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ESPN: Cubs Promoting Top Prospect Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, according to ESPN.

The 23-year-old Bryant will take the place of third baseman Mike Olt, who will be placed on the disabled list due to a hairline fracture on his wrist.

After tearing up spring training, Bryant’s situation became controversial because the Cubs sent him to the minor leagues to retain his rights for an extra year before he would become a free agent.

Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, won minor league player of the year last season. In six games for Triple-A Iowa this season, he hit .333 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and two stolen bases.

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Jose Reyes Leaves Game with Sore Ribs

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos Via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Another year, another injury for Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes.

On Thursday, Reyes left the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after one at bat with soreness in his ribs. This injury is not a huge surprise, considering Reyes has been dealing with soreness in his left side for several days.

Reyes grounded out in his one at-bat, and after reaching the dugout, he smashed his helmet into the ground before going into the clubhouse.

Ryan Goins took over for Reyes at shortstop.

There has been no update on Reyes’ status for Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Since 2009, Reyes has missed 267 games due to injury.

In nine games this season, Reyes has hit .333 with five RBIs, one stolen base, and a .359 on-base percentage.

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NFL Reinstates Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

NFL Shield(MINNEAPOLIS) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday that he has been reinstated.

In a letter to the six-time Pro Bowler, Goodell said Peterson will be an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings effective on Friday.

Peterson was suspended last season after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas. He accepted a plea deal, which reduced the charge to a misdemeanor.

Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill his terms of the plea deal of counseling as well as adhere to the league’s new personal conduct policy to avoid further punishment.

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Vargas, Suzuki Power Twins Over Royals, 8-5

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas and catcher Kurt Suzuki each blasted a two-run home run as Minnesota (3-6) took care of the Kansas City Royals (7-2) on Thursday afternoon, 8-5.

Trailing the Royals 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Vargas took a 1-1 offering from Royals starter Jason Vargas (1-1) and sent it over the left-field wall. He would finish the day 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Twins starter Tommy Milone (2-0) allowed three earned runs on seven hits across 5 1-3 innings of work. Closer Glenn Perkins recorded the game’s final two outs to picked up his second save of the year .

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain put Kansas City on the board first with a two-run blast. He finished the contest 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs.

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Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ Future

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok) — The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to seriously evaluate whether to retain head coach Scott Brooks, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooks’ contract is guaranteed through the 2015-2016 season with Oklahoma City, with a team option for the season after. Brooks has led the team since 2008.

In a season where the Thunder played a portion of the season without Russell Westbrook and most of the year without Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City finished 45-37 and missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Pelicans.

Westbrook returned from injury and had a career season, eventually winning the NBA scoring title. However, Westbrook said the title “means nothing” because he would “rather be in the playoffs than win the scoring title.”

Wojnarowski reports that Florida University head basketball coach Billy Donovan would be a heavy favorite to replace Brooks if the team were to go in a different direction.

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Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) — The rewards of playing in the NFL may be fleeting for some of the players who choose to put their bodies at risk.

A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the thousands of players drafted into the NFL during the years of 1996 through 2003, almost 16% of them declared bankruptcy within 12 years of retirement.

“Moreover, bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player’s total earnings or career length. Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt,” researchers concluded.

For example, Terrell Owens, a six-time pro bowler drafted in 1996, made an estimated $80 million during his 15-season NFL career and filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

Researchers examined NFL players’ financial behavior to test the traditional life-cycle model of savings. That theory claims that people optimize their consumption over their entire lifetimes, which would indicate that NFL players would have set aside a large portion of their income for when they retired from the league.

“Our findings are different from what the life-cycle model predicts,” the study wrote.

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Diamondbacks Recall Cuban OF Yasmany Tomas

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled their big time offseason signee, Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Tomas signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with Arizona in December.

Tomas was an outfielder in Cuba, but the Diamondbacks gave him a chance to win the starting third base job. Tomas lost out to Jake Lamb and was sent to Triple-A Reno.

