Franchise tag deadline…NFL cap rises…Rockets’ Harden suspended…Butler out 3-6 weeks

UNDATED (AP) — A host of NFL players received the franchise tag before Monday’s deadline. Among those getting the franchise tag are Dallas receiver Dez Bryant, Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Denver receiver Demaryius (deh-MEHR’-ee-uhs) Thomas also received the franchise tag, but a report on the Detroit Lions website says the team has declined to place its franchise designation on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAH’-mah-kahng soo).

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s NFL salary cap has been set at $143.28 million, up $10 million from last season. It’s the second straight season the cap went up by at least $10 million. Adding in benefits, the league says the projected player costs will be $180.775 million per team.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has ordered Houston All-Star guard James Harden to sit out tonight’s game against Atlanta. Harden has received a one-game suspension without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin during Sunday’s game. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates made contact during the third quarter, causing Harden to hit the court before he kicked his foot up into James.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say they’ll spend the next three to six weeks without All-Star guard Jimmy Butler because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow. Butler joins fellow starting guard Derrick Rose on the sidelines after leading the team in scoring at 20.2 points a game. Tony Snell figures to start in Butler’s place.

UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky and Virginia remain 1-2 in the new Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Wildcats received all 65 first-place votes again as they continue their march toward an undefeated season with a record of 29-0. Duke moved up to third, followed by Villanova and Arizona.