The Rundown for April 3, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… More than 244,000 coronavirus cases have resulted in more than 5,900 deaths nationwide, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Earlier in the day, the Labor Department reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has soared by a record 6.6 million people to cap the largest single-week filing increase in history. The figure is more than twice more last week’s report of 3 million new filings. According to the report, Pennsylvania had the largest claims increase, with more than 362,000. Ohio was second, followed by Massachusetts, Texas and California.

STIMULUS CHECKS COMING… The Treasury Department doesn’t expect to start issuing direct deposits of Stimulus Bill funds to Americans before April 13 and it could take five months to mail out all the checks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said yesterday at a White House coronavirus briefing that payments would go out within two weeks to people whose direct deposit details are on file with the government. Mnuchin had claimed previously that the money would go out as soon as Monday.

U.S. SOLD CHINA PROTECTIVE GEAR AS CORONAVIRUS SPREAD… USA Today reported yesterday that U.S. businesses sold $17.5 million worth of face masks, $13.6 million in surgical garments, and $27.2 million worth of ventilators to China at as the first confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded on American soil. Exports of personal protective gear skyrocketed in January and February when the virus was devastating China and U.S. intelligence agencies were warning of its spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the first confirmed coronavirus case in the U.S. was on January 20, The report comes as American doctors and health-care workers are facing a dire shortage of protective equipment.

HOUSE COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE WHITE HOUSE PANDEMIC RESPONSE… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that a new select committee will oversee how the Trump administration spends more than $2 trillion allocated to fight the coronavirus pandemic. House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina will chair the bipartisan Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The Trump administration is facing an onslaught of criticism from governors over delays in its response.

CARRIER COMMANDER RELIEVED OF COMMAND OVER CORONAVIRUS LETTER… The USS Theodore Roosevelt captain who expressed to Navy leadership concerns about a coronavirus aboard the aircraft carrier has been relieved of his command. Captain Brett Crozier will keep his rank, however, the Navy said. Crozier detailed his concerns in a letter that leaked to the press.

TAKASHI 6IX9INE RELEASED FROM PRISON… Rapper 6ix9ine was released from prison into house arrest yesterday due to concerns over his health amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, suffers from asthma that puts him at risk, a district court judge ruled. 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison in December after previously pleading guilty to racketeering, firearms and drug trafficking charges.

‘TOP GUN’ RELEASE PUSHED BACK… “Top Gun Maverick” yesterday became the latest big-budget film to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paramount Pictures announced that the release of the sequel to the 1986 original has been pushed back from June 24 to December 23. Tom Cruise reprises his “Maverick” character in the new film.

The Las Vegas Raiders have come to terms with free-agent safety Damarious Randall on a one-year contract.

The Rundown for April 2, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… 884 Americans died over a 24-hour period, raising the U.S. death toll from coronavirus over 5,000, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. The Washington Post yesterday reported that the federal government’s emergency stockpile of protective equipment and medical supplies is almost exhausted. Officials told the paper that the situation has pitted the federal government against individual U.S. states in competition for safety gear. Vice President Mike Pence warned that the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. appears to be on a similar trajectory as Italy, where the death toll has exceeded 13,000.

FLORIDA, MISSISSIPPI TO IMPOSE LOCKDOWNS… At least 33 states and the District of Columbia are not on stay-at-home orders after the governors of Florida and Mississippi dropped their weeks-long resistance yesterday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis imposed a 30-day stay-home order barring residents from venturing outside except for essential purposes. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a stay-at-home order that goes into effect 5 p.m. Friday. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all playgrounds and basketball courts in New York City to close. He reported yesterday that the state’s death toll is approaching 2,000.

E-CIGARETTE MAKER TARGETED IN FTC COMPLAINT... The Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust complaint against the tobacco giant Altria and Juul yesterday. The complaint alleges that Altria sought to monopolize profits and fix price when it bought a 35 percent stake in Juul in late 2018 for $12.8 billion while the two still had competing brands on shelves. The FTC says the investment included a clause that prevented Juul from competing against Altria for six years. The FTC called the investment and its associated agreements “an unreasonable restraint of trade” and is seeking to undo the investment.

