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Sports log: Jets save money, release Antonio Cromartie

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The Jets cut ties with cornerback Antonio Cromartie — and saved millions of dollars against their salary cap. Cromartie, who was entering the final season of his four-year deal, was released Sunday. He was scheduled to cost $14.98 million against the cap this season. Cromartie, 30, expressed appreciation for the team and its fans in a few posts on his Twitter page. ‘‘I would like 2 thank the Jets organization so much with helpin me grow as leader and a player,’’ he wrote . . . The Vikings agreed to terms on a five-year contract with defensive end Everson Griffen that features $20 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $42.5 million. Griffen, 26, had 5½ sacks with the Vikings last season. The Vikings also agreed to terms on a one-year contract with middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley , who played in 15 games for the Cardinals last season . . . Sam Shields agreed to re-sign with the Packers. Shields’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the deal, which is for four years and worth $39 million, with a $12.5 million signing bonus . . . Running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring at the age of 26. His agent, Mike McCartney, confirmed that Mendenhall decided to end his playing career after six seasons, all but one of them with the Steelers. Mendenhall gained 4,326 yards rushing in his career . . . William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Lions, died. He was 88. Ford Motor Co. said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Obituary, B9.

WINTER SPORTS

Neureuther in lead after slalom win

Felix Neureuther won a World Cup slalom event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, beating Fritz Dopfer for a German 1-2 finish. Neureuther overtook Marcel Hirscher on top of the slalom standings by 5 points with one race remaining. Neureuther finished in a two-run time of 1 minute, 45.50 seconds, edging Dopfer by 0.59 seconds. Two-time defending champion Hirscher went on top of the overall standings with 1,050 points, edging Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal by just 4 points ahead of next week’s finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland . . . Norway’s Marit Bjoergen won the women’s 30-kilometer classical race in Oslo in 1:20:55.7. Therese Johaug came in a distant second — 1:41 behind . . . Severin Freund of Germany took his fourth World Cup title of the season as he won the large hill ski jumping event in Oslo with 265.4 points.

HOCKEY

Capitals’ Kuznetsov to debut Monday

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Newly signed Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is set to make his NHL debut against the Penguins on Monday. Kuznetsov was a first-round pick in 2010. He played five seasons for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL. He terminated his contract with Traktor Thursday and signed a two-year, entry level deal Saturday . . . The Stars called up goalie Cristopher Nilstorp from Texas of the AHL while they figure out the extent of Kari Lehtonen’s head injury. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Lehtonen, who was injured Saturday night against Minnesota, likely has a concussion. Nilstorp will back up the newly acquired Tim Thomas . . . The Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League said that 20-year-old center Terry Trafford has been missing from the team for six days. Trafford was last seen Monday at the Dow Event Center, the Michigan team’s home arena . . . A Connecticut youth hockey referee faces a breach-of-peace charge after he ejected a player from a game and personally escorted him off the ice. Police said the 55-year-old referee, Stephen Levins, called a match penalty and ejected the boy from the game. Authorities said teammates and parents took offense to the physical contact and tried to confront the referee.

MISCELLANY

US relay sets record at World Indoors

The US men’s 4 x 400 relay team shattered the world indoor record by .70 seconds to win the gold medal at the world championships in Sopot, Poland. Calvin Smith Jr., David Verburg, Kyle Clemons, and Kind Butler III finished in 3:02.13, slashing .70 seconds off the 15-year-old indoor mark set by another US team at the 1999 world indoors. The Americans won eight gold and 12 medals overall, including wins by Chanelle Price (women’s 800) and the women’s 4 x 400 relay team . . . Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson will miss 7-10 days with a sprained right elbow. Patterson has been bothered by the injury for some time, but aggravated it Friday against Sacramento . . . Bobby Burling headed home Mauro Rosales’s corner kick in the 88th minute, and host Chivas USA beat the Chicago Fire, 3-2, in both teams’ Major League Soccer opener . . . Second-tier Wigan pulled off a stunning victory over Manchester City for the second straight year in the FA Cup in London. Jordi Gomez and James Perch scored in Wigan’s 2-1 win. Wigan faces Arsenal in the semifinals . . . Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut knocked out Tomas Berdych in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., beating the fourth-seeded Czech, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro withdrew because of ligament damage in his left wrist. In women’s play, 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Canada beat Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 6-3.

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