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The Washington Capitals and John Carlson agreed to a new eight-year, $64 million contract, the team announced Sunday.

Carlson set career highs with 15 goals and 53 assists in 2017-18 as part of the Capitals’ first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. He added five goals and 15 assists in the playoff run to Washington’s first championship. Carlson was the highest-scoring defenseman in the NHL during the regular season and playoffs. By ESPN Staff

Cristiano Ronaldo had to ask a group of rowdy Iran fans to quiet down after they gathered outside the Portugal team hotel in Saransk on Sunday evening.

With the two sides set to meet in a must-win encounter the following day, the Iranian supporters amassed beneath Ronaldo’s window with drums and vuvuzelas and made noise long into the night. By Chris Wright

With LeBron James potentially changing teams this summer and Kevin Durant also likely to become a free agent, if only to get a bigger contract with the Golden State Warriors, this year’s NBA free agency has plenty of star power at the top. By Kevin Pelton

The billboards that have gone up in several cities around the country trying to recruit LeBron James have been a fun spectacle. But they aren’t necessarily the type of pitch James is looking for as he considers whether to become a free agent this week.

James has until Friday to pick up his $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers. By Ramona Shelburne

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