Bears Sign OT Leno to 40Year Extension – The Chicago Bears have signed left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to a four-year extension through 2021, the team announced on Wednesday. The extension is worth $38 million with $21.5 million in guarantees, a source confirmed to ESPN. Leno, 25, started 30 career games for the Bears from 2014-16.
49ers Hire Sower, First Openly Gay Coach in NFL – The San Francisco 49ers officially hired Katie Sowers for the 2017 season last week, making her the team’s first female assistant coach. She’s also the second full-time female assistant coach in NFL history. Sowers joins Buffalo Bills quality control coach Kathryn Smith, who last year became the league’s first female full-time assistant. On Tuesday, Sowers, 31, made more history, becoming the NFL’s first openly gay coach. In an interview with Outsports.com, Sowers discussed her sexual orientation for the first time on the record.
UPDATE: Beckham Could Miss Opener vs. Dallas – Odell Beckham Jr.‘s ankle injury could potentially keep the New York Giants wide receiver out of the season opener, sources told ESPN. The Giants open their season on the road on Sept. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s “not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season,” according to one source. Beckham left Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns after taking a hard hit to the left leg from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. An X-ray during the game was negative. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed a sprained ankle. “I’m taking it one day at a time,” Beckham said in a text to ESPN on Wednesday morning.
OKC’s Winger Agrees to Clips’ GM Job – Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger has reached an agreement in principle to become the general manager of the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The Clippers offered Winger the job late last week, and the sides have agreed on terms for a multiyear contract. Winger, an assistant general manager/team counsel for the Thunder, will report to Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ new president of basketball operations.
Giants Waive OL Bowie After Assault Charge – The New York Giants waived offensive lineman Michael Bowie on Wednesday, five days after he was charged with domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury or destruction of property in Oklahoma. Bowie has denied making any physical contact with his girlfriend through a statement from his agent. The NFL is investigating the incident. The Giants left open the possibility of Bowie returning pending the outcome of the situation.
White: Jones Failed Drug Test From UFC 214 – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a drug test ahead of his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month in Anaheim, California, UFC president Dana White said Tuesday. White denied that the UFC has stripped Jones of the title, as TMZ reported. In a statement released Tuesday, the UFC said Jones’ failed test stemmed from an in-competition sample that was collected at his weigh-in on July 28, the day before his fight against Cormier. According to TMZ, which was first to report news of the failed test, Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. White did not comment on the banned substance for which Jones tested positive.
Chicago Cubs 13 – Cincinnati Reds 9
Highlights: Joe Maddon had left-handed Anthony Rizzo play third base in the ninth inning, filling in while Kris Bryant went for precautionary X-rays on his hand, as Chicago finished off a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Bryant’s hand was fine, X-rays were negative, and he might miss a day. Chicago loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs. Javier Baez fell behind 0-2 against left-hander Wandy Peralta (3-4), worked the count full, fouled off a pitch and then singled to right for a pair of runs that tied it 6-6, his bat shattering on impact. Ben Zobrist pinch-hit and doubled for Chicago’s first lead. Chicago sent nine batters to the plate for five more runs in the eighth against Blake Wood, with Zobrist driving in another run. The nine-run surge in the last three innings preserved John Lackey‘s streak of no losses since the All-Star break. He gave up six runs in five innings, including the first of Eugenio Suarez‘s two homers and Scooter Gennett‘s solo shot. The right-hander is 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Chicago White Sox 1 – Minnesota Twins 4
Highlights: Kyle Gibson escaped early trouble for his best start of the season, Jorge Polanco homered for the third time in two days and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1. Gibson (7-10) struck out a season-high eight over seven innings, allowing one run. Polanco led off the fourth inning with his sixth homer of the season after going deep in both ends of a doubleheader Monday. Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario added home runs against rookie Lucas Giolito (0-1) in his White Sox debut. Giolito, who came to Chicago from the Washington Nationals in an offseason trade for Adam Eaton, allowed six hits and four runs, striking out four. Trevor Hildenberger retired all three batters in the eighth and Matt Belisle closed his fourth save.