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Updated: 2014-03-23 08:10

(China Daily)

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Baseball

Ortiz close to signing extension

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is nearing a one-year contract extension for 2015 worth about $15 million, according to multiple reports. "We're trying; we've been trying the last couple days," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told ESPNBoston.com. Ortiz acknowledged that contract talks have gone well. He said during the offseason he wanted to add another year to his contract, which pays him $15 million this year. Ortiz is coming off a 2013 World Series in which he batted .688. Last season he hit for a .309 average with 30 home runs and 103 RBI.

NFL

Jets give Vick one-year deal

Free agent quarterback Michael Vick agreed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets on Friday and the National Football League team released former starter Mark Sanchez. Vick, 33, spent the past five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles but was hobbled by injuries. He was replaced by Nick Foles as the Eagles starter last year. "My role is to go out there and win," said Vick, who is likely to back up Jets starter Geno Smith.

Texans trade Schaub to Raiders

Matt Schaub will get a new start as a starting quarterback with the Oakland Raiders. Schaub was traded from the Houston Texans for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders announced on Friday. He will sit atop Oakland's depth chart ahead of Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin. Schaub lost his starting role with the Texans in the midst of a 14-game losing streak that led to Houston earning the No 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Golf

Scott cruises to seven-shot lead

Australian Adam Scott produced another masterful driving display to surge to a rare seven-shot lead after the second round at the $6.2 million Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Friday. The Masters champion, who started the day with a three-shot cushion after an opening 62, more than doubled his advantage with a four-under-par 68 on the Bay Hill course in Orlando. No one has had a bigger halfway lead on the PGA Tour in nearly 24 years as Scott equaled the tournament's 36-hole record by Andy Bean and Tom Watson in 1981.

Ice Hockey

Blackhawks put Kane on shelf

The Chicago Blackhawks placed right winger Patrick Kane on the long-term injury list on Friday because of a lower-body injury he sustained during Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Blues. Kane is expected to miss about three weeks with what is believed to be a sprained MCL. Kane, 25, has 29 goals and 40 assists in 69 games this season. The Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and forward Teuvo Teravainen from Jokerit of SM-liiga in Finland.

Reuters

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