Chiefs' LB to be free agent
Derrick Johnson's tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs is coming to an end. The franchise's career tackles leader and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson will become a free agent when his contract expires at the start of the new league year March 14. He intends to keep playing, it just won't be in the familiar red, yellow and white of the Chiefs. "I love Kansas City and this fan base. They've always had my back," Johnson said in a statement put out by the Chiefs, who made the rare decision to announce publicly that Johnson would not be returning.
Ravens-Bears in HOF game
The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game Aug. 2. The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot. Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft. The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted Aug. 4.
Broner arrested in Atlanta
Police say former world champion boxer Adrien Broner has been arrested after being accused of groping a woman at a popular mall in Atlanta. Atlanta Police spokesman Donald Hannah said Broner, 28, was charged with sexual assault after his arrest at the Lenox Square Mall on Monday. Hannah said Broner denies the accusation. Broner is being held at the Fulton County jail on a $2,000 bond. It's unclear if Broner has an attorney. Last year, Broner was stopped in a bullet-riddled car, then arrested on an outstanding warrant in Kentucky. He told police there that he didn't know who fired at his vehicle.
Porzingis surgery a success
All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks has undergone surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee. The team said the repair of his anterior cruciate ligament was a success. He is expected to be sidelined for much of next season. The operation Tuesday was at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Porzingis was hurt Feb. 6 when he landed after a dunk and crashed to the court against Milwaukee. The 7-foot-3 Latvian was averaging 22.7 points and an NBA-leading 2.4 blocked shots. He had been chosen for his first All-Star Game.
Romo, Rays set deal
Free agent reliever Sergio Romo has finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal announced Tuesday includes a $250,000 assignment bonus if the right-hander is traded. Romo was 3-1 with 3.56 ERA in 55 games with the Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, including 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in 25 games after being acquired by Tampa last July. Romo, who turns 35 on March 4, spent the first nine seasons of his big league career with San Francisco. He has 84 saves, all with the Giants.
Sports on 02/14/2018
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