Trinidad striker Kevon Carter dies after training

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Trinidad striker Kevon Carter dies after training

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago international soccer player Kevon Carter has died of a suspected heart attack after training with his club team.

The Caribbean Football Union says the 30-year-old striker died Friday morning at a hospital. He had complained of chest pains following training at Macqueripe with the Defense Force Football Club in preparation for the CFU Club Championship.

Carter made 25 appearances for Trinidad and Tobago.

Sheldon Phillips, the general secretary of the country's soccer federation, said: "The young man had a quiet resolve about him and bounced back from a horrific leg injury to once again earn a spot on the national team. The entire football family is in mourning and our thoughts and prayers are with Kevon's family and teammates."

GOLF

McIlroy soaring, Tiger faltering

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Golf is starting to feel easy again for Rory McIlroy, who bounced back from a sloppy start Friday in the Honda Classic for a 4-under 66 that gave him his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour in 18 months.

Tiger Woods is making it look hard.

McIlroy recovered from two early bogeys by running off six birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He looked solid from tee-to-green, hit putts with growing confidence and wound up with a one-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge.

McIlroy was at 11-under 129.

Woods was over the cut line after scrambling for a bogey on the 11th hole and wound up with a 69 to make the cut on the number. Because 79 players made the cut, there will be another cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday. Woods missed the 54-hole cut the last time he played on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines.

And at least he's still playing the weekend. That wasn't the case for Phil Mickelson. Playing the Honda Classic for the first time in 12 years, he had a 71 to miss the cut. So did Henrik Stenson, the No. 3 player in the world, with rounds of 73-76.

McIlroy knew the feeling a year ago, when he took a steep fall from No. 1 in the world while changing equipment and trying to live up to high expectations, leading to his snap decision to walk off the course after 26 holes last year at the Honda Classic. A growing gallery in warm sunshine at PGA National saw a familiar game -- the McIlroy who won the Honda Classic two years ago.

Former Kent State star Ben Curtis missed the cut after shooting a 12-over after two rounds.

BASKETBALL

Granger signs with L.A. Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- Forward Danny Granger has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, adding more veteran depth for the club's playoff push.

The former All-Star joined the Clippers on Friday after his contract was bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired him in a trade with Indiana last week. Granger cleared waivers shortly before Los Angeles announced the deal.

Granger could play significant minutes for the Clippers (40-20), who lead the Pacific Division by four games over Golden State. He is coach Doc Rivers' second major free-agent addition to the Clippers in the past week along with veteran big man Glen Davis.

Despite the Clippers' stellar record, they're eager to add depth after several significant injury problems this season.

FOOTBALL

Saints franchise tag TE Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have placed their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham in order to protect the club's rights to its star tight end through next season.

The move means Graham, barring a holdout, will almost certainly play for New Orleans next season for no less than the tight end franchise tag of $7.04 million.

It is also possible, under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, that Graham could be tagged as a receiver because of how often he lined up at that spot. That would carry a tag of $12.3 million.

The move, confirmed by team spokesman Greg Bensel, was expected as the two sides attempt to work out a long-term deal.

Afterward, Graham also wrote on his Twitter account, "Confirming it's officially Franchisefriday... TAG ... I guess I'm it."

Jets place tag on kicker Nick Folk

NEW YORK -- The New York Jets have placed the franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk, who is coming off perhaps the best season of his seven-year NFL career.

The Jets announced the move Friday. Teams have until Monday to designate a player for the franchise tag.

Folk made $780,000 last season, but the franchise tag estimate for kickers is about $3.4 million for this season. Folk was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and by using the tag, the Jets could potentially set things up for a multiyear deal.

In his fourth season with the Jets, Folk made 33 of 36 field-goal attempts, including three winning kicks. He broke the franchise records for most consecutive field goals from the start of a season (23) and most consecutive home field goals (20).

WR Maclin, Eagles agree to 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a one-year contract, preventing the wide receiver from becoming a free agent next month.

Maclin missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his right ACL in training camp.

The former first-round pick led the team with 69 receptions for 857 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.

The NFC East champion Eagles had a busy week before signing Maclin on Friday. They gave new deals to wide receiver Riley Cooper and center Jason Kelce on Thursday and extended All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters' contract Wednesday.

ICE HOCKEY

Sabres trade Miller, Steve Ott to Blues

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres traded star goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick.

Miller won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie in 2010, the year he was the Most Valuable Player of the Olympic tournament in Vancouver. He's the franchise leader with 284 victories and 540 games.

The Sabres acquired Ott from Dallas along with defenseman Adam Pardy in exchange for Derek Roy on July 2, 2012. Ott had 18 goals and 26 assists in 107 games for Buffalo.

BASEBALL

21st Century Fox takes control of YES

NEW YORK -- 21st Century Fox has completed its deal to take majority control of the YES Network from the New York Yankees' parent company.

Fox said Friday it finalized the agreement announced Jan. 24 and raised its ownership stake from 49 percent to 80 percent.

Yankee Global Enterprises reduced its stake in the network from 26 percent to 20 percent.

News Corp., which has since split off its television businesses to Fox, announced in November 2012 that it was acquiring a 49 percent stake in YES. Yankee Global Enterprises, Goldman Sachs and other investors reduced their ownership as part of the transaction, and at the time the parties said Fox could raise its stake to 80 percent after three years.

Following the successful split of News Corp. into two corporations, the sides decided to accelerate the timetable.

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