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An arrest warrant was issued for former NFL defensive back Darren Sharper and an acquaintance after New Orleans authorities expanded an investigation to include the alleged rapes of two women there and nine rapes in five states.

The 38-year-old Sharper was previously being investigated one alleged rape in New Orleans last September before police confimed an additional alleged victim on Thursday.

Sharper and Erik Nunez, 26, each face two counts of aggravated rape in New Orleans.

Sharper, who was suspended by the NFL Network from his analyst job, pleaded not guilty last week in Los Angeles to charges that he raped two women there. He also is now suspected by authorities of allegedly raping women in Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

---Offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, smashed his own Ferrari in a fit of rage, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department confirmed Thursday.

Sgt. Mark Clark said the police became aware of this situation after TMZ brought it to their attention on Wednesday afternoon. He said the Dolphins guard took responsibility when police contacted him Thursday.

Pictures on the TMZ celebrity website show the Ferrari, valued around $300,000, smashed on the hood and grill with a baseball bat lying nearby. A part of the bat is shown lodged in the car's grille. TMZ reported there were red shirts hanging from the car with Incognito's name written on them.

---Wide receiver Riley Cooper and center Jason Kelce signed long-term extensions with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

Cooper signed a five-year deal worth $25 million and Kelce, the first 2011 draft pick to sign a significant second contract, received a seven-year deal worth more than $37 million.

Cooper had a breakout season with 47 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He became a favorite downfield target of quarterback Nick Foles, overcoming self-inflicted character damage in the 2013 preseason when he was caught on camera using a racial slur at a country music concert attended by multiple teammates.

---The Baltimore Ravens, looking to create more salary cap room, terminated the contracts of fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain, general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday.

The team saved nearly $5 million in cap space by cutting the vested veterans -- $1.75 million for Leach and $3.2 million for McClain.

Leach, a 10-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection, spent the past three seasons with the Ravens, earning All-Star honors twice (2011-12). McClain, a six-year NFL veteran, originally signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2008.

---The Washington Redskins re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to a three-year contract worth $12 million, including $4 million guaranteed.

The team announced the signing on Thursday and Baker's agents, Tony Paige and Chitta Mallik, confirmed the deal to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Since joining the Redskins in 2011, Baker has appeared in 29 regular-season games with three starts. Last season, he appeared in 15 games with three starts and was credited by coaches with 46 tackles (26 solo) and his first career sack.

---The San Francisco 49ers signed guard/center Daniel Kilgore on Thursday to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.

Originally selected by the 49ers in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the 26-year-old Kilgore has appeared in 33 regular-season games during his three-year career, including all 16 regular-season games and all three postseason contests in 2013.

---The Chicago Bears signed veteran center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Garza started all 16 games for the Bears' record-breaking offense in 2013. Garza was a part of an offensive line that allowed just 30 sacks last season, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL, and helped pave way for Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte's career-high 1,339 rushing yards.

All five starters along the 2013 Bears offensive line are now under contract for the 2014 season.

---Bob McAdoo wants his offense to be flexible, and the New York Giants' new coordinator is being just that as he begins to lay the foundation of the system with head coach Tom Coughlin.

McAdoo has an offensive philosophy coming over from the Green Bay Packers and a vision for what he wants to build with the Giants, but he won't begin to hone that plan until he sees who is on the roster when the offseason program kicks off April 21.

---The New York Jets are planning to cut wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who is due to earn a base salary of $8.25 million in 2014, according to Mike Florio of

Holmes considered taking a pay cut, but either that wasn't an option or the two sides couldn't agree on an acceptable pay rate, Florio reported Thursday. The Jets gave Holmes $24 million guaranteed when they signed him in 2011. olmes was limited to only four games in 2012 due to a foot injury that lingered into 2013 when he played in 11 games. He caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown last season.

---A first-round draft pick in 2013, Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam has a full-time job that paid him $3.7 million as a rookie. But starting Thursday, he was hard at work at the Finish Line sports apparel store as a part-time employee in their Gainesville, Fla., mall location.

"I just need to get retail knowledge," said Elam in an interview with the Ravens' team website. "I'm getting that knowledge for when it's time."

---Owner Mark Davis was in position to play hard ball last season, when the Oakland Raiders lease at o.Co Coliseum expired.

The door was open, but Davis extended an olive branch with a new group involved in hopes of progressing toward a new stadium before the start of the 2014 season. To date, his faith goes unrewarded. Davis is not yet threatening to move the franchise -- famously the Raiders have moved before, with late father Al Davis at the controls -- and might need to sell controlling, majority interest to push it past the significant wall the NFL could stack up.

---From Super Bowl winning quarterback to second base? Russell Wilson will be in uniform for the Texas Rangers on a one-day visit to spring training Monday.

Wilson, selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft from the Colorado Rockies in December, is scheduled to participate in morning workouts and be in uniform and in the dugout for the afternoon exhibition against the Cleveland Indians. The Rangers did not indicate if Wilson will get an at-bat in the game and the Seahawks' third-year pro said he is committed to being an NFL player.

---Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said releasing defensive end DeMarcus Ware must be considered based on the franchise's excess spending putting them $20 million over the projected $132 million salary cap for 2014. But according to Ware, the team had yet to approach him about his contract.

Ware, the team's all-time leading sacker, and longtime receiver Miles Austin because of their age, injury history, declining play and high cap figures, are considered potential cap casualties.

Ware, 31, who had just six sacks last year and has undergone offseason surgery for a second straight year -- this time on his elbow -- has a $16 million cap figure along with a $12 million base salary for next year. Releasing him would create $7.4 million in cap space.

---The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the 2014 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 3, the league announced Thursday.

The game (8 p.m. ET on NBC ) will be played at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio one day after the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 is formally enshrined. Two of the seven members of the Class of 2014 have ties to the participating teams.

Wide receiver Andre Reed played 15 of his 16 seasons with the Bills from 1985-1999, and was named to the Pro Bowl seven times. Defensive end Michael Strahan spent his entire 15-season career with the Giants from 1993-2007 and also was selected to seven Pro Bowls.
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