Originally Published: May 7, 2018 11:38 p.m.
TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals have released Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen, two quarterbacks they claimed off waivers a month ago.
The drafting of Josh Rosen and signing of Princeton’s Chad Kanoff as an undrafted rookie free agent leaves the team with enough quarterbacks to get through the three-day rookie minicamp that starts Friday. The Cardinals also have veterans Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon.
Doughty and Torgersen became available to the Cardinals after being released on April 5, Doughty by the Miami Dolphins and Torgersen by the Detroit Lions.
Cannes: Bruce Willis to play famed Tyson trainer Cus D’Amato
CANNES, France (AP) — Bruce Willis has signed on to play famed boxing trainer Cus D’Amato in a film titled “Cornerman.”
The project was announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will be shopped for buyers. Set in the 1980s, the film chronicles D’Amato’s discovery of a 13-year-old Mike Tyson and their subsequent path to the heavyweight championship.
Producers said they will begin a search for a young actor to play Tyson.
Written and to be directed by Rupert Friend, it will be the British actor’s feature directorial debut. In a statement, Friend described the film as about “a deep love between two ferocious talents.”
Players’ union files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid
The NFL players’ union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid.
The NFLPA cites one team appearing “to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration” during the national anthem.
League policy does not prohibit demonstrating during the anthem. Referring to the labor agreement with the league, the union notes that NFL rules supersede any conflicting club rules.
The union also says “at least one club owner has asked pre-employment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate. We believe these questions are improper, given league policy.”
That team reportedly is the Cincinnati Bengals.
Considered one of the top safeties in the league, Reid played out his contract with San Francisco last season. He has been a strong supporter of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 became the first player to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests.
Reid last week filed a collusion claim similar to one filed by Kaepernick last year. The union announced Monday that it filed its grievance and was seeking an arbitrator to hear the case.
Students, parents angry over inclusive cheerleading policy
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — A New Jersey high school is facing heat from students and parents over a new policy that either everyone makes the cheerleading squad or no one does.
Hanover Park High School in East Hanover enacted the change after a parent complained his or her child didn’t make the team after tryouts last month.
The school says the goal is to make the squad more inclusive. But student Stephanie Krueger recently told board of education members all her hard work “has been thrown out the window.”
Some parents say when they complained about the new policy the principal threatened to disband the 10-member squad.
The board is reviewing the policy. It’s unclear when a final decision will be made.
Rafael Nadal in middle of soccer controversy in Madrid
MADRID — Rafael Nadal has put himself in the middle of a soccer controversy in Madrid.
A longtime Real Madrid supporter, Nadal appeared with a Atletico Madrid jersey during the club’s Europa League match against Arsenal last week, making headlines across Spain and attracting a wave of social media reactions from fans from both teams.
Nadal couldn’t avoid the issue when he arrived in the Spanish capital for this week’s Madrid Open.
“Well, there is a problem with today’s society, that to be a true supporter of one team, it seems that you have to be anti another team,” Nadal said Monday. “I just support Real Madrid. I have a lot of friends that are from Atletico. They are playing in a competition in Europe against an English team. I just went there to support Atletico Madrid. They invited me. I just wanted to enjoy the day, to see a great football match.”
Nadal was captured on camera with the jersey around his neck during the team’s 1-0 win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Thursday, a result that allowed Atletico to reach the final of Europe’s second-tiered club competition.
“The (club’s) president gave me a T-shirt as a gift,” Nadal said. “At night it was a little bit chilly, a little bit cold, and I just used it as a scarf. That’s all. But it’s always the same stuff. Maybe there’s too much hypocrisy, or I would say you people in the media have to write too many things, so you have to explore some stupid things.”
Nadal also discussed Sunday’s “clasico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which ended in a 2-2 draw after several questionable calls made by the officiating crew at Camp Nou Stadium.
“I don’t have to talk about football referees,” Nadal said. “The poor referee will have a lot on his back because you have been speaking about them for hours and hours. I’m not going to contribute to that show. I think it was a great football match, nice to see. I really enjoyed the football.”
Nadal said he favors after-game sanctions to try to make the referees’ life easier.
“Maybe I am very passionate about football, and I’m not criticizing football,” he said. “But at the end of the day, the referees have a very hard job. It’s very difficult to make decisions when you are under pressure. There are sometimes many players that try to trick other players ... It’s just a show.”