Moustakas returns to Royals

Third baseman Mike Moustakas rejoined the Kansas City Royals on Monday after missing a weekend series in Detroit to tend to a family situation in Los Angeles, where he lives.

The team removed Moustakas from the bereavement list and sent infielder Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Omaha.

Moustakas declined to discuss his family problem, but he was welcomed back into the clubhouse by hugs and handshakes from teammates and coaches on Monday.

Rockets’ Howard fined $15,000

The NBA fined Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard $15,000 for making contact with Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes above the shoulders during Sunday’s game, the league announced Monday.

The incident occurred with 9:21 remaining in the first quarter of the Clippers’ 128-95 win over the Rockets at Staples Center.

Howard had just seven points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of play in that game. He fouled out and was also ejected when he was hit with his second technical foul.

The Clippers hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Patriots sign tight end Davis

Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, who was reinstated by the NFL last week, has agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to reports Monday.

The Patriots also informed seven-year cornerback Kyle Arrington that he will be released, ESPN.com reported.

Davis, 29, was suspended indefinitely in February 2014 for a second violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Davis claims he was suspended for taking a supplement. His initial NFL suspension was for marijuana.

Davis, who missed all of last season, played 72 games with the Redskins from 2008 to 2013, with 162 career receptions for 2,043 yards and 13 touchdowns. Davis had career highs in 2011 with 59 receptions for 796 yards.

The Patriots have not ruled out a return in the future for Arrington. He was scheduled to earn $3 million this season and count $4.625 million against the salary cap.

NFL players union seeks neutral arbitration

The NFL Players Association hopes Patriots owner Robert Kraft pushes for neutral arbitration which would force commissioner Roger Goodell to delegate all appeals of player punishment to an outside party, according to Pro Football Talk.

For years, the NFLPA has lobbied for Goodell to permanently surrender his power to resolve appeals of discipline. Last year, significant gains were made in that regard, including the revised policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs.

Goodell continues to have final say over player punishment in other areas such as the power under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Wings’ Babcock meets with Sabres

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who was given permission last week to talk to other NHL teams, met with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday to discuss a possible future with the organization.

Babcock flew to Buffalo on Sunday and spent the afternoon with Sabres owner Terry Pegula and general manager Tim Murray, according to reports. The Sabres are one of five teams with a coaching vacancy after firing Ted Nolan on April 12.

Babcock’s contract with the Red Wings expires June 30. The Red Wings want to bring Babcock back and are aiming for a resolution by May 25.