Federal prosecutors say a Texas man who threatened to go through with a mass shooting and suicide at an NFL playoff game in Pittsburgh has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania Scott Brady announced the sentence for San Antonio resident Yuttana Choochongkol, who also went by the name Jason Manotham. Attorney information for Choochongkol was not listed in online federal court records.
Federal agents say Choochongkol used the "contact us" function on the Heinz Field website, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to send threatening messages that he planned to shoot fans and players at the Jan. 14 playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was convicted of threatening interstate communications.
The 41-year-old also sent a threat to a television station a few days before the game. Both threats were reported to the FBI, which used an internet protocol address to track the man.
Redskins claim Reuben Foster
off waivers following arrest
The Washington Redskins claimed Reuben Foster off waivers after the San Francisco 49ers released the linebacker following a domestic violence arrest.
The Redskins announced the move Tuesday in a prepared statement acknowledging they "fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben."
They say Foster will have to go through the full legal process, investigation and potential discipline from the NFL and meetings with team counselors before he'll have the opportunity to play in a game.
The team says conversations with ex-Alabama teammates led to the decision to claim Foster and that nothing is promised to him.
It was not clear if or when Foster would report to the team's facility. Foster was arrested Saturday night over an incident with his former girlfriend at the 49ers' team hotel in Tampa.
Jameis Winston preparing
to settle sex assault case
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is in the process of settling a lawsuit filed by a female Uber driver in Arizona who accused him of sexual assault.
Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix state that a settlement agreement should be finalized in 10 days. Details weren't disclosed.
The woman sued Winston in September and had been seeking $75,000 in damages.
She alleged Winston grabbed her crotch while they were waiting in the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale in March 2016.
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State, was in Arizona for a charity event at the time.
Around the league
The Minnesota Vikings placed safety Andrew Sendejo on injured reserve, ending his season after a groin injury limited him to only five games. ... The Buffalo Bills are shuffling punters by signing Matt Darr and releasing Colton Schmidt for the second tim in three months. ... The Denver Broncos called up tight end Temarrick Hemingway from the practice squad after putting Jeff Heurman on injured reserve with broken ribs and a bruised lung.