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The NFL draft will go forward Thursday in a virtual format because of COVID-19 concerns. The Browns have the 10th pick. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns have one offensive line position to fill to complete their "quarterback-centric" approach. 


 Jack Nicklaus, left, presents Patrick Cantlay with the trophy after Cantlay won the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Dublin.
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PGA Tour officials have pushed back the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin to July 13-19, and as of now the plan is to allow spectators.

The NFL draft is going forward next week, with a little less fanfare amid the pandemic. The event will be held virtually, without hugs and handshakes. And for the last few weeks, experts, including one of Northeast Ohio’s own, have been poring over the prospects. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Dane Brugler, 33, of Warren has become one of the draft's elite analysts.

The shock of the NCAA canceling college sports largely is gone.

The cost, is not.

The Ohio State University President Michael Drake speaks during a vigil Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack on campus the previous day.
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Ohio State University president Michael Drake said the upcoming football season will likely see changes because of coronavirus.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) unveiled a plan Wednesday to resume spring sports – if Gov. Mike DeWine decides to reopen schools in early May.

The governor’s current school closure order expires on May 1, with classes resuming May 4. In the update sent to Ohio high schools, OHSAA said the May 4 start is optimistic, but its plan would allow spring sports seasons to begin as early as May 9.

The sports world has gone quiet during the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. This is the time of year that many college athletes start looking for new teams, and they put themselves in what’s called the NCAA’s Transfer Portal.

 Ohio State guard Luther Muhammad is seen against Michigan during an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 1, 2020. Ohio State won 77-63.
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It is another early departure for the Ohio State men's basketball team.

The school confirms sophomore guard Luther Muhammad is entering the NCAA's transfer portal.

Former Ohio State runner Julia Rizk hopes to qualify for Tokyo Olympics
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The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic left many athletes disappointed. One Central Ohio native, however, is taking the news in stride.

Major League Baseball players are bracing for a 2020 that might not see a single game played.

Another possibility forced by the coronavirus outbreak is that the baseball season will move down the calendar.

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating and possibly axing this year's season.

Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET

The NCAA has announced that it is canceling its Division I men's and women's college basketball tournaments. This year, there will be no March Madness.

"This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," the NCAA said in a statement Thursday.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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The National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball are the latest professional sports leagues to suspend its regular season over concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Ohio State Marching Band and Alumni Marching Band Members perform Script Ohio at an Ohio State football game
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Ohio State has canceled its annual spring football game, which was set for April 11 at Ohio Stadium, due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Updated at 11:21 p.m. ET

March Madness is going to be very different this year. The NCAA has decided both the men's and women's Division I basketball tournaments won't be played in front of fans. The energy. The excitement. The yelling. All gone. Thanks, coronavirus.

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Despite a recommendation from Gov. Mike DeWine, the Columbus Blue Jackets plan to move forward with home games on Thursday and Saturday in front of fans at Nationwide Arena.

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