The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)

Lamar Jackson gets nonexclusi­ve tag from Ravens


The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday that they were designatin­g Lamar Jackson as their franchise player, preventing him from becoming an unrestrict­ed free agent this month after the expiration of his rookie contract.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Jackson was receiving the nonexclusi­ve version of the franchise tag. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because that detail hadn’t been announced.

The deadline to apply the franchise tag is 4 p.m. Eastern. The Ravens were always expected to use the tag if they didn’t reach a long-term deal with Jackson first. The team and its star quarterbac­k can continue negotiatin­g now, although the nonexclusi­ve tag means he can negotiate with other teams, too.

“There have been many instances across the league and in Baltimore when a player has been designated with the franchise tag and signed a long-term deal that same year,” general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “We will continue to negotiate in good faith with Lamar, and we are hopeful that we can strike a long-term deal that is fair to both Lamar and the Ravens. Our ultimate goal is to build a championsh­ip team with Lamar Jackson leading the way for many years to come.”


AGENCY >> The Kansas City Chiefs are about to have two big holes to fill, along with plenty of salary cap space to do it, as they enter free agency and begin putting together a roster for the defense of their Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs plan to decline using the franchise tag for the second time on left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., and they will release pass rusher Frank Clark, a person familiar with the decisions told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither of the moves has been officially made.


LINEBACKER CARTER TO 2-YEAR DEAL >> Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who was second on the team with four sacks in 2022, will remain with the Atlanta Falcons on a two-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Carter started all 17 games last season and set a career high with 58 tackles. He had 12 quarterbac­ks hits, six tackles for losses, a fumble recovery and an intercepti­on returned for a touchdown.

Carter (6-5, 255), who grew up in the Atlanta suburbs, was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2018 draft after playing at the University of Georgia. He signed a one-year deal with the Falcons last year following four years with the Giants.

College basketball WAKE FOREST’S


2ND STRAIGHT ACC AP PLAYER OF YEAR >> Wake Forest guard Tyree Appleby is The Associated Press men’s basketball player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference,

the second straight season a Demon Deacons player took the honor after Alondes Williams earned it a year ago.

Pitt coach Jeff Capel was named coach of the year and Duke freshman Kyle Filipowski was named newcomer of the year in voting released Tuesday. KANSAS STAR JALEN WILSON

NAMED AP BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR >> Big 12 scoring and rebounding leader Jalen Wilson of Kansas is the unanimous pick as The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year.

Kansas State senior forward Keyontae Johnson joined Wilson as the only unanimous first-team picks in the selections revealed Tuesday. Johnson, a transfer from Florida who has turned into a top player after a frightenin­g collapse more than two years ago, was also selected as newcomer of the year in voting by a panel of 17 journalist­s who cover the league.

First-year Kansas State coach Jerome Tang was voted as coach of the year. After 19 seasons as an assistant for coach Scott Drew at Baylor, including the national championsh­ip two years ago, Tang directed the Wildcats to a 23-8 record in the regular season and third place in the Big 12 standings after being picked to finish last in a preseason poll of league coaches.


MILLER SEC PLAYER, NEWCOMER OF YEAR >> Alabama freshman Brandon Miller, whose tremendous season on the court has been clouded by controvers­y off it, is The Associated Press player of the year and newcomer of the year in the Southeaste­rn Conference.

Texas A&M’s Buzz Williams was named coach of the year on Tuesday in voting by 14 reporters who cover the SEC.

Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV and Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe, last year’s national player of the year, were unanimous firstteam picks. The other firstteam selections are Missouri guard/forward Kobe Brown and Mississipp­i State forward Tolu Smith. MARQUETTE’S KOLEK,

SMART COLLECT AP’S TOP HONORS IN BIG EAST >> Marquette’s Tyler Kolek is the Associated Press Big East player of the year and Shaka Smart is the unanimous pick for coach of the year after the two led the Golden Eagles’ surprising run to their first regular-season championsh­ip in 10 years.

Xavier’s Souley Boum was voted newcomer of the year in balloting by 11 writers and broadcaste­rs who cover the conference.

Kolek and Smart led No. 6 Marquette to a school-record 17 conference wins and its highest national ranking since 1978.


HIGHLIGHT AP ALL-PAC 12 TEAM >> Jaime Jaquez Jr.’s decision to return for his senior season worked out quite well for No. 2 UCLA.

Jaquez was named The Associated Press player of the year in the Pac-12 on Tuesday and Bruins coach Mick Cronin is the conference coach of the year. Washington forward Keion Brooks was named Pac-12 newcomer of the year by an eight-person panel of journalist­s who cover the conference.

Jaquez considered leaving Westwood for the NBA after three productive seasons that included a trip the Final Four and the Sweet 16 in consecutiv­e years. The crafty 6-foot-7 swing man had another boxscore-stuffing season in his return, averaging 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while helping lead the Bruins to their first Pac-12 regular-season title in a decade.

EDEY IS AP BIG TEN PLAYER OF YEAR >> Purdue’s Zach Edey is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Boilermake­rs’ Matt Painter and Northweste­rn’s Chris Collins split coach of the year honors.

Edey received all but one vote for player of the year in balloting by 14 journalist­s who cover the conference. Maryland’s Jahmir Young beat out Indiana’s Jalen Hood-Schifino for newcomer of the year.


COMMERCIAL WITH CVC >> The women’s profession­al tennis tour launched a commercial enterprise with CVC Capital Partners on Tuesday to increase revenues for the sport, with the investment manager contributi­ng $150 million for a 20% stake in what will be known as WTA Ventures LLC.

“Obviously, the ambition is to materially grow women’s profession­al tennis. Grow our profile, its value, the prize money,” WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said. “This arrangemen­t is certainly going


to provide for us to create more investment opportunit­y to our players and our tournament­s.”

He said the new entity is completely separate from St. Petersburg, Florida-based WTA Inc., which oversees the tour itself, and will manage all of the sport’s commercial activities, including rights for broadcast, data, gaming, sponsorshi­p, licensing and NFTs.



SUBSTITUTE­S FOR HEAD INJURIES >> Major League Soccer will keep on pushing the sport’s internatio­nal rules-makers to allow a trial of temporary substitute­s for players suspected of concussion­s.

The Internatio­nal Football Associatio­n Board, which decides rules, said Saturday that it will continue with trials of permanent substituti­ons for players suspected of head injuries. MLS and England’s Premier League proposed having injured players be assessed for a longer period and have the potential to rejoin the match.

“We strongly believe in the benefits of conducting the trial and welcome the opportunit­y to share the data and learnings from such a trial with the global soccer community,” MLS said in a statement Tuesday. “The proposed temporary concussion substituti­on protocol was developed with MLS’s medical advisers and would allow club medical profession­als to conduct a structured off-field evaluation of players suspected of sustaining a concussion.”

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