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AP Source: Watt agrees to contract extension (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been signed. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.

Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015. He expressed his desire for a new contract last month as the Texans were practicing with the Denver Broncos.

The 25-year-old Watt has emerged as one of the league’s most dominant players, with 74 tackles for loss, 36 1/2 sacks and 27 pass breakups since he joined the league as the 11th overall pick in 2011.

NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000 (Yahoo Sports)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season Tuesday and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts and NFL meetings or events. The fine levied Tuesday is the maximum allowed under league rules.

”I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell told Irsay in a letter released publicly by the NFL. ”We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”

There was no immediate comment on the punishment from Irsay, who pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a Hamilton County judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

Irsay will be on probation for a year and is prohibited from drinking or possessing alcohol during that time. His driver’s license also was suspended for one year. Judge J. Richard Campbell asked Irsay about his history of prescription drug troubles.

”Yes, I’ve had it in the past … when I was dealing with the effects after having surgery,” Irsay said in court. He left the courtroom with his attorneys after the hearing.

Andre Miksha, the Hamilton County chief deputy prosecutor, said Irsay’s case wasn’t handled differently than the 1,100 intoxicated driving cases the office handles each year.

But his case was closely watched around the NFL – not least among players – because there are few examples of the league punishing an owner like Irsay. Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 in 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following his guilty plea to driving while impaired. A player with a first-offense misdemeanor DUI would not be suspended and would be fined no more than $50,000 under terms of the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Carmel police said Irsay was arrested after an officer spotted him driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Officers said he had trouble reciting the alphabet and failed field sobriety tests. Various prescription drugs were found in his vehicle, along with more than $29,000 in cash.

Irsay acknowledged in 2002 that he had become dependent on painkillers after several years of orthopedic operations but said he had overcome the problem. Less than 48 hours after his March arrest, the Colts said Irsay had entered a treatment facility. He resumed his duties with the Colts at the NFL draft in May and even made an unsuccessful personal pitch to his fellow owners on behalf of Indianapolis’ bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl.

Irsay became the Colts owner in 1997 after the death of his father, Robert Irsay, and a lengthy legal battle with his father’s second wife. Forbes magazine has estimated Irsay’s net worth at $1.6 billion.

He has helped build the Colts into a top NFL team over the past decade behind quarterback Peyton Manning, now with Denver, and was a key player in the drive to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis two years ago. He is working with some success to rebuild the team behind young quarterback Andrew Luck while coping with a divorce that follows a decade-long separation from his wife of 33 years.

Irsay told the judge he is still under the care of a doctor and an orthopedic specialist who prescribe medications for him. Under terms of his probation, Irsay must provide officials with all current medication prescriptions. The NFL said Irsay will be subject to ongoing treatment, counseling and testing as determined by doctors.

Irsay, who is active on social media, is also forbidden from discussing the Colts or NFL on his Twitter account.

A&M jumps, FSU, ‘Bama lose some support in AP poll (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas A&M makes a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football. Florida State and Alabama lost some support in the first poll of the regular season after close victories against heavy underdogs.

The Aggies moved up 12 spots to No. 9 in the poll released Monday. Texas A&M began the post-Johnny Manziel era with a 52-28 victory at South Carolina. The loss dropped the Gamecocks from ninth to No. 21.

The top four in the rankings are unchanged: Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma.

Florida State went from 57 first-place votes to 46 after pulling out a 37-31 victory against Oklahoma State.

Alabama dropped 44 points in the media-panel voting after beating West Virginia. The Tide has one first-place vote. Oregon has five and Oklahoma two. No. 6 Georgia has two and No. 12 LSU one.

Unbeaten US routs New Zealand 98-71 at worlds (Yahoo Sports)

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge.

The U.S. response wasn’t nearly as interesting. Just pound the ball inside and outmuscle an overmatched opponent.

Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.

James Harden scored 13 points for the Americans, who will play two more games in Bilbao before moving on to Barcelona for the round of 16. They face the Dominican Republic on Wednesday before wrapping up Group C play on Thursday against Ukraine.

”It was a good, solid performance,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ”I thought the intensity was excellent.”

Two nights after having to rally from a halftime deficit and pull away in the fourth quarter for a 98-77 victory over Turkey, the U.S. led this one wire to wire. The game was close only for a little more than a quarter.

BJ Anthony scored 11 points for New Zealand, which fell to 0-3.

