Cowboys sign Pro Bowl left tackle to eight-year, $98 million extension

Tyron Smith has a new contract that probably will make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo.

Smith, a Pro Bowl left tackle, signed an eight-year, $98 million extension Wednesday that pushes the total value of his deal to $110 million over 10 years, locking him up through 2023.

The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million.

BILLS: Linebacker Nigel Bradham was suspended by the NFL for the regular-season opener for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

STEELERS: The team is retiring Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene’s No. 75.


SPRINT CUP: Greg Ives will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s record five straight championships. He moved to JR Motorsports in 2013 for his first crew chief job with Regan Smith in the Nationwide Series.


COACH SUSPENDED: Athletics Australia suspended its coach, Eric Hollingsworth, after he released a statement criticizing Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson for not attending the team’s training camp for the Commonwealth Games.

Pearson, who won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Olympics and the 2011 world championships, is due to open the defense of her Commonwealth title Thursday.


U.S. OPEN: If Andy Roddick is willing to go through the necessary steps to return to competitive tennis, the U.S. Open would offer him and his friend, Mardy Fish, a doubles wild card next year.

Roddick complained on his Fox Sports Live podcast this week that he wanted to play doubles with Fish at Flushing Meadows next month, until finding out that he isn’t eligible to compete currently because he filed for retirement in 2012.


FCBL: Miguel Silva allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking one as the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (17-28) defeated the visiting Pittsfield Suns (24-21), 3-1.

Graham McIntire and Jake Osborne each went 2 for 4 for the Raging Tide. Kyle Mendenhall added a double.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Andrew Stacey allowed two hits over six scoreless innings as the Edge Academy (14-1) defeated Lenders Network (4-12), 6-0.

• Alex Newton homered and Brett Emerts had a pair of hits as Patriots Insurance (6-9) edged Aero Heating and Ventilating (7-8) 2-1 at Portland.

NECBL: Thomas Roulis hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning as the Plymouth Pilgrims (29-10) edged the Sanford Mainers (21-16) 3-2 at Plymouth, Massachusetts.


MSL: Lee Nguyen had a goal and an assist, and the New England Revolution beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 at Foxborough, Massachusetts, to end an eight-game losing streak.

New England scored four goals during the losing streak that was one short of the club record.

– From staff and news services