Top National Sports Stories: McDaniels changes mind ... Gronkowski robbed ... Porzingis injured

Published on February 07, 2018 at 06:57AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis’ Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring. The Colts confirmed McDaniels’ decision after reports emerged that the Patriots’ offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski can be heard on a 911 call calmly telling a dispatcher that his home was burglarized while he was at the Super Bowl. Police in Foxborough, Massachusetts, released a portion of the call on Tuesday. The police report redacted all details of what was taken.

NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis has torn the ACL in his left knee. Porzingis was hurt in the second quarter of New York’s loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night. He dunked with 8:46 left in the half and landed awkwardly, crashing to the court and holding his left knee. He was eventually helped up and taken to the locker room.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s tampering rule. League officials responded to an ESPN interview in which team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson praised the skills of Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s the third time in less than a year the Lakers have been disciplined for tampering.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A 229-member strong, all-female cheering section has arrived from North Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The squad, which features women chosen for their youth, good looks and enthusiasm, has been allowed to root for the North’s much smaller contingent of athletes.