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Giants Release Longtime DE/LB Mathius Kiwanuka

Banana Stock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After nine years with the team, the New York Giants have released defensive end/linebacker Mathius Kiwanuka.

Kiwanuka was a member of two Super Bowl teams and amassed 38.5 sacks in his Giants career.

“The thing that has always impressed me about Kiwi is how serious he is about the game,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in a release. “He was always prepared and always in outstanding condition and played very hard.”

“And he had some nasty in him,” he continued. “I always felt like you could count on certain things from him: eight [or] nine sacks, harass the quarterback, and you could move him around, inside, outside. He is dependable, reliable and there is no question about his professionalism. His character and professionalism and serious approach to the game will be missed.”

Now quarterback Eli Manning and long snapper Zak DeOssie are the only remaining members of the 2007 Super Bowl team.

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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Could Miss the Next 6-10 Weeks

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — It has been a rough 24 hours for Chicago sports fans. Not only will Bulls point guard Derrick Rose be on the shelf indefinitely due to another knee injury, but Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will miss the next 6-10 weeks with an upper-body injury.

Kane was cross checked in the lower back by Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in the first period of their game on Tuesday.

This is a tough blow for the Blackhawks as Kane is tied with Jakub Voracek of the Flyers and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals for the most points in the NHL at 64.

“I don’t think you can replace the things that he does with the puck, without the puck, the attention that he draws, but one of the strengths of the organization is depth,” Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. “You hear it all the time: When a player goes down, you need to step up and collectively fill those shoes. But you guys know as well as I do what kind of player Kaner is.”

Kane was attempting to be the first American-born player to win the Art Ross trophy, which goes to the player who leads the NHL in points.

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Hank Aaron Says He’s Rooting for Alex Rodriguez

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While many have recently come after New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball is in his corner. Hank Aaron has come out and offered his public support towards A-Rod.

“I am rooting for him,” Aaron told Newsday. “Despite all of the things that people say he had been involved in, I’m rooting for him to come back and have a great year. I am very much anxious to see what he’s going to do.”

Rodriguez sat out the entire 2014 season after he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

“If I wanted to go to the game and A-Rod was playing, I certainly would go to the game,” Aaron said. “I’ve met A-Rod, and to be honest, between him and me, he’s been nothing but a friend to me. I liked him.”

Rodriguez’ 654 career home runs ranks fifth all-time, and he trails Willie Mays by six home runs for fourth on the all-time list.

The 39-year-old Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the final three years of his contract.

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Wainwright to Be Sent Back to St. Louis for Examination

Elliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will be sent back to St. Louis to be examined by a doctor after suffering from abdominal pain after his workout on Tuesday.

Cardinals General Manager, John Mozeliak told Cardinals.com that Wainwright would be seen by Dr. Michael Brunt of Washington University on Thursday, and the Cardinals will provide an update after Wainwright’s visit.

Wainwright participated in his first bullpen session of spring training on Friday. The Cardinals said discomfort began when Wainwright participated in other drills and running.

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(14) Maryland Tops (5) Wisconsin

G Fiume/Getty Images(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — Dez Wells scored 26 points in No. 14 Maryland’s 59-53 victory over No. 5 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Maryland’s win ended Wisconsin’s 10-game win streak, and possibly ruined their bid to come away with a share at the Big Ten title.

Melo Trimble also added 16 points and helped the Terps to end the game on a 12-6 run. Maryland improved to 9-0 in games decided by six points or fewer, and they’ve won their last three by a total of 17 points.

“We knew we had the poise and toughness to win the game,” Wells said.

Maryland will play Michigan on Saturday February 28th, and Wisconsin will look to get back on track Sunday when Michigan State pays them a visit.

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LeBron Passes Scottie Pippen’s Assist Mark

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — On Tuesday night, LeBron James became the most prolific passing forward in NBA history. James passed Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen for the most career assists by an NBA forward during the Cavaliers’ 102-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

James completed a pass to Kevin Love in the second quarter, which led to a 3-pointer and gave him 6,136 assists for his career, passing Pippen’s 6,135. James ended up finishing the night with a game-high 11 assists.

