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DETROIT -- The Lions re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew on Friday, keeping one of Matthew Staffords top targets and a player who can potentially make defences regret focusing too much on Calvin Johnson. "The key is to be able to keep your good players," new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "And, I think anytime you can do that in an organization, its great. It doesnt always work out for you, but when you can, and a guys been productive for you, I think its huge." Pettigrew will get a $16 million, four-year contract with half of the money guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because terms were not announced. "Obviously, this is certainly a long-term commitment from both sides and were certainly looking forward to that," Caldwell said. The Lions drafted Pettigrew with the 20th overall pick in 2009, the same year they selected Stafford first overall in the NFL draft. The native of Tyler, Texas, has 284 receptions for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns in five NFL seasons. Pettigrew said part of the reason he wanted to stay was because hes in "a groove," with teammates such as Stafford. "We got drafted together," he said. "Weve already got that going, and I think thats important. I love the city. Im grateful for being able to be here. The city is going through change, as is the organization. Its just an honour to be a part of that." He tested the market as a free agent before deciding to stay in Detroit. "Of course, the pursuits were real because thats just part of the business," Pettigrew said. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Pettigrew is yet another weapon for Stafford, who already has Johnson and will now have receiver Golden Tate next season. Detroit, with a solid offensive line, should be able to strike a balance in the running game with Reggie Bush in his second season paired with Joique Bell, who was re-signed with a $9.3 million, three-year deal earlier this week. "He gives you a guy that really is a dual threat in terms of being able to handle the end-line blocking on the line of scrimmage, which he does very well," Caldwell said. "Also, obviously, hes a threat in the passing game. When you look at whats going to happen in most cases with the guys that we have on the outside, our inside receivers are going to certainly become a bigger part of our game." Pettigrew is coming off a relatively disappointing season, which probably cost him some money on the market. He had 41 receptions for 416 yards and two TDs, his lowest numbers in each category since he was a rookie. When Pettigrew was at his best in 2001, he caught 83 passes for 777 yards and five TDs -- all career highs -- and helped the franchise end an 11-year post-season skid. Pettigrew said he spoke to some members of teams new staff, including Caldwell. "Hes already told me he wants me to step up and be in that role of a leader and coming out to accept that," Pettigrew said. "Ive been here long enough, and I agree with him. He seems like a great guy. So, Im looking forward to getting back." The Lions next significant move may be finding a starting safety to play alongside Glover Quin, who was signed last year as a free agent, to replace Louis Delmas. They seem to be interested in adding veteran safety James Ihedigbo, but he left team headquarters without a contract after a visit Thursday. Ihedigbo made 99 tackles last season, ranking second on the Baltimore Ravens, and had three interceptions after not picking off one pass in his first five NFL seasons. He started 16 games last season and 12 games in 2011 for the New England Patriots and ranked fifth on the team in tackles. He spent his first three seasons in the league with the New York Jets after making the team in 2008 as an undrafted rookie. Detroit, desperate for success with only one playoff victory since 1957, also hopes Ndamukong Suh will sign a new contract to avoid having the defensive tackle count more than $20 million against the salary cap in 2014. Yeezy 350 Cheap Real . - The New York Rangers have momentum, a unified locker room and Henrik Lundqvist. Cheap Adidas Nmd White .Y. - His opponent couldnt stop him, and LeBron James didnt quite know what to think when his coach tried. . -- Scottie Wilbekin sat on the bench for the final minute, holding a bag of ice against his left knee. Adidas Nmd Wholesale China . 3. Trevor Ariza left them talkin about 40. Ariza made eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 40 points to help the Washington Wizards win their sixth straight game, 122-103 over Philadelphia on Saturday night. Cheap Yeezys Real .B. -- Canadas Rachel Homan had ideal preparation for the playoffs at the Ford World Curling Championships with a pair of hard-fought wins over tenacious opponents Thursday. TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays were counting on Chien-Ming Wang to come through with a bounce-back performance after getting shelled in his previous start. For the second straight game, he didnt make it out of the second inning and this time it cost him his spot on the big-league roster. Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in Detroits six-run second inning and the Tigers scratched out a tie-breaking run in the eighth for a 7-6 win over Toronto on Tuesday night, ending the Blue Jays seven-game home winning streak. Toronto designated Wang for assignment after the game. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wang simply couldnt get the outs when he needed them. "That takes its toll on you," Gibbons said. "For whatever reason the struggles are, Im not sure. But we cant afford it. Weve got to bring up another arm to cover us tomorrow, thats for sure." The Blue Jays announced later in the evening that right-hander Todd Redmond would be called up from triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. Wang was signed by Toronto on June 11 after opting out of his minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. He turned in three decent starts before recording just five outs in a 7-4 loss to Boston on June 27. The Blue Jays bullpen stepped up again after Wangs early exit with Juan Perez, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil providing 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Neil Wagner (1-3) came on in the eighth and gave up a leadoff hit to Omar Infante, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a flyout to deep centre field. Torii Hunter hit a comebacker that struck Wagner and bounced to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Jose Reyes made a nice play to barehand the ball and throw it to first but it wasnt in time to catch the speedy Hunter, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Al Alburquerque (1-1) threw one inning of relief for the win and Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth for his sixth save as Detroit (44-38) ended its three-game losing skid. Toronto (41-42) fell below the .500 mark with the loss. Wang said he would likely take a day or two to decide whether to accept his assignment. He could have a chance to return later in the season if he reports to the Bisons or he could elect to become a free agent. The soft-spoken veteran offered a few pithy replies when asked for his thoughts after the game. "Im very disappointed," he said. Wang allowed eight hits, six earned runs, one walk and had one strikeout. Toronto catcher Josh Thole said Wangs sinker started to flatten out in the second inning. "It just runs, its still moving but it just runs," Thole said. "Theres not much depth to it and when theres not much depth to it, those are the balls that they got on to." Hunter had four of Detroits 12 hits.dddddddddddd The Tigers have won seven of their last nine games against the Blue Jays dating back to last season. Detroit starter Doug Fister recovered after giving up six earned runs over the first two innings. He allowed seven hits and one walk over six innings while striking out four. "He settled down and had a couple of quick innings there, which helped," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "He ended up doing a heck of a job. He could have caved in a little bit but he didnt cave in. That was huge for us." The Blue Jays attacked Fister from the outset, with Reyes leading off with a single and moving to second when Rajai Davis was hit by a pitch. Jose Bautista followed with a sharp single that scored Reyes. After advancing on a passed ball, both runners scored when Colby Rasmus sliced a ground-rule double that bounced out of play near the left-field foul pole. Rasmus advanced to third when Maicer Izturis grounded out and scored when Thole legged out an infield single. Fister capped the 38-pitch inning when Munenori Kawasaki grounded out. In the second, Detroits Jhonny Peralta and Andy Dirks singled before Infante hit an RBI double. Alex Avila cashed in two more runs with another double to make it a one-run game. Hunters one-out single set the stage for Cabrera, who delivered a rainbow blast to right-centre field that gave Detroit a 6-4 lead. It was his 26th home run of the season. Toronto tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Bautista drew a two-out walk and scored when Rasmus hit a blast over the centre-field wall for his 15th homer of the year. Cabrera displayed his defensive skills in the fourth inning by barehanding a Davis grounder and firing it to first base in time to get the quick left-fielder for the third out. Davis showed his own defensive prowess in the sixth inning. With two runners on, he made a nice diving catch on a Prince Fielder line drive to keep the game tied. Notes: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected in the ninth inning after arguing with home plate umpire Alan Porter. It was his fourth ejection of the season. ... Wangs earned-run average rose from 5.24 to 7.13. ... Torontos Josh Johnson (1-2) is scheduled to start Wednesday night against fellow right-hander Max Scherzer (12-0). ... Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello is appealing a six-game suspension from Major League Baseball for hitting Tampa Bays Ben Zobrist with a pitch last Sunday. Hes scheduled to start Friday at Cleveland and is available to pitch until the appeal is heard. ... Announced attendance at Rogers Centre was 27,189. The Blue Jays had sold out the previous two games. ... The game took two hours 48 minutes to play. ' ' '

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