The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their formidable pass rush with another top-level defensive lineman, acquiring three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, three people familiar with the trade told the Associated Press. Seattle gets wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick, while Philadelphia also receives a seventh-round pick. Bennett, 32, had 8½ sacks last season and 54 in his nine-year career and has three years remaining on his contract, with a base salary of just $1.65 million in 2018. That number jumps to $6 million in 2019 and $7.5 million in 2020.
Jones to pay league $2m
Jerry Jones has agreed to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees resulting from two disputes the Dallas Cowboys owner had with the league. Jones had sought to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott. He also threatened to stop the newly approved contract of commissioner Roger Goodell . . . Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for their fourth-round and sixth-round pics in the 2018 draf . . . Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia hired Steve Gregory, an eight-year NFL veteran defensive back who played for the Patriots from 2012-13, as a defensive assistant.
Mariners bring back Suzuki
The Seattle Mariners, looking to bolster their injury-riddled outfield, finalized a $750,000, one-year deal to bring back Ichiro Suzuki, who spent the first 11 major league seasons in Seattle, where he was the 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors and a 10-time All Star. He was traded to the New York Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with the Yankees, then spent three seasons with Miami. The 44-year-old Japanese star can earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances . . . The MLB Players’ Association spring training workout facility at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will close Friday after three weeks. Forty-one free agents attended the camp with only Mike Napoli, Adam Lind, Tyler Clippard, Lucas Duda, Alejandro De Aza, Carlos Torres and Tommy Layne agreeing to contracts . . . The Kansas City Royals agreed to a minor league contract with righthanded pitcher Ricky Nolasco . . . The Tampa Bay Rays reported righthander Jose De Leon tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The 25-year-old is the second top Rays prospect to suffer a major elbow injury after righthander Brent Honeywell, the MVP of last year’s All-Star Futures Game, was hurt Feb. 22 throwing batting practice.
Spurs’ Leonard due back ‘soon’
Kawhi Leonard said in an impromptu, four-minute press conference after practice Wednesday he plans on returning to the San Antonio Spurs ‘‘soon’’ from a leg injury that forced him to miss all but nine games so far this season. Leonard will not travel with the team on their upcoming three-game road trip to Golden State, Oklahoma City and Houston. But the 26-year-old Leonard said his return is imminent. ‘‘Soon. I don’t have a set date right now,’’ he said.
NCAA tops $1b in revenue
The NCAA surpassed $1 billion in revenue for the first time last year, most of which came from its $761 million television deal with CBS and Turner for the men’s basketball tournament, and distributed $560.3 million to Division I schools . . . Fergus Connolly, the director of performance science for the Michigan football team, was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving.
Serena returns at Indian Wells
Serena Williams will make her turn to the WTA pro tour Thursday night after a 14-month maternity absence at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Williams, who gave birth to a daughter in September, will play Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan . . . Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was voted th most admired and appreciated player in the NHL, according to a survey of more than 500 players from the 2017-18 NHLPA Player Poll . . . NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick was docked 20 points and stripped of the seven playoff points he earned for last Sunday’s victory at Las Vegas because of violations discovered on his car during post-race inspection. Crew chief Rodney Childers was fined $50,000, and car chief Robert Smith was suspended two races.