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Sources: Vick signs $100M contract 14

Posted: August 30, 2011 9:21 AM ; Updated: August 30, 2011 9:21 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Vick is really back on top now.

Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a six-year contract on Monday that again makes the Pro Bowl quarterback one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

A source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the deal is worth $100 million, including about $40 million guaranteed. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because terms weren't released.

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Manning activated from PUP list 16

Posted: August 30, 2011 9:19 AM ; Updated: August 30, 2011 9:19 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning is back. Whether he is ready to play is an open question.

The Colts activated Manning from the physically unable to perform list Monday. A few hours later, the four-time MVP pulled on his white No. 18 jersey and a helmet, and jogged onto the practice field, renewing hopes that he might actually play in the season-opener at Houston on Sept. 11 four months after neck surgery.

"That's kind of been my goal all along, trying to get better and I know everybody's into predictions and everybody wants to have the breaking news," an upbeat Manning said. "But I just can't give you any more than what I'm giving you."

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Titans place RB Johnson on reserve/did not report list

Posted: August 30, 2011 9:18 AM ; Updated: August 30, 2011 9:18 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have placed running back Chris Johnson on the reserve/did not report list in a move that frees up an extra roster spot for the final preseason game.

The administrative move has no impact on contract talks with Johnson, who met with the Titans last week but remains a holdout. Johnson's agent, Joel Segal, did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press, and coach Mike Munchak said he hadn't heard of any changes in the talks.

The clock is ticking with final roster cuts due Saturday before the season opener Sept. 11.

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Raiders take QB Pryor with third-round pick in supplemental draft 10

Posted: August 22, 2011 3:49 PM ; Updated: August 22, 2011 3:50 PM

The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick Monday in the NFL's supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

The Raiders and the league announced that Oakland used the 18th selection of the round for Pryor. Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft.

No other players were chosen.

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Thome hits HR Nos. 599, 600 vs. Tigers 20

Posted: August 16, 2011 10:26 AM ; Updated: August 16, 2011 10:27 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- Jim Thome's back was aching, his toe was throbbing and his quad was cramping, turning his pursuit of 600 home runs into a painful endeavor that made him wonder if he would even reach the milestone before season's end.

On Monday night, Thome finally harnessed the power again in that pure left-handed swing of his, sending two home runs sailing over the fence at spacious Comerica Park. When No. 600 disappeared over left fielder Delmon Young's head in the seventh inning, Thome raised his right fist while rounding first base. His quiet chase, which seemed to vanish from baseball's consciousness as injuries slowed him down, was finally complete.

"You dream about it but when it finally happens it's kind of surreal," Thome said. "It's a neat thing, it really is."

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Bourn to Braves in five-player deal 12

Posted: August 01, 2011 10:07 AM ; Updated: August 01, 2011 10:07 AM

ATLANTA (AP) -- While other NL contenders beefed up for the playoffs, the Atlanta Braves seemed to keep missing out on players who could've boosted their hopes.

Turns out, they landed the guy they wanted all along.

Atlanta acquired speedy outfielder Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros on Sunday in a five-player deal, giving the Braves their first true leadoff hitter in at least six years.

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Phillies acquire Pence from Astros 19

Posted: August 01, 2011 10:05 AM ; Updated: August 01, 2011 10:05 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hunter Pence is adding his big bat to a pennant race.

Philadelphia is counting on its latest All-Star acquisition from Houston to do what Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt did before him - help take the team with the best record in baseball deep into the postseason.

The Phillies made another deadline splash Friday night, acquiring Pence from the Astros for a package of highly rated prospects.

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