”It was pretty awesome getting to play against these guys. These are guys that we watch on TV all the time,” veteran forward Casey Frank said. ”To be able to get out there on the court against them and have a little bit of success offensively, obviously the result didn’t go our way, was pretty awesome.”

The Tall Blacks’ best work was before the game with their haka. Krzyzewski said U.S. players were aware it would be part of the pregame and they lined up to face midcourt as the New Zealand players got into their formation.

”We actually were going to shake hands with them afterwards because we knew that that was a really neat thing to do and it’s part of their tradition, and we admire that,” Krzyzewski said.

Fans enjoyed it, then were largely quiet throughout the first half as the bigger U.S. team imposed its will, not needing the kind of highlight plays fans expect of the NBA stars.

But there was no shortage of energy from Faried, the Denver Nuggets forward who seems intent on raising his profile as a largely overlooked player in the league.

The Manimal came into the game shooting 14 of 17 in the tournament and then made all five shots in the first half while also grabbing six rebounds. He finished 7 of 9 from the field and is shooting 81 percent, Krzyzewski calling him the Americans’ ”biggest and best surprise.”

”I’m just playing out there,” Faried said. ”I’m just having fun. I’m just playing my game, having fun, enjoying life.”

He was just as active on defense, getting called for a third-quarter goaltend on a shot he blocked with such force that it landed behind the New Zealand bench.

Stephen Curry finished with 12 points for the U.S., getting his shot to fall after going just 4 of 17 through the first two games. Golden State Warriors backcourt mate Klay Thompson also scored 12 and Kyrie Irving had 10.

It was 27-20 after one quarter and the Americans were ahead by nine in the second before a 12-0 run, featuring seven points from Irving, made it 50-29 on Faried’s follow shot with 4:14 left. The Americans got into transition during that flurry, but were often content in the first half to dump it inside, taking advantage of Davis and Faried’s muscle in the middle.

Harden said the Americans are happy to ride their big men, rather than the recent LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Durant squads that made the wing scorers like himself the feature.

”We’ve got 12 guys that can score the basketball at any given moment,” Harden said, ”and tonight and every other night the focus is defense, and whoever scores the basketball, it’s USA points.”

Harden had a couple of baskets early in the third quarter – he and Davis both throwing down impressive dunks – and the Americans kept building the lead en route to their 57th straight victory.

Derrick Rose started for Irving in the second half, Krzyzewski saying he wanted to get the former NBA MVP more minutes with the starters as he returns from nearly two seasons out with knee operations. Rose shot just 1 of 6 but Krzyzewski praised his performance.

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49ers’ Harbaugh won’t tolerate domestic violence (Yahoo Sports)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Tuesday that the team will not tolerate domestic violence.

Harbaugh gave his comments and maintained a firm stance about the topic during his radio segment on KNBR-AM, two days after 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges.

”You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that,” Harbaugh said. ”If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there’s no understanding. There’s no tolerance for that.”

McDonald, 30, is out on $25,000 bail following his arrest in an upscale San Jose neighborhood early Sunday. Police say they plan to provide more details about the arrest Tuesday. McDonald’s arrest came after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

While Harbaugh cautioned against any rush to judgment regarding McDonald’s arrest, he also said Tuesday that he would not allow any player who was found guilty of domestic violence on his team.

”Yes, we would not. We can be very clear (on that),” Harbaugh said.

The coach also did not rule out McDonald, an eight-year veteran, from practicing Tuesday as the 49ers prepare for their season opener Sunday at Dallas.

Harbaugh said he did not know all of the details surrounding McDonald’s arrest, who is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15.

”This is a legal matter. I think we all owe, to everyone involved, the ability for due process to take place,” Harbaugh said. ”All the questions you could ask me, I understand why you’re asking, but this is a process that has to conducted, has to be concluded, and then we’ll be in a better place in time to have this discussion and or make judgments.”

McDonald’s arrest came two days after linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for violations of the NFL substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

When asked about the 49ers having players arrested an NFL-high 10 times since 2012, Harbaugh said Tuesday that the team is doing ”everything in our power to make sure there isn’t a pattern forming.”

”I as a coach, the organization, the other coaches, have made it a point and we’ll continue to make it a point of emphasis of good conduct, 100 percent of the time,” Harbaugh said. ”We believe it’s personal. We believe it’s part of our responsibility.”