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Patriots hold on to Pro Bowler...Judge dismisses charges against Revis... Nationals release Norris

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.

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BOSTON (AP) — The Patriots have re-signed Pro Bowl linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Hightower's agency, SportsTrust Advisors, tweeted the agreement today and his agent Pat Dye Jr. confirmed it. The new pact is for four years and $43.5 million. It brings back one of the Patriots' biggest free agents, who has helped New England win two Super Bowls in his five NFL seasons. He has 372 tackles and 17 sacks since being a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2012.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge is dismissing all charges against former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stemming from a fight last month in Pittsburgh. Revis had been charged with aggravated assault and other counts in a fight Feb. 12 in which two men were punched and knocked out. A witness testified today that he came to Revis' aid during the fight and was responsible for the knockout punches.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have unconditionally released catcher Derek Norris, who at one point appeared to be penciled in as Washington's starting catcher. He became expendable after the club signed free agent Matt Wieters. The Nationals announced the move today via Twitter. Norris, originally a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2007, was reacquired by the team in December via a trade with the San Diego Padres for a minor league right-hander.

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron are back on the U.S. roster after lengthy layoffs as coach Bruce Arena made large-scale changes, hoping to spark the Americans to a rebound in World Cup qualifying. The U.S. coach from 1998-2006, Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November after a 0-2 start in the final round. For the first competitive matches of his second stint, he selected just 13 of the 26 players on Klinsmann's final roster.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is picking North Carolina to win the men's NCAA Tournament over Duke. Last year, he had Kansas winning it all in his bracket. The Jayhawks lost to eventual champion Villanova in the Elite Eight. Obama also has Arizona and Kansas in his Final Four. Obama has also picked UConn to win the women's NCAA title over Notre Dame, with South Carolina and Washington in the Final Four.

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