Clemson offensive lineman Gage Cervenka, an Emerald High alumnus, was ranked 45th on The Athletic's college football "Freaks List," which identifies players with rare physical abilities.

Cervenka (6-foot-3, 330 pounds) repped 225 pounds 43 times on the bench press and maxed 475. He can squat 680 pounds and power clean 370 pounds. 

Cervenka will play his redshirt senior year with the Tigers this upcoming fall. He has won two national titles in his time with Clemson.

Man charged in shooting of Giants' draft pick

TOPEKA, Kan. — An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged in the April attack that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons.

Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and five counts of aggravated battery in the April 28 attack, the Shawnee County district attorney's office said in a news release.

Mendez is being held on a $1 million bond. His case doesn't appear yet in online court records, and his attorney, Victoria Chundak-Gallaway, in an unrelated criminal case didn't immediately reply to a phone message left Saturday at her office.

Dolphins' Caldwell to take leave

DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins assistant coach Jim Caldwell will take a leave of absence to address health issues that he says "require my full attention."

Caldwell was hired in February to be the Dolphins' assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. He will instead serve as a consultant to the team this season.

The precise nature of his health issue was not disclosed by Caldwell or the Dolphins.

In a release issued by the Dolphins on Saturday, the 64-year-old Caldwell said he will be "stepping back due to medical complications that require my full attention."

Miami coach Brian Flores said the team's focus is on Caldwell's health and providing him support. He says Caldwell qualifies as a viable "sounding board" because of his knowledge and experience in the NFL.

Ronaldo returns to Juventus training

TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived back at Juventus for his first day of pre-season training.

The 34-year-old Ronaldo was greeted by more than 100 fans Saturday on his arrival for standard medical tests.

The fans shouted his name as well as chanting for him to win the Champions League for them as a smiling Ronaldo signed autographs and posed for selfies.

Ronaldo will train for the first time under new Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri later Saturday.

Ronaldo was signed from Real Madrid just over a year ago in the hope that the five-time World Player of the Year could lead Juventus to the Champions League trophy.

Jets' Herndon suspended 4 games

NEW YORK — Jets second-year tight end Chris Herndon has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first four regular-season games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Herndon pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated in New Jersey in June 2018. The incident occurred about a month after he was selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the NFL draft out of Miami.

New Jersey State Police said Herndon was driving his Nissan Armada when he crashed into a Toyota Land Cruiser that was towing a trailer carrying another vehicle. The 76-year-old driver was not injured.

A municipal judge in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, suspended Herndon's driver's license for 90 days in January and fined him $639.

Herndon is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. He can return to the Jets' active roster on Oct. 7.

Lucroy can't remember collision at plate

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jonathan Lucroy can't remember what happened after he reached out to catch the throw at the plate in Houston last week.

The Los Angeles Angels catcher is recovering from the third diagnosed concussion of his baseball career after that nasty collision with the Astros' Jake Marisnick.

Lucroy isn't sure when he'll be ready to return to action, but he is grateful his injuries weren't even more serious. Lucroy also got a broken nose and a black eye in the collision, and he was placed on the seven-day concussion list Friday. Marisnick received a two-game suspension for the dangerous play.

Despite his latest concussion and his more visible injuries, Lucroy was remarkably upbeat about his prospects before the Angels' first game back from the All-Star break. Lucroy, a 10-year major league veteran and two-time All-Star in his first season with the Angels, said he felt better now than he did at the same point after his two previous concussions.

T-Wolves sign center Jordan Bell

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward/center Jordan Bell, who left Golden State during the Warriors' offseason transformation.

Bell spent two seasons with the Warriors and was their starter at center in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. But he was one of a number of Warriors who won't be returning after Golden State's loss to Toronto.

The 6-foot-9 Bell averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game over 125 games.

Porzingis re-signs with Mavericks

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have officially re-signed Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 All-Star selection who still hasn't played a game for them since being acquired in a big deal before the trade deadline last season.

The Mavericks announced Friday that the deal was done.

Porzingis and the Mavericks agreed earlier this month on a $158 million, five-year maximum contract — the last season being a player option. That will pair the Latvian standout with fellow young Euro star Luka Doncic, the 20-year-old from Slovania who was the NBA's Rookie of the Year last season when he averaged 21.2 points.

Dallas sent a pair of first-round picks and Dennis Smith Jr., the ninth overall selection in the 2017 draft, to the New York Knicks for Porzingis in a seven-player trade last Jan. 31.

 

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