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49ers QB Kaepernick receives six-year extension
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a new six-year contract extension yesterday that could keep him with the franchise through the 2020 season.
The sides had made it a top priority to get a deal done before the start of training camp for one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks. ESPN reported the deal is worth more than $110 million.
Since taking over the starting job from Alex Smith midway through the 2011 season, Kaepernick led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 18 years after the 2012 season – losing by three points to Baltimore – and then to the NFC championship game last season, a three-point defeat to the rival and eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
League suspends Gaints DB Hosley 4 games
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The NFL suspended New York Giants defensive back Jayron Hosley for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the substance abuse policy.
Hosley will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on Sept. 26 following the team’s Sept. 25 game against the Washington Redskins. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
A third-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech in 2012, the cornerback has played in 23 games over two seasons for New York, with seven starts. He has one interception and one fumble recovery.
Earlier this week, the Giants cut safety Will Hill after he was suspended for six games under the NFL’s drug policy.
Super Bowl to scrap Roman numerals for a year
NEW YORK – The Super Bowl will scrap the Roman numerals for a year.
The 50th edition of the game will be played in February 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL said yesterday it will be called “Super Bowl 50” instead of “Super Bowl L.”
In 2017, the league will revert to Roman numerals, referring to the 51st edition as “Super Bowl LI.”
The NFL first started using Roman numerals for the fifth Super Bowl in 1971.
Rangers’ Ogando goes to DL with elbow inflammation
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers placed reliever Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of inflammation in his right elbow and recalled left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock.
Ogando gave up two hits and three earned runs in a third of an inning in an 8-3 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday. The right-hander reported soreness in his elbow after throwing only 11 pitches in his first outing in five days.
A former starter who began his career as a reliever, Ogando is 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 27 relief appearances this season.
Beltran expected back in Yankees’ lineup today
NEW YORK – Carlos Beltran is expected back in the New York Yankees’ lineup today against Oakland.
Beltran went 1-for-5 in his final extended spring training game yesterday in Tampa, Fla. He is on his way back to New York, Manager Joe Girardi said, and will probably be used exclusively as a designated hitter for a while in an attempt to protect his right elbow.
The switch-hitting right fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 15 because of pain related to a bone spur in his elbow. He singled and hit two balls near the right-field fence yesterday against Toronto minor leaguers, and said his elbow felt fine after his third extended spring game.
Tigers rule Iglesias out for season
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers don’t expect shortstop Jose Iglesias to return this season from stress fractures to both legs.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski said not much has changed since spring training, when the team first realized Iglesias would be out for several months. There was always the chance he could miss the whole season.
Detroit recalled shortstop Eugenio Suarez from Triple-A Toledo yesterday and designated infielder Danny Worth for assignment. The 22-year-old Suarez has hit .302 since being promoted to Toledo.
Gonzalez goes on DL with inflamed index finger
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies placed All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed left index finger that’s bothered him most of the season.
Gonzalez’s finger has recently become so swollen that he struggles to hold onto the bat. He’s hitting just .255 this season.
The break will give Gonzalez a chance to rest not only his ailing finger, but a balky left knee that’s given him trouble at times.
Durant, James lead All-NBA selections
NEW YORK – Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant capped his MVP season by being the lone unanimous choice to the All-NBA first team.
Durant was a first-teamer on all 125 ballots, and made the top squad for the fifth time. Miami’s LeBron James got 124 first-team votes on the way to being selected for the eighth time, while the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul earned his fourth first-team selection.
Houston’s James Harden and Chicago’s Joakim Noah are first-time first-team choices.
Second-team All-NBA selections were San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Houston’s Dwight Howard and Minnesota’s Kevin Love.
Portland’s Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, Indiana’s Paul George and Charlotte’s Al Jefferson were third-team selections.
Two Texas A&M-Commerce players killed in crash
COMMERCE, Texas – Two Texas A&M-Commerce women’s basketball players died and two others were hurt in a two-car crash in northeast Texas.
A university statement said sophomore guard Aubree Butts of Lewisville and junior guard Devin Oliver of Rowlett died in the Tuesday crash on Loop 286 in Paris. Junior forward La’Tisha Hearne of Richardson and sophomore guard Zenobia Winbush of Schertz were injured but discharged from a hospital yesterday.
Last season, Butts averaged 19.9 minutes and 6.0 points on .354 shooting in 27 games, including 14 starts. Oliver averaged 25.6 minutes and 10.3 points on .317 shooting in 27 games, all starts. Hearne averaged 22.7 minutes and 7.8 points on .419 shooting in 23 games, including 17 starts. Winbush averaged 10.8 minutes and 3.2 points on .301 shooting in 22 games.