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Newman communicating following Daytona crash
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family and doctors a day after his horrific crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.
Roush Fenway Racing released an update on its driver about 20 hours after Newman's car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by another car, flipped several more times and skidded to a halt in flames. Everyone watching feared the worst Monday night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that Newman's injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Brees plans to be back with Saints next season
UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Drew Brees (breez) says he intends to play for the New Orleans Saints again next season. The 41-year-old Brees used a social media post to announce his intention to “make another run at it” in what would be his 20th NFL season.
Brees is the NFL's all-time leader with 6,867 completions, 77,416 yards passing and 547 touchdown throws. He was productive in leading the Saints to the playoffs last season despite missing five games with a throwing hand injury, completing 74.3% of his passes with 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
In other NFL news:
— A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after nine seasons with the team amid a rebuilding process under first-year coach Matt Rhule (rool). Olsen has caught 718 passes for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns during a 13-season NFL career that began with a four-year run with the Chicago Bears.
— Punter Ryan Allen and kicker Younghoe Koo are set to return to the Falcons next season. Allen and Koo each joined the Falcons midway through the 2019 season and performed well enough to earn one-year contract extensions for the 2020 season.
— The Cardinals have re-signed starting left tackle D.J. Humphries to a three-year contract that keeps him with the team through the 2022 season. The 26-year-old Humphries started all 16 games at left tackle last season, anchoring an offensive line that protects franchise quarterback Kyler Murray.
NCAA prepared to change transfer waiver process
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition.
A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men's and women's basketball, men's hockey and baseball players must sit out one season after transferring.
The NCAA's announcement comes a day after the ACC became the second Power Five conference to publicly support the so-called one-time exception for all transfers. The Big Ten announced its support last fall.
Jackson leaving Pistons
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons and Reggie Jackson have agreed on a contract buyout that allows the veteran guard to sign with another team.
Jackson is in the final season of his five-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2015 with the Pistons, who acquired him earlier that year in a trade with Oklahoma City. The 29-year-old Jackson is averaging 14.9 points and 5.1 assists this season, but he has been limited to just 14 games due to a back injury.
Bouwmeester back in St. Louis
UNDATED (AP) — Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) is back in St. Louis after collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim last week.
Bouwmeester issued a statement saying he’s “on the road to recovery” after going into cardiac arrest in the first period versus the Ducks. He had a cardioverter defibrillator implanted into his chest at UCI Medical Center in Orange County, California, where he had been hospitalized until returning to St. Louis on Sunday.
The Blues put Bouwmeester on long-term injured reserve, which gives them salary-cap relief. They added blueline help by acquiring defenseman Marco Scandella from the Canadiens for a 2020 second-round pick and conditional fourth-rounder next year.
Also in the NHL:
— The Capitals have bolstered their blue line by acquiring veteran Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks for Colorado's 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-rounder. Dillon has averaged just under 20 minutes a game this season and could play on the Capitals' second pairing with Dmitry Orlov. The nine-year NHL veteran has scored 22 goals and 114 points in 588 regular-season games.
Judge doesn’t take batting practice
UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge did not hit or throw during the team's first full squad workout because of what the team said was a minor right shoulder issue.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the problem is not considered serious and that Judge could start to ramp up activities in a couple days. Judge is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Judge had been taking part in early workouts at the Yankees' minor league complex and experienced some soreness in the last couple weeks. He shut down from hitting about a week ago.
Also in the majors:
— MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has apologized for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.” Even before being asked about it at the Cactus League media day, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments when trying to deliver a rhetorical point in an interview two days earlier. Players became infuriated by his “piece of metal” comment during a lengthy interview with ESPN on Sunday, the same day he spoke in Florida.
— Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin has asked an arbitration panel for a raise to $2.2 million and the team argued for $1.85 million. Goodwin hit .262 last year and set career bests with 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 458 plate appearances for the Angels after being claimed him off waivers from Kansas City last March. Teams are 6-1 in arbitration this season.
Trump pardons former 49ers owner
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal.
DeBartolo Jr. built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-1990s dynasty. He was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.
Dortmund, Atlético win
UNDATED (AP) — Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid were winners in their first leg of the Champions League's round of 16 today.
Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1. Haaland opened the scoring in the 69th minute and put the German team ahead for good two minutes after Neymar leveled the score for PSG.
Midfielder Saúl Ñíguez netted in the fourth minute before Atlético held off defending-champion Liverpool, 1-0 on the same pitch the Reds won the title last spring. Liverpool had a goal by Mohamed Salah (SAH’-lah) waved off for offside.
Gio Reyna became the youngest American to appear in the Champions League and assisted on the go-ahead goal for Dortmund. The 17-year-old son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna entered in the 67th minute.
CHINA OUTBREAK-DAVIS CUP
Coronavirus forces Davis Cup forfeit
LONDON (AP) — China has forfeited a Davis Cup tie because its men’s tennis team cannot travel to Romania next month.
The International Tennis Federation cited “increased restrictions in response to the current coronavirus outbreak” for the decision.
The death toll in mainland China due to the virus named COVID-19 had risen to almost 1,900 on Tuesday, with more than 72,000 confirmed cases. The outbreak has caused numerous sports events in China to be cancelled, postponed, or moved, and has affected the ability of Chinese teams to travel for competition.
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