The Kansas sideline incident cost Mayfield a start in his final home game when coach Lincoln Riley benched him.

This process right now is different than anything of the stuff I’ve been through before because it’s more individualized right now than anything else, Mayfield said. Normally in the offseason, I’m with the team. We’re working toward one goal together.

Mayfield also apologized for the flag plant. But he said that the arrest in Arkansas in February 2017 is what braced him for the Manziel chatter.

I didn’t want to be portrayed as the villain or somebody like that, Mayfield said. I do good things within my community. I’m not trying to say those cover up any mistakes that I’ve made. But there’s always a learning curve when you’re growing up.

The best thing she did was help me create more awareness. I appreciate her for giving me more awareness. For me to be sitting here on the greatest weekend of the NBA All-Star Weekend… the best weekend in he NBA where all the countries all around the world come to watch the greatest players in the world no matter they’re a part of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, and I get to talk about social injustice, equality, and why a person on a certain network decided to tell me to shut up and dribble.

So thank you, whatever her name is. I get to talk about what’s really important. and I can help change kids not only in America, but in Brazil and England and Mexico and all over. So thank you.

More than anything, it’s rejuvenating that we’re expecting to win now and we’re expecting to contend, Braun said. The challenge of playing a new position — it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.

During his offseason workouts at Pepperdine University, Braun said he would take ground balls with Rangers third baseman Trevor Plouffe and free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It didn’t feel as foreign to me as I expected it to, Braun said, adding that he plans to borrow a teammate’s glove until his own are broken in and that he’ll seek out others for advice on playing the new position.

Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina Bobrova were the penultimate team, hoping to surpass a season best of 76.33. They scored a 75.47, putting them in fifth place with one team to go. Luca Lanotte Anna Cappelli of Italy came on, with a season best of 75.87. They beat that, with a 76.57, for fifth place to close out the first part of the ice dancing competition.

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