Review Category : National Sports

Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that they’ve signed goalie James Reimer to a two-year contract.

Reimer was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing set for Monday. Instead he receives a contract that will pay him $2.6 million next season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Reimer started last season as the Leafs starting goalie but lost the job to Jonathan Bernier. Reimer got the job back when Bernier suffered a season ending knee injury.

The 26-year-old Reimer is entering his fifth season with Toronto. Over his NHL career, he’s posted a 65-48-15 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.84 goals-against average and 11 shutouts.

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Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) –Offensive guard Carl Nicks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012 with the team but has been dealing with ailments that have allowed him to play in only nine games the last two seasons.

“I’d like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field,” Nicks said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
The 29-year-old Nicks has played in six NFL seasons, including four with New Orleans where he won a Super Bowl.
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Magic Sign Guard Luke Ridnour

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Orlando Magic signed point guard Luke Ridnour to a two-year contract Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“I had a lot of offers,” Ridnour said to the Orlando Sentinel. “They were the most interested from the start, I think. It’s an opportunity to come out here and help the young guys get better and be a part of something that they’re building here. My family was really excited to get out to some warm weather. You know, that helps.”

Ridnour, 33, split time with Milwaukee and Charlotte last season playing in 61 games, averaging five points, 2.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Ridnour is expected to play behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.

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Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) –Offensive guard Carl Nicks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012 with the team but has been dealing with ailments that have allowed him to play in only nine games the last two seasons.

“I’d like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field,” Nicks said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
The 29-year-old Nicks has played in six NFL seasons, including four with New Orleans where he won a Super Bowl.
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Magic Sign Guard Luke Ridnour

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Orlando Magic signed point guard Luke Ridnour to a two-year contract Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“I had a lot of offers,” Ridnour said to the Orlando Sentinel. “They were the most interested from the start, I think. It’s an opportunity to come out here and help the young guys get better and be a part of something that they’re building here. My family was really excited to get out to some warm weather. You know, that helps.”

Ridnour, 33, split time with Milwaukee and Charlotte last season playing in 61 games, averaging five points, 2.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Ridnour is expected to play behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.

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ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ANDERSON, Ind.) — Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles tendon, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

Ballard was injured Friday at training camp when trying to catch a ball during a non-contact drill and had to leave the field on a golf cart.

“When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down who’s worked so hard to get back, it’s tough, but it happens,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “As soon as you get to camp, those things happen. He’s still young, and he’s got a full career ahead of him, so we have to do an MRI and see exactly what it is and then go from there. But you really hope to not hear any of that kind of news.”

Ballard only played in one game last season after tearing his right ACL in September.

With Ballard gone, Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will compete for the starting running back position.

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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There’s a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.

Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron’s dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.

A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring.

Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.

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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.

League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night.

Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.

Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.

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