By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK – The NFL’s business season began with a bang. Several actually: trades, retirements and, yes, even some big free agent moves. It wasn’t until mid-evening Tuesday that the first huge star took advantage of free agency: Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets for five years and […]

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis speaks at a news conference at the 49ers' NFL football facility in Santa Clara on Tuesday. Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowler, will retire after his 2014 season was cut short by a toe injury that required surgery. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. – His eyes filling with tears, seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis bid farewell to football and called it one of his happiest days yet because he is leaving on his own terms. His tender size-13 feet – “12 1/2 when they’re bent” – can no […]

By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun (TNS) Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee is joining the Chicago Bears on a five-year contract worth nearly $40 million, according to league sources. The deal includes nearly $16 million in guaranteed money, according to a source. McPhee, 26, emerged as one of the top under-the-radar pass rushers last season […]

Former Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson catches passes during drills on Thursday. (Petre Thomas)

By David Brandt Associated Press OXFORD – Senquez Golson turned down a $1.35 million signing bonus from the Boston Red Sox back in 2011, opting to play college football instead. There were some days that it looked like a disastrous decision. But a terrific senior season – followed by a good day at the NFL […]

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Panthers have signed free agent offensive tackle Michael Oher to a two-year contract. The move was announced Friday but terms were not immediately available. Oher, the subject of the popular movie “The Blind Side” and a former Ole Miss standout, gives the Panthers an experienced option at left tackle. Carolina […]

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Now that No. 18 is officially coming back for an 18th season, Peyton Manning can focus on learning the West Coast offense. And general manager John Elway can use the savings from his quarterback’s relatively modest pay cut to find some fixes in free agency. […]

By Joseph Person The Charlotte Observer (TNS) Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is scheduled to meet with NFL officials in New York on Wednesday about his domestic violence case, according to a league source with knowledge of the meeting. The NFL began an investigation of Hardy last month after the misdemeanor charges against him […]

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO – When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox. It […]

By Rick Freeman AP Sports Writer NEW YORK – Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48. The Knicks confirmed Mason’s death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News. He had been […]