San Francisco signs Leon Hall, moves Jackson to IR
ANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed cornerback Leon Hall to a one-year deal.
The 49ers placed cornerback Asa Jackson on injured reserve Tuesday with a hamstring injury to make room for Hall on the roster.
San Francisco was short-handed at cornerback with Jackson and Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) both hurt and starter Rashard Robinson leaving last week's game twice with cramps.
The 32-year-old Hall was originally a first-round pick by Cincinnati in 2007. Hall played 121 games in nine seasons with the Bengals, recording 26 interceptions and being named a second-team All-Pro in 2009.
Hall played 12 games for the Giants last season and had two passes defensed and one interception.
Wiz guard Mack to miss season with Achilles injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards swingman Sheldon Mac is expected to be out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.
The team said the operation was Monday.
Mac should be sidelined about six to eight months.
The Wizards play their season opener against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18. The regular season ends April 11.
As a rookie last season, Mac averaged 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds while appearing in 30 games for the Wizards.
Suspended WR Gordon still seeking return to the NFL
CLEVELAND (AP) — Revealing he was scared for his life because of his drug use, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL.
Gordon detailed years of substance use, the depths of his addiction and his determination to turn his life around during a 13-minute video released Tuesday on the website Uninterrupted.
The former All-Pro who led the league in yards receiving in 2013 was indefinitely suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell two years ago following another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.
He's had numerous stints in rehab, —most of which he said he didn't take seriously. The 26-year-old Gordon can re-apply to the league this fall.
An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry on Gordon's status.
Derek Jeter makes first big move as CEO, hires Denbo
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has begun restructuring his front office by hiring a former mentor, Gary Denbo, as vice president of scouting and player development.
Denbo will oversee player development and amateur scouting. He spent the past eight seasons with the New York Yankees, including the past three as vice president of player development, overseeing a farm system that ranks among the best in baseball.
Jeter was a minor leaguer in the early 1990s when he first met Denbo, who was a coach in the Yankees' minor league system. Denbo has had many jobs with the Yankees and also worked for the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.
Last week, Jeter's group closed on its purchase of the Marlins, who announced the hiring Tuesday.
WNBA's Cannon and Jones denied entry to Turkey
WNBA players Emma Cannon and Brionna Jones have been denied visas for entry into Turkey with their Russian team this week, fallout from a diplomatic dispute between the United States and Turkey.
The two players told The Associated Press in texts Tuesday that they were at the Moscow airport when the team president told them they wouldn't be allowed to enter Turkey. Cannon and Jones are members of the Russian team Nadezhda in the winter to supplement their income.
The U.S. on Sunday suspended the issuing of visas for Turkish citizens hoping to visit or study in the United States after Turkey arrested U.S. consulate employee Metin Topuz last week on allegations of espionage.
Turkey immediately halted visa services in the U.S. in response.
Jones plays for the Connecticut Sun and Cannon for the Phoenix Mercury.