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49ers take advantage of window that provides exclusive negotiating rights

49ers take advantage of window that provides exclusive negotiating rights

The 49ers are not expected to be nearly as active next week in free agency as a year ago when John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan pieced together a roster that was left in complete shambles.

But the 49ers have been far more active in the weeks leading up to the opening of the new league year.

The 49ers took advantage of the exclusive negotiating rights with their own scheduled free agents to reach contract extensions with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, center Daniel Kilgore, defensive end Cassius Marsh, offensive tackle Garry Gilliam and linebacker Mark Nzeocha.

On Thursday, the 49ers got a head start on next offseason with a three-year extension for wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who was scheduled to enter the second season of the two-year contract he signed on the first day of 2017 free agency.

Since the end of last season, the 49ers have signed six of their own players to contract extensions. Only four other teams have retained multiple players on new deals: Washington (3), Carolina (2), New England (2) and Pittsburgh (2).

Lynch described the 49ers’ plan this offseason as “aggressively prudent.” At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, he spoke about identifying the right fits for the team in free agency -- finding players that fit the long-term plan in salary structure, scheme and character.

Goodwin is a perfect example of a player who came to the 49ers as a projection of what how he could fit into Shanahan’s offense, then proved himself on and off the field.

“From the minute Marquise joined our team, he has shown us everything we want to see in a 49er,” Lynch said in a statement to announce Goodwin’s new deal, which carries through the 2021 season.

“He leads by example with a tremendous work ethic, a trait that helped him expand his repertoire as a football player and post his most successful season as a pro last year. Marquise earned this extension by coming in every day focused on doing his job and, as a result, he made himself and his teammates better.”

49ERS SCHEDULED UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
RB Carlos Hyde
S Eric Reid
DL Tank Carradine
CB Dontae Johnson
G Brandon Fusco
LB Brock Coyle
DE Aaron Lynch
TE Logan Paulsen
DL Leger Douzable
CB Leon Hall
WR Louis Murphy
DL Chris Jones
CB Asa Jackson
C Tim Barnes
DB Antone Exum
RB Raheem Mostert (exclusive rights)

Simon Pagenaud holds off Alexander Rossi for first Indianapolis 500 win

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Simon Pagenaud holds off Alexander Rossi for first Indianapolis 500 win

The month of May has been kind to Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud.

Two weeks after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix, the 35-year-old from France won his first career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Pagenaud, who celebrated his birthday on May 18, beat out Alexander Rossi to capture the checked flag.

With one-and-a-quarter laps to go, Pagenaud passed Rossi for the lead and never gave it back.

Here's the thrilling finish, which was broadcast on NBC for the first time:

Will Power, the defending Indy 500 champion, finished fifth.

Pagenaud was so excited after his win that he dumped the entire bottle of milk over his head. When he tried to take a sip, there was nothing left.

Shortly after his big win, Pagenaud tweeted about the accomplishment, saying "Dreams do come true."

Pagenaud and his team capped off the memorable day by kissing the bricks. Must have been sweet.

Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

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Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite

Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter. 

In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race. 

1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)