NFL: The New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback Wednesday when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation.
NFLPA had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling, and will advise Graham on his options, which could include an appeal.
Graham’s case is being closely watched around the league because it could set a precedent for negotiations involving players who fill diverse roles in their teams’ offensive or defensive schemes.
Pistons to sign Meeks
NBA: A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a $19.5 million, two-year deal with shooting guard Jodie Meeks.
The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has averaged 9.7 points over his five-year career.
• Lowry staying with Raptors: Kyle Lowry is staying with the Toronto Raptors after leading them to the Atlantic Division title. The point guard has agreed to re-sign with the Raptors, his agent confirmed. Yahoo Sports reported that the deal was for four years and $48 million.
Bay Area course busy
Golf: The southwest corridor of San Francisco is going to get all the golf it can handle over the next decade.
TPC Harding Park will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025, it was announced.
• Longest serving PGA member dies: Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, who played in the first Masters, died in Florida Wednesday. The golf pro was 103.
He was a PGA of America member for 83 years, which the organization says is a record. He was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2011.
911 call details attack
Miscellany: A man knocked a referee at a Detroit-area soccer match unconscious with a punch to the head, then ran to a car before “peeling out,” a witness to the attack says on a 911 call released Wednesday.
The emergency call was distributed by Livonia, Michigan, police a day after the referee, 44-year-old John Bieniewicz, died at a Detroit hospital. Police said the weekend attack at Mies Park came after Bieniewicz announced his intention to eject the man from the game.
Prosecutors have charged 36-year-old Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said the charges would be reviewed and possibly amended when it had the necessary documentation.
• Huertas fined by IndyCar: The IndyCar Series has fined Carlos Huertas $10,000 for two infractions in his winning car in the first race at the Grand Prix of Houston. The No. 18 car for Dale Coyne Racing violated the fuel cell capacity and the height of its rear right wing. He was not stripped of the win.
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