Patriots’ Jerod Mayo indicates he’s headed to retirement; Dante Scarnecchia to return

Jerod Mayo’s time with the New England Patriots – and in the NFL – appears to be over.

The eight-year veteran linebacker, a first-round draft pick of New England in 2008, posted a statement to Instagram on Tuesday thanking the organization, Coach Bill Belichick and the fans, and added the comment “RETIRING A PATRIOT.”

The 29-year-old two-time Pro-Bowler had been limited by injuries in recent seasons, playing in just six regular-season games in 2013 and 2014, but rebounded to play in all 16 this past season.

 While the Patriots will say goodbye to Mayo, they also welcomed a familiar face. According to a report by ESPN, the team reached a deal with Dante Scarnecchia to return as offensive line coach. Scarnecchia had retired after the 2013 season after 32 years in the NFL, including 30 with New England. He coached the offensive line for his final 15 years with the Patriots.

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned just over $34 million for 2014, according to the league’s tax filing released Tuesday.

 Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis retired. Matthis was an All-Pro for Jacksonville in 2006.


MAJOR LEAGUES: Former All-Star reliever Carlos Marmol agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and will attend big league spring training. The 33-year-old right-hander is 23-35 with 117 saves and a 3.57 ERA in his career with the Cubs, Dodgers and Marlins.

 The Astros avoided arbitration with DH Evan Gattis, agreeing to a $3.4 million, one-year deal.


NBA: Chris Bosh is back on blood thinners to treat a clot that formed in his leg, the second straight year the Miami Heat forward has dealt with such a situation over the All-Star break.

Bosh hopes he can continue playing at some point this season, a source told The Associated Press. He missed the final 30 games of last season because of a blood clot on one of his lungs.

 The Pistons acquired forward Tobias Harris from Orlando in a trade that sent guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Magic. Harris, 23, signed a $64 million, four-year deal to stay with the Magic last summer.

 The league informed teams that jumping on a player’s back to commit an intentional foul could be ruled a flagrant violation.

 Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will have surgery Wednesday on his right shoulder again and will miss the remainder of the season.


QATAR OPEN: Serena Williams withdrew from her second consecutive tournament, announcing she will miss next week’s Qatar Open because of the flu. Williams pulled out of this week’s Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday, also citing illness.

– From staff and news services

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