As for his beef with Brown, this all stems from some videos on Deestroying’s channel. In October, Brown and Deestroying collaborated on a video where the former NFL star invited the YouTube personality to his house. In December, the two collaborated again as Deestroying and Brown did some football drills.This all set up a more recent video where Deestroying issued genuine concern for Brown following the receiver’s arrest in January. Brown was charged with burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. He’s currently awaiting trial on these charges.”I know I’m gonna get hate for this video but I don’t care,” he wrote under the video. “I really don’t [give a f—.” Antonio Brown is my friend and I want to see him be better.”Not too long after this video was uploaded, Brown went on Instagram Live and threatened to sue Deestroying in a bizarre rant. On Tuesday, Deestroying uploaded a video where he went through all of Brown’s points and reacted to them individually.Warning: video contains explicit language The part regarding Brown starts at around 3:35.Brown repeatedly says he’s going to sue Deestroying for “infragment” (he likely means infringement). It’s not completely clear what Brown is getting at in his video, but he seems to be upset that Deestroying is using Brown’s name in videos. But he’s only made three videos of Brown and two were videos that Brown was featured in. And it’s not illegal for him to make a video about Brown where he simply just talks about his friendship.It’s also not clear if Brown is being completely serious with his video and does plan to sue Deestroying or whether he’s just trying to get more attention to expand his YouTube brand. Also, Deestroying’s YouTube video says he’s being sued, but it doesn’t appear as if Brown actually moved forward with a lawsuit. Probably because there’s nothing he can really sue for that would make sense. Antonio Brown went on an Instagram Live rant recently in which he claimed he was going to sue YouTube star Deestroying.Deestroying’s real name is Donald De La Haye, and you may remember him from a few years ago. He made headlines in 2017 when the NCAA told him to delete or demonetize his YouTube channel if he wanted to stay on the UCF football team as a kicker/punter. He chose his YouTube channel, giving up his scholarship and NCAA eligibility. He’s had plenty of success in that decision — he’s now at over two million subscribers on the platform.
Retire the question, please. Lamar Jackson, who won a Heisman Trophy at Louisville, had to answer it before he slipped to the final pick of the first round in the 2018 NFL Draft. He won the NFL MVP in his second season. That’s that.NFL COMBINE: Results tracker | 40 timesHurts, meanwhile, improved his NFL Draft stock with a strong showing Thursday at the NFL Combine. The Heisman Trophy finalist ran a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash — the third-fastest time among quarterbacks. He did not look much different in throwing drills than Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Georgia’s Jake Fromm, who are generally considered the next best first-round prospects behind LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Hurts’ efforts garnered praise from pundits, and then comparisons to Dak Prescott — a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who has started every game the past four seasons for the Cowboys — started to perk up. Jalen Hurts just ran a 4.59 40 – plenty fast for such a powerful young man at 222 pounds. Plenty enough arm, too. He can win lots of games as a starting QB in the NFL. Playmaker. Leader.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 27, 2020Jalen Hurts looking damn good out there!— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 28, 2020Hurts experienced the best of both worlds in college at Alabama and Oklahoma. He started in two College Football Playoff championship games for the Crimson Tide. He led a memorable comeback in the SEC championship game. Then he transferred to Oklahoma, pushed his completion percentage near 70 and piled up enough total yardage and touchdowns to be the third consecutive Heisman-finalist QB under Lincoln Riley. The first two — Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray — won the award and were back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft. Hurts fits the winner description, too. He had a 38-4 record as a starter in college. Yes, he led Playoff bluebloods, but he handled the pressure of playing in both places with uncommon poise. Can Hurts do the same in the NFL? Didn’t we ask this question about Murray last year? It’s the same question the Saints and other organizations are asking about former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill now. We used to do it with Kordell Stewart. Hurts might be asked to play that slash-type role, but he is more than that. He’s a quarterback. He also has put in enough work to be more than just a Day 3 pick. There is now a chance Hurts will bump into the second round, especially for a team that is willing to push the mesh point with college and the pros. Arizona did that last year with Murray, and other franchises will follow. In what has become a tiresome rite of passage at the NFL Scouting Combine, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts became the latest quarterback to defend his position as he heads to the next level. “I’ve always been a team-first guy, but I think I’m a quarterback,” Hurts told reporters, via Touchdown Alabama Magazine. “I think that’s that.” Hurts might not be a starter in the NFL right away, but with the right fit he could get that opportunity soon enough. He answered that question on and off the field in Indianapolis. He’s a quarterback at the next level. That’s that.
