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SportShorts for Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Ex- St. John’s player dies of COVID-19

Lee Green, a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams for St. John’s, has died. He was 49.

The Big East Conference school announced the death on Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton in reporting Green’s death was related to the coronavirus.

A New York City native, Green Green played for St. John’s from 1991-94, playing his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney. He averaged 2.3 points.


US Soccer head focused on lawsuit

The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to say that settling a lawsuit filed by women’s national team players is their priority.

“A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to rebuild that trust and rebuild the relationship, and it’s not going to happen overnight,” President Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday. “It’s going to take a lot of effort and time and energy for the U.S. Soccer side to rebuild that trust, not only with our U.S. women’s national team players, but with our fans and everyone engaged in sport.”


Newton era officially over in Carolina

The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the 30-year-old quarterback after nine seasons.

The move became a mere formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton by giving him permission to seek a trade and then agreeing to a 3-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater about 90 minutes later.

Browns ink backup QB Keenum

Case Keenum’s NFL journey is reuniting him with a coach who brought out the best in the quarterback.

Keenum officially signed his 3-year, $18 million contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Browns, who are bringing him in to help mentor Baker Mayfield while also giving new coach Kevin Stefanski a security blanket in case things don’t go as planned.

Keenum spent 2017 in Minnesota with Stefanski, who was Vikings quarterback coach at the time.

Keenum had a magical season with Stefanski, going 11-3 in 14 starts and getting to the playoffs. He capitalized on the performance by signing a 2-year, $36 million contract the following season to start in Denver.

Benjamin signs 1-year deal wth 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a 1-year deal with free agent receiver Travis Benjamin.

A person familiar with the deal says the sides reached agreement on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. NFL Network first reported the agreement.

San Francisco also officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a 3-year contract worth a reported $28.5 million that had been agreed to last week. The Niners also announed a 1-year deal to sign former Arizona linebacker Joe Walker to a deal that had been agreed to on Monday and that exclusive rights free agent tight end Ross Dwelley signed his one-year tender.

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