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QB Carr leaves Giants for 49ers;

Giants to work out ex-Colt Sorgi

David Carr has agreed to terms with the 49ers and is expected to sign a contract Monday, meaning that the Giants are officially in the market for a backup quarterback. But they already have an eye on someone who is used to living in the shadow of a Manning.

Jim Sorgi, who spent the last six years as a seldom-used backup to Peyton Manning before becoming a free agent last week, will work out for the Giants Monday, his agent confirmed.

In his time with the Colts, Sorgi played in only 16 games and Peyton Manning never missed a start. Eli Manning hasn't missed a start since late in 2004 when he took over the job. Besides Sorgi, the Giants also could be interested in Jeff Garcia, 40, and Mark Brunell, 39.

Ex-Jet Ferguson gets 8-game ban

Former Jet Jason Ferguson, a free-agent nose tackle who played the past two seasons for the Dolphins, has been suspended for the first eight games next season for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Sunday that the discipline was handed down late this past week but could offer no further details. Ferguson also was suspended for violating NFL drug policy in 1999, sitting out four games after an anabolic steroid showed up during a urine test.

Ferguson, 35, was sidelined with a season-ending quadriceps injury in November and underwent surgery a month later. He was in on 23 tackles in nine games for the Dolphins. He was drafted in 1997, playing eight seasons with the Jets and three with the Cowboys before joining Miami in 2008.

Ferguson tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine in 1997. During his 1999 suspension, he passionately denied taking steroids, saying he used a dietary supplement, which he would not identify, but that contained no banned substances.

Jaguars sign Kampman

The Jaguars signed free agent Aaron Kampman as a step toward solving their pass-rushing problems. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Packers should boost a pass rush that ranked last in the NFL with a franchise-low 14 sacks. Kampman has 54 sacks in eight seasons and tied for fifth in the NFL from 2006-2009 with 40.5 sacks . . . The Browns signed linebacker Scott Fujita, who left the Super Bowl champion Saints, and former 49ers offensive lineman Tony Pashos to multiyear deals as unrestricted free agents.


Northern Iowa earns NCAA bid

Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 24 points for Northern Iowa, which beat Wichita State, 67-52, in St. Louis for its second straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and an automatic NCAA bid. Northern Iowa (28-4) held the Shockers (25-9) without a field goal for more than 12 minutes during a 25-3 second-half run . . . Darius Miller and Eric Bledsoe had 14 points each as No. 3 Kentucky (29-2, 14-2) beat Florida, 74-66, completing an 18-0 home season.

Ohio State women win Big Ten

Jantel Lavender tied a Big Ten Tournament record by scoring 35 points, the last two on free throws with 1.9 seconds left that gave the Buckeyes (30-4) a 66-64 victory over Iowa and an NCAA berth. Sophomore guard Samantha Prahalis, a former star at Commack, had six points, seven assists and three steals for Ohio State.


Serbia ousts U.S. in Davis Cup

The Davis Cup hopes of the United States are over in the first round for the first time since 2005. Novak Djokovic withstood 24 aces and outlasted John Isner, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4, giving host Serbia a clinching 3-1 lead.


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