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Colts sign QB Luck to 4-year deal

Fri., July 20, 2012

NFL: The Indianapolis Colts signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck to a four-year, $22.1 million deal on Thursday.

Luck threw for 35 touchdowns last season – breaking his school record of 32 in 2010 – and eclipsed John Elway’s career record (77) at Stanford with 80 touchdown passes in only three seasons. He finished with 3,170 yards passing, a 70 percent completion percentage and only nine interceptions without the benefit of an elite wide receiver in 2011. He was the Heisman Trophy runner-up – twice.

• Patriots sign first-round choice: The New England Patriots signed their first-round draft choice, linebacker Dont’a Hightower from Alabama, to a four-year contract.

• Ex-Saints cornerback sues NFL: Former New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots cornerback Randall Gay is among the plaintiffs in a newly filed lawsuit accusing the NFL of failing to protect players from concussion risks.

Rams’ Quinn charged: St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn has been charged with drunken driving in suburban St. Louis, police and court officials said.

City wants Paterno’s record vacated

College football: An attorney for the city of Grambling, La., has asked the NCAA infractions committee to vacate some of the late Joe Paterno’s record 409 Division I victories.

Grambling is the home of Grambling State University. The late Eddie Robinson led Grambling to 408 victories during his career with the Tigers, a total that was passed by Paterno less than two weeks before he was fired as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke.

City attorney Pamela Breedlove said she filed the request with the approval of Mayor Edward Jones because the university is such a valued and important part of the city.

Breedlove said she did not have an opinion about how many victories should be vacated.

USA men beat Britain by 40 in basketball

Miscellany: Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams responded to a lineup change with 19 points apiece, and the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team beat Britain 118-78 on in an exhibition game in Manchester, England.

• Court OKs Dutrow’s ban: A midlevel New York court on upheld Kentucky Derby-winning thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow Jr.’s 10-year ban from the sport for drug violations, though he can keep working while his attorney pursues an additional appeal.

Trainer Martin dead at 86: Hall of Fame trainer Frank “Pancho” Martin, who oversaw 1973 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Sham, has died in Garden City, N.Y., after a brief illness. He was 86.

• Flyers sign Weber to 14-year offer sheet: A person with knowledge of the decision says the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers signed Nashville star defenseman Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet worth more than $100 million. The Predators have seven days to make a decision on matching the deal or letting the defenseman go.

Bohn takes first-round lead: Jason Bohn shot an 8-under-par 64 to take an early lead at the PGA Tour’s True South Golf Classic before heavy rain halted play in the afternoon in Madison, Miss.


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