Manziel Cut, Barred from Other CFL Teams
Johnny Manziel’s time in the Canadian Football League is over.
The CFL terminated the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner’s contract with the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday. The league also informed the eight other teams that it wouldn’t register a contract for Manziel if any tried to sign him.
“We advised Montreal that Johnny had violated one of the conditions we had set for him to be in our league. And Montreal announced his release today,” CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in Vancouver. “We didn’t release the terms of those conditions then and we’re not going to do that now.”
One option for the former Texas A&M star and onetime Cleveland Brown could be the Alliance of American Football, which kicked off its inaugural season earlier this month. Manziel said he was intrigued by the prospect of playing in either that or Xtreme Football League, which begins operation next year.
Nick Foles rejuvenated his career in Philadelphia. Now he wants to turn his success into an NFL starting job -- and the Eagles intend to give him that chance.
General manager Howie Roseman told reporters that the franchise will not use the franchise tag on Foles, making him a free agent. Roseman said the Eagles agreed to make the move after Foles expressed his desire during a recent meeting. ... Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been arrested and jailed after an incident at a southeastern Indiana casino. The Indiana Gaming Commission says Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, intimidation, and resisting arrest early Wednesday at the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, located about 25 miles southwest of Cincinnati.
The injuries keep piling up for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hope the arrival of defenseman Erik Gudbranson will help them deal with the loss of forward Bryan Rust and ex-UMass Lowell defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, both of whom are out indefinitely after getting hurt in a victory over Columbus on Tuesday.
Coach Mike Sullivan said Ruhwedel and Rust will be out “longer term.”
Ruhwedel suffered an upper-body injury in the second period, making him the fourth member of the Penguins’ blue line to go down in the last month, joining Olli Maatta, Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin.
Iowa suspends coach
Iowa has suspended coach Fran McCaffery for two games for yelling at an official in a hallway heading to the locker room following Tuesday’s loss at Ohio State.
Hawkeyes athletic director Gary Barta announced the move, which will sideline McCaffery for upcoming games against Rutgers and Wisconsin. The Big Ten says it supports McCaffery’s suspension, and it tacked on a $10,000 fine for the university along with a public reprimand.
The Boston Red Sox are mourning the 23-year-old brother of catcher Blake Swihart.
The team confirmed the death of Romell Jordan on Wednesday after abruptly canceling their scheduled spring training media availability in the morning.
The Red Sox said that out of respect for the family’s privacy, no other information was available.