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    Timothy Bradley Jr. ., the former two-division world titleholder who has been in one big fight after another in recent years, has signed a two-year contract extension with his longtime promoter, Top Rank.Weve had a wonderful relationship over the years with Tim Bradley, and its been a relationship that has been very successful for all of us, Top Rank president Todd duBoef told Tim has been one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world for about the last 10 years, and he and [wife and manager] Monica [Bradley] have been wonderful partners. We look forward to continuing our great relationship.Bradleys existing contract was coming to an end, and he could have sought offers from other promoters who surely would have been interested in one of the biggest names in the deep welterweight division. But Bradley, who has won five world title belts between welterweight and junior welterweight, elected not to pursue free agency, preferring to remain with the company that has consistently provided him with major fights and paid him tens of millions of dollars.It was strictly up to Tim, Monica Bradley told Hes been with Top Rank for the second half and the most important half of his career, so why wouldnt he stay? Weve built a great relationship, and theyve been good to him. Why would we go anywhere else? Top Rank has delivered everything weve worked for, and its only right to be with the right people.Monica Bradley said her husbands next fight will be the first one of the new agreement and that they are talking with Top Rank about a fight later this year or in early 2017.Were working on that now with Todd, she said. We were talking about a fight for Tim in the fourth quarter, probably December. But were not sure if thats going to be possible. If its not, the latest it would be is in January. Start off the new year with a fight.Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KOs), 32, of Palm Springs, California, is coming off a one-sided decision loss in his third fight against Manny Pacquiao on April 9. Pacquiao knocked him down twice and cruised. In 2012, Bradley won a welterweight world title when he was awarded a highly controversial decision against Pacquiao in their first meeting. Then Bradley lost a decision in their rematch in 2014.Although Bradley has had his difficulties with Pacquiao, he owns several wins against top opponents, including Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, Brandon Rios, Jessie Vargas, Devon Alexander and Lamont Peterson. His 2014 collision with Provodnikov, a hellacious fight that Bradley won by decision to retain a welterweight title, was the consensus fight of the year.Its unclear whom Bradley will fight when he returns to action, but Monica Bradley said he is interested in a fight with former four-division titleholder Miguel Cotto, one of boxings biggest stars. Cotto intends to fight in December and is in need of a viable opponent for a planned pay-per-view card. Bradley would certainly fit the bill.Thats one of the fights Tim would like before he is done with his career, Monica Bradley said.She also said that because Top Rank and powerful manager/adviser Al Haymon have settled a $100 million lawsuit that Top Rank filed against Haymon, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said he and Haymon can do business together. Haymon represents several top welterweights who would make attractive dance partners for Bradley, including titleholders Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, as well as Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter, Adrien Broner and Amir Khan.Maybe a fight with one of Haymons fighters is also possible, Monica Bradley said. Top Rank said it could be possible. . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks. . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. INDIANAPOLIS -- It is one month into the NFL season, and the concern in Indianapolis is already growing.Coach Chuck Pagano is still trying to get his offense in sync, looking for ways to pressure opposing quarterbacks, working on convincing players to avoid preventable penalties and focusing on getting his team to function well at the same time.If Pagano didnt have enough to contemplate before last weekends trip to London, the eight-hour flight home certainly drove home the point.Obviously you cant keep spotting teams the leads and the points that we do and expect to have these comebacks, he said Monday.(We were) down 11 at half and then got down 17 and then finally caught fire in the fourth quarter and played good football. But you cant play three quarters of football the way that we played.The troubles have become pronounced that even players are speaking freely about whats gone wrong.After Sundays 30-27 loss to previously winless Jacksonville, Andrew Luck offered a rare, general critique by calling on the Colts (1-3) to be more professional.He also blamed this seasons sluggish start to bad ball and a lack of focus. Other players shared similar sentiments in the locker room.And the usually cautious Pagano hasnt held back, either.Too many penalties. Too many missed opportunities. Too many dropped balls, he said Sunday. We didnt tackle well, they ran the ball well. We didnt do our job on the defensive side when it had to be done.For the Colts (1-3), these are not new problems.Last season, they finished 18th in the NFL in penalties and routinely found themselves trying to dig out of early deficits.Everyone from team owner Jim Irsay to Paganos assistants spent the offseason discussing the need to better protect Luck, and general manager Ryan Grigson responded by using four of eight draft picks on offensive linemen.So far, little has changed.Indy has allowed a league-high 15 sacks and Luck is on pace to be hit nearly 200 times this season -- far more than anyone wants.While part of that could be explained by the infusion of rookies, three of whom started Sunday, the bigger concern has been the play of left tackle Anthony Castonzo, a six-year veteran. Thirteen months ago, Castonzo signed a four-year, $43 million contract, but struggled most of last season and is off to another poor start this season.But the problems run deeper on offense. The Colts have self-destructed often because of bad hands, poor decisions and ill-timed penalties -- all of which sabotaged their hopes in London.Its not on one person. Its on the unit, Luck said. Its sloppy and it has to be fixed. We know that. You overcome it in some games, you dont in others.Defensively, there are other concerns.Only nine teams have fewer sacks than Indy (seven), only five teams have allowed a higher completion rate than Indy (68.1 percent) and only two teams have allowed more points than the Colts (125).And they didnt help themselves with a spate of penalties that included three unnecessary roughness calls plus a pass interference call and a holding call during a four-play sequence that led to a Jacksonville field goal at the end of the first half.Its enough to baffle any coach, especially one such as Pagano, who had previously coached the secondary and served as a defensive coordinator.Penalties, poor execution, just fundamental things early on got us in the hole that we were in, he said. Again, we had opportunities. There were plays to be made and we didnt capitalize on them.So, before the Chicago Bears (1-3) come to town this weekend, Pagano will spend his waking hours looking for those seemingly elusive solutions.All you can do is keep coming to work, keep working to get better, Pagano said. Weve got to improve, got to find a way to play better early and youve got to finish.Game notes Because of the long trip back, Pagano gave his players some extra rest Monday. Players were not available to take questions. ... Defensive lineman Art Jones returned to the team complex following his four-game suspension for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing substances. Pagano has not said when Jones might be able to play ... Pagano also sounded hopeful about getting three injured players back this week. He said cornerback Darius Butler (hamstring) should return to practice Wednesday. 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      April 3, 2018 1:00 AM MDT