Buccaneers trade cornerback Eric Wright to 49ers

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The San Francisco 49ers acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

The teams announced the deal Friday, one week after Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of an unspecified misdemeanor offense. He was released after posting bond.

Last season, Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first — and only — season with the Buccaneers. He signed a five-year, $35.3-million contract with Tampa Bay after a strong season in Detroit, and in 10 games last year, Wright finished with 37 tackles and one interception.

Patroits release Jones


The New England Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones and signed rookie receivers Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims. . . . The Cleveland Browns signed rookie cornerback Leon McFadden and troubled defensive lineman Armonty Bryant to four-year contracts. . . .The Green Bay Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension.

Six tied in PGA Tour event

Six players were tied atop a crowded leaderboard midway through the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss. Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers were tied at 10 under in the clubhouse. First-round leader Daniel Summerhays also was at 10 under but completed only eight holes in the round Friday.

Three-way tie for LPGA lead


Former winner Paula Creamer shared the lead and top-ranked Inbee Park was lurking nearby after two rounds of the Marathon Classic at Sylvania, Ohio. Creamer, who five years ago won what was then referred to as the Jamie Farr LPGA stop, shot a three-under 68 to pull even with Beatriz Recari and Alison Walshe at eight-under 134. Park was two shots off the lead.

Bynum signs contract

Former Lakers center Andrew Bynum officially signed a two-year, $24-million contract with Cleveland, and promptly proclaimed the Cavaliers to be a playoff team. “Getting my career on track is my only goal for the season,” Bynum, whose career has been set back by knee problems, said at his introductory press conference.

Two charged with threatening Tygart

Two men have been charged in Denver with directing threats toward U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart in the aftermath of USADA’s decision to strip cyclist Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles. Two indictments allege that Gerrit Keats of Clearwater, Fla., and Robert Hutchins of Sandy, Utah, threatened Tygart via interstate communication in October.

Class-action status sought in suit against NCAA

Attorneys suing the NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge in Chicago to let them expand the lawsuit nationwide to include thousands of plaintiffs in a case they contend could change college sports forever. The motion seeks class-action status.



Justin Gatlin of the United States positioned himself as potentially the toughest rival for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at next month’s world championships by running 9.94 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Herculis meeting in Monaco. Countryman Dentarius Locke was second, 0.02 of a second back. . . .

Manchester United agreed to a six-year contract with David Moyes to succeed Alex Ferguson as coach. . . .

Tito Vilanova is stepping down as FC Barcelona’s coach after a recurrence of throat cancer. . . .

Tickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil will range from $990 to as little as $15 for some Brazilians eligible for discount rates, according to prices announced by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, N.C., resulting in injuries to 10 fans and damage to several cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Top-seeded Roger Federer beat Florian Mayer, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5, to reach the semifinals of the German tennis championships in Hamburg. Second-seeded Tommy Haas lost to Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-4. . . .

Serena Williams easily won her Swedish Open quarterfinal, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-1, 6-1, at Bastad. Williams will meet third-seeded Klara Zakopalova in the semifinals.

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