Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed Sunday that Cleveland tried to acquire San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, contradicting San Francisco CEO Jed York’s denial on Friday. “There was an opportunity there and it didn’t materialize,” Haslam told USA Today at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Cleveland eventually hired Mike Pettine, who had been the defensive coordinator for the Bills. When the report first surfaced that Cleveland was offering draft picks for Harbaugh, York took to Twitter to shoot down the rumor . . . Anquan Boldin and the 49ers are “closing in on” a new contract, according to ESPN. The 33-year-old receiver excelled in his first season in San Francisco, which acquired him last offseason from Baltimore for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin caught 85 passes for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns. It was Boldin’s first 1,000-yard season since 2009, his last season with the Cardinals.
Nadal returns to form in Rio Open win
Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win Brazil’s Rio Open, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Nadal’s victory comes four weeks after losing the Australian Open final to underdog Stanislas Wawrinka after tweaking his back while warming up. Nadal, who had to fend off two match points in the semifinal against Pablo Andujar, looked more comfortable in the final and improved his record on clay to 298-21, the best in the Open Era. Nadal has won three times in Brazil. Dolgopolov has lost all five matches against Nadal. In the women’s final, Kurumi Nara defeated top-seeded Klara Zakopalova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, to win her first WTA singles title . . . In Marseille, France, third-seeded Ernests Gulbis beat defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, to win his fifth career title and maintain his perfect record in finals. Playing in his 19th career final, the second-seeded Tsonga was favored to win the Open 13 for the third time . . . Marin Cilic won the Delray Beach Open for his 11th ATP World Tour title and second in three weeks, beating Kevin Anderson, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, in Florida. Cilic leads the tour with 18 match wins this season. The match was the first final in tournament history with two sets decided in tiebreakers. Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the No. 1-ranked doubles team, defeated Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin, 6-2, 6-3, to win their third Delray Beach title. The Bryans won their 94th ATP Tour title overall.
TRACK & FIELD
Whiting wins US Indoors, misses mark
Ryan Whiting won the shot put in the USA Indoor Track & Field National Championships with a toss of 72 feet, 11¼ inches in Albuquerque. Whiting, who qualified for the US team for the world championships in Poland on March 7-9, had the fifth-best mark in the world. He was about 17 inches shy of the world indoor record set by American Randy Barnes in 1989. Seventeen-year-old Mary Cain defended her title in the 1,500 meters, winning in 4 minutes 7.05 seconds. Omoghan Osaghae won the 60 hurdles in 7.553 seconds, .002 seconds ahead of Dominic Berger. Nia Ali won the women’s 60 hurdles for the second straight year, finishing in 7.8 seconds. Mary Saxer won the women’s pole vault with a personal best of 15-5½, beating Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr by 2 inches. Lopez Lemong won the men’s 1,500 in 3:43.09, rebounding from a disappointing showing Saturday in the 3,000. Also, it was announced that Gabe Grunewald, who won the women’s 3,000 Saturday, was disqualified for jostling with Jordan Hasay during the final lap. That gave the gold medal to Shannon Rowbury. Hasay’s coach filed a protest, which was initially denied, but eventually went through. With the DQ, Hasay was awarded third place.
Davis reportedly heading to Clippers
NBA free agent forward Glen Davis informed teams he would be signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to media reports. Davis, 28, reached a buyout with the Magic on Friday and was waived, making him free to join any team after he officially became a free agent Sunday. The former Celtic, who was averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game with Orlando this season, will rejoin coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles. “It’s not official yet, but hopefully it will be,” Rivers said Sunday. “If we got a guy like that, he also knows my system.” . . . Bee A Magician was voted harness racing’s Horse of the Year following a 17-for-17 campaign. She becomes the first 3-year-old trotting filly to earn the sport’s top honor since Continentalvictory in 1996. Her victories last season included the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs and the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands . . . Ronda Rousey kept her UFC women’s bantamweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas, dropping Sara McMann (7-1) to the mat with a left knee to the area of her liver at 1:06 of the first round. Rousey (9-0) was booed by fans during the post-fight interview after the co-main event. She was also booed after her last title defense against Miesha Tate for not shaking hands.