J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans. A cleaning lady let him in and Watt went straight to the weight room. ''I thought they were pulling a joke on me,'' Watt said Tuesday.
The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. ''I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,'' Goodell told Irsay in a letter released by the NFL. ''We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.'' The 55-year-old Irsay pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and acknowledged during his appearance before a Hamilton County judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.
One day after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to return, Bill Belichick reminded him it will be the coach's decision. ''With all due respect to Rob, I'm glad he feels the way he does,'' Belichick said during a conference call Tuesday. So it was surprising when Gronkowski told reporters Monday he was ''super excited'' to be returning this week - before Belichick said anything of the sort. ''It just feels good in my mind to know that I'll be out there with my boys, working hard, grinding with them, being out there.'' Gronkowski said he was just getting it out of the way because he figured he'd be asked about it all week.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Texas A&M makes a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football. Florida State and Alabama lost some support in the first poll of the regular season after close victories against heavy underdogs.
American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge. Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. James Harden scored 13 points for the Americans, who will play two more games in Bilbao before moving on to Barcelona for the round of 16. BJ Anthony scored 11 points for New Zealand, which fell to 0-3.
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won't play right away. The NFL on Tuesday outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November. Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial in January in the intoxication manslaughter death of teammate Jerry Brown, a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys.
He left out Chris Kirk, who finished higher in the final Ryder Cup standings than Simpson, and who won the Deutsche Bank Championship a day earlier by going head-to-head with Rory McIlroy the final 36 holes. ''That was a snapshot,'' Watson said of his decision not to take Kirk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter.
Justin Verlander wants to keep his private life just that - private. The Tigers' star pitcher commented for the first time Tuesday after nude photos of him and model girlfriend Kate Upton were allegedly hacked from an online account and posted on the Internet. Verlander, who initially declined comment on the situation, spoke to reporters before Detroit played the Indians. The focus for me is on the Detroit Tigers.
The question will follow Nick Foles around until he proves himself again. Foles began last year as a backup to Michael Vick and finished as a Pro Bowl MVP. His emergence was one of the NFL's biggest surprises and a main reason why the Philadelphia Eagles went from 4-12 to 10-6 and won the NFC East title. Foles threw 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions, setting an NFL record for best TD/interception ratio.