• The dog days are over for the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick. The front office tagged Vick with franchise status on Tuesday. In addition, Eagles officials said they placed their transition tag on kicker David Akers. Vick made $5.25 million in 2010 but will make an estimated $20 million -- the average salary of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league -- as the Eagles' franchise player. The NFL continues to throw bones to Vick as he was selected to start the Pro Bowl last month, his fourth trip to Hawaii in eight seasons. The Eagles were 10-7 overall and 8-3 in games Vick started and finished. It looks as though Philly fans are ready to rub this bad dog's stomach and give him a nice doghouse.
• Steve Spurrier, University of South Carolina head football coach, received the second best Valentine's Day present a man can get -- or at least that's what he'll tell his wife. Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 high school football recruit in the country, committed to play for the Gamecocks on Monday. The homegrown defensive end chose Spurrier's team after a drawn-out recruiting battle between South Carolina, Clemson University and the University of Alabama.
• The deadline for the St. Louis Cardinals to reach a new deal with 1B Albert Pujols passed without an agreement between the two sides, meaning the slugger will likely become an unrestricted free agent next fall. Pujols said that he would refuse to neogiate a new deal during spring training or the 2011 season. Pujols will make $16 million this year, but reports have said he is looking for a long-term deal that would pay him about $30 million per year. Is he worth it? Probably. The nine-time all-star is the only player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs in each of his first 10 seasons.
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