The actual NCAA Tournament has been canceled, but we’ve still offered you hardcore college hoops fans the chance to pick upsets and virtually watch your favorite teams advance for the past few weeks. Hopefully, you’ve participated round-by-round, because we’re down to only one final game — Sporting News’ “Missing March Madness” national championship game.Voting goes live on Monday, so make sure you head on over to the main Sporting News Twitter page for the poll! But you probably loved Dayton for the same reasons you loved Gonzaga: Both are brilliant offensive teams. The Zags were No. 1 in offensive efficiency rating at KenPom.com and Dayton was No. 2. Remember these notes from the Elite Eight wrap-up?Dayton has six players averaging at least 22 minutes a game, and three of them have Offensive Ratings above 120 — Toppin (122.4), Jalen Crutcher (121.5) and Ibi Watson (120.5). Two more are over 110 — Trey Landers (119.7) and Ryan Mikesell (114.4).And this:Remember what we just said about Dayton and offensive rating? Check out the Zags: Four regulars over 120, another three at 114 or better. Just so damn deep and talented.Yeah. But Dayton had Obi, and everyone loves Obi. Dayton advances to the title game. Good times. Which two teams are playing for this mythical Sporting News title? Read on and find out.MARCH MADNESS POLLINGDay 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Final Four ResultsNo. 1 Kansas over No. 3 KentuckyYour vote: Kansas wins, 56.8 percent to 43.2 percentThoughts: The only real surprise here is that the Kentucky contingent didn’t swarm in and swing the vote total with a Twitter campaign to put the Wildcats on top. Or maybe a lot of Kentucky fans — realistic Kentucky fans — did vote, but they voted with their heads and not their hearts. Because even as well as Kentucky played down the stretch, and as well as it apparently played in our Missing March Madness Tournament — the Wildcats knocked off 14-seed Bradley, 11-seed Texas Tech, 2-seed Villanova and 1-seed Baylor to get to the Final Four — this is a really damn good Kansas team.The Jayhawks’ point guard — sensational sophomore Devon Dotson — finished No. 2 in the KenPom player of the year ratings, but most people around the country would say he’s probably not even the most important player in a Kansas uniform. That’s really saying something. Big man Udoka Azubuike would probably get that nod from most experts. The senior 7-footer controls the paint like few big men in the country. He rarely misses inside — he owns the NCAA career record for field-goal percentage at 74.6 percent — and his presence in the paint is effective at deterring offensive plans.MARCH MADNESS POLLINGSweet 16 | Elite EightNo. 1 Dayton over No. 1 GonzagaYour vote: Dayton wins, 59.2 to 40.8Thoughts: This was was much more of a surprising result. Not necessarily that Dayton won the vote — OK, maybe that was a bit of a surprise — but the margin of victory. Gonzaga had been rolling through this tournament with large margins of victory: 92.4 percent over Siena, 90.1 percent over Colorado, 71.9 percent over Auburn and 67.5 percent over Maryland.
