DeMeco Ryans Traded to Eagles

National Football League(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Houston Texans traded linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles for the Eagles' fourth round draft pick in this years draft. The teams also swapped third round picks in the upcoming draft.

The 27-year-old linebacker is a two-time Pro Bowler, but hasn't been the same since tearing his Achilles in 2010.

Ryans is the second big name Texan to join a new team this off-season. Free agent linebacker Mario Williams signed a six-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Ryans is due $5.9 million this year.

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Sources: Alex Smith Signs With 49ers

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a new three-year deal with quarterback Alex Smith, according to sources of senior NFL writer John Clayton.

The deal will pay Smith close to $8 million per season according to sources of senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

For a while it looked like Smith might leave San Francisco. Just last week the 49ers were working out Peyton Manning in North Carolina while Smith visited the Miami Dolphins.

Despite that, things worked out for the two and Smith will now head into his eighth season with the team.

Last year was probably the best of Smith's career. He set career highs in passing yards, completion percentage and quarterback rating. He also led San Francisco to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 1997.

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Holland Signs Five-Year Deal with Rangers

Major League Baseball(SURPRISE, Ariz) -- Pitcher Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers agreed to a five-year $25 million deal on Tuesday.

Holland, 25, will receive $1 million this year, $3.2 million next year, $5.4 million in 2014, $7.4 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

"I'm very excited to be a part of this," Holland said. "We've got an unbelievable team. We've got upcoming stars coming up in the organization and I want to be a part of that as well."

Last season, Holland went 16-5 with an ERA of 3.95 and had 162 strikeouts in 198 innings pitched.

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Crosby Helps in Penguins Victory

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby had four assists helping lead the Penguins (45-21-6) to a 8-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets (34-31-8) Tuesday.

Since his return from concussion symptoms four games ago, Crosby has tallied nine points, all coming off assists. Despite doing well dishing out the helpers, Crosby hasn't scored a goal in his last 11 games, the longest streak of his career.

"I'm not a guy who's going to shoot the puck from right inside the blue and beat a goalie," Crosby said. "A lot of my goals are around the net. With the power play I might be up high a little more. Five on five I've got to make sure I get to the net a little bit and get that timing back."

Although Crosby may not be scoring goals his teammates are. The Penguins currently rank first in the NHL in goals per game and center Evgeni Malkin is second in the NHL with 43 goals.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/20/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (34-11) defeated the Phoenix Suns (23-23), 99-95.

The Indiana Pacers (26-18) bounced the Los Angeles Clippers (26-19), 102-89.

The New York Knicks (22-24) pounded the Toronto Raptors (15-31), 106-87.

The Houston Rockets (25-22) downed the Los Angeles Lakers (28-18), 107-104.

The Utah Jazz (24-22) stifled the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-12), 97-90.

The Sacramento Kings (17-29) crowned the Memphis Grizzlies (25-19), 119-110.

The Milwaukee Bucks (21-24) routed the Portland Trail Blazers (21-25), 116-87.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (45-21-6) doubled up the Winnipeg Jets (34-31-8), 8-4.

The New Jersey Devils (42-27-5) blanked the Ottawa Senators (37-27-10), 1-0.

The New York Islanders (30-32-11) took care of the Toronto Maple Leafs (32-34-8), 5-2.

The Florida Panthers (36-23-13) stopped the Philadelphia Flyers (42-23-8), 2-1.

The Chicago Blackhawks (41-25-8) stung the Columbus Blue Jackets (23-43-7), 5-1.

The Edmonton Oilers (29-36-8) skated past the Nashville Predators (42-23-8), 6-3.

The Dallas Stars (40-28-5) burned the Phoenix Coyotes (36-26-12) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Colorado Avalanche (40-30-5) edged the Calgary Flames (34-26-14) in overtime, 2-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (36-25-12) skated past the San Jose Sharks (36-27-10), 5-2.

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Jimmie Johnson, Crew Chief Score Off-the-Track Victory

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) -- It's an off the track victory for the number 48 team: The chief appellate officer for NASCAR has overturned the majority of penalties levied against crew chief Chad Knaus for violations found to Jimmie Johnson’s car prior to the start of the Daytona 500.

