The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Vince Biegel. Biegel played five games last season for the Miami Dolphins. He also started 10 games for Miami in 2019. Prior to that, he played for the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. Biegel had 2 1/2 sacks during that 2019 season, along with the only interception of his career so far.
The Tennessee Titans have signed veteran defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Kenneth George. The Titans also placed safety Jamal Carter on injured reserve Monday. Walker has played 49 games in five seasons with Denver and Houston. He has 12 1/2 sacks after being a second-round pick at No. 51 overall out of Florida State by Denver in 2017. Walker spent last season with Houston. George went undrafted after playing 33 games in four seasons at the University of Tennessee.
The Phoenix Suns are still struggling to explain the aftermath of a 33-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on their home floor in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. The lopsided loss overshadowed a brilliant regular season for the Suns, who won a franchise-record 64 games during the regular season. Most of the team's nucleus is under contract for next season, with the notable exception of starting center Deandre Ayton. The big man's future is among many questions the Suns face in the offseason.
New Jersey’s casinos, horse tracks that offer sports betting and the online partners of both types of gambling outlets won $422 million from gamblers in April, up 20% from a year earlier. And the casinos’ core business, revenue won from in-person gamblers, surpassed the level of April 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, an encouraging metric for Atlantic City’s brick-and-mortar casino industry, whose revenue has been struggling to rebound from pre-pandemic levels. The numbers do not include money the tracks won on horse races. The nine casinos won $235 million from in-person gamblers in April, surpassing the $207 million they won April 2019.
The Atlanta Falcons have signed inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to a one-year contract. Kwiatkoski has played in 77 career games with 34 starts in six seasons with the Chicago Bears and Las Vegas Raiders. He appeared in eight games for the Raiders in 2021, totaling 21 tackles with one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. The Falcons also added wide receiver Geronimo Allison to the roster. He had 89 receptions for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 49 games, including 14 starts, over five seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.
The Minnesota Vikings have hired Demitrius Washington as vice president of football operations. This is a new position under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah designed to take the front office deeper into data-based decision-making. Washington was the manager of football research and development for the past two years with the San Francisco 49ers. He focused on process improvement and statistical analysis. Washington was an analyst in the department for five years prior to that when he worked closely with Adofo-Mensah.
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and the late Greg Knapp have been selected as the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America. Frazier and Knapp are the 19th and 20th recipients of the Dr. Z Award, which was instituted by the PFWA in 2014. The Dr. Z Award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL.
The NCAA recently issued a warning that there are still rules to follow now that college athletes can make money off their fame and celebrity. It waited nearly a year to do so and it has raised speculation of a crackdown on some of the dealmakers working with college athletes. About two dozen states have laws regarding athlete compensation. The laws, however, have no enforcement mechanisms. There has been no indication so far that a state attorney general or prosecutor will go after a booster organization striking deals with athletes.
A person familiar with the situation says Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander has agreed to terms on a four-year, $84 million contract extension with a $30 million signing bonus. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the extension hasn’t been announced. ESPN first reported the deal. The 25-year-old Alexander was a second-team selection in All-Pro voting in 2020 but played just four regular-season games last year due to a shoulder injury. Alexander returned for the Packers’ playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He led the Packers in passes defensed each of his first three seasons.
The New York Giants have signed six of their 11 draft picks, including first-round selections, edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon and tackle Evan Neal of Alabama. The Giants announced the signings on Saturday after holding a rookie minicamp at their facility. All the draft picks attended the minicamp. The team also signed their three fifth-round selections - linebacker Micah McFadden of Indiana, defensive tackle D.J. Davidson of Arizona State and guard Marcus McKethan of North Carolina – plus sixth-round choice Darrian Beavers, a linebacker from Cincinnati.
Downtown Milwaukee will be under a limited curfew for the rest of the weekend and a massive watch party scheduled for Sunday has been called off after 21 people were injured in three separate shootings near an entertainment district where thousands gathered for an NBA playoff game. Three people were injured Friday night in the first shooting, one in the second, and 17 in what police described as an exchange of gunfire between two groups of people, all just a few blocks from the arena where the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. All of the victims are expected to survive.
Desmond Ridder is making an impact with his leadership at the Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp. That starts with the quarterback from Cincinnati being the first one up in his apartment he is sharing with three other rookies. Ridder, a third-round pick, has made an impact in minicamp by quickly learning the playbook. He also has impressed by demonstrating his leadership in practice. Ridder will compete with Marcus Mariota, who is the favorite to start for the Falcons this season. Ridder, the second quarterback selected in last month's NFL draft, will have an opportunity to show he could be the team's long-term starter.
Former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has been arrested in Texas over an alleged violation of a protective order. The arrest in Orange, Texas, comes more than two weeks after a warrant was issued in Austin. Thomas is accused of sending threatening messages to a woman about her and her children. A Beaumont TV station reports Thomas was arrested after someone recognized him in a restaurant. His attorney says the warrant stems from attempts by Thomas to see his children. The 33-year-old Thomas wants to resume his NFL career. He hasn't played since 2019.
