Update on the latest in sports:

March 28, 2018 - 10:34 am


NFL owners pass 2 more rules changes before meetings end

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As a busy NFL meeting in Orlsndo nears its conclusion today, team owners have passed two more rules changes and approved several procedural bylaw alterations.

Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion.

In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play, New Orleans players were required to return to the field for a meaningless extra point. The Vikings took a knee.

The owners also approved closing an overtime loophole that could have been embarrassing had it ever occurred.

Now, if the team that gets the ball first scores a field goal, then the opponent loses possession by an interception or fumble on its first series, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, including awarding points scored by either team during the down.

Previously, the turnover ended the game regardless — even though the team getting the takeaway conceivably could itself turn over the ball on that play and see it returned for a score by the opponent.


Second man arrested in burglary at Patriots player's home

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with a burglary at New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski's Massachusetts home while he was at the Super Bowl.

Authorities say 28-year-old Eric Tyrell turned himself in Tuesday. He is currently being held by police on $10,000 cash bail pending arraignment scheduled for today.

Gronkowski's home in Foxborough was burglarized in February while the team played the Philadelphia Eagles in Minnesota. Authorities have recovered an Apple watch, a Rolex watch and rare coins, so far.

Police are seeking a third suspect.


Seahawks release Boykin after assault allegation

DALLAS (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks released quarterback Trevone Boykin shortly after his girlfriend alleged in a television interview that he physically assaulted her in Texas last week.

The practice squad player was released from the team after WFAA-TV in Dallas posted an interview with Boykin's girlfriend. She described an assault that she alleges happened on March 20. The woman said she refused to show Boykin a text message and an argument ensued, and that Boykin broke her jaw and tried to strangle her.

Boykin denied the allegations in a statement released to NFL Media. He called the charges false and said he wasn't involved in a physical fight.


Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge to have MRI on injured left knee

WASHINGTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge will have an MRI on his injured left knee, with the San Antonio Spurs hoping they won't be forced to try to make the playoffs without another star player.

Aldridge left the Spurs' 116-106 loss to the Washington Wizards with a bruised left knee, It's the latest blow in a season that has included Kawhi Leonard being limited to nine games with a nagging quadriceps injury. Aldridge is the biggest reason San Antonio's season hasn't been derailed by Leonard's absence — and a tough schedule ahead makes the matchup-nightmare center's status worth watching.

The Spurs host the Oklahoma City tomorrow and Houston Rockets on Sunday before visiting the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.


Love to be evaluated for possible concussion

MIAMI (AP) — Cavalier Mike Love will be evaluated today to see if he needs to enter the NBA's concussion protocol.

Cleveland was without Love in the second half of last night's game against Miami because of what was initially diagnosed as a loose tooth and then changed to concussion-like symptoms.

Love was hurt 1:22 into the game after taking an elbow from Heat center Jordan Micke.


Reports: Louisville hires Xavier's Mack as Cardinals' coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has found its new men's basketball coach, tapping Xavier's Chris Mack to guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season.

Multiple reports say that school has hired Mack, and a person familiar with the situation confirmed Mack is Louisville's choice. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hire has not been publicly announced.

The Cleveland native takes over for David Padgett, who went 22-14 last season as Louisville's interim coach after the school fired Rick Pitino in the wake of a federal corruption investigation of college basketball.


Ohtani to make MLB pitching debut Sunday for Angels

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to make his major league pitching debut Sunday when he starts for the Los Angeles Angels in their fourth game of the season at Oakland.

The much-hyped Japanese star is expected to be the team's designated hitter in at least one of the first three games, but it's unclear if that will happen in the opener tomorrow.

The 23-year-old Ohtani, who struggled in spring training, was told after Tuesday's exhibition game against the Dodgers that he'll pitch Sunday.


Sewage leak spills onto field during game at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spring training came to a repulsive end last night at Dodger Stadium.

The exhibition finale between the Angels and Dodgers was cut short because of a foul-smelling leak that spilled sewage onto the field in the fifth inning.

The game was called after a 32-minute delay with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over their Los Angeles rivals. The water main leak left a brown mess pooling near the Dodgers' dugout in foul territory as the grounds crew spread a drying agent and worked to clean up.

Both teams open the regular season tomorrow, with the Dodgers hosting the rival San Francisco Giants and the Angels playing in Oakland — where leaking sewage at the old Coliseum has been a problem several times in recent years.


Yanks' Greg Bird has ankle surgery again, out 6-8 weeks

ATLANTA (AP) — Often-injured New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird had surgery on his ailing right ankle and could be sidelined for nearly two months.

The Yankees says Tuesday's operation went as planned.

Bird had surgery to remove a small broken spur on the outside of the right ankle. Dr. Martin O'Malley operated at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The slugger is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.


Holland: Doesn't know if he'll return

DETROIT (AP) — Red Wings GM Ken Holland told The AP he has received no assurances from the team he'll return for a 21st year, despite reports indicating he will be back.

MLive.com on Tuesday cited an unnamed person in reporting Holland will be back "with or without a contract." The Detroit Free Press quoted a person familiar with the situation saying "he's going to be back as the GM," but reported it's unclear how Holland's contract will be structured.

Holland, in a text to the AP, declined to discuss whether he'd return without a contract, saying he'll "talk when the final decision has been made."

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