McCarron Now NFL Free Agent
AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals and will become an unrestricted free agent next month, making him one of the more attractive quarterbacks on the market.
McCarron challenged the Bengals’ decision to put him on a non-football injury list as a rookie in 2014, when the fifth-round pick had a sore passing shoulder. The move meant that the season wouldn’t count toward free agency and McCarron would have to stick around as Andy Dalton’s backup for one more year in 2018. Instead, an independent arbitrator ruled in McCarron’s favor on Thursday, a decision announced by the NFL players’ association.
No. 11 is coming back for the Arizona Cardinals. New Arizona coach Steve Wilks says wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- arguably the most popular and certainly the most prolific player to don a Cardinals uniform -- has told him he’ll return for a 15th NFL season.
Woods struggles to 72
Patrick Cantlay returned to what amounts to his home course on the PGA Tour and shot a 5-under 66 to share the lead at the Genesis Open.
It sounds like a plot that belongs to Tiger Woods, who also grew up 40 miles away and returned to Riviera for the first time in 12 years. Woods lost a ball in a eucalyptus tree, recovered from a rugged start and shot 72.
Cantlay shared the lead with Tony Finau, who had four birdies in his opening five holes.
Manfred pushing the pace
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says proposed rules changes to speed pace of play will be in place by the start of big league exhibition games on Feb. 23.
The commissioner has hoped for an agreement with the players’ association but has the right to implement last offseason’s proposal to install 20-second pitch clocks and institute stricter limits on mound visits.
MLB made a proposal to the union last month to abandon a pitch clock for this season as part of a three-year phase-in of new rules.
The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Wade Miley subject to a successful physical. General manager David Stearns says he hopes to have Miley in big league camp on Friday. The 31-year old Miley went 8-15 with a 5.61 ERA in 32 starts for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He had a league-high 93 walks. ... Pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract. A 31-year-old right-hander, Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year.
Federer out to make history
Roger Federer is within touching distance of becoming the oldest male to reach the top of the world rankings after marching into the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO tournament.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion went through after making it 13 wins in as many matches against Philipp Kohlschreiber with a 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 triumph against his German opponent on Thursday.