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Saints agree to terms with Champ Bailey
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Friday, April 04, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 04, 2014 8:21 PM )

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NEW ORLEANS — Champ Bailey will get to chase a Pro Bowl record and another Super Bowl appearance with the New Orleans Saints.

The veteran cornerback agreed to a 2-year contract with the Saints on Friday, with a maximum value that approaches $7 million, including guaranteed money and a signing bonus in the first year.

The 35-year-old Bailey played the last 10 seasons with Denver after spending his first five in the NFL with Washington. A shutdown cornerback for much of his career, Bailey has made three All-Pro teams and been selected to 12 Pro Bowls. He trails only Hall-of-Fame end Reggie White (13) among defensive players in NFL history in Pro Bowls.

Bailey’s 52 interceptions are the most among active players, as are his 204 passes defensed. He made the league’s All-Decade team for 2000-09.

Bailey missed 11 games because of a left foot sprain originally suffered in the 2013 preseason, which wound up being a Lisfranc injury, one of the most painful for an athlete.

He returned late in the season to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl, where they were routed by Seattle.

His coverage skills clearly are not what they were in his prime but he will add leadership and savvy to the Saints’ secondary that is undergoing a transformation following the release of strong safety Roman Harper and the loss of free safety Malcolm Jenkins, who signed with Philadelphia as a free agent.

New Orleans also may lose safety Rafael Bush, an unrestricted free agent who on Thursday signed an offer sheet from the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans has until Tuesday to match that offer and keep Bush but the Saints have been operating with minimal salary cap space, which will only be squeezed further by bringing in Bailey.

A versatile player who saw action on offense, defense and special teams at Georgia, Bailey was drafted with the seventh overall pick in 1999 by Washington. He was dealt to Denver in 2004 for running back Clinton Portis.


Bengals sign free agent safety Manning
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Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | Updated ( Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:22 PM )

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CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed strong safety Danieal Manning on Thursday, three days after his release by the Houston Texans.

Manning started the first six games last season before suffering a season-ending injury to his right knee. He became an unrestricted free agent on Monday.

Manning was Chicago's second-round draft pick in 2006. He went to Houston as a free agent after five seasons with the Bears.

He started nine playoff games with the Bears and the Texans. The Bengals lost at Houston in the opening round of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. They were beaten at home by San Diego last season, leaving them with no playoff victory since 1990 — tied for the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history.

Track and Field Results
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:59 PM

FROM TUESDAY (due to technical difficulties)

Shawnee at St. John’s (Scott Memorial Track and Field)

(Scoring 5-3-1 except relays 5)

Girls Team Scores: Shawnee 75, St. John’s 62.

Boys Team Scores: Shawnee 89, St. John’s 48.

Girls High Jump: 1. (tie) Winters (SH) and Baird (SH) 4-6; 3. (tie) Reinhart (SH) and Adams (SH) 4-4.

Boys High Jump: 1. Bell (SH) 5-8; 2. Dahlke (SH) 5-0.

Girls Pole Vault: 1. Ally Gerberick (SJ) 7-0; 2. (tie) Gronas (SH) and Adams (SH) 6-6.

Boys Pole Vault: 1. Thomas (SH) 12-0; 2. (tie) Eric GerbErick (SJ) and Bell (SH) 10-6.

Girls Long Jump: 1. Baird (SH) 14-8.50; 2. Ashlyn Troyer (SJ) 14-0; 3. Sanchez (SH) 13-9.

Boys Long Jump: 1. Luke MacLennan (SJ) 18-8; 2. Tatad (SH) 18-0.25; 3. Purcell (SH) 17-3.50.

Girls Discus: 1. Madison Kreeger (SJ) 119-0; 2. (tie) Paige Lucas (SJ) and Alicia Buettner (SJ) 87-9.

Boys Discus: 1. Wise (SH) 143-6; 2. Gleason (SH) 115-9; 3. Derek Anthony (SJ) 114-0.

Girls Shot Put: 1. Paige Lucas (SJ) 29-7; 2. Sidney Fischbach (SJ) 27-6; 3. Baird (SH) 25-0.

Boys Shot Put: 1. Spencer Ginter (SJ) 42-6; 2. Wise (SH) 37-2; 3. Trent Closson (SJ) 35-10.

Cardinals beat Reds 7-6 to take 2 of 3 in series
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:58 PM

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CINCINNATI — The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too.

The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take two out of three in their season-opening series.

The first pitch was delayed 3 hours, 42 minutes because of rain. Some of the Cardinals spent their down time by studying Cincinnati’s pitchers again and getting a little extra work in the indoor batting cages.

“It’s tough to stay mentally into it,” said Matt Adams, who had a single and a pair of doubles. “That’s what we had to do to make sure we could go out there and perform. We’re watching video and taking swings in the cage and stretching and making sure we’re ready to go.”

Finally on the field, the Cardinals emerged from their two-game hitting slump by knocking Homer Bailey (0-1) out of the game in the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta homered to get it going.

RPM off to strong start after offseason upgrades
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:58 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Richard Petty, still mourning the death of his wife, skipped the short trip to Martinsville Speedway to watch his team compete.

At the track located a little over an hour south from Petty’s famed race shop, his two drivers set out to capture a victory in honor of the late Lynda Petty and their boss, “The King.”

Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola fell short of driving their way into Victory Lane on Sunday. But for just the fourth time in 77 races as teammates, both Richard Petty Motorsports drivers finished inside the top 10.

Ambrose led 22 laps en route to his season-best finish of fifth and Almirola was eighth. It marked the second time in three races the duo both finished inside the top 10, and showed the RPM has turned a corner in its bid to recapture some of its glory days.