NFLPA: Schiano leaked Freeman info
The Players Association believes Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano leaked confidential information about former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, and it wants the NFL to join the investigation, according to a report by USA Today. The NFLPA is not confident in the league’s separate investigation because the union isn’t aware of any discipline handed out as a result of queries into confidentiality breaches. The NFLPA said it has information that Schiano shared information about Freeman, who was in the league’s substance-abuse program, with other players on the team. Freeman was later released by the team after a bad start to the season on Oct. 3 . . . The 49ers are not expecting All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith to return this season, team sources told ESPN. Smith, 24, is on an indefinite leave of absence while undergoing treatment for substance abuse after a DUI arrest last month. He also is facing three felony charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon. According to the source, the 49ers believe Smith’s issues are serious and will need time to be sorted through . . . NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes Washington owner Daniel Snyder is ‘‘way down the road’’ in consideration of whether the team should change its nickname. Goodell said he knows Snyder ‘‘feels strongly’’ about keeping the name, but ‘‘wants to do the right thing.’’
Yankees GM wants Rodriguez to play
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on ESPN Radio that the team would prefer to have Alex Rodriguez on the field next season, insisting that the third baseman’s production is too difficult to make up. The 38-year-old hit .244 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games after returning from injury last season, but faces a 211-game suspension tied to the Biogenesis case. If not suspended, Rodriguez’s $25 million salary will hurt New York’s attempt to get under the luxury tax threshold of $189 million. Rodriguez is six home runs shy of Willie Mays’s 660, and he would receive a $6 million bonus if he passes Mays for fourth on the all-time list.
Boston winner Jeptoo wins Chicago
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya finished the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 57 seconds, winning the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings. Jeptoo, who won Boston this year, lost in a sprint at Chicago last season. Six weeks removed from a bout of malaria, Dennis Kimetto set the course mark Sunday, finishing in 2:03:45, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Kenyan men. He beat the mark of 2:04:38 set by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede last year. He pulled away from Emannuel Mutai over the last few miles and was alone with both arms raised as he crossed the line. Before the race, there was a 30-second moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. On a sunny day and with conditions ideal, the race drew a Chicago Marathon-record 40,230 runners. Officers inside a command post monitored pictures from helicopters and the city’s 22,000 cameras, the most extensive surveillance system in the nation.
Djokovic remains dominant in China
Novak Djokovic maintained his dominance in China by holding off Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), to capture a second Shanghai Masters title and extend his winning streak in the country to 20 matches. The Serb completed a back-to-back sweep of titles at the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Masters for the second straight year. He’s now earned seven titles overall in China — his most in any country . . . Top-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first WTA title of the season and third overall by defeating former two-time champion Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), at the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria . . . Samantha Stosur rallied from a set down to beat Eugenie Bouchard, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, in Osaka, winning her second Japan Open title. The third-seeded American also won the tournament in 2009.
Velazquez sets career earnings mark
John Velazquez broke Pat Day’s career earnings record for jockeys, finishing second in the ninth race aboard Bit Bustin at New York’s Belmont Park. Bit Bustin earned $15,400, lifting the 41-year-old Velazquez’s career total to $297,922,320. Day retired in 2005 with $297,914,839. In the feature, Familyofroses rallied to beat Bit Bustin by 1¼ lengths in the race for New York-bred fillies . . . Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams might miss the beginning of the NBA season, Nets coach Jason Kidd said Saturday. Williams has been dealing with a right ankle injury he sustained during an offseason workout . . . Kalif Alhassan scored late in the first half and the host Portland Timbers held on for a 1-0 victory over Seattle, denying the Sounders a chance to clinch an MLS playoff berth . . . Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix but will have to wait to seal a fourth straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth. It was Vettel’s fourth win in the past five races at Suzuka, Japan, and his ninth win of the season. Vettel managed the rare feat of a fifth straight race win and leads the championship by 90 points over Alonso with four races remaining. The last driver to win five races in a row was Michael Schumacher in 2004.