Mar. 1 Sports Briefs

Friday, March 1, 2019

Former Bronco WR Thomas faces vehicular assault charge

DENVER (AP) — Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas is facing a felony charge of vehicular assault stemming from a crash earlier this month. Thomas was arrested Wednesday after turning himself in and was also held on allegations of reckless driving and not having proof of insurance, both misdemeanors, police said. He was released from jail Thursday. DENVER (AP) — Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas is facing a felony charge of vehicular assault stemming from a crash earlier this month. Thomas was arrested Wednesday after turning himself in and was also held on allegations of reckless driving and not having proof of insurance, both misdemeanors, police said. He was released from jail Thursday.

Phillies give Bryce Harper record $330M, 13-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — It took a long time and a lot of money, but the Philadelphia Phillies finally landed Bryce Harper with a record contract. The young star outfielder and the Phillies agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Harper’s agent, California-based Scott Boras, said the deal was agreed to at 10:34 a.m. PST, subject to a successful physical. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and his players learned of the agreement from fans behind Philadelphia’s dugout who saw media reports on their mobile devices during a spring training game in Clearwater, Florida. A 26-year-old All-Star who had spent his entire big league career with the Washington Nationals, Harper topped the $325 million, 13-year agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins. Harper has a .279 career average with 184 homers and 521 RBIs, including a .268 average with 14 homers, 32 RBIs and a .930 OPS in 47 games at Citizens Bank Park. He likely would hit third or fourth, according to Kapler.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to solicitation

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents. Kraft’s attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea with the Palm Beach County court on Wednesday. Kraft, 77, is requesting a non-jury trial. Kraft was among hundreds of men charged in a crackdown on massage parlor prostitution and an investigation into human trafficking at Florida spas. Ten spas have been closed and several people, mostly women originally from China, have been charged with running the operation.

NFL combine: Kyler Murray tries to show size is no issue

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyler Murray may not show off his arm or his legs at the NFL scouting combine, but on Thursday he assuaged colossal concerns about his size. The Heisman Trophy-winning dual-threat quarterback and speedy outfielder from the University of Oklahoma checked in at just over 5-foot-10 and 207 pounds with a hand size, as measured from his pinkie to his thumb, of 9½ inches. “I don’t know why people think Kyler is 5-8,” said running back Rodney Anderson, Murray’s college teammate and fellow NFL hopeful. “I don’t know where that came from. I’m 6-foot — I look small next to our offensive line. Anybody is going to look small next to our offensive line. He’s a solid 5-10, he’s heavy, he’s fast. He’s a heck of an athlete. His size was never an issue.” And now it’s less of one for many NFL teams. Although he’s the shortest quarterback measured at the combine since 2003, those numbers were welcome news for Murray, the executives and coaches gathered in Indianapolis and fans wondering how his size would affect his draft stock.

Manziel deemed ‘available’ for AAF’s San Antonio team

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Johnny Manziel is now “available” to the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football, the team’s general manager said. That doesn’t mean Daryl Johnston plans to sign him. Before acting on Manziel, the Commanders and the new league are looking into why Manziel’s contract was terminated by the CFL this week. Manziel’s contract with the Montreal Alouettes was terminated Wednesday. The league also told the eight other CFL clubs it wouldn’t register a contract for Manziel if anyone tried to sign the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. The league said Manziel, a first-round draft pick by Cleveland in 2013 who soon flamed out of the NFL, breached an agreement that made him eligible for the CFL. The Commanders own Manziel’s AAF rights because he played at Texas A&M. The franchise has seven regular-season games remaining.

Former Baylor football player found not guilty of rape

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas jury found a former Baylor University football player not guilty of raping another student in 2016, the latest case linked to a scandal that rocked the nation’s largest Baptist university and led to the departure of several top leaders. The McLennan County jury deliberated about two hours in Waco before acquitting Shawn Oakman of sexual assault. The woman who says she was raped testified earlier that she’d been drinking and was intoxicated when Oakman assaulted her. She said she told Oakman that she wanted to leave his duplex that night but he wouldn’t allow it. Oakman’s attorney told jurors that the two wanted to be together that night and that they had consensual sex.

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