Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, ending his four-year tenure with the team.
The former Super Bowl MVP with the Pittsburgh Steelers was traded to the Jets in 2010. He signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Jets in 2011, but never lived up to the magnitude of the deal.
After a second straight injury-plagued season, the Jets decided to go in a different direction. His $10.75 million salary-cap charge in 2014 was another big reason behind the Jets' decision.
"I appreciate Tone's contributions over the last four seasons," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I've always admired his knack for making the clutch play. He's a tremendous competitor who wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. I wish him nothing but the best."
Holmes played in just 17 games over the past two seasons, making 43 total receptions. In 2013 he made 23 catches for 456 yards and one touchdown.
In a span of just 24 hours, the Jets cleared $17.75 million in cap room by releasing Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport (NEW YORK) -- On the eve of NFL free agency, the Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multiyear contract extension.
According to ESPN, Bennett signed a four-year, $28.5 million deal, with $16 million guaranteed. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.
Bennett will make $10 million in the first year, $6 million in the second year, $5 million in the third year and $7.5 million in the final year.
The Seahawks signed Bennett to a one-year, $4.8 million deal in 2013 after he spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had 8.5 sacks in the regular season along with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
His stellar play continued in the postseason as Bennett helped Seattle capture its first Super Bowl championship.
NBA via Miami Heat (MIAMI) -- LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 45 points as the Miami Heat burned the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night to clinch a playoff berth.
Wade scored 13 of his 22 points during the fourth quarter to help the Heat snap a three-game losing streak. James led all scorers with 23 points.
"We needed a win," Wade said. "We needed this win."
With the victory, the Heat (44-17) moved within one game of the Indiana Pacers (46-17) in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bradley Beal paced the Wizards (33-30), with 18 points. Washington led 84-83 midway through the fourth quarter before Wade took over. He keyed a 12-0 Heat run that helped put the game away.
"I'm proud of our guys," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "They kept battling, working. We didn't shoot it the way we're capable of. We got some good looks. We shared the ball. We attacked the whole game."
Lance King/Getty Images Sport (UNCASVILLE, Conn.) -- Breanna Stewart had 20 points, nine rebounds, and six assists as top-ranked Connecticut routed No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday in the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship game.
With the victory, UConn (34-0) becomes the 14th team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss. They have won 40 straight games dating back to last season. Bria Hartley scored 16 points, while Stefanie Dolson added 10 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cardinals (30-4) got off to a slow start and the Huskies capitalized, taking an 18-point lead at halftime.
It was the 16th straight loss by the Cardinals to the Huskies. Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma still refuses to take Louisville lightly if they do meet again in the NCAA tournament.
"I'm not naive enough to think that we can play Louisville twice a year for the next 10 years and they never beat us," Auriemma said. "They are too good a team and he's too good a coach for that to happen."
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period of Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and was rushed to the hospital.
Peverley, who has a history of heart issues, remains conscious at a nearby hospital.
"He was tended to by medical personnel immediately and was conscious upon being transferred to a local hospital for further evaluation," the Stars said in a statement.
Peverley is playing in his eighth season in the NHL. He had an irregular heartbeat last Tuesday that kept him out of a game against Columbus.
"Personally, I thought the medical staff did an unbelievable job tonight," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said.
"When he dropped, it was red alert. Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors."
The game was postponed and will be made up on a later date.
"Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition," the NHL said in a statement on Monday.
"He has has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans."
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz on Monday. Diaz is expected to be in camp this week.
The Cardinals were one of many teams, including the New York Yankees, who held a private workout for Diaz, reports ESPN.com.
"We have been following Aledmys for quite some time," general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "His signing marks a significant benchmark for the Cardinals in the international arena and we are excited to have reached this agreement."
Diaz hit .315 with 12 home runs and 11 steals in 270 at-bats in 2012 for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara.
The deal is worth $15-20 million for four years, according to multiple reports.
Lance King/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Kansas head coach Bill Self is remaining positive that freshman center Joel Embiid will return during the postseason after going to see a back specialist for the second time on Monday.
"I'm optimistic he'll play soon," Self said during a phone interview on Monday.
"He'll be back. I'm 100-percent optimistic he'll be back. We just don't know yet whether it will be this week or next week. We're not going to put him out there until the doctors say he's ready."
Embiid re-injured his back against Oklahoma State on March 1.
"He's still a little tight but much better than he was. He's been running in the pool, but certainly not to a point where he's gotten knocked around," Self said of the 7-footer.
Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. He is widely considered to be a front-runner to be taken No. 1 overall in June's NBA draft if he elects to leave Kansas after one season.
Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- The Kansas City Royals stacked bullpen took a big hit this weekend as reliever Luke Hochevar will need to undergo Tommy John Surgery, and will miss the entire 2014 season.
"This is a kid who's played his heart out for the Royals in the rebuidling process," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's given us everything he's got. He's a phenomenal young man, he's a tremendous teammate, and you really, really want to see him be a part of this. It's extremely hard."
This is yet another chapter in the up-and-down career of the former number one overall pick. After failing to reach success as a starting pitcher, Hochevar was primarily used as a reliever for the first time during his career.
In 2012 as a starter, Hochevar went 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA. In 58 appearances in 2013, Hochevar went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA.
During his seven-year-career, Hochevar has gone 43-61 with a 5.10 ERA.