The Bengals have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, his agent said on Friday. The Bengals didn’t confirm the deal because it hadn’t been signed. Agent Bill Parise said Harrison has taken a physical and all of the contract details have been worked out . . . Mark Sanchez suggests the media frenzy that accompanied Tim Tebow’s presence with the Jets was partly fueled by the team itself. The Jets quarterback said in an interview with Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles that the media coverage during training camp was more intense than usual . . . The Chiefs have had ongoing discussions with Branden Albert while also giving the Dolphins permission to speak with representatives of the left tackle . . . Kicker Steven Hauschka, a Needham native, re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks . . . Running back Chris Ivory signed his $2 million tender offer with the Saints. However, he may not remain a Saint much longer. According to a New York Daily News report, the Jets have made a trade offer for Ivory . . . Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family’s business — and NFL team — amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company, Pilot Flying J.
Back surgery for Rangers’ Harrison
Rangers Opening Day starter Matt Harrison is going to have back surgery and likely will be out of the rotation until after the All-Star break. The Rangers said Harrison, on the disabled list because of an inflamed nerve in his back, is scheduled for an operation Tuesday to repair a herniated disk. Harrison says surgery is the ‘‘last resort for getting it right.” . . . Orioles manager Buck Showalter has some advice for New York Jets coach Rex Ryan: Mind your own business and worry about your own team. Ryan suggested the Orioles should have played on the road on Sept. 5 so that the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens could open at home. Showalter said of Ryan: ‘‘I'd be a little more concerned about Nov. 24 when the Jets come here and try to figure out a way to beat the Ravens.” . . . Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is day to day after getting hit on the left wrist by a pitch in an extended spring training game. Ruiz is suspended for the first 25 games for testing positive for an amphetamine . . . Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt’s ex-wife is back in court to ask a judge to set aside the couple’s $131 million divorce settlement and award her $770 million more. Jamie McCourt testified in a bench trial Friday that she made a ‘‘huge mistake’’ when she agreed to the settlement. She claims he lowballed the value of the Dodgers, who sold for $2 billion after the divorce.
Sacramento saga nearing an end?
A recommendation on the Kings’ sale and possible move to Seattle could be issued as soon as next week and a final decision made early next month, ending a process NBA commissioner David Stern called the most ‘‘wrenching’’ of his career. The committee reviewing the bids by a Seattle group and a Sacramento contingent will meet late next week and make its recommendation. A vote by the full NBA Board of Governors could then take place as soon as the week of May 6 . . . Joakim Noah’s status for the Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Nets is in question because of his injured right foot. Coach Tom Thibodeau called him day to day for the series . . . Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft . . . The NBA is considering splitting the 2015 All-Star weekend between the Knicks and Nets. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the league is holding discussions with both New York teams and they are open to a joint bid.
BC football’s spring game canceled
The Jay McGillis Memorial spring football game has been canceled, along with all other Boston College home events on Saturday . . . Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel has enrolled at Cincinnati, where he'll have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules . . . Rutgers men’s lacrosse coach Brian Brecht was suspended because of allegations of verbal abuse, two weeks after the school fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice . . . Rafael Nadal edged Grigor Dimitrov, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, to win his 45th straight match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco. Nadal will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in one semifinal Saturday while Novak Djokovic will face Fabio Fognini . . . Erik Karlsson practiced with the Ottawa Senators two months after surgery to fix a torn Achilles’ tendon and didn’t show signs of discomfort. There’s no timetable for his return . . . UMass-Lowell senior forward Riley Wetmore signed an amateur tryout with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.