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Flyers sign Giroux to 3-year extension

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Flyers have signed former first-round draft choice Claude Giroux to a three-year contract extension, the team said Monday.

The terms of the deal weren't revealed but Canadian broadcaster TSN reported it was for a total of $11.25 million, with $2.75 million due in first year.

Giroux has totaled 32 goals and 56 assists over 141 games since the Flyers drafted him 22nd overall in 2006. The 22-year old has seven goals and 14 assists in 15 games this season, both team highs.

Giroux had 16 goals and 31 assists while appearing in all 82 games last season, adding 10 goals and 11 assists in 23 post-season games during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Randy Moss traded to Vikings

Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Wide receiver Randy Moss was traded to the Minnesota Vikings from the New England Patriots, who receive a draft choice in exchange.

The trade announced Wednesday sends Moss to the team with which he started his NFL career in 1998. He spent seven seasons with Minnesota before going to the Oakland Raiders for two years. He'd been with New England since the 2008 season.

The teams didn't disclose what draft choice the Patriots would receive.

Moss, 33, is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, including last season when he caught 83 passes for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns. This season he caught four passes, three of which ended up as touchdowns, but didn't have any receptions in Monday's win at Miami.

Broncos obtain Maroney from Patriots

Denver -- The Denver Broncos obtained running back Laurence Maroney and a draft pick from the New England Patriots Tuesday, giving up a higher draft pick.

The Broncos will surrender a fourth-round 2011 draft pick in exchange for Maroney, while the Pats also gave up a sixth-round draft choice next season, The Denver Post reported.

Maroney, a first-round New England draft pick out of Minnesota, gained 757 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season for the Patriots, but was inactive for Sunday's season-opening 38-24 win over Cincinnati.

Maroney has racked up 2,430 yards with 21 rushing TDs on 582 carries in his four-year career with New England, adding 40 receptions for 409 yards and one score in 45 career games.

Astros sign first-round draft choice

Houston -- Delino DeShields Jr., the first-round choice of the Houston Astros in this year's draft, has agreed to terms, the team said Thursday.

DeShields, 17, is the son of 13-year major-league veteran Delino DeShields Sr. He is listed as both an infielder and outfielder. Financial aspects of the agreement weren't released.

"Delino fits perfectly into what we're trying to do at the development level," said Astros General Manager Ed Wade. "He is strong, athletic and dynamic. He's got great bloodlines and is focused on being a successful big leaguer."

Reports: Suh signs $68M deal with Lions

Detroit -- The Detroit Lions have reached a contract deal with defensive tackle and second-overall draft pick Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Citing an unnamed sources, the newspaper said the agreement is for five years, while reported it is worth $68 million, with $40 million in guaranteed money.

The Free Press said Suh was expected to end a four-day holdout and join the Lions' training camp Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Suh racked up 85 tackles, 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss last season in 14 games for Nebraska where he won the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award.