FOOTBALL

Report says NFL plans heavy fine for Dallas owner

According to The New York Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to fine Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ owner, millions of dollars for conduct detrimental to the NFL.

The root of the discipline was Jones’ challenging of Goodell’s contract extension and public opposition to the six-game suspension for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Goodell will announce the punishment for Jones in the coming weeks, according to the report.

nNFL Media reported that the Minnesota Vikings don’t plan to use the franchise tag on quarterback Case Keenum, who would become a free agent March 14 after leading the team to the NFC championship game.

nBuffalo got a head start on a major positional need before free agency begins by agreeing to terms with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis – who spent the past five seasons with Indianapolis – on a one-year contract.

nCarolina released veteran safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson, saving the team nearly $6 million in salary-cap space.

SOCCER

GOLD CUP: The CONCACAF Gold Cup will expand from 12 nations to 16 for the next edition in 2019.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football also said it will explore holding the 2019 tournament outside of the United States, possibly with some games in Central America and the Caribbean.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Neymar is doubtful for Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Real Madrid next week after tests showed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with a sprained ankle.

TENNIS

DAVIS CUP: The event could be transformed into a one-week, one-location, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul aimed at enticing the best men’s players to play.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are among the stars who reacted positively to the creation of an annual season-ending event, starting in 2019, that will have a total purse of $20 million.

FED CUP: The French Tennis Federation opted for a clay court when it hosts the United States in the semifinals in April.

DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Roberto Bautista Agut ended a three-match losing streak when he beat Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the first round in the United Arab Ermirates.

AUTO RACING

PETTY AUCTION: Richard Petty, a NASCAR legend, said after “accumulating stuff” for 80 years, it’s time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items at an auction May 12 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“We feel like we’ve got enough stuff in the museum and none of my kids really want it,” he said. “They’ve got enough of their own junk.”

FORMULA ONE: Daniel Ricciardo made a promising start to the preseason by driving his Red Bull to the fastest time and the most laps on the track in Montmelo, Spain, near Barcelona.

LACROSSE

COLLEGE: The State University of New York achieved a first when two of its Division I lacrosse programs attained a No. 1 national ranking.

The Albany men moved into the top spot in both polls after their second straight convincing victory of the season and the Stony Brook women joined them atop all three women’s polls.

RUGBY

WASHINGTON GAME: Washington D.C. will stage its first rugby game between top-tier teams when South Africa and Wales meet June 2 at RFK Stadium.

It will be Wales’ fifth game on American soil, with the other four coming against the U.S.

OLYMPICS

HERO’S WELCOME: Ester Ledecka received a hero’s welcome in the Czech capital of Prague after winning an unprecedented Winter Olympics double in snowboarding and Alpine skiing.

“Ester, Ester,” chanted thousands of Czechs who braved freezing temperatures to see Ledecka at the picturesque Old Town Square.

– From news service report