Packers sign Matthews to long-term deal

April 18, 2013

The Green Bay Packers signed star linebacker Clay Matthews to a contract extension on Wednesday.

The team did not disclose terms of the deal, but reportedly it is for five years and $13 million per year.

Matthews, the 26th overall pick out of Southern California in 2009, is the only player in team history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. He has 42.5 sacks and has finished in the top five in sacks two of the last three seasons.

High Schools

North Point All-Met Marquis Wright has been granted full release from his national letter-of-intent to play basketball at Loyola University by the school, according to his father, Walter Wright.

Wright, a 6-foot point guard who led North Point to three straight Maryland 4A East region titles, is free to play right away elsewhere and may follow former Greyhound Coach Jimmy Patsos to Siena, but Walter Wright said that move is “not a lock yet.”

Wright said his family filed paperwork to obtain the release last week but did not decide to follow through until after he spoke with new Loyola Coach G.G. Smith on Sunday night. He joins Oakland Mills forward Lavon Long as the second local recruit to be granted full release by the school since Patsos’s departure.

— Eric Detweiler

College Basketball

Florida Gulf Coast hired former Kansas assistant Joe Dooley as its new coach, replacing Andy Enfield, who left to take the head coaching job at Southern Cal. . . .
 South Carolina women’s Coach Dawn Staley, who starred at Virginia, received a three-year contract extension and a raise after leading the Gamecocks to a second straight NCAA tournament.

Tennis

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 43 matches and top-ranked Novak Djokovic won despite a bad ankle.
 Nadal cruised past Marinko Matosevic, 6-1, 6-2. Djokovic spent twice as long on court, defeating Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, in 2 hours 15 minutes.
 Nadal will face Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round, and Djokovic will play either 14th-seeded Juan Monaco or Ernests Gulbis. Djokovic lost to Nadal in last year’s final.

MISC.

Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn shot an 8-under-par 64 in Kapolei, Hawaii, to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen and Hee Kyung Seo after the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.
 Jutanugarn, 17, played the front nine in 6-under 30. . . .
 Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is leaving the Wolverines early for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 junior is the second Michigan player to leave early, following fellow guard Trey Burke.
 Hardaway averaged 14.5 points per game for the Wolverines, who lost to Louisville in the national championship game. . . .
 NASCAR suspended four members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski’s team and three more from Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano for seven races each, saying they used parts without prior approval before last weekend’s race at Texas. The series also stripped the drivers and their owners of 25 points each, meaning Keselowski will drop from second to fourth in the Sprint Cup standings and Logano will drop from ninth to 14th.
 NASCAR suspended Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe and three others for seven races and fined Wolfe $100,000. Logano crew chief Todd Gordon received the same fine and he and two other crew members received the same suspensions. . . .
Jimmy Nielsen extended his scoreless streak to 519 minutes with his fifth straight shutout, and Aurelien Collin scored his first goal in a year in Sporting Kansas City’s 1-0 MLS road win over the New York Red Bulls. . . .
Former Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff will be behind Canada’s bench for the world hockey championship next month in Stockholm and Helsinki. . . .
Pentti Lund, the first Finnish-born player to score a goal in the NHL and the 1948-49 rookie of the year with the New York Rangers, has died. He was 87.
 Lund died Tuesday in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

— From news services

and staff reports

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