Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Penguins re-sign F Blueger to two-year contract
Forward Teddy Blueger re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million. The contract runs through the 2021-21 season.
Reports: Knicks finalize deals with Bullock, Morris
The New York Knicks signed free agent forwards Reggie Bullock and Marcus Morris to contracts, according to reports on Tuesday. Bullock agreed to a two-year, $8.2 million deal with a team option for the second season, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said. The two sides initially agreed to a two-year, $21 million pact, but unspecified medical issues forced them to rework the numbers.
Steelers RB Conner: Doctors gave me 'about a week' to live in '15
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner revealed he was told he was close to death when diagnosed with cancer as a student at Pitt in 2015. Speaking recently on the "Ya Neva Know: you know what I mean?" podcast hosted by former Duke pitcher Mike Seander - better known as hip-hop artist Mike Stud - Conner said he sought medical attention when he was having trouble sleeping as he recovered from a torn MCL in his junior season.
Exclusive: Two Russian boxers competed despite doping bans
Two Russian boxers serving doping suspensions have competed while banned, Reuters has found, highlighting inconsistencies in Russia's efforts to reform its anti-doping practices. Competition records show that Russian amateur boxers Islam Dashaev and Alena Tokarchuk fought in official tournaments last year despite bans announced by Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, which is forbidden under international anti-doping rules.
Report: Broncos in stalemate with second-round QB Lock
Contract staredown could become stalemate between the Denver Broncos and second-round quarterback Drew Lock. The Missouri product reportedly insisted through his agent on being paid a "quarterback premium" and getting a higher-value contract than left guard Dalton Risner, who was the 41st pick by Denver, one slot ahead of Lock.
Relentless Ineos already in pole position for Tour glory
Team Ineos are already poised for a Tour de France triumph before the race even enters the high mountains after a brutal display of strength on the eve of the first rest day. It had looked like being a tight battle between defending champion Geraint Thomas, his team mate Egan Bernal and in-form Thibaut Pinot, but the Frenchman was thrown off course by a gust of crosswind in Monday’s 10th stage.
Reports: NFLPA filing grievance vs. Texans on Clowney's behalf
Jadeveon Clowney is a defensive end based on snap counts from the 2018 season, but the Houston Texans used the franchise tag designation for an outside linebacker -- a savings to the team of about $1.7 million in 2019 salary. That's why the NFLPA plans to file a grievance on Clowney's behalf, according to multiple reports.
NBA notebook: Warriors GM saw no way to retain Durant
Golden State general manager Bob Myers was hopeful his team would retain Kevin Durant since it could offer a five-year, $221 million contact but said Monday that there wasn't anything the Warriors could have done to keep the star forward with the team. "He felt like it was something inside of him and his heart that he wanted to try something different," Myers told reporters at the team's practice facility. "There was nothing wrong about it. I'm at peace about it. I hope our fans can be, too. He's one of the best athletes we've ever seen come through our city and certainly this organization."
MLB roundup: Rays' d'Arnaud hits 3 HRs to beat Yanks
Tampa Bay leadoff man Travis d'Arnaud hit three homers, including a go-ahead three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman, and the Rays stunned the host New York Yankees 5-4 Monday night in the opener of a four-game series. After hitting solo homers in the first and third off James Paxton, d'Arnaud was down to his last strike against Chapman (2-2). On the eighth pitch of his final at-bat, with a full count, d'Arnaud lifted a slider into the second row of the right field seats.
Woods defends his lack of golf ahead of British Open
Tiger Woods has shrugged off concerns about his lack of golf heading into this week's British Open, saying he needs to carefully manage the remaining years of his career. Woods has played only 10 competitive rounds since winning the Masters in April and his last tournament start was at the U.S Open.