Bills Add Former Jaguars RB Yeldon To Backfield – The Buffalo Bills signed former Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon to a two-year contract on Monday. He joins a Buffalo backfield that already includes veteran running backs Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy. The Bills have been active in free agency, adding several new offensive players, including Gore, wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, tight end Tyler Kroft and offensive linemen Mitch Morse, Spencer Long and Quinton Spain. The Jaguars drafted Yeldon in the second round (36th overall) of the 2015 draft and he led the Jaguars in rushing as a rookie with 740 yards despite missing four games with an injury. He finished his four years in Jacksonville with 1,892 yards and six rushing touchdowns and 171 catches for 1,302 yards and six touchdowns.
UPDATE: Williams Fined $17K For US Open Final Violations – Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for three code violations during Saturday’s U.S. Open final that caused the tennis player to be penalized a game when she criticized the chair umpire for a controversial call and labeled him a “thief.” The tournament referee’s office announced Sunday it docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket. The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up. Williams suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka, who became the tournament’s first female Japanese champion. Williams was going for her 24th Grand Slam title. Saturday’s match was shrouded by controversy after tense arguments between the 36-year-old tennis player and chair umpire Ramos during the second set. Williams, who was visibly emotional after the heated exchange, pleaded her case on the court and accused the umpire of sexism. At a news conference after the match, Williams said she will keep fighting to remove the double standard in the sport.
UPDATE: Nationals Deal Reliever Kelley To A’s – The Washington Nationals traded reliever Shawn Kelley to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday evening, officially ending his three-year tenure with the team. Washington announced the move following Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Reds. In exchange for Kelley, the Nats received international slot money and cash considerations from Oakland. The move comes five days after Kelley’s tenure in D.C. unofficially ended once he threw his glove down on the mound and glared into the dugout in frustration in the ninth inning of a 25-4 blowout win on Tuesday, a move the Nationals interpreted as disrespectful to his manager. The next day, the Nats designated Kelley for assignment, for what general manager Mike Rizzo called a selfish act. Kelley has refuted that assertion, citing the fact that he has never shown up a manager in his 10-year career or refused to pitch in any situation this season.
Trotz Resigns As Capitals Head Coach – Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has tendered his resignation from the team, becoming a free agent after leading the franchise to its first Stanley Cup on June 7. “After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals,” Trotz said in a statement Monday. It was believed that Trotz did not have a contract after this season. According to multiple reports, there was a two-year extension on his contract if Trotz won the Stanley Cup. That extension was negotiated in 2014, at a time before head coaches like Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks exploded the coaches’ salary market with blockbuster deals. The Capitals and Trotz attempted to renegotiate an extension on better conditions for Trotz, but were unable to come to terms.
Gay Opting Out Of Deal With Spurs – San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay is declining his 2018-19 player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources tell ESPN. Gay is turning down a salary of $8.8 million in order to hit free agency. The 31-year-old veteran signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Spurs last offseason, and the deal contained a player option on the second year. During his lone season in San Antonio, Gay served in a reserve capacity for the first time in his 11-year NBA career. He appeared in 57 games during the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in a career-low 21.6 minutes per game. The Spurs are now waiting for a decision from shooting guard Danny Green, who has a player option of $10 million.
Nadal Fights Off 4 Set Points, Wins French Opener – Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal fought off a strong challenge by Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday, yet still advanced in straight sets. Nadal improved his Paris record to 80-2 with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9) rain-interrupted win completed over two days on Court Philippe Chatrier after saving four set points in the tiebreaker. Nadal, once again the overwhelming favorite on his preferred surface after claiming clay titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome, trailed 6-3 in the tiebreaker but fended off Bolelli’s chances in impressive fashion: The top-ranked Spaniard hit an ace, a backhand volley and a crosscourt winner in succession. Mixing deep groundstrokes with subtle shots, Bolelli obtained another set point with a backhand drop shot to lead 7-6, but Nadal hit a service winner on the next point. Nadal won the first three games on the day, but the 129th-ranked Bolelli raised his level and managed a series of good returns. Nadal saved four break points in the eighth game of the final set, including one with a ferocious trademark cross-court forehand winner. Third-seeded Marin Cilic also started his Paris campaign with a straight-set win over James Duckworth, while up-and-coming Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov got past John Millman in his Grand Slam debut 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
Three-Time NFL Coach Of Year Knox Dies At 86 – Chuck Knox, who has the second-most victories of any coach in Seattle Seahawks history and who also coached the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills, died at age 86 after suffering from dementia. The Seahawks on Sunday confirmed the news of Knox’s death. Nicknamed “Ground Chuck” for his teams’ run-first offenses, Knox went 80-63 during the regular season over nine years as Seattle’s coach. His debut season with the Seahawks in 1983 was highlighted by the first playoff appearance in franchise history; Seattle advanced to the AFC Championship Game against the Raiders with a road upset of Dan Marino’s Miami Dolphins in the divisional round. Knox is the only head coach in the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor, having been inducted in 2005. His 80 victories with Seattle are second to Mike Holmgren’s 86. Pete Carroll is third with 79.