Falcons extend LB Jones 4 years, $57M

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a four-year, $57 million contract extension with linebacker Deion Jones.

The new deal, which includes $34 million in guaranteed salary, was announced by the team on Wednesday. The contract carries through the 2023 season.

Jones' deal is the latest major financial commitment to the defense. On Monday, the Falcons signed defensive tackle Grady Jarrett to a four-year, $68 million contract.

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Trout set to return for streaking Angels

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Surging A's hit 6 homers to back Bailey

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Ex-Auburn assistant avoids jail time

NEW YORK (AP) Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach and NBA star Chuck Person's lifelong generosity may have driven him to the poorhouse, but it saved him from the jailhouse Wednesday when a judge sentenced him in a bribery scandal that touched some of the biggest college basketball programs.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska cited Person's "random acts of charity that happened all the time" as she explained why he won't be locked up for taking bribes to steer top college players toward a financial adviser who was cooperating with the government's investigation. (MORE)

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