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Ed Reed Is Retiring

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ed Reed, the acclaimed longtime safety for the Baltimore Ravens, is retiring.

The Ravens announced Wednesday that the eight-time All-Pro is hanging up his cleats and that they plan to hold a news conference for him at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

The 36-year-old Reed played 12 NFL seasons, 11 with the Ravens, during which he was selected to nine Pro Bowls, won the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, and the 2013 Super Bowl with Baltimore.

Reed finishes his career with 64 interceptions, which ranks sixth all-time in NFL history, and his nine postseason interceptions are tied with Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson, and Ronnie Lott for the most in league history.

After winning the Super Bowl in 2013, Reed left the Ravens and played the 2013 season with the Houston Texans and New York Jets. He did not play football in 2014.

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Justin Verlander Cleared to Resume Throwing

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Justin Verlander is on the comeback trail. The 2011 American League MVP, who hasn’t pitched this season due to a strained right triceps, resumed throwing Wednesday.

Verlander had his third MRI of the season on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the results were examined by Dr. Tony Romeo. The Tigers then released a statement stating the hurler, “was given the clearance to resume a throwing program designed to return him to full competition.”

Verlander threw 50 times off flat ground Wednesday, after which skipper Brad Ausmus said the six-time All-Star felt fine — although Ausmus admits he doesn’t know when his right-hander will pitch again for the Tigers.

“He’s not going to be off the mound for a while,” Ausmus said Wednesday. “There’s no real set timetable. He’s able to throw, he’s able to catch on an everyday, every-other-day basis. It really just depends on how he feels. …He’s got to start building up his arm strength again, basically from ground zero. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Verlander pitched 206 innings last season, compiling a 15-12 record with a 4.54 ERA, 159 strikeouts, and a 1.40 WHIP.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/6/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers 106 – Chicago Bulls 91 (Series tied at 1-1)

NHL Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round – Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – Montreal Canadiens 1 (Lightning lead series, 3-0)

Eastern Conference Second Round – Game 4: Washington Capitals 2 – New York Rangers 1 (Capitals lead series, 3-1)

MLB: Washington Nationals 7 (14-15) – Miami Marlins 5 (13-15)

Arizona Diamondbacks 13 (11-14) – Colorado Rockies 7 (11-14) Game One

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (11-14) – Colorado Rockies 1 (11-14) Game Two

Minnesota Twins 13 (15-13) – Oakland Athletics 0 (12-17)

San Diego Padres 9 (15-14) – San Francisco Giants 1 (14-14)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (14-15) – New York Yankees 1 (17-11)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (14-13) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (12-15)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (15-13) – Boston Red Sox 3 (13-15)

Atlanta Braves 7 (14-14) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (10-19)

Texas Rangers 11 (11-16) – Houston Astros 3 (18-10)

New York Mets 5 (18-10) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (12-13)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (9-19) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (17-10)

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A’s Activate OF Coco Crisp from 15-Day DL

Photos.com/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Coco Crisp from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville, the team announced on Wednesday.

The A’s placed Crisp on the 15-day disabled list on April 3 after he underwent surgery on his right elbow. On a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton, he went 2-for-8 with a double, RBI and a walk in two games.

Gentry was hitting .086 with two RBIs in 16 games with Oakland this season. He began the year on an 0-for-22 skid.

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Harper Hits 3 HRs in Nationals’ 7-5 Win Over Marlins

iStockphoto(WASHINGTON) – Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper belted three home runs as Washington (14-15) reeled in the Miami Marlins (13-15), 7-5, on Wednesday afternoon.

Harper finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs and five RBIs. Each of his three home runs came off of Marlins starter Tom Koehler (2-3).

Right-hander Max Scherzer (2-3) went seven innings for the Nationals, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits while striking out 10 batters. Closer Drew Storen picked up his eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his seventh home run of the season in the eighth inning.

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Deflategate Report Says Patriots Probably Knew About Footballs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A report released on Wednesday by the independent attorney hired by the NFL concludes “it’s more probable than not” that New England Patriots personnel “participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee.”

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it “is more than probable” that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the release of air from the Patriots’ footballs. But the report said there was no deliberate attempt by the Patriots to introduce a non-approved kicking ball during the AFC Championship game against the Indiana Colts on Jan. 18.

The Patriots won 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The report names Jim McNally, the Patriots’ locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, a Patriots equipment assistant, as having “participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee.”

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement, “To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement. In addition, given our level of cooperation throughout the process, I was offended by the comments made in the Wells Report in reference to not making an individual available for a follow-up interview. What the report fails to mention is that he had already been interviewed four times and we felt the fifth request for access was excessive for a part-time game day employee who has a full-time job with another employer.”

He added: “While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me.”

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Vikings’ Mike Wallace Believes He’s the Fastest in the NFL

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace believes that he is the fastest player in the NFL.

Wallace, who was acquired by the Vikings this offseason, said that his personal best in the 40-yard dash is 4.21 seconds.

“Without a doubt, I’m the fastest player in the NFL,” Wallace told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. “If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I’m never going to back down from competition.”

“I’ve run a lot of routes and I’ve got a lot of miles on my legs, but I still feel that there’s nobody who can run with me,” Wallace added. “I might have slowed down a little but I could still run 4.25.”

The best recorded time in the 40-yard dash belongs to Chris Johnson, who ran it in 4.24 in 2008.

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Minnesota opens up the season in Tennessee against the Titans on Sept. 3.

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Royals Hope OF Alex Rios Is Back in Two Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Royals are hoping to have right fielder Alex Rios back in two weeks, manager Ned Yost said Tuesday.

Rios suffered a fractured left hand April 13 after being hit by a pitch.

“It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we’ll see. I don’t know yet,” said Yost, when asked if Rios would need a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Rios was hitting .321 with a home run and eight RBIs before he was sidelined.

During his 12-year major league career, the two-time All-Star has suited up for the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and Royals. He owns a career .279 batting average, 166 homers, 770 RBIs, 849 runs and 246 stolen bases.

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Chiefs Release QB Terrelle Pryor

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday.

Pryor came over to Kansas City at the end of last season after the Seattle Seahawks released him. Pryor spent 2011 to 2013 with the Oakland Raiders before requesting a trade.

The Chiefs have four other quarterbacks on the roster that include starter Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray.

During his time with the Raiders, Pryor completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Chiefs Release QB Terrelle Pryor

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday.

Pryor came over to Kansas City at the end of last season after the Seattle Seahawks released him. Pryor spent 2011 to 2013 with the Oakland Raiders before requesting a trade.

The Chiefs have four other quarterbacks on the roster that include starter Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray.

During his time with the Raiders, Pryor completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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