The Dallas Cowboys reportedly are placing the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence for the second straight year.
Two people with knowledge of the decision said Monday that the Cowboys had decided on another tag while the sides keep working on a long-term deal.
The move means Lawrence has a one-year offer for $20.5 million, 120 percent more than he made under the tag last season. Even if the 26-year-old signs it, Lawrence and his representatives have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Dallas.
The Cowboys have much incentive to get a deal done with Lawrence. He’s the centerpiece of a defense with other well-regarded players, including linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
• NFL teams placed franchise tags on a number of players, including Seattle pass rusher Frank Clark, Kansas City linebacker Dee Ford, Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
A French man who saw the Iditarod slip from his grasp when he got lost in a blizzard last year is again leading the world’s most famous sled-dog race.
Nicolas Petit was the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher to arrive in Rainy Pass, a community of two people and a lodge open year-round. The checkpoint is 153 miles into the nearly 1,000-mile race across the Alaska wilderness.
Pete Kaiser, a 31-year-old musher from Bethel, Alaska, was close behind Petit, leaving Rainy Pass 11 minutes after Petit got back on the trail.
NHL: In games Monday, Tyler Ennis recorded his first career hat trick to lead the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Zach Hyman added two goals for Toronto. … Kyle Brodziak scored the go-ahead goal to cap a three-goal outburst over the final 3:31 of the second period, and rallied the visiting Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
• Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe is expected to miss the remainder of the season with what the team calls an upper-body injury.
Colleges: Jim Delany, who helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while protecting the league’s relationship with the Rose Bowl, said he will retire as commissioner in 2020, when his contract expires. The 71-year-old has led the Big Ten since 1989.
Football: Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham signed a contract extension that could keep him with the Utes through 2023.
Soccer: The FIFA panel overseeing Women’s World Cup preparations recommended using video review to help referees, clearing the path for final confirmation next week.
• South Korea’s soccer leadership has sent a proposal to North Korea to jointly bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and is awaiting a response.
Golf: Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain. He said on Twitter that he hopes to be ready the following week for The Players Championship.
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