Report: Jets open to shopping Revis
The Jets are open to shopping star cornerback Darrelle Revis, ESPN.com reported. Revis’s contract voids after the 2013 season, and owner Woody Johnson has “no confidence’’ in signing Revis, who is coming off major knee surgery, ESPN.com reported . . . Saints coach Sean Payton returned to work following a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the team’s bounty program. Payton watched the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., and planned to meet later in the day with the New Orleans staff to evaluate a defense that struggled during a 7-9 season. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lifted Payton’s suspension Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected . . . The Raiders hired Tony Sparano as an assistant who will work with the offensive line. Sparano spent one season as offensive coordinator for the Jets, who had one of the NFL’s worst offenses . . . 49ers running back Frank Gore was fined $10,500 by the NFL after he wore his socks too low in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.
LA story: Bryant confronted Howard
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni asked his players Wednesday if they wanted to air their grievances at a meeting before LA lost to the Grizzlies, 106-93, and Kobe Bryant spoke up, asking Dwight Howard if he was bothered playing alongside him, ESPN.com reported. The report said Howard was despondent and did not offer much of a reply . . . The Knicks have surpassed the Lakers as the most valuable team in the NBA, according to Forbes’ annual study. The Knicks are worth $1.1 billion, while the Lakers sit at $1 billion. The Celtics are the fourth most valuable. The Bucks were the least valuable . . . The New Orleans Hornets are moving ahead with plans to change their name to the Pelicans next season, people familiar with the decision said. An announcement is expected to come Thursday, when the club also will unveil the proposed new color scheme of blue, gold, and red . . . Bucks owner Herb Kohl signed general manager John Hammond to a three-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed . . . The White House says the Heat will get personal congratulations from President Obama on their NBA championship when they visit on Monday.
Gomez inks one-year deal with Sharks
The Sharks signed free agent center Scott Gomez to a one-year deal reportedly worth $700,000. Gomez, a 12-year NHL veteran and two-time All-Star, was bought out by Montreal just before the season started . . . Red Wings GM Ken Holland said defenseman Ian White will be out 2-3 weeks after having surgery to repair a deep leg laceration suffered in Tuesday’s game against Dallas. Holland says some muscles in White’s leg had to be reattached during the surgery . . . The Avalanche will be without Steve Downie for the rest of the season after the forward tore his ACL against Los Angeles Tuesday . . . Flyers forward Brayden Schenn was suspended for one game by the NHL for a hit to the head on the Devils' Anton Volchenkov during Philadelphia’s 3-0 loss Tuesday . . . The Edmontoin Oilers and the city have agreed to resurrect a deal to build a new downtown arena. City councilors have voted to accept a cost-shared deal for a $480 million rink. After surrounding infrastructure is added in, the final bill will be $601 million. However, the deal is still more than $100 million short. The plan is for construction to start this fall and for the building to open in 2016.
Louisville’s Strong gets 8-year deal
Football coach Charlie Strong and Louisville agreed to an eight-year contract extension that will pay Strong an annual base salary of $3.7 million, making him one of the 10 highest paid coaches in the FBS . . . Conference USA unveiled a new divisional format for the 2013 season. The conference's 14 football schools will be split into seven-team East and West divisions . . . A spokesman for Central Florida says the NCAA is set to hear its appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football brought on by major recruiting violations . The appeal will be heard at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis Thursday . . . North Carolina suspended men’s basketball guard Leslie McDonald for three games for undisclosed reasons.
Beckham’s son trys out with Chelsea
David Beckham’s 13-year-old son Brooklyn is having a tryout with London club Chelsea, and played in an under-14 game Tuesday at the team’s training facility . . . Reliever Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, avoiding arbitration . . . Ricardo Santos made five birdies on the back nine to finish with a 7-under-par 65 in the opening round of the Qatar Masters in Doha, taking a one shot lead over Anthony Wall and Peter Whiteford . . . Olympic champion Usain Bolt will compete in the Bislett Games in Oslo for the third straight year when he races in the 200 meters. The Bislett Games begin June 13.