ATLANTA (AP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the way the league handled a missed call late in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game at New Orleans. Goodell says the play was addressed immediately after the game and added that it’s never a good outcome for the league whenever officiating is part of any kind of postgame discussion. He also said during his State of the League address in Atlanta that the NFL will keep focusing on opportunities to create a deeper pool of minority coaching candidates.
ATLANTA (AP) – Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman says he has received “one or two” death threats from frustrated New Orleans Saints fans on social media. Robey-Coleman was involved in the now-infamous play during which he was not penalized for his hit on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. No flag was thrown for pass interference for the helmet-to-helmet nature of the hit, for which Robey-Coleman was fined about $27,000 by the NFL.
UNDATED (AP) – Washington State and football coach Mike Leach have agreed on a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2023 season. The school said Wednesday that Leach will be paid $3.75 million in 2019, and $4 million per year the following four years. Leach guided Washington State to an 11-2 record last season, the most wins in program history. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a one-year contract extension for football coach Lincoln Riley through 2023.
UNDATED (AP) – Two people familiar with the negotiations say reliever Greg Holland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract. The deal allows Holland to earn an additional $3.5 million in bonuses. The 33-year-old right-hander earned $14 million while going 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA for St. Louis and Washington last season. He has a 2.83 ERA in eight major league seasons.
DENVER (AP) – Mark Reynolds is back with the Colorado Rockies organization after accepting a minor league contract. The first baseman hit .248 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs in 86 games last season, opening the campaign with the Rockets before joining the Washington Nationals. Daniel Murphy is expected to be Colorado’s starting first baseman, with Ryan McMahon as the backup.