Suh headed to Tampa Bay
Ndamukong Suh, who helped the Rams make the Super Bowl last season, has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers as a replacement for Gerald McCoy.
McCoy was released earlier this week after nine seasons with the Bucs, who selected him third overall in the 2010 draft — one spot after Suh was taken by the Detroit Lions.
Comparisons between the defensive tackles began when they were rivals in college, when McCoy played at Oklahoma and Suh for Nebraska. Both have worn No. 93 as pros, McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowl selection with 54 1/2 sacks in 123 career games, while Suh’s a three-time All-Pro who’s been picked for the Pro Bowl five times and has 56 sacks in 142 games with the Lions, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams.
Suh made $14 million on a one-year contract last season in Los Angeles. He’ll make about $4 million less with the Bucs, who also freed up money to pay some of the club’s unsigned draft picks by dumping McCoy’s $13 million salary for 2019.
De Sousa gets year of eligibility back
Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa will be eligible to play next season after the NCAA’s reinstatement committee agreed Friday with an appeal filed by the school.
The NCAA had declared De Sousa ineligible this past season and next season in early February.
The punishment came after De Sousa’s named surfaced last summer in an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball. The NCAA found that De Sousa’s guardian, Fenny Falmagne, had received a $2,500 payment from a “university booster and agent” and agreed to an additional $20,000 payment from the same individual and an Adidas employee for securing his commitment to Kansas.
The school appealed the decision, and the NCAA said it had “determined additional relief was appropriate.”
De Sousa declared for next month’s NBA draft but said he would return to Kansas if he could play next season.
Two Clemson players suspended for season
Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school’s appeal of their drug suspension.
Ex-Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence also was suspended and missed the team’s College Football Playoff games.
All three players have denied knowingly taking the banned substance ostarine.
Lawrence was a junior who left early for the NFL and was drafted by the New York Giants with the 17th overall pick. He would have faced a suspension of the entire season.
Clemson issued a statement that it was disappointed in the ruling and continues “to believe our student-athletes did not knowingly ingest any banned substances.”
Zverev to face Jarry in Geneva final
Alexander Zverev will seek his first title this season against 75th-ranked Nicolas Jarry in the Geneva Open final on Saturday.
Top-seeded Zverev was pushed hard in a 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win over Federico Delbonis in the last four on Friday.
The 22-year-old German let a 5-1 lead slip before taking the first set. In the decider, Zverev forced a service break to lead 2-1 and clinched victory by again breaking serve.
The unseeded Jarry advanced to his first career final by beating fifth-seeded Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4.
- Felix Auger-Aliassime
- will seek a first ATP title against local favorite
- Benoit Paire
- in the Lyon (France) Open final.
Auger-Aliassime defeated top-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the semifinals of the clay-court event on Friday.
Paire hit 10 aces and dropped just one point on his first serve to beat American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2.
- Caroline Garcia
- won an all-French matchup against
- Chloe Paquet
- to reach the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg (French).
Garcia won 6-3, 6-4 and will battle for the title with No. 6 seed Dayana Yastremska.
The 2016 champion hit 11 aces and did not face a break point as she stayed unbeaten in three matches against Paquet.
Yastremska upset second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-4.
- Yulia Putintseva
- will face
- Tamara Zidansek
- in the Nuremberg (Germany) Cup final on Saturday.
Putintseva, whose quarterfinal against Anna-Lena Friedsam lasted a season-longest 3 hours, 21 minutes on Thursday, converted her first match point to beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 7-5 in the last four on Friday.
Zidansek upset the second-seeded Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the second semifinal at the clay-court tournament.
Putintseva, who lost finals in St. Petersburg (2017) and Guangzhou (2018), is bidding for her first WTA singles title. The 68th-ranked Zidansek will also be going for her first win.
Stewart to be league ambassador
A person familiar with the details says that Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles tendon over the winter and is out for the year.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because no official announcement has been made.
The league has no injury list for teams, so Seattle suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The WNBA will pay Stewart in excess of the roughly $65,000 base salary she would have made with the Storm.