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Rangers Agree to 5-Year Deal with Brassard

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers agreed to a five-year contract with center Derick Brassard, according to Brassard’s agent Allan Walsh.

ESPNNewYork.com reports the deal is worth $25 million.

Brassard, 26, recorded a career-high 18 goals during the 2013-14 season.

The new contract means the Rangers avoid going to an arbitration hearing Monday.

Brassard has been with the Rangers since the 2012-13 season when he was traded to New York by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tweeted on Sunday that he’ll go back to wearing No. 23 this season as he makes his return to Cleveland.

When James left Cleveland in 2010, fans burned his No. 23 jersey, but now they’ll have to go out and buy another one.

“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness,” James tweeted.

James switched to his Olympic No. 6 with the Miami Heat, but decided to switch back after the league did not retire the number for Michael Jordan.

James has led the league jersey sales for six of the 11 seasons he’s played in the NBA.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)

Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)

Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)

Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)

Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)

Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in his rookie year and took home his fifth on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 43-year-old competed at all 21 Brickyard 400′s in his career and passed Kasey Kahne at lap 144 during on a restart to grab the lead for good.

Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Denny Hamlin.

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Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they’re on the verge of stardom.

In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.

“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5.”

In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.

Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.

“The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told the Daily News in an interview Saturday. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”

Milliner’s rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go alone with three interceptions.

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ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Omri Caspi is going to where his NBA career began as ESPN is reporting that the veteran forward is nearing a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

In 2009, the Kings drafted Caspi 23rd overall, making him the first Isreali player to be drafted in the first round.

Caspi spent last season with the Houston Rockets, but was delt recently to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the Omer Asik trade.

The Hornets wound up waiving Caspi, leaving him free to sign with anyone after clearing waivers.

During his five-year career, Caspit has proved to be a reliable option off the bench, even if its in limted minutes. In 71 games for the Rockets last season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 18.1 minutes per game.

Casspi’s cap hit for the upcoming season will be $915,243, which help the Kings stay under the tax threshold without being forced to release forward Quincy Acy

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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) — After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.

Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.

“Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer,” he said. “I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title.”

Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.

A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.

For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.

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Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) — The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they’re on the verge of stardom.

In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.

“The thing about it is, you have to climb up,” Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. “If I’m No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5.”

In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.

Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.

“The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told the Daily News in an interview Saturday. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”

Milliner’s rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go alone with three interceptions.

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ESPN: Kings Set to Sign Omri Caspi to One-Year Deal

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Omri Caspi is going to where his NBA career began as ESPN is reporting that the veteran forward is nearing a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

In 2009, the Kings drafted Caspi 23rd overall, making him the first Isreali player to be drafted in the first round.

Caspi spent last season with the Houston Rockets, but was delt recently to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the Omer Asik trade.

The Hornets wound up waiving Caspi, leaving him free to sign with anyone after clearing waivers.

During his five-year career, Caspit has proved to be a reliable option off the bench, even if its in limted minutes. In 71 games for the Rockets last season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 18.1 minutes per game.

Casspi’s cap hit for the upcoming season will be $915,243, which help the Kings stay under the tax threshold without being forced to release forward Quincy Acy

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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) — After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.

Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.

“Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer,” he said. “I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title.”

Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.

A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.

For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.

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