Teddy Bridgewater draws a crowd to his pro day at Louisville
Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gave NFL teams a glimpse of the skills he believes will make him a first-round draft choice this year.
Bridgewater’s Louisville pro day attracts officials from 29 teams
Teddy Bridgewater gave NFL teams a glimpse of the skills he believes will make him a first-round draft choice.
How high the former Louisville quarterback is drafted May 8 depends in part on what officials from 29 teams — including six head coaches — gleaned from Monday’s highly anticipated pro-day workout. Bridgewater threw a range of passes, some with zip on them while others wobbled.
Many mock drafts list Bridgewater as a top-five pick in the draft. The 6-foot-2, 208-pounder completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns last season.
Every NFL team except Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington was present for the workout.
Bridgewater threw 63 passes without gloves, after wearing them throughout his college career.
“I think I did pretty good,” he said afterward. “I competed, threw the ball on time in rhythm, kept guys running and scrambling as I completed the football ... I was pretty relaxed this morning. I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and said, ‘Let’s go. It’s go time.’ ”
Michigan Stadium to stay dry
Athletic director Dave Brandon told The Ann Arbor News that Michigan Stadium will remain alcohol-free. Liability and the risk of serving alcohol at a stadium where many fans are under the legal drinking age are among the factors that drove the decision.
“You’ve got to set up places to vendor this stuff and you’ve got to make sure you’re selling it to the right people, not the wrong people, and then you’ve got to deal with all the ramifications of alcohol being served in an area where you’ve got a lot of young people and a lot of underage people,” he said.
Supporting new infrastructure at the Big House and managing alcohol sales would also be costly, Brandon said.
Track and field
Witness: Pistorius had ‘great love and enthusiasm’ for guns
Oscar Pistorius said he mistook the sound of a washing machine for an intruder and went into “combat mode” in his house in November 2012, a South African guns expert testified at the double-amputee Olympian’s murder trial in Pretoria.
Pistorius, who is 27, killed his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, by shooting her through a closed toilet door at his home Feb. 14, 2013.
Pistorius said he killed Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder. Prosecutors contend he killed her intentionally after a loud argument.
Sean Rens testified Pistorius had a “great love and enthusiasm” for guns and wanted to buy seven more in 2012, to add to the 9mm pistol he already owned. Pistorius allegedly asked Rens, a firearm trainer, to procure them for him under a gun collector’s permit.
Inkster is Solheim Cup captain
Juli Inkster, the most prolific U.S. player in Solheim Cup history, has been selected captain of a team that has lost the last two times to Europe.
Inkster, 53, is to be introduced Tuesday at the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix, the first domestic event of the LPGA Tour season.
She holds the U.S. record for most Solheim Cup appearances (nine), points won (18½) and matches won (15).
The Solheim Cup will be played in September 2015 at St. Leon-Rot in Germany.
“It’s not rocket science,” Inkster said. “You just go over there and play some golf, and I think the girls just ... believe me, if they just play the way they should play, we’re going to have fun, and we’re going to win.”
Thumb injury sidelines Day
Australian Jason Day, who is ranked fourth in the world, has withdrawn from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., because of a thumb injury suffered last month.
• The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a proposal that brings the U.S. Open golf tournament back to Torrey Pines in 2021. The course also hosted the 2008 Open, won by Tiger Woods.
This year’s U.S. Open starts June 12 at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. The 2015 Open will be played at Chambers Bay in University Place.
• The Minnesota Lynx, who have won two of the past three WNBA championships, announced an expanded partnership with the Mayo Clinic that includes a new jersey featuring the Mayo Clinic name across the front rather than the team’s name.
• The NCAA and its five dominant conferences, including the Pac-12, are an “unlawful cartel” that has illegally restricted the earning power of football and men’s basketball players while making billions off their labor, according to a federal lawsuit that seeks to paint big-time college athletics as being in blatant violation of antitrust laws.
• Race-car driver Gary Bettenhausen died unexpectedly at his home in Monrovia, Ind., on Sunday. He was 72.
Bettenhausen drove in 21 Indy 500s between 1968 and 1993 and his best finish was third in 1980.
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