Despite being recalled, Tomas will primarily be used as a pinch-hitter.

“It is going to be challenging,” Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said. “We’re bringing him here because we do need a player off the bench — a player that presents a threat — and then we’ll use the other options as they come.”

During his five games with Reno this season, Tomas has hit .190 with one home run, three RBIs, and a .261 on-base percentage.

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Bruins Fire GM Peter Chiarelli

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — After failing to make the playoffs, the Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday.

Chiarelli had been the Bruins’ GM since May 2006 and compiled a team that reached the post season in seven straight years. Over his tenure, Chiarelli also earned a Stanley Cup title in 2011, reached a Cup final in 2013, and a President’s Trophy in 2013-14.

“We believe that we made the decision moving forward to help improve the hockey club,” Bruins president Cam Neely said during a press conference Wednesday. “I don’t want to take away anything that Peter accomplished here; he’s going to go down in history as the GM that brought the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time in 39 years, so that says a lot about his abilities as a general manager.

“But we just felt — and it’s not just this particular year, not making the playoffs — we just felt, moving forward, it was the best thing for us to do. It was not an easy decision to come to — [we had] a lot of conversations about it — but we felt that it was the best thing to do moving forward.”
The Bruins finished the 2014-15 season with a 41-27-14 record, two points away from a playoff berth.

“Peter Chiarelli has done a tremendous job for the Boston Bruins over the last nine seasons,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said in a statement. “During that time I have come to know and like him, both professionally and personally. This decision was not an easy one for Cam and (team CEO) Charlie (Jacobs) but, ultimately, the right one for this organization. They have my full support in this decision. I know Peter will move on and continue to do great things in the league and I would give him my highest recommendation.”

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Bruins Fire GM Peter Chiarelli

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — After failing to make the playoffs, the Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday.

Chiarelli had been the Bruins’ GM since May 2006 and compiled a team that reached the post season in seven straight years. Over his tenure, Chiarelli also earned a Stanley Cup title in 2011, reached a Cup final in 2013, and a President’s Trophy in 2013-14.

“We believe that we made the decision moving forward to help improve the hockey club,” Bruins president Cam Neely said during a press conference Wednesday. “I don’t want to take away anything that Peter accomplished here; he’s going to go down in history as the GM that brought the Stanley Cup to Boston for the first time in 39 years, so that says a lot about his abilities as a general manager.

“But we just felt — and it’s not just this particular year, not making the playoffs — we just felt, moving forward, it was the best thing for us to do. It was not an easy decision to come to — [we had] a lot of conversations about it — but we felt that it was the best thing to do moving forward.”
The Bruins finished the 2014-15 season with a 41-27-14 record, two points away from a playoff berth.

“Peter Chiarelli has done a tremendous job for the Boston Bruins over the last nine seasons,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said in a statement. “During that time I have come to know and like him, both professionally and personally. This decision was not an easy one for Cam and (team CEO) Charlie (Jacobs) but, ultimately, the right one for this organization. They have my full support in this decision. I know Peter will move on and continue to do great things in the league and I would give him my highest recommendation.”

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Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Pelicans downed the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Wednesday night to clinch the eighth and final playoff seed in the NBA Western Conference.

Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks to lead New Orleans (45-37) to its first playoff appearance since 2011.

The Pelicans stepped on the gas right out of the gate. Tyreke Evans scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter to give New Orleans a 15-point lead heading into the second quarter.

The Pelicans then led by double digits until the fourth quarter, when the Spurs (55-27) outscored New Orleans 32-26. San Antonio made their runs, but every time they got close, New Orleans would come up with a big basket.

The Pelicans’ win eliminates the Oklahoma City Thunder from playoff contention.

The Thunder cruised by the Minnesota Timberwolves 138-113 and finished with the same record as the Pelicans, but New Orleans held the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Meanwhile, the Spurs, who had a chance to clinch the two-seed in the Western Conference with a win, fell to the six-seed with the loss.

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