Buccaneers Boost Defense, Get Revis From Jets
Tampa, Fla. — Revis Island is relocating to Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers took a bold move to fix the NFL’s worst pass defense yesterday, acquiring star cornerback Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft and another selection next year.
“We’re thrilled. It’s rare that you get a chance to add a player of this caliber to your football team. That’s what motivated us,” general manager Mark Dominik said, adding he would withhold further comment until a news conference today at the team’s training facility.
The Bucs announced the deal yesterday, saying Revis agreed to a new six-year contract. Revis’ agents, Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod, confirmed the deal is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money, but makes him one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL. It includes $1.5 million annually in both roster and workout bonuses.
The Jets also receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year’s draft that will become a third-rounder if Revis is on the Buccaneers’ roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
McDowell Wins Playoff
Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Graeme McDowell defeated fellow U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson in a playoff to win the RBC Heritage yesterday for his second career victory on the PGA Tour.
McDowell was four shots behind when the round started, but rallied with a closing 69 over wind-blown Harbour Town Golf Links. The 2010 U.S. Open champ had his only bogey of the day on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Simpson, the reigning U.S. Open titleholder.
Sisters Lead U.S.
At Fed Cup
Delray Beach, Fla. — Venus Williams beat Johanna Larsson 6-3, 7-5 to give the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead against Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group yesterday.
The victory guarantees the U.S. a spot in the coveted 2014 Fed Cup World Group, while Sweden will play 2014 World Group II action.
Earlier in the day, top-ranked Serena Williams boosted the U.S. to a 2-1 lead when she posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over 54th-ranked Sofia Arvidsson.
Djokovic Wins Masters
Monaco — Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating the eight-time defending champion 6-2, 7-6 (1) in the final.
Nadal won his 46 previous matches at Monte Carlo, including a victory over Djokovic in last year’s final. The Spaniard’s last defeat in this event was against Guillermo Coria 10 years ago.
Nadal missed the 2004 tournament because of injury before winning his first Monte Carlo title the following year. Nadal then beat Roger Federer in the next three finals.
Djokovic faced Nadal for the 16th time in a final, and they are now 8-8 in such matches. Nadal had won the previous three, including the French Open final last year.
Dempsey Rallies Spurs
London — American midfielder Clint Dempsey tied the game in the 75th minute with the first of three Tottenham goals in a seven-minute span, and Spurs rallied past Manchester City 3-1 yesterday to move the defending Premier League champions to the brink of elimination.
Manchester United (26-4-3) can clinch a record 20th English league title when it hosts Aston Villa tonight. City (20-5-8), which led after Samir Nasri’s fifth-minute goal, trails by 13 points and has five games remaining.
Dempsey slid to poke in Gareth Bale’s cross with his left leg from 2 yards, beating goalkeeper Joe Hart. In his first season with Spurs, Dempsey has six league goals and 11 overall. Jermain Defoe put Tottenham ahead in the 79th, and Bale scored in the 82nd.
Arsenal (18-7-9) is third with 63 points, one ahead of Chelsea (18-7-8), which allowed Luis Suarez’s goal in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool. Trying to finish among the top four and earn a berth in next season’s Champions League, Tottenham (18-8-7) is fifth with 61.
In the latest chapter of Luis Suarez’s controversial career, the Uruguayan bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday’s game at Anfield, then apologized a few hours later.
Suarez, who served a seven-game suspension for a bite during a Dutch league match in 2010, was foiled by Ivanovic as he attempted to kick the ball between the center back’s legs in the penalty area. As the ball rebounded toward the edge of the area, Suarez turned to his opponent, and television images clearly showed him biting into Ivanovic’s jersey at the top of the right arm.
Ivanovic shrugged off Suarez and immediately complained to referee Kevin Friend, who didn’t see the incident and didn’t speak to Suarez.
“I’m sad for what happened this afternoon,” Suarez wrote on his Twitter account. “I apologize (to) Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it!!”
ROME (AP) — First-place Juventus defeated visiting AC Milan 1-0 on Arturo Vidal’s 57th-minute penalty kick after goalkeeper Marco Amelia tripped Kwadwo Asamoah. Amelia entered in the 15th minute after starting goalkeeper
Christian Abbiati was injured.
Closing in on its second straight Italian title and 29th overall, Juventus (24-4-5) opened an 11-point lead over second-place Napoli (19-5-8) with five games left.
AC Milan (17-8-8) has a one-point lead over Fiorentina (17-9-7) for the last Champions League berth. Fiorentina beat Torino 4-3 behind Romulo’s tiebreaking goal in the 86th minute.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain increased its French league lead to nine points with a 3-0 victory over Nice.
Jeremy Menez scored from close range in the third minute, Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a penalty kick in the 65th and Clement Chantome scored in the 88th. Ibrahimovic has a league-leading 27 goals and 32 overall.
Seeking its first league title since 1994, PSG (21-5-7) has 70 points with five games left. Second-place Marseille (18-8-7) defeated Brest 1-0 on Saturday.