The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees are expected to reach agreement on a short-term contract extension by the end of the day, league sources told ESPNs Ed Werder on Wednesday.Sources told Werder on Monday that the Saints and Brees agent, Tom Condon, had resumed talks over a possible contract extension.There has been dialogue between the two for approximately a week and an exchange of proposals in recent days. Brees, 37, has said he will not negotiate once the season begins Sunday with the Saints at home against the Oakland Raiders.Brees has just one year left on his current contract. And if an extension isnt reached, he could become an unrestricted free agent next spring. It would cost the Saints nearly $43 million to use the franchise tag on Brees for the third time in his career (a 44 percent raise over his current salary-cap cost of $30 million).A source told ESPNs Mike Triplett that the extension Brees and the Saints are currently discussing may be shorter in length than other recent blockbuster quarterback deals.Brees became the highest-paid player in NFL history when he signed a five-year, $100 million contract in 2012. However, his $20 million average has been passed 11 times since then -- including twice by Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco.Flacco signed for a record $22.13 million per year in new money in March. Then Colts QB Andrew Luck shattered that mark with $24.6 million per year in new money last month.However, the biggest sticking point in Brees contract will likely be the guaranteed money, because of his age. If Brees wants more than $60 million in guarantees like other top quarterbacks, that would guarantee him money into his age-39 or age-40 season.Brees is still going strong. He led the NFL in passing for the fourth time in five seasons last year with 4,870 yards in just 15 games played.However, the Saints have not been going strong, with back-to-back 7-9 seasons. And theyll need to decide if they want to re-up with their future Hall of Fame quarterback or reboot.ESPNs Mike Triplett contributed to this report. Vans Old Skool New Zealand . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Vans Old Skool Nz Sale . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. http://www.discountoldskoolnz.com/ . Darren Helm scored on Detroits sixth attempt in the shootout and then Jonas Gustavsson stopped Andrew Shaws shot, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Vans Old Skool Clearance . That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an embarrassing home loss with a rout of their own, beating the Boston Celtics 114-88 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Buy Vans Old Skool Nz . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the American League MVP.The announcement was made on MLB Network after voting from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished second, and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was third.Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be the best player in everything I did, didnt matter what sport, Trout said in an ESPN interview after being named MVP. But obviously, you work hard just to be in the conversation.There are a lot of great players across the country, across the world, that youre playing against each and every day. [You] put your mindset to that, just to work hard and be the best.At just 25 years old, Trout now has his second MVP award -- he won his first in 2014. Trout is the sixth player to win two MVPs before the age of 26, according to Elias. Trout also has never finished lower than second in AL MVP voting in his five full years in the majors.A five-time All-Star, Trout was one of the few bright spots for an Angels team that finished 21 games out of first place in the AL West.The Los Angeles center fielder led the majors in runs scored (123), walks (116), on-base percentage (.441) and WAR ((10.dddddddddddd6). He finished second in the AL in OPS (.991) and tied for second in steals (30).Betts was tied with teammate Dustin Pedroia for second in the AL in batting average (.318), ranked second in hits (214), tied for third in doubles (42) and was fourth in RBIs (113). He finished second in the majors in WAR (9.6) behind Trout.Altuve led the AL in both batting average (.338) and hits (216), while he tied for second in steals (30), was third in WAR (7.7), tied for third in doubles (42) and ranked fifth in OPS (.928).Trout received 19 first-place votes and 356 points, while the runner-up Betts received 311 points. Retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz got one first-place vote to finish sixth in his final year in the majors.A well-deserved honor for a player that puts his name in the MVP conversation year in and year out, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Trout in a release. Mike is the consummate team player and deserves every accolade he receives on the field just as he should off of it for the person he is.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. ' ' '