NFL still facing backlash over playoff call...Sources: Diamondbacks sign Holland... NC State hires new AD
UNDATED (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 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.
ATLANTA (AP) — Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman says he has received “one or two” death threats from frustrated New Orleans Saints fans on social media. Robey-Coleman was involved in the now-infamous play during which he was not penalized for his hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. No flag was thrown for pass interference for the helmet-to-helmet nature of the hit — for which Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 by the NFL.
UNDATED (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 deal allows Holland to earn an additional $3.5 million in bonuses. A 33-year-old right-hander, Holland 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.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has hired Army athletic director Boo Corrigan as its next AD. The school has announced that Corrigan will take over for the retiring Debbie Yow. Corrigan will be introduced at a news conference Thursday in Raleigh and will start work May 1. During Corrigan’s eight years at Army, the Black Knights claimed 20 Patriot League regular-season or tournament titles and sent 14 teams to NCAA postseason events
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State and coach Mike Leach have agreed on a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2023 season. The school says that Leach will be paid $3.75 million in 2019, and $4 million per year the following four years. Leach guided Washington State to an 11-2 record last season, the most wins in program history.