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NFL could add female ref

on June 16, 2013 3:00 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sarah Thomas is on her way to becoming an official in the NFL and it could happen as early as the 2014 season.

Thomas spent three days at the Indianapolis Colts’ three-day minicamp this week.

The league says she could be the first to come through its officiating development program and then handle games.

• NEW YORK (AP) — Kellen Winslow Jr. turned a three-day tryout into another chance at reviving his NFL career.

The former Pro Bowl tight end was signed to a one-year deal by the New York Jets after a solid performance during the team’s minicamp this week.

• ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed rookie quarterback EJ Manuel to a four-year contract worth $8.9 million.

The team announced the signing, and a person familiar with the deal revealed the terms speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Bills did not release any details of the contract. The person said the contract includes a $4.84 million signing bonus.

• NEW YORK (AP) — Wide receiver Victor Cruz signed his $2.879 million tender with the New York Giants.

Two people familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Friday that the restricted free agent with three years in the NFL had signed the tender while he works on a long-term deal with the Giants.

Rockies put Tulowitzki on DL

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.

Team spokesman Nick Piburn said an MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture. Tulowitzki was injured earlier in the day while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Ex-WNBA star pleads guilty

ATLANTA (AP) — Ex-WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in November.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges.

The 35-year-old was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine under the plea agreement.

Holdsclaw was arrested after the confrontation in Atlanta with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, who told police she was Holdsclaw’s ex-girlfriend. Authorities said Holdsclaw broke Lacy’s car windows with a bat and then fired a shot into it. No one was injured.

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