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Last Update on March 02, 2015 23:40 GMT

NFL-FRANCHISE TAGS

UNDATED (AP) -- This was the final day for NFL teams to designate franchise or transition players. Teams had two weeks to use the franchise tag to avoid having a player hit the free agent market. The tag is for one year and guarantees the player a salary based on the five-year average cap percentage for the tag at every position.

-- The Cowboys tagged receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant will earn $12.8 million this coming season. Bryant led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years.

-- The Denver Broncos have placed their franchise tag on receiver Demaryius (deh-MEHR'-ee-uhs) Thomas, guaranteeing him roughly $12.8 million next season and buying the two sides more time to work out a long-term deal. Thomas has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with Peyton Manning at quarterback.

-- The New York Giants placed the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. He had team highs of 12 1/2 sacks and 21 quarterback hits last season while playing on a defense ranked No. 29 overall. The move guarantees that the first-round draft pick of 2010 will make at least $14.813 million next season.

-- Kansas City has placed the franchise tag on All-Pro pass rusher Justin Houston. The outside linebacker, the one-year deal would earn him about $13.1 million for the upcoming season.

-- The Detroit Lions' website is reporting that the team will not use the franchise tag on star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo). That means Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10.

-- The Super Bowl champ Patriots have franchised kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He'll earn $4.126 million if the two sides don't agree on a long term deal by July 15.

NFL-SALARY CAP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL's salary cap is going up $10 million to $143.28 million for the 2015 season. This marks the second straight season that the cap went up by at least $10 million. Adding in benefits, the league says the projected player costs will be $180.775 million per team.

The salary cap is determined by a series of NFL revenue streams, with the players receiving 46 percent to 48 percent of those revenues, depending on the year.

MLB-TRAINING CAMPS

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers on opening day April 6 against San Diego. The fifth straight opening day assignment for the left-hander comes after he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA last season.

Elsewhere around the majors;

-- The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with "KAYLA" on it in spring training games this week in memory of Kayla Mueller. She's the 26-year old Arizona humanitarian worker who died while in captivity in Syria.

NHL-TRADE DEADLINE

UNDATED (AP) -- The NHL trade deadline was today and Eastern Conference leading Montreal was busy. First they acquired defenseman Jeff Petry (PEH'-tree) from the Edmonton Oilers for draft picks. TThe Habs also picked up forwards Brian Flynn and Torey Mitchell from Buffalo in separate deals.

-- St. Louis has acquired forward Olli Jokinen (OH'-lee YOH'-kih-nen) from Toronto for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2016. Jokinen played six games for the Maple Leafs after being acquired from Nashville earlier this season. The Blues also picked up defenseman Zbynek Michalek (zuh-BEE'-nihk muh-KAHL'-ihk) and a conditional third-round draft pick from Arizona for prospect Maxim Letunov.

--Pittsbrugh gets defenseman Ian Cole from the Blues for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

-- The Bruins and Lightning worked out a deal that sends forward Brett Connolly to Boston for second-round draft picks this year and next. The 22-year-old Connolly has 12 goals and three assists in 50 games this season.

-- Defenseman Marek Zidlicky (zihd-LIHK'-ee) has been traded by New Jersey to the Red Wings for a conditional draft pick. Zidlicky had to waive a no-trade clause in his contract that expires after this season.

-- The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft. The 34-year-old Leopold is returning to his home state.

-- The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres have swapped goalies. The Islanders acquire Michal Neuvirth (NOY'-vihrt) while the Sabres get back-up Chad Johnson and a 2016 third-round pick.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Two of the top teams in the NHL are facing off tonight in New York as the Rangers entertain the Predators. Nashville starts the day with the most points in the league with 89, sitting in first place in the Western Conference and the Central Division. The Rangers are third in the East with 82 and just two points back of Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.

Montreal is the top team in the East with 87 points, and tonight the Canadiens are playing in San Jose. The Sharks are having a down year as they are five points out of the second and final playoff berth in the West.

The final game has Carolina playing the Blackhawks in Chicago.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- There are five games this evening in the NBA. In Dallas, the Mavericks are taking on the Pelicans in a Southwest Division battle. The Southwest is the only division in the NBA in which every team has a winning record. The last place Pelicans, if they were in the Eastern Conference, would be tied for the sixth seed instead of out of the current playoff picture in the West with a record of 32-27.

Atlantic Division leader Toronto has dropped five straight and is in Philadelphia tonight, while Phoenix plays at Miami, league-leader Golden State continues its eastern road trip with a stop in Brooklyn, and the Clippers are at Minnesota.

NBA-BULLS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago says leading scorer Jimmy Butler is joining fellow guard Derrek Rose on the injured list. Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow while Rose recently had to have knee surgery. Butler was injured in Sunday's loss to the Clippers.

T25- POLLS

UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky and Virginia remain 1-2 in the new Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Wildcats continue their march toward an undefeated season with a record of 29-0. They received all 65 first place votes. The Cavaliers remained No. 2 by upping their record to 27-1.

Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh), last week's third-ranked school, fell all the way to seventh after suffering its second loss of the year against 29 victories. The new No. 3 is Duke followed by Villanova and Arizona.

Completing the second ten are Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Kansas and Maryland.

Connecticut remains the top team in the AP women's poll. The Huskies once again got all 35 first place votes to top Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland and Tennessee.

GOLF-HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Padraig Harrington has captured his first PGA Tour title in more than six years, winning the Honda Classic on the second playoff hole. Harrington bested 21-year old rookie Daniel Berger, who hit his tee shot into the water to take a double bogey on the final hole. Severe weather wiped out most third round play on Saturday forcing the tournament to finish a day late.

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