A person with knowledge of the conversation told the Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league.
But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend.
The Alliance says its mission is to provide opportunities for players not in the NFL to continue their careers, with a possibility they could entice NFL teams to sign them once the AAF season concludes at the end of April. The league also approached former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who said he wanted to continue pursuing his baseball career. Tebow is in the New York Mets’ spring training camp.
A message from the AP to Kaepernick’s representatives was not immediately answered.
Kaepernick helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem at games. He has not played the past two seasons and has brought a lawsuit against the NFL for collusion to keep him out of the league.
Shiffrin takes bronze in GS
American Mikaela Shiffrin, skiing in unseasonably warm, windy and rainy conditions, took bronze in the giant slalom at the Alpine world skiing championships in Are, Sweden.
Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova beat the wind and won the first individual gold of her career.
“It felt like you couldn’t get small enough to get out of the wind,” said Shiffrin, who won gold in the event at last year’s Pyeongchang Olympics. “In the start, both runs actually, but especially the second run, I started to feel the wind coming on stronger and pushing me backwards from the starting gate.”
Shiffrin collected her sixth career medal at worlds, surpassing childhood idols Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley (five each) for third place all time among Americans. Recently retired Lindsey Vonn won a record eight medals at worlds and Ted Ligety is next with seven.
Shiffrin will be favored to add to her haul in Saturday’s slalom — her best event.
Arrest warrant: A San Jose judge has signed an arrest warrant for Maurice Washington, clearing the way for the Nebraska running back, a former standout player at King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, to face charges related to his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.
Washington is accused of obtaining a video of the assault from one of the perpetrators, storing it on his cell phone and sending it to the girl last March. He has been charged with a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of distributing that video without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress.
Women’s hockey: Jamie Lee Rattray and Marie-Philip Poulin each had a goal and an assist and Canada beat the United States 4-3 in Toronto to tie the best-of-three Rivalry Series at a game apiece.
The series ends Sunday in Detroit. The U.S. won the opener 1-0 on Tuesday night in London, Ontario.
Laura Fortino and Briane Jenner also scored and Genevieve Lecasse made 24 saves. Alex Carpenter, Hannah Brandt and Brianna Decker scored for the U.S., and Katie Burt stopped 26 shots.
Horse racing: Thursday’s program was canceled at Golden Gate Fields due to a drainage issue caused by the large volume of rain that fell on the track beginning Wednesday morning. Racing is expected to resume Friday.
“It wasn’t the track surface itself, but the adjacent drainage areas that wouldn’t allow the rain to drain away through the normal channels,” general manager David Duggan said. “There’s been a letup … and we have drained all the water off of the surface. I am 100 percent sure we’ll be racing Friday.”
Golden Gate Fields has a Tapeta Footings synthetic surface on its main track that has handled inclement weather without interruption since it was installed in 2007.
— Larry Stumes
Soccer: A memorial Mass for longtime USF head coach Steve Negoesco will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus. Negoesco, who died Feb. 3 at the age of 93, won four national titles in his 39 seasons leading the Dons.
• Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber’s contract has been extended by league owners for five years through 2023.
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