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  • 03 Jun
    NEW YORK -- Kellen Winslow Jr. turned a three-day tryout into another chance at reviving his NFL career. The former Pro Bowl tight end was signed to a one-year deal by the New York Jets on Friday after a solid performance during the teams minicamp this week. Winslow was brought in on a tryout basis and impressed coach Rex Ryan, who wouldnt comment Thursday as to whether a signing was imminent but seemed to indicate he was pleased with what he saw. "That athleticism and his ability to catch the football," Ryan said, "it certainly jumps out." Winslow received a call from the Jets last Saturday, flew to the New York area Monday and was practicing the next day. He was active during the minicamp practices, making several catches on throws from both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. He was also used red-zone drills, in particular, with a few of his receptions coming in those situations. "Hes still a very athletic guy," Ryan said. "How many catches he had specifically, Im not sure, but you certainly feel his presence." Winslow, who turns 30 next month but said his sometimes troublesome knees were healthy, adds depth to a position thin on experience after New York allowed Dustin Keller to leave as a free agent. Jeff Cumberland, with 32 career catches in three seasons, has been the projected starter, with Konrad Reuland, a solid blocker, and former rugby player Hayden Smith the backups. Winslow played in just one game last season with New England before asking for his release. He expected to get another shot, but was left wondering about his NFL career this off-season when no calls came. Winslow said after his first practice with the Jets that "I have years left." Before leaving the teams locker room Thursday, Winslow said he hadnt heard yet if he would be signed by the Jets but made it clear he thought he could add something to Marty Mornhinwegs offence. "I feel like it would be a great spot," Winslow said. "I like it here. I like the team, I like the teammates. Hopefully, I can stay." Winslow, the son of Hall of Famer and former Chargers star Kellen Winslow, was a first-round draft pick of Cleveland in 2004. After a broken right leg as a rookie and a torn knee ligament the next year, Winslow had 89 catches in 2006 and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate the following year. He was traded to Tampa Bay in 2009 and had solid seasons of 77, 66 and 75 catches. The Buccaneers traded him to Seattle before last season, but he was waived in September after declining to reduce his salary. He signed with New England a few weeks later and played one game with one catch for 12 yards -- before asking for and being granted his release. "We thought Kellen did a nice job given the fact that you get off a plane, you get into a meeting, and a couple hours later youre out on the field," general manager John Idzik said. "I think all things considered, he did a pretty good job." Custom Rays Jerseys . 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NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive WNBA Finals game, the league acknowledged a late officiating mistake.The WNBA said the officials missed a shot clock violation in the deciding Game 5 Thursday night in which the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-76.After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumikes shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that the referees improperly failed to review the play under the instant replay rules, Renee Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations, said in a statement Friday.Ogwumikes jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, won it for the Sparks.The league also admitted a mistake after officials missed an 8-second violation call in Game 4 that occurred late in that contest.Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve was angry in her postgame news conference Thursday night about both missed calls, saying the league needed to do more than just apologize and send a memo.Its really unfortunate that players continually put themselves out there, playing and competing at a really high level. Whether it was the 8-second call in LA or the game today, doesnt matter, OK? The game today, its not fair to the players, Reeve said. Its not enough just to apologize or send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested and something must be done about the officiating in this league because its not fair to these great players we have.WNBA rules state that in the final two minutes of a game plays are reviewable only immediately. Earlier iin the game, time can elapse and plays can still be reviewed.dddddddddddd. In college basketball, officials are given more time to review calls in the final two minutes.It was reviewable at the time when she shot it, Reeve said. The referees at that point didnt think anything was wrong. They didnt understand it was the end of the clock. They didnt hear the shot clock. When they put the ball in play, the play is no longer reviewable.Arenas switched shot clocks midseason and there were some issues when they were changed about how audible the horn was when it reached zero.This wasnt the first year officiating mistakes happened in playoff games. Last season, in the Western Conference finals, the Lynx were aided by a foul with 1.5 seconds left in a tie game against Phoenix. The league acknowledged the call should never have been made.Its unfortunate were having this discussion, Reeve said. The number of people that have contacted us and said this shot was no good, its unfortunate. I mean, I dont know what happens from there. Maybe they still win. I dont know. Thats why I dont want to take anything away from L.A.Lynx star Maya Moore didnt realize the controversy until asked about it in a sullen losing locker room.OK, that doesnt make me feel any better, Moore said.She said she thought she saw one of the officials signal for a review and was surprised to hear that didnt occur, the details of the final minutes lost in the haze of defeat.Well, it doesnt mean anything now, Moore said. ' ' '