Friday’s WSJM Sports Report


The New York Giants have picked up the fifth-year option for former Michigan Wolverine, safety Jabrill Peppers. The moves extends Peppers’ rookie contract through the 2021 season.


The Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for Joe Burrow to lead a team. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the Bengals to a club-record five straight playoff berths, but Cincinnati lost in the first round every time.


A woman who was struck in the face by a foul ball during a game at Wrigley Field two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the team and Major League Baseball. She says in her lawsuit that the ball knocked her unconscious, caused fractures under both of her eyes and caused extensive damage to her teeth.


The NCAA is facing a lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities. Plaintiffs in the suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Michigan, include women who have been athletes at Michigan State, Nebraska and an unidentified America East school.


Michigan State has received a commitment from four star cornerback Charles Brantley from Venice High School in Florida. Brantley is MSU’s 10th commitment in the 2021 class. He chose the Spartans over Indiana, Maryland, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Kansas. Over his past two seasons at Venice, the 6-foot, 160-pounder had 17 interceptions.


According to reports, the Bears are signing safety Tashaun Gipson to a 1 year deal. Houston cut him earlier this week, a year after signing him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract.
He started 14 games for the Texans last season, going on injured reserve late in the regular season with a back injury.
In eight seasons, Gipson has 450 tackles, 23 interceptions and 47 pass breakups.
Chicago has also reached a one-year deal with free-agent wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn ranks 25th in NFL history with 15,685 all-purpose yards — including 5,702 receiving yards, nearly 10,000 kickoff and punt return yards and 42 total touchdowns.


The Little League World Series is one of the latest sports events that has fallen victim to the corona virus. Little League International said they made the move because of the significant public health uncertainty that will still exist several months from now.


As the NBA continues to figure out how and when to restart the current season, there are reports that the league is looking to potentially start the 2020-2021 season in December and extend it through late July or August.