WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith says he hopes to play football again but still needs to make basic progress like relearning how to run after breaking his right leg.
In an interview during a massage at a shopping mall with "The Oh My Goff Show," posted Friday on YouTube, Smith said "the steps I'm at right now are lifestyle steps," such as being able to play with his kids.
Asked whether he will return to football, Smith replied, "That's the plan."
The 35-year-old Smith broke his right tibia and fibula during a game in November and needed multiple operations. He is still wearing a stabilizing frame on his lower right leg and says he could need it for another 1½ months.
St. Pete mayor says Rays deal is 'silly'
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The mayor of St. Petersburg isn't into the "silly" business he thinks Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays are conducting.
As a result, Mayor Rick Kriseman says he will not introduce a proposed deal that would see the Rays split time in Montreal.
The Rays received the go-ahead by MLB to explore the possibility of hosting home games in both St. Petersburg and Montreal.
The idea would be for the Rays to play the more temperate spring months in Tampa and finish the rest of the season in Montreal, the former home of the Expos. There is no timetable for the possible plan.
Plenty of roadblocks remain. The Rays' lease at Tropicana Field does not expire until 2027. Until then, the Rays are contractually barred from negotiating to play games in any other city without permission from Tampa officials.
A's pitcher Montas suspended 80 games
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
The penalty was announced Friday, a day after another fine outing by the 26-year-old right-hander. He is 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 13 starts.
The A's are 40-36, meaning Montas could return for the final week of the regular season. Montas, however, becomes ineligible for postseason play this year.
The commissioner's office said Montas tested positive for Ostarine, a PED. He is the sixth player this year suspended under the major league drug program.
Whiteside opts in to deal with Heat
MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside is not leaving the final year of his Miami Heat deal on the table.
A person with knowledge of the situation said Friday that Whiteside is exercising his $27.1 million option for next season in Miami. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Whiteside announced the decision publicly.
The move was not a surprise. It'll be the final year of Whiteside's four-year, $98 million contract with the Miami, and the salary he'll command next season will keep him as the highest-paid player on the Heat roster.
Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds last season, appearing in 72 games and starting 53 of those. He also averaged only 23 minutes per game, and at times expressed his displeasure about not having a larger role.
FIFA makes penalty shootout change
VALENCIENNES, France — The debut of video review in women's soccer is causing confusion and has pushed FIFA to make a rule change heading into the knockout phase of the World Cup.
FIFA received approval from the game's lawmaking body to suspend the rule that goalkeepers must be shown yellow cards for stepping off the goal-line during penalty shootouts.
With video assistant referees able to keep a closer eye on infringements, FIFA feared more goalkeepers could be penalized — and sent off if it's a second booking with no substitute allowed during shootouts. But the penalty kick will still be retaken.
The International Football Association Board granted the temporary dispensation on Friday which means goalkeepers can only be booked at the tournament for stepping off the line with both feet during a penalty kick in normal time.
California women's hoops hires Charmin Smith
BERKELEY, Calif. — Charmin Smith has been named women's basketball coach at California.
Smith returns to Berkeley where she most recently served as a top assistant since 2012 before joining the WNBA's New York Liberty as an assistant coach in April. She replaces Lindsay Gottlieb, who departed last week to become an assistant coach with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
The announcement was made Friday and Smith will be formally introduced at a news conference on campus Tuesday. She joined the Cal staff under then-coach Joanne Boyle in 2007-08, then stayed after Gottlieb took over in 2011.
Surfing competition paused after shark sighting
SANTA ANA, Calif. — The USA Surfing Championships was put on pause after a shark jumped out of the Southern California water.
The Orange County Register reports the shark was spotted breaching the ocean waters Wednesday near the young surfers competing at the Lower Trestles south of San Clemente.
California State Parks issued a shark-sighting advisory.
USA Surfing President Andrea Swayne said in a statement that the competition continued after lifeguard boats monitored the water.
Shark Lab director Chris Lowe says the juvenile shark was 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) long.
Lowe says the shark might have jumped out of the water to get itchy copepods off it.
Asian Games champ banned for doping
MONACO — Asian Games steeplechase champion Hosein Keyhani has been banned for doping.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases in track and field, says the Iranian runner has been banned four years over a positive test for stamina-booster EPO.
Keyhani is also disqualified from April's Asian track and field championships, where he failed to defend the 3,000-meter steeplechase title he won in 2017, finishing fourth behind Bahraini champion John Kibet Koech.
Keyhani won the Asian Games gold medal in 2018 and the Asian indoor title in the 3,000 the same year.
US tennis player appeals French Open fine
LONDON — American tennis player Anna Tatishvili has appealed her fine of about $50,000 for what the Grand Slam Board ruled was a violation of its first-round performance rule at the French Open last month.
Tatishvili was docked a first-round loser's full prize money after losing to 29th-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-0, 6-1 in Paris.
It was Tatishvili's first competition since October 2017 because of an ankle injury. She has been ranked as high as 50th and is currently outside the top 700 because of her long absence from the tour, but used a special ranking to make the field at Roland Garros.
The Grand Slam Board introduced the performance rule before the 2018 season. The aim is to deter players who enter tournaments while injured from retiring during first-round matches to collect prize money. Players can be fined their first-round check if they do not "perform to a professional standard."