“It means way more than what I did passing Allen Iverson on Sunday,” James said. “I’ve always took a lot of pride and I get more of a rush seeing my teammates succeed more than myself. And that’s what an assist is all about. I was taught the game the right way and seeing my teammates succeed has always been something that I’ve cared about more than anything and that’s what it’s all about.”

James has a career average of 6.9 assists per game during his time with Cleveland and Miami.

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Derrick Rose to Have Surgery on Torn Meniscus

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and he will undergo surgery, according to the team.

Rose reported discomfort and pain in his right knee earlier in the day, and after an examination, the MRI confirmed the tear.

The team says the timetable for Rose’s injury won’t be determined until the surgery is over.

Rose has had a history of knee injuries beginning in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against the 76ers, when Rose suffered a torn ACL. He missed the entire following season, and after 10 games last year, he suffered another knee injury that sidelined him indefinitely.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA: Golden State Warriors 114 (44-10) – Washington Wizards 107 (33-24)

Cleveland Cavaliers 102 (36-22) – Detroit Pistons 93 (23-34)

Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (32-25) – Indiana Pacers 92 (23-34)

Dallas Mavericks 99 (39-20) – Toronto Raptors 92 (37-20)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (14) Maryland 59 (23-5) – (5) Wisconsin 53 (25-3)

(6) Villanova 89 (26-2) – (25) Providence 61 (19-9)

Syracuse 65 (18-10) – (9) Notre Dame 60 (24-5)

NC State 58 (17-11) – (15) North Carolina 46 (19-9)

(20) West Virginia 71 (22-6) – Texas 64 (17-11)

NHL: Vancouver Canucks 2 (35-22-3; 73pts) – Boston Bruins 1 (29-22-9; 67pts)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (18-38-5; 41pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (26-29-4; 56pts)

New York Islanders 5 (40-20-2; 82pts) – Arizona Coyotes 1 (20-34-7; 47pts)

New York Rangers 1 (37-16-6; 80pts) – Calgary Flames 0 (32-24-4; 68pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (22-30-7; 51pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (26-24-11; 63pts)

Montreal Canadiens 5 (39-16-5; 83pts) – St. Louis Blues 2 (38-18-4; 80pts)

Nashville Predators 5 (41-13-7; 89pts) – Colorado Avalanche 2 (26-24-11; 63pts)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (31-20-11; 73pts) – Dallas Stars 2 (27-25-9; 63pts)

Edmonton Oilers 2 (18-34-10; 46pts) – Minnesota Wild 1 (31-22-7; 69pts)

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Tigers Agree to 1-Year Contract with RHP Joba Chamberlain

iStockphoto(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers and reliever Joba Chamberlain agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In his first season with the Tigers in 2014, the 29-year-old Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA. He struck out 59 batters and walked 24 in 63 innings of work.

“We are pleased that Joba is returning to our ballclub,” Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said in a statement. “He did a solid job for us last year and his addition will strengthen our bullpen.”

Chamberlain was originally selected by the Yankees with the 41st overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft. In eight seasons with New York and Detroit, he has compiled a record of 25-19 with a 3.81 ERA.

To make room for Chamberlain on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated right-handed pitcher Chad Smith for assignment.

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N.Y. Islanders Agree to Seven-Year Contract with Nick Leddy

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) — The New York Islanders and defenseman Nick Leddy have agreed to a seven-year contract through the 2021-22 season, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is worth $38.5 million, according to ESPN.

The 23-year-old Leddy has eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points this season. He leads all Islanders defenseman in goals and ranks second in points, behind Johnny Boychuk.

“We have something special in this locker room and I’m excited to be part of it for seven more years,” Leddy said in a statement. “From the start of my time here, the Islanders have been a first-class organization. I’m honored by their commitment to me and look forward to challenging for the Stanley Cup for years to come.”

Leddy was originally selected by the Minnesota Wild with the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. In 319 regular season career games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Islanders, he has 28 goals and 90 assists for 118 points.

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