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Marlins Sign Ichiro

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(MIAMI, Fl.) — Ichiro Suzuki will give it another go in Major League Baseball.

The Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro to a one-year deal. The deal is for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ichiro, 41, has played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He needs 156 hits to reach the milestone of 3,000 for his career.

The Marlins outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Ichiro will likely be utilized in a platoon and defensive replacement role.

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Duke Center Marshall Plumlee to Enter U.S. Army

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Duke Blue Devils center Marshall Plumlee will trade one uniform for another.

A member of Duke’s ROTC program, Plumlee took part in a contracting ceremony on Friday, serving as his swearing-in to the U.S. Army.

As long as Plumlee completes his ROTC requirements by his graduation in 2016, he will become an official Army officer.

Marshall is the younger brother of Miles and Mason Plumlee, who both play in the NBA and are also former Blue Devils.

A 7-footer, Plumlee is exactly four inches taller than the maxiumum height allowed to become a member of the Army, but a special exception was made for him.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski as well as teammates Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson were in attendance for the ceremony.

Now a junior at Duke, Plumlee is averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Duke.

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Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — It was a night that Klay Thompson won’t soon forget as he set an NBA record Friday night, scoring 37 points in the third quarter of the team’s win over the Sacramento Kings.

Thompson broke the record shared by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin as made all 13 shots he took in the quarter, including nine from the 3-point line. He wound up finishing the game with 52 points.

“It was kind of a blur. I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast,” Thompson said.

During the quarter, Thompson’s teammates kept feeding him the ball, even passing up their own open looks just to see if Thompson could keep his historic streak going.

“They just kept wanting to see the show,” Thompson said. “That’s what they kept telling me.”

With the win, the Warriors improved to 35-6, the best record in the NBA.

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Hall of Famer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks Dies at 83

Chicago Cubs/MLB(NEW YORK) — Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks died on Friday night, just days before his 84th birthday, the Cubs confirmed.

Banks was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 after 19 seasons playing in Wrigley Field.

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team. “He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.

“Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”

Banks made his debut for the Cubs in 1953, as the team’s first black player, and hit 512 homers, had 1,636 RBI’s, with 2,583 hits during his 19-year run with the club.

Banks was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013.

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Schafer Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Twins

iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million contract with outfielder Jordan Schafer, the team announced Friday.

Schafer joined the Twins last August when he was claimed off waivers. He played in 41 games for Minnesota in 2014, hitting .285 with 17 runs scored, 15 stolen bases and a .345 on-base percentage.

The 28-year-old Schafer is a lifetime .229 hitter, and he’s stolen 103 bases in 436 major league games.

With Schafer signed, the Twins have now agreed to deals with five of their six arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season. Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing is the final arbitration eligible Twin that hasn’t been signed.

The Twins have not gone to an arbitration hearing with one of their players since 2006.

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Rangers Avoid Arbitration with Moreland

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract with infielder/designated hitter Mitch Moreland, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the deal is worth $2.95 million, and Moreland can earn an additional $25,000 in performance bonuses.

The 29-year-old Moreland missed most of last season after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in June. Before the injury, he played in 52 games, hitting .246 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and a .297 on-base percentage.

Moreland was drafted by the Rangers in 2007 and has played all five of his major league seasons with the team.

For his career, Moreland has hit .252 with 65 home runs, 209 RBIs and a .316 on-base percentage.

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Colts Might Not Bring RB Richardson Back

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Running back Trent Richardson’s time in Indianapolis may be over.

“Where’s he fit? Where’s he going? Is his arrow up, down, sideways, 45-degree angle?” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said during his end-of-season interview with the media. “And we have to figure all these things out with guys in all different types of situations on this roster. There are guys across the board that are in a lot of different situations. But, again, when the coaches come back, when we seeing what’s actually out there — we have an idea, draft, juniors that have declared and things like that — once that evolves we’ll have a much better feel for what we need to do.”

Richardson’s season ended on a bad note when he was suspended for two games after missing the team’s walk through on Jan. 17.

Before that, the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft was having a poor season. Richardson played in 15 games, running for 519 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

Richardson was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a first-round draft pick, in September 2013.

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Giants Re-Sign Vogelsong to 1-Year Deal

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco Giants re-signed free agent right-handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year deal, team general manager Brian Sabean announced Friday.

The deal is worth $4 million, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 37-year-old Vogelsong returns to a Giants rotation that features Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy and Matt Cain.

Vogelsong resurrected his major league career with the Giants in 2011 after spending three seasons in Japan and a season in the minor leagues. Vogelsong was signed by the Giants to a minor league deal that included an invite to spring training. He ended up making the team, being named an All-Star and finishing the season with a 13-7 record and a 2.71 ERA.

Vogelsong started 32 games for the Giants last season, compiling an 8-13 record, 4.00 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

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Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant’s season is over after he suffered a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday night’s loss to New Orleans, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports.

Bryant met with doctors in Los Angeles on Friday and team doctor Steven Lombardo found a significant tear in Bryant’s right shoulder.

It’s a tough blow for Bryant and the Lakers, who have struggled to see him on the court over the last two seasons.

Bryant was sidelined due to a torn Achilles injury and a knee injury that allowed him to play six games last year.

Bryant will take the weekend to decide whether he’ll undergo surgery and has an appointment with team doctor Neal ElAttrache on Monday.

Bryant was voted to his 17th consecutive All-Star game after averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this year.

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