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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Lions have given all-star defensive back Dante Marsh a clean bill of health. Marsh re-signed with the CFL club in mid-February but the deal was contingent on him passing a physical following off-season shoulder surgery. Lions GM Wally Buono said Monday the teams medical staff has cleared Marsh to play this season. The five-foot-10, 190-pound Marsh has spent his entire eight-year CFL career with B.C., winning two Grey Cups. Marsh, 31, is a three-time West Division all-star and was named a CFL-all star last season for the first time. Buono says Marshs return "strengthens an already veteran group in the secondary." ... ersey.html . -- Ramon Foster gives a wide smile, looks to the ground sheepishly and laughs quietly. ... ersey.html . The 60-year-old Carrion, a banking executive who chairs the IOC finance commission and has spearheaded multi-billion dollar television rights deals, became the third member to declare as a candidate for the most powerful job in the Olympic movement. "We are at a crossroads," Carrion said in an interview with The Associated Press. ... ersey.html . He recorded just one at-bat on the afternoon and used it to make Seattle pay. Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth inning that helped Toronto to a 7-2 victory. ... ersey.html . The Maple Leafs brought Blacker up on Monday, but he did not play in any games. In 53 games with the Marlies this season, the six-foot-two, 190-pound defenceman has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 31 minutes in penalties. ... ersey.html . All five of the wins have come at the MTS Centre as the Jets have now played five of six games on their current home stand. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs agreed to terms on a US$19.6-million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, which should help Kansas City absorb the potential loss of Brandon Carr. The deal includes a $4-million signing bonus and $6 million the first season, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the contract were not announced. Routt is still owed $5 million next month from the Raiders, who released him after the first year of a $54.4-million, five-year deal. The $11 million Routt will make in 2012 puts him among the three highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. "We are excited that we were able to come to terms with Stanford," general manager Scott Pioli said. "He is a talented player, and as we have said in the past, we are always looking to add competition at every position year-round. Stanfords experience and level of play will make him a solid addition to our defence." Routt spent several days in Kansas City before choosing the Chiefs over competing offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston, New Orleans, Minnesota and Tennessee. His signing makes it easier for the Chiefs to deal with losing Carr, who has been a stalwart opposite his good pal Brandon Flowers in the secondary. The Chiefs are now likely to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe rather than using it to keep the defensive bacckfield together.dddddddddddd Carr has started all 64 games in his four seasons with the Chiefs. "Stanford has a proven record of success in the NFL," said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who will serve as his own defensive co-ordinator next season. "Hes a talented player that has spent seven seasons in the AFC West, so he is familiar with us and our division opponents." Routt has appeared in 110 games, starting 53 of them, over seven seasons spent with Oakland. He emerged as one of the leagues better tackling defensive backs, recording 201 stops along with 10 interceptions and 52 pass deflections. Routt had a career-high four interceptions last season while adding a team-best and career-high 15 passes defenced. He also allowed eight touchdown passes, tied for the second-most in the NFL. A former second-round pick of the Raiders, Routt is among the best man-to-man coverage cornerbacks in the league, a style that should fit in well with Crennels defence. The Chiefs have paid handsomely the past couple of years in the defensive backfield, signing Flowers to a $52.5-million, five-year contract extension last season. Safety Eric Berry is also signed to a $60-million, five-year deal that includes $34 million guaranteed. "We are excited to have Stanford join the team," Crennel said, "and we are looking forward to getting started." ------ AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report. ' ' '
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