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September 11, 2011

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Star running back Adrian Peterson agreed yesterday to a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings that includes $36 million in guaranteed money and as much as $100 million over the next seven years. Peterson, a Pro Bowler in each of his four seasons, has begun the final year of his rookie deal on a $10.72 million salary . . . The Giants placed middle linebacker Jonathan Goff on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and signed rookie defensive end Justin Trattou from their practice squad . . . The Raiders will be without tight end Kevin Boss (knee strain) for their opener tomorrow night . . . The Jets signed cornerback Isaiah Trufant from their practice squad.

Polamalu extends pact with Steelers Troy Polamalu, the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, signed an extension with the Steelers through the 2014 season just before the team boarded a plane to Baltimore for today’s game against the Ravens. Terms were not disclosed, although Polamalu tweeted he would retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler. He was scheduled to make $6.4 million this season . . . The Panthers and strong safety Charles Godfrey agreed to a five-year contact extension worth $27.5 million overall, $12.4 million guaranteed, according to Godfrey’s agent, Doug Hendrickson . . . The Seahawks signed former Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove and released defensive tackle Landon Cohen, who was waived by the Patriots . . . A Mississippi coroner said the death of a high school player on the field during Friday’s game in Ocean Springs, Miss., was caused by a form of heart failure. Latrell Dunbar of D’Iberville High School suffered what was listed as “an acute cardiac event.’’ Coroner Vicki Broadus said there was no sign of an injury on the field that led to Dunbar’s death.

Thumbs down for Yankees’ Rodriguez Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been shut down for at least three days because of a troublesome left thumb that has been hindering him for the past three weeks. Rodriguez said the injury is preventing him from making any significant offensive contribution . . . Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is symptom-free and was cleared to exercise following a concussion sustained Wednesday when he was hit in the head by a pitch . . . Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks could return to the starting lineup today. He has been out since July 27 with a sprained left ankle.

Thousands mourn Russia crash victims An estimated 100,000 people flocked to a memorial ceremony in Yaroslavl, Russia, for the victims of the plane crash that devastated a top Russian team. “For the first time in my life, I had trouble entering an ice arena,’’ Vyacheslav Fetisov, a former NHL star who is chairman of the Kontinental Hockey League, said at the ceremony. “It’s an inexplicable tragedy.’’ Mourners included Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Wednesday’s crash of a chartered Yak-42 jet killed 43 people and was one of the sports world’s worst aviation disasters. Of the 45 people on board, 36 were Lokomotiv players, coaches, and team officials, including some former NHL players . . . Two-time Stanley Cup winner Cory Stillman retired to become a player development assistant with the Florida Panthers.

Rudisha runs fastest 800 this year World record-holder David Rudisha ran the fastest 800 meters of the year at the Rieti (Italy) Grand Prix. Returning to the site where he set the record, the recently crowned world champion Kenyan was timed in 1 minute 41.33 seconds for the two-lap race, improving on the 1:42.61 he ran in Monaco in July. His world mark set last year is 1:41.01. American Walter Dix won the 100-meter race in 10.02 seconds. American LaShawn Merritt clocked 20.13 to win the 200 . . . Pierre-Luc Gagnon of Canada denied Shaun White a victory on his birthday, using a strong late run to beat the two-time Olympic gold medalist in the Skateboard Vert finals of the Dew Tour at Salt Lake City . . . Brazil beat the Dominican Republic, 83-76, and Argentina edged Puerto Rico, 81-79 in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas basketball championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, and claimed berths in next year’s London Olympics . . . Finland put itself in position to reach the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship for the first time, beating Georgia, 87-73, in Vilnius, Lithuania . . . In the WNBA, Sophia Young scored 17 points to lead host San Antonio over Washington, 82-74 . . . DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 15 points to lead Los Angeles over visiting Chicago, 74-67 . . . Undefeated former WBA champion Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Daniel Ponce de Leon with a technical decision in Atlantic City.

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