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Blue Jays Pitcher Marcus Stroman Out 2015 Season

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will be out the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday.

Stroman, who went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season, took the news rather hard.

“Beyond devastated. Not being able to compete with my brothers each and every day is extremely disappointing. Still can’t believe it,” Stroman tweeted on Tuesday.

Stroman is set to visit with Dr. James Andrews about a second opinion, but surgery is expected.

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Lions Acquire NT Haloti Ngata from Ravens

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After losing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions struck back by trading with the Baltimore Ravens for Haloti Ngata.

According to ESPN, the Ravens will receive 2015 fourth and fifth-round picks as well as a seventh round selection in exchange for Ngata.

The 31-year-old is in the final season of his contract and will be an $8.5 million cap hit.

Ngata has played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Ravens. During that time, he has compiled 449 tackles, 25.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and five interceptions.

“Haloti is a great player but an even better person,” Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said. “He has been an anchor of our success for many years. We appreciate everything he has done for our organization and the Baltimore community. We wish he and his family nothing but the best.”

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Gore Signs with Colts

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Frank Gore, who was thought to be joining the Philadelphia Eagles, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Tuesday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Gore signed a three-year deal that comes with $8.5 million in guaranteed money.

The 31-year-old Gore played all ten of his previous NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. During that time, he’s been elected to five Pro Bowls and rushed for over 1,000 yards eight times, four of those being the last four seasons.

Gore’s former teammate at the University of Miami, receiver Andre Johnson, is also being courted by the Colts, according to Shefter.

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Revis Returns to the Jets

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After spending the last two seasons with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis is returning to the New York Jets, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports Revis receives a five-year, $70 million contract — $39 million guaranteed. That makes him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.

Revis, 29, helped the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl of this century last season.

I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I’m coming home. #revisisland #jetnation pic.twitter.com/KQE3Yc1orz

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 11, 2015

The Patriots could have picked up a $20 million option on the four-time All-Pro for the 2015 season but declined. Revis then became a free agent at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday before agreeing to join the Jets.

During Revis’ six seasons with the Jets, he made four Pro Bowls. The phrase “Revis island” was also created referring to his ability to shut down an opposing teams’ best receiver.

In 2013, Revis was traded by the Jets to Tampa Bay for first and fourth-round picks. Revis then signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs. He stayed in Tampa for only one season before joining the Patriots. Revis played in all 19 games for the Pats last season recording 53 tackles, 18 passes defended, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/10/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Indiana Pacers 118 (29-34) – Orlando Magic 86 (21-44)

New Orleans Pelicans 111 (36-29) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (25-37)

Men’s College Basketball – Northeast Conference Men’s Tournament – Final: Robert Morris 66 (19-14) – St. Francis of Brooklyn 63 (23-11)

Horizon League Men’s Championship – Final: Valparaiso 54 (28-5) – Green Bay 44 (24-8)

NHL: New York Rangers 2 (41-17-7; 89pts) – New York Islanders 1 (43-22-4; 90pts)

Dallas Stars 2 (30-27-10; 70pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (28-27-13; 69pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (28-34-4; 60pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 3 (25-42-8; 58pts) SO

Boston Bruins 3 (34-22-10; 78pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (30-24-11; 71pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (42-20-6; 90pts) – Montreal Canadiens 0 (42-18-7; 91pts) OT

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Braves LHP Mike Minor Set to Begin Season on Disabled List

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) — The Atlanta Braves are set to place left-hander Mike Minor on the disabled list to start the season because of inflammation in his rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

The 27-year-old Minor experienced tightness last week after tossing batting practice. He was supposed to make his first exhibition start against Houston this past Sunday, but the Braves scratched him.

Last spring, Minor dealt with soreness in his shoulder and didn’t make his 2014 debut until May 2. In 25 starts, he went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA.

The Braves selected Minor out of Vanderbilt University with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. In five big-league seasons with Atlanta, he has compiled a record of 38-36 with a 4.10 ERA.

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Braves LHP Mike Minor Set to Begin Season on Disabled List

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) — The Atlanta Braves are set to place left-hander Mike Minor on the disabled list to start the season because of inflammation in his rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

The 27-year-old Minor experienced tightness last week after tossing batting practice. He was supposed to make his first exhibition start against Houston this past Sunday, but the Braves scratched him.

Last spring, Minor dealt with soreness in his shoulder and didn’t make his 2014 debut until May 2. In 25 starts, he went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA.

The Braves selected Minor out of Vanderbilt University with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. In five big-league seasons with Atlanta, he has compiled a record of 38-36 with a 4.10 ERA.

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Reds’ Catcher Devin Mesoraco Dealing with a Concussion

iStock/Thinkstock(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) — With less than a month to go before the start of the regular season, Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion.

Mesoraco suffered the injury when a foul ball hit him on the mask this past Saturday during a spring training game with the Kansas City Royals.

“It is tough for me to sit around, but that’s what you have to do,” Mesoraco said. “Right now I want to get back to work and I can’t do it. I did 20 minutes on the bike today. Tomorrow, I’ll walk on the treadmill.”

This is Mesoraco’s third concussion as a professional baseball player, the other two coming in 2010 and 2012.

“This was different than the first two,” Mesoraco said. “I had more headaches the last time. With this one everything is just hazy.”

Mesoraco broke out in 2014 for the Reds. He batted .273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs.

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Dak Prescott Attacked in Panama City

iStockphoto(PANAMA CITY) — Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and several teammates were attacked at a rap concert Monday in Panama City.

Defensive end Torrey Dale and fellow quarterback Damian Williams were also assaulted.

Reports of the incident initially surfaced on Elitedawgs.com with a message board post that read:

[Dak] got hit with a bottle in the head…other player hasn’t been named yet. They were at a Waka Flocka concert…no idea extent on injury at this point. Rumored, i repeat rumored to be Tenn fans that jumped them- but no idea at this point.

Pictures emerged to confirm the attack, and Prescott’s brother confirmed the story to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough. He stated that “[Dak] is doing fine.”

The motivation and identity of the attackers is unknown.

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Bulls’ Derrick Rose Aiming to Return for the Playoffs, but Nothing Guaranteed

NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) — According to again-injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, there is a “good chance” he’ll make his return this season for the postseason.

“I think so, that’s the plan,” Rose said. “Whenever I feel right, that’s when I’m going to step back.”

Rose’s most recent set-back came in late February when he aggravated the right medial meniscus, which he had repaired last season.

“Oh, there’s no pacing,” he said. “Whenever I come back, I think I’m going to be ready to play the way I normally play. That’s the smartest thing about being patient with everything that I’m doing, paying attention to my body, paying attention to details every day.”

Since tearing his ACL in the 2011-2012 playoffs and hasn’t been the same player since. The former MVP hasn’t appeared in more than 46 games in a season since the injury.

The original timetable for Rose’s return was about six weeks, which would put him in line to return for the postseason.

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