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Cowboys, Hardy agree

The Cowboys have made their big play in free agency with defensive end Greg Hardy. Although Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL's domestic conduct policy, the team said it agreed to terms with the former Panthers defensive end yesterday. A person with knowledge of the contract tells The Associated Press it is a one-year deal that could earn him $13.1 million. Hardy remains on the commissioner's exempt list as he seeks reinstatement by the NFL, which filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking the release of records from the trial that led to Hardy's conviction by a judge in North Carolina on domestic violence charges.

Ravens release RB Pierce

The Ravens released running back Bernard Pierce yesterday, hours after he was charged with drunken driving. The Ravens also announced they had reached a two-year deal with defensive end Chris Canty less than three weeks after parting ways. The Ravens terminated Canty's contract on Feb. 27 . . . Free-agent running back Reggie Bush has signed a one-year contract with the 49ers. Bush played in only 11 games with nine starts last season for the Lions because of injuries.


Lance seeks ease of ban

Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban from the sports he loves, the AP has learned. Armstrong and Travis Tygart met for six hours, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was meant to remain private.


Vonn wins 7th downhill title

Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup downhill title for the seventh time after winning the last race in the discipline in the season-ending finals at Meribel, France. Her seven downhill titles and her 18th crystal globe are records for women. -- AP

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