The Arizona Cardinals and star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald agreed on a restructured contract that will give the team additional salary cap space, Fitzgerald announced on his Twitter account Tuesday. Financial details were not announced, but Fitzgerald’s previous contract was projected to count more than $18 million against the cap in 2014. The receiver said the move was made to help the Cardinals ‘‘get better for 2014.’’ It is expected that part of Fitzgerald’s $12.75 million base salary would go into a signing bonus that extends through the end of the contract. The restructuring would potentially give the Cardinals $7 million to $8 million in available cap space. The 30-year-old Fitzgerald played in all 16 regular-season games last season and had 82 receptions for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns . . . Richard Sherman said the Seahawks’ defense had a good idea about what plays Peyton Manning and the Broncos were going to run in Super Bowl XLVIII. Sherman told themmqb.com that Seattle’s star-studded secondary was able to anticipate Denver’s pass routes by figuring out Manning’s pre-snap hand signals during the Seahawks’ 43-8 blowout of the Broncos Sunday.
Incognito backs Martin return in 2014
The Dolphins lifted the suspension of offensive lineman Richie Incognito in an administrative move, which means little to his future with the team. Incognito will be an unrestricted free agent in March. While the NFL’s report in the Dolphins harassment case is expected to be released soon, shedding further light on the much-scrutinized, troubled relationship between Incognito and Jonathan Martin, Incognito took to Twitter to back Martin’s return to football and thank family and friends for their support.
Braves lock up 1B Freeman for $125m
The Braves agreed to an eight-year deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman worth about $125 million, subject to a physical, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press. Earlier, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3 million, two-year contract, avoiding arbitration . . . Infielder-outfielder Jeff Baker agreed to a $3.7 million, two-year contract with the Marlins . . . Retired seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady is aiming to become a baseball player, and plans to try pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League in Houston. That’s the same team that Roger Clemens pitched for a couple of years ago. The 34-year-old McGrady played for several teams, including the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He last played in the NBA in the 2011-12 season . . . Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is being honored on the team’s Wall of Fame Aug. 9 before Philadelphia plays the Mets.
FSU’s Winston on All-America team
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was named a third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America, despite his .235 batting average as a utility player last season. This season, Winston figures to be one of Florida State’s top bullpen arms, and his mid-90s fastball warrants plenty of attention . . . Cleveland pitcher Nick Hagadone will receive an additional 94 days of major league service time and the Indians will have the right to option him to the minor leagues this season under a grievance settlement. The lefthander broke his left forearm following a poor relief outing against Tampa Bay on July 6, 2012. The Indians said the injury was self-inflicted, and reports said he was hurt slamming a door as he returned to the Cleveland clubhouse.
Scans show Nadal’s back on the mend
Medical scans have revealed no serious problems as Rafael Nadal continues his recovery from a back injury sustained at the Australian Open. A statement from the world’s top-ranked player says all checks ‘‘were satisfactory and showed positive evolution’’ regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne . . . League officials in New York and city officials in Las Vegas said that the Sacramento Capitals franchise of World Team Tennis is moving to Las Vegas and will compete in the WTT Western Conference as the Las Vegas Neon. The Neon will play 14 regular season matches in July, including seven home appearances.
Boxing, MMA to join in trauma study
Two former boxers, senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), welcomed representatives of the world’s two premiere boxing and four mixed martial arts organizations in Washington to announce support for a study to understand the effects of repeated blows to the head. The combat sports have joined forces to commit $600,000 to the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas . . . Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $15,000 by the NBA for yelling at the officials after he was ejected from a game at Sacramento . Noah received two technical fouls in less than three minutes during the third quarter of Chicago’s 99-70 loss on Monday night . . . The New Orleans Pelicans signed forward Luke Babbitt, who spent several NBA seasons with Portland, before playing this season in Russia with the club Nizhny Novgorod.