The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement on a seven-year $56.7 million contract with Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans. The All Pro will receive $19 million in the first year of the contract and $25.7 million in the first three years of the deal, sources said. 26-year-old, Evans has started every game of his career since being drafted by New Orleans in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL draft.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard edged out Celtics guard Rajon Rondo as the leading vote getter for the All-Defensive First Team. Howard totaled 57 points overall (28 first place votes) to Rondo's 50 points (23 first place votes). He became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in both blocks and rebounds for consecutive seasons and was selected as the 2009-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Rounding out the rest of the First Team were Cavs forward LeBron James, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, and Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace.
A day after leaving the stadium after a 6th inning strikeout and benching by his manager, Seattle Mariners player Milton Bradley has asked the team for help dealing with personel issues. Bradley met with manager Don Wakamatsu and GM Jack Zduriencik Wednesday and will likely not play much in upcoming games. Bradley told the Mariners management that his issues have put him in a position where he can't compete the way he expects and that, "It's been a long time coming."
After the jump: Virginia lacrosse teams continue to play, Pacman talks to Bengals, Steven Jackson recovers from surgery, Tebow making his mark, Gordon Hayward and Samardo Samuels still drafting and a heartwarming story about a Villanova athlete who gave more than usual.
The lacrosse seasons will continue in Yeardley Love's honor. Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage says the school's mens and womens lacrosse teams will play in the NCAA Tournament in honor of the 22-year-old student-athlete who was found dead in her apartment Monday morning. 22-year-old men's player George Huguely has been charged with first-degree murder in Love's death. The field for both the men's and women's NCAA Lacrosse Tournament will be announced Sunday. Both Cavalier teams are considered national title contenders. The Virginia men are currently ranked first nationally. The women are ranked fifth.
The Cincinnati Bengals gave CB Adam "Pacman" Jones a second workout, and liked what they saw. The team was so impressed, they plan to sign Jones imminently, according to multiple media reports. A league source told the NFL Network that Jones' representative, Ray Savage, had several conversations with the Bengals during the cornerback's visit, and both sides are working together on a multi-year deal.
In early April, Rams running back Steven Jackson underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. He suffered the injury back in November and initially hoped it would heal with rest and rehab. In the end, he opted for what coach Steve Spagnuolo told the Post-Dispatch was "a minor procedure" and has been working out at Rams Park this week.
Tim Tebow has already made an impact on the NFL. He's No. 1 in jersey sales. His Denver Broncos No. 15 was by far the most popular on the NFL's website for April. Time will tell regarding his on-the-field impact. April's No. 2 seller is an old quarterback on a new team ... the Washington Redskins jersey of Donovan McNabb. And jumping into the rankings at No. 12 is his replacement with the Philadelphia Eagles ... Kevin Kolb.
The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Butler's Gordon Hayward is staying in the NBA draft. Hayward will make the formal announcement Friday at Butler. The sophomore is projected to be taken between 10-20 in the first round, which means a guaranteed contract.
Next season's rematch of the national title game between Duke and Butler is set for New Jersey on December 4th. But in order for that game to happen, the Bulldogs' schedule had to be shuffled in such a way that prevents them from playing a road game in the BracketBuster series in February. Butler is expected to participate in the series again in 2012.
Louisville center Samardo Samuels is sticking with his decision to remain in this year's NBA Draft. Samuels will hire an agent, ending his collegiate eligibility. The sophomore averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Cardinals last season. Samuels said last month he would explore his options before deciding whether to return to Louisville for his junior year.
Villanova's two-sport star, Matt Szczur is also a hero. The baseball and football standout donated bone marrow to a 1-year-old girl with leukemia at Hahnemann University Hospital, a source close to the player told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Szczur, a redshirt sophomore outfielder in baseball, did not play in last weekend's three-game series with Georgetown because he was taking medication to prepare for the procedure. Szczur completed his junior season in football in the fall and is expected to be selected in June's MLB draft.