Friday’s Sports in Brief
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Coach Bruce Arians brought the Arizona Cardinals together for his fifth training camp as their coach.
The first words out of his mouth to reporters: ”I’m healthy.”
The 64-year-old coach survived a cancer scare in the offseason, undergoing surgery in February, and he wants the health issue pushed to the background as he tries to fix the problems that made last season such a disappointment.
No further treatment was required after doctors removed the cancerous spot on one of his kidneys. Arians also had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, also in February.
It was a bad month, he said, but now he’s fine.
The Cardinals are the first NFL team to report to training camp, getting a head start because they play in the Hall of Fame game against Dallas on Aug. 3.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher, who faces misdemeanor charges of assaulting an Uber driver, has been sued in connection with the incident.
Girma Berkessa says in the complaint that an ”extremely intoxicated” Oher pushed him to the ground, kicked him and called him a homophobic slur several times April 14. The complaint says Oher ”acted maliciously, intentionally, willfully, wantonly, recklessly and/or negligently.”
Lawyers for Oher didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
A hearing on Oher’s misdemeanor assault case that had been scheduled for Friday was pushed back to Oct. 31.
Oher, the subject of the movie ”The Blind Side,” was released by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday after he failed a physical.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – UFC star Conor McGregor has completed the 25 hours of community service imposed by Nevada officials following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas.
A document obtained by The Associated Press shows McGregor talked with children and teenagers in Dublin about physical, verbal and online bullying. But anti-bullying experts say his efforts may have been canceled out by the profanities he recently exchanged with his next opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which neither will be disciplined.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplined McGregor and Nate Diaz after the men and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually hurled water bottles at an Aug. 17 press conference ahead of UFC 202. McGregor’s original penalties consisted of a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. That was reduced in March to 25 hours and a $25,000 fine.
Last week, however, neither McGregor nor Mayweather held back on profanities and exchanged racially insensitive and homophobic remarks during a four-city promotional tour for their upcoming fight in Las Vegas.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Pau Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
The 7-foot Spaniard and the Spurs came to agreement on Friday on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement.
Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract in June the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs. The Spurs re-signed Patty Mills and added free agents Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul.
Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game for the Spurs last season.
ESPN first reported the agreement.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) – Henrik Stenson was receiving physical therapy at Royal Birkdale on Thursday evening when he was told his rented house was burgled during the first round of his British Open title defense.
Thieves targeted Stenson’s possessions rather than those of his wife’s, making off with watches, credit cards and his suitcase containing most of his golf clothing.
Stenson said he felt ”anger from the word go,” but also relief that none of his family was there at the time of the burglary and that no one was hurt. His two kids aren’t with him this week, only his wife Emma.
There was also frustration at having to spend ”four semi-chaotic hours” dealing with police reports on Thursday night. After all, not only should Stenson have been preparing for his second round but he has been a busy man this week as the defending champion.
MONTREAL (AP) – Montreal Canadiens fans looking forward to the annual arrival of their season tickets got an unwelcome surprise when the team announced it would be charging extra for printed tickets.
Canadiens spokesman Francois Marchand confirmed that the default option will be mobile tickets and fans who want physical tickets will be charged $150 plus tax per seat.
A letter to season-ticket holders cited security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change.
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with winger Tomas Tatar on a $21.2 million, four-year contract.
The 26-year-old Czech native led Detroit with 25 goals last season and also had 21 assists for 46 points. He has 20-plus goals in each of the past three seasons, and in 345 NHL games, he has 99 goals and 95 assists.
The team announced the deal Friday, a day after Tatar’s arbitration hearing and before the ruling was to be handed down. Tatar will count $5.3 million against the salary cap through 2020-21.
Tatar’s cap hit moving forward is the same as Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ondrej Palat, who also signed a long-term deal as a restricted free agent.