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Franchise and transition: What’s your price tag?

NEW YORK – The Baltimore Ravens will have to pay at least $14.896 million for Joe Flacco to be their quarterback in 2013.

The NFL set the franchise tag at that figure Friday.

Under the franchise tag in 2013, a player is paid according to a formula based on salaries for the last five years at the position and their percentage of the total salary cap. With the nonexclusive tag, his team has the right to match any offer sheet, or get two first-round draft picks in return for allowing him to leave.

The other tags for franchise players are $10.854 million for cornerbacks; $10.537 million for wide receivers; $9.828 million for offensive linemen; $9.619 million for linebackers; $8.45 million for defensive tackles; $8.219 million for running backs; and $6.066 million for tight ends.

Transition tags also were set Friday. The figures range from $13.068 million at quarterback to $5.194 million for tight ends and $2.7 million for kickers.

Auto Racing

54-year-old Mark Martin wins Phoenix pole position

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Mark Martin will be on the pole at Phoenix International Raceway for the second consecutive year after becoming the second oldest pole-sitter in NASCAR history.

Martin went around PIR’s one-mile oval at a speed of 138.075 mph Friday to earn his 56th career pole a week after finishing third in the Daytona 500.

Martin turned 54 in January, leaving him a few months short of beating Harry Gant as the oldest driver to win a Sprint Cup pole.

College Basketball

NCAA places Saint Mary’s on four years probation

MORAGA, Calif. – One of the most powerful mid-major programs in college basketball has been found guilty of breaking some big-time rules.

The NCAA placed Saint Mary’s on four years of probation Friday for a “failure to monitor its men’s basketball program.”

A report by the NCAA Committee on Infractions found that Gaels coach Randy Bennett “failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance,” particularly over the recruiting practices of a former assistant. Bennett will not be allowed to recruit off campus and will be suspended for the first five West Coast Conference games next season.

Saint Mary’s still will be allowed to participate in the league tournament and the NCAA Tournament but can’t play in preseason or in-season tournaments not already contractually obligated to attend. The men’s basketball program also will have a reduction in scholarships from 13 to 11 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and an elimination of all foreign tours until the start of the 2017-18 season.


McIlroy walks off the course; Woods barely makes the cut

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy left early. Tiger Woods was on the ropes. And with all that drama Friday, hardly anyone noticed PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie showing off some of his potential with a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the Honda Classic.

McIlroy walked off the course after playing eight holes in 7-over par. He told reporters he wasn’t in a good place mentally, then later issued a statement that he couldn’t concentrate because of a sore wisdom tooth. Woods struggled just to make the cut.

Ski Racing

Weirather wins the super-G; Mancuso, Maze tie for 2nd

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein secured her first World Cup victory Friday when she edged Julia Mancuso of the United states on a fast and steep course to win a super-G.

Mancuso and Tina Maze of Slovenia tied for second on the 1.42-mile Kandahar course in sunny weather. Maze, who already has clinched the season’s overall title, became the first skier to make 19 podiums in one season.

Associated Press