Compiled from wire reports
Seahawks’ Sherman gets lucrative deal
• Two-time All-Pro selection Richard Sherman is the latest member of the Seattle Seahawks secondary to be locked up for the long term. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. He wrote that the contract extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed.
• The NFL Players Association confirmed that it filed a grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham concerning the New Orleans Saints tight end’s franchise tag designation by the team. At issue is whether the NFL was correct to apply the tight end tag to Graham or whether Graham should have received the more lucrative wide receiver tag, a difference of $5 million.
• A day after he was reinstated by the NFL and cut by Washington, veteran safety Tanard Jackson signed a new deal with the Redskins. He missed both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
• The Green Bay Packers hired former Browns assistant Steve Marshall as their new assistant offensive line coach, turning to a veteran with more than 30 years of coaching experience in the NFL and college. He coached the front five in Cleveland from 2007-08.
• Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who announced he was gay, was selected the winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The Missouri defensive end, who likely will be drafted by an NFL team this weekend, will receive the award given to individuals who transcend sports at the 2014 ESPYs on July 16.
Hitchcock receives extension from Blues
• The St. Louis Blues extended coach Ken Hitchcock’s contract through next season, though there will be some staff changes. Assistants Brad Shaw and Ray Bennett also will return. A third assistant coach, Gary Agnew, and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch are not being retained. Hitchcock, 62, led the Blues to a franchise-record 52 victories this season. He’s 124-55-20 for a franchise-best .673 winning percentage.
• Ron Hextall was promoted to general manager by the Philadelphia Flyers to replace Paul Holmgren, who was elevated to president. Hextall is Philadelphia’s all-time winningest goalie and served as assistant GM last year.
Ronaldo sustains injury during match
• Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was injured during Wednesday night’s Spanish league game at Real Valladolid. Ronaldo came off in the eighth minute at the Jose Zorilla Stadium without showing any clear signs of being in pain, just moments after his long run through the opponent’s half ended when he clashed with a defender.
• Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year’s absence. Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, 6-3 win. Nadal scored a 6-1, 6-0 win over Juan Monaco of Argentina. Murray overcame Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
— From wire reports