U.S. TO ENHANCE COUNTERNARCOTICS OPERATIONS… President Trump announced yesterday that the U.S. will deploy Navy ships near Venezuela as part of enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere. Additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft helicopters, Coast Guard cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft will double the U.S.’s capabilities in the region, Trump said. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper added that the operation would deal a blow to Venezuelan President Maduro’s control over the country.

STOCKS FALL… Wall Street continued its tumble yesterday on reports of job losses and fears of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 973.65 points, or 4.44 percent, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite both closed down 4.41 percent. The plunge extended the Dow’s losses from Tuesday, when it dropped 410 points to end Wall Street’s worst first quarter in history and worst three-month performance since 1987.

ADAM SCHLESINGER DIES… Singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger died yesterday of the coronavirus. He was 52. Schlesinger co-founded the band Fountains of Wayne, which is best-known for its 2003 hit song “Stacy’s Mom.” In addition to winning three Emmys and a Grammy, he received an Oscar nomination for writing the title track to the 1996 movie “That Thing You Do.”

ACTOR ANDREW JACK DIES… Actor Andrew Jack, who played Caluan Ematt in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” died Tuesday at a hospital in Surrey, England, after contracting the COVID-19 virus, his agent confirmed yesterday. Jack was 76. He also served as a dialogue coach on “The Lord of the Rings” movies, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the “Avengers” films. More recently, he was working on “The Batman.”

The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Aldon Smith to a one-year contract.


The Rundown for April 1, 2020

PRESIDENT TRUMP WARNS OF ‘PAINFUL TWO WEEKS’… President Trump issued a warning yesterday that Americans are facing a “very, very painful two weeks.” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci projected that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die in the coming months. Dr. Deborah Birx, the top public health official coordinating the coronavirus task force, suggested extensive mitigation efforts could yield results by July. Meanwhile, the death toll from the pandemic topped 3,500 yesterday.

MASSIVE DRUG BUST AT CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER… Authorities announced yesterday that more than two tons of drugs, including opioids, methamphetamine and cocaine, were seized following the March 19 discovery of a cross-border tunnel between Mexico and the U.S. The San Diego Tunnel Task Force said the tunnel extended about 2,000 feet and connected warehouses in Tijuana and San Diego. The tunnel had an average depth of 31 feet and a width of 3 feet. It was equipped with ventilation, lighting and an underground rail system.

LARGE QUAKE STRIKE IDAHO… A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck about 45 miles west of Challis, Idaho, last night. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a depth of 6.2 miles and about 16,000 people reported feeling the tremors. The Boise Police Department reported there were no immediate reports of damage.

DATA BREACH AT MARRIOTT… Marriott announced yesterday that the personal information of as many as 5.2 million of its hotel guests was compromised in a data breach in mid-January. Names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, loyal account information, business names, genders, birthdays, partnerships and room preferences were accessed, the hotel chain said. Marriott discovered the breach in late February after an unusually large of guest information was accessed using the login credentials of two employees at a franchised property. Marriott has created a website and a call center to help affected customers.

STOCKS TUMBLE… Stocks continued to tumble yesterday on the final day of the worst first quarter in American history. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 410.32 points, or 1.84 percent, while the S&P 500 fell 1.6 percent and the Nasdaq Composite slid 0.95 percent. The decline followed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s announcement that it will begin lending money to foreign central banking systems.

LEADS IN ‘TIGER KING’ MISSING-MAN CASE… The Hillsborough County Sheriff in Florida says the popular Netflix docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is producing new leads in the case of a man who has been missing since 1997. The missing man, millionaire Jack Donald “Don” Lewis, was married to Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin, who was the intended target of a murder-for-hire plot. The plot led to a 22-year prison sentence for former Oklahoma zookeeper Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who went by the name “Joe Exotic.”

CHRISTOPHER MELONI REPRISES ELLIOT STABLER ROLE… Christopher Meloni is reprising his “Law & Order: SVU” character, Elliot Stabler, for a spinoff of the show that will air on NBC. Meloni’s character will be the boss of the organized crime division of the NYPD, instead of a Special Victims Unit detective. NBC has ordered 13 episodes.

NFL HOPES TO RELEASE SCHEDULE MAY 9… The NFL announced yesterday that it hopes to release its 2020 schedule on May 9 and expects to play a full slate despite the coronavirus pandemic. NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash said his confidence stems from the flattening of the pandemic’s curve that has occurred in other countries. The regular season is set to begin on Thursday, September 10 with a game hosted by the defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs.

