FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Jerry Jones honored DeMarcus Ware with a ceremonial signing Monday that allowed the franchise sacks leader to retire as a Dallas Cowboy on the same day the team owner discussed how the draft might help find the next dominant pass rusher. Whenever the Cowboys decide to pay homage to Tony Romo with their 10-year starter heading to the broadcast booth, they will do so feeling secure about their future under center.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Yo, Roger, they did it. When the NFL chose Philadelphia to host the 2017 draft, it quickly became clear one of the world's most famous movie locations would be the perfect site to hold the three-day extravaganza. "We had talked about a couple different venues for the NFL and they wanted the Rocky steps and they wanted the Art Museum," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told The Associated Press.
2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-14) LAST SEASON: 49ers tied franchise record for losses, leading to organizational overhaul. Longtime GM Trent Baalke was fired, along with first-year coach Chip Kelly, and replaced by first-time GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Team struggled just about everywhere in 2016.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Derrick Johnson has always been a company man, willing to do whatever it takes to help the Kansas City Chiefs win playoff games and someday end their long Super Bowl drought. Restructure his contract? OK. Tutor young linebackers? Sure thing. The point where Johnson draws the line is in telling the Chiefs when he'll finally hang up the cleats.
DALLAS (AP) -- Coach Rick Carlisle draped his arm around Tony Romo as the crowd roared in the final minutes of the Dallas Mavericks' honorary game for the retiring Cowboys quarterback. Fans desperately wanted to see the career passing leader for the storied Cowboys franchise get in for at least a few seconds in a meaningless 109-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, and he was acting like he might actually play.
DALLAS (AP) -- Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day. Now it's turned into a scene, with dozens of media members showing up for a morning shootaround before a meaningless final Dallas home against Denver on Tuesday night, with both teams eliminated from the playoffs.
HONG KONG (AP) -- The United States may have fallen agonizingly short in their bid to win the Hong Kong Sevens but there was some consolation for the Eagles when Perry Baker finished as the tournament's leading tryscorer.
DALLAS (AP) -- Tony Romo will wear No. 9 one more time. The Dallas Mavericks are planning a tribute and "very special sports experience" for the retiring Cowboys quarterback before their final home game. Two people with knowledge of the plan told The Associated Press that Romo would be in uniform wearing his familiar number -- on a Mavericks jersey -- while sitting on the bench.
MLB Sale, Colon, Walker making debuts UNDATED (AP) -- Chris Sale makes his much-anticipated Boston debut when the Red Sox host Pittsburgh at Fenway Park. Sale, an All-Star each of the past five seasons, was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox. Jameson Taillon, drafted No. 2 overall in 2010, pitches for the Pirates.
DALLAS (AP) -- Tony Romo couldn't bring himself to use the word "retired" and didn't have an answer for whether he would have decided to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS if he hadn't lost his starting job in Dallas.
DALLAS (AP) -- Morgan William figures her new nickname "Itty Bitty" will grow on her. Mississippi State's diminutive point guard also will have to deal with her growing status in Bulldogs lore, among the likes of Dak Prescott, after a buzzer-beating overtime shot that ended UConn's record 111-game winning streak and sent State to its first women's NCAA Tournament championship game. "I guess it's great.
Everson Walls doesn't want to talk about The Catch, and not just because he wasn't the one catching the ball. "It's not fresh anymore," Walls said. "I can't make it any more than it was." He does want to talk about Dwight Clark, who leaped high over him that fateful day at Candlestick Park in a play that will live in NFL lore.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local): 3:40 p.m. NFL players may be wearing different helmets based on their position in the not-too-distant future. The chairman of the league's head, neck and spine engineering subcommittee outlined the research that's leading in that direction in an informal gathering with reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. Dr.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Dallas tight end Jason Witten has signed a four-year contract extension that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys. The deal Witten signed Tuesday runs through 2021 and leaves the final year of the two-time All Pro's current contract intact.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Football is hard. But for Malcolm Jenkins of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, convincing politicians to enact meaningful changes to the nation's criminal justice system is much harder. Jenkins, free-agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin and other players were meeting with members of Congress this week to push for legislation that leads to improved relationships between minority communities and local police.