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Source: 49ers, Richard Sherman agree to three-year deal

Source: 49ers, Richard Sherman agree to three-year deal

Cornerback Richard Sherman, the 49ers’ biggest nemesis for most of the past decade, is reportedly joining the organization he tormented for so long.

For the 49ers, the reasoning seems to be, “If you can’t beat ‘em, sign ‘em.”

Sherman and the 49ers agreed on a three-year contract Saturday, a source confirmed. Sherman told ESPN the deal is worth up to $39.15 million.

Sherman’s seven-year union with the Seattle Seahawks came to an end on Friday, as the club released him to avoid playing his scheduled $11 million salary for the 2018 season.

He had dinner Friday night with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and spent most of Saturday with club officials in Santa Clara. He also took a physical. Sherman represented himself in negotiations. ESPN first reported the three-year agreement. He told ESPN the contract is worth up to $39.5 million.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, is a four-time Pro Bowl player and a three-time selection as a first-team All-Pro. After playing all 16 games in his first six seasons, Sherman’s season came to an end in November after nine games due to a torn right Achilles tendon.

The original timetable for Sherman’s return to football activity was 6-to-8 months, which would place his return from mid-May to mid-July – in time for the opening of training camp. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in Green Bay on Nov. 16.

Sherman also recently underwent a procedure to “clean up” his left Achilles.

Since Sherman’s rookie year of 2011, he leads the NFL with 32 interceptions and 99 passes broken up. He has been particularly disruptive – both with his skills and his mouth – against the 49ers.

Sherman made the play in the final minute of the NFC Championship game in January 2014 to deflect a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, now with the 49ers, made the interception to set up Seattle’s first and only Super Bowl title.

Beginning with that game, the Seahawks have won nine consecutive head-to-head matchups against the 49ers.

The addition of Sherman fills the 49ers’ biggest offseason need. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon had a promising rookie season, but the 49ers did not have another starter-caliber cornerback on their roster before the addition of Sherman.

Dontae Johnson, who started all 16 games at cornerback for the 49ers last season, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. The 49ers are not expected to place a high priority on re-signing Johnson.

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)

Kentucky Derby 2019 odds: Updated lines after Omaha Beach scratched

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Kentucky Derby 2019 odds: Updated lines after Omaha Beach scratched

It's anyone's race at this Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Omaha Beach, the prohibitive favorite entering the 145th iteration of "The Run for the Roses," was scratched from the race Wednesday with a breathing issue. The horse was a 4-1 morning-line favorite, and Omaha Beach's absence has scrambled the Derby's odds.

Game Winner (9-2) now is the favorite, while Roadster and the (now ironically named) Improbable aren't far behind in a tie for the second-best odds (5-1), according to Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia (H/T Lexington Herald-Leader). Bodexpress (30-1), who will now run in the field in Omaha Beach's absence, is not the field's longest longshot. That distinction belongs to Gray Magician, who will run the race at 50-1 odds. 

You can watch the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on NBC, and streaming on the NBC Sports App and on NBCSports.com. Here are the full odds for the Derby, courtesy of Battaglia. 

Game Winner 9-2
Improbable 5-1
Roadster 5-1
Maximum Security 8-1
Tacitus 8-1
Code of Honor 12-1
Win Win Win 12-1
By My Standards 15-1
Vekoma 15-1
War of Will 15-1
Tax 20-1
Bodexpress 30-1
Country Horse 30-1
Cutting Humor 30-1
Haikal 30-1
Long Range Toddy 30-1
Plus Que Parfait 30-1
Spinoff 30-1