In the back half of the draft, Cleveland took Mackey Award-winner Harrison Bryant (Florida Atlantic) as a new tight end for Baker Mayfield, Nick Harris (Washington) to bolster depth at center and Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan) to hopefully become the No. 3 receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.Here’s a look at the Browns’ 2020 NFL Draft:MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Full results | Team-by-team grades | Winners & losers The Browns are coming off a disappointing year in 2019 after failing to live up to the offseason hype. But with the additions they made in the 2020 NFL Draft, it might just be enough to help them break out this season.All five of the needs Sporting News had laid out for Cleveland ahead of the draft were addressed. In the first round, the Browns took Alabama left tackle Jedrick Wills, who will replace Greg Robinson. They then found a steal in the second round with LSU safety Grant Delpit, who many projected as a first-round talent. In the third round, they bolstered their defensive front with with Missouri DT Jordan Elliott and LSU LB Jacob Phillips. Browns draft picks 2020: Who did Cleveland pick?Round 1, Pick No. 10: Jedrick Wills, OT, AlabamaRound 2, Pick No. 44: Grant Delpit, S, LSURound 3, Pick No. 88: Jordan Elliott, DT, MissouriRound 3, Pick No. 97: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSURound 4, Pick No. 115: Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida AtlanticRound 5, Pick No. 160: Nick Harris, C, WashingtonRound 6, Pick No. 187: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, MichiganWhen do the Browns pick next?The Browns are done in the 2020 NFL Draft, barring any trades to move back into the draft on Saturday.RoundPick No.110244 (from Colts)388 (from Saints)397 (from Texans, compensatory)41155160 (from Colts)6187MORE: Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQBrowns NFL Draft needsOffensive line: The Browns’ line was horrendous last year. Signing Jack Conklin for the right side is a great start and drafting a left tackle in the first round should be the next move. Safety: Cleveland brought in two free agents on one-year deals, Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph. They could fill the gap, but the Browns would be wise to find a long-term solution in the draft.Defensive line: Myles Garrett is great and the rest of the starters on the defensive line are strong. Depth is the issue.Linebacker: Mack Wilson, a 2019 fifth-round pick, has eased the severity of the need, but are the Browns comfortable pairing him with another second-year player, Sione Takitaki? If Isaiah Simmons were to fall to No. 10, then it would he tough for Cleveland to pass on him.Wide Receiver: Yes, OBJ and Jarvis Landry are still in town, but it’s slim pickings after that. The depth of this year’s receiver class could provide a more reliable No. 3 option.Browns mock draft 2020Here are the latest 2020 NFL Draft projections for the Browns, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:RoundPick No.PlayerPositionCollege110Tristan WirfsOTIowa241Marlon DavidsonDTAuburn374Tyler JohnsonWRMinnesota397 (from Texans)Darnay HolmesCBUCLA4115Ashtyn DavisSCal6187Michael Divinity Jr.LBLSU7244Carlos DavisDTNebraska
Last year, for example, the Phillies and Rangers held postseason spots through 60 contests. They finished September nowhere near that mark.MORE: Free-agent signings who will make biggest differenceWith that in mind, here are a handful of teams with the boom-or-bust potential that meshes well with an abridged season:PadresThe Padres were a trendy pick to contend for a wild-card spot last year but faded fast after an OK first month. Still, they flashed the tools to succeed in a shortened season amid that otherwise disappointing campaign.Because beefy bullpens could be of the utmost importance in a sprint of a season — think of how managers treat the playoffs — San Diego’s strength toward the end of games is crucial. Despite the injury losses of Trey Wingenter and Andres Munoz, the Padres have a nice collection of young, high-upside relievers. Among the inexperienced, gas-throwing hurlers to watch are Gerardo Reyes, Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez and possibly MacKenzie Gore, a top prospect who made the team’s 60-player pool and has impressed in camp. Then there are the proven commodities to help out around the seventh and eighth, such as Drew Pomeranz, Emilio Pagán and Craig Stammen. Kirby Yates remains an excellent stopper for the ninth inning.The rest of the roster isn’t too shabby, though quality depth in a couple of spots might be a problem. If starting pitchers Dinelson Lamet and Garrett Richards can stay healthy for two months to solidify the