Saints’ Brees an­nounces in­ten­tion to re­turn in ’20

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS -

Quar­ter­back Drew Brees says he in­tends to play for the New Or­leans Saints again next sea­son.

The 41-year-old Brees an­nounced his in­ten­tion to re­turn for what would be his 20th NFL sea­son in a so­cial me­dia post on Tues­day.

“My feel­ings about the 2020 sea­son! I look for­ward to the grind and the jour­ney, for the re­ward at the end will be worth it,” Brees wrote in his an­nounce­ment. “Love you #WhoDatNa­tion. Let’s make an­other run at it!”

Brees missed five games with a throw­ing hand in­jury that re­quired surgery but was still pro­duc­tive last sea­son while lead­ing New Or­leans to a third straight play­off ap­pear­ance. Brees’ 74.3 per­cent com­ple­tion rate ranked sec­ond in NFL his­tory be­hind only his 2018 record of 74.4 per­cent.

He also passed for 27 touch­downs while throw­ing just four in­ter­cep­tions and was se­lected to a fourth straight Pro Bowl, the 13th of his ca­reer.

Brees’ con­tract sit­u­a­tion re­mains un­clear. His last con­tract voids au­to­mat­i­cally at the end of the cur­rent league year that con­cludes March 18.

SOURCE: OLSEN AGREES TO DEAL WITH SEA­HAWKS >> A per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a oneyear, $7 mil­lion con­tract with the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

Olsen was re­leased by the Pan­thers ear­lier this month af­ter nine sea­sons with the team amid a re­build­ing process un­der first-year coach Matt Rhule. Olsen has caught 718 passes for 8,444 yards and 59 touch­downs dur­ing his 13-year NFL ca­reer. He spent his first four sea­sons with the Chicago Bears.

Mo­tor sports

NEW­MAN AWAKE, SPEAK­ING AF­TER HOR­RIFIC CRASH >> NAS­CAR driver Ryan New­man is awake and speak­ing with fam­ily and doc­tors a day af­ter his hor­rific crash on the fi­nal lap of the Day­tona 500.

Roush Fen­way Rac­ing re­leased an update on its driver, about 20 hours af­ter New­man’s car slammed into the wall at nearly 200 mph, flipped, got T-boned by an­other car, flipped sev­eral more times and skid­ded to a halt in flames.

Every­one watch­ing feared the worst Mon­day night and had to wait nearly two hours to learn that New­man’s in­juries were not con­sid­ered lifethreat­en­ing. The lat­est update was more good news for the 42-year driver and 2008 Day­tona 500 cham­pion.

Hockey

BOUWMEESTE­R BACK IN ST. LOUIS >> Blues de­fense­man Jay Bouwmeeste­r is back in St. Louis af­ter col­laps­ing on the bench dur­ing a game in Ana­heim last week and said in a state­ment that he is “on the road to re­cov­ery.”

Bouwmeeste­r, 36, col­lapsed dur­ing the first pe­riod of the Feb. 11 game af­ter go­ing into car­diac ar­rest. He had a car­dioverter de­fib­ril­la­tor im­planted into his chest at UCI Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Or­ange County, where he had been hos­pi­tal­ized un­til re­turn­ing to St. Louis on Sun­day.

In a state­ment is­sued by the Blues, Bouwmeeste­r thanked team train­ers for both the Blues and Ducks, along with first re­spon­ders and the med­i­cal staff at UCI Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Pro bas­ket­ball

PIS­TONS, GUARD JACK­SON AGREE ON BUY­OUT >> The Detroit Pis­tons and Reg­gie Jack­son have agreed on a con­tract buy­out, pav­ing the way for the vet­eran guard to sign with an­other team.

Jack­son is in the fi­nal sea­son of his five-year, $80 mil­lion deal he signed in 2015 with the Pis­tons.

The 29-year-old Jack­son

is av­er­ag­ing 14.9 points and 5.1 as­sists this sea­son.

Soc­cer

CINCIN­NATI COACH JAN RE­SIGNS AMID IN­VES­TI­GA­TION >> FC Cincin­nati coach Ron Jans re­signed amid an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Ma­jor League Soc­cer of his use of a racial slur in the locker room.

Jans re­signed late Mon­day, FC Cincin­nati Pres­i­dent Jeff Berd­ing said. The club had sus­pended Jans pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was prompted by a com­plaint from the MLS Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

The club des­ig­nated Yoann Damet as in­terim head coach while the team con­ducts a search.

Ten­nis

KENIN LOSES OPEN­ING MATCH IN DUBAI >> Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Sofia Kenin lost her open­ing match at the Dubai Cham­pi­onships as Elena Ry­bak­ina ral­lied to beat the Amer­i­can 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-3.

The fifth-seeded Kenin was play­ing her first WTA Tour event since earn­ing her maiden Grand Slam ti­tle and then help­ing the United States reach the Fed Cup fi­nal. She broke Ry­bak­ina in her open­ing ser­vice game but the Kazakh player held serve the rest of the way to earn her third ca­reer win over a top10 ranked player.

CHINA FORFEITS DAVIS CUP TIE IN RO­MA­NIA DUE TO VIRUS >> China for­feited a Davis Cup tie be­cause its men’s team can­not travel to Ro­ma­nia next month.

The In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion cited “in­creased re­stric­tions in re­sponse to the cur­rent coro­n­avirus out­break” for the de­ci­sion.

JOHN RAOUX — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NFC quar­ter­back Drew Brees, of the Saints, looks to pass dur­ing the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26 in Or­lando, Fla.

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