NFL Draft will move to May 8-10 in ’14
• The NFL Draft is moving to May next year. The league officially announced Tuesday that the 2014 edition will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall because of a scheduling conflict in April at the venue. The NFL has yet to decide on dates for drafts in 2015 and beyond. Radio City is hosting an Easter show next year that conflicts with the NFL’s typical window for the draft. The last time the entire draft took place in May was 1984. The NFL says there will be no significant changes in the dates for other offseason events next year.
• New England tight end Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery on a disk in mid-June. He could return for the opening of training camp at the end of July.
• Texans running back Arian Foster’s strained right calf will keep him off the practice field until training camp this summer. Foster was injured in an offseason practice on Tuesday. Tests revealed no further damage, but the strain will keep Foster on crutches for at least a couple of days.
• Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith will miss the rest of the team’s spring minicamps after hurting his lower right leg. Coach Doug Marrone said Smith was hurt in the weight room, but did not reveal the nature of the injury or how it occurred. Marrone expects Smith to be ready for training camp in July.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced wide receiver Steve Smith retired from the NFL following an injury-plagued career. Smith, a former Pro Bowler who helped the New York Giants win a Super Bowl, played six seasons in the league with the Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.
OSU football game at Cal to be on FOX
• Ohio State’s only non-conference road game of the 2013 season – Sept. 14 at the University of California – will start at 7 p.m. and it will be televised by FOX Sports, the Pac-12 Conference announced. . The game will be played at Cal’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium and will complete a two-game, home-and-home series between the teams.
• Kansas defensive lineman Chris Martin was arrested on robbery charges in Lawrence, Kan. Coach Charlie Weis said in a statement that the school is aware of the charges and gathering facts.
• A cause of death was not determined after an autopsy on the body of a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history. There was no obvious sign of heart trauma on 30-year-old Cullen Finnerty, Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said.
• Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts was named the top college softball player in the country for the second consecutive year. Ricketts is 31-1 this season with a 1.22 ERA and 311 strikeouts. She’s also hitting .375 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI.
Four sports have shot for Olympics
• Three months after being dropped from the 2020 Olympics, wrestling won a reprieve and made the IOC shortlist for inclusion in the games. Also making the cut were squash and a combined baseball-softball bid. Eight sports were vying for a single opening on the lineup. Eliminated from contention were five sports — karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and the Chinese martial art of wushu. The IOC executive board will submit wrestling, squash and baseball-softball to the full IOC assembly for a final decision on Sept. 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• England and Ireland played to a 1-1 tie in London in a scrappy but peaceful exhibition game in their first matchup since hooliganism forced the abandonment of a game 18 years ago. Shane Long headed Ireland in front after 13 minutes, and Frank Lampard tied it 10 minutes later. England fans rioted during the 1995 game in Dublin. On Wednesday, they heeded the warning of England manager Roy Hodgson by largely refraining from anti-Irish chanting at Wembley Stadium.
• Hall of fame basketball player Oscar Schmidt, 55, is recovering from a second brain operation to treat cancer in Sao Paulo.
• The New York Rangers fired combative coach John Tortorella, four days after the team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
— From wire reports