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Zimmerman sets Nats record ... Bell, Cousins to play under franchise tags ... Paul Pierce retiring



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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman set the Nationals' career home run record with a solo shot, and Bryce Harper connected again on Monday as Washington powered its way to a 6-1 victory for a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Zimmerman's 235th career homer moved him ahead of Vladimir Guerrero for most in Expos and Nationals history.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le'Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Bell instead will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.

UNDATED (AP) — The deadline for Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins to sign a long-term deal has passed, meaning the quarterback will play a second consecutive season on the franchise tag. The team confirmed no agreement by today's 4 p.m. EDT deadline. Cousins will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after $19.95 million last year. The 28-year-old is going into his third full season as Washington's starter.

BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA with and helped bring a championship in 2008 as part "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —The Nashville Predators have signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract. Gaudreau's contract will be worth $650,000 when he's in the NHL or $70,000 when he's in the American Hockey League for the first two years of the deal. His contract will earn him $700,000 in the 2019-20 season. Gaudreau scored three goals during the Stanley Cup Finals.

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