Sunday, February 25, 2018
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NFL

Former USF wide receiver Davis rejoins Bucs again

After a weekend rookie minicamp, the Bucs cut four undrafted rookies and signed four tryout players as free agents Monday, including former USF and Jefferson High receiver Andre Davis. Defensive tackle Travis Britz, linebacker Micah Awe and offensive lineman Kelby Johnson also signed.

To make room on the 90-man roster, Tampa Bay waived tight end Tim Brown, defensive tackle Jontavius Morris, linebacker Tyson Coleman and receiver Anthony Kelly. Davis, USF's all-time leading receiver, was on the Bucs' practice squad twice last year and signed after the season in January. Given a tryout after Kelly couldn't go to minicamp, Davis earned a job back.

Eagles: Quarterback Sam Bradford returned for voluntary workouts after asking for a trade last month. Bradford said in a statement he's "committed" to his teammates and the organization.

Raiders: Former Dolphins and Giants defensive end Damontre Moore, a free agent, signed. Miami released him last week.

Trade: The Lions acquired Patriots linebacker Jon Bostic for a conditional draft choice. New Lions general manager Bob Quinn had been New England's director of pro scouting.

Tennis

Williamses lose in doubles reunion

Venus Williams comfortably beat CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome, but she and younger sister Serena lost to Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik in doubles 6-1, 7-5. It was the first time the sisters played doubles together since the 2014 U.S. Open. They are preparing for an attempt at a fourth Olympic gold medal in doubles this summer.

"We didn't play our best at the same time," Venus Williams said. "That's not typical. Usually one of us is playing well. That helps the team a lot. Two of us are playing well, it usually goes our way."

MURRAY LEAVES COACH: Andy Murray split with coach Amelie Mauresmo, ending a groundbreaking two-year relationship during which the British star improved as a claycourt player but failed to add to his collection of Grand Slam titles. A statement released by Murray's management company didn't disclose the reason behind the decision. Mauresmo said she had a "fantastic experience" working with Murray but "dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me." Mauresmo gave birth to her first child in August and took six months off from coaching. Murray became the first high-profile player to hire a woman as a coach when he brought Mauresmo on board in June 2014.

SOCCER

Platini resigns as UEFA leader

Michel Platini, one of the most high-profile figures entangled in global soccer's ongoing corruption investigations, resigned from his position as head of Europe's governing body after his bid to overturn a long suspension from the sport for unethical behavior was rejected. Platini, a former playing great for France, had been UEFA president since 2007.

Autopsy results: Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng had an enlarged heart but more tests are needed to determine the cause of his death, Romanian doctors said. Ekeng, who played for Dinamo Bucharest, collapsed on the field during a match Friday and died later.

HOCKEY

Americans fall to Finland

Finland topped the United States 3-2 at the World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia. Finland (3-0) kept pace with Canada, which routed Belarus 8-0. Connor Murphy's goal tied it early in the third for the Americans, but Leo Komarov got the winner four minutes later.

Colleges

Coach K has hernia surgery

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski had hernia surgery. He's expected to be ready to coach the U.S. team in the Olympics this summer.

Tennis: The host Saint Leo men rallied from a 4-2 deficit to beat West Florida 5-4 in the Division II South Regional 1 final.

ET CETERA

Olympics: Brazil soccer great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from this summer's Games in Rio de Janeiro because of the danger of endemic violence. Rivaldo posted the warning on his Instagram account and alluded to the case of a 17-year-old woman killed Saturday in a shootout. "Things are getting uglier here every day," he wrote.

Times staff writer Greg Auman; Times wires

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