Cowboys ‘tag’ DE Lawrence
The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence on Monday, guaranteeing the Pro Bowl defensive end $17.5 million in 2018.
The Cowboys had until Tuesday to put the tag on Lawrence, who can still sign a long-term deal with the club that traded up him to get him early in the second round in 2014.
Lawrence tied All-Pro Calais Campbell of Jacksonville for second in the NFL with 14 1/2 sacks last season. The 25-year-old’s breakout year came after he struggled with injuries most of his first three seasons. He had back surgery each of the previous two offseasons.
The Oakland Raiders released pass rusher Aldon Smith after his latest run-in with the law. The Raiders retained Smith’s contractual rights even as he spent the past two seasons on the NFL’s suspended list. But the team decided finally to cut ties one day after San Francisco police said authorities were searching for Smith in connection with a domestic violence allegation. ... Veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie announced his retirement from the NFL. The 11-year pro with four franchises posted a message on Instagram saying “after 27 years of playing football, today I say farewell.”
An All-Pro with San Diego in 2007, when he led the league with 10 interceptions, Cromartie was one of the NFL’s best cover cornerbacks for much of his career, making four Pro Bowls. ... The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with kicker Matt Bryant.
Alvarez tests positive for drug
Middleweight boxer Canelo Alvarez has tested positive for a banned drug, and his promoters blame contaminated meat.
A voluntary test showed Alvarez had traces of clenbuterol. A statement from Golden Boy Promotions said the amount was consistent with meat contamination that has impacted athletes in Mexico and China. Alvarez is scheduled for a rematch with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on May 5 in Las Vegas, a highly anticipated fight after their draw last year.
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and defenseman Victor Mete will miss several weeks as they recover from injuries. Both players were injured Friday in Montreal’s 6-3 win over the New York Islanders. Pacioretty, the Canadiens’ captain, suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Mete suffered a fractured finger and is expected to be out six weeks. ... Bradley Wiggins says he is the subject of a “malicious” attempt to smear his name as he strongly denied accusations from British lawmakers that he used banned substances to enhance his performance while preparing to win the 2012 Tour de France.
“Not at any time during my career did we cross the ethical line” while riding for Team Sky, Wiggins said in an interview with the BBC in a passionate defense of his reputation. ... Less than a year after making his big league debut, Paul DeJong was rewarded with a long-term deal. The shortstop and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $26 million, six-year contract.
, a deal that includes team options for 2024 and 2025. The 24-year-old made his major league debut last May 28 and hit .285 with a team-high 25 homers and 65 RBIs in 108 games. He was selected by St. Louis from Illinois St. in the fourth round of the 2015 amateur draft.