Pro football
Winslow joins Jets after solid tryout

The New York Jets signed tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year deal after a solid performance during the team’s three-day minicamp.

The team announced the signing Friday.

Winslow was brought in on a tryout basis and impressed Coach Rex Ryan, who said Thursday that the former Pro Bowl player’s “athleticism and his ability to catch the football, it certainly jumps out.” . . .

Wide receiver Victor Cruz signed his $2.879 million tender with the New York Giants.

Two people familiar with the contract told the Associated Press that the restricted free agent with three years in the NFL had signed the tender while he works on a long-term deal with the Giants. . . .

Police said a third suspect in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams has been captured in Florida.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said 26-year-old Jerrell Whitlock of Pittsburgh was arrested Gainesville, Fla., and is being held there.

Whitlock had been wanted on charges of attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy for his alleged role in the June 1 attack on Adams. Two other men are already jailed on similar charges. . . .

Mario Williams is back-tracking on attributing “kill” as a word Buffalo Bills coordinator Mike Pettine has used in describing defensive philosophy with his players.

In a series of messages the defensive end posted on his Twitter account, Williams clarified that he wasn’t quoting Pettine directly.

“Just to clarify a choice of words I used: The phrase ‘kill them’ has never been said by Coach Pet or any of my coaches/teammates,” Williams wrote. “I said it as a figure of speech from my ‘perspective’ not literally or any actual intention.”

Meanwhile, the Bills signed rookie quarterback EJ Manuel to a four-year contract worth $8.9 million.

Manuel was selected 16th overall out of Florida State and was the only quarterback selected in the first round. . . .

Sarah Thomas is on her way to becoming a female official in the NFL, and it could happen by the 2014 season.

Thomas spent three days at the Indianapolis Colts’ minicamp this week. The league said she could be the first to come through its officiating development program and then handle games.

Thomas, who has been a line-of-scrimmage official in Conference USA for the past seven seasons, wouldn’t be able to work regular season games until a position becomes available and only after she’s fully prepared.

Pro basketball
Obama honors WNBA champions

President Obama honored the WNBA champion Indiana Fever, calling the players role models for young athletes — even those on his daughter Sasha’s basketball team. . . .

Rebekkah Brunson (Georgetown) scored 19 points to help the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx beat the host Tulsa Shock, 83-74. . . .

Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points and Jasmine Thomas (Oakton) added 13 to lead the Atlanta Dream over the visiting Seattle Storm, 68-59. . . .

Cappie Pondexter scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half to help the New York Liberty rally to beat the Connecticut Sun, 78-68, in Newark. . . .

Ex-WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in November.

Fulton County (Ga.) District Attorney Paul Howard said Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges. The 35-year-old was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine under the plea agreement.

Misc.
Edwards wins pole for Michigan race

Carl Edwards topped qualifying for the first time this season with a lap of 202.452 mph at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400.

Edwards was given the pole in May at Talladega as well, but that was because qualifying was rained out and the field was set by practice speeds. He’s second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.

Kurt Busch was second in qualifying at the track in Brooklyn, Mich. . . .

Marco Andretti led a powerful Andretti Autosport rout as all four drivers landed in the top five of IndyCar qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. . . .

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Arundel) was added to the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras at Sandy, Utah. . . .

Mikey Garcia failed to make weight for his featherweight fight against former title-holder Juan Manuel Lopez. The fight will go on Saturday night, with Lopez regaining the WBO title if he wins. The title will be vacant if Garcia wins. . . .

Bernard Hopkins’s defense of his IBF light heavyweight title against Germany’s Karo Murat was canceled because Murat could not get a visa from the State Department. The bout had been scheduled for Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 13.

— From news services

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