TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Kyler Murray has agreed to a long-term contract that will keep the quarterback with the Arizona Cardinals through the 2028 season.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection was taken with the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma after winning the Heisman Trophy and has largely succeeded in his quest to make the Cardinals a better franchise.
The team announced the new contract on Thursday. ESPN reported the contract could be worth $230.5 million, with $160 million guaranteed.
Murray has completed nearly 67% of his passes through 46 career games for 11,480 yards and 70 touchdowns while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 TDs. Murray is particularly good at extending plays with the feet, using his grappling ability to make dramatic gains.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Josh Rosen on a one-year contract Thursday, giving them another veteran as they await a decision on Deshaun Watson, a person familiar with the matter said of the negotiations to The Associated Press.
Rosen, who was on Cleveland’s radar before the 2018 draft, will officially sign the contract Friday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.
Rosen, 25, worked out for the Browns this week along with AJ McCarron as they make contingency plans in case Watson is suspended by the NFL.
The Browns want to open training camp next week with four quarterbacks, according to the person.
— By AP Sports Writer Tom Withers.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s Kirby Smart has agreed to a contract extension through the 2031 season, a 10-year deal worth more than $110 million that makes him the latest coach to land the kind of megadeal that every hitting is more common in college football.
The deal announced Thursday had been expected for weeks.
Coming off a national championship season, Smart will earn $10.25 million this season in base salary and supplemental compensation. He will receive raises each season, bringing his total compensation to $12.25 million in 2031.
Smart joins Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ohio State’s Ryan Day, LSU’s Brian Kelly, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher as college football coaches who will make at least $9 million in 2022.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Nino Niederreiter to a two-year, $8 million contract in their biggest free agency move since keeping Filip Forsberg off the market.
General manager David Poile announced the signing Thursday.
Niederreiter, 29, had 44 points in 75 games with Carolina last season and ranked third on the Hurricanes with 24 goals. He has scored at least 25 points in nine of his 12 NHL seasons. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound forward has also played for the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild, with 181 goals and 187 assists in 732 career games.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers announced plans Thursday to take the first steps toward building a privately financed $1.3 billion sports and entertainment arena.
The team’s managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer unveiled the formation of a new development company led by business leader David Adelman to create its future home in the city’s Fashion District. They said the new rink, 76 Place, is expected to cost approximately $1.3 billion.
The location is a busy downtown area with lots of shopping and entertainment and is close to popular Philadelphia destinations such as the Reading Terminal Market.
A coalition of Chinatown community members is organizing opposition to the project, which would be built a block away from the enclave.
TRACK AND FIELD
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Noah Lyles ran wire-to-wire and led the field in the 200 meters on Thursday in 19.31 seconds, the third-fastest time ever, to lead America’s second sprint at the world championships.
Lyles edged out fellow American Kenny Bednarek by 0.46 seconds, with 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton finishing third.
When the winner saw the names of his fellow Americans appear behind him, he slammed his hands on the floor, tore off his shirt and grabbed the gold medal from the waiting presenter.
Her victory came moments after Shericka Jackson gave the Jamaicans another gold in the sprints. She ran 21.45, the second fastest time in history, to beat 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Great Britain’s only defending champion Dina Asher-Smith, who won the bronze, prevented a back-to-back Jamaican sweep.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – U.S. decathlon champion Garrett Scantling will not attend the world championships this week in the wake of a missed doping test ban.
Scantling, who finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics last year, was left off the 151-man U.S. team when it was announced earlier this month; fourth-place finisher at this year’s nationals, Steven Bastien, was on the team. No reason was given at the time.
The US Anti-Doping Agency released the news that Scantling was serving a provisional suspension that began Thursday – the opening day of the decathlon – for a possible tampering violation that “stems from Scantling’s conduct during an investigation into his third possible whereabouts failure”.
LONDON (AP) – The ATP men’s tennis tour is canceling all four tournaments held in China this year, citing COVID-19 restrictions.
The Rolex Shanghai Masters, China Open, Chengdu Open and Zhuhai Championships were canceled by the ATP on Thursday. It’s the third year in a row that the tour has abandoned its China swing, which usually takes place after the US Open in September and October.
The ATP filled this section of its calendar with six tournaments with single-year event licenses: San Diego Sept. 19-25; Seoul, South Korea, and Tel Aviv, Israel, from September 26 to October 2; Florence, Italy, and Gijón, Spain, from October 10 to 16; and Naples, Italy, from October 17 to 23.
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Former South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty, who led Lou Holtz’s teams to back-to-back Outback Bowl victories, has died. He was 43 years old.
The university announced Petty’s death Thursday. No cause of death was given.
Petty was a part-time starter in 1999 when the Gamecocks went 0-11 in Holtz’s first season. Petty took over the job full-time the following season and engineered a turnaround: South Carolina went 17-7 with a pair of Outback Bowl wins over Ohio State following the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Petty was in the top 10 in several categories in his South Carolina career, including sixth with 454 completions, seventh with 5,652 passing yards and ninth with 28 passing touchdowns.
Petty spent one season in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans before moving into coaching.
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