Steelers..RB-Le’Veon Bell refuses to report to camp-refuses to sign ‘Franchise Tag’ contract of 14.6M-will sit out entire season..Forefeits big payday…will enter free agency in February…Steelers to let him leave without compensation….Bell wanted 20M-per year with at least 3-years of 5Y-deal guaranteed….Steelers offered him (5Y-70M) but only 17M-guaranteed….Todd Gurley of Rams received a (45M) guarantee in new contract extension he signed….Report Jets-Cols-Raiders may all have interest in Bell in free agency.
Rams-Chiefs…NFL pulled next Monday Night game out of Mexico City because of terrible field conditions….A rock concert and heavy multi-use of stadium…plus heavy rain-destroyed the turf…efforts to re-sod field on weekend failed….Moving game back to LA Coliseum-it was originally a Rams home game….Union-NFL-Turf experts went to Mexico City over weekend-appalled at conditions the could not be fixed short term….Rams were scheduled to workout at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs this week to adjust to altitude…
Chicago…Send K-Cody Parkey to practice kicking field goals on turf at Soldier Field…has missed 5-field goals this year.
Bengals..Hire Hue Jackson as assistant head coach-ex Browns coach
Jets..Ownership gives GM-Mike Maccagan a vote of confidence despite (3-7) record.
Chargers..Promote LB-Trevon Johnson from developmental squad-played at Weber State..replaces veteran Denzel Perryman on roster.
Jaguars..sign FA-OG-Patrick Omameh-ex Giants…
Jaguars..sign FA-LB-Marcus Spraight-ex Washington
Tampa Bay..sign FA-LB-Kevin Minter
Bills..Release TE-Terrelle Pryor
Raiders..Release DE-Kony Ealy
Patriots..Release RB-Kenjon Barner..LB-Nick Grigsby
Jets..Workout DE-Marcus Smith-ex #1 pick Eagles
Jets..Workout LB-Marquis Flowers-ex Patriots
Titans..Workout RB-Charles Sims-ex Bucs
Carolina..Workout RB-Thomas Rawls-ex Seattle
Carolina..Workout RB-Fitz Touissant-ex Steelers
Washington…Workout Ks Blair Walsh-Vikings..Roberto Aguayo-Tampa Bay..Kai Forbath-Vikings
Atlanta..Activate LB-Deion Jones from IR
Eagles..Activate TE-Richard Rodgers from IR
Steelers..RB-James Connor remains in concussion protocol
Seattle..RB-Chris Carson-OG-DJ Fluker-S-Brad MacDonogh-cleared to practice-sat out last week injuries
Patriots..TE-Dwaine Allen-out 3W-knee
Aztecs…Coach Rocky Long gives struggling team a ‘vote of confidence’…playing hard..making mistakes..will learn from up-and-down season…Christian Chapman will start at QB-vs-Fresno State.
San Diego State…Steve Bartel-longtime Equipment Manager at school since 1979-passes away at (64Y)
Ohio State..Denies report that ex assistant coach Zach Smith used racial slur during tirade with black player last year…Father of TE-Trevon Grimes said coach called his son ‘bitch ass n***’ during heated exchange at practice…3-other players confirmed Sports Illustrated story…Coach Urban Meyer denies it happened.
Colorado..Reports Buffs coach Mike McIntyre could be fired next week..CU (10-12) in last year and a half.
Western Kentucky…Coach Mike Sanford could be fired..has (1-7) record this year.
Kansas..Interviews Todd Graham-former ASU coach…has already spoken to Les Miles-ex LSU…DJ Durkin-ex Maryland about the Jayhawks job.
Earlham College…suspended its Division III program in wake of 53-game losing streak.
Oklahoma..DE-Jalen Redmond out of lineup-blood clots reoccur.
Maryland..QB-Kasim Hill-tears knee ligament a second time
Virginia Tech..De-Hushon Gaines gone for year-torn ACL-knee
Manager of Year Awards
..AL..A’s manager Bob Melvin wins award for 3rd time in career…guided low budget Oakland to 97-wins….got 18-first place votes..Red Sox Alex Cora-108 wins got 7-votes…Kevin Cash-Tampa Bay with 90-win season for 5-votes.
..NL…Braves manager Brian Snitker runs away with balloting after 90-win season-got 17-first placed votes…..Craig Counsell-Milwuakee was second with 11-votes..Rockies-Bud Black had 1-vote
Padres..GM-AJ Preller says team will start dealing off some young players to create roster space on 40-man roster for best prospects…Padres have to create at least 6-slots on big league roster….Could DFA-P-Clayton Richard…P-Bryan Mitchell…among others…..Looking at swapping Jose Pirela-Carlos Asuaje for lower prospects who don’t have to be protected…..Have talked major deals involving Wil Myers-Austin Hedges to acquire frontline pitching.
Seattle…MLB to investigate allegations front office exec used racial slurs when describing poor play of Latin players in farm system.
Texas..Fire pitching coach Doug Brocail
Royals..Sign FA-P-Michael Ynoa-ex A’s-White Sox.
Aztecs-Texas Southern…SDSU with non conference payday game against SWAC team…Tigers are (1-2)…beat Baylor…lost to Gonzaga-Iowa State.
..TSU has 8-transfers including 7’2-C- Trayvon Reed-Auburn (14PPG)…G-Jalyn Patterson-LSU (14PPG)…F-Jeremy Combs-LSU (11P)…F-Devocio Butler-Colorado State (10PPG).
..Also has transfers from Purdue-U-Mass-Nevada-Arkansas Pine Bluff.
..Texas Southern averaging 70PPG…allowing 78PPG…opponents shooting 48% from floor
.. SDSU (1-0) coming off win over Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Lakers-Portland…Wednesday night matchup…LA now (7-6) on season.
Golden State..Reports of lockeroom flareup between Kevin Durant-Draymond Green after Green made bad decision on final shot of regulation vs Clippers…led to overtime loss.
Golden State..Suspend F-Draymond Green…1-game…lose 120,480-game check.
Brooklyn Nets…G-Carls LeVert suffered dislocated ankle going for rebound…will be out 3-months-could return before end of season..was vargering (19PPG)
Toronto-W-LA Kings…Leafs led (5-1) in 3rd period at press time….Nazim Kadri 2-goals…John Tavares scores his 11th goal of year….Toronto scored 2-power play goals in first 4-minutes…outshot Kings (12-0) start of game.
Ducks-Las Vegas…Wednesday night road game
Washington..Controversial F-Tom Wilson reinstated after 14-game suspension for cheap shot checks in game earlier in season…Had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14-games…has been disciplined 4-times by NHL.
Columbus…Put D-Adam Clendening on release waivers.