Saints’ Arm­stead faces surgery on shoul­der

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The New Or­leans Saints have lost start­ing left tackle Ter­ron Arm­stead for the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Arm­stead needs surgery to re­pair a torn labrum in his shoul­der, and his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is ex­pected to take four to six months, said a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion.

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Arm­stead is in the first year of a five-year, $65mil­lion ex­ten­sion that he signed be­fore the 2016 sea­son. He has been a starter since late in his rookie sea­son in 2013.

Jack­sonville Jaguars cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey is re­cov­er­ing from surgery to “treat a core mus­cle in­jury” sus­tained dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties. Ram­sey had surgery Thurs­day. Jack­sonville of­fered no timetable on Ram­sey’s re­turn, mak­ing it un­clear whether he will be ready for the start of train­ing camp in late July.

Brooke Hen­der­son bo­geyed the fi­nal two holes for a four-un­der 67, leav­ing the 19-year-old Canadian with a two-stroke lead in the Mei­jer LPGA Clas­sic in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hen­der­son had seven birdies and three bo­geys in the sec­ond round to reach 12-un­der 130 at Blythe­field. She had a one-stroke lead Thurs­day af­ter an open­ing 63.

Lexi Thomp­son, com­ing off a play­off loss to Ariya Ju­tanu­garn on Sun­day in Canada, fol­lowed her open­ing 64 with a 68 to join Car­lota Ci­ganda (64) and Mi Jung Hur (66) at 10 un­der. Moriya Ju­tanu­garn, Ariya’s older sis­ter, was nine un­der af­ter a 66.

Kyle Lar­son and Martin Truex Jr. are neck and neck at the top of the NASCAR Cup Se­ries stand­ings. Now, they’re set to start at the front for this week­end’s race at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

Lar­son won the pole and Truex qual­i­fied sec­ond at the Brook­lyn track, an­other im­pres­sive show­ing for the duo that’s been so con­sis­tently strong this sea­son. Truex is first in the stand­ings, one point ahead of Lar­son.

Clint Bowyer was third in qual­i­fy­ing, fol­lowed by Kyle Busch, Denny Ham­lin and Ryan Blaney, last week’s win­ner.

Jim­mie John­son, fresh off an­other cham­pi­onship — and with three more vic­to­ries al­ready this sea­son — is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down. And he agreed to a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports through 2020. Hen­drick an­nounced the deal with the seven-time NASCAR Cup Se­ries cham­pion Fri­day.

The Ducks put de­fense­man Si­mon De­spres on waivers for the pur­pose of buy­ing out his con­tract.

The move was ex­pected for De­spres, whose ca­reer has been in jeop­ardy be­cause of a his­tory of con­cus­sions.

De­spres, 25, had four more years on his con­tract, at an av­er­age an­nual value of $3.7 mil­lion. The buy­out will be spread out over eight years, start­ing at $1.2 mil­lion next sea­son, ac­cord­ing to capfriendly.com.

De­spres, a solid stay-at-home de­fender, was ac­quired from the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins in March of 2015. But he suf­fered a con­cus­sion on a hit from Tyson Bar­rie four games into the 201516 sea­son and missed 42 games. He took an­other hit to the head in March of 2016, missed six games and later ad­mit­ted he played through con­cus­sion symp­toms in the 2016 play­offs.

In a re­lated devel­op­ment, mul­ti­ple out­lets have re­ported that the Ducks are work­ing on a con­tract ex­ten­sion for de­fense­man Cam Fowler. — Cur­tis Zupke

Florida gave raises and ex­ten­sions to Ga­tors foot­ball coach Jim McEl­wain and men’s bas­ket­ball coach Mike White that keep them un­der con­tract into 2023. McEl­wain, who won the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence’s East­ern Di­vi­sion ti­tle in each of his first two years in Gainesville, will make $4.486 mil­lion an­nu­ally over the next six years. He also got a sig­nif­i­cant bump in po­ten­tial bonuses. White, who led the Ga­tors to the Elite Eight in his sec­ond sea­son at Florida, will make $2.525 mil­lion next sea­son, up more than $600,000. His av­er­age com­pen­sa­tion will be $2.712 mil­lion.

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