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Jaguars make Brandon Linder NFL’s highest-paid center

Former third-round pick Brandon Linder was entering the final year of his rookie contract.John Raoux/AP

The Jaguars signed center Brandon Linder to a five-year extension worth $51.7 million. According to NFL.com, the new deal will make Linder the highest-paid center in NFL history. The deal includes $24 million in guaranteed money for the former third-round pick, who was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Linder’s $10 million average salary is the most of any center in the league, and Atlanta’s Alex Mack and Dallas’ Travis Frederick are the only NFL centers with more guaranteed money . . . La’el Collins and the Cowboys have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension that will pay the offensive lineman a total of $15.4 million, including a $4 million signing bonus, NFL.com reported. As a rookie in 2015, Collins signed a three-year, $1.6 million deal with the Cowboys after going undrafted. Projected to go in the top 20 of the 2015 draft, Collins ended up falling completely out of the draft after being named a person of interest in a murder investigation . . . Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi’s season has ended two days before the start of training camp. A six-year starter, Misi was placed on injured reserve after he failed to receive medical clearance. Misi suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and played in only three games.

Former Cowboys WR Whitehead didn’t shoplift

Former Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead’s identity was falsely used in a shoplifting arrest, police in his home state of Virginia said. Prince William County police said they were confident the man charged in a case involving $40 worth of stolen food and drink from a convenience store in June wasn’t Whitehead. The Cowboys released him Monday after reports that he was arrested and subsequently cited for missing a court hearing. Coach Jason Garrett said Whitehead’s release was an accumulation of events, not just the shoplifting arrest . . . Cowboys rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis was acquitted of domestic assault in Ann Arbor, Mich. the former Michigan star was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend at his Ann Arbor apartment in March . . . Safety Malik Hooker, the Indianapolis Colts’ top draft pick, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list after injuring his hamstring during a conditioning test . . . Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will be working as a coaching intern this summer for Chiefs coach Andy Reid as he looks into getting into coaching. Reid coached Vick when the quarterback played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009 to 2012 . . . Gary Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns. Kubiak will serve as a senior personnel adviser, scouting college and pro players.


Nationals hope Strasburg is ready to go The Nationals are hopeful that Stephen Strasburg will make his next scheduled start despite exiting Sunday’s outing after two innings with pain in his forearm. The team said Strasburg was diagnosed with a nerve impingement that is no longer a problem, without providing details . . . Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright went on the disabled list with back tightness, and outfielder Dexter Fowler joined him on the DL because of a strained left wrist.

HOCKEY Rangers sign Zibanejad to 5-year, $26.75m deal

The Rangers avoided arbitration and signed Mika Zibanejad to a $26.75 million, five-year deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $5.35 million through 2021-22. With Derek Stepan traded, the 24-year-old Swede goes into the season as New York’s new No. 1 center . . . The Sabres re-signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a $4 million, one-year contract . . . Hockey Canada named Sean Burke as its general manager and Willie Desjardins as its coach for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the first Games without the NHL since 1994.



Trail Blazers send Crabbe to Nets

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Andrew Nicholson. The deal comes a year after the Nets offered Crabbe a four-year, $75 million deal as a restricted free agent. The Trail Blazers matched that offer. Crabbe hit 44.4 percent of his 3-pointers last season . . . Suns backup point guard Brandon Knight tore his left ACL while playing in a pro-am game last week in Miami and will be lost for the coming season. The Suns said an examination by team doctor Tom Carter determined the surgery would be required . . . In WNBA play, Alyssa Thomas had 20 points, 9, rebounds, and 5 assists to help the host Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky, 93-72 . . . In San Antonio, Elena Delle Donne had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Kristi Toliver tied a career high with 10 assists and the Washington Mystics beat the Stars, 85-76.



Ledecky takes third gold at World Championships

Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the meet. Ledecky captured the 1,500-meter freestyle by more than half the length of the pool, and returned just 49 minutes later to post the fastest time in the semifinals of the 200 free. Lilly King, meanwhile, notched another win against rival and Russian star Yulia Efimova. Efimova nearly broke Ruta Meilutyte’s 4-year-old record in the semifinals, but King was the one who came through when it really counted. She led the final all the way, touching in 1 minute, 4.13 seconds to shave 0.22 off the Lithuanian’s mark from the 2013 worlds in Barcelona . . . Team Penske has locked up 2012 NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski with a multiyear extension. Keselowski, 33, has driven for Penske throughout his 10-year career in NASCAR’s top series, notching 23 wins and the series title five years ago. His crew chief with the No. 2 Ford, Paul Wolfe, has also agreed to a multiyear extension with Penske. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed . . . Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer has been traded to Orlando City for what could be a Major League Soccer-record $1.6 million. Orlando traded $900,000 in guaranteed allocation money, plus more based on performance in the deal for Dwyer, who recently got his first call-up for the US national team after becoming a citizen. He’s scored 57 goals over 128 games for his career.