The NFL said it won't suspend star wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a district attorney declined to press charges in a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son, leaving Hill free to report to the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp next week.
The league spent eight hours interviewing Hill late last month about the case, which came to light after a recording of Hill and his fiancé, Crystal Espinal, aired on a Kansas City television station.
During the conversation, Espinal accused Hill of hurting their son, who had a broken arm. Police launched an investigation into potential child abuse, but the Johnson County, Kansas, district attorney announced he could not charge Hill because it was not clear how the boy had sustained his injuries. The league said in a statement it could not suspend Hill under the personal conduct policy "based on the evidence presently available," and the Chiefs followed that lead.
"We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team," the Chiefs said in a statement.
Hill issued a statement of his own Friday, citing "false allegations."
"The last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father," he said.
In the recording that led to the investigation, Espinal tells Hill their son is "terrified of you," and Hill replies, "You need to be terrified of me, too."
Heat kills former player
• Offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, a walk-on at Arkansas who went on to a three-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, died Thursday night of heat stroke. He was 32. He had spent the day working outside at his family's shop about 25 miles east of Little Rock.
• Philadelphia signed 36-year-old running back Darren Sproles to a one-year contract. Sproles ranks sixth in NFL history in all-purpose yards with 19,520.
• Desmond Harrison, an offensive tackle released this week by Arizona, surrendered to police in North Carolina after a warrant was issued for his arrest on an assault charge. No other details were available. Harrison started eight games last season for Cleveland.
• Buffalo signed safety Kurt Coleman to replace Rafael Bush after Bush unexpectedly announced his retirement. less than a week before the start of training camp. Coleman has nine seasons of NFL experience and started nine games for New Orleans last season.
Tour de France
French leader springs time trial surprise
Inspired by his yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe held off defending champion Geraint Thomas to win the only individual time trial stage of this Tour de France, a surprising victory that raised French hopes of a homegrown winner.
Alaphilippe beat Thomas by 14 seconds and leads Thomas by 1 minute, 26 seconds overall. He has held the race lead for nine days. The last French champion was Bernard Hinault in 1985.
This being cycling, Alaphilippe was asked about fans who suspect he is doping.
"If it creates suspicions, that's the way it is," he said. "I'm just riding my bike in the way I like."
Committee suggests changes in U.S.
A report examining the U.S. Olympic system urges a move away from the "money for medals" funding system and a reconfigured board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) that would give more power to athletes.
A committee led by former WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders produced a 113-page report. It called for more athletes on the USOPC board by 2024, and for all of the federation's committees to have at least 20% athlete representation. It also suggested that national governing bodies receive funding based on how they support athletes, not on whether they are likely to win medals.
AROUND THE HORN
NHL: The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, whom they acquired from Winnipeg in a major offseason trade. Trouba, 25, will be paid $56 million over seven years and is expected to anchor the team's defense. … Calgary acquired forward Milan Lucic from Edmonton for forward James Neal and a third-round pick in 2020.
NBA: Free-agent guard Justin Holiday agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with Indiana, a person familiar with the deal said. Holiday started 38 games for Chicago and 39 for Memphis last season. … The Sacramento Kings hired former WNBA player Lindsey Harding as an assistant and player development coach. She had been working in a player development role for the Philadelphia 76ers.
WNBA: Elena Delle Donne, back after missing three games because of a broken nose, scored 28 points, leading visiting Washington past Indiana 95-88. The Mystics (10-6) lost all three games Delle Donne missed.
Doping: Former world indoor 400-meter champion Kemi Adekoya was banned for four years for doping in the third drug case to hit Bahrain's squad of elite African-born runners.
Diving: Two-time Olympic champion Shi Tingmao of China won her third successive women's 3-meter springboard event at the world diving championships in Gwangju, South Korea, scoring 391.00 points.
Auto racing: Brad Keselowski led qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and will start on the pole for Sunday's Cup Series Foxwood Casino 301. Keselowski ran a lap at 136.384 mph.
Golf: Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura shot a 7-under 63 in alternate-shot play to open a five-stroke lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, Mich.