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Cardinals Shortstop Jhonny Peralta Has Thumb Surgery, Out Until Midseason

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(JUPITER, Fla.) — St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Thursday morning.

He will be recovering and will not be able to return until midseason, Cardinal’s general manager John Mozeliak said.

Peralta will be in a cast for 4 to 6 weeks before beginning rehabalitation leaving the team without the three-time All-Star until at least June, according to ESPN.

“Everyone’s sort of pounding on, ‘What are we going to do?’ I think I’d like to see what we have first and then determine what’s next,” Mozeliak said.

“Obviously, our goal is to be competitive this year and, if we feel we need to go outside the organization to improve on those odds, then we will. Right now, I don’t think that’s something we feel we have to do at all.”

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Chiefs Lose Picks, Fined for Pursuing Jeremy Maclin

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The National Football League announced that the Kansas City Chiefs have been fined and will lose two draft picks for a violation of the league’s anti-tampering policy, ESPN reports.

The team violated the policy for having “improper contact” with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin before the start of last year’s free-agent signing period, according to ESPN.

As a result, the team was fined $250,000, while Coach Andy Reid was fined $75,000, and general manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000.

The Chiefs will also lose both their third-round draft pick this year and their sixth-round choice in 2017.

“Assessing discipline, the goal is to balance the seriousness of the violation of an important and longstanding competitive rule (the Anti-Tampering Policy), with appropriate recognition of the club’s history (no prior offenses), and the cooperation shown by both the club and individual employees,” NFL’s executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said in a release.

Chairman Clark Hunt said the team, Reid and Dorsey might appeal the penalties.

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New Quarterback Brock Osweiler Says Texans on ‘Cusp of Doing Something Great’

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Brock Osweiler reached an agreement with the Houston Texans just before the league year officially opened on Wednesday afternoon.

The four-year deal is worth $72 million, adding Osweiler to the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in terms of 2016 cash, ESPN reports.

The newly acquired quarterback has already arrived in Houston and is says he is excited to work with his new franchise.

“Coming to Houston was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Osweiler said. “What I see with this football team is something special. I believe this organization is on the cusp of doing something great. That’s something I want to be a part of. I’m very excited to be here and just get to work.”

Osweiler was a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2012 and served as backup to Peyton Manning.

“It was very difficult,” Osweiler said of leaving the Broncos. “I’d be lying to you if I said anything else. I had a tremendous four seasons there in Denver, and you know those are four years that I’ll always hold very close to my heart.”

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Stewart-Haas Racing Shares Injury Update on Tony Stewart

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Stewart-Haas Racing on Wednesday provided an update on its injured driver and owner, Tony Stewart.

In a statement posted on Facebook, SHR said Stewart, who suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an ATV accident in late January, was evaluated by doctors earlier in the day.

“Satisfied with the amount of healing that has taken place, doctors implemented a rehabilitation regimen that will hasten Stewart’s recovery,” the organization noted.

SHR said a full recovery is expected, though a timetable for Stewart’s return is not known.

Plans for an interim driver have not yet been finalized.

This is the three-time Cup champion’s final season as a Sprint Cup driver.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 3/9/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Houston 118, Philadelphia 104
Boston 116, Memphis 96
Charlotte 122, New Orleans 113
Milwaukee 114, Miami 108
Detroit 102, Dallas 96
New York 128, Phoenix 97
Oklahoma City 120, L-A Clippers 108
Cleveland 120, Sacramento 111
Golden State 115, Utah 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

2OT Toronto 4, N-Y Islanders 3 (SO Toronto 1-0)
2OT St. Louis 3, Chicago 2 (SO St. Louis 3-2)
OT Calgary 3, Nashville 2
Colorado 3, Anaheim 0
OT Vancouver 3, Arizona 2
OT Los Angeles 4, Washington 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(19) Duke 92, NC State 89

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Damon Harrison Reaches Deal with New York Giants

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Damon Harrison has agreed on a deal with the New York Giants, a source told ESPN.

Harrison, 27, has spent the past four seasons on the New York Jets, playing last season on a one-year $2.4 million contract, according to ESPN.

Harrison, who is affectionately known as “Big Snacks,” arrived to the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent from William Penn University in Iowa. He became one of the league’s top run-stuffing tackles, ESPN reports.

ESPN says he started in 48 consecutive games and is one of the reasons the Jets finished third, fifth, and second in run defense in the past three seasons.

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Ex-Bears Running Back Matt Forte Signs with New York Jets

David Banks/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets after the Bears refused to offer him a contract to return, ESPN reports.

According to ESPN, Forte will replace Chris Ivory, who has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Forte played eight seasons in Chicago, and he is the second-most productive tailback in franchise history, behind Hall of Famer Walter Payton, ESPN reports.

Forte came from Tulane and was selected by the Bears in the second round of the NFL draft in 2008.

In signing with the Jets, Forte will reunite with his former teammate Brandon Marshall.

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Ex-Bears Runninback Matt Forte Signs with New York Jets

David Banks/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets after the Bears refused to offer him a contract to return, ESPN reports.

According to ESPN, Forte will replace Chris Ivory, who has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Forte played eight seasons in Chicago, and he is the second-most productive tailback in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Walter Payton, ESPN reports.

Forte came from Tulane and was selected by the Bears in the second round of the NFL draft in 2008.

In signing with the Jets, Forte will reunite with his former teammate Brandon Marshall.

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Virginia Tech Basketball Team Learns Lesson from Coach and Vets

iStock/Thinkstock(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams wanted his players to recognize the importance of the national anthem.

Williams’ players saw “The Star-Spangled Banner” as just as a song played before every game and nothing more, so the coach gathered the young men in the school’s gym, where they were met with veterans and war heroes. The two groups stood across from each other face-to-face, as they watched Williams walk up and down the aisle between them.

“We didn’t earn those chairs,” said Williams pointing to the bench while addressing the team in a video that recently went viral.

“These guys, when they were your age, interrupted their life, they paused their education, they changed their career, and they gave their life for those chairs,” Williams said.

In an emotional moment, Williams spoke about the veterans sacrifice, the obstacles they had to overcome and the importance of their service and protection.

“So when the anthem is played, we’re going to stand like grown men, and we’re going to honor men like this, that gave their life, so we can have a chair to sit in,” Williams said.

The video, which was posted a few months ago, recently resurfaced to Coach Williams’ delight.

Not sure how National Anthem video resurfaced 4mos later, but humble thanks to all, specifically our Veterans, for all the kind messages!💚🇺🇸

— Buzz Williams (@TeamCoachBuzz) March 9, 2016

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Missouri Athletic Director Confirms Commitment to Coach Kim Anderson

Travis Bell / ESPN Images(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — Despite speculation of a coaching change, Missouri’s Kim Anderson will remain the coach of the Tigers.

“As we turn our attention to next season we remain fully committed to providing our coaches and student-athletes with the resources and support they need to win at the highest level,” Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a statement on Wednesday. “I look forward to working with Coach Anderson to reestablish the proud and winning tradition of Mizzou basketball.”

Anderson became the head coach two years ago and signed a five-year deal at that time.

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