Sports briefs: NFL won’t suspend Chiefs’ Hill

  • FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill talks to the media after a workout in Kansas City, Mo. The NFL will not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill under its personal conduct policy after the league investigating his involvement in a domestic violence incident involving his 3-year-old son. The league said in a statement Friday, July 19, 2019, that it has not been given access to information in the court proceedings, and a district attorney in June said an investigation was dropped because officials couldn't prove who injured the boy. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

  • FILE - This 2012 file photo, shows Mitch Petrus of the New York Giants NFL football team. Officials say Petrus, a former Arkansas offensive lineman who later won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, has died in Arkansas of apparent heat stroke. He was 32. Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says Petrus died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at a North Little Rock hospital. Hobbs says Petrus had worked outside all day at his family shop, and that his cause of death is listed as heat stroke. (AP Photo/File)

The Associated Press
Published: 7/19/2019 9:54:46 PM
Modified: 7/19/2019 9:54:33 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyreek Hill has been cleared to report to Kansas City Chiefs training camp next week after the NFL said on Friday it would not suspend the star wide receiver under its personal conduct policy after a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son.

The league spent eight hours interviewing Hill late last month about the case, which came to light after a recording of Hill and his fiance, Crystal Espinal, aired on television station KCTV5.

During the conversation, Espinal accused Hill of hurting their son. Police launched an investigation into potential child abuse, but the Johnson County, Kan., district attorney announced he could not charge Hill because it was not clear how the boy had sustained his injuries.

“Based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy,” the NFL said in a statement. “He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, commissioner (Roger) Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention.”

The Chiefs report to training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., next week. Their first full-squad workout is scheduled for July 27.

Ex-Giants lineman dies of heat stroke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, has died. He was 32.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs said Petrus died of heat stroke on Thursday night at a North Little Rock hospital after working outside that day at his family’s shop about 25 miles east of Little Rock.

Like much of the country, Arkansas is in the grip of an intense heat wave. In Lonoke County, where Petrus was working, the heat index on Thursday made it feel like it was more than 100 degrees outside, according to the National Weather Service.

Shark group names great white for Edelman

CHATHAM, Mass. — A shark conservation group says it’s named a shark after New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said on Friday it named the shark “Jules” for its wily moves. The Cape Cod-based group says it originally tagged the male in 2011, but he shook the tag.

Jules was retagged on Tuesday.

Horse Racing’Queen of Saratoga’ Whitney dies at 93

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Marylou Whitney, a successful thoroughbred breeder and owner whose family helped keep Saratoga Race Course open in the 1970s, has died. She was 93.

The New York Racing Association said she died on Friday at her estate in Saratoga Springs, after a long illness. No further details were provided.

Her stable had over 190 winners starting in 2000 and into the current year.

In the 1970s, she and her husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, helped convince NYRA to keep Saratoga open at a time when wagering and attendance sagged. Their efforts and long-term vision paid off, with Saratoga’s summer meet attracting more than one million fans annually.

GOLFHerman takes Barbasol lead

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Jim Herman shot his second straight 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.

Herman had a one-stroke lead over Bill Haas at rain-softened Keene Trace.

Haas followed his opening 65 with a 66. He made a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 eighth, his 17th hole.

Clanton, Suwannapura unite for big lead

MIDLAND, Mich. — Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura shot a 7-under 63 in alternate-shot play to open a five-stroke lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event.

Clanton and Suwannapura birdied five of the last seven holes on the front nine and played the last five holes in 2 under, making three birdies and a bogey. They had a 16-under 194 total at Midland Country Club, with a best-ball round left Saturday.

Suwannapura, from Thailand, won the Marathon Classic last year for her lone LPGA Tour title. Clanton is winless on the tour.

Sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn had a 64 to move into a tie for second at 11 under with Simin Feng-Ruixin Liu (67), Na Yeon Choi-Jenny Shin (67) and Paula Creamer-Morgan Pressel (69).

Rangers agree to contract terms with new defenseman Trouba

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, who they acquired from Winnipeg in a major offseason trade.

The deal reached Friday with Trouba, 25, is for seven years and $56 million, with an $8 million salary cap hit for the upcoming season. He is expected to anchor the team’s defense.

A 2012 first-round draft pick by the Jets, Trouba set career highs in points (50) and assists (42) last season.

A 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, Trouba is a workhorse defenseman especially adept at blocking shots. But the Rangers believe he has plenty of upside offensively.

For his six-year career, Trouba has 42 goals, 179 points and a plus-37 rating.

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