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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Vonta Leach was released Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the three-time All-Pro fullback. Leach was an integral part of a running game that helped the Ravens become champions last season. Paving the way for standout halfback Ray Rice, Leach made the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons with Baltimore and was a key figure in the locker room. "He played a significant role in helping us get to the AFC Championship game in 2011 and win the Super Bowl last season," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "He added to our toughness and will to win. Plus, he provided leadership." After negotiations between Newsome, Leach and the players agent reached a standstill, both sides agreed it would be best to terminate Leachs contract. But Newsome left open the possibility that Leach could return if he fails to find an adequate suitor in the free agent market. "We could revisit this before or during training camp," Newsome said. Baltimore began a three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday without Leach, who ran 21 times for 67 yards and one touchdown while with the Ravens. He also had 36 catches for 212 yards. "Vontas been as much the heart and soul of this team as anybody since hes been here," coach John Harbaugh said. "Hes been a great leader. Hes been a tremendous performer. Ive never had more fun with a player since hes been there. "Hes just a great guy, and he established us in a lot of ways. He established the personality of our offence as a physical, hard-nosed unit over the last couple years. I wish him nothing but the best, and Im sure hell do really well. Im sorry to see him go." Leachs departure was a hot topic following the late afternoon practice. "Were going to miss him on the football field, but I think the tough thing is that you lose out on a friend, a great teammate," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "Im just going to miss him being around the locker room." Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said, "That was weird when I heard about it. Hes a monster. Hes a great blocker. And its just going to weird without him. He was definitely a character on our team, and he was a good teammate." Leach, a 6-foot, 260-pounder, played previously for the Houston Texans (2006-10), New Orleans Saints (2006) and Green Bay Packers (2004-06). His next destination should be decided in the weeks ahead. His agent, Ralph Vitolo, told Houston television station KRIV: "Hes probably a fit for four or five teams. Denver, Dallas, Houston, people like that, Cincinnati." Leach is the latest in a long line of players cut loose or traded by the Super Bowl champs this off-season. The list includes wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, and linebackers Darnell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger. "Its just part of the business," Leach said of his release. "I have no animosity against the Ravens. They are a first-class organization. They cant pay everybody." In another move Tuesday, the Ravens re-signed tight end Billy Bajema, who played in eight regular season games and four playoff contests for Baltimore last season. Used primarily as a blocking tight end in run situations, Bajema did not have a catch in 2012. Meanwhile, Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda was a non-participant in the minicamp practice due to an unspecified injury. Yanda dealt with shoulder and knee injuries last season. Curtis Samuel Womens Jersey. Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. Taylor Moton Youth Jersey.J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. http://www.panthersapparelsshop.com/daeshon-hall-panthers-jersey-c-50/. In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Stephen Curry Panthers Jersey. -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. Christian McCaffrey Womens Jersey. The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. TORONTO -- Milos Raonic easily advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals in front of his home fans, routing American qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday night.The fourth-seeded Raonic, a Montenegro-born player who moved to the Toronto area when he was 3, set up a match Friday against 10th-seeded Gael Monfils of France.Im taking care of my own things, creating some opportunities. And, you know, Im going for the shots, Raonic said. Im taking time away from the other guy, making the guy, from what I can tell, the other side of the net, uncomfortable, not giving him too much rhythm.Raonic had 15 aces to Donaldsons three.Its that way always, Raonic said about his serve. And just because I saw that he was going to return from close, I went a little bit harder into the body just to try to make him think about it, hopefully make him step back to open up the angles for myself more.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia also advanced, beating Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4 in the late match. Djokovic, the tournament winner in 2007, 2011 and 2012, will face fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 winner over American Ryan Harrison.We played so many times. Hes one of the few players Ive played at least 30 timmes, Djokovic said about Berdych.dddddddddddd. Its not a first. Obviously, I need to review some past matches.Monfils outlasted Belgiums David Goffin 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4, winning when Goffin put a backhand into the net at York Universitys Aviva Centre. The Frenchman won the Citi Open on Sunday in Washington.I love to play when its crowded, and if the crowd is for the other one, its fine, Monfils said about facing Raonic in Canada. I expect a very good match.Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland beat 16th-seeded Jack Sock of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2; third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan topped Rajeev Ram of the United States, 6-3, 6-4; South Africas Kevin Anderson edged 12th-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; and Bulgarias Grigor Dimitrov beat Croatias Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5.Wawrinka will face the 6-foot-6 Anderson.Im playing against Anderson, who I lost many times against him, Wawrinka said. I lost two years ago when I played him here. Its going to be interesting match to play again against him. Its always been difficult to beat him, but hopefully I can do that tomorrow.Nishikori will play Dimitrov. 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