Former N.F.L. Cheerleaders’ Settlement Offer: $1 and a Meeting With Goodell

Ms. Blackwell asked for a response from the N.F.L. by May 4. “We’re not asking them to admit fault, or to admit guilt, or even admit that there is anything wrong,” Ms. Blackwell said in a phone interview. “But if they do want and expect that cheerleaders should have a fair working environment, as they have stated, then it doesn’t make any common sense why the answer would be no.” The letter was sent to Steven Hurd, a New York lawyer at the firm Proskauer who often represents the N.F.L.…

Former Dutch pro Karsten Kroon admits to doping during career

Kroon confirmed the revelation that came out in a story published by Dutch sports paper AD Sportwereld Former Dutch professional Karsten Kroon admits that he doped in his career that included stage victories in the Tour de France and Paris-Nice. Kroon, who commentates for Dutch Eurosport, was nudged forward after a story that emerged this morning on AD Sportwereld. “The story is right,” Kroon told ANP. “I’m sorry and I take all responsibility for it. “I was a professional cyclist in a very difficult time and I have a lot…

Maria Sharapova loses to Caroline Garcia at Stuttgart Open

Garcia, who reached her career-high ranking of seventh earlier this year, earned a second win against Sharapova in six meetings Maria Sharapova will drop out of the world’s top 50 after losing four matches in a row for only the second time in her career. The five-time Grand Slam champion, 31, was beaten 3-6 7-6 (7-6) 6-4 by French world number seven Caroline Garcia at the Stuttgart Open in Germany. The Russian spoke this week about her desire to win more major titles after returning from a 15-month doping ban.…

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are owning the moment for the Boston Celtics

BOSTON — Jaylen Brown sat brooding in the visitors locker room as a Boston Celtics trainer patched a small gash near his right temple, the result of an uncalled foul — the NBA would later admit as much — during a critical juncture of Boston’s series-tying Game 4 loss Sunday to the Milwaukee Bucks. Brown had turned in a career night, but it was what went into the official box score as a Khris Middleton block during the final minute that left Brown smarting. To make matters worse, now he…

Cleveland Indians agree to minor league deal with OF Melky Cabrera

CLEVELAND — Free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal is contingent on the 33-year-old’s passing a physical. Cabrera spent last season with the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, batting .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBIs in 156 games. Cabrera’s agreement was first reported by MLB Network. A 13-year veteran, Cabrera will add depth to Cleveland’s outfield and give the club another veteran with playoff experience. Once he is cleared medically and signed, Cabrera is expected to spend…

Watch: Goose attacks teen golfer in Michigan

April 24 (UPI) — A teen golfer playing in a Michigan high school tournament found out how “exciting” the sport can be when he was attacked by a territorial goose. A series of photos posted to Blissfield High School’s Twitter account shows golfer Devon Gilson-Pitts in a physical confrontation with a goose. “And you thought golf was boring?” the tweet said. Gilson-Pitts said only his pride was injured. “At no point in my life, I never thought golf would be fun or exciting till yesterday. We have a great group…

Robin van Persie: ‘I have to be honest with myself’ in continuing career

Robin van Persie returned to Feyenoord in January after nearly 14 years away from the club. Robin van Persie told Dutch broadcaster NOS he will need to “be honest” with himself as he contemplates his future with his contract at Feyenoord set to expire after the season. Van Persie, 34, returned to his first club in January after leaving Fenerbahce, where he had played since his departure from Manchester United in 2015. He scored his side’s second goal in a 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Cup final…

Goffin Saves 1MP In Barcelona Scare | ATP World Tour

David Goffin recovered from a set and a double break down, saving one match point at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to beat Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 on Tuesday. The Belgian had looked down and out at 4-6, 1-5 against the Barcelona-born star, but fought back, saving a match point with aggressive baseline play before coming to the net and extracting an error from his opponent. Goffin improves to 10-5 this season and now owns a 2-1 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with the Spaniard. Granollers had…

Best kids’ bikes for 2018: a buyer’s guide

We compare prices, weight and components on bikes from three top brands and help you choose the best model for your little one Navigating the market of kids’ bikes is a serious business. If it’s your child’s first bike, you want to make sure the machine you opt for will provide them with a good introduction to the world of cycling. If you aced stage one, and now they’ve got the racing bug, you want to choose a bike that will be safe, comfortable – and competitive, ideally without clearing…

ESPN Forecast NBA playoffs – Who makes it to Round 2?

Who is going to make it to Round 2 of the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all seven remaining Round 1 series heading into Game 5. (1) Rockets vs. (8) Timberwolves Predictions: How likely is each team to win? HOU (%) MIN (%) Forecast 93 7 Fans 92 8 BPI 98 2 538 99 1 More: Game 5: Wednesday | 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT (2) Warriors vs. (7) Spurs Predictions: How likely is each team to win? GSW (%) SAS (%) Forecast 95 5 Fans…