THE NFL, with the OK of the players union, is seriously contemplating moving the draft until sometime in May, ESPN reported, citing league sources.
USA Today, citing a source, said Radio City Music Hall in New York is booked for the final weekend in April, when the draft is traditionally held.
Also, ESPN reported that the start of the new league year likely would be moved to before the February scouting combine to allow free agents more time to sign with new teams.
In other NFL news:
* NFL owners will vote on the sites of the 50th and 51st Super Bowls today at their spring meetings. The San Francisco area, where a new stadium is being built in Santa Clara, and South Florida are competing for the the 50th edition, to be held in February 2016.
* Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities have said is the mother of his baby daughter.
Memphis forward Tarik Black is transferring to Kansas and will be eligible to play immediately. Black has graduated from Memphis and has 1 year of eligibility left. Last season, he played 32 games for Memphis and averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds.
* Wide receiver Ivan McCartney is returning to West Virginia's roster 6 months after leaving the team for personal reasons.
Sport Stops *
The Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill was tentatively sold at auction for $10.1 million to the Marlton-based First Montgomery Group. The sale awaits a confirmation hearing scheduled for Friday in federal bankruptcy court in Camden. If the sale is approved, the deal could close by May 31.
* British racing authorities announced that seven more horses have tested positive for steroids, including Encke, a 25-1 shot when he won the 2012 St. Leger, the world's oldest classic. Trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni already has been banned 8 years. He has acknowledged giving anabolic steroids to 15 horses in one of the largest doping scandals to hit the sport in Britain.