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Dallas Cowboys make salary-cap moves

The Dallas Cowboys are close to getting under the league’s $133 million salary cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

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Dallas makes salary-cap moves

The Dallas Cowboys are close to getting under the salary cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

The adjustment on the six-year, $108 million extension Romo signed last year will save Dallas about $10 million on the salary cap, while the conversions on Lee and Scandrick will cut about $7 million.

With the reworked deals announced Tuesday, the Cowboys are slightly less than $1 million over the $133 million cap a week before they must clear the remaining space.

Dallas wants to reduce defensive end DeMarcus Ware’s 2014 salary-cap hit of $16 million; his cap figure was $8.1 million last season.

Ware had a career-low six sacks in 2013. According to, team officials told Ware they want to keep him, but not at his $13 million salary.

Source: Vikings to cut Carlson

The Minnesota Vikings have decided to release tight end John Carlson, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Carlson, 29, started his career with the Seahawks. In the past two seasons with Minnesota, he had 40 catches for 387 yards.

Washington releases Carriker

Washington has cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker, punter Sav Rocca and tight end Richard Quinn.

Carriker, a graduate of Kennewick High School, tore a tendon in his right knee in the second game of the 2012 season and hasn’t played since. The 29-year-old has had three surgeries on the knee and has been aiming for a comeback in 2014.

Hardy, Worilds sign tenders

Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy and Pittsburgh outside linebacker Jason Worilds signed one-year tenders with their teams.

Hardy, 25, will make $13.116 million this season and Worilds, 26, will get $9.7 million.

Meanwhile, running back Jason Snelling retired after spending seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Snelling, 30, rushed for 1,420 yards in his career.

College football

Heaps to battle for job at Kansas

There will not be an anointed quarterback at Kansas when spring practice begins Thursday.

Jake Heaps, a graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish, started nine games for the Jayhawks as a junior last season. The transfer from Brigham Young completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,414 yards and eight touchdowns, with 10 throws picked off.

Heaps will compete with Montell Cozart, who took the starting job late last season, and T.J. Millweard, a UCLA redshirt in 2012 who transferred to Kansas.

“You just have to let it play out,” said Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis, who would like to have the starter settled by August. “I don’t think you can come in with any preconceived notions.”

Clemson disciplines 4 players

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said two returning starters — defensive end Corey Crawford and offensive lineman David Beasley — are among four players who will miss the Tigers’ Aug. 30 opener against Georgia for violating team rules.

SMU adds Broussard to staff

Steve Broussard has been hired as running-backs coach at Southern Methodist.

Broussard, 47, is a former Seahawk. He played running back and has worked as an assistant coach at Washington State.

Track and field

Witness weeps at Pistorius trial

For two days, the first witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. But as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night the double-amputee runner fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his South African home.

Michelle Burger, a neighbor of Pistorius who took the stand on the second day of a trial in Pretoria, South Africa, said, “When I’m in the shower, I relive her shouts.”

Sled-dog racing

Zirkle has lead in Iditarod

Aliy Zirkle, runner-up in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska in each of the past two years, was the first musher to leave the McGrath checkpoint Tuesday.

The race of about 1,000 miles started Sunday in Willow and McGrath is 664 miles from the finish line in Nome.

Participants say this year’s trail conditions are grueling, including stretches of bare ground.

Auto racing

Busch to seek double May 25

It has been 10 years since a driver last attempted running both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, a feat so grueling only Tony Stewart — in 2001 — has successfully completed all 1,100 miles.

But driver Kurt Busch wants to give the double a try May 25.


• American midfielder Stuart Holden will go back to the United States to have his right knee examined after experiencing discomfort in his first soccer match since his latest leg injury last summer.

Holden, 28, is with Bolton in England. He tore a ligament in his right knee in the United States’ 1-0 victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final July 28.

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