Thursday’s Sports In Brief
Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison are looking for new NFL homes.
Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday – but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million.
The 28-year-old shutdown cornerback whose contract impasses have led him from the Jets to the Bucs to the Patriots since last April, was the latest big name on the move. Versatile running back-kick returner Sproles will add some juice to Philadelphia’s already high-energy offense after he was acquired from New Orleans. And someone – Baltimore, maybe – will grab veteran Smith after the standout wide receiver was released by Carolina.
As for Harrison, the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year was cut by Cincinnati, where he spent only the 2013 season after being released by Pittsburgh.
It was yet another busy period on the third day of NFL free agency in which Jonathan Martin signed a two-year contract with San Francisco.
Tampa Bay cut tackle Donald Penn and signed Anthony Collins to replace him; Oakland signed defensive end Justin Tuck; Green Bay re-signed linebacker Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless; and the Jaguars formally signed defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and re-signed defensive end Jason Babin, who led the team with 7 1/2 sacks in 2013.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail for the foreseeable future as he faces criminal charges in two states and sexual assault investigations in three others.
Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ruled that Sharper should remain in jail without bail after authorities this week indicted the Super Bowl champion on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe, Ariz., in November.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles will have the first opportunity to place Sharper on trial on charges that he drugged and raped two women in October after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub.
PHOENIX (AP) – A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to eight months in federal prison after acknowledging he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.
John Junker was sentenced after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.
Bowl employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for such contributions.
NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Fowler is taking over play-by-play responsibilities for the marquee Saturday night college football game on ABC.
ESPN announced that Fowler had signed a nine-year contract extension through 2023. The network said a day earlier that Brent Musburger was leaving ”Saturday Night Football” and doing games for SEC Network.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) – Matt Every made the best of the worst conditions and wound up in a four-way tie for the lead in the Valspar Championship.
The Copperhead course at Innisbrook is tough even in good weather. Throw in chilly temperatures and gusts over 20 mph, and it was even harder in the opening round. Pat Perez, Greg Chalmers and Danny Lee played in warmer weather in the afternoon and joined Every atop the leaderboard at 3-under 68.
AGADIR, Morocco (AP) – Spain’s Alejandro Canizares shot a 10-under 62 in windy conditions at Golf du Palais Royal to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Trophy Hassan II.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Cleveland’s Jason Giambi will be sidelined for about three-to-four weeks with a broken rib in his right side.
Giambi was hit by a pitch thrown by Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs in the third inning of a March 7 game. X-rays at the time were negative, but Cleveland said the 43-year-old Giambi had felt increased discomfort over previous five days.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – Dan Warthen and the Mets apologized after the team’s pitching coach used a racial slur in describing the translator for New York pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena reported to the Los Angeles Dodgers nearly three weeks after agreeing to a $25 million, five-year contract.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Roger Federer beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, where the Swiss star has yet to drop a set in four matches.
A four-time Indian Wells champion, Federer will play Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semifinals. Dolgopolov beat Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-4.
On the women’s side, top-seeded Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a rematch of their Australian Open final and advanced to a semifinal against Flavia Pennetta, who defeated Sloane Stephens 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
MUNICH (AP) – Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was found guilty and sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for evading millions of euros in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account.
The 62-year-old Hoeness, one of the most powerful figures in German soccer, was initially charged with dodging 3.5 million euros ($4.85 million) in taxes through the Swiss account.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) – Bode Miller wants to continue racing next season at the age of 37, even if this campaign left him disappointed.
A third-place run in a World Cup super-G on Thursday typified Miller’s season: Fast and crowd-pleasing, but errors cost him victory.
”I’m frustrated and worn out right now but I think I have more to do in the sport,” Miller said. ”I definitely am still competitive. If I can keep my body healthy then I think the plan is to race next year.”
Miller’s racing skills were clear when he became the oldest-ever Olympic Alpine medalist last month, taking bronze in super-G at Sochi.
RIVE-DE-GIER, France (AP) – Carlos Betancur of Colombia won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race in a sprint to the line, while British rider Geraint Thomas retained the overall lead.
CASCINA, Italy (AP) – Matteo Pelucchi timed his sprint perfectly to win the second stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race, and Mark Cavendish retained the overall lead.