The Rundown for March 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… More than 163,800 confirmed cases have been reported throughout the U.S. and there have been more than 3,000 deaths, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Hospitals in New York City say intensive care units are now overwhelmed but help is on the way in the form of the Navy hospital ship Comfort, which has arrived in New York Harbor. Also yesterday, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Tennessee joined 28 other states in issuing stay-at-home orders.

CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE COORDINATOR WORRIED… White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show yesterday that she is “very worried about every city in the United States” and believes that without drastic precautions, there could be at least 2 million fatalities. Birx said that “if we do things perfectly” the number of fatalities could be limited to as many as 200,000. “I think everyone understands now that you can go from five to 50 to 500 to 5,000 cases very quickly,” Birx warned.

TRUMP WAS TALKED INTO CONTINUING SOCIAL-DISTANCING GUIDELINES… National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said yesterday that he had to plead “strongly” with President Trump to stop him from withdrawing social-distancing guidelines early. During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Fauci said Trump changed his mind after he saw models showing as many as 200,000 people could die. On Sunday, Trump publicly abandoned his hope of reopening the U.S. economy by Easter and confirmed he would keep federal guidelines on social distancing in place through the end of April.

MACY’S FURLOUGHING EMPLOYEES… The “majority” of Macy’s roughly 130,000 employees are being furloughed starting this week in the face of the revenue drop brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. All 775 Macy’s stores closed on March 18 but the retailer continues to sell products online. The company adopted measures that were intended to prevent the layoffs, but they weren’t “enough” to avoid cutting back on the number of employees.

FLORIDA PASTOR ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING STAY-AT-HOME ORDER… The pastor of a Florida megachurch was arrested yesterday for violating a safer-at-home order by holding two Sunday services that drew hundreds of people. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order in Hernando County. The pastor’s church is located in Tampa.

ABORTION EFFORTS BLOCKED… Federal judges yesterday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. A separate ruling found that a new Ohio order is also unconstitutional if it prevents abortions from being carried out. The rulings were delivered as lawsuits were also filed in Iowa and Oklahoma after governors in those states similarly ordered a stop to non-emergency procedures and specifically included abortion among them.

‘JOE EXOTIC’ FILES SUIT… A central figure in the hit Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has filed a lawsuit over his conviction in a murder-for-hire plot. Former Oklahoma zookeeper Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who went by the name “Joe Exotic,” is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence. His suit seeks nearly $94 million in damages, claiming his conviction was based on false and perjured testimony. Defendants include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted him and several witnesses.

AUTHOR TOMIE dePAOLA DIES… Popular children’s book author Tomie dePaola died yesterday in a New Hampshire hospital of complications from surgery performed after a fall last week. He was 85. DePaola was best-known as the writer of the Strega Nona picture book series. He wrote or illustrated more than 270 books that sold nearly 25 million copies.

NEW OLYMPIC DATES… Organizers yesterday announced new dates for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games following the first-ever postponement of the quadrennial sports events. The Summer Games in Tokyo are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021, while the Paralympic Games will start a month later. The new dates will allow minimum disruption to the international sports calendar and will allow athletes time to finish the qualification process, according to the International Olympic Committee.

IMPACTED COLLEGE ATHLETES GRANTED EXTRA YEAR… The NCAA Division I Council agreed yesterday to grant an extra year of eligibility to all spring-sport student-athletes whose seasons were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision applies to all athletes, not just seniors. The NCAA will leave it up to each school to decide whether to grant seniors in spring sports less or equal financial aid next year, the NCAA said.

The Rundown for March 30, 2019

CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES EXTENDED… The White House is extending federal guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak through April 30. The decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid non-essential travel. There are 142,328 cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and 2,436 deaths, according to numbers released last night by Johns Hopkins University.

CORONAVIRUS HITS LIBERTY UNIVERSITY… Liberty University, which defied medical experts by partially reopening its campus amid the coronavirus pandemic, has confirmed that 11 students are battling coronavirus symptoms. University president Jerry Falwell Jr. initially planned to follow Virginia’s public health directives and close the school to almost all students but apparently changed his mind. Eight-hundred of the 1,900 students that initially returned to campus last week have left.

