COLLEGE BASKETBALL DALLAS (AP) -- Donte Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in a thriller to celebrate its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years. Ingram's long shot

After spending most of his first four seasons in Minnesota as a part-time back, Jerick McKinnon wanted to find a spot in free agency where he could show off his ability as a featured runner. San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan saw enough from his film over those years to decide he was the player they wanted to be their starting running back, giving him a four-year deal that will guarantee him nearly $12 million in 2018. ''It was big for me,'' McKinnon said Thursday.

After the addition of Nate Solder to play left tackle in free agency, it was inevitable that Ereck Flowers was going to be changing positions for the New York Giants. According to John Healy of the New York Daily News, General Manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement announcing the signing of Solder that the team had informed Flowers he will have a chance to compete for the starting right tackle job.

The New England Patriots chased a sixth ring hard last season, and it almost paid off. Little has gone right in New England since Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scored what would be the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII. The Patriots went all-in for a title last season, and this offseason hasn’t been kind.

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas plans to retire rather than returning for his 12th NFL season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Wednesday afternoon, two hours before the start of free agency. "Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete like I need to," Thomas said Wednesday in a statement. Browns general manager John Dorsey did not travel to Norman, Okla., for the pro day workout of draft prospect Baker Mayfield because of the Thomas situation and official start of free agency.

The New York Giants have started fixing their woeful offensive line. A person familiar with the negotiations says the team has an agreement with offensive tackle Nate Solder. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants did not announced the deal with the former New England Patriots left tackle when free agency kicked off Wednesday.

The New York Giants are expected to sign left tackle Nate Solder, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal is expected to be worth $60 million for four years. The New England Patriots and the Houston Texans were the other two teams interested in Solder, according to Albert Breer of the MMQB.

The New York Giants have beaten the Patriots. Left tackle Nate Solder, who has spent seven years with the Patriots, intends to sign with the Giants, per multiple reports. The Texans and Browns also were believed to be talking to Solder, who will spend his eighth year and beyond with the Giants.

While NFL free agency doesn't officially begin until the league's new year starts today at 4 p.m. rumors and news are beginning to flow regarding some big names. Tuesday saw the quarterback dominos fall in a big way. Kirk Cousins is headed to Minnesota

The top of the NFL Free Agent market took a big hit on Tuesday, when teams throughout the league agreed to terms with players who can’t technically sign on the dotted line until Wednesday afternoon. So don’t be surprised if a handful of Tuesday’s agreed

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