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Bills’ Jackson signs 1-year contract extension
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Running back Fred Jackson signed a one-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills yesterday.
Jackson is signed through 2015. The veteran running back has established himself as a leader and top playmaker for the Bills. He has 5,121 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns in seven seasons.
Known for his physical running style, Jackson ran for 890 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 while dealing with two separate knee sprains. Jackson is expected to split carries with running back C.J. Spiller once again in 2014.
Defensive end Lawrence, Cowboys’ second-round draft pick, out 8-12 weeks with broken foot
OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice at training camp.
Coach Jason Garrett said yesterday that Lawrence would return to Dallas for surgery and miss eight to 12 weeks. The surgery is set for today.
Lawrence was in a one-on-one drill with Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith on Tuesday when his foot got caught as Smith pushed him to the ground.
Dallas could place Lawrence on the short-term injured list. He would miss the first eight games.
The Cowboys moved to near the top of the second round to draft Lawrence out of Boise State after releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in a salary cap move in March.
Cowboys sign OT Smith to 8-year extension
OXNARD, Calif. – Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.
The Pro Bowl left tackle signed an eight-year, $98 million extension yesterday that pushes the total value of his deal to $110 million over 10 years, locking him up through 2023.
The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million.
Smith was just 20 when the Cowboys took him ninth overall in 2011 out of Southern California.
Oft-injured Giants running back Wilson out indefinitely after suffering ‘burner’
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday’s Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a “burner” in practice on Tuesday.
Late in Tuesday afternoon’s practice, Wilson took a short pass from backup quarterback Curtis Painter and ran with his head down into the back of reserve guard Eric Herman.
Soon after, Wilson was taken off the field by an assistant trainer.
Wilson underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disc in his neck in January. Wilson had just received clearance to return to full action when the Giants began training camp last week.
Steelers to retire Hall of Famer Greene’s No. 75
LATROBE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Steelers are retiring Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene’s number No. 75.
The team announced yesterday that Greene will be honored during a ceremony on Nov. 2 when the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens.
Greene, the No. 4 overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft, helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls during his 13-year career. The 10-time Pro Bowler was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
The announcement comes just over a month after the passing of former Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who drafted Greene to become the cornerstone of the “Steel Curtain” defense.
Greene is the second Steeler to have his number retired. The team retired defensive lineman Ernie Stautner’s No. 70 in 1964.
Dodgers complete trade with Cubs for Barney
LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers completed their trade with the Cubs, sending minor-league pitcher Jonathan Martinez to Chicago and optioning infielder Darwin Barney to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Barney was acquired by the Dodgers in Monday’s trade and he was sent down yesterday.
The Gold Glove winner in 2012 played second base, third base and shortstop in five seasons with the Cubs, but they cut him loose after he hit .230 with 16 RBI in 72 games this season.
Martinez, a 20-year-old right-hander, was 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts for Class A Great Lakes this season.
6-time Gold Glove third baseman Chavez retires
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez announced his retirement yesterday, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36.
The left-handed hitting infielder, on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee, spent 13 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, two with the New York Yankees and was in his second season with Arizona.
In 1,615 career regular-season games, he hit .268 with 260 home runs and 902 RBI. This season, he hit .246 with three homers and eight RBI in 69 at-bats.
Chavez was a six-time American League Gold Glove Award winner at third base and the 2002 AL Silver Slugger winner at the position.
Tigers’ minor leaguer charged with sexual assault
DETROIT – A pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a Detroit hotel.
Evan Reed plays for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens but was with the Tigers when the alleged assault occurred.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced yesterday that Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Reed is accused of an act of penetration through force or coercion at the MotorCity Casino Hotel on March 30. Worthy says the 45-year-old woman felt odd after consuming alcohol earlier at a bar in suburban Detroit.
White Sox reliever Jones has elbow surgery
DETROIT – Chicago White Sox reliever Nate Jones had surgery on his right elbow and is expected to need 12 to 15 months to recover.
Jones had Tommy John surgery Tuesday. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Jones also had back surgery May 5. The right-hander has been limited to just two appearances this season, failing to retire a batter in a pair of April games.
Jones went 4-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 70 games last season.
Nadal out of 2 tournaments because of wrist
Rafael Nadal withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the U.S. Open.
Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.
His manager announced the withdrawals yesterday.
The Toronto tournament begins Monday; the Cincinnati tournament starts Aug. 11. Those two events would have represented Nadal’s hard-court preparation for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.
The Spaniard, currently No. 2 in the ATP rankings, won his second championship at Flushing Meadows in 2013. That is part of his collection of 14 Grand Slam titles, tied with Pete Sampras for second in the history of men’s tennis, trailing only Roger Federer’s record of 17.
U.S. Open would offer now-retired Roddick, Fish spot in 2015 doubles tournament
NEW YORK – If Andy Roddick is willing to go through the necessary steps to return to Grand Slam tennis, the U.S. Open would offer him and pal Mardy Fish a doubles wild card next year.
Roddick complained on his Fox Sports Live podcast this week that he wanted to play doubles with Fish at Flushing Meadows next month – until finding out that the 2003 U.S. Open champion is not eligible to compete currently.
Roddick’s last tournament was the 2012 U.S. Open, and he later officially filed for retirement from pro tennis. That paperwork removed him from the sport’s anti-doping program, which is why he can’t enter this year’s U.S. Open. Roddick would need to have three months in the drug-testing program before being eligible to return to competition.