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Lions Cut RB Bush, Packers Cut LB Hawk

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The top two teams in the NFC North have released two of their most prominent players.

The Detroit Lions will part ways with running back Reggie Bush and the Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Packers. He spent the last nine seasons with the team and is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler with 1,118.

“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

The move frees up $3.5 million in cap space for Green Bay.

Bush, who signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013, could not stay healthy. He played in 25 games in two seasons with Detroit, missing five this past season as he dealt with a nagging ankle injury. The move frees up $1.7 million in cap space.

The Packers (12-4) won the NFC North last season when they defeated the Lions (11-5) 30-20 in Week 17.

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Stadium Proposal Approved By Inglewood, California

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(INGLEWOOD, Ca.) — The National Football League’s inevitable return to the Los Angeles market has taken another step forward.

Late Tuesday night, the Inglewood City Council approved a $2 billion stadium proposal set forth by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

Last week, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders put forth a proposal for a joint stadium in Carson, California. Kroenke and the Inglewood council felt a new sense of urgency after the two teams were seeking to relocate.

The Rams left the Los Angeles market after the 1994 season. The team was founded in Cleveland in 1937 but relocated to Los Angeles in 1946.

It is believed the Rams could move to Los Angeles as soon as the 2016 season, where they would play in the Los Angeles Coliseum until the new stadium would be completed around 2018.

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Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Boston Celtics 115 (22-33) – New York Knicks 94 (10-46)

Miami Heat 93 (25-31) – Orlando Magic 90 (19-40) (F/OT)

Charlotte Hornets 98 (23-32) – Chicago Bulls 86 (36-22)

Atlanta Hawks 104 (45-12) – Dallas Mavericks 87 (39-21)

Milwaukee Bucks 104 (32-25) – Philadelphia 76ers 88 (12-45)

Minnesota Timberwolves (13-43) – Washington Wizards 77 (33-25)

New Orleans Pelicans 102 (30-27) – Brooklyn Nets 96 (23-32)

Houston Rockets 110 (39-18) – Los Angeles Clippers 105 (37-21)

NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 74 (28-0) – Mississippi State 56 (12-16)

(2) Virginia 70 (26-1) – Wake Forest 34 (12-16)

(11) Wichita State 63 (26-3) – Indiania State 53 (14-15)

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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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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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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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