Around the Nation (June 4): 49ers ink Kaepernick to massive $110M deal

JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Published:

FOOTBALL

San Francisco inks Kaepernick to huge $110 million deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received a new six-year contract extension through the 2020 season.

The team announced the deal Wednesday, which is reportedly for $110 million and inclues $61 guaranteed. The sides had made it a top priority to get a deal done before the start of training camp for one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks.

Since taking over the starting job from Alex Smith midway through the 2011 season, Kaepernick led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 18 years after the 2012 season -- losing by three points to Baltimore -- and then to the NFC championship game last season, a three-point defeat to the rival and eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl to scrap Romans for 1 year

NEW YORK -- The Super Bowl will scrap the Roman numerals for a year.

The 50th edition of the game will be played in February 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The NFL said Wednesday it will be called "Super Bowl 50" instead of "Super Bowl L."

In 2017, the league will revert to Roman numerals, referring to the 51st edition as "Super Bowl LI."

The NFL first started using Roman numerals for the fifth Super Bowl in 1971.

COLLEGE

Bill says athletes aren't employees

COLUMBUS -- State senators have passed an Ohio budget bill that says college athletes are not public employees under state law.

The idea was part of a broader bill that awaits approval by the House before it goes to the governor's desk.

The employee status of full-scholarship football players became an issue in March, after a federal labor official ruled Northwestern University football players are employees and have a right to unionize. If the appealed ruling holds, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.

Supporters of the Ohio provision say it could have little immediate effect but would clarify state law if the issue arises.

The Northwestern players voted on unionization April 25, but the ballots are sealed until after the appeals process.

BASKETBALL

Durant, LeBron lead All-NBA selections

NEW YORK -- Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has capped his MVP season by being the lone unanimous choice to the All-NBA First Team.

Durant was a First-Teamer on all 125 ballots, and made the top squad for the fifth time. Miami's LeBron James got 124 First-Team votes on the way to being selected for the eighth time, while the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul earned his fourth First-Team selection.

Houston's James Harden and Chicago's Joakim Noah are first-time First Team choices.

Second-Team All-NBA selections were San Antonio's Tony Parker, Golden State's Stephen Curry, the Clippers' Blake Griffin, Houston's Dwight Howard and Minnesota's Kevin Love.

Portland's Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Phoenix's Goran Dragic, Indiana's Paul George and Charlotte's Al Jefferson were Third-Team selections.

Pistons introduce Bower as new GM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Stan Van Gundy wants personnel decisions to be a collaborative process for Detroit's new front office.

The Pistons introduced general manager Jeff Bower on Wednesday, and he'll be working with Van Gundy as the Pistons try to take a step forward after missing the playoffs the last five seasons. Van Gundy was hired last month as Detroit's coach and team president, so he'll have control on both the coaching and management sides.

BASEBALL

Cubs to leave WGN Radio after 90 years

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are leaving the station that's been their radio home for 90 years.

WGN Radio president Jimmy de Castro confirmed on the air Wednesday media reports that the Cubs are leaving the station after this season.

The Cubs say they'll hold a news conference on Thursday at Wrigley Field to announce a long-term broadcast deal with CBS-owned WBBM-AM 780.

De Castro says the parting ways was a difficult decision for the station, which has been synonymous with the Cubs for close to century.

But he says the decision was made after the station determined that the business deal the Cubs insisted on did not make economic sense for the station.

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