BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) The NFL is putting some bite in its on-field discipline.
NFL owners approved as a one-year trial ejecting a player who draws two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties from specific categories. Those categories include throwing a punch at or kicking an opponent; taunting; and using abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures.
It's not quite as strong as what Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested during Super Bowl week when asked about players committing flagrant fouls. But it's a step in trying to curb unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, which hit a high of 75 in 2015.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Chip Kelly is closing the chapter on his tenure in Philadelphia by taking shots at the team's front-office structure and blaming his firing solely on his failure to win last season.
Speaking openly about his abrupt dismissal for the first time since the Eagles fired him Dec. 29, Kelly insisted he never demanded control over personnel decisions and distanced himself from contracts given to free agents DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell last year.
At the NFC coaches' breakfast during the NFL owners' meetings, Kelly said: ''You learn from what you did, how things worked and you move on and try to get better every day.''
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Saints coach Sean Payton says he has agreed to a new contract that runs through 2020 season.
Payton had two years remaining on his current deal at about $8 million per season. He hasn't signed the new contract yet, but had it in his briefcase at the NFC coaches' breakfast Wednesday morning during the NFL owners' meetings.
The 52-year-old Payton is 87-57 in nine seasons in New Orleans. He has led the Saints to five playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title. They've finished 7-9 the past two years, marking the first time Payton has had consecutive losing seasons as a head coach.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams will be the subject of HBO's ''Hard Knocks'' this summer.
As they move from St. Louis to Southern California, the Rams have agreed to let HBO's cameras film their first training camp in the LA area. The NFL announced the latest subject of the popular documentary series Wednesday.
The hour-long series kicks off its 11th season Aug. 9 and airs each subsequent Tuesday, with a Sept. 6 finale.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 33 points a few hours after coach Steve Kerr declared Golden State is all about the NBA wins record, and the Warriors stayed right on track to make more history with a 114-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Klay Thompson added 32 points with seven 3-pointers, Curry drew a rare technical in the fourth, and Harrison Barnes had 11 points and six rebounds as Golden State (64-7) stayed one game ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls' pace in their record 72-win season.
The Warriors won their 51st straight regular-season home game, improving to 33-0 this season at Oracle Arena – where the fans let the rival Clippers have it at every opportunity.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.
In the Tuesday order, U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin said he was ''skeptical Sterling suffered any injury at all, let alone an antitrust injury'' by the sale of the team for $2 billion to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and called other parts of the lawsuit implausible.
Donald Sterling, 81, had claimed in the lawsuit that he could have gotten more than that for the team but the circumstances of the sale ''markedly reduced'' the price.
PHOENIX (AP) – Joe Garagiola, who turned a modest major league catching career into a 57-year run as a popular broadcaster in the sports world and beyond, died Wednesday. He was 90.
Growing up in the Hill neighborhood of St. Louis not far from future Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, Garagiola went on to hit .257 during nine years in the majors. His highlight came early, getting a four-hit game in the 1946 World Series and helping the hometown Cardinals win the championship as a 20-year-old rookie.
But it was after he stopped playing that his fortunes took off. He thrived as a glib baseball broadcaster and fixture on the ''Today'' show, leading to a nearly 30-year association with NBC.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) – Alex Rodriguez says he plans to retire from baseball after the 2017 season, when his $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees expires.
The 40-year-old slugger, fourth the career home-run list with 687, revealed his intentions during an interview with ESPN. His plan was confirmed by spokesman Ron Berkowitz.
''I won't play after next year,'' the three-time AL MVP was quoted as saying by ESPN. ''I've really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.''
Rodriguez is 75 homers shy of matching Barry Bonds' career record and likely would be unable to reach it unless he plays into 2018. Also ahead of him are Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – John Calipari says that every Kentucky player eligible to declare will submit their names for this year's NBA draft.
Calipari posted tweets saying Kentucky players of age will declare for the draft, though all may not attend the league's invitation-only combine. Under new NCAA rules, players declaring for the draft can return to school if they don't sign with an agent, have up to 10 days after the pre-draft combine to withdraw from consideration and can try out with an NBA team.
Guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray and 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere are considered likely draft choices, but Calipari said walk-ons will also declare. Freshmen Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard won't because they will not turn 19 this year.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – UCF hired Johnny Dawkins as its new men's basketball coach.
Dawkins, who will be the Knights' seventh head coach since the program's inception in 1969, was fired last week by Stanford after coaching the Cardinal eight seasons.
He replaces Donnie Jones. Dawkins, 52, comes to Stanford after posting a 156-115 overall record and 66-78 record in Pac-12 play during his tenure. The Cardinal made the NCAA Tournament just once in his eight seasons, making it to the Sweet 16 during his lone appearance two years ago. Dawkins was fired this season after Stanford went 15-15 and 8-10 in Pac-12 play.