Ngata signs new 1-year deal with Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The agent for Baltimore's Haloti Ngata says the Ravens' Pro Bowl defensive tackle has signed his $12.5 million, one-year franchise tender.
Mike McCartney said Wednesday the deal had been signed. The Ravens designated Ngata, a former Highland High School star, as their franchise player earlier this month, but want to sign him to a long-term deal eventually.
By using the franchise tag on Ngata and paying him the average of the top five salaries at his position, the Ravens prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Voted the Ravens' Most Valuable Player last year, Ngata is a two-time Pro Bowl selection regarded as one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league. The 6-foot-4, 350-pounder recorded 65 tackles last season with a career-high 51/2 sacks and one fumble recovery.
Clock's ticking on NFL labor negotiations
WASHINGTON — Locked in a multibillion dollar staredown, the NFL and the players' union were expected to resume mediation this morning, 15 hours before the current collective bargaining agreement expires.
The sides have met for nine days before federal mediator George Cohen, with no reports of significant progress. They talked for four hours Wednesday, before the NFL contingent departed to attend a meeting of the 32 teams' owners at a hotel 25 miles away in Chantilly, Va.
The CBA runs out at midnight Eastern time tonight, and among the possibilities are that the owners lock out the players or that the union decertifies.
Serena Williams has another health scare
Serena Williams' absence from tennis could stretch to almost a year after two new health scares — a blood clot in her lungs followed by a hematoma — have added to her injury woes.
Her agents confirmed Wednesday that Williams was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last week and later needed treatment for a hematoma. The 13-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played an official match since winning Wimbledon last July because of a foot injury she sustained not on the court but at a restaurant.
Her latest health problems have been "extremely hard, scary and disappointing," Williams said in a statement. "I am doing better. I'm at home now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control. I know I will be OK, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me soon.
"While I can't make any promises now on my return, I hope to be back by early summer. That said, my main goal is to make sure I get there safely."
People magazine first reported on Williams' condition, quoting spokeswoman Nicole Chabot as saying Williams underwent "emergency treatment" Monday for a hematoma suffered as a result of treatment for "a more critical situation," the pulmonary embolism.
The 29-year-old Williams was treated at a Los Angeles hospital then returned to her home in the city.
A's outfielder arrested on suspicion of DWI
PHOENIX — Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, the third major league player to be charged with DUI during spring training.
The A's said in a statement that Crisp was arrested early Wednesday in Scottsdale. He was released from jail and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time to take part in pre-game drills before Oakland's exhibition against the Cleveland Indians.
Crisp was in the clubhouse before the game but did not speak with reporters.
The team said it is taking Crisp's situation "seriously" and will have no further comment "until further details are available."
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was arrested last month in Florida on DUI charges, and Cleveland's Austin Kearns is facing a similar charge after being pulled over in Kentucky and arrested on Feb. 12.
—Deseret News staff and wire services
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