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Fri., March 8, 2013

Retired Indianapolis gave Jeff Saturday a chance to fulfill his NFL dream. On Thursday, he came back to thank the town and the team that embraced his improbable journey from undrafted free agent to NFL star. Moments after signing his final contract with the Colts, Indy’s longtime center and a key figure in forging a settlement to the 2011 NFL lockout officially retired with the team that brought him into the league 14 years ago. Before playing in his sixth and final Pro Bowl last month, Saturday had already said he was retiring. He even made a cameo appearance with the AFC so he could snap the ball one more time to his close friend, former Colt and current Bronco Peyton Manning.

Insured South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney has purchased a $5 million insurance policy to protect himself financially for the 2013 season. The NCAA’s “Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Program” permits qualifying athletes to take out a loan to help finance the cost of the policy, which they must repay upon signing a pro contract.

Injured Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat is probably out for the rest of the season after spraining his foot during Wednesday night’s loss to Toronto. The Suns say an MRI revealed a midfoot sprain to his right foot. Gortat will be sidelined three to four weeks.

• The Bobcats have announced that guard Ramon Sessions will miss two to four weeks with a second-degree MCL sprain in his left knee. The team said that Sessions’ meniscus and ligaments are intact and he won’t need surgery.

Signed The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms keeping kicker Rob Bironas off the free-agent market and with the team on which he has spent the past eight seasons. and The Tennessean both report the deal is for two years. He ranks as the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history.

• The San Francisco 49ers have signed a one-year contract with restricted free-agent wide receiver Joe Hastings and tendered cornerback Tramaine Brock to a one-year deal.

Suspended Akron has suspended point guard Alex Abreu after he was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana. A spokesman for the team says the indefinite suspension is pending the outcome of a police investigation.

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