Kings, Jimmer Fredette complete contract buyout
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette have completed a buyout of his contract, clearing the way for the former BYU sensation to become a free agent.
The Kings announced the agreement Thursday.
Fredette was drafted 10th overall in 2011 after dazzling at BYU, where he won The Associated Press' player of the year award after leading the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game. But "Jimmermania" never took shape in Sacramento like the Kings had hoped, and the franchise's instability didn't help his cause.
Fredette is averaging 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes this season. He's shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 49.3 percent from 3-point range.
Eagles agree to deals with WR Cooper, C Kelce
PHILADELPHIA — The NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract with wide receiver Riley Cooper and a seven-year deal with center Jason Kelce on Thursday. They gave All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters a new five-year deal a day earlier.
Cooper would've become a free agent next month after a breakout season in which he set career highs in receptions (47), yards receiving (835) and touchdowns (eight). His deal is worth $25 million over five years with about $10 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren't announced.
Kelce was signed through 2016, and the new deal adds four years to his contract. Overall, it's worth $37.5 million with $13 million guaranteed, according to the person familiar with the deals.
ALLEN, Texas — A $60 million Texas high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur and price tag will be shut down indefinitely 18 months after its opening, school district officials said Thursday.
Eagle Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Allen will be closed until at least June for an examination of "extensive cracking" in the concrete of the stadium's concourse, the district said in a statement Thursday. The closure will likely affect home games at the stadium this fall, the district said.
Built in 2012 as part of a $120 million bond issue, Eagle Stadium seats 18,000 people and sports a 38-foot-wide video board. Eagle Stadium's opening was a moment of triumph for the community of Allen, a fast-growing Dallas suburb that has become home to a high school football powerhouse. The Eagles won the Class 5A Division I state championship last year.
District officials defended the cost — an eye-popping figure even in football-mad Texas, home to hundreds of schools playing under the "Friday Night Lights" — by calling the stadium an investment for generations of future Eagles fans.
Compiled from wire reports