DE Charles Johnson takes big pay cut to return to Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Defensive end Charles Johnson has agreed to take a major pay cut to return to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers announced Wednesday that the nine-year NFL veteran has re-signed with the team after being released last week in a salary cap move....

Inventor of drug in Sharapova case says it’s ‘not doping’

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Meldonium doesn’t enhance the performance of athletes, the Latvian scientist who invented the drug at the center of Maria Sharapova’s doping case told The Associated Press. Ivars Kalvins said that the drug “is not doping,” but...

Kremlin says Sharapova doping case doesn’t reflect Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Maria Sharapova’s doping case and others like it should not be considered a reflection of Russian sport as a whole. Sharapova is the most prominent name to test positive for heart medicine meldonium since it was banned this year, but...

French soccer HQ raided in Swiss case against Blatter

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say evidence has been seized in a search at the French soccer federation headquarters for their criminal case against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general on Wednesday said the governing body...

Cowboys’ Romo has shoulder surgery, on track for offseason

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has undergone shoulder surgery and should be ready for offseason workouts when they start in May. Romo had the procedure Tuesday on the left collarbone that he broke twice last season, causing him to miss 12 games. The...

Big deals reached on day before free agency

With Peyton Manning’s retirement out of the way, NFL movement was all about changing teams on Tuesday. And Manning’s former franchise, the Broncos, lost a key piece. Defensive end Malik Jackson, a key performer in Denver’s championship season, is heading to...

Sponsors ditch Sharapova, despite her textbook apology

MOSCOW (AP) — Nike and other sponsors swiftly distanced themselves from Maria Sharapova on Tuesday after the world’s highest-earning female athlete outed herself as a longtime user of a recently banned drug. Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company...

Broncos release Daniels, Vasquez , Brewers to free cap space

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos released three players who helped them win the Super Bowl: tight end Owen Daniels, guard Louis Vasquez, and long snapper Aaron Brewer. Denver is trying to clear salary cap space to re-sign some of its key free agents, including...

What to look for as NFL free agency begins

With another major spike in the NFL’s salary cap, up about $12 million to $155.27 million, the spending spree that is free agency begins Wednesday. Some teams that open up their vaults have prospered recently, most notably the Broncos. Denver won its third Super Bowl thanks...

DE Jason Pierre-Paul is ready to re-sign with Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Citing unfinished business, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said Tuesday he has agreed to terms on a new contract with the New York Giants. The free agent posted the news on Instagram. He said he chose to return to the team that made him a...