Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay won't put any pressure on head coach Chuck Pagano, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Irsay said that Pagano's future doesn't depend on winning a Super Bowl title next season.
"These things are ongoing a lot of times behind the scenes," Irsay told The Indianapolis Star. "We're working on contracts, whether it's management, coaches, players. We had discussions and it doesn't mean that they won't continue. It's not a Super Bowl-or-bust season or anything like that."
The Colts were smacked around by the Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January and fell short of quarterback Andrew Luck making his first Super Bowl appearance.
"We were proud of our (2014) season and I really feel positive about Chuck and what he's done for us," Irsay told the paper. "There's no question that he's accomplished a lot since he's been here."
Indianapolis has the 29th pick of Thursday's NFL Draft after finishing 11-5 last year.
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders are hopeful headed into Thursday's NFL Draft.
New head coach Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn't give away who they are targeting on Thursday, but said they're doing everything they can to improve the roster.
"We always hope that you get some productive players," McKenzie said. "We were excited and happy that they were productive. We’re just trying to get it right. We want to get the player that we feel can best help our team and that’s what we’re going to do. Whether there’s pressure or not, I want to hit on my seventh-round pick, too."
Del Rio comes over from the Broncos after spending the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator.
"The measurables are one piece, the college film is one piece. Live exposure, watching them interact with their teammates, is one piece. Background checks are another piece," said Del Rio, who was the 68th pick in the third round of the 1985 draft. "There’s so many different factors. Their health is obviously a big piece. That’s one of the main reasons you have the combine, to collect the medical data on some of these prospects. Play history is obviously a big part of it, what guys have done. Productive guys tend to remain productive guys."
The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season and have the fourth pick in the draft.
NBATV/ABC News(DALLAS) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is open to changing the rules about the Hack-a-Shaq strategy that was used this season and in the playoffs primarily on Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan.
Silver spoke with ESPN.com about possibly making new rules to avoid team's going that rout throughout a game and could start discussing a solution this summer.
"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN.com on Friday. "My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game's very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That's changed my view a little bit."
"Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it's not great entertainment for our fans, and that's important as well," Silver continued. "What I've said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I'm sure it's going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we're going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward."
Shaquille O'Neal was famously fouled on purpose because of his poor free-throw shooting throughout his career and other teams have tried the same thing to opposing poor free-throw percentage players.
"We're very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game," Silver said. "That's why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we've got to be very careful, but it is something that we're looking at closely."
Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The damage has been done from the brawl between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on Thursday night as Major League Baseball handed down suspensions from the incident.
Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura received a seven-game suspension, starting pitcher Edinson Volquez received a five-game suspension, outfielder Lorenzo Cain received a two-game suspension, and pitcher Kelvin Herrera received a two-game suspension.
For the White Sox, starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale received five-game suspensions.
It all started in the fourth inning when Yordano Ventura hit first baseman Jose Abreu with a pitch. White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale then plunked Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.
In the sevneth inning, White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton grounded out to Ventura, who then proceeded to yell something at Eaton that upset him.
Benches eventually cleared that saw the two teams come to blows.
Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday.
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --The 2015 regular season has gotten off to a disastrous season for Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. After two poor starts, the team has placed Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain.
"[We] felt it best to back him off and put him on the DL to give him time to make sure this thing, it's a long season we don't want this thing to be an aggravated issue as we go through the next 5½ months," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We'll know a little more tonight. At this point we're hoping it's nothing more than shoulder fatigue and something very small."
The team wanted Iwakuma to throw a bullpen session on Friday and determine where he was from a health standpoint. Not only did his shoulder not feel any better, he felt stiffness in his back and the team decided to shut him down.
In three starts this season, Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA.
Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have stumbled out of hte gate to begin the 2015 season, and if they don't pick it up, closer Jonathan Papelbon would like to be traded.
Papelbon is still an elite closer, but with the Phillies just 6-11, his skills largely go wasted because the team can't get to him enough.
In an interview with CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Papelbon was asked he'd be disappointed if he wasn't traded.
“Yeah, I will be,” Papelbon said. “If we continue to lose.
“If we can rebuild this situation and make it right, and we can get some wins underneath our belt and Ryne Sandberg can get us going, that’s a whole different story. To me, that’s a better part of the story because now I’ve been a part of this remodeling. I’ve been a part of getting this bullpen correct. I’ve been a part of something that’s becoming a winning tradition and going back to the way it was before I got here. To me, there’s no better reward than that.”
Papelbon is a four-time All-Star, and has yet to give up and earned run this season.
John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville Predators announced Friday that defenseman Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the team's first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury.
Weber has not played since Game 2 of the series when he endured the injury. There was speculation that Weber tore his ACL, but the Predators announced that this isn't true.
Weber played in 78 games for the Predators this season, averaging 26:22 of ice time per game while compiling 15 goals and 30 assists.
Game 6 of the Predators' series with the Blackhawks is Saturday night in Chicago. The Hawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- The Edmonton Oilers appointed Peter Chiarelli as the team's new president of hockey operations and general manager on Friday.
“I am honored to join such a great organization with a long history of success. There is a strong, young core here with good complementary players,” Chiarelli said. “I hope to bring it to the next level with a measured approach. Daryl Katz (Chairman) and Bob Nicholson (Team CEO) have a great vision here for the team and Rogers Place. I am very excited to be a part of it.”
At the end of this regular season, Chiarelli was fired as the Boston Bruins general manager. Chiarelli spent nine seasons in Boston leading the team to two Stanley Cup Final appearences, including one championship in 2011.
The Oilers finished last season 28th in points but still won the draft lottery. They are expected to take highly touted prospect Connor McDavid with the top pick.
Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.
After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
Nicks was originally selected by the Giants with the 29th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.
After a solid rookie year, Nicks posted back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Nicks joins a Titans squad that already has Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas, and Kendall Wright at receiver.