SENATORS’ STOCK SELL-OFFS INVESTIGATED… CNN reported yesterday that the Justice Department is investigating stock sell-offs by members of Congress who had been privately briefed about the brewing coronavirus crisis. The FBI has already interviewed Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who dumped as much as $1.7 million worth of stock. Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is also on investigators’ radar, as she and her husband sold up to $3 million worth of stock.

VIRUS-LADEN CRUISE SHIP TO DOCK IN FLORIDA… A Holland America cruise ship carrying four dead passengers and more than 130 others who are battling flu-like symptoms has received clearance to dock in Florida in the “near future.” The ship has been anchored outside the Panama Canal after being denied entry. One of the dead passengers is reported to be an American.

STRONG STORMS BATTER MIDWEST, SOUTH… Officials say there were no deaths reported after strong storms brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and rain to parts of the Midwest and South on Saturday. Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin as thunderstorms swept through. High winds and a possible tornado were also reported in Indiana. Jonesboro, Arkansas, was particularly hard-hit, as it was struck by an EF3 tornado with winds of up to 140 mph.

JOE DIFFIE DIES, JOHN PRINE IN CRITICAL CONDITION… Joe Diffie, who had a string of chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died from complications related to the coronavirus. He was 61. Two of Diffie’s 13 albums went platinum and another two were certified gold… Meanwhile, singer-songwriter John Prine is in “critical” condition with Coronavirus symptoms, according to family members. The 73-year-old Prine was hospitalized on Thursday and was intubated Saturday night. He has survived two battles with cancer.

THE WEEKND TOPS ALBUM CHART… The Weeknd’s new release, “After Hours,” sold 444,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake,” slipped into second place with 115,000 units sold. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” dropped to third place after selling 60,000 copies. Bad Bunny’s “YHLQMDLG” sold 51,000 units to finish fourth. Conan Gray’s “Kid Krow capped the top five with

The Detroit Lions have agreed to a one-year contract with wide receiver Geronimo Allison.

The Washington Redskins have signed Ronald Darby to a one-year deal.

The Rundown for March 27, 2020

U.S. LEADS THE WORLD IN REPORTED CORONAVIRS CASES… The U.S. now leads the world in the number of reported coronavirus cases, Johns Hopkins University reported yesterday. The U.S. has 82,404 cases, while China has 81,782 and Italy has 80,589. The 1,178 fatalities in the U.S. are far fewer than in Italy, Spain, China and Iran. Louisiana, which has reported more than 2,300 cases, has demonstrated the fastest growth in new cases in the world. New York is the epicenter of cases in the U.S., with at least 30,000 positive diagnoses and 331 deaths.

HOUSE VOTES TODAY ON SENATE RELIEF BILL… The House will vote today on the Senate’s $2.2 trillion relief package aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The Senate unanimously passed the bill Wednesday night and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she expects it to pass quickly in the House. The legislation will pay $1,200 to Americans who earn up to $75,000 a year, and those with children will receive $500 for each child. Also in the package is a small business loan program, a fund for industries and funding for states and localities. The package also expands unemployment insurance to four months and includes money for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS SKYROCKET… The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefit claims spiked to a record 3.28 million last week, according to numbers released yesterday by the Labor Department. The previous record of 695,000 claims stood for nearly 38 years. Analysts say the figure confirms that millions of households nationwide are under severe financial strain.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INDICTS VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT... The Justice Department yesterday announced drug trafficking charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other senior regime officials. Maduro “helped manage and ultimately lead” a smuggling organization known as the Cartel of the Suns, according to the indictment. Prosecutors say Maduro and cartel members “prioritized using cocaine as a weapon against America” and imported as much into the U.S. as possible. Maduro’s regime allegedly allowed Colombian revolutionaries to use Venezuelan airspace to fly cocaine through Central America to destinations in North America. Maduro personally negotiated drug shipments and coordinated with Honduras and other countries in facilitating the illegal drug trade, the indictment claims.

WALL STREET CONTINUES REBOUND… Wall Street continued to rebound yesterday amid the pending $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 1,351.62 points, or 6.38 percent, while the S&P 500 climbed 6.24 percent. Boeing, Chevron and Walgreens drove the Dow’s gains by rising more than 10 percent.

