Update on the latest in sports:
BRADY JERSEY FOUND
Police: Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico
BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room — but the mystery isn’t over.
The NFL said the jersey was found in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.
It wasn’t the only piece of memorabilia recovered: Authorities found a Brady jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. And NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says that a helmet belonging to a Denver Broncos player was also discovered.
The stolen jersey — and the investigation that stretched from Boston to the border — captivated Patriots fans and social media for several days after the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Witness: Ex-NFL star shot men after drink spilled at club
BOSTON (AP) — A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury at Hernandez’s double-murder trial that the player opened fire on a car because he believed two men inside had taunted him at a nightclub.
Alexander Bradley testified about the shootings on July 16, 2012. Bradley said Hernandez ordered him to pull up next to the victims’ car at a stop light and then repeatedly fired a revolver into the car. Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu were killed.
Relatives of the men wept as Bradley testified, prompting Judge Jeffrey Locke to call for a brief recess.
Bradley said Hernandez used a racial epithet and said, “What’s up now?” before firing.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Instead of facing Japan in the World Baseball Classic, Johnny Cueto pitched in the Cactus League and made the most of it.
The right-hander threw five innings and allowed just a hit and a run on Monday, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in his third outing of the spring.
Cueto would have started for the Dominican Republic against Japan on Tuesday night if his home country had advanced to the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles. The Dominicans lost to the United States on Saturday night, though, leaving Cueto to wonder if his stuff Monday would have been enough in the international tournament.
In other baseball news:
–Coming off severe shoulder injuries, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley returned to the field, getting two singles and driving in a run in the Cleveland Indians’ 14-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
–New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t put on a timetable on a return, only saying, “He’s going to be sidelined for a bit.”
–Defensive standout Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a six-year, $53.6 million contract extension that keeps the centerfielder with the team through 2022. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2023 which — including incentives — could boost the value of the agreement to $66.15 million. The two-time AL Gold Glove winner avoided salary arbitration in January when he agreed to a one-year contract that would pay him $2.975 million for the upcoming season.
No games today
UNDATED (AP) — They’re still talking about the big upset in the NCAA — no Duke. Duke lost yesterday, 88-81 to South Carolina. After the game, coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) said, “at the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we’ve lost or crying because we’ve just won.” Krzyzewski said, “This is one of the most proud teams for me.” The NCAA men have no games today.
UConn rolls over Syracuse, Stanford trounces K-State
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game.
Nurse hit 10 of her 13 shots, missing three attempts from behind the arc for the Huskies, who won their 109th straight game and 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament game. That streak includes last April’s 82-51 win over the Orange that gave the Huskies their fourth consecutive title.
Gabby Williams and Katie Lou Samuelson each added 23 points and Napheesa Collier chipped in with 17 for UConn (34-0), which led by as many as 36 points.
The Huskies shot 62 percent from the floor, 52 percent from 3-point range and had 30 assists on their 33 baskets.
Elsewhere in the tournament:
–Brittany McPhee had 21 points, Alanna Smith added 19 and second-seeded Stanford routed No. 7 seed Kansas State 69-48 to advance to the Cardinal’s 10th straight Sweet 16. The Cardinal (30-5) had no problem dealing with the Wildcats (23-11) or their home crowd, which spent much of the game sitting in silence. Stanford roared to a 39-21 halftime lead and never looked back in advancing to face No. 3 seed Texas on Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky.
Women’s players call negotiations with USA Hockey productive
UNDATED (AP)– The U.S. women’s national team says discussions with USA Hockey over an ongoing wage dispute were productive and will continue this week.
The team released a statement Monday night after a lengthy meeting that included almost 20 players and top executives from USA Hockey.
Players announced last week they’d boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan, unless significant progress was made toward a labor agreement.
In the statement, players said the goal was to reach an agreement this week that would still allow them to get to training camp and play in the tournament. Camp was set to begin Wednesday with the tournament beginning March 31.
Wawrinka calls laughing Federer expletive on court
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer has a reputation as one of the nicest pro athletes among his fellow tennis players and fans.
When Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah) got emotional in his post-match comments to the crowd after losing the BNP Paribas Open final Sunday, Federer sat courtside laughing.
Wawrinka said, “I would like to congratulate Roger,” then Wawrinka called Federer an expletive. Wawrinka wiped his eyes and apologized to the crowd, explaining he was tired after the desert tournament ended Sunday.
2020 Olympic golf course votes to amend membership policy
TOKYO (AP) — The course that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament has decided to change its membership policy to include women.
The Kasumigaseki Country Club says its executive board decided on the change after discussions among its members. The membership policy came under scrutiny when Tokyo’s governor urged it to admit women as full members.
Other critics said the club’s policy was contrary to the spirit of the Olympics.
SPIKE LEE-COLIN KAEPERNICK
Director wants to know why there’s no interest in Kaepernick
NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee says it’s “fishy” that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains an NFL free agent.
Kaepernick’s season-long protest of “The Star Spangled Banner” ahead of 49ers games became a topic of national debate last season. Kaepernick was protesting police treatment of minorities in the country. He has indicated he plans to stand for the anthem next season.
Lee wrote on Instagram Sunday that he had brunch with Kaepernick in New York. The director questioned what crime Kaepernick has committed. He says the quarterback’s lack of suitors “smells mad fishy to me.”
Lee is suggesting his hometown New York Jets take a look at Kaepernick.