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Veteran LB Porter joins Cardinals

Free-agent linebacker Joey Porter agreed to a three-year contract Friday with the Arizona Cardinals.

Terms of the deal were not immediately released.

Porter, an 11-year NFL veteran and four-time Pro Bowler, spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He played the first eight years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With 92 career sacks, Porter trails only Jason Taylor (127 1/2) in sacks among active players. Porter has 12 career interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 23 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries with two returned for TDs.

Jets add special-teamer

The Jets have signed former Seahawks linebacker and special teams captain Lance Laury. Laury was a restricted free agent who wasn't tendered by Seattle, where he spent his first four seasons. He had 21 tackles and one forced fumble on special teams last season.

He'll help bolster a Jets unit that has already lost special teams standouts in Wallace Wright (Carolina) and Marques Murrell (New England), and likely Larry Izzo, a free agent whose status is uncertain after suffering a season-ending spine injury last year.


Harrington takes 1-shot lead

Padraig Harrington shot a 6-under 65, his low score of the year, and built a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the Traditions Championship on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. He has not won a sanctioned tournament since his PGA Championship victory at Oakland Hills at the end of 2008.

Jim Furyk, whose last victory against a full field came in the 2007 Canadian Open, was atop the leaderboard with Harrington until missing a 6-foot par putt on the final hole. He finished with a 68 and was one shot behind at 7 under with Carl Pettersson, Bubba Watson and defending champion Retief Goosen.


Scully released from hospital

Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was released from a Los Angeles hospital Friday after bumping his head, and is looking forward to broadcasting a Dodgers exhibition game this weekend. The 82-year-old Scully went to the hospital Thursday night as a precaution after he got up from bed too quickly, fell and hit his head, team spokesman Josh Rawitch said.

Scully plans to work Sunday's Dodgers-Indians game in Arizona, his first spring training game this year. He is starting his 61st season with the team. He has been working on a series of one-year contracts and has said he's not sure what he will do after this season.


Jankovic advances to Indian Wells final

Jelena Jankovic defeated Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the women's final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The sixth-seeded Serb will try to win her first title in seven months Sunday. She will face either No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Andy Roddick advanced to the men's semifinals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over 18th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, who lost to Roddick for the 11th consecutive time. Roddick will take on either Andy Murray or Robin Soderling, who played late Friday night.- AP

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