rotation, and third baseman Manny Machado gets going at the plate, the Padres could run up their win tally against the bottom-dwelling Rockies and Giants, better the evenly matched Diamondbacks and sneak into October as a wild-card entrant.A’sNo team has gotten as hot as Oakland at its peak over the past two years — during the second halves of 2018 and 2019 combined, the A’s went 108-54. In a rare turn of events for the club, most key roster components are returning for a third straight year. Plus, manager Bob Melvin’s pitching staff is designed to put a heavy burden on its bullpen, a sound strategy considering there aren’t enough games for back-end pieces to wear down.There’s also a lot of pressure. Like in 2002 and 2014, the A’s know they are likely about to shed stars to free agency and must break through soon. Marcus Semien hits the open market this offseason, and Matt Chapman and Matt Olson are a year away from arbitration. Oakland has not responded well to October stress since the turn of the century.What following baseball long enough teaches spectators, though, is that there is no such thing as destiny, good or bad. The “cursed” White Sox, Red Sox, Cubs and Nationals have won the World Series over the past 20 years. Supposed teams of destiny, such as the 2007 Rockies and 2012 A’s, have been bounced unceremoniously. Even the Yankees have gone 11 years without a title.So, the snakebitten nature of Oakland squads in recent memory should not rule out a dominant run through a talented set of AL teams in 2020. This group is tight-knit and capable of surprising those who doubt its ability to advance further than the past two years.MetsThe Mets have so many players who could either be fantastic or non-entities, and the possibility of those guys moving in the right direction this year makes New York an NL East sleeper. Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie played in a combined nine games last year while making almost $33 million. Cespedes is back and looking better than expected during exhibitions, but Lowrie is still experiencing lower-body pain. Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis were phenomenal at the plate last year with minimal track records of MLB success. Robinson Cano, once a regular All-Star, was miserable in all facets of the game. The Mets would be thrilled to have three of the above five players hit at an above-average level to form a decent lineup around Pete Alonso.A host of Mets pitchers could go either way as well. Is Edwin Diaz OK? Can Dellin Betances return from a year lost to injury as a stud? Does Jeurys Familia have a bounce-back season in him? Will Steven Matz ever be able to fulfill his promise? There’s a really good staff here in one universe and one full of meltdowns in another. Mets fans, largely cynical by nature, will expect the worst. Still, they have the right to be excited given the potential payoff if their most volatile players enjoy positive small-sample runs. One of MLB’s defining features is its large sample size compared with other sports. The baseball regular season typically does a pretty good job of sorting out the most talented teams from the pretenders.The 2020 campaign, though, brings a different dynamic. With 60 games instead of 162, there will most likely be clubs reaching the playoffs that ordinarily would finish far outside contention.
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ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been sentenced to more than a year in federal prison on gun charges.48-year-old Duane Fisher pleaded guilty back in October to possession of a firearm by a felon. Fisher had been convicted on federal charges of possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of methamphetamine in 2001, as well as possession of a firearm by a felon in state court in 2015. He was also convicted last year of harassment and assault causing bodily injury in 2018.In March of last year, law enforcement found a vehicle registered to Fisher’s girlfriend with a loaded rifle inside, but no occupants, in rural Rockford. Fisher was found hiding in the woods in the area and claimed to be looking for deer antlers.At his plea hearing, Fisher admitted possessing the rifle. Fisher was sentenced on Wednesday in US District Court in Cedar Rapids to 15 months in prison followed by a three-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
