The Ravens are Ma­clin’s choice

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Re­cently re­leased wide re­ceiver Jeremy Ma­clin signed a two-year con­tract with the Bal­ti­more Ravens, who spent much of the off­sea­son look­ing for a deep threat.

Af­ter be­ing cut this month by the Kansas City Chiefs, Ma­clin vis­ited the Ravens and Buf­falo Bills last week be­fore choos­ing the Ravens, who an­nounced the sign­ing Mon­day.

Ma­clin ful­fills the Ravens’ quest to pro­vide an­other down­field tar­get for quar­ter­back Joe Flacco.

Mike Wal­lace re­turns but Steve Smith won’t be back af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment.

Ma­clin, a Pro Bowl pick in 2014, caught 44 passes last sea­son de­spite sit­ting out four games be­cause of a groin in­jury. He caught a ca­reer-high 87 in 2015, a Chiefs sin­gle-sea­son record by a wide re­ceiver.

The New York Jets re­leased wide re­ceiver Eric Decker, six days af­ter say­ing they would do so if they couldn't work out a trade. The an­nounce­ment of­fi­cially ends Decker’s ten­ure with the team af­ter three sea­sons. It’s the lat­est in a se­ries of off­sea­son moves by the Jets to cut high­priced vet­er­ans . ... Michael Oher’s fu­ture with the Carolina Pan­thers re­mains cloudy as the team pre­pares for its manda­tory three-day mini­camp. The Pan­thers’ start­ing left tackle dur­ing their Su­per Bowl sea­son in 2015 and sub­ject of the pop­u­lar movie “The Blind Side” has not had any con­tact with the team in more than a month. It is un­clear if he will at­tend the camp. He re­mains in the NFL’s concussion pro­to­col.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the de­ci­sion said that LaVall Jor­dan has agreed to be­come Butler’s next bas­ket­ball coach.

Jor­dan, a for­mer Butler player, re­places Chris Holt­mann, who ac­cepted the Ohio State job last week.

Jor­dan went 11-24 in his only sea­son at Milwaukee but led the Pan­thers to the Hori­zon League cham­pi­onship game.

Bob Bough­ner's hir­ing as coach of the Flor­ida Pan­thers is now of­fi­cial as the team has an­nounced the deal.

The for­mer NHL de­fense­man, who is 46, spent the last two sea­sons as an as­sis­tant with the San Jose Sharks.

He’s about to be­come an NHL coach for the first time.

An­drew Bar­roway is now sole owner of the Ari­zona Coy­otes, a move the NHL hopes will help them se­cure a long-term foothold in the state. Bar­roway bought out the Coy­otes’ mi­nor­ity own­ers, ac­cord­ing to a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the trans­ac­tion who spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the deal has not been an­nounced.

Amid con­tin­ued ques­tions about the Coy­otes’ arena sit­u­a­tion, the per­son said that Bar­roway is com­mit­ted to keep­ing the Coy­otes in the area.

Emi­rates Team New Zealand sped away from Swe­den’s Artemis Rac­ing on Ber­muda’s Great Sound to ad­vance to the Amer­ica’s Cup match and an­other show­down with neme­sis Or­a­cle Team USA.

With un­flap­pable 26-year-old Peter Burl­ing at the helm, the Ki­wis fi­nally won a start against Artemis skip­per Nathan Out­teridge. Their 50-foot cata­ma­ran rose up on hy­dro­foils and showed its in­cred­i­ble speed in a 56-sec­ond, wire-to-wire vic­tory that clinched the best-of-nine chal­lenger fi­nals at 5-2.

There were sub­dued cel­e­bra­tions aboard the Kiwi cat un­til a mag­num of cham­pagne ar­rived.

Grinder-trim­mer Blair Tuke, who teamed with Burl­ing to win Olympic gold and sil­ver medals, popped the cork and sprayed his mates.

The vic­tory sets up a re­match of the epic 2013 Amer­ica’s Cup, when Team New Zealand squan­dered an 8-1 lead on San Fran­cisco Bay and watched as Or­a­cle Team USA's Jimmy Sp­ithill won eight con­sec­u­tive races to re­tain the Auld Mug.

The match starts Satur­day with Races 1 and 2.

Or­a­cle Team USA, owned by soft­ware bil­lion­aire Larry El­li­son, needs to win seven races to keep the old­est tro­phy in in­ter­na­tional sports.

Be­cause Or­a­cle won a bonus point by win­ning the qual­i­fiers, Team New Zealand must win eight races.

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