Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested in Oklahoma on a complaint of marijuana possession. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said an officer detected a ''heavy smell of marijuana'' coming from the car, and that Blackmon admitted had smoked ''a blunt'' while driving and had another in his vehicle. Blackmon was arrested and booked into the Edmond jail, where he posted $657 bond.
Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster. ''This place will never be the same,'' a choked-up general manager John Elway said. ''... It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through the front doors every day.'' Yet, Elway and team president Joe Ellis pledged to continue Bowlen's legacy and winning culture he fostered during his long stewardship of the franchise.
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year to help the Chiefs reach the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game. ''It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.'' Charles was expected to take part in the first practice scheduled for Thursday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. Talks have picked up again this week, with the Cavaliers coming off of their long-held resistance to including No. 1 overall draft Andrew Wiggins in an offer and making a trade with Utah on Tuesday to help make an acquisition easier to pull off. Just as the Cavs appeared to be closing in on grabbing Love to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look ''Big 3'' in Cleveland, the Bulls appear to be making one last run to try to wrestle him away from their Eastern Conference competitors.
Robert Griffin III says it's a good thing to have coaches ''who believe in you.'' Griffin and the Washington Redskins opened training camp Thursday, and the contrast was stark from a year ago - when Griffin was recovering from knee surgery and was enduring a contentious relationship with coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan has been replaced by Jay Gruden, and Griffin looks and sounds like a different person. Veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall says, ''The stress is kind of off him.
On the eve of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver Roddy White. The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday. White holds the team records for career receptions (685) and yards receiving (9,436). With the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez and questions about the health of receiver Julio Jones, the 32-year-old White is still a vital part of the Atlanta offense.
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were in custody at the university police station. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to ''get their story straight'' and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21. ''It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that.'' The sexual assault charges carry prison terms of two to 20 years.