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WR Brandon Marshall catches on with Seahawks

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, 34, is ready to suit up for the seattle Seahawks, his sixth team.

Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall has indicated on social media he’s joining the Seattle Seahawks. Marshall posted a series of pictures on Instagram decked out in a green Seahawks jersey, one captioned ‘‘Let’s go,’’ and another with the 34-year-old Marshall saying he’s always wanted to play before Seattle’s fans. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Marshall’s contract is expected to be finalized in the coming days. Marshall visited Seattle earlier in the offseason after he was released by the Giants and worked out for the team, but no deal was struck at that time. The Seahawks will be his sixth team. Marshall is coming off a disappointing 2017 season with the Giants when he played in five games, had 18 receptions, and saw his season limited by an ankle injury. He was released by the Giants in mid-April and was due to make $5 million this season with New York . . . Super Bowl LII brought $370 million in net new spending to the ‘‘Bold North’’ Twin Cities area, according to a report released by Governor Mark Dayton’s office and the local host committee. The final tally by Rockport Analytics came in $50 million over the consulting company’s projections. It also said the 10 days leading up to the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis brought in $32 million in tax revenue for state and local government . . . Laurent Duvernay-Tardif can finally spend all his free time studying his playbook: the Chiefs offensive lineman graduated from McGill University’s medical school on Tuesday. The Chiefs picked Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, but despite playing at a smaller Canadian school, he quickly earned a starting job. But he never gave up his pursuit of medicine, spending time each offseason doing school work and hospital rotations . . . San Diego will be the site of the sixth franchise in the Alliance of American Football league that debuts in February, the weekend after the Super Bowl. The team will play at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, the former Qualcomm Stadium that was the home of the Chargers. Former Rams coach Mike Martz, who led St. Louis to the NFC championship in 2001, is set to coach the team, but that won’t become official for a few days. Other Alliance coaches are Steve Spurrier in Orlando, Mike Singletary in Memphis, Brad Childress in Atlanta, Dennis Erickson in Salt Lake City, and Rick Neuheisel in Phoenix.


MLS coming to Cincinnati

Major League Soccer added Cincinnati in its latest round of expansion, rewarding a city that has set attendance records during three seasons of United Soccer League play and has a stadium deal in place. The announcement brings MLS to 26 teams, two shy of its ultimate goal. It began as a 10-team league in 1996. Cincinnati will join next year, continuing to play at the University of Cincinnati’s football stadium while a 21,000-seat soccer stadium is built in the city’s low-income West End neighborhood. The stadium is expected to be ready for the 2021 season. MLS added the Los Angeles Football Club this season, bringing the league to 23 teams. Miami and Nashville also are getting expansion franchises . . . Atlanta United defender Greg Garza will miss at least four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Garza, 26,initially hurt his shoulder during the 2017 MLS All-Star Game, but hoped to avoid surgery. He aggravated the injury during the second half of Atlanta’s loss to the New York Red Bulls on May 20 . . . Midfielder Tobin Heath is back on the US women’s national team roster after spending the start of the year recovering from surgery. Coach Jill Ellis named a 23-player roster for a pair of exhibition matches against China next month. Heath, who turned 30 on Tuesday, hasn’t played with the national team since appearing as a substitute in a friendly against New Zealand last September. She had surgery to remove bone growth on her right ankle in early January. Also returning to the national team is Julie Ertz, who missed a pair of April exhibition matches against Mexico because of a knee injury. Amy Rodriguez, who missed 2016 because of the birth of her son and 2017 with an ACL injury, was also included by Ellis. Christen Press, left off the roster for Mexico because she was not on a club team at the time, also returned to the roster . . . Midfielder Christian Pulisic was among seven players dropped from the US men’s national team for exhibitions at Ireland and France, and 10 additions included defender DeAndre Yedlin, midfielder Tyler Adams, and forward Bobby Wood. Defender Walker Zimmerman, who scored the opening goal in Monday’s 3-0 win over Bolivia, also was cut along with goalkeeper Alex Bono, who got the shutout in his national team debut. Other cuts included goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, defender Matt Olosunde, and midfielders Alejandro Guido and Lynden Gooch. The US team failed to qualify for the World Cup after seven straight appearances. The Americans play Ireland, which also is not going to the tournament, on Saturday in Dublin. The US team faces France at Lyon on June 9, a prep match for Les Bleus before their World Cup opener against Australia on June 16 . . . Rwanda’s government defended its $39 million sponsorship deal with the Arsenal football club as some aid donors and rights activists raised an outcry. ‘‘Visit Rwanda’’ will be emblazoned on the left sleeve of players in Arsenal’s first, under-23 and women’s teams. President Paul Kagame is an Arsenal supporter; the deal was not approved by Rwandan lawmakers. Deputy Foreign Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe told the Associated Press that the money for the sponsorship deal came from tourism, which is the small East African country’s top foreign exchange earner. Rwanda remains one of the poorest countries in the world and continues to recover from the 1994 genocide that killed more than 800,000 people. Over a third of its population lives in poverty.


