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February 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Peyton Manning has been the Indianapolis Colts' franchise player for six years. Now he officially wears the title. The Colts gave Manning their franchise tag Monday, a move that will pay him $18.4 million this year unless he agrees to a long-term deal. "We'll continue to negotiate until March 1," team President Bill Polian said. "It's going exactly as I anticipated it would."
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November 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Even the face of the NFL Network occasionally gets stopped at the line of scrimmage. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is trying to get across the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where he's supposed to host his network's coverage of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Seattle Seahawks. On the field are current and former NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who treat Eisen like royalty. But the security guard who stands between Eisen and the stage at the other end of the stadium apparently doesn't recognize the man NFL Network President Steve Bornstein simply calls "the franchise.
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February 23, 1997 | Associated Press
For the Miami Heat, the lesson was painfully clear: The team is not as good with Alonzo Mourning watching from the locker-room tunnel on crutches. Mourning assumed that position Friday after tearing a tendon in his right foot against the Portland Trail Blazers. The All-Star center is expected to be sidelined about six weeks.
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November 2, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
On the heels of one NBA general manager telling ESPN The Magazine that his franchise will lose games on purpose to increase the chances of improving their draft position, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan scoffed at the suggestion Friday. "I don't believe in that," Jordan told the Associated Press before the Bobcats evened their record at 1-1 with a 90-84 victory over Cleveland in their home opener. "That's not something that we would do. " Jordan pointed out that NBA teams are assured of landing a franchise player with a lottery draft pick.
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November 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Even the face of the NFL Network occasionally gets stopped at the line of scrimmage. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is trying to get across the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where he's supposed to host his network's coverage of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Seattle Seahawks. On the field are current and former NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who treat Eisen like royalty. But the security guard who stands between Eisen and the stage at the other end of the stadium apparently doesn't recognize the man NFL Network President Steve Bornstein simply calls "the franchise.
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February 25, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS
The Rams will not designate a franchise player in the NFL's first full-fledged attempt at unrestricted free agency, team and NFL sources said. The team declined to discuss specifics of its plans, but indications were that defensive tackle Sean Gilbert and quarterback Jim Everett will be designated transition players, which allows the Rams to have the right of first refusal once their contracts expire. Everett is signed through 1995 and Gilbert through 1996.
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February 16, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams bypassed their 13 unrestricted free agents Tuesday and instead secured the rights of first refusal on cornerback Todd Lyght, once his contract expires in 1995. And for the second consecutive year, the Rams declined to designate a "franchise player," indicating that they have nobody who deserves to be paid the average salary of the top five players at his position.
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May 7, 1995 | LARRY WIGGE, THE SPORTING NEWS
It was as if I had gone back to school for a history lesson. As I walked through the streets of Philadelphia, I was caught up in the tradition. The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall and the Declaration of Independence. Betsy Ross' home and the first American flag. The center of the city is basically the same today as it was when William Penn founded it in the late 17th century.
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February 25, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Those who have observed the Rams in action the last three years might have already anticipated today's announcement that the team will not designate a "franchise player" in the NFL's first full-fledged attempt at unrestricted free agency. Coach Chuck Knox insisted Wednesday that the team has good players, but today's official business will confirm that the Rams deem none worthy enough to draw the average salary of the top five players at their position.
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March 2, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Michael Vick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pro Bowl quarterback was designated as the team's franchise player Feb. 15. He signed the franchise tender Wednesday. Under rules of the collective bargaining agreement that expires at midnight Thursday, a team must pay a franchise player the average of the top five salaries at his position. Vick would make an estimated $20 million under this tag. Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1. Despite sitting out three games because of an injury, Vick had his best season.
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August 31, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Before Arte Moreno resolves the cold war between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, the Angels' owner ought to invite Mike Trout to lunch. Trout could be the first player to wear an Angels cap in Cooperstown, if he sticks around. He could have won the most valuable player award in each of his first two seasons, if not for the Angels' futility. By the time the Angels replenish enough pitching to reclaim their status as a perennial contender - and this is a best-case scenario - Trout will be on the verge of free agency.
