Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/18/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (5) Wisconsin 55 (24-2) – Penn State 47 (15-12)

(11) Northern Iowa 58 (25-2) – Loyola (IL) 39 (16-11)

Syracuse 69 (17-9) – (12) Louisville 59 (20-6)

(14) Iowa State 70 (19-6) – (22) Oklahoma State 65 (17-9)

(18) Arkansas 84 (21-5) – Missouri 69 (7-19)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 4 (23-23-10; 56pts) – Montreal Canadiens 2 (37-16-4; 78pts)

Detroit Red Wings 3 (32-14-10; 74pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 2 (35-18-5; 75pts) SO

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Indians Sign Veteran LHP Bruce Chen to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians signed veteran left-hander Bruce Chen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chen was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 1993. In 16 big-league seasons with the Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, he has compiled a record of 82-80 with a 4.58 ERA. He’s also struck out 1,136 batters in 1,525 2-3 innings of work.

Last season with the Royals, he went 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA. He battled a back injury for most of the year.

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Report: Suns Looking to Deal Goran Dragic Before Deadline

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — According to league sources, the Phoenix Suns are looking to move star guard Goran Dragic before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, after Dragic’s representatives informed the team that Dragic will not re-sign with them this summer.

ESPN.com reported last week that the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were frontrunners to land the 28-year old guard. However, reports also stated that Dragic has little interest in signing a long-term deal with the Rockets.

In a loaded backcourt also featuring Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 4.1 assists. Last season, Dragic averaged 20.3 points and 5.9 assists.

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Report: Larry Fitzgerald to Sign New Deal with Cardinals

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ARIZONA) — According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josh Weinfuss, league sources said Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals are closing in on a multiyear deal that would enable the veteran wide receiver to finish his career in Arizona.

The Cardinals announced early this off-season that one of their top priorities was to work on restructuring Fitzgerald’s contract. The eight-time pro-bowler was scheduled to make $16 million next season.

The 31-year old veteran has spent his entire 11-year career with the Cardinals and is the franchise’s leader in every major receiving category.

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Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Out 8-12 Weeks

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his left foot and is expected to be out indefinitely, according to the team.

Jansen reported discomfort after running last week, and tests showed there was a growth on a bone in his foot. Jansen will be on crutches for the next 10 days and in a protective walking boot for another 3-4 weeks. The entire healing process is expected to take between eight to 12 weeks.

The Dodgers’ closer is expected to miss the entire first month of the 2015 regular season.

Last year Jansen had a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 101/19 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings. Jansen also converted 44 saves in 49 opportunities.

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ESPN: Patriots Attendant Attempted to Put Unapproved Football in AFC Championship Game

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New England Patriots have won Super Bowl XLIX, but the “Deflate-gate” non-troversy plods along.

According to “Outside the Lines,” 48-year-old Jim McNally, a Patriots locker room assistant, attempted to insert a non-approved kicking ball into the AFC Championship game.

The referee assigned to the game, Walt Anderson, followed standard procedure by marking footballs during pre-game inspection. McNally attempted to hand a non-marked football to alternate official Greg Yettle on the sideline during the game.

Yettle found the practice to be odd, as locker room attendants do not have ball handling responsibilities during the game. Yettle then informed Mike Kensil, the NFL vice president of football operations, who was residing at the stadium in the press box.

The NFL is currently investigating the incident.

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Reports: Mariota and Winston to Throw at NFL Combine

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) — With the NFL’s annual “Underwear Olympics” approaching this weekend, the two most high profile quarterback prospects will participate in passing drills.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota informed teams that he will throw at the NFL combine, reports ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Florida State’s Jameis Winston will also toss passes at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport.

A shoulder injury had caused Mariota’s hesitation to throw at the combine. After being informed that it would not cause further damage, the Oregon Ducks quarterback decided to participate.

Last season, Teddy Bridgewater decided to skip the combine passing drills and only throw at his pro day. Bridgewater was considered a top 10 prospect before his pro day, but was drafted No. 32 by the Minnesota Vikings.

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Report: Colts Will Attempt To Void RB Richardson’s Contract

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) — The Indianapolis Colts are entering the first stages of what appears to be a messy divorce.

After trading for Trent Richardson four weeks into the 2013 season, the Colts will attempt to void the final year of the running back’s contract, reports Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. Richardson is due $3.184 million next season.

As Holder points out, language in Richardson’s contract allows the team to release the player and avoid paying him in the case of “failure to report, incarceration” and — as is the case here — “suspension by the team.” Richardson was suspended by the team in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs after he missed a team walkthrough to deal with a “serious family emergency.”

It would later be revealed that the family emergency was in fact related to Richardson’s girlfriend’s pregnancy. His girlfriend appeared to enter premature labor after just 28 weeks, putting both her and the unborn child’s life at risk.

The Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick to acquire Richardson from the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with Indianapolis, the former third overall pick has run for only 977 yards and six touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 66 (26-0) – Tennessee 48 (14-11)

(10) Notre Dame 88 (23-4) – Wake Forest 75 (12-15)

(20) Baylor 54 (19-7) – Texas Tech 49 (12-15)

(25) VCU 74 (20-6) – Saint Louis 54 (10-16)

NHL: New York Islanders 4 (38-19-1, 77pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (20-29-7, 47pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (25-27-3, 53pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (24-23-10, 58pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 66 (26-0) – Tennessee 48 (14-11)

(10) Notre Dame 88 (23-4) – Wake Forest 75 (12-15)

(20) Baylor 54 (19-7) – Texas Tech 49 (12-15)

(25) VCU 74 (20-6) – Saint Louis 54 (10-16)

NHL: New York Islanders 4 (38-19-1, 77pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (20-29-7, 47pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (25-27-3, 53pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (24-23-10, 58pts)

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