Rams rookie Sam Bradford gets $50 million guaranteed
Quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, reportedly agreed to a six-year deal that is worth a record $50 million in guarantees.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bradford’s deal is worth a total of $78 million. The guaranteed money is the most ever for a single contract in league history— for rookies or veterans.
Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand will be suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following his guilty plea to driving while impaired. … The New York Jets have signed Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum to contract extensions that will keep them with the club through the 2014 season. … Wide receiver Laveranues Coles is back with the Jets for the third time after signing a one-year contract. … Baltimore Ravens cornerback Dominique Foxworth is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee. … Former first-round draft pick Ike Hilliard and Super Bowl star David Tyree have retired as members of the New York Giants. … The NFL won’t punish Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson for his off-season arrest involving an alleged bar fight in Texas.
Langer leading Senior Open
Bernhard Langer has himself in position for a second consecutive major championship.
Langer overcame a shaky front nine with an eagle and birdie on the inward half to shoot a two-under-par 68 and take the lead at three-under 137 after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish, Wash.
No one playing late at Sahalee Country Club was able to match Langer, who won the Senior British Open last week. John Cook was two back after a 68, along with J.R. Roth and Tommy Armour III.
First-round leader Bruce Vaughan soared to an 82 after an opening 66.
Yani Tseng of Taiwan held a four-shot lead at the midway point of the Women’s British Open at Southport, England, after shooting a second straight four-under 68 at Royal Birkdale.
The two-time major winner mixed five birdies with a bogey for an eight-under total of 136 to lead American duo Brittany Lincicome and Cristie Kerr and South Korea’s Amy Yang.
Rain washed over the course in the afternoon, making things difficult for the late starters — including defending champion Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who missed the cut by seven strokes after making a 10 at the par-four 13th.
Kerr posted the lowest round of the tournament with a 67.
Jeff Overton shot an eight-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead midway through the inaugural Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
Overton, winless in five years on the PGA Tour, shot the low round of the tournament, using wedges on all but one approach shot during a bogey-free round on the Old White course. He was 14 under.
Boo Weekley, finally healthy after tearing a labrum in his left shoulder a year ago, was 10 under after a 63.
Lorenzen Wright’s ex-wife was threatened at her home by three men who were carrying guns and looking for the former NBA player about six weeks before he was shot to death, the woman’s attorney said Friday.
Sherra Wright warned her ex-husband, the father of her children, about the visit by men dressed in sport coats with weapons tucked in their waistbands, lawyer Gail Mathes said. But she was frightened by their threats and didn’t tell authorities about it until Monday, when she alerted police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, Tenn., near her home.
The body of the 34-year-old Wright was found in woods in Memphis on Wednesday, six days after his family reported him missing. He was last seen around midnight July 18, when he stayed over at his ex-wife’s house.
Tony Stewart claimed the pole for Sunday’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 after posting the quickest lap in qualifying at Pocono Raceway at Long Pond, Pa. Stewart, a two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, turned a lap of 171.393 mph around the 2.5-mile triangular track for his second pole of the season and the 14th of his Cup career.
Christophe Lemaitre of France overcame another poor start to win the men’s 200 meters in 20.37 seconds, giving him a sprint double at the European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. … Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin lost an appeal of a decision stripping him of his 2008 Olympic silver medal because of doping. He could now be suspended by cycling’s governing body.
The Ducks traded defenseman James Wisniewski to the New York Islanders for a third-round draft pick in 2011. … The Washington Wizards have re-signed free agent Josh Howard, a former All-Star swingman who joined the team late last season.