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July 1, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
1. Doc Rivers has already proved to be worth giving up that draft pick. Paul got his coach, and the Clippers got their franchise player. It's that simple. So what if the first-round draft pick the Clippers must surrender in 2015 turns out to be a good player? The Clippers could have made their first trip to the Finals by then. And that pick could be playing for the last-place Celtics. 2. Clippers executives can celebrate for five minutes and then it's back to work. Paul's return to the Clippers has been a done deal for some time now, so let's not go overboard with the parties.
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June 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard became free agents at 9:01 p.m. PT on Sunday. At 9:02 p.m., all but a handful of NBA teams stopped daydreaming and resumed their pursuit of more realistic options. If Paul and Howard represent the Rodeo Drive of this year's free-agent class, available to a select few, then there is still plenty of quality shopping to be done at nearby mega-malls. Andrew Bynum, Al Jefferson and Nikola Pekovic are all available. And those are just some of the top centers.
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June 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PITTSBURGH - Andre Ethier doesn't know where he'll be batting in the lineup when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. Or, for that matter, if he'll be playing at all. These days, nothing is certain for Ethier, who only a year ago was viewed as one of the team's centerpieces and signed to a five-year, $85-million contract extension. Not only is Ethier's short-term future now in question, his long-term future is too. The emergence of Yasiel Puig has led to widespread speculation in baseball circles that the Dodgers will attempt to trade Ethier in the near future.
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June 8, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
If any NBA team is hoping to land a franchise-altering player during the June 27 draft, like a Tim Duncan or LeBron James, good luck finding him. Seemingly every NBA general manager or scout views the 2013 draft as being devoid of that dominant force. Instead, most GMs say, it's the kind of draft in which teams will pick the best player available, to fill a need at a particular position or because a team likes a certain player for its own reasons. "I think it's just an OK draft," said one Western Conference executive who was not authorized to speak publicly about the draft.
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April 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Back at Dodger Stadium for the first time in more than two years, Russell Martin was pleasantly surprised to learn part of his legacy was still in the ballpark he used to call home. On his way to the visiting clubhouse, Martin walked by a recently renovated hallway that exhibits awards won by former and current Dodgers. In one of the cases was a replica of a Gold Glove he won in 2007. "It brought back some good memories," said Martin, now a 30-year-old catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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July 5, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
The things that superstars will do to win a championship … Steve Nash, who recently said he couldn't envision himself in a Lakers uniform, was on the phone this week with Kobe Bryant, inquiring about becoming his teammate. Funny he should ask. Bryant, who had never hid his disdain for Nash's Phoenix Suns since they bounced the Lakers out of the playoffs in consecutive seasons, said he was all for sharing a locker room with his longtime rival. Now they are united in their quest for a title after Nash agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that had the blessing of the Lakers' franchise player.
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August 31, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Before Arte Moreno resolves the cold war between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, the Angels' owner ought to invite Mike Trout to lunch. Trout could be the first player to wear an Angels cap in Cooperstown, if he sticks around. He could have won the most valuable player award in each of his first two seasons, if not for the Angels' futility. By the time the Angels replenish enough pitching to reclaim their status as a perennial contender - and this is a best-case scenario - Trout will be on the verge of free agency.
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February 4, 2013 | Sam Farmer
NEW ORLEANS -- Seeing as the NFL is a copycat league, teams naturally want to emulate the blueprint of the franchise that wins it all. So mark this down: Losing at the end of the regular season can be a good thing. That's what the champion Baltimore Ravens did, dropping four of their last five games this season before igniting in the playoffs and knocking off Indianapolis, Denver, New England and finally San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. And the Ravens were traveling a well-worn path.
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January 31, 2013 | By Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
NEW ORLEANS -- Joe Flacco will play his last game under his rookie contract against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII, but owner Steve Bisciotti made it clear that he intends to keep the quarterback in a Ravens uniform for a long time. Bisciotti said Thursday that the two sides were “real close” to a deal when the talks were tabled just before the start of this season, and he's “very comfortable” that an agreement on a long-term contract extension for Flacco will be reached in the coming months.
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