Report: Bryant is headed to Jacksonville
Defensive lineman Red Bryant, a Seahawk from 2008 through last season, has signed a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to an ESPN report.
Bryant was released by the Seahawks last month as the team began shedding salary to make other moves.
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Bryant, 29, was able to sign Saturday because he already was cut by Seattle, and is not merely becoming a free agent. Players becoming free agents have to officially wait until Tuesday to sign with new teams.
Jacksonville is coached by Gus Bradley, who previously was defensive coordinator for the Seahawks on Pete Carroll’s staff.
Seattle drafted Bryant, who played college ball at Texas A&M, in the fourth round in 2008.
Game On Dude excels
Game On Dude led most of the way and won the $750,750 Santa Anita Handicap in Arcadia, Calif., becoming the first three-time champion in the 77-year history of the Big ’Cap.
Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, beat runner-up Will Take Charge by 1¾ lengths. The 7-year-old gelding ran 1¼ miles in 1 minute, 58.17 seconds and paid $9.60 to win in the Grade I race.
Game On Dude had a 2½-length lead after running a half-mile in 45.39 seconds. His owners include retired baseball manager Joe Torre.
Game On Dude also won the race in 2011 and last year.
Earlier on the card, California Chrome ($4.80 to win) romped by 7¼ lengths in the Grade II San Felipe for 3-year-olds and 5-year-old Winning Prize ($9.60) took the Frank E. Kilroe Mile, a Grade I race on turf.
Dave Heerensperger of Bellevue is a co-owner of Winning Prize, who is trained by Neil Drysdale.
Brad Keselowski overcame electrical trouble and held off Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time.
In his eighth start in Las Vegas, Keselowski earned his 28th career Nationwide victory. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion did it despite a series of setbacks and challenges that left him more relieved than excited.
“We found every way we could to make it hard,” said Keselowski, who won the Boyd Gaming 300 by 0.349 seconds. “This Ford was flying today.”
Kyle Larson finished third and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the Daytona 500 in the Sprint Cup Series last month, was fourth. Derrike Cope of Spanaway was 35th of 40.
Track and field
American Eaton gets the gold
American Ashton Eaton won yet another gold medal and again proved himself the “world’s greatest athlete,” the title that traditionally goes to the best multi-event competitor.
But after winning the heptathlon at the world indoor championships in Sopot, Poland, all Eaton could do was slam his fist in frustration on the track’s side railing. He called himself “weak” because he missed surpassing his world record by 1.18 seconds over the closing 1,000 meters.
“I don’t know, I’m just mentally weak,” said Eaton, feeling he had not pushed himself through enough pain and fatigue. “I thought I was more tired than I actually was. And to me that is just being weak.”
Eaton had 6,632 points and the record is 6,645.
Zirkle leads Iditarod
A runner-up from the past two years and a four-time champion continued to play leapfrog at the head of the pack in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
Aliy Zirkle, who has finished in second place the past two years, left the Yukon River village of Kaltag first to retake the lead from Martin Buser.
The endurance test of about 1,000 miles started last Sunday in Willow and ends in Nome.
Zirkle, 44, is from Two Rivers, Alaska, and left the Unalakleet checkpoint — which is 261 miles from the finish — with 11 dogs.
The Swiss-born Buser, 55, lives in Big Lake, Alaska. He left Unalakleet 1 hour, 10 minutes after Zirkle, with 12 dogs.
• Frustrated in his big fight against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, Canelo Alvarez found a much easier target in Alfredo Angulo.
Alvarez battered Angulo before stopping him with an uppercut that prompted referee Tony Weeks to move in at 47 seconds of the 10th round of their junior-middleweight fight in Las Vegas.
Alvarez (43-1-1) hit Angulo (22-4) throughout the fight with hard combinations that almost always found their mark.
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