Update on the latest in sports:
Browns’ Garrett reinstated by NFL after 6-game suspension
CLEVELAND (AP) – Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the NFL after his suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet.
Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games last season after his disturbing attack on Rudolph in the closing seconds of a Nov. 14 game that was nationally televised. Garrett has been remorseful since the incident and Monday he met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials in New York.
Garrett is cleared to return to all activities with the Browns.
As the Browns were wrapping up a rare win over the Steelers, Garrett pulled down Rudolph after a pass attempt and the two wrestled on the ground.
Rudolph tried to pull off Garrett’s helmet but couldn’t. Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and swung and struck him with it, triggering a brawl between the teams.
Braves agree to minor-league deal with RHP Josh Tomlin
ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Josh Tomlin that includes an invitation to the big league camp.
The Braves announced the deal on Wednesday, one day before the first workout for pitchers and catchers at the team’s new spring training facility in North Port, Florida
Tomlin, a 35-year-old right-hander, returns to the Braves after making a career-high 51 appearances in 2019. He was 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA working mostly in long and middle relief, though he did have the first two saves of his 10-year career.
Before going to Atlanta, Tomlin pitched nine seasons – mostly as a starter – with Cleveland. He had three seasons with at least 10 wins, including a 13-9 mark in 2016.
Tomlin provides additional depth in a Braves bullpen that was bolstered last season by trade-deadline deals for Mark Melancon (meh-LAN’-sehn), Shane Greene and Chris Martin and the November free-agent signing of Giants closer Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract.
F1-CHINESE GP POSTPONED
Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix postponed due to virus
LONDON (AP) – Formula One organizers have postponed the Chinese Grand Prix that was due to be staged in Shanghai in April, the latest sporting event impacted by the fast-spreading viral infection in the country.
More than 1,100 people have been killed in China by the virus, which has been named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
One of 22 races on the F1 calendar for 2020 that opens in Melbourne next month, the Chinese Grand Prix was due to be staged on April 19.
F1 said in a statement Wednesday that the decision to postpone the race was taken after a request from the Shanghai promoter to “ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans,”
Motor sport officials from F1’s governing body, the FIA, Chinese organizers and teams will remain in discussions about whether the race can be rearranged this year.
Other virus-related cancellations or postponements range from soccer and Olympic qualifying events to golf tournaments.
The Tokyo Olympics open on July 24 and organizers have repeatedly said the games will not be cancelled or postponed. But many Olympic qualifying events are in disarray, with Chinese athletes not free to travel outside the country to participate.
AP Sources: Michigan State hires Colorado coach Mel Tucker
UNDATED (AP) – Mel Tucker has agreed to lead Michigan State’s football program, according to two people familiar with the decision.
The people spoke Wednesday morning to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hiring had not been announced. One person said the school’s governing board scheduled a meeting later in the day to approve the hire.
Tucker would succeed Mark Dantonio, the school’s all-time winningest coach, who retired less than two weeks ago.
Colorado hired Tucker in December 2018, and gave him an opportunity to run a program after he was Georgia defensive coordinator. He was given a five-year, $14.75 million contract to lead the Buffaloes and they were 5-7 last season.
Tucker has ties to Michigan State because he was a graduate assistant at the school under Nick Saban in the late 1990s.
In other college football news:
– Police say two Ohio State University football players were booked into jail early Wednesday on charges of rape and kidnapping. The Columbus Dispatch reported that police charged defensive players Amir I. Riep and Jahsen L. Wint, both 21, late Tuesday and they are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning. Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said in a statement to the Associated Press that “we are aware that two of our students have been arrested and criminally charged,” and that they have been suspended from all activities involving the football program. Riep is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback entering his senior season for Ohio State’s top-5 football program, while Wint is a 6-foot, 198-pound redshirt senior safety, according to court documents and the university’s athletics website.