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Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice issued an apology to fans in a letter issued to The Baltimore Sun on Friday.

Rice was suspended by the NFL after punching his then-fiancée in an elevator and is trying to find his way back onto an NFL team this season.

“The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives,” Rice said in the letter. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown my family and I throughout my football career. We’ll always be grateful for the love we’ve received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl.”

“To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare,” the letter continued. “There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue.”

The Sun reported that Rice plans on moving to New York while he waits for the NFL team to come calling.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he’s rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Karl Reaches Deal, Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team’s new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro announced Thursday.

ESPN.com reports it’s a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.

Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor.

“I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person,” D’Alessandro said in a statement. “He’s a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward.”

Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.

Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team’s new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro announced Thursday.

ESPN.com reports it’s a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.

Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor.

“I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person,” D’Alessandro said in a statement. “He’s a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward.”

Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.

Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said in an interview with ESPN Radio Thursday that it is “very likely” he will shut it down for the season after the All-Star Game.

“It’s very likely. It’s very likely. Now I’ve got to start thinking about the future,” Anthony said to Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo on ESPN Radio. “This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it.”

Anthony has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months, and is playing for a Knicks team that has the worst record in the NBA.

Although he is hurt, Anthony expects to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. It’s the first time New York City has hosted the game since 1998.

“Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave,” Anthony said. “I don’t think the fans deserve (seeing me miss the game). They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game.”

The 30-year-old Anthony has played in 40 games this season, averaging 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 0-13 with Anthony out of the lineup.

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Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with third baseman Casey McGehee. The deal allows the Giants to avoid arbitration with him.

McGehee joined the Giants in December, when he was traded by the Miami Marlins for two minor league pitchers.

Last season, McGehee played in 160 games, hitting .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, and a .355 on-base percentage. He helps fill the void created when Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox this offseason.

McGehee was the Giants’ last player in arbitration.

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Clements Takes Over Offensive Play Calling Duties for Packers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has given up his offensive play calling duties to former offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who has also been promoted to associate head coach (offense).

McCarthy had been the Packers offensive play-caller since 2006, when he became the team’s head coach.

“This is the time to do it,” McCarthy said Thursday. “I think our staff’s ready. I think it’s an opportunity for guys to grow. And it’s an opportunity for them to make an impact. I feel we’ll be better offensively from that.”

From 2004-05, Clements served as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator and called the team’s plays.

“When he told me about it, I was excited,” Clements said. “It’s a great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Edgar Bennett was promoted from receivers coach to offensive coordinator.

The Packers went 12-4 last season, reaching the NFC Championship Game before blowing a late lead to the Seattle Seahawks and losing.

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Rams Promote Frank Cignetti to Offensive Coordinator

IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Rams are turning to quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to take over as offensive coordinator, replacing Kyle Schottenheimer. The team made the announcement on Thursday.

The Rams offense struggled last season after losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a knee injury in the pre-season. With Shaun Hill and Austin Davis under center, St. Louis went 6-10, finishing 28th in the NFL in total offense and 21st in scoring.

Before coming to St. Louis in 2011, Cignetti was an offensive coordinator in college for IUP, Fresno State, North Carolina, California, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

“He’s done a great job in some difficult circumstances and he brings a great body of work as a play caller at some significant college programs,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement.

The Rams also promoted tight-ends coach Rob Boars to serve as assistant head coach/offense.

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Astros Sign RHP Roberto Hernandez to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros signed right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last season, the 34-year-old Hernandez went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 105 batters and walked 73 in 164 2-3 innings of work.

Hernandez originally came up with the Cleveland Indians in 2006, where he was known as Fausto Carmona. In nine big-league seasons, with the Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Dodgers and Phillies, he’s compiled a record of 67-93 with an ERA of 4.60.

Hernandez was named to the American League All-Star team in 2010.

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Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy Out 4-6 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

Milwaukee Brewers/ML​B(MILWAUKEE) — Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will be out four to six weeks with a strain in his right hamstring, the team announced on Wednesday.

Lucroy said during a phone interview that the hamstring issue started after he pulled up quickly while running hard into third base during a game in August.

The injury will sideline him all of spring training, but the team is hopeful he’ll be ready to go for Opening Day on April 6 against the Colorado Rockies.

“One thing we wanted to make clear here, he can still throw, he can still hit,” Brewers general manager Gord Ash said.

Lucroy batted .301 with 13 homers and 69 RBIs last year.

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Pete Rose Holding Out Hope He’ll Be Reinstated

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose plans on reaching out to new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred about being reinstated into baseball.

Rose was hoping former commissioner Bud Selig would lift his lifetime ban prior to stepping down, but that never happened.

“I wish I could tell that I know what he’ll do, but I’ve never met him. I’ve never seen him,” Rose told USA Today Sports on Wednesday. “But I’d love to talk to him.”

Rose played for the Reds his entire 24-year career and finished with 4,256 hits and a .303 batting average.

“I’ll always have hope. That’s all I’ve got,” Rose continued. “I just want to be on that writers’ ballot. Let the writers decide. If they want me in, I’m in. If they don’t feel I should be in, I can live with it.

“Once they lift my ban, I should be just like anyone else. If I’ve never been on the ballot, my clock should start at zero. That will give them 10 years to decide, if they need it.”

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