Johnson Agrees To Contract Extension With Bills

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Wide receiver Steve Johnson on Monday agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills worth $36.25 million.

The Bills drafted Johnson in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft.  The 25-year-old had a breakout campaign in 2010 with 82 receptions, 1,073 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. 

"Me being here right now, signing a contract says a lot about them, the organization," Johnson said at a news conference Monday. "I want to make sure I make them look good."

In 2011, Johnson had 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He played in all 16 games, despite fighting through a handful of injuries.

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Judge Rules NY Mets Owe As Much As $83 Million To Madoff Victims

Marc Serota/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- A U.S. District Court Judge in Manhattan ruled Monday that Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon along with Saul Katz and their partners in Sterling Equities must pay as much as $83.3 million to the trustee overseeing the Bernie Madoff bankruptcy case.

Judge Jed S. Rakoff also ruled that trustee Irving Picard can continue with his lawsuit seeking an additional $303 million from the group. That lawsuit is expected to go to trial on March 19th.

Picard had claimed that the victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme were entitled to additional $83,309,162 in profits allegedly made by the Wilpons two years prior to Madoff’s arrest.

Madoff is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence in North Carolina for masterminding the multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

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Williams to Meet With NFL Security Officials

Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has apologized for setting up a bounty system that paid Saints defensive players for making big plays and even knocking opposing players out of games, is set to meet with NFL security officials in New York to discuss the system.

An NFL investigation found that Williams, now defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, and as many as 27 Saints players were involved in the bounty system from 2009-2011.

"It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it," Williams said in a statement released Friday. "Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry."

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McCutchen Agrees to Long-Term Deal With Pirates

David Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BRADENTON, Fla.) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a six-year deal worth $51.5 million.

McCutchen, 25, had his best season as a Pirate in 2011, hitting .259 with 23 home runs, 89 RBI, and 23 stolen bases.  He has missed only 12 games in the past two seasons. 

Pittsburgh selected McCutchen in the first round of the 2005 draft.

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Texans, Foster Agree To Deal

NFL(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans and All-Pro running back Arian Foster have agreed to a five-year deal to the tune of $43.5 million. The deal includes $20.75 million in guaranteed money.

Foster, 25, rushed for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2011 season and helped the Texans win their first-ever playoff game.  In 2010, he led the league in rushing with 1,615 yards. 

The Texans could have placed their franchise tag on Foster if the two sides had not been able to reach a long-term deal.

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Kobe Leads Lakers Past the Heat

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- The "Masked Mamba" came out victorious once again. For the third straight game, Kobe Bryant wore a protective face mask to prevent further injury to his fractured nose, and for the third straight game he scored over thirty points leading the Los Angeles Lakers (23-14) to a 93-83 win over the Miami Heat (28-9).

The win was also the Lakers third straight and first victory over the Heat since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the squad.

Earlier this season, the Lakers lost 98-87 in Miami.

"We did extremely well," said Bryant. "I felt like we matched their energy and their physicality, which was a problem for us in Miami."

LeBron James led the Heat with 25-points, 13 boards and 7 assists.

Heat forward Chris Bosh is still dealing with a death in his family and did not play.

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Deron Williams Scores 57 in Nets Victory

New Jersey Nets/NBA(CHARLOTTE) --  Deron Williams scored a franchise record of 57 points, leading the New Jersey Nets (12-26) to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (4-31).

Williams broke the old team record of 52 points set by Mike Newlin and Ray Williams.

"He was really aggressive," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "We kept running plays for him. Every time coming out of the timeout was for him."

"He just had great energy on both ends of the floor. I think this is the highest individual point total this year and the highest in Nets' history. It's unbelievable, it's just a great performance," he continued.

It didn't go well for the Nets' Center Brook Lopez, who had been out since Feb. 19 with a broken right foot. He rolled his ankle and left the locker room on crutches. He had an X-ray and will be reevaluated on Monday.

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Rondo's Triple-Double Leads Celtics Over Knicks

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- Maybe these trade rumors are helping Rajon Rondo.  Rondo had his second triple-double in his last three games helping to lead the Boston Celtics (19-17) to a 115-111 victory over the Knicks (18-19).

Rondo had 18 points, 20 assists and 17 rebounds, making him the first person to record at least 17 in every category of their triple double, since Magic Johnson in 1989. 

Rondo recently has been the focus of trade rumors, although Celtics' General Manager Danny Ainge says the team is not actively trying to trade him.

"I think it's helped me," Rondo said. " I think I've been playing better since the trade rumors so keep them going."

Paul Pierce led all scorers with 34-points.

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Scoreboard Roundup 3-4-12

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The Boston Celtics (19-17)edged the New York Knicks (18-19), 115-111 in overtime.

The Los Angeles Lakers (23-14) put away the Miami Heat (28-9), 93-83.

The Los Angeles Clippers (22-13) topped the Houston Rockets (21-17), 105-103 in overtime.

The Chicago Bulls (31-8) defeated the Philadelphia 76ers (22-16), 96-91.

The Phoenix Suns (17-20) beat the Sacramento Kings (12-25), 96-88.

The New Jersey Nets (12-26) narrowly defeated the Charlotte Bobcats (4-31), 104-101.

The Toronto Raptors (12-25) handed the Golden State Warriors (14-20), 83-75.

The Denver Nuggets ( 21-17) knocked off the San Antonio Spurs (25-12), 99-94.


The Philadelphia Flyers (36-21-7) shut out the Washington Capitals (32-28-5), 1-0.

The New York Rangers (42-15-7) put away the Boston Bruins (38-23-3), 4-3.

The Colorado Avalanche (34-29-54) smothered the Minnesota Wild (28-28-10), 2-0.

The Dallas Stars (35-26-5) cooled off the Calgary Flames (29-25-12), 3-2 in a shootout.

The Chicago Blackhawks (36-24-7) edged the Detroit Red Wings (43-20-3), 2-1.

The Florida Panthers (31-22-12) clawed past the Ottawa Senators (34-25-8), 4-2.

The New York Islanders (28-29-9) shut out the New Jersey Devils (36-24-5), 1-0.

College Basketball Top-25:

(1) Kentucky (30-1) handled (13) Florida (22-9), 74-59.

(11) Ohio State (25-6) edged (5) Michigan State (24-7), 72-70.

(15) Wisconsin (23-8) put away Illinois (17-14), 70-56.

(16) Michigan State (23-8) defeated Penn State (12-19), 71-65.

(20) Indiana (24-7) topped Purdue (20-11), 85-74.

(22) Florida State (21-9) got past Clemson (16-14), 80-72.

(24) Creighton (28-5) edged Illinois State (20-13), 83-79.


Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic


Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway


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Rory McIlroy Wins Honda Classic, Now Ranked No. 1 in the World

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- After shooting a 69 in the final round, Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic, and is also now the number one ranked golfer in the world.

Even though it looked like McIlroy would breeze through the final round without much of a challenge, none other than Tiger Woods stormed back to shoot a 62 on the final day of the event to finish just two strokes behind McIlroy. Woods' 62 was his lowest final round ever in his professional career. The day belonged to McIlroy though, as he finished on 12-under 268, and also earned his fifth career victory.

"It was tough today, especially seeing Tiger made a charge," McIlroy said. I knew par golf would probably be good enough. To shoot 1 under in these conditions, when you go into the round with the lead, is very nice. And I was just able to get the job done."

At 22-years old, he is also the second-youngest player to reach the number one ranking. Woods was just 21-years old when he was named the number one ranked golfer after winning the 1997 U.S. Open.

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