Mets’ injuries pile up

A pair of finger injuries sent Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the disabled list and knocked Steven Matz out of his start in Atlanta after just three innings Tuesday. Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day DL before the game with a sore right index finger, though the Mets are hopeful the righthander will only miss one start. Then, in an almost surreal development for the injury-plagued team, Matz exited with discomfort in the middle finger of his left hand. Leading 4-0, he went out to warm up for the fourth inning but suddenly stopped throwing and began looking at his pitching hand. X-rays on Matz’s finger were negative. Three New York players have gone on the DL since the team arrived in Atlanta. Relief pitcher AJ Ramos (right shoulder strain) and infielder Wilmer Flores (sore lower back) were sidelined before Monday’s doubleheader. In all, the Mets have 11 players on the DL, including reliever Anthony Swarzak and three projected regulars in outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Todd Frazier, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Syndergaard’s injury was another unexpected development. After traveling with the team to Atlanta, he returned to New York on Tuesday to be examined at The Hospital for Special Surgery. An MRI and examination confirmed a strained ligament. Manager Mickey Callaway said the injury is not considered serious . . . Indians reliever Andrew Miller visited a specialist in New York to have his injured left knee examined. Miller, a dominant presence in Cleveland’s bullpen since being acquired in 2016, was examined by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital For Special Surgery. Miller’s injury further weakens the Indians’ bullpen, which went into Tuesday’s game with a 4-12 record and a major league-high 6.06 ERA. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said there’s no indication at this point that the lefthander will need surgery. He underwent an MRI and other tests during the examination. Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with inflammation in the knee. Miller was on the DL twice last season with patella tendinitis. He was out for two weeks with a strained left hamstring earlier in the season. Miller pitched 10 scoreless innings before the hamstring injury, but has struggled since returning and is 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 17 appearances . . . Astros catcher Brian McCann has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of right knee soreness and returned to Houston to be examined. McCann, 34, is in a 1-for-26 slide that has dropped his average to .219. Tim Federowicz’s contract was selected from Triple A Fresno before Tuesday night’s game at the New York Yankees. . . . The Angels will be without a pair of righthanders due to surgeries. Matt Shoemaker had surgery on his forearm on Tuesday. Blake Wood is scheduled to have season-ending surgery to repair ligament damage in his elbow Wednesday. Wood also had elbow surgery in 2012.


