Times Standard (Eureka)
SF's Purdy cleared for surgery later this week
The swelling in Brock Purdy's elbow has subsided enough to reschedule his ulnar collateral ligament surgery for Friday, according to a 49ers source.
Two weeks ago, Purdy's procedure in the Dallas area was postponed after an exam with Dr. Keith Meister, who revisited the 49ers quarterback last week in Arizona.
Green-lighting the surgery is just one step, as it may not be until Friday's procedure everyone learns the extent of repair needed to Purdy's ulnar collateral ligament, which was torn in the 49ers' NFC Championship Game defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 29.
A repair with an internal brace could have Purdy begin a throwing regimen after three months with a gameready recovery expected around the six-month mark. Coincidentally, the first Sunday of the NFL season, Sept. 10, is exactly six months from Friday.
CARR AGREES TO 4-YEAR CONTRACT WITH SAINTS >> Former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has agreed to a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, and a person familiar with the situation said the deal could be worth up to $150 million.
The person spoke to The Associated Press about the contract's value on condition of anonymity Monday because financial terms were not released when the Saints announced their agreement with Carr.
Carr played nine seasons for the Raiders and holds club records for yards passing (35,222) and touchdown passes (217). But after struggling late last season, Carr was benched with two games remaining.
Carr, who turns 32 on March 28, was released by Las Vegas on Feb. 14 after he declined to waive the notrade clause in his contract.
HOUSTON, UCLA, KANSAS TOP LATEST AP TOP 25 >> UCLA is surging, both toward the postseason and in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll.
While Houston was No. 1 for a third straight week in Monday's poll, the Bruins rose two spots to No. 2 for their highest ranking of the season. UCLA (27-4) has won its last 10 games, including a showdown with highly ranked Arizona in the regular-season finale behind star Jamie Jaquez Jr. to complete a perfect home record.
Houston (29-2) closed out its regular-season schedule by winning at Memphis on a last-second basket Sunday, marking its 11th straight win.
The only change in the top five came with UCLA trading places with No. 4 Alabama, with Kansas remaining at No. 3 despite a loss at Texas in Saturday's regular-season finale and Purdue staying at fifth.
SOUTH CAROLINA NO. 1 FOR 37TH STRAIGHT WEEK, IOWA NOW NO. 2 >> South Carolina stands alone with the second-longest streak atop The Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll as the Gamecocks remained No. 1 for a 37th consecutive week.
The Gamecocks (32-0) won the Southeastern Conference Tournament over the weekend to remain undefeated heading into the NCAA tourney. South Carolina, which received all 28 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday, broke a tie with Louisiana Tech for most consecutive weeks at No. 1. The defending national champions now trail only UConn's run of 51 straight weeks atop the Top 25.
Iowa moved up five spots to No. 2 after running through the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana dropped one place to third with Virginia Tech moving up four places to No. 4. The Hokies, who won the ACC Tournament for the first time, have their highest ranking ever.
Stanford was fifth, moving up from sixth.