Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Sports

Owners meet with L.A. on minds

LOS ANGELES — The NFL's owners could take a significant step toward the league's return to Los Angeles this week.

Or they could decide to take another big step back.

Nobody seems certain of the next move i when the full ownership convenes today for its annual meetings at a resort outside Dallas.

While nothing is expected to be resolved this week, the NFL might set a date for that resolution by scheduling a relocation vote for early next year. Or, the league also might emerge with a consensus to delay this entire debate for yet another year.

The owners' gathering will be dominated by discussion of the empty Los Angeles market and the three teams vying to occupy it: the Rams, the Chargers and the Raiders.

Although the clubs aren't scheduled to make presentations, their competing stadium proposals for Inglewood and Carson are likely to be analyzed at length. The Rams' historic ties to L.A., the Chargers' exhaustive failures to get a San Diego stadium and the Raiders' combination of both factors will be debated.

Behind closed doors, league executives are expected to continue trying to broker a deal on L.A. without forcing the owners into a potentially messy public vote.

McCown out for year; Manziel might start

Browns quarterback Josh McCown suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in Monday night's 33-27 loss to the Ravens, leaving Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel to start Sunday against the Bengals.

"Worst-possible scenario for Josh," coach Mike Pettine said. "That's very unfortunate. Josh means a lot to this team."

Pettine will choose the starter after meeting with other members of the franchise. Davis replaced McCown on Monday.

The Ravens won when Will Hill returned a blocked field for a touchdown as time ran out. There was talk that Ravens safety Anthony Levine was lined up across the line of scrimmage on the play, but the league said Tuesday that he lined up correctly.

In other Browns news, Terrelle Pryor agreed to sign — as a receiver — according to reports. The former Ohio State quarterback was one of Cleveland's last cuts in training camp.

Bills: Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a left knee injury that has forced him to miss the past four games.

BRONCOS: With T.J. Ward expected to miss time with a high left ankle sprain, safety Josh Bush was brought back. He played in three games for Denver this season then was cut.

CARDINALS: Running back Chris Johnson was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list, which means the only way he will play again this season is if Arizona reaches the Super Bowl. Johnson reportedly chipped or fractured his tibia where it meets his left knee.

PANTHERS: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed, adding depth with starting cornerback Charles Tillman missing the past two games with a knee injury.

PATRIOTS: Tight end Rob Gronkowski has a bone bruise and sprain of his right knee and will be evaluated on a weekly basis. There is no timetable for his return.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he had a migraine that limited his vision and caused him to leave Sunday's game, but coach Mike Tomlin will keep the quarterback under the concussion protocol this week, required to pass a battery of tests before playing.

Comments
For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

UPDATE, 6:43: Cash said the key to how the pieced the lineup together was the opportunity to give Cron (who is struggling) and Duffy (who is doing well) back to back days off. … Looking ahead to the weekend, the Rays will use RHP Ryne Stanek as...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson apologizes four days after hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Growing up, Kevin Knox II watched videos or listened to motivational tapes during car rides to and from school so he could learn how to expand upon answers in interviews.That was all by design.His father, Kevin Knox Sr., knew about the spotlight as a...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning will announce their full 2018-19 schedule on Thursday, but the league announced each home opener Wednesday, with Tampa Bay playing host to the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6.The Lightning will know their ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Florida State will host Florida Gators to open this basketball season

Florida State will host Florida Gators to open this basketball season

For the first time in almost two decades, Florida and Florida State will open the men's basketball season against each other.The Seminoles will host UF on Nov. 6, both programs announced Wednesday morning. FSU has won four in a row in the series."Any...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Times sports columnist Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss Kevin Kiermaier's return to the Rays, whether Victor Hedman should win the Norris Trophy for the NHL's best defenseman, Bucs expectations for this season and Barry Trotz's next c...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls basketball team

Player of the Year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonFirst teamG Brylee Bartram, Jr., Seffner ChristianG Jacquelyn LeVay, Sr., AlonsoF/G Tarriyonna Gary, So., Carrollwood DayF Tiasia McMillan, So., Carrollwood DayC Kendal Cheesman, Fr., PlantSecond tea...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball team

Player of the Year: November Morton, Sr., CountrysideFirst teamG Paris Williams, Sr., LakewoodG Summer Quigley, Jr., East LakeF Toi Smith, Sr., LakewoodF/G Carrie Lee, Sr., ClearwaterC Macey Zeh-Arndt, So., LakewoodSecond teamG Misha O'Neal, Sr., Cou...
Updated: 9 hours ago
How the Rays really won Tuesday’s game over Astros

How the Rays really won Tuesday’s game over Astros

There was some interesting inside baseball elements that factored into the late innings of Tuesday's 2-1 Rays win.* First, on Matt Duffy's double off reliever Hector Rondon to lead off the eighth.Duffy said he doesn't like "to guess" what a pitcher i...
Updated: 9 hours ago