Michael Sam, Felix Jones, Michael Bush at vets combine

Michael Sam is among more than 100 players invited to the first NFL veterans’ combine, set for March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was cut by St. Louis at the end of training camp last year. He then joined the Dallas practice[…]

Fast-changing 49ers making waves on and off the field

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made a splash before free agency even began. Franchise rushing leader Frank Gore is gone. A former Australian rugby star is here. Star linebacker Patrick Willis announced his retirement Tuesday and fellow defensive stalwart Justin Smith might follow. And Colin Kaepernick is still the quarterback despite[…]

AP Source: Cardinals, Iupati agree to 5-year deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Arizona Cardinals and free agent guard Mike Iupati have agreed on a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed. The person asked not to be identified because the deal has not officially been announced. Announcement of the agreement is pending a physical,[…]

LEADING OFF: Matt Cain tests ankle and elbow in first start

A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: ___ ON THE MEND San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain makes his spring training debut against the Dodgers in Scottsdale, Arizona. Coming back from ankle and elbow operations, the three-time All-Star hasn’t thrown since July 9, missing out on[…]