Wife of Lawrence Taylor arrested for battery on him
The wife of Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on a domestic violence charge after she admitted to hitting her husband in the head with a thrown object.
Lynette Taylor, 42, admitted tossing the object that left a 3-inch cut on the back of Taylor’s head, according to a Pembroke Pines (Fla.) police report. She was arrested on Thursday after she attempted to avoid being placed in custody.
She was charged with battery and resisting an officer without violence — both misdemeanors.
According to the report, Lawrence Taylor doesn’t want to press charges.
Taylor, 57, played for the New York Giants from 1981-93 and is considered one of the top linebackers in NFL history.
Big 12 reinstates conference title game for 2017
The Big 12 Conference will once again feature a football conference championship game after the 10-member league unanimously approved it on Friday.
The title game will return during the 2017 season.
The approval came in voting from conference presidents and chancellors, according to commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
The Big 12 last held a conference title game in 2010, when Colorado and Nebraska left, and was the lone Power 5 conference without one.
In recent years, the Big 12 often pointed out that it was the lone league deciding a true champion as its schools played a nine-game, round-robin schedule.
But offseason discussions provided the view that not having a conference title game was hurting the league’s prospects of getting a team into the four-team College Football Playoff.
NBA Finals opener most watched since 2001
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was the most watched opener in 15 years.
The matchup between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers on ABC drew a 13.1 overnight rating, according to Neilsen. It is the highest mark for a Game 1 since 2001, when the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers received a 15.2 on NBC.
This year’s Game 1 fared slightly better last season’s Game 1 between the same two teams when ABC received a 12.9 rating.
The game was highly popular in the home markets with Cleveland posting a 36.0 rating and the San Francisco area earning a 32.8.
Mets’ Wright out 6-8 weeks
New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who hasn’t played in a week due to a herniated disk in his neck, was placed on the disabled list Friday and may be out 6-8 weeks.
Wright received an anti-inflammatory shot in his neck this week and apparently didn’t show sufficient improvement in his condition Thursday, leading to the decision to take him off the roster.
Wright was absent for 124 games last season due to a hamstring injury that was eventually diagnosed as spinal stenosis, a condition he will have to manage for the rest of his career. He has missed 15 of the Mets’ first 52 games this year.
Wright, 33, is hitting .226 with a .350 on-base percentage, a .438 slugging percentage, seven home runs and 14 RBIs this year. After topping 20 homers and 90 RBIs six times from 2005-12, he hasn’t approached his previous power numbers in recent years.
Packers tight end Cook has foot surgery
Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the rest of the offseason program, according to reports Friday.
The Packers hope Cook, the team’s biggest offseason acquisition this year, will be back for training camp next month, multiple sources told ESPN. According to ESPN, the surgery was described as preventive and something both Cook and the Packers wanted to take care of now. Cook had participated in OTAs during the first week.
Cook, 29, came to Green Bay after three seasons with the Rams. He was released in February and the Packers gave him a one-year, $2.75 million contract in March. The 6-foot-5, 254-pound Cook had 142 receptions for 1,786 yards and eight touchdowns with the Rams, including 39 catches for 481 yards in 2015.
Jim Brown to have new role with Browns
Legendary running back Jim Brown will play an even larger role for the Cleveland Browns under new coach Hue Jackson.
Owner Jimmy Haslam brought in the 80-year-old Brown as a special adviser since taking over the team. Brown rejoined the Browns in May 2013.
Brown, who works with young people in the Cleveland community, believes one of his primary roles will be as a player liaison.