OAKLAND — Iowa-native Nick Nurse is an NBA champion. The Carroll native led the Toronto Raptors to a 114-110 win over Golden State in game six of the NBA Finals. It was last summer Nurse was named head coach for a team known more for coming up short in the playoffs.It has been a long road for Nurse who began coaching in the pros in England and he also made two different stops in the G-League.The Raptors won the series by winning three straight games in Oakland.Nurse played college basketball at the University of Northern Iowa NEWTON — Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity series race will highlight the opening weekend of the season at the Iowa Speedway. It begins Saturday night with a NASCAR truck race and Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt says they will have the attention of the racing community.Hyatt says the track will also host a concert after Saturday night’s truck race.Tyler Reddick currently leads the Xfinity series standings after posting his third win of the season at Michigan. Des Moines native Michael Annett is ninth. He posted his first career victory in the season opener at Daytona. Class 5ASchool Record LW1 Waukee 15-1 12 West Des Moines Valley 16-2 23 Fort Dodge 12-3 34 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 11-1 55 Iowa City High 12-2 36 Ottumwa 12-2 77 Indianola 13-4 88 Johnston 11-6 119 Pleasant Valley 13-7 610 Dubuque Hempstead 13-4 911 Muscatine 13-4 1212 Southeast Polk 12-5 1513 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 10-7 1014 Cedar Rapids Prairie 12-5 1315 Ankeny Centennial 10-5 NRDropped Out: Des Moines Hoover (14) — high school baseball last nightLake Mills 15, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 0West Fork 8, AGWSR 1 Class 4ASchool Record LW1 ADM 14-1 12 Carlisle 16-1 23 Charles City 17-0 34 Dallas Center-Grimes 11-6 45 Independence 16-7 86 North Scott 12-5 77 West Delaware 14-6 98 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 12-2 119 Ballard 14-5 1210 Cedar Rapids Xavier 12-6 1311 Norwalk 9-4 1412 Central DeWitt 15-4 1513 Oskaloosa 9-5 514 Harlan 13-3 NR15 Mount Pleasant 10-4 NRDropped Out: Denison-Schleswig (6), Marion (10) — high school softball last nightAlgona 5, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 3Central Springs 12, Hampton-Dumont 0Humboldt 15, Forest City 0Iowa Falls-Alden 3, Saint Ansgar 2 (9)West Fork 13, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 1 2019 FOURTH Iowa Girls High School Softball RankingsCompiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic UnionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, June 13, 2019Class 1ASchool Record LW1 Collins-Maxwell 8-0 12 Lisbon 12-3 23 Clarksville 12-0 34 Newell-Fonda 17-3 45 BCLUW 13-6 56 AGWSR 11-3 67 Janesville 6-3 78 Akron-Westfield 9-7 89 Lynnville-Sully 15-4 1110 Westwood 11-7 911 Bishop Garrigan 13-3 1312 South O’Brien 12-0 1413 Central City 13-8 1014 Ridge View 11-5 NR15 Sigourney 11-6 11Dropped Out: Mason City Newman (15) Class 3ASchool Record LW1 Davenport Assumption 20-1 12 Humboldt 14-1 23 Louisa-Muscatine 16-1 34 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 13-2 65 Solon 12-4 46 West Liberty 11-1 87 Treynor 10-1 58 Albia 13-3 99 Mount Vernon 13-3 1010 Atlantic 15-1 711 Camanche 20-1 1112 Anamosa 16-2 1213 New Hampton 14-4 1314 Crestwood 12-6 NR15 Spirit Lake 14-4 14Dropped Out: Williamsburg (15) MASON CITY — Newman jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back in a 10-0, five-inning win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura last night. Kyle Armour picked up the win, striking out seven and allowing only two hits and a walk, and also helped out his cause with three runs batted in. Newman is now 13-2 on the season and will host West Hancock tonight. TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake softball at Hampton-Dumont-CAL — 7:30 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered and had three RBIs and utility infielder Ehire Adrianza’s hustle keyed a six-run sixth as the Minnesota Twins topped the Seattle Mariners 10-5. The struggling Mariners lost for the 24th time in 33 games and are 16-41 after a 13-2 start. MASON CITY — NIACC pitcher Kristen Peka has been selected as a second-team junior college Division II All-American by Fastpitch News. The freshman from Chanhassen Minnesota was 19-10 with a 2.14 ERA with 187 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings pitched. She was a first-team Region XI selection. She ended up second on NIACC’s all-time single-season strikeout list and her 19 wins is third on the school’s single-season win list. Class 2ASchool Record LW1 North Linn 19-3 12 Durant 14-5 23 Pleasantville 13-3 74 Jesup 13-4 45 Iowa City Regina 7-9 56 West Monona 14-3 37 Wilton 9-8 88 Central Springs 15-4 99 Alta-Aurelia 10-3 610 East Marshall 13-3 1011 West Sioux 13-3 1112 Beckman Catholic 10-7 1213 Emmetsburg 13-4 1314 West Lyon 10-5 1415 Mount Ayr 8-1 NRDropped Out: Interstate 35 (15)
