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Masahiro Tanaka Headed to 15-Day DL

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees placed pitcher Masahiro Tanka on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Tanaka will be out at least a month with right wrist tendinitis and a mildly strained forearm, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Tuesday.

“We want to make sure this does not lead to more horrific problems,” Cashman said at a news conference.

Tanaka missed 10 weeks last season due to a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and was aware of the injury. Still, he doesn’t think his elbow led to further health issues.

“I went out and played light catch on that day, which was yesterday. I woke up this morning and felt it a little more than the day before, so that’s why I went over to Steve [Donohue], our trainer, and told him about it,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Personally, I don’t think that it has anything to do with my elbow.”

Tanaka was 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and had 24 strikeouts.

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Adrian Peterson: Wouldn’t Mind Playing for the Cowboys

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn’t ruling out a trade, despite the organization’s desire to keep him.

Peterson told WFAA in Dallas that he wouldn’t mind playing for the Cowboys next year.

“It would be nice,” Peterson said at Tuesday night’s Rockets-Mavericks game. “I’ve got family here, my dad’s here. But I’m under contract, so we’ll see.”

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman repeated his initial statement when asked about Peterson’s future in Minnesota.

“We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff,” Spielman told reporters at the team’s pre-draft news conference on Tuesday. “Our position has not changed. We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson.”

Peterson has three years and $45 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

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Dolphins DE Dion Jordan Suspended for Entire 2015 Season

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2015 season for violating the league’s drug policy for the third time in two years.

“We were disappointed to learn about Dion Jordan’s most recent suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the team said in a statement. “A player’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We have made every effort to support Dion, both on and off the field, and we will continue to do so to the extent allowable under NFL guidelines.”

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Jordan did not fail a drug test, but the NFL deemed that one of his test samples was diluted, which in Jordan’s case counts as a violation. The 25-year-old will not appeal the suspension.

Jordan was almost traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in February, but once it was found that Jordan had submitted a diluted test sample, the deal was called off.

Jordan was selected by the Dolphins with the third overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s played in 26 games for the team, recording 46 tackles and three sacks.

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Cavs GM Says It’s “Highly Unlikely” Love Plays Again This Postseason

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) — Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday that he does not expect injured star Kevin Love back for the remainder of the playoffs.

Love was injured during the first quarter of Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. He was tied up with Boston’s Kelly Olynyk when Olynyk tugged at Love’s arm while the two were battling for a rebound. The tug ended up popping Love’s arm out of the shoulder joint.

“I want to make it clear that’s highly unlikely,” Griffin said of Love returning during the postseason. “The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we’re expecting he will be available for any of this and we’re in the process of gathering information in terms of what the exact, right, next steps are and every option is on the table.”

It’s possible Love could have surgery. His first MRI showed, “an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.” Love is currently looking for a second opinion.

After the game in which he was hurt, Love described Olynyk’s injurious move as “bush-league.” As a result of the play, Olynyk has been suspended one game to start the 2015-16 season.

The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Chicago Bulls/Milwaukee Bucks series in round two.

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Jets Fined $100K for Tampering

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL announced Tuesday that the New York Jets will be fined $100,000 for owner Woody Johnson’s remarks last year about cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a news conference last December, Johnson said that he would, “love to have Darrelle back.”

Johnson made these comments while Revis was still playing for the New England Patriots, who proceeded to file tampering charges.

The Jets signed Revis to a five-year, $70 million contract this offseason. After the signing, Patriots owner Robert Kraft commented that he wished Revis, “was still with us.” That, in turn, prompted the Jets to file tampering charges against the Patriots, but ESPN says the league will not punish New England.

Revis spent his first six seasons with the Jets before leaving for Tampa Bay in 2013. He signed with New England for the 2014 season and played a big part in the Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Retires With Jaguars

ThinkStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Running back Maurice Jones-Drew signed a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday and announced his retirement from the National Football League.

“This game has done so much for me and my family,” Jones-Drew said at a news conference. “From where I came from to where I am now has done so much.”

The Jaguars originally selected Jones-Drew out of UCLA in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. In eight seasons with Jacksonville, he rushed for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns on 1,804 carries. The three-time Pro Bowler led the league in rushing in 2011 with 1,606 yards.

Jones-Drew says he plans to pursue a career in broadcasting.

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Broncos Waive LB Quanterus Smith

Banana Stock/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — The Denver Broncos waived outside linebacker Quanterus Smith on Tuesday.

The Broncos originally selected Smith out of Western Kentucky in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft. In 15 games with Denver, he recorded 11 tackles and two pass deflections.

Smith spent his entire rookie season on the IR after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee during his senior season with the Hilltoppers. He was leading the nation with 12 1-2 sacks at the time he suffered the injury.

Last season, Smith missed the postseason after re-injuring his knee.

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Denounces NFL Draft Leaks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As the NFL gets closer to the Draft, more and more information is leaked about perspective prospects, possibly to manipulate the draft boards. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert thinks it has to stop.

“I think it’s horrible,” Colbert added. “I think it’s really bad for our profession when people use whatever means they use to get information out to try to influence the draft and they talk about a kid’s test score, a kid’s injury, a kid’s character. I think that’s awful. It’s disrespectful to our profession, it’s disrespectful to the game, it’s disrespectful to the kid.”

“We don’t believe in mock drafts and what people are saying about other teams because so much of it is misinformation,” he continued. “You’d just lose your mind trying to figure out what everyone’s going to do. We’re going to be true to what we do and feel good about it and live with it.”

The first round of the NFL Draft is April 30.

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Blue Jays Place Shortstop Jose Reyes on the DL

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Another season brings yet another trip to the disabled list for shortstop Jose Reyes as the Toronto Blue Jays announced they’ve placed the former All-Star on the DL with a cracked rib.

Reyes tried to played through the injury, but found it to be too difficult. He thinks he suffered the injury a check swing earlier in the month against the Baltimore Orioles.

Despite sticking in the lineup, Reyes struggled, going just 3-for-23 (.130) with zero extra-base hits over his last six games. A switch hitter during his career, Reyes experimented batting strictly from the right-side to try and play through the injury.

Despite his talent, Reyes has had trouble staying on the field for years. While he did play in 143 games in 2014 and 160 games in 2012, he’s missed at least 25 games five out of the last seven seasons.

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Cavaliers J.R. Smith Suspended Two Games

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(CLEVELAND) — The NBA has suspended J.R. Smith two games after the Cavaliers guard backhanded Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, the league announced Monday.

During the third quarter of Cleveland’s game four victory over Boston, Smith smacked Crowder in the face under the net. He was assessed a flagrant-2 foul and was immediately ejected.

“This is a situation that I put my teammates in, and it’s a selfish act because I don’t want anything that we do collectively to be taken away by one individual, whether it’s me or anybody else,” said Smith.

The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Bulls, Bucks series in the next round of the NBA playoffs.

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