Stafford gets $53M deal
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford became one of the 10 highest-paid players in the NFL after agreeing to a $53 million contract extension Wednesday.
He will make $76.5 million over the next five years, on top of the $50.5 million he earned in his first four NFL seasons.
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Not a bad payday for a 25-year-old, even if by quarterback standards it falls a tier below deals signed recently by Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
A judge in Arlington, Texas, ruled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can be questioned by attorneys for ticket holders who sued after they were displaced when seats weren’t properly installed for the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.
Linebacker Kaluka Maiava was charged with assaulting two men during a brawl at a Maui bar, days after signing a three-year, $6 million deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Portland to host All-Stars
Portland will host the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star Game. In recent years, the MLS All-Stars have played premier international teams in the annual match. This year’s All-Stars are set to play AS Roma on July 31 in Kansas City.
Canucks to play outdoors
Vancouver will become the third Canadian city to host a regular-season NHL game outdoors when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators at BC Place next season in the 2014 Heritage Classic on March 2.
Tuukka Rask turned an outstanding first season as the Boston Bruins’ No. 1 goalie into a long-term commitment by signing an eight-year contract to stay with the Eastern Conference champions.
There was little doubt the restricted free agent would be back, especially after the Bruins cleared about $4.75 million in space under the salary cap when they sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in a seven-player deal.
The Bruins said the annual salary-cap charge on Rask’s contract is $7 million, making it worth $56 million.
No more charges likely
A Durham police spokeswoman said there are no plans to file additional charges from the June traffic stop that resulted in the marijuana arrest of North Carolina leading scorer P.J. Hairston.
Officers also seized a 9mm handgun that was found outside the rental vehicle during the search. The rental vehicle was one of two driven by Hairston and later linked to a felon facing a pending drug case.
Ole Miss guard suspended
Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson, who averaged 20.1 points last season, was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Pac-12 looking at China
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is looking across the Pacific Ocean to China to help expand the conference’s brand.
This is the second year of Scott’s long-term effort to increase the Pac-12’s presence in Asia. This summer, four groups from the conference will make trips to China.
Scott said he expected the Pac-12 to play regular season games in China within the next few years and that he hoped the league’s cable network would someday be available there.
“The ultimate goal is to build the brand of the schools in China and to develop other opportunities more broadly,” the Pac-12 commissioner said. “That’s tied to our philosophy of universities. Schools are looking at that when they think about globalization.”
• The Montreal Impact and Major League Soccer filed a complaint with police after captain Davy Arnaud received death threats on Twitter.
• The St. Louis Blues sent left wing David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for left wing Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
• The New York Rangers reached agreements on deals with restricted free-agent left wing Carl Hagelin (two years, $4.5 million) and newly acquired defenseman Justin Falk ($975,000).
• The Calgary Flames signed center Mikael Backlund ( two years, $3 million).
• The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Karl Alzner (four years, $11.2 million).
• Two-time defending champ John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 7-6 (9-7).
• Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 at the Italiacom Open in Palermo, Sicily, to reach the quarterfinals.
• Two-time former champion Tommy Robredo lost to Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4 at the Swedish Open in Stockholm.
• This year’s Fed Cup final between Italy and Russia will be played on clay in Cagliari, Sardinia.
• NASCAR has declined to penalize the 31 cars that failed inspection in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Daytona International Speedway last week. Roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight on the cars.
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