Off the wire
Police suspend Elliott probe
Dallas police have suspended an investigation into an incident at a bar involving Ezekiel Elliott, the latest off-field issue for the Dallas Cowboys’ star running back. Police said Wednesday that the investigation was suspended “due to the lack of a complaint,” and that no other witnesses had come forward. The statement said investigators had made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the 30-year-old man who was punched in the nose Sunday night. Dallas Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that he hadn’t spoken to Elliott about the incident but planned to when players report to the practice facility Friday, a day before the team flies to California for training camp. Elliott wasn’t named in the original police report.
Hardy’s death ruled a suicide
The death of former NFL wide receiver James Hardy has been ruled a suicide by Indiana officials. The Allen County coroner’s office said Wednesday that the 31-yearold Hardy died of “asphyxia due to drowning.” Michael Burris, chief investigator for the coroner’s office, said the determination of suicide was based on Hardy’s medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body. Hardy’s body was found June 7 at a dam along the Maumee River in his hometown of Fort Wayne. Relatives had reported the former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens player missing a few weeks earlier.
Receiver suspended a game
The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison without pay for the season opener Sept. 10 against Seattle for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The league said in a statement Wednesday that Allison would be eligible for all preseason practices and games. He would be eligible to return from his Week 1 suspension Sept. 11. The Packers declined comment, citing confidentiality. Allison was charged
with misdemeanor marijuana possession in September stemming from a traffic stop in Manitowoc County. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors in April, paying $330 to settle the charge after it was amended to a local violation.
Bears sign QB Trubisky
The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, their first-round draft pick and the No. 2 overall selection in April. Trubisky received a four-year contract worth under $30 million, with approximately $19 million to sign. While Trubisky is considered the franchise’s quarterback of the future, he’s not expected to start this season. Veteran Mike Glennon was signed in the offseason to take over for the departed Jay Cutler, giving the Bears time to develop Trubisky.
BASKETBALL Grizzlies sign Chalmers
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Mario Chalmers,
nearly 1 1/2 years after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon playing for the team. The Grizzlies announced the deal Wednesday. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed. Chalmers, 31, was injured in March 2016. During the 20152016 season, Chalmers played 61 games for the Grizzlies and Miami Heat, averaging 10.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. Chalmers played for Miami from 2008-2015 and was part of the Heat’s 2012 and 2013 NBA championship teams.
Suns make moves
Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has extended the contract of General Manager Ryan McDonough through the 2019-2020 season and hired longtime NBA player James Jones as vice president of basketball operations. Sarver said Jones will report directly to McDonough in the new position. McDonough is entering his fifth season as general manager and is the architect of an exceedingly young roster built with draft picks. Jones played the past 14 seasons in the NBA — two with the Suns — and was part of three championship teams — two in Miami and one in Cleveland.
F1 to use ‘halo’ system
Motor sports governing body said the “halo” cockpit protection system will be used on Formula One cars from next year onward. The FIA has been looking at ways to improve cockpit protection and limit the risk of head injuries, after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later. The “halo” design forms a semi-circular barrier around the driver’s head, protecting against flying debris without completely closing the cockpit. When first tested ahead of the 2016 season, drivers were divided as to whether they liked it with some criticizing it on aesthetic grounds. Other safety devices were therefore considered. A transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate, known as the “shield,” was tested by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel during last weekend’s British Grand Prix in Silverstone. But Vettel, who has previously spoken in favor of the Halo, was critical and said it made him feel dizzy. In a statement Wednesday, the FIA said the halo “presents the best overall safety performance.
TENNIS Karlovic moves to quarters
Defending champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia beat American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday in his Hall of Fame Tennis Championships opener in Newport, R.I., to reach the quarterfinals in the grasscourt event. Karlovic, 38, had 16 aces and broke Kudla’s serve three times. Karlovic will face Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk. Top-seeded John Isner, the big-serving American who won Newport titles in 2011 and 2012, used 13 aces to beat Australia’s Sam Groth 6-2, 6-4. Isner will play fellow American Dennis Novikov, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Canada’s Frank Dancevic. American Bjorn Fratangelo also advanced, beating Australia’s Akira Santillan 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.