- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., the third overall pick in the NFL draft, is likely out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during his first practice.

Fowler tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during rookie minicamp Friday. ESPN first reported the extent of the injury.

The injury looked serious live and appeared even worse in video replays. Tests revealed the extent of the injury.

The former Florida star’s Fowler’s knee buckled during an 11-on-11 drill as he engaged right tackle Watts Dantzler. Fowler dropped to the ground, grabbed his leg as he rolled from side to side and eventually got helped off the field. He was carted to the locker room.

Fowler was the first non-quarterback selected last week, taken by the Jaguars after quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was sentenced Friday to a month in jail for driving drunk in a Southern California beach town, prosecutors said.

Stevens, who is married to soccer star Hope Solo, was arrested in Manhattan Beach in January while driving a U.S. women’s soccer team van at night with the lights off.

Solo, who was with Stevens when he was arrested, was suspended from the national team for 30 days for what were described as health-related issues. She had been ordered to refrain from drinking alcohol last year after being arrested at her sister’s home on domestic violence charges that were later dropped.

Stevens, 35, was ordered to enter a two-year alcohol program and will be probation for four years.



NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Friday for directing inappropriate language at a courtside fan who turned out to be Houston star James Harden’s mother.

Barnes made the comments to Monja Willis during the Clippers’ Game 2 loss in Houston on Wednesday night.

“We’ve made our peace,” Barnes said Friday before Game 3 in Los Angeles. “We’ve spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back. I’ve heard speculation of what I’ve likely said, which is crazy.”

Also Friday, the NBA fined Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $25,000 for pushing a fan at halftime of the Bulls’ loss to Cleveland in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall doesn’t know if he will be available for the Washington Wizards’ next game on Saturday or the remainder of the series with the Atlanta Hawks.

The All-Star point guard has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. Wall said Friday the injury news announced the day before was “devastating. I was excited about playing.”

He added he isn’t sure whether he’ll play in Game 3 on Saturday.

“It depends on how my swelling and (if) all my pain goes away,” he said.

Wall was hurt in Game 1 of Washington’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks, but kept playing in the Wizards’ win. He sat out Game 2 as the Hawks evened the series.



TORONTO (AP) - Major League Baseball has upheld a 14-game suspension for Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby, who insists he was falsely accused and doesn’t deserve a penalty he calls “harsh.”

Jacoby was accused of pinning umpire Doug Eddings against a wall in a dugout tunnel at Fenway Park, putting his forearms up near the ump’s neck following Toronto’s loss at Boston on April 29.

MLB executive Joe Torre issued the suspension Monday. Jacoby appealed, there was a hearing Friday and the penalty stood.

In a statement released by the Blue Jays, Jacoby said he was “wrongly accused of contacting an umpire.”

“I’m in no way going to apologize for what happened and feel that the penalties were very biased, harsh, and unfair,” he said.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The home of the San Francisco Giants became the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields.

Mayor Ed Lee on Friday signed into law an ordinance to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco at athletic venues, specifically singling out baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice in view of children who worship them.

The San Francisco ordinance is part of an overall push by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, based in Washington, D.C., which targeted the city and California to promote its anti-smoking efforts. An even more expansive bill outlawing all tobacco use, including electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, wherever an organized game of baseball is played in California is making its way through the Assembly.



PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jerry Kelly and Kevin Na go into the weekend at The Players Championship with another chance at winning the PGA Tour’s biggest event.

Na was the 54-hole leader three years ago until he faded on Sunday. He had a 69.

The 48-year-old Kelly had a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods in 2001. Woods went on to win The Players that year in a Monday finish. Kelly had eight birdies for a tournament-best 65.

They were at 8-under 136 and were two shots clear of a group that included Rickie Fowler.

Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 71. That proved as big as he thought it would be. He made the cut on the number.



CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a broken left ankle.

Rozsival was hurt when he lost his balance and fell backward in the second period of Chicago’s 4-3 series-ending victory at Minnesota on Thursday night. The Blackhawks will face Anaheim or Calgary in their third consecutive appearance in the Western Conference finals.

Team physician Dr. Michael Terry says Rozsival will need surgery to repair the injury.

After struggling for much of the season, the 36-year-old Rozsival had been playing better of late. He had an assist and a minus-two rating in 10 playoff games.

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