Daniels bound for Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Owen Daniels reached agreement Thursday on a one-year contract, pending a physical.
Daniels, 32, broke into the league with Houston in 2007 and spent his entire career with the Texans before being cut last month. Daniels rejoins former Houston coach Gary Kubiak, who became Baltimore’s offensive coordinator during the offseason.
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Daniels broke his right leg last October and played in only five games. He had 24 catches for 352 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, the 6-foot-3, 249-pounder has 385 catches for 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Veteran fullback and local folk hero John Kuhn re-signed with the Green Bay Packers. The one-year deal is expected to be worth just over $1 million, including signing, roster and workout bonuses.
In other signings, safety Patrick Chung returned to the New England Patriots after one season with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Tennessee Titans agreed to terms on a one-year deal with offensive lineman Eric Olsen and the Washington Redskins signed quarterback Colt McCoy, a potential No. 3 guy to replace Rex Grossman.
Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte had shoulder surgery in late March and will likely be out at least until the start of training camp, the team said. The expected recovery period is four to five months.
Mary Wilson is taking over as the Buffalo Bills’ controlling owner after the death last week of her husband, Ralph Wilson.
Ralph Wilson was the founder and only owner of the franchise. He died March 25 at the age of 95.
The team said “a process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise.”
Longtime director dies
Sandy Grossman, who directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts and spent more than two decades in the TV truck working with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden, died of cancer Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 78.
“He could just make magic,” Madden said.
Grossman also directed 18 NBA Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals. He won eight Emmys.
Florida State investigated
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has opened an investigation into Florida State’s handling of sexual-assault allegations against quarterback Jameis Winston, according to a letter obtained by USA Today.
A Florida State student said she was raped by Winston in December 2012. Deadspin.com reported school officials met with Winston in January 2013 to discuss the matter, but the school might have violated federal law by delaying its investigation and meeting with Winston, alone, despite legal advice to the contrary.
Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots and the host St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 for their franchise-record 52nd victory.
Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow scored as St. Louis improved to 14-2 in its past 16 games against Buffalo. The previous record for wins in a season belonged to the 1999-2000 Blues, who won 51 games on their way to their last Presidents’ Trophy.
St. Louis (52-17-7) also moved into a tie with Boston for the most points in the league.
Brent Burns and Logan Couture scored second-period goals and the host San Jose Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1.
Bouchard ousts Venus
Venus Williams couldn’t dig herself out of a hole this time and lost to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.
Bouchard will next face second-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, the 2007 Family Circle champion who at No. 8 in the world is the highest-ranked player remaining in the tournament. Jankovic defeated Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-1.
• Juventus scored late to beat Lyon 1-0 and take a big stride toward the Europa League semifinals. Matias Delgado’s two goals helped FC Basel to a 3-0 win over Valencia. Portuguese teams Benfica and Porto also moved into strong positions after the first legs of the quarterfinals with 1-0 victories over AZ Alkmaar and Sevilla, respectively.
• FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the World Cup will be “well done,” but he criticized Brazilian authorities for starting late on stadium projects and for not providing enough worker safety.
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