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August 27, 2018


AP source: Beckham Jr agrees to 5-year deal with Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is now the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver. A person familiar with the negotiations has told The Associated Press the New York Giants have agreed to a five-year contract extension with the three-time Pro Bowler.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not announced the deal, which comes less than two weeks before the season opener against Jacksonville.

While terms were not disclosed, the deal with the 25-year-old, 2014 first-rounder is worth about $95 million with $65 million guaranteed. Beckham’s $19 million average salary would top the $17 million earned by Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His $95 million deal also tops the $82.5 million deal receiver Mike Evans has with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Beckham, who missed most of last season with a broken left ankle, was scheduled to make $8.4 million in the final year of his rookie contract. In his first four seasons, Beckham has caught 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns.

In other NFL news:

— Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck missed Monday’s practice with an injured foot. Coach Frank Reich says Luck was hurt during Saturday’s victory over San Francisco and indicated it was a minor injury. He says Luck would play if the Colts had a regular-season game Sunday. Luck had already been ruled out for Thursday night’s preseason finale at Cincinnati. He has missed 26 of Indy’s past 45 regular-season games with an assortment of injuries, including a partially torn labrum that required surgery in January 2017. That injury kept Luck off the field all of last season.

— The Seattle Seahawks could be without linebacker K.J. Wright for the season opener at Denver after the defensive leader had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Wright came out of last week’s preseason game against Minnesota feeling something off in his knee and made the decision to have surgery. Carroll didn’t provide details about the surgery or on how long Wright might be out, but said it was uncertain whether Wright would be ready for the Sept. 9 opener. Wright’s backup is rookie Shaquem Griffin.

— The Oakland Raiders have traded receiver Ryan Switzer and a sixth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick. Coach Jon Gruden said Monday that the trade means Dwayne Harris will start the season as Oakland’s kick and punt returner. The Raiders originally acquired Switzer in a deal from Dallas for 2016 second-round pick Jihad Ward. Switzer fell behind other receivers on Oakland’s depth chart and became expendable.


Francois named No. 19 Florida State’s starting QB

UNDATED (AP) — Deondre Francois has been named Florida State’s starting quarterback. The junior beat out James Blackman and Bailey Hockman for the opportunity to start for the No. 19 Seminoles in the season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Sept. 3.

Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016 when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year. He suffered a season-ending knee injury last year in the Seminoles’ opener against Alabama.

Blackman stepped in to start after Francois’ surgery. As a true freshman, Blackman threw for 2,230 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Hockman took a redshirt in 2017, his first year on campus, and often ran the Seminoles’ scout team.

In other college football news:

— LSU has named Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow as its starting quarterback when the No. 25 Tigers open their season Sunday night against No. 8 Miami in Dallas. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron says the competition between Burrow and sophomore Myles Brennan was “tight,” and he would have been fine starting either. Orgeron adds he won’t hesitate to switch between the two should one falter. Burrow is a graduate transfer with two years of NCAA eligibility remaining. He played in 10 games as a backup at Ohio State, completing 29 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 53 yards and one TD.

— Veteran Kelly Bryant is Clemson’s starting quarterback, holding off promising freshman Trevor Lawrence. The second-ranked Tigers open the season Saturday at home against Furman. The team released its first depth chart Monday with Bryant on top in the closely watched competition. Bryant started last season and led Clemson to a 12-2 record and a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship and College Football Playoff appearance. But a 24-6 loss to eventual national champion Alabama in the semifinals where Clemson’s offense was ineffective led some Tiger fans to look to the 6-foot-6 Lawrence to take over.


Panthers agree to terms with Brouwer on 1-year deal

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with veteran right winger Troy Brouwer to a one-year contract.

General manager Dale Tallon announced the move Monday, saying Brouwer adds depth and should provide leadership for Florida’s young core. Brouwer became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years of his contract.

The 33-year-old put up 22 points on six goals and 16 assists in 76 games last season. He recorded 27 points in two seasons with the Flames after they signed him to an $18 million, four-year deal.

Brouwer has 169 goals and 172 assists for 341 points in his 12-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Flames. He’s a three-time 20-goal scorer and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.


3 seeded men upset in 1st round at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Edmund and Roberto Bautista Agut have been upset at the U.S. Open, knocking three seeded men out on the first day of action.

Edmund, the No. 16 seed from Britain, was ousted by Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1 for a disappointing end to the Grand Slam season after a strong start. He made his deepest run in a major when he reached the Australian Open semifinals in January.

The No. 19 seed, Bautista Agut was swept by Australian Jason Kubler, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. The Spaniard has grappled with injuries during the season half of the year.

No. 8 Gregor Dimitrov was the highest-seeded man to lose, falling to Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah).

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