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Astros Place Springer on DL

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Houston Astros placed rookie outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with strained left quadriceps.

Springer claims he was hurt on July 9, when he slammed into a wall, after making a catch against the Rangers.

The move is retroactive to Sunday.

“He’s been day to day, and we could have continued to keep him day to day because obviously taking him out of the equation for two weeks is a blow to the team, but the way Springer plays the game is 100 percent,” Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “Even if we use him as a pinch-hitter or a DH and he’s in the game and he hits a ground ball he’s going to run 100 percent. In order to protect him from himself for a certain extent, we kind of need to force him to get some rest.”

Springer leads the team with 20 home runs and is hitting .231 with 51 RBIs through 78 games.

Outfielder Marc Krauss has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer’s roster spot.

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Avalanche Sign O’Reilly to 2-Year Contract

Dave Sandford/Getty Images(DENVER) — The Colorado Avalanche signed center Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year contract Wednesday that keeps the 23-year-old in Colorado through the 2015-16 season and avoids arbitration.

O’Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player that best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct, and also led the team with 28 goals last last season.

“We are pleased to have Ryan under contract,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. “We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement.”

ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside reports the contract contains a cap hit of $5.8 million in the first year and $6.2 million in the second year.

O’Reilly was selected by the Avalanche with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. During his five seasons in Colorado, O’Reilly has played in 345 games, recording 73 goals and 191 points.

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Avalanche Sign O’Reilly to 2-Year Contract

Dave Sandford/Getty Images(DENVER) — The Colorado Avalanche signed center Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year contract Wednesday that keeps the 23-year-old in Colorado through the 2015-16 season and avoids arbitration.

O’Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player that best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct, and also led the team with 28 goals last last season.

“We are pleased to have Ryan under contract,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. “We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement.”

ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside reports the contract contains a cap hit of $5.8 million in the first year and $6.2 million in the second year.

O’Reilly was selected by the Avalanche with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. During his five seasons in Colorado, O’Reilly has played in 345 games, recording 73 goals and 191 points.

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ESPN: Chiefs Agree to Contract Extension with Jamaal Charles

Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ contract dispute with the team was short lived: ESPN is reporting that Charles will report to training camp after he and the team agreed on a two-year contract extension.

Charles did not report to training camp on Wednesday at Missouri Western State University, but he is on his way to camp now that a deal has been reached.

His original deal had two years remaining on it, but his new deal runs through 2017. The new arrangement will pay Charles $18.1 million for the additional two years. He will make an extra $5.1 million over the next two seasons, including a $4.4 million raise this year.

The 27-year-old Charles is arguably one of the biggest offensive weapons in the NFL. This past season for the Chiefs, he ran for 1,287 yards, had 70 catches for 693 yards, and scored 19 total touchdowns in 2013.

He also provided a league-high 35.3 percent of the team’s yards from scrimmage, and has a career average of 5.6 yards per carry.

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ESPN: Chiefs Agree to Contract Extension with Jamaal Charles

Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ contract dispute with the team was short lived: ESPN is reporting that Charles will report to training camp after he and the team agreed on a two-year contract extension.

Charles did not report to training camp on Wednesday at Missouri Western State University, but he is on his way to camp now that a deal has been reached.

His original deal had two years remaining on it, but his new deal runs through 2017. The new arrangement will pay Charles $18.1 million for the additional two years. He will make an extra $5.1 million over the next two seasons, including a $4.4 million raise this year.

The 27-year-old Charles is arguably one of the biggest offensive weapons in the NFL. This past season for the Chiefs, he ran for 1,287 yards, had 70 catches for 693 yards, and scored 19 total touchdowns in 2013.

He also provided a league-high 35.3 percent of the team’s yards from scrimmage, and has a career average of 5.6 yards per carry.

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Seahawks Wide Receiver Sidney Rice Retiring at Age 27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After seven seasons in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire from the sport of football at the age of 27.

ESPN is reporting that Rice is walking away from the game because of a history or concussions.

“After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League,” Rice said in the statement. “I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans.”

Rice was a second-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2007 by the Minnesota Vikings. His best season came in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards with eight touchdowns.

Injuries have kept him off the field for much of the time since that season. He played a full season in 2012, but he’s missed 25 games from 2010-20-13.

Rice had re-signed with the Seahawks for $1 million during the offseason.

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Seahawks Wide Receiver Sidney Rice Retiring at Age 27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After seven seasons in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire from the sport of football at the age of 27.

ESPN is reporting that Rice is walking away from the game because of a history or concussions.

“After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League,” Rice said in the statement. “I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans.”

Rice was a second-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2007 by the Minnesota Vikings. His best season came in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards with eight touchdowns.

Injuries have kept him off the field for much of the time since that season. He played a full season in 2012, but he’s missed 25 games from 2010-20-13.

Rice had re-signed with the Seahawks for $1 million during the offseason.

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Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Training Camp

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors and will be ready for training camp on Thursday, head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday.

“It’s a positive,” said veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins, one of the Patriots’ captains. “We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. Anytime you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.”

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his right ACL on Jan. 9 and has fully recovered.

Gronkowski said last week that he plans on playing in all 16 games this season. “I’m always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play football. I love playing the game,” he said then.

The Patriots open up against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 7.

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Rangers Re-Sign Mats Zuccarello

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers and forward Mats Zuccarello agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.5-million on Tuesday.

Zuccarello and New York avoided salary arbitration by getting a deal done.

Zuccarello scored a career high 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season.

The Rangers made it to their first Stanley Cup since 1994, but were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

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