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NY Rangers Complete Mega Deal for Yandle

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(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers have completed a deal to acquire one of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL.

The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle, as well as defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick.

Yandle has had two 50+ point seasons in his career and recorded at least 30 points over the last seven seasons, including 41 so far this season.

The Coyotes will assume 50% of the salary remaining on Yandle’s contract. He has one year remaining on his deal; he’s scheduled to make $5.75 million next season.

The Rangers are 38-17-6, 82 pts, sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

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LeBron Misses Two Big Free Throws in OT, Rockets Beat Cavs 105-103

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — LeBron James missed two free throws with under five seconds remaining in overtime and James Harden missed his second one on purpose in the Rockets 105-103 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Harden led the way with for Houston with 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

“That’s a very good team over there,” Harden told ABC after the game. “We were battling through injuries all season. We wanted to come out here and prove that we were a good team.”

James, who finished with 37 points in the loss, could have given the Cavaliers the lead, but missed both free throws.

“There is no excuse. I missed free throws,” James said. “I missed the two biggest ones of the game to put us up with seconds on the clock and I didn’t come through. I failed my teammates.”

The game featured some shoving from both sides and players scrambling on the court for loose balls, but James said that he wasn’t bothered by it.

“It was old-school basketball,” James said. “When you have two teams with the same aspirations and trying to get better every day, it can get like that.”

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Angels’ Richards Won’t Be Ready For Season Opener

Rob Carr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards will not be ready to pitch Opening Day for the team according to manager, Mike Scioscia.

Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in a week as he continues to make progress from August knee surgery. The Angels remain hopeful he could be pitching in games two or three weeks into the season.

“It’s not going to be Opening Day, let’s put it that way,” Scioscia said Sunday. “He knows it, and it’s great that he’s not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff’s not going to let him. There’s a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It’s great that he’s going to shoot for being ready. He’s working very hard to be ready Opening Day, but he’s not going to be ready Opening Day.”

Before the injury, Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 28 starts for the team.

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Cowboys to Franchise Dez Bryant

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The Dallas Cowboys have informed the agent of Dez Bryant that the team will place the franchise tag on the All-Pro wide receiver, Vice President Stephen Jones confirmed.

The Cowboys have to notify the league by 4 p.m. ET Monday, which will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015. The Cowboys will not use the exclusive franchise tag on Bryant, but if a team wants to take Bryant away from the Cowboys, they would have to give up two first-round picks if Dallas decides to not match an offer sheet.

In five seasons with Dallas, Bryant has caught 381 passes for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns. No player in team history has more catches, yards or touchdowns than Bryant in the first five years of his career.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) — The pressure is off Jimmie Johnson early this season after he took home the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Johnson held off Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the second Sprint Cup race of the year.

“I’m just so excited that the guys — we have new guys — could understand what I was complaining about and the things I didn’t like about my race car,” said Johnson, who started 38th.

“This thing was just bad fast. I had a blast racing with the 4. He was awfully strong today. I think track position there at the end set things in place,” Johnson continued. “We had the restart we needed to, cleared the 88 and off we went.”

Johnson increased his chances of making the Chase this year with the win as well.

“Takes pressure off in some ways,” Johnson said. “We don’t have the questions of are you going to win this year. It’s nice to dodge that.”

Last weekend’s Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano finished in fourth and was followed by Matt Kenseth.

“We raced hard,” Logano said. “We raced up toward the front all day, just those Hendrick cars are fast.”

“I did everything I could to maintain on restarts and being aggressive,” Logano continued. “Overall we’re still having a good start to the season.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 96 (39-21) – Chicago Bulls 86 (37-23)

Houston Rockets 105 (41-18) – Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (37-24) – Overtime

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 5 (32-20-12, 76pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (29-21-12, 70pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (28-22-13, 69pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (38-20-6, 82pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (35-17-9, 79pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (26-32-4, 56pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (5) Wisconsin 68 (26-3) – Michigan State 61 (19-10)

Connecticut 81 (17-11) – (21) SMU 73 (23-6)

(25) Providence 77 (20-9) – Marquette 66 (11-17)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 96 (39-21) – Chicago Bulls 86 (37-23)

Houston Rockets 105 (41-18) – Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (37-24) – Overtime

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 5 (32-20-12, 76pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (29-21-12, 70pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (28-22-13, 69pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (38-20-6, 82pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (35-17-9, 79pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (26-32-4, 56pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (5) Wisconsin 68 (26-3) – Michigan State 61 (19-10)

Connecticut 81 (17-11) – (21) SMU 73 (23-6)

(25) Providence 77 (20-9) – Marquette 66 (11-17)

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Blue Jays Sign OF Dayan Viciedo to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto(TORONTO) — The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Viciedo was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 2008. In five seasons in the Windy City, he batted .254 with 66 home runs and 211 RBIs in 483 regular season games. He also scored 200 runs and had an OBP of .298.

The White Sox designated Viciedo for assignment in late January after they signed infielder Gordon Beckham.

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Blackhawks Acquire F Antonie Vermette from Coyotes

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first round selection in this year’s NHL draft.

In 63 games with the Coyotes this season, the 32-year-old Vermette scored 16 goals and had 22 assists for 35 points.

During his 11-year NHL career, Vermette has suited up for the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Coyotes. In 815 regular season games, he has 194 goals and 236 assists for 430 points.

The 23-year-old Dahlbeck has played in just four games this season, scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 11. In 49 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, he has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points.

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Del Zotto Leads Flyers Past N.Y. Rangers, 4-2

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the goal-ahead goal, 1:19 into the third period as Philadelphia (27-25-11; 65pts) doubled up the New York Rangers (38-17-6; 82pts) on Saturday night, 4-2.

Del Zotto with an assist from center Sean Couturier bypassed Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot for the short-handed goal, his 8th of the season. Talbot saved 30-of 33 shots while Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was 34-of-36 in save attempts.

The Rangers had a 2-1 lead after defenseman John Moore scored, 11:55 into the second period, but the Flyers came back to tie it 2:42 later with a goal from forward Michael Raffl.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds notched his 25th goal of the year with one second remaining in the game.

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