AP source: Bradley, Brewers reach deal...Big Ben returns

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is joining the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to the parameters of a $24 million, two-year contract. Bradley would have the right to opt out after one year and $13 million, allowing him to become a free agent after after this season. Bradley turns 31 on April 19 and is regarded as a top defensive center fielder. He had spent his entire career in Boston and batted .283 with seven homers and 22 RBIs during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it. The team and the two-time Super Bowl winner say they have agreed on a new contract that assures the 39-year-old will be back in 2021. Financial details were not immediately available, though the Steelers made no secret of the need for Roethlisberger to take a pay cut to ease some of the burden of his NFL-high $41.25-million salary-cap hit scheduled for 2021.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Linebacker Thomas Davis and tight end Greg Olsen are signing one-day contracts to retire as members of the Carolina Panthers. Davis spent 14 seasons with the Panthers before finishing his career with Washington last season. Olsen spent nine of his 14 NFL seasons with the Panthers. He finished last season playing for the Seattle Seahawks.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fans are back on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau provided the entertainment today at Bay Hill. McIlroy ran off five straight birdies for a 6-under 66 that gave him an early lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. DeChambeau kept everyone guessing whether he would try to drive over all the water on the 528-yard sixth hole and reach the green. He didn’t. DeChambeau still made birdie on his way to a 67. Bay Hill allowed 25% capacity, or about 5,000 fans.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he’ll sign a bill to bar transgender athletes from competing on girls’ or women’s sports teams in the state’s schools and universities. The Republican says on Twitter that the bill would “protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities.” Reeves says an executive order by President Joe Biden “forced the issue.” Biden signed an order on his first day as president, banning discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere.

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