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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/9/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Washington Wizards 95 (36-28) – Charlotte Hornets 69 (28-34)

Atlanta Hawks 130 (50-13) – Sacramento Kings 105 (21-41)

Boston Celtics 100 (26-36) – Miami Heat 90 (28-35)

Memphis Grizzlies 101 (45-18) – Chicago Bulls 91 (39-26)

New Orleans Pelicans 114 (35-29) – Milwaukee Bucks 103 (33-30)

Men’s College Basketball – Southern Conference Championship: Wofford 67 (28-6) – Furman 64 (11-22)

Colonial Athletic Association Championship: Northeastern 72 (23-11) – William & Mary 61 (20-12)

NHL: New York Islanders 4 (43-21-4; 90pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (26-35-6; 58pts) OT

Detroit Red Wings 5 (37-17-11; 85pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (18-38-11; 47pts)

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Nationals Outfielder Denard Span to Miss Opening Day Following Surgery

Major League Baseball(VIERA, Fla.) — Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery Monday in Philadelphia to repair an injury to his right core muscle.

Nationals manager Matt Williams says Span’s timetable to return to the diamond is uncertain and he will need at least four to six weeks before he can begin baseball activity again.

Last December, Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia.

In 147 games last season with the Nationals, the seven-year Major League Baseball veteran batted .302 with five home runs and 37 RBIs. He scored 94 runs, stoled 31 bases and had an OBP of .355.

Washington is also currently without outfielders Jayson Werth and Nate McLouth because of shoulder injuries.

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Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers have already lost head coach Jim Harbaugh and running back Frank Gore this offseason. According to various reports, the team will also lose defensive anchors Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to retirement.

Originally reported by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN is now reporting that the 30-year-old Willis will announce his retirement Tuesday.

One of the most dominant linebackers over the past generation, Willis was hampered by a toe injury last season that limited him to just six games.

Willis made seven Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons, and has 950 career tackles, 16 forced fumbles, and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of CSNBAYAREA.com is reporting that 14-year veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith is set to retire as well.

Smith spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers and was consistently one of the best at his position during his career. A five-time Pro-Bowler, Smith averaged over six sacks per season during his time in San Francisco.

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Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em. According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith spent the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was also a teammate of current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Those two helped beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

“I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore,” Smith wrote. “I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE. This isn’t a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I’m on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later.”

In 2014, Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Phillies Shut Down Cliff Lee

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — Cliff Lee will be riding the pine for a while as he attempts to recuperate from elbow soreness.

The Phillies temporarily shut Lee down and ordered an MRI. The exam revealed no ligament damage, but Lee will miss his next start.

“Any time it’s the elbow, you have to be concerned,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “We have to be concerned because it’s the area he felt something before.

“We don’t think it’s acute, but we have to be cautious.”

Since 2010, over 100 major league pitchers have undergone so-called Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery. According to pitching injury expert Glenn Fleisig, fatigue is a major contributor to the injury.

Lee started only 13 games last season as he dealt with elbow soreness. He went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA.

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Chargers Re-Sign Flowers, Will Sign Orlando Franklin

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca. ) — The San Diego Chargers have brought back their top corner Brandon Flowers on a four-year, $36 million contract, according to NFL Networks’ Albert Breer.

Flowers, 29, joined the Chargers after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs last June.

The Chiefs saw Flowers as a poor fit in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s man-to-man defense, but the corner flourished in San Diego’s zone coverage scheme.

Additionally, the Chargers have come to terms with free agent guard Orlando Franklin, according to The UT-San Diego.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is for five years, $36.5 million, with $20 guaranteed.

Franklin, 27 was a second-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2011 draft. The 6’7,” 320 lb. guard has started 47 games for Denver.

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Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed to Kansas City

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Andy Reid has wooed one of his former first-round picks to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeremy Maclin will agree to a contract with Kansas City once free agency begins Tuesday, according to ESPN.

While with the Eagles, Reid selected Maclin with the 19th pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

Maclin missed all of the 2013 season with a torn ACL. He bounced back for a career season under Chip Kelly last year as he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.

To clear cap space for the move, the Chiefs have restructured the contract of defensive end Tamba Hali and are expected to release wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

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Report: Patriots Re-Sign Devin McCourty

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(FOXBORO, Ma.) — The New England Patriots are keeping the lynchpin of their secondary at home in Gillette Stadium.

Devin McCourty has agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million dollar contract with the Super Bowl champions, with $28.5 million guaranteed, according to multiple NFL sources.

“To me, it was just hitting certain numbers I wanted. I felt like myself, my agents and the Patriots worked together. We got it done,” McCourty told the Boston Herald. “I think it was no secret. I told everyone I wanted to be back. It was a business, and I felt the business side got done.”

McCourty, 28, has had eight interceptions and five forced fumbles over the past three seasons.

With one key member of the Patriots secondary secured, the attention shifts to Darrelle Revis, who the New England can exercise a $20 million dollar roster option on until Monday. If the team declines the option, Revis will become a free agent.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/8/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL: Boston Bruins 5 (33-22-10, 76pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (36-17-11, 83pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 7 (25-32-7, 57pts) – Edmonton Oilers 4 (18-37-11, 47pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (27-28-10, 64pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (28-25-13, 69pts)

Colorado Avalanche 3 (30-25-11, 71pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (36-23-7, 79pts)

New York Rangers 1 (40-17-7, 87pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 0 (39-21-6, 84pts) – OT

Ottawa Senators 5 (30-23-11, 71pts) – Calgary Flames 4 (36-25-5, 77pts) – SO

NCAAB: Atlantic Sun Tournament Final – North Florida 63 (23-11) – USC Upstate 57 (23-11)

Big South Tournament Final – Coastal Carolina 81 (24-9) – Winthrop 70 (19-13)

Missouri Valley Tournament Final – (11) Northern Iowa 69 (30-3) – Illinois State 60 (21-12)

(6) Wisconsin 72 (28-3) – (23) Ohio State 48 (22-9)

(10) Maryland 64 (26-5) – Nebraska 61 (13-17)

(22) SMU 67 (24-6) – Tulsa 62 (21-9)

NBA: San Antonio Spurs 116 (39-23) – Chicago Bulls 105 (39-25)

Golden State Warriors 106 (49-12) – Los Angeles Clippers 98 (40-23)

Utah Jazz 95 (25-36) – Brooklyn Nets 99 (25-36)

Orlando Magic 103 (20-43) – Boston Celtics 98 (25-35)

Charlotte Hornets 108 (28-33) – Detroit Pistons 101 (23-39)

Oklahoma City Thunder 108 (35-28) – Toronto Raptors 104 (38-25)

Dallas Mavericks 100 (41-24) – Los Angeles Lakers 93 (16-46)

Golf: Dustin Johnson wins the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kevin Harvick wins the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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ESPN: Ndamukong Suh to Sign with Dolphins

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, Ndamukong Suh will sign with the Miami Dolphins after the new league year officially begins on Tuesday. The Dolphins are expected to offer Suh a contract worth approximately $114 million with $60 million in guaranteed money.

Suh’s former team, the Detroit Lions were among other teams making proposals to Suh, however, the Dolphins showed they were the team most interested in the defensive tackle.

Suh will get $60 million in the first three years of his contract. He is expected to make an average of $19 million per year over the six year span, according to ESPN.

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