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Two days after the Panthers rescinded their nonexclusive franchise tag on Josh Norman, the All-Pro cornerback signed Friday with the Redskins.

The contract, a five-year, $75 million deal, according to, makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL and includes $50 million in guarantees, the website said.

Norman, 28, visited the Redskins on Friday — flying to Washington on the team's private jet — and signed a deal soon after. He was contacted by roughly 10 teams within hours of the Panthers cutting him free. The Bucs were among those reported to be interested.

Super Bowl tickets: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said a law to keep fans from paying state sales tax on Super Bowl tickets will help make the state more competitive nationally. Atlanta is a finalist for either the 2019 or 2020 game, along with Tampa, Miami and New Orleans. The state is expected to forgo $10 million in sales taxes on game tickets under the law, which gives the same exemption to other sporting events expected to generate at least $50 million in other revenue.


horses: Jockey Dean Butler collected his 2,000th career victory aboard Impromptu in Race 5 at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar.

MMA: Conor McGregor was a no-show at a Las Vegas news conference promoting the big UFC 200 card July 9, and UFC president Dana White said McGregor would not meet Nate Diaz in a rematch on top of the card in Las Vegas. "You have to show up to promote the fight," White said. "It's part of the job." McGregor said this week on Facebook that he wouldn't attend because he couldn't afford the time he would need to leave his training camp in Iceland. The dispute over promotional duties means UFC's biggest card of the year will be without McGregor, who lost to Diaz last month in a major upset. Diaz indicated he might not fight, either, though White said he was looking for an opponent for him.

soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to miss Real Madrid's match against Rayo Vallecano today and was in doubt for the team's Champions League semifinal at Manchester City on Tuesday. Ronaldo pulled a muscle in his right leg against Villarreal on Wednesday, the team said.

tennis: Top seed Rafael Nadal beat 12th seed Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) to advance to the semi­finals of the claycourt Barcelona Open in Spain. Nadal plays 10th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-1. Defending champion Kei Nishikori, seeded second, beat 11th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-0. He faces Benoit Paire in the semis. … World tennis' anti­corruption unit said it received alerts of unusual or suspicious betting on 48 matches between January and March, including one at the Australian Open. One alert involved a WTA Tour match, but other matches were from lower-ranking tournaments, the Tennis Integrity Union said. The group didn't name any of the matches or players involved. There were 31 alerts in the opening quarter for 2015, the group said.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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