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  • Bengals sign defensive tackle Pat Sims as free agent

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals brought back defensive tackle Pat Sims on Thursday, signing him as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland. Sims was Cincinnati’s third-round pick in 2008 and spent five seasons with the…

  • Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned OF Bryce Brentz, 3B-OF Garin Cecchini and RHPs Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned LHP Henry Owens to their minor league camp. Released RHP…

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An April 7 court date has been set in a Louisiana state court for Darren Sharper, the former NFL star who has entered pleas in four states where he is accused…

  • Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Optioned OF Bryce Brentz, 3B-OF Garin Cecchini and RHPs Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned LHP Henry Owens to their minor league camp. Released RHP…

  • 49ers waive OL Jonathan Martin after 1 season with team

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have waived offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. The team announced the move on Thursday to end Martin’s one-year trial run with the team. The Niners acquired Martin…

  • Vikings sign Polish-born tackle Babatunde Aiyegbusi

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed Polish tackle Babatunde “Babs” Aiyegbusi. The Vikings announced the move Thursday. Aiyegbusi, whose name is pronounced bah-BUH’-toon-day ah-YEG’-boo-see, is a native of Olesnica, Poland. The…

  • Dolphins defensive lineman Shelby signs $2.4 million tender

    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Derrick Shelby has signed his restricted tender offer and will make $2.4 million this year. Shelby, who signed Thursday, provides depth in a front four upgraded with the…

  • Brandon Magee switches from Buccaneers to Red Sox

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — On Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. On Wednesday, he became a Boston Red Sox outfielder. A day after he was cut by the Bucs, Magee reported…

  • Ex-Husker DE Randy Gregory to NFL Media: I failed drug tests

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year. Gregory disclosed his…

  • Steelers stadium keeps Heinz Field name despite Kraft merger

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ football stadium will keep the name Heinz Field despite the company’s planned merger with Kraft Foods Group. Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. says if the merger announced Wednesday is approved,…

  • Extra talk about extra points, then perhaps changes in 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — It’s the dullest play in football, the one when viewers head for the fridge, fans in the stands head for the concessions. Even some of the players don’t pay attention when the…

  • Cornerback Coleman looks to keep Vols’ draft streak alive

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s streak of having at least one player selected in every NFL draft for the past half century could end this year. Cornerback Justin Coleman is the Volunteers’ top pro prospect,…

  • Jets sign veteran tight end Kellen Davis

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have signed veteran tight end Kellen Davis, adding a big blocker to their offense. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Davis signed with the Giants last offseason, but was cut…

  • Bills to honor late owner Wilson with life-sized statue

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will be honored with a life-sized statue erected at the stadium that bears his name. The decision to commemorate the team’s founder and Pro…

  • Smith says he believes Winston’s troubles are behind him

    PHOENIX (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith wouldn’t come right out and say it. He sure gave every indication that the Buccaneers were ready to make Jameis Winston the No. 1 pick in next…