Update on the latest in sports:

March 14, 2018 - 11:25 am


It's NFL new year

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL's new year begins today, clearing the way for a flurry of free agent signings.

Among the moves expected: 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees will get a contract extension with the New Orleans Saints, while Minnesota will lose two of its quarterbacks — Case Keenum to the Denver Broncos and Sam Bradford to the Arizona Cardinals.

Kirk Cousins' agent says the free agent quarterback will visit Minnesota today, amid reports that the former Redskin will sign a big contract with the Vikings. ESPN is reporting that Cousins will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract. But agent Mike McCartney said no deal is in place and no decision has been made.

In other NFL news:

— The Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Nigel Bradham have agreed on a five-year contract reportedly worth $40 million. Bradham was a key member on defense for the Super Bowl champions. He became the quarterback on defense after Jordan Hicks was injured and finished third on Philadelphia's defense with 85 tackles. He added one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble returned for a touchdown.

— The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a deal keeping right guard Josh Kline off the free agent market. The Titans announced the deal hours before the start of the league's new year. Kline has started 30 games at right guard for Tennessee on a line that allowed the third fewest sacks and blocked for the third most rushing yards in the NFL.

— A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are expected to sign free agent running back Carlos Hyde. The person says the team has an agreement with Hyde and will finalize the deal Wednesday. NFL Network reported the Browns will give Hyde a three-year, $15 million deal. The 27-year-old, who played at Ohio State, spent the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He's rushed for 2,729 yards, averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored 21 touchdowns.

— A person familiar with the negotiations says former New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola and ex-Kansas City Chiefs wideout Albert Wilson are discussing contract offers from the Miami Dolphins.

— Two people familiar with the deal say tight end Trey Burton has worked out a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears. Burton threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles in Philadelphia's victory over New England in the Super Bowl.

— Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson tells ESPN he plans to sign a three-year, $42 million package with the Chicago Bears.

— A person familiar with the situation confirms to The Associated Press that free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (loh-too-LAY'-lee) has agreed to a five-year contract with the Bills.


Goggia takes World Cup downhill title; Vonn gets win No. 82

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Sofia Goggia (GOH'-jah) followed up her Olympic downhill gold medal by claiming the season-long World Cup title in the discipline on Wednesday.

Lindsey Vonn narrowly beat Goggia to win the race at World Cup finals but the American still ended up three points behind the Italian in the standings.

In a shortened race that was more like a sprint than a full downhill, Vonn clocked 55.65 seconds to finish 0.06 ahead of Goggia, her friend and rival.

It was Vonn's 82nd World Cup win, moving within four of Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86.

Alice Mckennis of the United States finished third, 0.28 behind Vonn.


Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Joar Ulsom of Norway has won the world's most famous sled dog race after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain.

After nearly 1,000 miles, Ulsom came off the Bering Sea ice just outside Nome and ran the last few blocks as a crowd cheered him on. He becomes the third person born outside the U.S. to claim the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

He picks up about $50,000, a drop from the 2017 winner's earnings of more than $71,000.

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