Klay Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points, Stephen Curry scored 29 with six 3s, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6. Curry found his shooting touch late and made two straight baskets late in the third for a 78-77 lead entering the final 12 minutes, while Draymond Green contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth with a pair of timely 3s.
Tom Brady had just retired, Russell Wilson was in Seattle and the free-agent frenzy hadn’t even started when the NFL schedule makers started to dig in after the Super Bowl on putting together the complex puzzle of a 272-game schedule. After sifting through more than 100,000 schedules out of a possibility of more than one quadrillion possibilities, the final schedule had Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Wilson and his new team in Denver getting prime-time television windows in Week 1.
The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered their thin ranks at receiver by acquiring Bryan Edwards from the Las Vegas Raiders. In a deal announced Friday, the Falcons are sending a fifth-round pick in 2023 to Las Vegas, while also acquiring a seventh-rounder next year from the Raiders. The trade means Las Vegas’ top five picks from the 2020 draft are no longer with the team. First-rounders Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette were cut last season for off-field issues, and now three third-rounders from that year are gone. In another move, Atlanta released cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a fourth-round pick in 2019.
Free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, is joining the New Orleans Saints. The eight-year veteran confirmed the move on Twitter on Friday. Landry spent his first four pro seasons with Miami before joining the Browns. He led the league in receptions in 2017 with 112, his final season with the Dolphins. In all, the 2014 second-round draft pick from LSU has 688 receptions for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns. Landry, 29, is coming off his worst season as a pro.
Drake London celebrated good health and a new contract on the first day of the Atlanta Falcons’ rookie minicamp. London, the wide receiver who was the Falcons’ first-round pick in last month’s NFL draft from Southern California, missed the end of the 2021 season with a fractured right ankle. He said he was thrilled to have no restrictions for the first session of the two-day minicamp. London says his ankle “felt great.” London signed a four-year deal on Thursday worth $21.5 million. The Falcons have a fifth-year option. London could be the team’s top big-play threat at wide receiver.
The Minnesota Wild are once again taking the empty achievement of a stellar regular season into the summer. The early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs is an exasperatingly familiar experience for one of the NHL's strongest fan bases. The Wild lost in six games in the first round to the St. Louis Blues despite having the extra home game. They haven't advanced in the playoffs since 2015. General manager Bill Guerin faces several difficult decisions trying to build the roster around star Kirill Kaprizov.
The Detroit Lions signed defensive end Aidan Hutchinson to a $35.7 million, four-year contract with a team option for a fifth season on Friday. Hutchinson’s fully guaranteed deal includes a $23.15 million signing bonus, according to agent Mike McCartney. Detroit drafted the former Michigan star with the No. 2 pick overall last month. The Lions also announced they signed former Alabama receiver Jameson Williams and 12 undrafted free agents. The Lions kicked off a three-day rookie minicamp on Friday.
The Philadelphia 76ers went 51-31 and lost in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Sixers basketball President Daryl Morey said Doc Rivers will return for a third season as coach. Morey also said the 76ers plan to sign James Harden to a contract after they acquired him in a trade with Brooklyn. The rest of the roster is fair game outside of Joel Embid and Tyrese Maxey. The Sixers lost in the Eastern Conference second round four times since 2018 and were swept in the first round in 2020. The Sixers haven’t advanced past the second round since 2001.
Matt Corral’s unexpected fall to the third round of the NFL draft has left the Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback with a good bit of motivation as he begins his professional career. Corral said he already had a chip on his shoulder but now it's “even bigger.” The former Mississippi QB said he has no explanation for the freefall. Corral addressed an NFL Network report that attributed his free fall to “alcohol and related issues” from his past. He said he doesn't know where that came from and it was the first time he's heard of it.
A Nevada judge has ruled that prosecutors can obtain medical records about injuries that former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs’ girlfriend received in a high-speed crash that killed a woman last November. Kiara Kilgo-Washington’s attorney didn't immediately respond Friday to messages about whether they'll appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. A preliminary hearing of evidence in the crash is scheduled June 16 in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Ruggs was released by the Raiders hours after the wreck. He faces mandatory prison time if he’s convicted of felony DUI. Prosecutors say his blood-alcohol level was twice the Nevada legal limit when his Corvette slammed into another car last November on a city street, killing 23-year-old Tina Tintor.
The Houston Texans have signed six draft picks, including No. 3 overall pick defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. Houston also signed second-round selection Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Baylor, and fourth-round running back Dameon Pierce from Florida. Stanford defensive lineman Thomas Booker, LSU offensive lineman Austin Deculus, and Oregon State tight end Teagan Quitoriano, all selected in the fifth round, also signed before rookie minicamp began Friday.
Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports with legal gambling outlets in the four years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to offer it. On Saturday’s anniversary of the decision in a case brought by New Jersey, two-thirds of the states in the country have legalized sports betting. In just four years, the industry has worked itself into the daily lives of millions of Americans, from those who plunk down their money to those not interested in sports — or gambling — at all who are bombarded with ads for sports betting during their favorite programs.