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NEW YORK (AP)  The NFL revealed Sunday that several positive COVID-19 tests were found a day earlier by one of its testing partners. The New York Jets said they had 10 false positives and the Chicago Bears said they had nine.

The league has asked the New Jersey lab BioReference to investigate the results "while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests." The NFL did not identify the teams or say how many tests were positive.

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For the first time in about two decades, the Buffalo Bills will not train in Pittsford, and both sides wish it wasn’t so.

The NFL has decided that all training camps must happen at team facilities this year. That’s a break from tradition for the Bills, who’ve held their camp at St. John Fisher College for two decades. They typically arrive in mid-July.

Henry McDonald was born in Haiti in 1890 but when he was 5, his parents allowed an American coconut importer to adopt him and bring him to Canandaigua, believing he’d have better opportunities in America. He wouldn’t see his mother again until he was in his 60s, he told the Democrat and Chronicle.

McDonald spent his life in the Finger Lakes region, where he shined as an athlete at Canandaigua Academy and East High School. 

Scott Pitoniak, a longtime sports columnist and author, called him a forgotten pioneer.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Buffalo Bills legend Darryl Talley announced NFL draft picks Saturday.  It was carried live on the NFL Network.

It was all part of an effort  honor the NFL’s roots in Rochester

Leo Lyons was born in Fairport in 1892. By the age of 16 he fell for football. He joined the Rochester Jeffersons, a semi-pro team, which was named after Jefferson Avenue,  where they played on sandlots.

Leo’s grandson John Steffenhagen was at the big NFL Draft party in Rochester Saturday at Cornhill Landing, and said his grandfather  was ambitious.

A Buffalo Bill from the team’s glory years in the 1990s will join Mayor Lovely Warren on Saturday to announce one of this year’s draft picks.

The NFL said five picks in all could be announced at Corn Hill Landing, where the league and the city are also planning an event with family games and giveaways.

All this is part of NFL 100, a year-long celebration of a century of NFL football.

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Super Bowl champion Roland Williams spoke with WXXI's Evan Dawson following the NFL's new national anthem policy. The league voted in the new policy on Wednesday; it states that if players kneel on the field or sidelines, their teams will be fined, but players are allowed to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played.

Williams shares his comments on the policy and the broader context of the decision.

On Wednesday, NFL owners voted in a new national anthem policy. The policy states that if players kneel on the field or sidelines, their teams will be fined, but players are allowed to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pleased with the decision, saying the protests created a “false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic.” President Trump is also applauding the policy, but says it doesn’t go far enough. He says he doesn’t think players should be staying in locker rooms to protest, and if a player is not standing for the anthem, “Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

This hour, our guests discuss the new policy and what it means in the context of free speech. Our guests:

  • Simeon Banister, interim vice president of community programs at the Community Foundation
  • Chris Thomas, partner with Nixon Peabody
  • Matthew McGee, U.S. Coast Guard (retired), and marketing, events, and development manager for the Veterans Outreach Center
  • Paul Vosburgh, head coach of the St. John Fisher Football team

ALBANY (AP) A New York state lawmaker who has sponsored bills targeting synthetic marijuana is calling on the NFL to require players to take drug tests for the substance.

State Senator Jeff Klein cited reports of NFL players using synthetic marijuana because existing drug screenings don't test for it.

Klein, who has sponsored state laws prohibiting the substance, says the NCAA has already added synthetic pot to its list of banned substances. He says the NFL should screen for the drug to protect players and send a signal to the public about its dangers.