Patriots accuse Texans of tampering; NFL investigating

The NFL is investigating tampering charges against the Texans after the Patriots accused them of contacting New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio for the Houston general manager job.

ESPN.com reported that New England complained to the league after Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, a former Patriots chaplain, attended the team’s championship ring ceremony at the home of owner Robert Kraft. The Texans fired GM Brian Gaine the next day, less than 18 months after he took the job.

ESPN.com noted that Easterby and Caserio are represented by the same agent, Bob LaMonte.

The Texans have requested permission to interview Caserio for their GM job, but it has not been given, the website said.

• The Patriots acquired tight end Michael Roberts from the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick.

• Less than three years after entering the league as an undrafted rookie, cornerback Kenny Moore II was rewarded by the Indianapolis Colts with a four-year deal. Financial details were not immediately available, but NFL Network reported the deal would make Moore the league’s highest-paid slot cornerback.

• The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a five-year contract extension, locking up the former Panthers practice squad player through the 2024 season.

College baseball: Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman has won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur player.

The No. 1 overall draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles was the Pac-12 Player of the Year after batting .411 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs and an NCAA-leading .575 on-base percentage.

Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn was one of four finalists. He won the award last year, making this the first time the Pac-12 has had back-to-back winners.

Golf: Katherine Perry and Jenny Shin shared the lead at 6-under-par 66 when first-round play in the rain-delayed Meijer LPGA Classic was suspended because of darkness in Grand Rapids, Mich.

WNBA: Candice Dupree scored 20 points to help the visiting Indiana Fever beat the winless Dallas Wings 76-72.

Cycling: Chris Froome underwent successful surgery after the high-speed crash that left him with multiple fractures and shattered his hopes of going for a fifth Tour de France title next month. Froome underwent a six-hour operation at a hospital in Saint-Etienne, France, after hitting a wall at high speed during a training ride at the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne on Wednesday.

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