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ESPN: Cowboys Will Release QB Kyle Orton

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dallas Cowboys will release backup quarterback Kyle Orton, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Releasing Orton saves the Cowboys $3.25 million this season.

The 31-year-old Orton had considered retiring after the 2013 season and has already been fined $70,000 for missing all of the team’s minicamp workouts.

Orton played in three and started one game for Dallas last year. During his eight season NFL career, Orton has compiled a 35-35 record while passing for 15,019 yards, 83 touchdowns, and 59 interceptions.

This offseason, the Cowboys signed former Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Brandon Weeden as an insurance policy in case Orton chose to retire. Weeden will now compete with Caleb Hanie and Dustin Vaughan for the backup job.

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Predators Sign Ribeiro to 1-Year Deal

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Nashville Predators signed free agent center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract Tuesday.

“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our center ice position and will fit in with our group and contribute.”

The 34-year-old Ribeiro played in 80 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season, racking up 16 goals and 37 points. After the season, the Coyotes bought out the remaining three years of Ribeiro’s contract for what Phoenix general manager Don Maloney called “behavioral issues.”

Ribeiro is a 14 season NHL veteran. During that time he has played in 865 games, producing 202 goals and 656 points.

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AL Wins in Jeter’s Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.

Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout’s triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song “New York, New York” played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game’s MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.

The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.

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ESPN: Mike Miller Joins James in Cleveland

NBA via Miami Heat (NEW YORK) — Free agent forward Mike Miller is joining former teammate LeBron James in Cleveland.

The 34-year-old Miller agreed on two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday which includes a player option for the second season, according to ESPN.com.

Miller played for Memphis last season after playing the previous three seasons in Miami with James.
“Thanks to Memphis for a great year!! But I’m so excited to be a part of the Cleveland family and their fans,” Miller posted on Instagram. The only thing you can expect from me is everything I have! Thanks for the opportunity.”

ESPN also reports that James aggressively recruited Miller, a career 41 percent 3-point shooter.

Miller, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, has played 14 NBA seasons. During that time he has averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.

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Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat resigned guard Dwyane Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different. I am ecstatic to have him back in the fold and I am confident that Dwyane, as always, will be leading this team as we look to contend for NBA Championships.”

Miami originally selected Wade out of Marquette with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In 11 seasons with the Heat, Wade has averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game. The 10-time All-Star has won three NBA championships during his tenure.

The Heat also announced on Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Luol Deng.

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MLB Announces First Ambassador of Inclusion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that former outfielder Billy Bean will serve as the first ambassador of inclusion.

“We are proud to announce our hiring of former major leaguer Billy Bean as a consultant, that will serve Major League Baseball’s first ambassador of inclusion,” commissioner Bud Selig said at a news conference.

In that role, Bean will provide training and guidance related to efforts to support those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community throughout baseball. He’ll work with teams throughout the majors and minor leagues.

Bean played in the majors from 1987-1989 and 1993-1995 with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. After his playing career was over, Bean revealed that he is gay.

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Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Chandler Parsons is a Dallas Maverick after agreeing on a three-year deal worth $46 million last week. Still, Parsons is “offended” that the Houston Rockets did not even entertain the offer sheet that he signed with Dallas and believes that he was the third best player on the roster.

“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.”

“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys,” Parsons continued. “They are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season and will join the likes of Dirk Nowitzki next season.

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Jimmy Graham and Saints Agree on New Deal

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Graham is getting paid a lot to be a tight end for a long time with the New Orleans Saints.

Details on the new deal have not yet been disclosed, but Graham will become the highest paid tight end in history.

“It’s official I’m bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support,” Graham tweeted on Tuesday.

Graham had his request to be a wide receiver denied last week, but both sides were able to work out a deal before the Tuesday deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term contracts.

Graham led the NFL with 16 touchdown catches. He caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards in 2013 and has emerged as one of the NFL’s most dangerous offensive weapons.

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Tiger Ready for British Open

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOYLAKE, England) — Tiger Woods is not concerned about his back problems anymore and is poised to compete for another major title this week at the British Open.

“I’ve been in circumstances like this,” Woods said on Monday. “If you remember in ’08 I had knee surgery right after the Masters. I won a U.S. Open. I didn’t play more than nine holes and the Sunday before the U.S. Open I didn’t break 50 for nine holes and still was able to win it in a playoff, with an (torn) ACL and a broken leg.”

“I’ve proven I can do it, it’s just a matter of putting my game and giving myself the best chances this week to miss the ball in the correct spots, to be aggressive when I can, and obviously to hole putts. That’s a recipe you find for every major championship, but I’ve just got to do it this week,” Woods continued.

Woods last played in June at Congressional Country Club and missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National after shooting a 74 and 75.

The 14-time major champion said that his back and swing are almost 100 percent.

“It’s getting better,” Woods said. “Playing at Congressional was a big boost to me. The fact that I was able to go at it that hard and hit it like that with no pain. It wasn’t like that the previous time I played. Playing at both the Honda and Doral [in March] I did not feel well. But to come back and be able to hit the ball as hard as I was able to hit it. I’ve gotten stronger since then, I’ve gotten more explosive, I’ve gotten faster since then. That’s going to be the case, I’m only going to get stronger and faster, which is great.”

Woods tees off on Thursday morning at 9:04 a.m. local time (4:04 ET).

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