Bills trade disgruntled tackle Peters to Eagles

The Buffalo Bills traded Jason Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday rather than risk another offseason holdout from the disgruntled two-time Pro Bowl left tackle.

The Eagles then signed Peters to a $53 million, four-year contract extension that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2014, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

Peters will make $60 million over the next six seasons, including $25 million in guaranteed money, according to the source.

The Bills received the 28th overall pick — the second of the Eagles’ two first-round picks — and a fourth-round selection in next week’s NFL Draft. Buffalo also gets an undisclosed pick in the 2010 draft.

Peters was threatening to repeat last year’s offseason holdout. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $7.2 million over the final two years of his contract.

Also: The NFL has moved up the start time of the New York Jets’ game against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 27 after the team complained about having to play home games on consecutive Jewish holidays.

The league rescheduled the 4:15 Eastern start to 1 p.m. a day after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch to allow fans to arrive home before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

The Jets’ home opener against New England is at 1 p.m. Sept. 20, which falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.


Birdie binge helps Gay to lead at Hilton Head

Brian Gay’s run of five straight birdies lifted him past Todd Hamilton after two rounds of the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Gay made six birdies on the front nine, including five in a row from the fourth through ninth holes, to help him to a 5-under-par 66. He is at 9-under 133, one stroke ahead of Hamilton.

First-round leader Alex Cejka followed his 64 with a par 71 and was tied for third at 7 under with Lee Janzen. Janzen’s round of 70 featured an ace on the 17th hole.

Two-time defending champ Boo Weekley shot 72 and is eight shots back.

Also: Larry Nelson shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after one round of the Outback Pro-Am at Lutz, Fla. The last time Nelson, 61, had first place outright was at the SAS Championship in September 2001.

South Korea’s Choi Ho-sung shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the China Open in Beijing. He was at 6-under 138.

Brendon Todd made Nationwide Tour history by making a hole-in-one on the same hole, No. 17, for the second straight day at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic in Athens, Ga.


Nadal cruises, reaches Monte Carlo semifinals

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved one step closer to his fifth straight final at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-3 in his second match of the day. Nadal also improved his winning streak in Monaco to 25 matches.

After beating Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-0 in a rain-delayed third-round match, Nadal showed few signs of fatigue against Ljubicic in winning his 19th straight match on clay to reach the semifinals.

Nadal will face Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka will meet in the other semifinal.

Also: Top-seeded Elena Dementieva advanced to the Family Circle Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., when Dominika Cibulkova quit in the second set because of a leg injury.

Dementieva will meet Caroline Wozniacki. Sabine Lisicki, the 16th seed who upset Venus Williams on Thursday, will face Marion Bartoli in the other semifinal.


Freshman Peters tosses one-hitter in UNLV win

Freshman Tanner Peters pitched a one-hitter to lead the UNLV baseball team to a 2-0 victory over Northern Colorado at Wilson Stadium.

Peters (5-2) gave up only a fourth-inning leadoff double to Adam Hilker in becoming the fifth Rebel to throw a complete-game one-hitter and first since 1985. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three in throwing the team’s first complete game this season.

UNLV (17-18) scored a run in the first and fifth innings. Bryan Resnick and Brian Gilbertson each had two hits.

Also: The UNLV women’s tennis team won its 10th straight match, defeating Utah 5-2 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex to claim a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season championship.

The Rebels (17-6, 7-0 MWC) can win their first outright title with a victory over Brigham Young today at Fertitta.

The UNLV women’s golf team remained fourth after the second round of the Mountain West Conference Championships in Seaside, Calif.

The Rebels shot 26-over-par 314 and are at 44-over 620 with one round left. They trail leader New Mexico by 22 strokes.

UNLV sophomore Therese Koelbaek is tied for third individually at 4-over 148, three shots behind leader Jonelle Martinez of Wyoming.

The UNLV softball team left 12 runners on base in a 7-1 Mountain West Conference loss to Brigham Young at Provo, Utah. The Rebels (25-16, 2-5 MWC) left the bases loaded three times.

The College of Southern Nevada baseball team rolled to 9-1 and 10-0 victories over Colorado Northwestern at Morse Stadium.

In the first game, Gabe Weidenaar allowed two hits and struck out nine in six innings for CSN (31-15, 23-7 Scenic West Athletic Conference). In the second game, Egan Smith pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.

The CSN softball team defeated Western Nevada 13-11 and 11-0 at Russell Road Recreation Complex.


Cyclist Hamilton tests positive again, retires

Olympic champion Tyler Hamilton, once touted as the next great American cyclist and an heir to Lance Armstrong’s throne atop the sport, ended his doping-tarnished career by saying he tested positive for a banned substance and would retire.

Hamilton, 38, admitted taking an herbal product for two days in February to combat depression, knowing it included a steroid.

Hamilton probably will receive a ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that may range from eight years to life, a sentence that would have ended his career anyway.

Also: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum teamed with 16-year-old gelding Shutterfly to win her second competition in as many nights, taking the top prize in the $60,000 second phase of the World Cup Final at the Thomas & Mack Center.

They will enter Sunday’s third and final phase with a clear lead to retain the World Cup equestrian title they first captured here in 2005 and then took back last year at Gothenburg, Sweden.

Michaels-Beerbaum rode Shutterfly to a zero-penalty score in 32.77 seconds to claim her $53,965.

The New York Rangers signed defenseman Matt Gilroy, the Hobey Baker Award winner as the nation’s top hockey player. Gilroy, who led Boston University to the NCAA championship, agreed to a multiyear deal but can’t play until next season.

Georgia won its fifth straight national title and record 10th overall in the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Lincoln, Neb.

Stanford won its first national title since 1995 in the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Minneapolis. Oklahoma sophomore Steven Legendre won the all-around title.

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