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Report: Colts to Sign WR Duron Carter

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) — The Indianapolis Colts are in the final stages of signing wide receiver Duron Carter, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 6’5″ Carter is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, who played 16 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins.

The younger Carter was initially signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota, the team his father played for the majority of his career. He was unable to make the team in part because of character concerns.

Last season Carter, 23, played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes, catching 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns.

Carter would join an impressive Colts wide receiving group that includes T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and stalwart veteran Reggie Wayne.

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Red Sox, Rangers Complete Pitching Swap

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have swapped pitchers struggling to find their role.

Rangers vice president of communications John Blake announced via Twitter Tuesday that Boston has sent right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Texas in exchange for left-hander Robbie Ross, Jr.

Ranaudo, 25, displayed fantastic play in Triple A, compiling a 14-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 111 strikeouts over 138 innings pitched. He made his Major League debut last season, but struggled to find the same groove as his ERA ballooned to 4.81 in 39.1 innings of work.

Ross, 25, struggled last season after a transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Posting a 6.20 ERA in 78.1 innings, Ross failed to find a role in the Rangers injury-riddled rotation. He will likely resume his role as a left-handed reliever with Boston, a role he excelled in during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In his career, he has a 53.8 percent ground ball rate.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/27/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Men’s Top 25 College Basketball: (14) VCU 72 (17-3) – George Washington 48 (16-5)

(17) West Virginia 65 (17-3) – Kansas State 59 (12-9)

Xavier 66 (14-7) – (21) Georgetown 53 (14-6)

NBA: Toronto Raptors 104 (30-15) – Indiana Pacers 88 (16-31)

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (21-22-3, 45pts) – Washington Capitals 3 (24-14-9, 57pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (27-12-8, 62pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (26-15-8, 60pts)

New York Islanders 4 (32-14-1, 65pts) – New York Rangers 1 (27-14-4, 58pts)

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Blues G Martin Brodeur Set to Retire on Thursday

christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur is set to announce his retirement from the National Hockey League on Thursday.

The 42-year-old Brodeur, who spent the previous 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, signed with St. Louis on Dec. 2, 2014. In seven games with the Blues, he went 3-3 with a .287 goals against average.

During Brodeur’s illustrious career, he won the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s best goaltender, four times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008), and has finished in the top five in voting for the league’s MVP seven times.

Brodeur has complied a record of 691-397-176, along with a 2.24 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts. Last season with the Devils, he finished with a 19-14-6 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

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Super Bowl XLIX Media Day

IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Media Day for Super Bowl 49 featuring the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots took place on Tuesday. The annual event is better known for its festive atmosphere than for hard-hitting X’s and O’s questions.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked what his favorite stuffed animal is. “I like a little puppet. You can kind of put your fingers in. It’s a little monkey, and then he can talk and move his fingers and nod his head, so he can kind of talk back to you.”

A reporter asked Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski if he’ll be watching the halftime show featuring pop singer Katy Perry. “No. We’ll be in the locker room preparing for the second half.”

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, known as a man of few words when it comes to speaking with the media, answered every question he was asked with some variation of “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

Lynch has been fined a total of $100,000 this season for violating the league’s media policy.

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Colts Promote Rob Chudzinski to Associate Head Coach

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts have promoted special assistant Rob Chudzinski to associate head coach.

“We’re excited to keep Chud in our family,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement. “He’s been critical part of our operation and we’re looking forward to sharing even more success in the future.”

The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams had been interested in Chudzinski to fill their offensive coordinator positions, according to ESPN, but Colts general manager Ryan Grigson turned down interview requests for the 46-year-old.

Colts defensive end Arthur Jones wrote on Twitter, “Im pretty fired up to hear Coach Chud is coming back. He is such a great man of integrity!”

Chudzinski previously was the head coach for the Browns, compiling a record of 4-12 in his lone season with Cleveland in 2013.

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Colts Promote Rob Chudzinski to Associate Head Coach

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts have promoted special assistant Rob Chudzinski to associate head coach.

“We’re excited to keep Chud in our family,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement. “He’s been critical part of our operation and we’re looking forward to sharing even more success in the future.”

The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams had been interested in Chudzinski to fill their offensive coordinator positions, according to ESPN, but Colts general manager Ryan Grigson turned down interview requests for the 46-year-old.

Colts defensive end Arthur Jones wrote on Twitter, “Im pretty fired up to hear Coach Chud is coming back. He is such a great man of integrity!”

Chudzinski previously was the head coach for the Browns, compiling a record of 4-12 in his lone season with Cleveland in 2013.

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Orioles Sign Pitcher Bud Norris, Infielder Ryan Flaherty

iStockphoto(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Bud Norris and infielder Ryan Flaherty by agreeing to one-year contracts, the club announced on Monday.

Norris will receive $8.8 million in guaranteed money, according to the Baltimore Sun. Last season, the 29-year-old went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts. He struck out 139 batters and walked 52 in 165 1-3 innings of work.

In 312 at-bats in 2014, the 28-year-old Flaherty batted .221 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. He walked 22 times while striking out 68.

The Orioles won the American League East division crown last year with a record of 96-66. They swept the Detroit Tigers in the AL Divisional round, but fell to the Kansas City Royals in four games in the AL Championship series.

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Orioles Sign Pitcher Bud Norris, Infielder Ryan Flaherty

iStockphoto(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Bud Norris and infielder Ryan Flaherty by agreeing to one-year contracts, the club announced on Monday.

Norris will receive $8.8 million in guaranteed money, according to the Baltimore Sun. Last season, the 29-year-old went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts. He struck out 139 batters and walked 52 in 165 1-3 innings of work.

In 312 at-bats in 2014, the 28-year-old Flaherty batted .221 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. He walked 22 times while striking out 68.

The Orioles won the American League East division crown last year with a record of 96-66. They swept the Detroit Tigers in the AL Divisional round, but fell to the Kansas City Royals in four games in the AL Championship series.

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Raiders Bring Back Woodson

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) — The Oakland Raiders are bringing one of the most recognizable names in franchise history back for another season.

The Silver and Black announced via Twitter Monday that Charles Woodson had signed a one-year deal that will see him play his 11th season in Oakland.

Woodson, 38, left the Raiders in 2006 to spend seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He earned his first Super Bowl ring with Green Bay in 2010.

Last season, Woodson led the Raiders with four interceptions.

Woodson was drafted fourth overall in 1998 by the Raiders after winning the Heisman Trophy at the University of Michigan.

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