Rams reach agreement with T Long
The St. Louis Rams and free agent offensive tackle Jake Long agreed to terms on a deal late Sunday. Long, the first overall pick of the 2008 draft, spent a few days in St. Louis last week and passed a physical, but left without a deal. Long is the Rams’ second acquisition in free agency along with tight end Jake Cook, who got a five-year deal. Long made the Pro Bowl each of his first four seasons. He finished last season on injured reserve with a left triceps injury and the Dolphins declined to give him a franchise tag and pay him $15.4 million next season . . . Former Raiders tight end Brandon Myers signed with the Giants as a free agent. The Giants announced the signing without disclosing details . . . The Raiders signed linebacker Kevin Burnett, who spent the past two seasons with Miami.
Nadal, Sharapova win at Indian Wells
Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and 1-3 down in the second on Sunday to beat Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells, Calif., giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff and his 600th career match victory. Nadal has withdrawn from the Sony Open that begins Monday in Key Biscayne, Fla., to rest his left knee. In the women’s final, Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-2, to win her first title of the year. It was Sharapova’s second career title at Indian Wells, where she first won in 2006 . . . The Boston Lobsters have their roster for the 2013 Mylan World Team Tennis season. This year’s team includes veteran Eric Butorac, along with newcomers Jill Craybas, Paola Suarez, and Amir Weintraub. Butorac, a Cambridge resident when not on tour, will return for his fourth season. Craybas, a Providence native, is playing her first season with the Lobsters. Joining the Lobsters for at least four matches will be former top-10 player Mark Philippoussis. The Lobsters open the season by hosting the New York Sportimes on July 7 at the Manchester Athletic Club.
Cooper’s breakaway propels FC Dallas
Kenny Cooper scored in the 90th minute to lead FC Dallas to a 3-2 win over the visiting Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer action. Cooper scored on a breakaway, tapping a shot into the right corner of the net from the top of the goalie’s box. Dallas had squandered a two-goal advantage in the game’s final 15 minutes . . . The Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA traded late goals and the rivals finished in a 1-1 tie in Carson, Calif. . . . Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in AEK Athens’s win over Veria in the Greek league. He pled ignorance of the meaning of his gesture.
Two dead in California raceway crash
A California raceway crash killed a race car owner and the young cousin of the teenage driver whose vehicle careened off the track before it struck the two victims, authorities said. Dale Wondergem Jr., 68, and Marcus Johnson, 14, were in the pit area when they were hit on Saturday at the Marysville Raceway Park, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Wondergem was pronounced dead at the scene, and Johnson was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at a hospital, authorities said. Johnson was identified by authorities as the cousin of 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson, who was not injured in the collision. The younger victim was not an official member of his cousin’s crew and authorities are investigating why he was in the pit area . . . Kimi Raikkonen won Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, taking the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 . . . The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon has banned smoking in the grandstand seating areas. There will be designated smoking areas throughout the concourse level, and smoking will still be allowed in parking lots, campgrounds and in souvenir, display, and hospitality areas.
St-Pierre overwhelms Diaz in UFC 158
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre manhandled Nick Diaz for five rounds en route to a unanimous decision at UFC 158 on Saturday night in Montreal. St-Pierre (24-2) won 50-45 on all three judges’ cards. Diaz (27-8-0 with one no contest) said he was flat after a 13-month layoff, and said after the bout that his fighting days may be over. He backed off the statement later, saying he wanted a rematch with St-Pierre or perhaps Carlos Condit . . . Timothy Bradley (30-0) narrowly kept his WBO welterweight belt, winning a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov Saturday night in Carson, Calif., despite being on the verge of getting stopped in the first, second, and 12th rounds, and even taking a knee in the waning seconds . . . The NBA has fined Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders $50,000 for using offensive language and criticizing officials during Milwaukee’s loss to Miami Friday night . . . The New Jersey Devils returned first-round pick Stefan Matteau to his junior hockey team, Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League . . . The Pac-12 fined Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller $25,000 for his actions following the 18th-ranked Wildcats’ loss to UCLA in the semifinals of the conference tournament Thursday.