Around the Nation (March 11): In contract dump, Ravens trade WR Boldin to 49ers

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FOOTBALL

49ers acquire WR Boldin from Ravens

BALTIMORE -- The San Francisco 49ers have acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick.

Boldin, a star in Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal. The Ravens announced the trade Monday.

Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.

The 32-year-old Boldin had said he'd consider retirement rather than leave Baltimore. But going to the NFC champions might change his mind.

A 10-year veteran, Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four TDs in 2012. He was sensational in the postseason with 16 receptions for 276 yards and three TDs.

Source: Vikings trade Harvin to Seahawks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Percy Harvin is on his way to Seattle to join the Seahawks.

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade the unhappy receiver to Seattle for a package of draft picks that includes the Seahawks' first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until Harvin passes a physical.

Foxsports.com first reported the trade and also said the Seahawks included a seventh-round pick this year and a mid-round selection in 2014 in exchange for Harvin, who was producing at an All-Pro level until badly spraining his left ankle last Nov. 4 in a game at Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve a month later, abruptly ending a season that began so strongly. The 24-year-old led the NFL in total yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, at the time of his injury.

Teams aren't allowed to comment on trades or free-agent deals until the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon.

Giants give WR Victor Cruz first-round tender

NEW YORK -- The New York Giants have placed a first-round tender on Victor Cruz, allowing the wide receiver to enter restricted free agency.

Team owner John Mara says Monday that the Giants will risk having Cruz agree to a contract with another club. New York has the right to match any offer, and if the Giants allow him to leave, they will get a first-round draft choice as compensation.

The tender is worth $2.879 million for 2012 for Cruz, who has not made half of that in his three pro seasons. But Cruz believes he can earn more on the open market.

Cruz has become one of the most popular athletes in the New York area with his salsa dances after touchdowns. He has 168 receptions for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Washington releases DB DeAngelo Hall

WASHINGTON -- Cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been released by the Washington Redskins, a casualty of the team's NFL-imposed salary cap penalty on the eve of the start of free agency.

Hall was cut Monday by the Redskins, who are over the cap because of an $18 million sanction for the way they structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season.

Hall had two years remaining on the six-year, $54 million deal he signed at the end of the 2008 season. He was due to make $7.5 million in salary in 2013.

The talkative Hall was a thorough mix of big plays and blown coverages in his 41⁄2 seasons in Washington. The 29-year-old cornerback had four interceptions last season for a defense that ranked 30th in the league against the pass.

Jets sign QB Garrard to push Sanchez

FLORHAM PARK, N.J -- The New York Jets have signed quarterback David Garrard to back up -- and provide a challenge to -- starter Mark Sanchez.

Garrard has not played in the NFL since 2010.

Garrard started 76 games in nine seasons with Jacksonville. He played in the 2009 Pro Bowl.

BASKETBALL

OSU's Craft, Thomas named to First Team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan point guard Trey Burke has been named Big Ten Player of the Year by both a media panel and league coaches.

Burke and Indiana's Victor Oladipo are also considered national player of the year candidates. Indiana edged Michigan 72-71 on Sunday to win the outright conference title.

The media's All-Big Ten First Team is Burke, Oladipo, Cody Zeller of Indiana and Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State. The coaches went with almost the same exact group, except Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. replaced Craft.

Both the media and the coaches named Gary Harris of Michigan State freshman of the year and Bo Ryan of Wisconsin Coach of the Year.

Oladipo was named Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.

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