SCARFACE TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS… Rapper Scarface has revealed that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He said he experienced vomiting, fever pneumonia kidney failure before the diagnosis. The rapper said his condition improved enough that he was allowed to recover at his Houston home

ACTOR MARK BLUM DIES… Actor Mark Blum, whose film credits include “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” died earlier this week from coronavirus complications, friends confirmed yesterday. He was 69. Blum’s television appearances included “Law & Order,” “Us” and “Succession.”

INDY 500 POSTPONED… Organizers announced yesterday that the Indianapolis 500 is being postponed until August 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 104th running of the race was scheduled originally for May 24. Its postponement marks the first time since 1946 that the race won’t run on Memorial Day weekend.

‘CURLY’ NEAL DIES… Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal, who was known worldwide for his bald head, stylish ball-handling and crowd-dazzling moves, has died at age 77. The team said only that Neal died at his home near Houston.z Neal played in more than 6,000 games between 1963 and 1985 for the Globetrotters.

The Arizona Cardinals and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert have agreed to a one-year contract.

The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive lineman Daryl Williams to a one-year deal.

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi.

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a one-year deal with former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

The Rundown for March 26, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of deaths in the U.S. due to the coronavirus rose to at least 928 yesterday as 223 fatalities were reported. More than 65,000 Americans have now tested positive test for the virus, with nearly half in New York. Medical experts expect the numbers will rise dramatically as more tests are administered and analyzed.

SENATE APPROVES STIMULUS PACKAGE… The Senate voted unanimously last night to approve a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at providing relief from the coronavirus pandemic. The largest emergency aid package in U.S. history is now heading to the House for a vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer indicated yesterday that the House will begin considering the relief package at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate proposal includes $250 billion for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion for small business loans, $250 billion for unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

TRAVEL HALTED FOR U.S. TROOPS… Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a halt to travel for 60 days for all U.S. troops, their families and civilian employee to limit the spread of coronavirus. The move will affect 90,000 troops scheduled for deployment, according to the Pentagon. Exceptions will be made for medical purposes and for those aboard ships that are deployed for 14 days. In addition, it will not affect the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

JUDGE ISSUES ORDER OVER DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE… A federal judge yesterday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline. The order comes nearly three years after the controversial pipeline began carrying oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that a more extensive review is necessary than the environmental assessment that was done. Boasberg ordered both parties to submit briefs on whether the pipeline should continue operating during the period of the new environmental review.

AMERICAN HOSTAGE IN IRAN DEAD… The family of retired Drug Enforcement Agency and FBI agent, private investigator and part-time CIA consultant Robert Levinson announced that he has died after being held hostage in Iran. Family members said they made the announcement based on information received from U.S. officials. Levinson had traveled to Kish Island, Iran, in 2007 to investigate cigarette smuggling and was meeting with U.S. fugitive Dawud Salahuddin when Iranian security officials detained them both. Salahuddin later said he never again saw Levinson after they were released. In 2014, Levinson’s family filed suit against Iran.

TONY AWARDS POSTPONED… The Tony Awards has become the latest cultural event to be postponed due to the coronavirus. The awards ceremony was scheduled to air live on CBS on Sunday, June 7, from New York City. The show will be rescheduled, but a new date will not be determined until Broadway reopens.

ELTON JOHN TO HOST LIVING-ROOM CONCERT… Elton John has signed on to host a living-room concert for coronavirus relief special broadcast this Sunday. Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Billie Joe Armstrong and Alicia Keys are among performers who have agreed to take part in delivering at-home performances. Each performance was filmed using the artists’ personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment. The hour-long iHeart Living Room Concert for America will air commercial-free on Fox.

BASEBALL PLANS COMEBACK… Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said during an ESPN interview yesterday that “nothing’s off the table” in terms of plans to return. Manfred said he’s hopeful the sport can begin preparing for a season at some point in May but there’s no way of knowing for certain when the sport will return. For the past couple weeks, MLB executives and the MLB Players Association have exchanged proposals over salary and service-time issues, as well as the proper way to return.

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with tight end Blake Bell.

The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed defensive tackle Mike Pennel and fullback Anthony Sherman to one-year deals.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to a one-year contract.

The New York Jets have agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor on a one-year contract.

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a one-year deal with Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed defensive tackle Cavon Walker, offensive tackle Jarron Jones and safety Tyree Kinnel from the XFL yesterday.

The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with wide receiver Cody Latimer. Details were not announced.