Jets eye wideouts Sanders, Maclin
One area the Jets are looking to improve on going into the 2014 season is wide receiver play. According to a New York Daily News report, the Jets are targeting free agents Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin. Last season, Jets wide receivers produced only seven touchdown catches. Sanders, who has spent the last four years with the Steelers, had six TD receptions last season. Maclin didn’t play for the Eagles last season after tearing his ACL during practice in July . . . The Chiefs released veteran defensive back Dunta Robinson
, who appeared in only nine games after signing a $13.75 million, three-year deal last offseason . . . The Vikings released linebacker Erin Henderson, who was recently arrested twice on suspicion of drunken driving . . . Former Eagles defensive end and ex-ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas is expected to plead no contest to a misdemeanor to resolve a case that accused him of assaulting his girlfriend at a Hartford hotel, his lawyer said . . . California defensive end Ted Agu died Friday morning after collapsing during a training run in Berkeley, Calif., with his teammates. He was 21. Team physician Casey Batten said the medical staff saw Agu had difficulty completing the workout and he collapsed when he got to the medical facility at the Simpson Center. Emergency medical personnel were alerted and Agu was quickly taken to Alta Bates Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Poile delays Sochi trip after surgeryPredators general manager David Poile had surgery in the nose and eye areas and got stitches for a laceration, a day after being struck in the face by an errant puck during the team’s morning skate at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The team said in a statement he is resting and recovering and will remain in the hospital for further observation. Poile also is the general manager for the US Olympic men’s team for the Sochi Games. The statement said he will not travel to Sochi with Team USA on Sunday as planned, but does look forward to joining Team USA during the Olympics . . . Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin was fined $5,000 by the league for hitting Canucks forward Pascal Pelletier with the butt end of his stick Thursday night.
Pelicans’ Davis added to All-Star teamNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was chosen to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star Game that will be played in his home city. Davis was nearly chosen as a reserve, but missed by one spot in voting by Western Conference head coaches, a person with knowledge of the details said. Davis is averaging 20.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.2 blocks per game . . . A worker was killed in an accident outside the World Cup stadium in Manaus, local organizers said, in the latest incident tarnishing Brazil’s image as it tries to get ready for soccer’s showcase event in June. Organizers said 55-year-old Antonio Jose Pita Martins died while dismantling a crane that was used to install the roof of the Arena da Amazonia . . . Former US captain Thomas Dooley was hired as head coach of the Philippines national soccer team . . . Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew from the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells event because of a back injury sustained last month in the Australian Open . . .The New York Racing Association has beefed up the Belmont Stakes undercard, making it the second-richest day in racing. The $1.5 million Belmont will be supported by nine additional stakes on June 7. The 10 stakes will be worth $7.7 million . . . The UFC terminated its contract with Thiago Silva. The light heavyweight is in police custody and faces felony charges of aggravated assault with a firearm after a confrontation with his wife outside of a mixed martial arts school in Oakland Park, Fla.