- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 30, 2019


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The New York Giants say cornerback Corey Ballentine, who was shot Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, is recovering and will join the team for its minicamp this weekend.

Ballentine was injured and his friend, Dwane Simmons, was killed while attending a party hours after Ballentine was drafted Saturday by the Giants in the sixth round.

Police have said people inside a car pulled up to the home and, after exchanging words, shot Ballentine and Simmons, who were teammates on the Washburn University football team.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman told SiriusXM NFL radio the team spoke to Ballentine on Sunday and he was “coming along fine.” He said Ballentine is expected to join the Giants on Thursday for the team minicamp this weekend.

UNDATED (AP) - Former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski is set to retire after an 18-year career.

Janikowski spent 17 seasons with Oakland before kicking last season with Seattle after signing a one-year deal. Janikowski’s agent, Paul Healy, confirmed to The Associated Press that his client intends to retire. Janikowski, 41, told ESPN over the weekend he didn’t believe his body could handle kicking in the NFL anymore.

The Raiders took Janikowski with the 17th overall pick in the 2000 draft out of Florida State. Nicknamed “Seabass,” Janikowski converted 80.4% of his field goal attempts during his career, including a career long of 63 yards during the 2011 season, the only time he was selected for the Pro Bowl. The kick at the time matched the NFL record for longest field goal made.


BOSTON (AP) - Red Sox manager Alex Cora is still undecided if he’ll visit the White House next week when the team celebrates its World Series title there.

The Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on May 9 following a three-game series in Baltimore.

“I’ll let you guys know when I decide,” Cora said before Boston’s series opener against Oakland. “You guys don’t have to worry about that one. I’ll let you know.”

In January, the Puerto Rico native was outspoken about the island’s need for hurricane relief. He indicated he might skip the traditional champion’s visit to Washington over President Donald Trump’s policies toward Puerto Rico.

Trump hosted Baylor’s NCAA title-winning women’s basketball team. The men’s champions, Virginia, won’t be going. Coach Tony Bennett said in a statement: “With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together.”


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Houston guard Chris Paul was fined $35,000 by the NBA for making contact with an official with 4.4 seconds left in a 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Paul was automatically ejected following his second technical Sunday. The league said his discipline - handed down by executive Kiki VanDeWeghe - was “for aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact with a game official,” Josh Tiven. Paul would not say after the game whether he had indeed made contact with Tiven as it appeared on replays.

The incident happened when Paul argued that Warriors guard Klay Thompson committed a loose-ball foul against him.

The Rockets publicly complained in postgame interviews about the officiating, particularly frustrated with Golden State’s closeouts on 3-point shooters like Harden.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Coach Gregg Popovich is negotiating a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

The 70-year-old Popovich just finished his 23rd season with the Spurs. The Spurs have made the playoffs in each of the last 22 seasons, a streak that ties for the longest in NBA history, and there was some speculation about whether he would return. He has won five NBA championships with San Antonio.

He said negotiations are under way.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has reached a deal with Princeton’s Courtney Banghart to become the Tar Heels’ next women’s basketball coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school hasn’t commented publicly on its search. Terms weren’t immediately available and the deal must be approved by UNC’s board of trustees to become official.

The board has scheduled an emergency meeting via teleconference for Tuesday morning, though it didn’t specify the exact agenda.

Banghart will replace Sylvia Hatchell, a Hall of Fame coach who resigned April 18 after an outside program review reported she had made “racially insensitive” comments and pressured players to compete through medical issues. That review also cited a “breakdown of connectivity” between Hatchell and the players after 28 interviews of current players and program personnel.

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