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K-HEART SPORTS - MONDAY - 04/16/18 - PM EDITION

The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multiyear contract extension....

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multiyear contract extension. The Vikings announced the deal today, the first day of offseason workouts. Kendricks has one year left on his rookie contract, after being drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015 and immediately becoming a starter on one of the top defenses in the NFL.
 
     Kendricks has led the Vikings in total tackles in each of his first three seasons, becoming only the second player in franchise history to do so, joining Rip Hawkins. Last year, Kendricks had a career-high 136 total tackles. He has two interception returns for touchdowns since entering the league plus 30 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and 21 pass breakups.
 
    The Vikings have also signed restricted free agent Nick Easton, the team announced today, bringing back their versatile offensive lineman that started 12 games last season. Easton has played at left guard, right guard and center in his two seasons with Minnesota.

    The Vikings now have four of their five starters in the trenches back for next season: Easton, Pat Elflein, Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Minnesota now just needs to find a replacement for Joe Berger, who played 16 games at center and guard for the Vikings last season but elected to retire in the offseason.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have rescheduled three games with the Chicago White Sox that were postponed by wintry weather.
 
     The Twins set a straight doubleheader for June 5, when the White Sox return to Minnesota for what will now be a four-game series. The original game will start a half-hour after the makeup game is finished.
 
     The White Sox will make a one-game stop on Aug. 20, what was an off day for both clubs. The Twins begin a two-game series in Chicago the following day.
 
     Then the two teams will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 28, setting up a four-game series to finish the regular season.
 
     The Twins beat the White Sox on Thursday, before the storm arrived and dropped 15 inches of snow on Minneapolis over the weekend.
 
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     BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Kyle Busch has won the rain-delayed Cup Series race on a cold, dark day at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch passed Kyle Larson with five laps remaining to win his second straight Cup Series race. It is Busch's 45th career Cup win and marks the fifth time in his career that he has won back-to-back races; he won last week at Texas. It also Busch's seventh victory at Bristol.
 
     Larson finished second while Jimmie Johnson finished third to claim his first top-five finish of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fourth and Alex Bowman finished fifth. Larson led 200 of the 500 laps but had to hold off Busch and Stenhouse after a restart with 22 laps remaining in the race.
 
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     BOSTON (AP) - Desiree Linden is the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. She splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to capture the women's division today. Linden is a two-time Olympian and was a runner-up in the 2011 Boston Marathon. Today, she pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds.
 
     Japan's Yuki Kawauchi is the first Japanese man to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years. He overtook Kenyan runner Geoffrey Kirui in the last few miles to win today's event. Kawauchi said afterward that the wind and the rain provided the best conditions possible.
 
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     ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that running back C.J. Anderson has been released by the Denver Broncos. The move clears a combined $9 million off the books over the next two seasons for Denver and opens the way for Devontae Booker, DeAngelo Henderson or a pick in the upcoming draft to take over as the Broncos' featured back.
 
     Elsewhere in the NFL:
 
     - The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract. Fowler caught 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with the Denver Broncos. He had 350 yards and three TDs last year. He also caught the final two-point conversion pass from Peyton Manning in the Broncos' 2016 Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers.
 
     - The Buffalo Bills began addressing their needs at receiver by signing free agent Jeremy Kerley to a one-year contract as part of a series of moves in opening their offseason conditioning program. Kerley has seven seasons of NFL experience, which include two separate stints with the New York Jets. Overall, he has 268 catches for 3,109 yards and 13 touchdowns.
 
     - Tight end Gavin Escobar has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fifth team in a six-year NFL career. Escobar has played in 64 games, with seven starts, and has 30 career receptions. He played in two games last year for Baltimore, and has also spent time with Dallas, Kansas City and the Cleveland Browns, who cut him last week. He was a second-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2013.
 
     - The Seattle Seahawks have brought back another arm for the beginning of their offseason program, re-signing quarterback Austin Davis. Davis will enter his second season as a presumptive backup to Russell Wilson. Davis was a one-time starter with the Rams. He appeared in three games with Seattle last season, but did not throw a pass. He hasn't thrown a pass in a game since 2015. Dawson was signed to Seattle's practice squad last November and appeared in three games late last season.
 
     - Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is taking a second crack at retirement. The five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year announced on Instagram he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career. Harrison posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted he's "missed way too much for way too long ... and I'm done."

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     NEW YORK (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury's latest ailment is plantar fasciitis, preventing the New York Yankees outfielder from fully resuming baseball activities. The 34-year-old center fielder has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He did not play in any exhibition games from March 1 until March 24 because of an oblique injury and finished spring training 1 for 14.
 
     Yankees manager Aaron Boone disclosed April 3 that Ellsbury had injured a hip during his rehabilitation, and Ellsbury received a cortisone injection on April 10. New York had hoped he would resume baseball activities last Friday, but Boone said Monday the heel pain had caused another setback. Boone said the oblique had healed.
 
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     ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has a torn ligament in his right thumb that requires surgery and could be sidelined for two to three months. The Rays placed the defensive whiz on the 10-day disabled list today, a day after he was injured sliding head-first into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
 
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     PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison is out six weeks with a broken bone in his left hand. The team says Harrison fractured his pinkie finger Sunday when he was hit with a pitch by Miami's Jose Urena in the third inning of Pittsburgh's 7-3 win over the Marlins.
 
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     PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, has died. The Sixers say that Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.
 
     Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and finished his career with a record 21,586 points. He's also the 76ers' career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played. Greer was the first player to have his number retired (15) by the 76ers in 1976.
 

 

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