Jason Witten rejoining Cowboys after year as broadcaster

Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Dallas Cowboys after one season as the lead analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

Witten, 36, said the “fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong.” The Cowboys announced Thursday that the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end has agreed to a one-year contract worth $5 million.

• New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case.

• Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was arrested in Denver on allegations including felony vehicular assault stemming from a Feb. 16 crash. Thomas, a free agent, turned himself in Wednesday and was released Thursday.


Bruins win clash

of NHL titans

The host Boston Bruins scored three times in less than three minutes in the third period and snapped the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning’s franchise-best 10-game win streak, 4-1. It was the first time in NHL history that teams met with each owning point streaks of 14 games or more. Boston is second in the East.

• In other NHL games, Casey Cizikas scored twice and the host New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 as former captain John Tavares was booed often in first time back as a visiting player. New York moved two points ahead of Washington atop the Metropolitan Division one night before hosting the Capitals. … Brad Richardson scored four goals to power the host Arizona Coyotes to their fifth straight win, 5-2 over the Vancouver Canucks. … Seth Jones scored 4:27 into overtime as the host Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. … Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves and the visiting Edmonton Oilers beat the league-worst Ottawa Senators 4-2.

Golf: Jhonattan Vegas shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Zach Johnson, Ernie Els, Lucas Glover and Ben Silverman were tied for second. Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia were in a large group at 67.

• No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn’s 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole gave her a 4-under 68 and a share of the first-round lead with four others at the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. Also tied were Minjee Lee, Amy Olson, Yu Liu and Celine Boutier.

Defending champion Michelle Wie was forced to withdraw because of a sore right hand.

Tennis: Roger Federer is two matches away from his 100th title after beating Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (6), 6-4 to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.

• Nick Kyrgios advanced to the Mexico Open semifinals in Acapulco, following his comeback victory over top-seeded Rafael Nadal with a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 win over Stan Wawrinka.

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