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ALLEN PARK, Mich. Wholesale Jerseys China . -- The Detroit Lions locked up two of their 2013 draft picks, signing punter Sam Martin and running back Theo Riddick?to contract extensions on Friday.Martin signed a four-year, $13.6 million extension days before the season, as first reported by the NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN. The deal makes Martin the third-highest-paid punter in the NFL, according to ESPN Insider Adam Caplan.Riddick agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million extension plus incentives up to $12.75 million, according to ESPNs Rob Demovsky and Caplan and multiple reports.The 26-year-old Martin was Detroits fifth-round draft pick in 2013 and is considered one of the better young punters in the NFL. He has played in every game since then for the Lions as the punter, kickoff specialist and holder. He has punted 220 times in his career for 10,216 yards, an average of 46.44 yards per punt.Martin has a net punting average of 40.86 yards and had 75 of his punts (33.9 percent) inside the 20-yard-line. Hes kicked off 218 times with 131 of them being hit for touchbacks.Riddick, 25, caught 80 passes last season for 697 yards -- both Lions single-season records for running backs. He has become Detroits primary third-down and two-minute back and one of the more effective pass-catching backs in the league.They are the second and third players to sign a contract extensions from their class along with cornerback Darius Slay, who signed a $50.2 million extension right before training camp.Its pretty good, man. You build a championship team off your draft class, I feel like, Slay said. Be able to keep the guys around thats accustomed to what we do and how we practice and you build with each other. Authentic Jerseys Cheap . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. NFL Jerseys China .  The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes. . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday.INDIANAPOLIS -- The Rocket Man got his fuel back. Finally. Ryan Newman snatched the pole away from Jimmie Johnson with a blistering lap of 187.531 mph around Indianapolis Motor Speedway to set a track record for NASCAR races at the Brickyard. Newman was the last of the 45 drivers to make a qualifying attempt Saturday as Johnsons No. 48 was atop the scoring tower for well over an hour with a lap of 187.438. Driver after driver had failed to knock Johnson from the pole, and the four-time Brickyard winner watched and waited to see if Newman could get the job done. Newman, an Indiana native, pulled it off as Johnson smiled his approval. "You cant count Ryan out, and he put up a whale of a lap," Johnson said. Added team co-owner Tony Stewart, "They dont call him Rocket Man for no reason. He had an awesome lap." Its the 50th pole for Newman, who established himself as an elite qualifier with six poles his rookie season. He set a NASCAR record with 11 poles in 2003, and won at least one pole a year for 11 seasons. But hed been in a drought of late, and Newmans last pole was late in the 2011 season. "I just am ecstatic. Its awesome because its my 50th. Its awesome because its Indy, and its a track record on top of that, so its like a double triple bonus," Newman said. The normally stoic Newman admitted he got emotional on the backstretch of his cool-down lap. "Its more special to me because its the Brickyard, because its Indy, because of the history of auto racing at this facility," he said. "So many drivers who are my heroes, so many drivers Ive admired, so many drivers that have worked so hard in their career to get to here on this day, to be the fastest one, thats whats the most special to me." The drought on poles had weighed on Newman over the last year. "Its been bothering me for a long time," he said. "I feel like Im a driver that can still hit his marks each and every lap and put it all together, and we didnt win a pole last year. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping. . We were close at times." The 50th pole of his career is good enough for ninth on the career list, and it comes at a critical time for Newman. Stewart told Newman hes not being re-signed for next season two weeks ago, and Newman is currently looking for a job for 2014. "No hard feelings. They made a move, and that move makes me move, and theres no hard feelings," Newman said. "I dont know what Im going to do. Obviously this is a good step in publicity for me on the positive side, so well see what we can do tomorrow." Carl Edwards qualified third at 187.157, and was already seated for the post-qualifying news conference when he watched on television as Newman knocked Johnson and Edwards down a notch. "I felt really good -- second is the worst," Edwards said about qualifying third. "Its the worst to qualify second, and nobody wants anybody to go through what Jimmie just had to go through. We all dont feel too bad for Jimmie, but that was pretty dramatic. I didnt really expect that." Johnson, who on Sunday will try to win his fifth Brickyard and tie Formula Ones Michael Schumacher as the winningest driver at Indy, said his lap wasnt perfect. "I did miss Turn 2 a little bit on my turning point, and felt like I made that mistake," Johnson said. "But Ryan hit all four corners great and got it done. Happy for him. Its got to be a big day for him, being a hometown boy and all. Very happy for Ryan and very happy for our team." Denny Hamlin qualified fourth and was followed by Stewart, a two-time Indy winner, as Stewart-Haas Racing has two cars starting in the top five. Kurt Busch was sixth and followed by Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, four-time Indy winner Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose. 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