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NFL, EA agree to extend Madden video game through 2026

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The Madden franchise will continue to be a part of the gaming universe for at least the next six years.NFL owners on Thursday approved an extension of their deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years. It was also recently approved by the NFL Players Association.The current contract was set to expire after the 2021 season. The extension means that EA Sports will continue to be the league's exclusive publisher of football simulation games through 2026.1 RelatedEA Sports executive vice president Cam Weber said the two sides had been talking for months. Many wondered what
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Hockey

Hurricanes agree to PNC Arena lease extension through July 2029

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have reached a five-year lease extension to remain in PNC Arena through July 2029.Arena owner Centennial Authority and Hurricanes parent company Gale Force Sports and Entertainment announced the agreement Thursday. The current lease agreement runs through the end of June 2024.The News and Observer of Raleigh reported that deal provisions include an agreement by the Hurricanes not to relocate during the current lease, as well as the elimination of rent payments following the 2020 fiscal year.1 RelatedIn a news conference, team president and general manager Don Waddell said the new deal comes after more
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Football

Carolina Panthers agree to deal with CB Eli Apple

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The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a deal with cornerback Eli Apple, the team announced Thursday.Apple had agreed to a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders on March 18, but the sides could not finalize the deal and he again became a free agent on April 2, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.Apple has shown both great potential and some inconsistency while starting 51 games over his four-year career with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints. He has three interceptions and 33 passes defensed.1 RelatedApple could fill a big need for Carolina, a team searching for a starting
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Baseball

Report: Reds, Akiyama agree to 3-year contract

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The Cincinnati Reds and Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama have agreed to a three-year deal, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Financial details aren't yet known, but MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports the bidding for Akiyama's services has exceeded $20 million. Akiyama, 31, posted a .301/.376/.454 slash line with 116 home runs, 251 doubles, and 513 RBIs while playing for Japan's Seibu Lions over the past nine seasons. Cincinnati reportedly won't be required to pay a transfer fee for Akiyama under the posting rules for Japanese players because of the service time he's accrued. Akiyama will compete against
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Baseball

Report: Tigers agree to 1-year, $6.1M deals with Schoop, Cron

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The Detroit Tigers and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are in agreement on a one-year, $6.1-million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Detroit also agreed to a one-year, $6.1-million deal with first baseman C.J. Cron, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. Schoop and Cron spent the 2018 season as teammates on the division-rival Minnesota Twins. While Schoop was slated for free agency following the 2019 season, Cron was eligible for arbitration. However, the Twins non-tendered the slugger, who subsequently hit the open market. Schoop, 28, hit .256/.304/.473 with 23 homers and 23 doubles over 121 games last season. The former
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