15 finalists for NFL hall....NFLPA satisfied with treatment of RG3...Wreck ends NASCAR test session
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and two players who tried to block him are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Strahan, who had 22½ sacks in 2001 and 141½ for his 15-year his career with the New York Giants, is joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of the Ravens and guard-tackle Larry Allen of the Cowboys and 49ers. The fourth first-year eligible to make the cut is defensive tackle Warren Sapp of the Buccaneers and Raiders.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL players' union isn't planning a formal investigation into how the Washington Redskins medical staff handled Robert Griffin III's knee injury. The NFL Players Association says it's satisfied with a report received from the Redskins detailing the procedures used by team physician James Andrews and other staff on the sidelines. Griffin had reconstructive ACL surgery Wednesday after reinjuring his right knee in Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have hired former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the replacement for Rob Ryan. That means the Cowboys will switch back to the 4-3 defense after going to the 3-4 under Bill Parcells in 2005. Kiffin hasn't coached in the NFL since ending a 13-year run in Tampa in 2008.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title. It's another exodus of talented underclassmen for a team that has won three of the past four national championships. Most of the four first-round picks in each of the past two drafts that left Alabama were underclassmen.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident at Daytona International Speedway that essentially shut down a three-day test session. NASCAR's most popular driver tapped Marcus Ambrose as they drove across the back straightaway, lifting him and turning him into the wall. Ambrose's car bounced back across the track and collected a host of others. The wreck caused several teams to pack up and leave Daytona, and ended the pack racing that NASCAR wanted to see to evaluate its redesigned cars.