CLASSIC SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND:Saturday at 1:00 PM on AM-1300 KGLO — March 27, 2013 — Iowa men vs. Virginia in the NITMonday at 7:00 PM on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — July 2013 — Clear Lake baseball vs. Waverly-Shell Rock, Class 3A district final BELMOND — Despite the go-ahead for summer sports from Governor Reynolds as well as the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union board, Belmond-Klemme’s school board on Thursday night voted unanimously to cancel the summer baseball and softball seasons due to coronavirus concerns. Some school board members expressed concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in the county and questioned whether there would be a fall sports season as well. Belmond-Klemme is part of the Top of Iowa Conference. Wright County officials on Thursday announced that proactive surveillance testing of employees of the county’s larger employers turned up over 50 more positive cases of COVID-19. AMES — Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard expects the football season to start as scheduled. The Cyclones open at home on September 5th against South Dakota.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Jpcovid – 1Pollard says the big question right now is how many fans will be part of the season opener.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Jpcovid – 2Pollard says as of right now they could have the stadium about half full.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Jpcovid – 3Pollard made his comments as part of the Cyclone Virtual Tailgate Tour. IOWA CITY — With campus facilities closed Iowa football players have been searching for fields to get in some workouts. It has not been easy. Most of the facilities in Johnson County have been shut down. Senior defensive end Chauncey Golston has been kicked off of several fields.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Iafb – 1Golston says they have tried several different facilities.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Iafb – 2Senior Ihmir Smith-Marsette and other receivers have found space to work with new starting quarterback Spencer Petras (peet-ris).KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Iafb – 3Smith-Marsette says they are running routes out of the playbook.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Iafb – 4Senior defensive lineman Austin Schulte has been working out at his home in Pella.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Iafb – 5Schulte has transformed his family garage into a weight room.KGLO News · 5 – 22 – Iafb – 6Iowa is scheduled to open the football season September 5th against Northern Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa — Losing employer-provided health insurance is one of the side effects of the pandemic-driven economic crisis.That poses a big concern for Iowa families and their children, bit many do have options.It’s estimated that as many as 43 million Americans could lose their health insurance as a result of the pandemic.Anne Discher, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center in Iowa, says the situation could have a severe impact on families with young children.“Kids need health insurance so that small health problems don’t become bigger problems, right?” she states. “We know children are not small adults — that they are growing, that they’re developing. And so really keeping kids insured right now, it’s really important for their long-term health.”While still below the national average, a recent Georgetown University report says the number of uninsured children in Iowa increased by 5% between 2016 and 2018.Discher says as more families see their benefits lost through job cuts, they need to see about applying for assistance through public programs such as Medicaid and Hawki, which is the state’s children health insurance program. She notes that Hawki has generous eligibility requirements.For families that lose their coverage but still make too much to qualify for these programs, Discher says they still can sign up through Iowa’s marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.She adds that while it might be tempting for some to maintain their employer-provided premiums through COBRA, public aid can provide a lot of relief right now.“Right now, neither Medicaid nor Hawki are charging any premiums,” she points out. “Typically, there can be premiums, particularly for Hawki, although they’re fairly modest. They would look nothing like what folks would be looking at for COBRA. But right now, because of the pandemic, the state is not charging those premiums.”Meanwhile, Discher and the leaders of other groups are urging Congress and state lawmakers to continue to provide funding boosts for these assistance programs in anticipation of more need. They say extra funding could also prevent budget cuts elsewhere as government revenues decline.