Report: infection slows Gronkowski
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots declined to comment on Sunday's Boston Herald report that TE Rob Gronkowski could miss the start of the regular season because of an infection in his broken left forearm. Gronkowski broke the forearm Nov. 18 against the Colts and rebroke it in the division playoff game against the Texans.
The Herald reported that Gronkowski has an infection in the area where a metal plate was installed. Doctors must wait for the infection to clear to replace the plate. They can't determine if the infection is clear without a surgical procedure. If the infection remains, Gronkowski would need another six weeks of antibiotics. In any case, he needs 10 weeks to recover after the second metal plate is installed.
Gronkowski was not available for comment. Last week, he told ESPN Radio, "The arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs. Right now, I'm rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it."
Revis saga: The Jets want CB Darrelle Revis to attend offseason workouts that begin April 15 despite the possibility of being traded before the April 25 draft, espnnewyork.com reported. Revis previously said he wants to remain in Arizona to rehab his torn left ACL. But his contract requires he attend 80 percent of offseason workouts or forfeit a $1 million bonus. In turn, that would threaten a $1 million bonus for reporting to camp on time and a $1 million roster bonus that was triggered March 17 but payable at a later date.
Robert Morris works on Rice investigation
Robert Morris hopes to finish its investigation this week of Mike Rice's tenure as coach. Last week, Rutgers fired him for throwing balls at and verbally abusing players during practices. Rice went 73-31 for Robert Morris from 2007-10. He led it to two NCAA Tournaments, including an overtime loss to No. 2-seeded Villanova in 2010.
Hobbled Djokovic puts away Americans
Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1, won the final nine games to defeat Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-0 and clinch Serbia's Davis Cup quarterfinal win over the United States 3-1 in Boise, Idaho. Djokovic turned his right ankle in the third game and received treatment. "It's a very strong emotion when you play for your country," he said. "I guess that's the biggest reason why I kept playing." Serbia faces Canada, which beat Italy 3-1. Argentina (3-2 over France) meets the Czech Republic (3-1 over Kazakhstan).
Family Circle Cup: Serena Williams beat Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her 15th straight win and second straight title at the event in Charleston, S.C. It was the second straight time Williams, the world No. 1, lost the first set in a final. Last week in Key Biscayne, she lost 4-6 to Maria Sharapova before winning 12 of the next 15 games.
Record-breaking receiver lifts Storm
Joe Hills set a team record with 259 receiving yards as the Storm won 77-65 at Utah late Saturday. Adrian McPherson threw for five scores and ran for three as Tampa Bay (2-1) won its second straight. Tied at 28, the Storm outscored the Blaze (1-2) 29-13 in the third. Hills caught three of his five touchdowns in the quarter. He finished with 16 catches. The Storm hosts San Antonio at 8 p.m. Friday.
College baseball: Scott Sitz (6-0, 0.57) allowed six hits and an unearned run over eight innings to lead FSU past host Miami 5-1. FSU (27-5, 10-5 ACC) took two of three from Miami (21-14, 6-9) and has won the teams' past four regular-season series. … Plant High grad Connor Mitchell hit a pinch-hit bases-loaded triple as visiting Florida (15-18,5-7 SEC) beat Mississippi State and avoided a three-game sweep. … Brandon High grad James Ramsay's walkoff single lifted host USF (18-14, 7-2 Big East) past Pitt 3-2 for a three-game sweep.
Horses: John Velazquez, the jockey for two Kentucky Derby contenders, fractured a rib and chipped a bone in his right wrist in a fall at Aqueduct in New York. He won Saturday's Wood Memorial aboard Verrazano and the March 30 Florida Derby aboard Orb. His status for the May 4 Derby is unknown.