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Bills release DL Anderson after just one year

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.

Touted as a high-profile signing after a 10-sack performance with New England in 2011, Anderson signed a 4-year, $21 million contract with Buffalo in 2012.

But he battled injuries for the Bills during his lone season, which led to his release. He made just five appearances, registering 12 tackles and one sack as the Buffalo defense allowed 435 points, most in the AFC East. The Bills finished 6-10 and have since retooled their defense. Anderson wasn’t in the long-term plans.

The Bills also moved offensive tackle Chris Hairston to the physically unable to perform list.


Jets sign K Cundiff to compete with Folk

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp.

Cundiff worked out for the Jets on Monday and was signed yesterday. He was last with the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him during the playoffs last January to compete with a struggling David Akers, but didn’t play.

The Jets also released kicker Brett Maher.


Former running back Johnson sentenced in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Former NFL running back Larry Johnson pleaded no contest in a domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the 33-year-old was ruled guilty yesterday of misdemeanor domestic violence battery and assault. A felony charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Johnson was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $345 fine. He must also perform 48 hours of community service and attend six months of counseling.

Police arrested Johnson Oct. 5 at a Bellagio hotel room amid allegations that he beat and strangled his ex-girlfriend.


Short-handed Devils sign right wing Jagr

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jaromir Jagr to make up for some of the scoring lost with the recent retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk.

Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced the signing yesterday. The one-year contract is worth $2 million.

The 41-year-old Jagr split last season with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins, scoring a combined 16 goals and 19 assists in 45 games. The NHL’s active leading scorer added 10 assists in helping the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup final, but he did not score a postseason goal.

America’s Cup

Kiwis rout Italians in challenger series

SAN FRANCISCO – Emirates Team New Zealand routed Italy’s Luna Rossa by the biggest margin yet in the America’s Cup challenger trials and clinched the right to advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.

The Kiwis took a 7-3 lead over Luna Rossa, which fell farther behind at each turning mark on San Francisco Bay.

The Kiwis finished 7 minutes, 14 seconds ahead of the Italians, who officially will be ruled a did not finish because they weren’t within five minutes of the winners.

The Louis Vuitton Cup winner will advance to face defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup match starting Sept. 7.


Delbonis beats 2-time champ Bellucci at Swiss Open

GSTAAD, Switzerland – Thomaz Bellucci’s defense of the Swiss Open title ended in the first round yesterday when he lost 7-5, 7-6 (2) to Federico Delbonis, who beat Roger Federer in Germany last week.

Daniel Brands advanced from the first round by beating Marco Chiudinelli, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, and will next face Federer.

Eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista eased past Henri Laaksonen, 6-2, 6-3; Daniel Gimeno-Traver beat Kenny De Schepper, 6-4, 6-4; Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Adrian Ungur, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1; and Pablo Andujar eliminated Victor Crivoi, 6-1, 6-2.

Victor Hanescu beat qualifier Dustin Brown, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Robin Haase beat Joao Souza, 6-4, 7-6 (7), and will next face third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic.


Robredo, Montanes advance at Croatia Open

UMAG, Croatia – Fifth-seeded Tommy Robredo cruised into the second round of the Croatia Open yesterday, beating Jan Hajek, 6-3, 6-2.

Sixth-seeded Martin Klizan also made it easily to the second round, beating Paolo Lorenzi, 6-2, 6-1.

Qualifier Blaz Kavcic rallied to upset seventh-seeded Florian Mayer, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 7-5. Kavcic won a decisive break at 6-5 in the third set for a match point. Kavcic will face Gael Monfils who defeated wild card Mate Pavic, 7-5, 6-2.

Albert Montanes faced a tougher challenge in the opening set before defeating Dusan Lajovic, 7-6 (3), 6-1. Eighth-seeded Carlos Berlocq defeated Josko Topic, 6-0, 6-1, while Viktor Troicki beat Antonio Veic, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Earlier yesterday, Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer defeated Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4, and Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene beat Dutchman Boy Westerhof, 6-2, 6-2.


Top-seeded Jovanovski wins in Baku first round

BAKU, Azerbaijan – Defending champion Bojana Jovanovski advanced to the second round of the Baku Cup, overcoming a rough start to beat Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-3, yesterday.

Also on the outdoor hard courts of the Baku Tennis Academy, Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic eliminated eighth-seeded Vesna Dolonc of Serbia, 6-1, 6-2. Pliskova had six aces and saved all three break points she faced.

Figure skating

Lysacek, Davis-White enter International Classic

SALT LAKE CITY – Olympic champion Evan Lysacek is expected to compete for the first time since winning the Vancouver gold medal in the International Figure Skating Classic.

The second edition of the event will be held Sept. 11-15 in Salt Lake City and will feature more than 70 athletes representing nearly 20 countries. Lysacek hoped to end a personal hiatus last season, but was not healthy enough to compete.

World ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the five-time reigning U.S. champs, will be joined by current U.S. men’s gold medalist Max Aaron, U.S. women’s silver medalist Gracie Gold, and reigning U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.


Chicago Bulls waive forward Thomas

DEERFIELD, Ill. – The Chicago Bulls waived forward Malcolm Thomas.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Thomas appeared in seven games for Chicago last season and averaged 2.5 points. Undrafted out of San Diego State, he has appeared in 15 career NBA games over two seasons with the Spurs, Warriors and Bulls.


NBC to take over part of NASCAR TV package in 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports.

NASCAR announced a 10-year deal yesterday with NBC that gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup races of the season, and the final 19 Nationwide Series races.

NBC will share the 38-race NASCAR schedule with Fox, which extended its contract with NASCAR last year. Turner currently has six races on the schedule, and ESPN carries 17 events. ESPN picks up its portion of the schedule this weekend at Indianapolis.


Sporting KC gives Vermes extension through 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sporting Kansas City is rewarding Coach Peter Vermes with a contract extension through 2017 after he led the MLS club to back-to-back Eastern Conference titles.

Vermes played for the organization, then known as the Wizards, from 2000-02. He returned as the club’s technical director in 2006 and became interim coach three years later.

He’s overseen a dramatic resurgence over the past four seasons, one that has coincided with the renaming of the club as Sporting KC and the opening of a $200 million stadium.

Sporting KC is 10-5-6 and again sits atop the Eastern Conference.

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