap captured his telephone conversations with a person convicted last year of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits.

NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball and its players’ union have agreed to discuss renegotiating their labor contract that has three seasons left. This is part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest. Players have been furious at slow free-agent markets during the first two offseasons of the five-year labor contract.

UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Seahawks have reached agreement on a two-year deal with offensive linemen D.J. Fluker, who helped Seattle become the top running team in the NFL. Running back Le’Veon (LEH’-vee-ahn) Bell has officially signed with the New York Jets after agreeing to terms early Wednesday morning. And a person familiar with the discussions says the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign All-Pro return specialist and receiver Andre Roberts.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley each shot 7-under 65s to take the first-round lead at The Players Championship in Florida. Fleetwood finished with three straight birdies and Bradley had an eagle on the par-5 16th hole as the pair finished their round one shot ahead of Brian Harman and Byeong Hun An. Tiger Woods is five shots back.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The University of Rhode Island says its athletic director called Georgetown University’s AD this year before hiring a tennis coach now implicated in a college admissions scheme and received a positive recommendation from Georgetown. Court documents allege Gordon Ernst was paid more than $2.7 million and designated at least 12 applicants as recruits, facilitating their admission to Georgetown. Georgetown has said an investigation found Ernst violated university admissions rules.

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