Sports - Seattle Post I. - 2015-03-11 18:28:11.

Ndamukong Suh signs $114 million deal with Dolphins

The contract made Suh the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, surpassing J.J. Watt's $100 million, six-year deal with Houston. [...] the Dolphins believe the three-time first-team All-Pro defensive tackle can transform them into a contender after consecutive 8-8 seasons. The high-stakes signing may define the tenure of new executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum. The Lions had the NFL's top-ranked rush defense last year, while the Dolphins ranked 24th. Suh will help compensate for the loss of two starting defensive linemen. The Dolphins, whose 2013 season was sabotaged by a bullying scandal, pursued Suh even though he's regarded as one of the NFL's dirtiest players.


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Sports - Seattle Post I. - 2015-03-11 18:28:11.

Will Ferrell to appear in 5 Arizona spring training games

The comedian plans to play every position while making appearances at five Arizona spring training games on Thursday. The event will be filmed for an upcoming HBO special in conjunction with the Funny or Die website co-founded by Ferrell. Memorabilia collected during Ferrell's tour will be auctioned off at, with proceeds going to College of Cancer and Stand Up to Cancer, according to HBO. Will is a big fan of our game, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, and many of us in baseball — among our clubs, players and our millions of fans — are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause.


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Kelly says Eagles aren't trading up for Mariota

Kelly shot down months of speculation about the Philadelphia Eagles trading up to draft Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota; endorsed Sam Bradford as his starting quarterback; and denied a power struggle with former general manager Howie Roseman that ended with him taking control of personnel decisions. NFL coaches don't disclose draft strategy. [...] the addition of Bradford and the team re-signing Mark Sanchez means Philadelphia has invested nearly $17 million in two quarterbacks for 2015. Kelly said the former No. 1 overall pick isn't trade bait and he already turned down a first-round pick for him. [...] Kelly assumed control of personnel moves when Roseman was elevated to executive vice president of football operations in a major front-office shakeup. The Eagles have bolstered their defense by acquiring linebacker Kiko Alonso in the trade that sent McCoy to Buffalo, and by signing cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond III. Both sources spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending Mathews having a physical.


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Turns out MLS never finalized 2010-14 labor deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out Major League Soccer never had a finalized labor contract for the last five years, a situation players and management hope to rectify following their agreement in principle last week on a new deal through 2019. Players and the league reached a memorandum of understanding five days before the 2010 season opener but never took the time to draft a full collective bargaining agreement. A similar circumstance occurred in Major League Baseball from 1985-89, when teams and players operated under the 1980 labor contract as modified by their 1981 agreement on free-agent compensation and their 1985 MOU. Foose said the union estimated the average salary for the first 20 roster spots on each team, not including high-priced designated players, will rise from $126,000 last year to $186,000 by 2019. MLS teams this year will use franchises in the third-tier United Soccer League for player development


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A-Rod hits 1st homer since returning from drug suspension

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez has hit his first home run since returning to the New York Yankees following a one-season drug suspension. Rodriguez hit a long drive to left-center on a 3-1 pitch from Boston right-hander Brandon Workman leading off the fourth inning Wednesday. Rodriguez has five hits in 11 at-bats (.455) this spring training. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 in July, has not played a full season since 2007 because the suspension, operations on both hips and other injuries.

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Darvish getting 1 more opinion before likely elbow surgery

General manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that Dr. David Altchek, the New York Mets' medical director and an expert in Tommy John surgery, recommended the procedure after examining Darvish on Tuesday. An MRI Friday revealed partially torn ligaments and inflammation in Darvish's right elbow. Daniels said Darvish wanted to be around his teammates, and was going to hold off on commenting publicly until after a final decision is made about the likely surgery. After seeing Darvish on Tuesday, Altchek had the same recommendation as Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister, who initially examined the pitcher. An All-Star in each of his three seasons since coming from Japan, Darvish started last season on the disabled list after experiencing neck stiffness in spring training.



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