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Comstock/Thinkstock(CALGARY, Alberta) -- The Calgary Flames and defenseman T.J. Brodie agreed to a contract extension on Monday. The deal is for five years and is worth an average of $4.65 million per season, according to ESPN.

The 24-year-old Brodie is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed in 2013, which pays him an average annual salary of $2.1 million.

The Flames selected Brodie with the 114th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft.  In 192 games he has 11 goals and 55 assists.

Calgary (4-3-0; 8pts) is currently two points behind the Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division.


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iStock/Thinkstock(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Percy Harvin practiced with the New York Jets for the first time on Monday. Gang Green acquired the Pro Bowl wide receiver this past Friday from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick.

“Everything is good,” Harvin said. “They have pieces here. I’m loving Geno (Smith), I’m loving the defense, and I’m looking forward to playing alongside (Eric) Decker. It’s going to be a good time.”

In five games this season with the Seahawks, the 26-year-old had 22 receptions for 133 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. Last season, he helped Seattle win their first Vince Lombardi trophy with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Harvin was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings out of Florida with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. 


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National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- For years the NBA has been focused on expanding the game's popularity and reach internationally. They have taken another big step in doing so as the league has announced they've agreed on a partnership with the educational system in China to implement an official basketball-related curriculum in the nation’s schools.

Because of players like Yao Ming among others, the NBA has grown to become extremely popular in China.

From the official release, the league states:

“The groundbreaking partnership will focus on basketball participation in elementary, middle and high schools across China and aims to provide enhanced basketball training to at least 3 million students by 2017.”

“As part of the curriculum, NBA players, legends and coaches will visit Chinese schools to conduct basketball clinics and provide specialized instruction to Chinese coaches and physical education teachers.  Chinese coaches and physical education teachers selected by the Ministry of Education will also have the chance to observe and participate in coaching activities organized by the NBA.”

Back in February 2014, NBA China and Ming launched the first ever after-school basketball program in Beijing.

 
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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than a week after being charged for a misdemeanor after he shoplifted a pair of underwear and cologne at a Dillard's in Frisco, Texas, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has landed an endorsement with MeUndies.

According to MeUndies head of marketing and business development, Dan King, the company has turned to Randle to become a spokesman for the brand.

Randle was fined $29,500 for shoplifting, and MeUndies will pay the fine.

Joseph teamed up with MeUndies to give back to his community and help families in need.

"As a young company, MeUndies is faced with difficult challenges all the time. It's up to us to turn a negative situation into a positive one, almost on a daily basis," King said. "How you learn from your mistakes fast is how you find success in our business and those lessons are applicable in all walks of life."

The 22-year-old Randle is in his second NFL season and has 120 rushing yards this season on 18 carries.


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Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After just completing his 17th Major League season, which is no easy feat for a catcher, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports A.J. Pierzynski plans to play again in 2015.

Pierzynski spent last season with the Boston Red Sox before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pierzkynski will be an unrestricted free agent, so it remains to be seen just where he'll continue his playing career and in what capacity.

“I want to play, obviously,” Pierzynski told the paper. “Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play.”

In 2014, Pierzynski batted .251, the lowest mark of his career, while hitting five home runs and 37 RBIs in 102 games played. Despite the down season, Pierzynski is a career .281 hitter and batted .272 and hit 17 home runs with the Texas Rangers in 2013.

Pierzynski will turn 38 in December.


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