- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady’s two-year contract extension with the Patriots will give him a $28 million signing bonus and adds $41 million to his deal should he play it out.

Although Brady will earn only $1 million in base salary next season and in 2017, the bonuses will increase his cap hit to $14 million in each of those seasons. His base salary for 2018 and 2019 would be $14 million, with cap hits of $22 million each, although Brady, 38, is likely to redo those deals, too, if he is still playing.

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets’ backfield makeover is in motion.

The Jets announced they signed free-agent running backs Matt Forte and Khiry Robinson. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that the Jets also agreed in principle to re-sign running back Bilal Powell.

Financial terms weren’t immediately disclosed, but it is a three-year deal for Forte and one year for Robinson. As for Powell, it’s also a three-year contract.

The team announced earlier in the day that it re-signed backup tight end Zach Sudfeld (one year) and tendered a one-year offer worth $1.671 million to restricted free agent wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions have finalized their $40 million, five-year contract with free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones.

The Lions introduced Jones on a conference call. After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement, they were in the market for a receiver. Jones, who turns 26 on Saturday, was with the Cincinnati Bengals for four years, although he missed the 2014 season after foot and ankle injuries. He played in all 16 games last season, finishing with 65 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns.

MIAMI (AP) - Now that C.J. Anderson’s a Super Bowl-winning running back, the Miami Dolphins want to give him the ball.

The restricted free agent signed an $18 million, four-year offer sheet with Miami.

Anderson rushed for 720 yards last season for the NFL champion Denver Broncos, who have five days to match the offer. They’re considered unlikely to do so.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - After long being an afterthought in free agency, the Oakland Raiders have become a prime destination.

The Raiders used their ample salary cap room and core of promising young players to attract three coveted free agents in the opening days of the new league year.

Oakland signed cornerback Sean Smith to a four-year, $40 million contract, adding him to a free-agent group that already included top offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and linebacker Bruce Irvin.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeBron James savored every bump from Kobe Bryant in the low post. He relished every down-court sprint, every big shot - and even the fake that left him sailing helplessly through the air while Kobe pivoted around him for a layup.

James scored 24 points while sharing a court with Bryant for the final time, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 120-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant, who will retire after the season, had 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs won their 31st straight at home to open the season by upending the Chicago Bulls 109-101.

Tony Parker added 20 points and had 12 assists for San Antonio, which has won 40 straight at home going back to last season. The Spurs are off to their best start after 65 games at 55-10.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Eddie Jordan was fired as Rutgers basketball coach, less than 24 hours after Nebraska defeated the Scarlet Knights in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

The loss ended an injury-plagued season in which Rutgers (7-25) won just one conference game and was 0-14 away from home.

The 61-year-old Jordan, who was hired in the wake of the scandal that led to the firing of coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti, posted a 29-68 record in three seasons, including a 3-35 conference mark during two years in the Big Ten.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hall of Famer Goose Gossage criticized Toronto star Jose Bautista and New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes for the way the pair celebrated home runs during the playoffs last year.

Gossage, a guest spring training instructor for the Yankees, called Bautista a “disgrace to the game” during a profanity-laced interview before the team’s game against Toronto in Tampa.

Bautista memorably flipped his bat after hitting a three-run homer that gave the Blue Jays the lead in the seventh inning in Game 5 of the AL Division Series against Texas. Cespedes added his own highlight bat flip after a home run during the Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Trying to come back from a series of elbow injuries, Oakland pitcher Jarrod Parker hurt his elbow yet again on the 12th pitch of a simulated game.

The A’s said Parker, who came off the field in pain, suffered a lateral elbow impingement and will undergo an MRI exam.

Parker had Tommy John surgery in March 2014 and was slowed by a broken elbow last year. The right-hander, who twice had the ulnar collateral ligament reconstructed in his pitching arm, was nearing his return from that second Tommy John surgery last season when he was injured while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. He had another surgery for an elbow fracture May 19.


PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - In strong gusts that didn’t subside until the final few hours of daylight, Charles Howell III played bogey-free and picked up two big birdies on his way to a 4-under 67 and a share of the lead with Keegan Bradley and Ken Duke in the Valspar Championship.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth had to get up-and-down to save bogey four times on his opening seven holes, and he never recovered. Spieth made only one birdie, played the final 11 holes with 10 pars and a bogey and wound up with a 76. He was nine shots behind and in danger of missing the cut for the second time in three tournaments.


MONTREAL (AP) - Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit on the side of the head by a teammate late in a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on.

The Canadiens said Subban was taken to a hospital for further testing of a neck injury. The team said he had normal movement in his extremities.

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