Buyers eye WNBA’s Liberty


The New York Liberty are courting potential new owners. At least two groups that are considering buying the WNBA team were at the Liberty’s home opener in Westchester County last Friday. James Dolan and Madison Square Garden put the franchise up for sale last winter but couldn’t find a suitable buyer. So Dolan retained ownership of the team while still looking for a new owner. Dolan, who has owned the team since the WNBA’s inception in 1996, moved the franchise this year from Manhattan to the Westchester County Center in the suburbs for all but two home games. The two Kids Day games, which are usually close to a sellout, still will be played at MSG. The move saves millions of dollars in operating costs for the Liberty because the Garden costs nearly 20 times as much to play in as the Westchester County Center, though the Liberty will lose some revenue from sponsorships associated with playing at the Garden. MSG said in a statement to the AP that it has ‘‘lost money every year since its inception and cumulative losses exceed $100 million.’’ New York was fourth out of the league’s 12 teams in attendance last year, averaging 9,889 fans, although that number was a combination of paid tickets and complimentary ones. The Liberty say they had fewer than 5,000 fans in paid attendance at most games . . . Brett Brown, who took the 76ers from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in just two seasons, has agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-2022 season. Brown had one year left on his contract. The Sixers won 52 games this season and beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semis by the Celtics.

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Crawford to stay in NBA Draft

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Bryant Crawford is starting his professional basketball career and will not return to Wake Forest for his senior season. The guard, who led the Demon Deacons in scoring last year (16.9 points per game), went through the pre-draft process earlier this month without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility he would come back to school. Players have until Wednesday to withdraw their names from the draft. Crawford was one of a number of players declaring their draft intetions Tuesday. Among those remaining in the draft are Final Four most outstanding player Donte DiVincenzo of Villanova. Among the players returning to school are Isaiah Moss (Iowa), Kris Wilkes (UCLA), Admiral Schofield (Tennessee), Nick Ward (Michigan State), and Auburn’s Austin Wiley, Jared Harper, and Bryce Brown . . . Conference USA has adopted a men’s basketball schedule format that will have the league’s top teams playing each other at the end of the regular season in hopes of getting more postseason berths. The league said that the 14 teams will play each other once with a second game for travel partners in the first seven weeks of C-USA play. After those 14 games, the league standings will determine the matchups for the rest of the regular season. The last time C-USA had more than one team in the NCAA Tournament was 2012 . . . Former University of Maryland basketball player Cliff Tucker was killed in a West Texas van accident that left two other passengers dead. Tucker was 29. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the van rolled Monday on Interstate 10 near Balmorhea, 180 miles from El Paso. Investigators believe the tread on a rear tire separated and the driver lost control. Tucker was from El Paso and played four years at Maryland, finishing in 2011. He played on NCAA Tournament teams in 2009 and 2010 under former coach Gary Williams


Justify gets half-mile workout

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify completed a half-mile workout at Churchill Downs in preparation for his Triple Crown bid next month. The 3-year-old colt covered the distance in 46.80 seconds with trainer Bob Baffert and co-owner Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm looking on. It was the fastest among 43 workouts at the distance. Jockey Martin Garcia flew in from Southern California to work Justify, who is ridden in races by Mike Smith. Baffert says Justify performed the way he wanted, and he believes the colt is progressing ahead of the June 9 Belmont Stakes. Justify is expected to have one more workout, possibly on Monday, before he flies to New York next Wednesday . . . Minnesota State-Mankato hockey coach Mike Hastings was hired as head coach of the 2019 US National Junior Team. The move comes after David Quinn, who was hired as head coach of the team in April, became coach of the New York Rangers last week . . . Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops dismissed junior safety Marcus Walker following his arrest on charges of trafficking cocaine and marijuana. The school had no other comment in a statement besides listing his career statistics of 17 tackles in 21 games. Lexington police arrested the 21-year-old player and another man Thursday after finding at least 5 pounds of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine during a search of an off-campus apartment . . . US Amateur champion Doc Redman is leaving Clemson after two seasons to play pro golf . . . Ukraine’s Dmytro Badanov has been banned for life and fined $100,000 by an independent hearing officer after being found guilty of tennis match fixing. Badanov, 30, was found to have broken rules of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program by fixing the outcome of two matches on the ITF Futures tour, in Tunisia in September 2015 and in Egypt in September 2016. Badanov’s career-high ranking was 463rd in singles in March 2015. He is currently unranked.