PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAHTH’-lis-burgur) have agreed to a new five-year contract. The 33-year-old Roethlisberger passed for 32 touchdowns and a career-high 4,952 yards last season, breaking his own team record and tying Drew Brees (breez) for the NFL lead. He hasn’t missed a start since 2012 while developing a rhythm in Todd Haley’s dynamic offense.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have inked running back Darren McFadden to a two-year deal, a day after DeMarco Murray bolted for the Philadelphia Eagles. McFadden has been a bust in Oakland since the Raiders drafted him fourth overall in 2008, averaging just 606 rushing yards a season. His deal reportedly is worth up to $5.9 million.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will have season-ending Tommy John surgery next week. An MRI last week revealed partially torn ligaments and inflammation after Darvish felt tightness in his triceps while warming up for his spring training debut. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes in his only inning before telling anyone about the discomfort.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has continued his exceptional start to the Sprint Cup season by winning the pole for Sunday’s race at Phoenix. Harvick had final lap of 140.751 mph for his first Sprint Cup pole at Phoenix, where he’s won four of the last five races and six for his career. He won last weekend’s race at Las Vegas after runner-up finishes in the first two Cup races of the season.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Brendon de Jonge is the leader midway through the PGA’s Valspar Championship in Florida. He fired a 2-under 69 for a 6-under total, one stroke ahead of Jordan Spieth (speeth), Henrik Stenson and three others. Adam Scott missed a cut for the first time in three years by shooting a 75 that left him 4-over.