Knaus, 40, still must pay a $100,000 fine, but he and car chief Ron Malec will not have to serve their respective six-race suspensions.

“It’s been a tough 30 days for everybody involved, all the guys on the team and at Hendrick Motorsports,” Knaus said Tuesday. “We’ve put a lot of effort into this to prove our innocence and obviously it was worthwhile.”

The number 48 team will also have its 25 points reinstated in the Sprint Cup standings.

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Memphis Grizzlies Sign Gilbert Arenas

Memphis Grizzlies/NBA(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Memphis Grizzlies signed free agent guard Gilbert Arenas on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The three-time All-Star has not played since last season, when he suited up for the Magic. Orlando used its amnesty clause to waive Arenas in December.

The 30-year-old Arenas was originally drafted out of Arizona with the second pick in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.

During his nine-year career, Arenas has averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists per game. Injuries to his knees in recent years have taken a toll on his production.

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Peyton Manning Introduced To Broncos

Joey Foley/Getty Images(DENVER) -- After a 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning will have a new home in Denver.

On Tuesday, the Broncos and Manning agreed on a five-year $96 million contract.  Manning, who told his agent Tom Condon to get a deal done with the Broncos on Monday, finalized the deal on Tuesday morning.

“I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my playing career for the Denver Broncos," Manning said at a press conference.  "I can tell this organization is committed to winning.  This truly is a special football environment and I am glad to be a part of it."

The 35-year-old quarterback will now front a team who last year was led into the playoffs by quarterback and national sensation Tim Tebow.  Sources say that Denver will try and ship Tebow elsewhere.

After meeting with the 49ers, Cardinals, Dolphins, and Titans, Manning felt most comfortable in the Mile High City with former Broncos' hall of fame quarterback John Elway who is now the team's executive vice president of football operations.

“I am thrilled to be here and looking forward to meeting my new teammates and do everything I can to help this franchise win another Super Bowl," said Manning, who will wear the formerly retired No. 18 jersey of former Broncos quarterback Fran Tripucka.

Manning turns 36-years-old on Saturday.

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Steelers' Hines Ward Announces Retirement

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- After a 14-year career in Pittsburgh, wide receiver Hines Ward officially announced his retirement on Tuesday.

The two-time Super Bowl champion was supposed to make $4 million in 2012 before the team released him this offseason.

"As much I will miss football, my teammates, coaches, and everything about the game, I don't want to play it in any other uniform," said Ward at his press conference.  "The black and gold runs deep in me and I will remain a Steeler for life."

The 36-year-old Ward is the franchise's all-time leader in every major receiving category, including receptions, yards and touchdowns.

"I don't have any regrets, I want my legacy here to say, 'you know what, he was one hell of a football player and he gave it his all'," said Ward.  "I'm truly blessed to play in three Super Bowls, won two Super Bowls, Super Bowl MVP (2006); I've been to Pro Bowls, what more can a player want?"

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Mullin's Ceremony Dampened By Boo's

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- It was an uncomfortable moment for a former Warriors star on Monday night.

Five-time All-Star and Hall of Famer, Chris Mullin, who was drafted by the Warriors as a first-round pick in 1985 had his No. 17 jersey retired on Tuesday.  What was supposed to be a special night for Mullin and the Warriors organization, turned out to be dampered by boo's that poured through the Oracle Arena from Warriors fans directed at co-owner Joe Lacob.

During halftime, as Lacob prepared to unveil Mullin's No. 17 hanging in the rafters, he spoke about "embracing history and respect", but fans were still unhappy about the trade that went down last week when the team traded away it's star Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Mullin came to Lacob's defense.

"As the greatest fans in the NBA ... sometimes change is inevitable, and it's going to work out just fine," Mullin said. "With your support and patience, and use that passion in the right direction ... this thing is going in the right way. I've got great confidence in Joe, [coach] Mark Jackson and everything will work out just fine. Just a little bit of patience."

After the ceremony, Lacob told the San Jose Mercury News he realized fans were upset and felt bad because it ruined the night for Mullin.

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