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ESPN: Lions Bring Back CB Rashean Mathis

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Lions have re-signed corner back Rashean Mathis to a two-year contract, according to ESPN.

The 34-year-old Mathis started all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 54 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

The former first-team All-Pro rejoins corner back Darius Slay and safeties James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin in the Lions’ secondary.

Mathis helped the Lions become one of the best defenses in the NFL last season. Detroit tied with Kansas City for second in the league in points allowed per game.

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Patriots Add CBs Fletcher and McClain

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New England Patriots announced Wednesday that they’ve signed former Philadelphia Eagles corner back Bradley Fletcher and added former Atlanta Falcons corner back Robert McClain.

Fletcher signs a one-year deal that ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan says is worth a maximum of $2.5 million.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Fletcher played his last two seasons with the Eagles, starting 27 games. During that time, the now-28-year-old had 133 tackles, 38 passes defended, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound McClain, 26, spent his past three seasons with the Falcons. During that time, he played in 47 of a possible 48 games, recording 179 tackles, 20 passes defended, three interceptions, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

The Patriots’ new additions join Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Alfonzo Dennard, and Chimdi Chekwa in the battle for the two starting corner back positions.

It will be a big test for all of those players to live up to last season’s Patriots corner backs: the Pats lost six-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis to the New York Jets and big-hitting Brandon Browner to the New Orleans Saints.

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Lundqvist Not Rushing Return

Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has resumed practicing with the team, but says he will not rush his way into the starting lineup.

“I want to take the first week and skate with the guys and get more speed, and then we’ll take it from there,” Lundqvist said. “I don’t want to rush back.”

Lundqvist has been out since Feb. 2 with a damaged blood vessel in his neck. On Wednesday morning he took high shots with Rangers coaches. He will be a full participant in practice for the first time on Friday.

Cam Talbot has taken over since Lundqvist has been out. During that time, the Rangers have gone 15-2-3.

Lundqvist, the former Vezina Trophy winner, started 39 games before the injury, posting a 25-11-3 record, .922 save-percentage, and a 2.25 goals-against average.

The Rangers only have 13 regular-season games remaining, but head coach Alain Vigneault isn’t worried that his start goalie will get enough ice time before the playoffs.

“I think if he plays two, three, four, five games, he’ll be fine,” Vigneault said. “In training camp, it only takes him a couple, and he’s good to go. Yes, he’s been out, but he’s been active. So I don’t expect this to be a long time for him to tell me he’s good to go.”

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Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) — Robert Morris wanted to dance a little longer.

The Colonials overcame a 13-point second half deficit to knock off North Florida 81-77 in the first-round of the Men’s NCAA Tournament Wednesday.

Robert Morris (20-14) advances to take on top-seeded Duke in second round play on Friday in Charlotte.

The Colonials had three players that scored more than 19 points in the win, including Lucky Jones, who had 21 points, seven rebounds, and five steals.

Robert Morris was able to overcome a 42-31 rebounding margin that favored North Florida by forcing the Ospreys into 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Colonials.

Beau Beach scored a game-high 28 points for North Florida (23-12) who were the champions of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

Robert Morris hasn’t been in the tournament since 2010 when, as a No. 15 seed, they almost eliminated the No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round. Robert Morris lost that game 73-70 in overtime.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 94 (16-52) – Detroit Pistons 83 (24-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 117 (44-26) – Brooklyn Nets 92 (27-39)

Toronto Raptors 105 (41-27) – Minnesota Timberwolves 100 (14-53)

Miami Heat 108 (31-36) – Portland Trail Blazers 104 (44-22)

San Antonio Spurs 114 (42-25) – Milwaukee Bucks 103 (34-34)

Chicago Bulls 103 (41-28) – Indiana Pacers 86 (30-37)

Oklahoma City Thunder 122 (38-30) – Boston Celtics 118 (30-37)

Dallas Mavericks 107 (43-25) – Orlando Magic 102 (21-48)

Los Angeles Clippers 116 (44-25) – Sacramento Kings 105 (22-45)

Washington Wizards 88 (40-28) – Utah Jazz 84 (30-37)

Golden State Warriors 114 (54-13) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (53-15)

NCAA Men’s Basketball:

South Region: (16) Robert Morris 81 (20-14) – (16) North Florida 77 (23-12)

East Region: (11) Dayton 56 (26-8) – (11) Boise State 55 (25-9)

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 1 (43-21-6, 92 pts) – New York Rangers 0 (44-18-7, 95 pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (31-35-4, 66pts) – Edmonton Oilers 3 (19-39-13, 51pts) – SO

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Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens

Scoot Boehm/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Ravens cut running back Bernard Pierce hours after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.

Pierce was the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, and the Ravens have now cut all three within a day of learning of their off-field incidents. Pierce failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over near the Baltimore beltway just before 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday and he was arrested, according to Baltimore County police.

Pierce was a third-round pick by the Ravens in 2012, and he has averaged fewer than 4 yards per carry the past two seasons for the team.

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Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb Won’t Start on Opening Day

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DUNEDIN, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Wednesday that pitcher Alex Cobb won’t start on Opening Day after being diagnosed with tendinitis.

Cobb pitched three perfect innings against the Phillies on Tuesday, but had “a little bit” of right forearm-tightness leading up to the start.

Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA with 149 strike outs last season. The Rays originally selected Cobb in the fourth round of the 2006 amateur draft. In four big league seasons, he has compiled a record of 35-23 along with a 3.21 ERA.

The Rays will most likely lean on Chris Archer on Opening Day.

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Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’

San Antonio Spurs/NBA(NEW YORK) — Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ripped into his team after their 104-100 overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Popovich watched his team fall to a 14-53 team after having a 13-point lead in the third quarter.

“We didn’t respect the game, we didn’t respect our opponent,” said Popovich. “It was a pathetic performance and I hope that every player is embarrassed. Not because ‘we are supposed to win the game’ but it is about how you play the game.”

Popovich credited the play of New York under first-year head coach Derek Fisher.

“They were really good,” Popovich said. “I take my hat off to him, a really difficult year and watching Derek conduct himself the way he has all year long is a really impressive thing. He and the coaches deserve a lot of credit and the players were fantastic tonight. They moved the ball better than we did, they played better team basketball.”

The Spurs will look to rebound against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) — The Golden State Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for at least a week, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Thompson injured his ankle in Tuesday’s 108-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He said it didn’t hurt that bad at all. It wasn’t a bad sprain,” Kerr said. “So he went to the locker room, got it re-taped. They got it checked out.”

Justin Holiday will likely get the nod in Thompson’s place, according to Kerr.

This season, Thompson is averaging 21.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds through 64 games.

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Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) — The Golden State Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for at least a week, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Thompson injured his ankle in Tuesday’s 108-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He said it didn’t hurt that bad at all. It wasn’t a bad sprain,” Kerr said. “So he went to the locker room, got it re-taped. They got it checked out.”

Justin Holiday will likely get the nod in Thompson’s place, according to Kerr.

This season, Thompson is averaging 21.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds through 64 games.

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