Arizona State, Hurley agree to 1-year contract extension
Sports in Brief
TEMPE — Arizona State and basketball coach Bobby Hurley have agreed to a one-year contract extension that increases his compensation and runs through 2023. The Arizona Board of Regents must approve the contract. Hurley will receive a raise of $700,000 to $2.1 million this July and a signing bonus of $700,000 within 45 days of the contract’s approval. He will receive raises of $100,000 in 2019 and 2020, $200,000 in 2021. Hurley also will get a $1 million retention bonus on Jan. 1, 2022. Arizona State reached No. 3 in the AP Top 25 this season, matching the program’s highest ranking, after going 12-0 in nonconference. The Sun Devils (16-5) have stumbled a bit in Pac-12 play at 4-5, but are in position for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014.
Von Miller wants Broncos to go after Cousins
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, Denver star linebacker Von Miller is lobbying for the Broncos to reel in quarterback Kirk Cousins. In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday, Miller said he’d love for Cousins to rescue the Broncos, who have missed the playoffs the last two years despite a dominant defense. The 29-year-old Cousins is likely headed for free agency after spending his first six seasons with Washington.
“I’ve talked to him before. He knows exactly how I feel ... and what he would mean to our team,” Miller said, adding “We need Kirk. I would love to have Kirk. We have great quarterbacks now. Kirk could take us over the edge.”
Gronkowski still in concussion protocol at Patriots practice
EDEN PRARIE, Minn. — As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England’s first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota. According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact drills and is “working his way back.” The Patriots worked out for two hours in their only full-padded practice of the week leading up to Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Also limited were defensive linemen Deatrich Wise (concussion) and cornerback Malcolm Butler (illness). Quarterback Tom Brady practiced fully, wearing black tape on his injured right hand. Gronkowski has been in the league’s concussion protocol after taking a hit in the AFC championship game. Gronkowski said at a promotional appearance for the “Madden 18” video game Tuesday night that he would leave his game status up to team doctors.
Eagles celebrate coach’s birthday at Super Bowl practice
MINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off their first practice of Super Bowl week with a typical Wednesday session and concluded it by singing “Happy Birthday” to their coach. Everyone except defensive tackle Tim Jernigan participated in practice, according to a pool report. Jernigan has an illness that coach Doug Pederson said is a “24-hour deal.” Practice, held indoors at the University of Minnesota’s Gibson-Nagurski Complex, stopped for 30 minutes to simulate Sunday’s halftime events, giving players a chance to see what it’s like to restart after a layoff.