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Last Update on March 03, 2015 01:47 GMT

NFL-FRANCHISE TAGS

UNDATED (AP) -- This was the final day for NFL teams to designate franchise or transition players.

Among those getting the franchise tag on Monday are Dallas receiver Dez Bryant, Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Denver receiver Demaryius (deh-MEHR'-ee-uhs) Thomas also received the franchise tag, but a report on the Detroit Lions website says the team has declined to place its franchise designation on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAH'-mah-kahng soo).

Teams had two weeks to use the franchise tag to avoid having a player hit the free agent market. The tag is for one year and guarantees the player a salary based on the five-year average cap percentage for the tag at every position.

NFL-SALARY CAP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL's salary cap is going up $10 million to $143.28 million for the 2015 season. This marks the second straight season that the cap went up by at least $10 million. Adding in benefits, the league says the projected player costs will be $180.775 million per team.

The salary cap is determined by a series of NFL revenue streams, with the players receiving 46 percent to 48 percent of those revenues, depending on the year.

NFL-TITANS-POLLARD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says the Tennessee Titans have informed nine-year veteran safety Bernard Pollard he will be released. The 30-year-old Pollard suffered a season-ending Achilles injury that limited him to five games last season.

MLB-TRAINING CAMPS

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers on opening day April 6 against San Diego. The fifth straight opening day assignment for the left-hander comes after he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA last season.

Elsewhere around the majors:

-- The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with "KAYLA" on it in spring training games this week in memory of Kayla Mueller. She's the 26-year old Arizona humanitarian worker who died while in captivity in Syria.

NBA SUSPENSION-HARDEN

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA has suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin during yesterday's game. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates made contact during the third quarter, causing Harden to hit the court before he kicked his foot up into James. Harden will miss Tuesday's game against Atlanta.

NBA-BULLS-BUTLER

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls say All-Star guard Jimmy Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow. Butler joins fellow starting guard Derrick Rose on the sidelines after leading the team in scoring at 20.2 points a game. Tony Snell figures to start in Butler's place.

NHL-TRADE DEADLINE

UNDATED (AP) -- Monday's NHL trade deadline led to 24 deals involving 43 players and a host of draft picks.

The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Jeff Petry (PEH'-tree) from the Edmonton Oilers for draft picks. The Habs also picked up forwards Brian Flynn and Torey Mitchell from Buffalo in separate deals.

Anaheim made four trades. The most significant involved Columbus, in which the Ducks acquired high-scoring defenseman James Wisniewski and a 2015 third-round pick for forwards Rene Bourque, Williams Karlsson and a 2015 second-round pick. Anaheim also received blueliner Simon Despres (deh-PRAY') from Pittsburgh for defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

St. Louis has acquired forward Olli Jokinen (OH'-lee YOH'-kih-nen) from Toronto for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Blues also picked up defenseman Zbynek Michalek (zuh-BEE'-nihk muh-KAHL'-ihk) and a conditional third-round draft pick from Arizona for prospect Maxim Letunov.

The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres have swapped goalies, with the Isles acquiring Michal Neuvirth (NOY'-vihrt) for Chad Johnson and a 2016 third-round pick. The Islanders also picked up forward Tyler Kennedy from San Jose for a draft pick.

Pittsburgh gets defenseman Ian Cole from the Blues for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Boston acquired forwards Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey from Colorado, forward Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay and forward Zack Phillips from Minnesota. Boston sent forward Jordan Caron and the Bruins' sixth-round pick next year to the Avalanche. The Lightning will get the Bruins' second-round picks this year and next, and the Wild received forward Jared Knight.

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky (zihd-LIHK'-ee) has been traded by New Jersey to the Red Wings for a conditional draft pick.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have dealt veteran defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

NHL-RANGERS-ZUCCARELLO

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with left wing Mats Zuccarello on a four-year, $18 million contract extension. He could've become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Zuccarello began the night with 12 goals and 35 points this season.

NBA-BULLS

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago says leading scorer Jimmy Butler is joining fellow guard Derrek Rose on the injured list. Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow while Rose recently had to have knee surgery. Butler was injured in Sunday's loss to the Clippers.

T25- POLLS

UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky and Virginia remain 1-2 in the new Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Wildcats received all 65 first-place votes again as they continue their march toward an undefeated season with a record of 29-0. The Cavaliers upped their record to 27-1.

Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) fell from third to seventh after suffering its second loss in 31 games. The new No. 3 is Duke, followed by Villanova and Arizona.

Completing the second ten are Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Kansas and Maryland.

Connecticut remains the top team in the AP women's poll. The Huskies once again got all 35 first place votes to top Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland and Tennessee.

GOLF-HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Padraig Harrington has captured his first PGA Tour title in more than six years, winning the Honda Classic on the second playoff hole. Harrington bested 21-year old rookie Daniel Berger, who hit his tee shot into the water to take a double bogey on the final hole. Severe weather wiped out most third round play on Saturday forcing the tournament to finish a day late.

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