Chargers extend contract of CB Hayward

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Hayward got the raise he deserved after two standout seasons for the Chargers.

The Pro Bowl cornerback agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The Chargers and Hayward's agent, David Mulugheta, confirmed the deal. NFL.com first reported the extension.

Hayward gets $20 million guaranteed after two Pro Bowl seasons for the Chargers, who signed him in San Diego as a free agent from Green Bay in 2016. The six-year pro has played in every game since moving to the West Coast, getting 11 total interceptions while drawing the toughest defensive assignments for the Chargers' much-improved defense last year.

"Got to thank the @Chargers and the Spanos family for everything," Hayward tweeted. "Believing in a guy everybody said was a NICKEL guy and giving him a chance to flourish outside. 3 more years and counting. Let's push for that ring."

Hayward had played his way into a starting role for the Packers in 2015 after beginning his career mostly as a slot defender, but Green Bay let him walk - and Hayward immediately became one of the NFL's best defensive backs with the Bolts. The website Pro Football Focus graded Hayward as the NFL's best coverage defender last season.

Hayward had one year remaining on his initial free-agent contract. He joins several key defensive players with the Chargers who are locked into long-term deals, including Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Jahleel Addae.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Vijay Singh got up-and-down for birdie with a putter from off the green on the final hole for a one-shot victory in the Toshiba Classic on Sunday.

The 55-year-old Hall of Famer edged Tommy Tolles, Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott McCarron to win for the first time as an individual on the PGA Tour Champions. He teamed with Carlos Franco to win last year's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Singh has played a limited schedule on the 50-and-over tour while continuing to compete on the PGA Tour, where he has 34 career victories.

The Fijian closed with a 5-under 66 for a three-day total of 11-under 202 at Newport Beach Country Club.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Star cornerback Richard Sherman signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks.

The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million.

"Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered," 49ers general Manager John Lynch said, referring to coach Kyle Shanahan. "We look forward to him sharing his wealth of experience and his passion for the game of football with our team."

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants cut veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday.

Rodgers-Cromartie and the team failed to rework his contract, which called for him to make $6.5 million in salary and a cap hit of $8.5 million.

The 2017 season was a difficult one for the 10-year pro who didn't have an interception and was suspended for one game by then-coach Ben McAdoo for leaving practice without permission.

Rodgers-Cromartie was a first-round draft pick out of Tennessee State by the Cardinals in 2008. He played three seasons for Arizona, getting 13 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He then went to Philadelphia for two years, Denver for one before spending the last four seasons with New York.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have unconditionally released right-hander Anibal Sanchez after a three-week stint with the club.

The move was made Sunday, clearing a space on the 40-man roster. The Twins, according to multiple reports Saturday, agreed to terms on a one-year, $12 million contract with free agent right-hander Lance Lynn to further upgrade their rotation.

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