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Seattle, Sherman agree to 4-year extension
RENTON, Wash. – All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman signed a four-year contract extension yesterday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal is set to keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed.
Sherman wrote on his website that there is no other team or city that he would want to play for.
“The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks,” Sherman wrote. “With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important – defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.”
Goodell: Bills need new stadium to ensure future
BUFFALO, N.Y. – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes the Buffalo Bills will require a new stadium to remain viable in western New York.
In calling the Bills’ recently negotiated 10-year lease agreement a “short-term solution,” Goodell said a new stadium would be the next step in finding “the right long-term solution.”
The Bills’ long-term future is uncertain after owner Ralph Wilson died in March. The Bills will be put up for sale, opening the possibility of a new owner eventually relocating the franchise.
Owners meet again to update Clippers situation
NEW YORK – NBA owners have held their second discussions about ending Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The advisory/finance committee held a conference call as owners work to force Sterling to sell the franchise following his lifetime ban for making racist comments.
League spokesman Mike Bass said yesterday that the committee discussed the search for a new CEO and got an update on Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum’s visit with Clippers employees. The owners plan to meet again next week.
Bynum to miss rest of playoffs for Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers made it official yesterday: Andrew Bynum’s season is over.
About seven hours before facing Washington in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, team officials said the oft-injured Bynum would miss the rest of the playoffs and would not even be with the team for the rest of the postseason. Indiana lost Game 1 on Monday in the best-of-seven series.
Bynum had been battling a sore right knee even before he signed with the team Feb. 1 from Cleveland. The Pacers hoped he could add depth behind All-Star center Roy Hibbert. Bynum looked good in his Pacers debut, but he played only one more game, finishing the season with averages of 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 26 games overall.
Spurs’ Buford named Executive of Year
San Antonio Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year for the first time in his well-respected, under-the-radar career.
The NBA announced the honor yesterday, one day after the Spurs dominated Portland in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Buford is highly regarded by his peers, but his low-key approach has likely contributed to being overlooked during awards season.
Phoenix’s Ryan McDonough finished second and Portland’s Neil Olshey third in the voting.
Blues extend Hitchcock through next season
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues extended Coach Ken Hitchcock’s contract through next season, though there will be some staff changes.
Assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Ray Bennett also will return. A third assistant coach, Gary Agnew, and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch are not being retained.
The 62-year-old Hitchcock led the Blues to a franchise-record 52 victories this season and has taken them to the playoffs all three of his seasons. He’s 124-55-20, a franchise-best .673 winning percentage, and is seventh on the NHL career list with 657 wins.
Serena, Nadal cruise to Madrid third round
MADRID – Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain yesterday, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year’s absence.
Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, 6-3 win that was her 14th straight on the clay of the Magic Box tennis center. The top-seeded Williams moves on to face Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro.
Nadal, meanwhile, certainly fed his confidence with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Juan Monaco of Argentina, just what the top-seeded Spaniard needed after coming to the Spanish capital on his worst clay run in a decade.
Nadal, who faces Jarrko Nieminen of Finland next, could be on course to meet Murray in the semifinals after the Scot overcame Nicolas Almagro in a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory.
Four dead in fire at Blake’s Florida home
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Firefighters found a fourth body in a burning mansion owned by former tennis star James Blake.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies said yesterday afternoon that they spoke with Blake and he said he was leasing the home. He was not in Florida at the time of the fire.
Officials don’t know the name, age or gender of the victims inside the home and they aren’t releasing the names of people who were leasing the home.
Firefighters also saw fireworks inside the residence.
U.S. pairs champs, Olympians split
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two-time U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, who finished ninth at the Olympics, ended their partnership.
Castelli and Shnapir helped the United States win a bronze medal in the first Olympic team event, and their top 10 placement at Sochi was considered a big step internationally.
Castelli and Shnapir won their second national title in Boston – both live in the Boston area – with an emotional performance at TD Garden. They skated four programs at Sochi, an exhausting schedule, before heading to the world championships in Japan.
But they struggled to an 11th-place finish at worlds even though several of the better pairs from the Olympics did not compete. Both skaters are looking to continue their careers with another partner.