Natl. Sports Headlines for Wednesday, March 7th:
Bell among 5 with NFL franchise tag… Panthers extend Gano…Ex-Raider Smith booked
UNDATED (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is among five NFL players who have received the franchise take before today’s deadline. Others getting the tag were Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Detroit defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and Los Angeles Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner. Bell is the only one to receive the exclusive tag, meaning he can’t negotiate with other teams.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers have worked out a four-year contract extension with Pro Bowl kicker Graham Gano. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $17 million overall with $9 million guaranteed. The 30-year-old is coming off his best NFL season, converting all 29 field goals from inside of 50 yards and 29 of 30 overall, and made 34 of 37 extra points.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Aldon Smith has turned himself in to police in a misdemeanor domestic violence case. San Francisco County Jail records show he was booked Tuesday on suspicion of domestic violence and three related misdemeanors. San Francisco police had been looking for Smith since he fled a home Saturday night after someone called 911 to report a domestic violence incident.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has written an essay for the Players’ Tribune that says he was overcome by anxiety during a Nov. 5 home game against Atlanta. The 29-year-old All-Star was briefly hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic and the episode left him shaken. Love says he drew courage after Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan disclosed he has dealt with depression.
UNDATED (AP) – Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser will likely miss the remainder of the NHL season because of a back injury. Boeser fell into an open gate at the players’ bench after trying to make a hit on Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck during Monday’s 4-3 win over New York. The star rookie left Rogers Arena on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital after the collision.