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Sports news briefs — March 5

Compiled from wire reports


Polamalu, Miller sign three-year contracts

• Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap. The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable tight end both signed new three-year contracts with the team designed to give the Steelers some cap relief.

• The Buffalo Bills secured at least one-half of their starting safety tandem by signing Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million contract extension. A source said Williams is guaranteed $14.625 million. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not released by the Bills.

• Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL following his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

• The Chicago Bears agreed to a two-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff and cut punter Adam Podlesh.

• The Minnesota Vikings released veteran tight end John Carlson.

• The Buffalo Bills postponed their annual regular-season game in Toronto for at least one year.


Blue Jackets trade Gaborik to the Kings

• The Los Angeles Kings acquired veteran goal-scorer Marian Gaborik, 32, from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets get right wing Matt Frattin and a second-round pick in the 2014 draft, plus a conditional third-rounder. Gaborik was making $7.5 million a year and can become a free agent at the end of the season.

• The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off a first major deal by swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis. New York sent Callahan, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a first-round pick in next year’s draft for St. Louis, a disgruntled two-time NHL scoring champion.

• The Pittsburgh Panthers acquired forward Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers and forward Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for draft picks. The additions give the Penguins some needed depth along their bottom two lines, which have been decimated by injuries. Pittsburgh sent a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft to Florida, while the Flames received a 2014 third-round pick.

• Olympic champion women’s goalie Shannon Szabados took the ice with the Edmonton Oilers at practice as the team waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade.

• Russia national team coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is leaving his job after the home team’s disappointing quarterfinals exit at the Sochi Olympics.


U.S. keeps streak alive by tying Japan

• Aya Miyama scored on a 35-yard free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Japan a 1-1 tie against the defending champion United States in the opener at the Algarve Cup women’s tournament in Parchal, Portugal. Sydney Leroux scored in the 59th minute for the U.S.

• Irish striker Robbie Keane, 33, agreed to a multiyear contract extension to stay with the LA Galaxy. He helped the Galaxy to win back-to-back league titles in 2011-12.

— From wire reports


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