Seahawks extend coach Carroll’s contract
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been rewarded with a contract extension after leading the team to their first Super Bowl title earlier this year, the Seahawks said on Friday.
The extension adds two more years to Carroll’s previous deal, which had one season remaining, and will keep him with the team through the 2016 National Football League season.
Carroll, who was named Seattle’s head coach in early 2010, took over a team that was coming off a 5-11 season and turned them into Super Bowl champions four years later.
“It’s not about what you just did. It’s about what you’re going to do now,” Carroll, 62, said during a news conference to announce his contract extension.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a report on the NFL’s website said Carroll, who had one season left on his five-year, $35 million contract, will be one of the three highest-paid coaches in the league.
Titans release running back Johnson
Durable veteran running back Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday after a morning meeting with general manager Ruston Webster.
The sixth-year back, who some believe is in decline, has averaged 4.6 yards per carry since he was drafted in the first round out of East Carolina, including a 2,006-yard season in 2009, his second year in the league.
The Titans shopped Johnson in trade but his $8 million base salary was prohibitive.
The New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns were hinted at as potential landing spots for Johnson.
Johnson, 28, rushed for 1,077 yards on 279 carries — a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry — last season after posting 1,243 yards on 276 carries in 2012.
Dodgers’ Puig scratched for being late
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Friday afternoon’s home opener because he was late for batting practice.
A team spokesman told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Puig was not aware that the team was hitting on the field prior to Friday’s 1:10 p.m. game. Before day games, the Dodgers often take batting practice in the indoor batting cage.
Puig came onto the field from Dodgers’ clubhouse at 10:26 a.m., at which point the team was about halfway through its batting practice.
Puig’s removal from the lineup allowed manager Don Mattingly to put Matt Kemp in the starting lineup in center field, with Andre Ethier moving from center to right. Prior to Puig being pulled from the lineup, Kemp was not in the lineup even though he had been activated from the disabled list Friday.
Champ Bailey signs with Saints
Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Friday.
Bailey, 35, has been named to the Pro Bowl 12 times, but the Denver Broncos released him after the 2013 season. A foot injury seemed to limit his effectiveness.
He played in five regular-season games for the Broncos in 2013, including three starts, and played in all three playoff games, including one start.
Bucks’ Sanders suspended five games
The NBA announced Friday that Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders is suspended without pay for five games for violating terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
Sanders’ suspension begins the next NBA regular season game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.
Sanders is out for the season after having surgery on Feb. 13 to repair orbital bone fractures he sustained from taking an elbow to his left eye. He averaged 7.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 23 games this season.