Of course, Charles Woodson would like to play in the NFL season. The Raiders have made it clear they want him back. That doesn't mean the veteran safety will play for free. Woodson said Thursday that he'd consider retirement if he doesn't get a fair offer from the silver and black. "If the right numbers don't come across for myself and from the team standpoint, it's a serious consideration, at this point, that I could've played my last season in the NFL," Woodson said in an interview with Sirius XM radio. ... Woodson expressed concern that his age weighs heavier in contract talks than his recent play. "When you get past a certain age, it's no longer about what you do on the field," Woodson said. "It's about your age. They look at the age first and then what you do on the field second." (CSN Bay Area) Comment
Out of necessity, Johnny Football has become Johnny Who? in College Station. Texas A&M begins the search for a new starting quarterback when spring football drills begin Friday, with two players from Tarrant County high schools in the three-candidate mix. ... The departure of Manziel, a two-year starter and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, means an open competition between last year's backups, Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill, and freshman Kyle Allen, a five-star signee who enrolled in January. Joeckel, a fifth-year senior from ArlingtonHigh School, completed 22-of-37 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions last season. He got his first career start in A&M's 52-31 victory over Rice, when Manziel served an NCAA-mandated suspension for the first half of the season opener. (Star-Telegram) Comment
For a team that won a title with a mostly veteran-laden roster, the Red Sox enter the 2014 season with some questions about a newer, younger crop -- which is where Jackie Bradley Jr. enters the conversation. The Opening Day job in center field is almost surely Bradley's, and it's certainly his to lose. Still. Unlike Xander Bogaerts, who demonstrated in October that he is capable of thriving on the biggest stage and against top competition, Bradley still has yet to make his case conclusively. ... [What] if he struggles? Even if that's the case, then the Sox are still likely to commit to Bradley for Opening Day ... unless a viable alternative were to emerge. In this case, the only player in camp who represents that alternative would be Grady Sizemore. (WEEI.com) Comment
LeBron James wore a distinctive mask to protect his broken nose on Thursday, but it didn't slow his play. James finished 13-of-19 for 31 points as the Heat beat the Knicks 108-82. (Sun Sentinel/MCT/Getty Images)
Ohio State lost to Penn State 65-63 on Thursday night, but that didn't stop Sam Thompson from delivering arguably the block of the season. He swatted one of Tim Frazier's shot attempts back toward midcourt.