Extended The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed to a contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the team through 2018. Tomlin is 82-46 with Pittsburgh since replacing Bill Cowher following the 2006 season. The Steelers have won one Super Bowl and appeared in another under Tomlin and are coming off an 11-5 mark and an AFC North title in 2014.
Signed The Sacramento Kings have signed veteran forward Caron Butler. The deal is for two years and $3 million, with a player option in the second season. Butler averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 20.8 minutes with Detroit last season.
Agreed The Arizona Coyotes and the city of Glendale have agreed to amend an existing lease agreement, which could end an ongoing legal battle between the two sides that raised questions about the team’s long-term future in Glendale. The City Council will vote on the amendments to the 15-year, $225 million lease for Gila River Arena during a meeting today.
Approved The WNBA owners have unanimously approved the Tulsa Shock moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area next season. The Shock (10-8) will finish out the current year in Tulsa. They will play next year at the University of Texas at Arlington, subject to approval by the Texas system’s Board of Regents.
Hired The Toronto Maple Leafs hired longtime NHL executive Lou Lamoriello as general manager, bringing in an experienced executive to try to turn around the franchise. Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan said he wanted NHL experience. He got almost three decades of it in Lamoriello, who resigned as New Jersey Devils president to take the job with a team that is undergoing an overhaul after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
Traded The Cavaliers have traded second-round pick Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers for a second-round selection in 2019. The Cavs selected Christmas, who averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebound as a senior at Syracuse, with the No. 36 overall pick last month. Pacers President Larry Bird said the team liked Christmas when he worked out for them before the draft.
Shifted Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is shifting from quarterback to receiver, whittling the Buckeye’s QB competition to two star passers, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. Miller told SI.com that he plans to start the season in the H-back position and also hopes to return punts.
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