Natl. Sports Headlines for Thursday, March 1st:
Surgery for Gurriel…Forte retiring…Panthers cut Stewart… Arizona investigating Miller
UNDATED (AP) – Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has undergone left hand surgery and is expected to miss the start of the season. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says doctors removed part of the bone broken before Gurriel arrived at camp. Normal recovery time is six weeks, which means Gurriel would miss the first two weeks of the season.
UNDATED (AP) – Running back Matt Forte has announced his retirement after 10 NFL seasons, 9,796 yards rushing and 554 receptions. The 32-year-old had one year remaining in his contract with the Jets, but he has been bogged down by knee injuries the last two seasons. He had a career-low 381 yards rushing on just 103 carries and ran for two touchdowns last season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Running back Jonathan Stewart has been released by the Carolina Panthers. Stewart became the franchise’s career rushing leader in 2017, finishing with 7,318 rushing yards. His 1,699 rushing attempts are also the most in franchise history, while his 58 touchdowns are second in franchise history.
UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Board of Regents is scheduled to meet today to get legal advice and discuss the men’s basketball program at the University of Arizona and the contract of coach Sean Miller. ESPN reported that federal investigators had recorded the coach in a wiretap talking about a $100,000 payout involving star freshman Deandre Ayton. Miller has said he’s confident he’ll be vindicated. Ayton and his family have denied the report.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Scott Blackmun is resigning as CEO of the US Olympic Committee, citing health problems as the reason for ending his term after eight-plus years. The 60-year-old CEO was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this winter and did not attend the Pyeongchang Games. Blackmun leaves the federation amid calls for his departure, including from two U.S. senators, who said neither he nor the USOC as a whole has done enough to react to sex abuse cases inside the U.S. gymnastics team.