Rulings due soon in NFC ‘do-over’ suit...AP sources: Holland, Diamondbacks reach a deal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Key rulings are expected soon in a lawsuit against the NFL filed by two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders upset with the outcome of the NFC championship game. The suit calls for the NFL to invoke a rule that could result in a do-over of the game, which ended with the Los Angeles Rams beating the Saints and advancing to Sunday’s Super Bowl. At issue is officials’ failure to call interference or roughness penalties against a Rams player at a key point in the final minutes of regulation play.
ATLANTA (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he’s glad he’s part of the committee that discusses proposed NFL rule changes. He says coming up with the topics for the committee will be easy, but finding solutions will be hard. Payton says nothing done in the future can change officiating mistakes that may have cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams cornerback involved in the infamous hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis says Saints fans have launched a vendetta against him. Nickell Robey-Coleman says he’s received “one or two” death threats on social media.
PHOENIX (AP) — Two people familiar with the negotiations say reliever Greg Holland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract. The people tell The Associated Press that the deal allows Holland to earn an additional $3.5 million in bonuses. The 33-year-old right-hander was 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA with St. Louis and Washington last season, when he earned $14 million. He has a 2.83 ERA in eight major league seasons.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 23 Danielle Collins will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Australia next month. Sofia Kenin and Nicole Melichar will join them on the team announced today by the U.S. Tennis Association and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. The 25-year-old Collins recently reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. The first round of the World Group will be held Feb. 9-10 in Asheville, North Carolina.
UNDATED (AP) — Lindsey Vonn has been named to the U.S. ski team roster for the world championships, paving the way for a possible return to the starting gate despite her aching knees. Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin highlight the 13-athlete American squad for the event that begins next week in Sweden. Vonn skipped the World Cup races in Germany over the weekend to help heal. The 34-year-old is planning to retire in December, unless pain forces her to step away sooner.