February 20, 2013

Sports Digest, Feb. 20, 2013

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Flacco seems certain to make at least $14M with contract negotiations set to begin

Quarterback Joe Flacco's agent and the Baltimore Ravens plan to meet this weekend in their first attempt to reach a new contract for the Super Bowl MVP.

Flacco played out his rookie contract last season, earning fewer than $7 million. Even if the Ravens franchise him, he would at least double that salary for next season.

The going rate for a nonexclusive franchise quarterback is $14.6 million for one season. Other teams could make an offer to Flacco under that tag, with the Ravens having the right to match it, or let him go and receive two first-round draft picks in return.

The Chiefs released wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss as part of their roster overhaul under new coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey.

The Saints cut veteran tight end David Thomas and third-year cornerback Johnny Patrick.

The Jets released veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players, clearing about $31 million in salary cap space.


DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova got out of the first round for the first time in three visits by easily handling Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-1. Another former No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, trounced 18th-ranked Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-2.

OPEN 13: Michael Llodra defeated David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 6-4 to reach the second round and set up a rematch of last year's final against defending champ Juan Martin del Potro in Marseille, France.


MAJORS: The Pittsburgh Pirates and Manager Clint Hurdle agreed to a contract extension that runs through at least the end of the 2014 season.

Pittsburgh is 151-173 in two seasons under Hurdle, including a 79-83 mark in 2012, tied for the franchise's best record in two decades.


GATORADE AWARD: Matt Saunders of Lawrence High School in Fairfield was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Maine Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

A two-time All-State competitor and an All-New England selection, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior forward scored 19 goals and had five assists to lead the Bulldogs to the Eastern Class A quarterfinals. He will attend the U.S. Naval Academy next fall.


D-LEAGUE: Marcus Landry scored 20 points to lead the host Reno Bighorns to a 106-98 win over the Maine Red Claws late Monday night.

Reno never trailed after opening with an 13-5 run, eventually expanding the lead to 25 in the third quarter.

Maine rallied to 91-85 on a pair of free throws by Jeremiah Rivers with 6:55 left in the fourth, but the Bighorns had no trouble closing it out.

Dajuan Summers had 22 points for Maine.-


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