MLB announces 2020 schedule; Royals,

Cards open on road

The MLB announced the schedule for the upcoming 2020 season, and the Kansas City Royals will open with a road divisional series.

The Royals will begin their new campaign Thursday, March 26, at the Chicago White Sox.

The Royals’ home opener at Kauffman Stadium will be on Thursday, April 2 vs. Seattle.

Kansas City will continue its I-70 series vs. St. Louis with two games at Kauffman Stadium from Aug. 4-5 and two games at Busch Stadium from Sept. 15-16.

The Cardinals begin the season on the road at Cincinnati.

One of the highlights of the season is the Cardinals and Cubs playing a two-game series in London on June 13 and 14.

The All-Star break will run from July 13-16 and will include the 91st Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be played on Tuesday, July 14 at Dodger Stadium.

Raiders receiver

Antonio Brown loses grievance over helmet

ALAMEDA, Calif. | Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play.

The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing last Friday with Brown, representatives from the league and the players’ union.

“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown said in a statement on Twitter . “I’m excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet.”

Brown has not participated in a full practice for the Raiders after starting training camp on the non-football injury list with injuries to his feet that reportedly came from frostbite suffered while getting cryotherapy treatment in France. Brown was cleared to practice on July 28 and participated in part of two sessions but wasn’t around the team last week when he had the grievance hearing with the NFL over his helmet.

NCAA amends agent

rules to no longer

require college degree

INDIANAPOLIS | The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor’s degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men’s basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility.

The requirement drew criticism last week when the certification standards were revealed, including a social media blast by NBA star LeBron James. The requirement was quickly dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” in reference to James’ agent, who does not have a college degree.

The NCAA announced Monday it would amend the standards so bachelor’s degrees would not be required for agents currently certified and in good standing with the NBA players union. The NCAA had said last week it modeled its rules after those of the National Basketball Players Association.

— From staff and AP reports