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Seahawks get Pro Bowl kicker…Cards to start season without Martinez…Strop shelved

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Myers was in camp with the Seahawks last season before losing a battle with Sebastian Janikowski. He later signed with the Jets and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, hitting 33 of 36 field-goal attempts.

UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that cornerback Pierre Desir has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Colts. The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract with kicker Wil Lutz, who made 28 of 30 field goal attempts and 52 of 53 extra points in 2018. And the Jacksonville Jaguars have released Blake Bortles after officially agreeing to terms with fellow quarterback Nick Foles.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness that will prevent him from appearing in any exhibition games. The Cardinals haven’t announced a complete timetable for Martinez’s arm strengthening program, although they hope to have him throwing on flat ground for the next week before moving him back to a mound. The pitcher received a platelet-rich plasma injection two weeks ago, and manager Mike Shildt said treatment improved Martinez’s condition.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro StropĀ  has a mild strain of his right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow surgery. The 33-year-old right-hander felt a hamstring issue on his last pitch on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, his second appearance of spring training. If Strop isn’t available to close, the Cubs’ options include Steve Cishek , Carl Edwards Jr. and Brad Brach .

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Tony Stewart headlines six new nominees eligible for induction into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Stewart joins Neil Bonnett, Sam Ard, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal and Red Vogt as the new nominees. NASCAR also added three new nominees for the Landmark Award for contribution to the sport: Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor Co., Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli and NASCAR President Mike Helton.

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