Matched Restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders is sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced Sunday it matched the $2.5 million offer the New England Patriots made to the wide receiver last week. Pittsburgh would have received a third-round pick from the Patriots if it let Sanders go to New England. Instead Sanders will likely be second on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown when training camp opens in July. The 26-year-old Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards and a touchdown in 2012, and was the only wide receiver to appear in all 16 games for Pittsburgh in 2012.
Ruled A lawyer says a jury in Denver has awarded $11.5 million to a man whose family sued helmet maker Riddell Inc. and his coaches over brain injuries from a high school football practice in 2008. Rhett Ridolfi’s lawyer Frank Azar says the jury found Saturday that Riddell was negligent in failing to warn people wearing its helmets about concussion dangers. The jury assessed 27 percent of the fault for Ridolfi’s injuries to Riddell and the rest to coaches. Azar said Sunday that he’ll ask a judge to find Riddell responsible for paying all $11.5 million in damages. Riddell says it plans to appeal the verdict but is pleased that jurors determined its helmet wasn’t defective.
Fined Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for “verbal abuse” of an official. The incident occurred at the conclusion of Golden State’s loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Some Warriors players were upset over the officiating late in the game, including the free throw disparity. The Lakers shot 50 free throws, while the Warriors had 16 attempts.
Died A medical examiner says a man who died in the infield during a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, shot himself in the head. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office said the death of 42-year-old Kirk Franklin of Saginaw was a suicide. Fort Worth police have said a man who was camping in the infield died of a “self-inflicted injury” after getting into an argument with other campers late in the Sprint Cup race.