Cuban baseball players coming to US ... Wizards fire Gunfeld ... Jags add depth
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation is releasing its first group of players able to sign contracts with major league franchises, meaning some players could be legally playing in the United States this year as part of an historic deal between Cuba and the major leagues. The 34 players are all between the ages of 17 and 25, meaning they will be eligible to sign minor league contracts.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards have fired team president Ernie Grunfeld. The club went 568-724 during Grunfeld’s 16 seasons with team, making eight postseason appearances. But Washington never made it past the second round of the playoffs. This season, Washington is 32-46 and in 11th place in the 15-team Eastern Conference.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are adding some offensive depth. They signed running back Benny Cunningham and offensive tackle Josh Wells today. The 5-foot-10 Cunningham is entering his seventh NFL season and likely will help mostly on special teams. The 6-foot-6, 306-pound Wells re-signed with Jacksonville. He has appeared in 39 games with eight starts since signing with the Jaguars an undrafted rookie in 2014.He missed more than half of last season with a groin injury and then a concussion.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College point guard Ky Bowman is skipping his senior season and entering the NBA draft. He announced his decision on Instagram on Tuesday, calling it a “lifelong dream” to play in the NBA and expressing his gratitude to his teammates and coaches. Bowman was an Associated Press All-ACC first-team selection this season. He averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists for an Eagles team that finished 14-17.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Tebow began the next step of his quest to make it to the major leagues, working out with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets on Tuesday. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of the Florida Gators and former NFL quarterback says no matter where he’s been people have been supportive. Opening day is Thursday.