Wizards’ Morris to miss 6 weeks...Phillies sign reliever David Robertson...Devils extend Hynes’ contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards say forward Markieff (mahr-KEEF’) Morris will miss at least six weeks with a neck injury. He will be limited to non-contact basketball activities for the next month and a-half. That would mean sitting out a minimum of 20 games. The 15-23 Wizards already are without point guard John Wall for the rest of the season and are currently missing center Dwight Howard.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a two-year contract with reliever David Robertson. Terms of the deal, which also includes a club option for the 2021 season, were not announced. The right-hander went 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA and five saves in 69 games last season for the New York Yankees. The 11-year veteran and 2011 All-Star could compete for the closer’s role in Philadelphia, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have given coach John Hynes a multiyear contract extension. The team announced the deal today, saying Hynes’ leadership has been instrumental in building a culture and systems for the development of the players. Contract terms were not immediately available. The Devils made the playoffs last season for the first time since going to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012. Hynes is in his fourth season with the Devils.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida have decided not to pursue a domestic violence charge against NFL player Reuben Foster, more than a month after he was released from the San Francisco 49ers following his arrest. Prosecutors say a first-degree misdemeanor battery charge is being dismissed and there is no need for Foster to appear at any future court hearings. The second-year linebacker was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa in November following an incident involving a companion police identified as the same woman who accused Foster of hitting her in February, then recanted.
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is partnering with Caesars Entertainment as its first official casino sponsor, but the multiyear deal does not include sports betting or fantasy football. A person with knowledge of the arrangement says it begins with this weekend’s playoffs and is worth $30 million annually for three years. Caesars will have exclusive rights to NFL trademarks in the U.S. and United Kingdom, including the Super Bowl and draft. Caesars will host parts of the 2020 draft.