Natl. Sports Headlines for Wednesday, February 28th:
Union goes after 4 MLB clubs… Lions franchise Ansah…Eagles punter retires…B’s shelve Bergeron
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays. The union accuses the four teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money to improve their ballclubs. MLB says the complaint has no merit, while Pirates president Frank Coonelly called the grievance “patently baseless.”
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah has been given the team’s franchise tag. The Lions’ first-round pick in 2013 has 44 sacks, including 12 this past season. The franchise tag means Ansah will make the average of the top five defensive ends this year unless he and the Lions can reach agreement on a long-term package by mid-July.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Eagles punter Donnie Jones has announced his retirement after 14 NFL seasons. Jones played for Seattle, Miami, St. Louis and Houston before joining Philadelphia in 2013. He set an Eagles career record for punters with 70 games played and finishes his career with the third-longest consecutive-games-played streak at 208.
BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins say center and leading goal scorer Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) is out with a fractured right foot suffered while blocking a shot in Saturday’s loss to Toronto. An initial X-ray was negative, but a subsequent CT scan revealed a break that will be evaluated in two weeks. Bergeron has 27 goals and 54 points in 55 games this season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Holmqvist has signed a five-year contract extension worth $5.3 million annually. He could have become a free agent this summer before accepting a package that runs through the 2022-23 season. Hornqvist has 17 goals and 32 points this season after scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 of last year’s final against Nashville.