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Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal

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

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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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (42-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 6 (54-48)
New York Yankees 6 (54-48) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-50)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (50-53) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-56)
Washington Nationals 4 (56-44) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-51)
Philadelphia Philles 9 (45-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-59)
San Diego Padres 5 (46-56) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-48)
Texas Rangers 4 (41-62) – Oakland Athletics 1 (63-39)
Chicago White Sox 9 (50-54) – Minnesota Twins 5 (46-56)
New York Mets 3 (49-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (58-46)
Kansas City Royals 6 (52-50) – Cleveland Indians 4 (51-52)
Miami Marlins 2 (49-53) – Houston Astros 0 (42-61)
Colorado Rockies 8 (42-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-48)
Los Angeles Angels 2 (61-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-43)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (57-45) – Seattle Mariners 1 (53-50) – 10 Innings
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (57-47) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-46)
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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players

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

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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Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks may have a rivalry brewing between then after Rockets guard James Harden said the team will be just fine without forward Chandler Parsons, who’s heading to the Mavericks.
“Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” Harden told The Philippine Star. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces.”
“I think we’ll be fine next season,” he added.
Parsons spent the first three seasons of his career with the Rockets and was one of the team’s best players. Still, he wound up signing a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks that the Rockets decided not to match.
In responding to Harden’s comments, Parsons proclaimed that Harden’s attitude was one of the reasons why he left the team, adding that he wants to be considered an important member of a winning team.
This past season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Even though he’ll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.
“I’m not trying to relive that banner season,” Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. “I think that’s been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that’s very important for me as a player. I’m not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever.”
In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.
Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team’s point guard position.
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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.
Johnson was the team’s big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.
This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.
His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.
Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.
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Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday.
ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season.
The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can’t be traded for 30 days.
The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas.
The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Philles 2 (44-58) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-45)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (54-49) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-55)
New York Yankees 4 (53-48) – Texas Rangers 2 (40-62)
Oakland Athletics 13 (63-38) – Houston Astros 1 (42-60)
Miami Marlins 3 (48-53) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-47)
Milwaukee Brewers 9 (58-45) – New York Mets 1 (48-54)
Chicago White Sox 5 (49-54) – Minnesota Twins 2 (46-55)
San Diego Padres 13 (45-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-59)
Kansas City Royals 2 (51-50) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-51) – 14 Innings
Baltimore Orioles 4 (56-45) – Seattle Mariners 0 (53-49)
Detroit Tigers 6 (57-42) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (60-41)
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Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White.
White’s new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons.
“I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,” White told ESPN.com. “Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don’t want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I’m going to be here for the next four years.”
The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth.
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Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.
“I’m going to a new team, and that’s going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do,” Soria said of the Tigers. “I want to help them win the World Series — that’s what this is all about — and I hope to help them out as much as I can.”
Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team’s closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.
Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he’s still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.
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Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.
“I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,” Maybin said in a statement. “Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK’d, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.”
Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.
The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he’s had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.
The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.
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Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers

Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider has avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.
ESPN reports Kreider will make an average of $2.475 million annually. Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the 23-year-old scored 17 goals and dished out 20 assists in 66 regular season games for the Blue Shirts. The Rangers and Kreider came to terms just before their arbitration hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins 3 (46-54) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-50)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-50)
Kansas City Royals 2 (50-50) – Chicago White Sox 1 (48-54)
Colorado Rockies 6 (41-60) – Washington Nationals 4 (55-44)
New York Mets 3 (48-53) – Seattle Mariners 2 (53-48)
Detroit Tigers 11 (56-42) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-58)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (54-47) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (56-47)
Atlanta Braves 6 (55-46) – Miami Marlins 1 (47-53)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (53-49) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-54)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (49-53) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (54-57)
San Diego Padres 8 (44-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-58) 
New York Yankees 2 (52-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (40-61) – Final in 5 Innings due to rain
Los Angeles Angels 3 (60-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (55-45)
Oakland Athletics 9 (62-38) – Houston Astros 7 (42-59)
 
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ESPN: Chiefs Agree to Contract Extension with Jamaal Charles

ESPN: Chiefs Agree to Contract Extension with Jamaal Charles

Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ contract dispute with the team was short lived: ESPN is reporting that Charles will report to training camp after he and the team agreed on a two-year contract extension.
Charles did not report to training camp on Wednesday at Missouri Western State University, but he is on his way to camp now that a deal has been reached.
His original deal had two years remaining on it, but his new deal runs through 2017. The new arrangement will pay Charles $18.1 million for the additional two years. He will make an extra $5.1 million over the next two seasons, including a $4.4 million raise this year.
The 27-year-old Charles is arguably one of the biggest offensive weapons in the NFL. This past season for the Chiefs, he ran for 1,287 yards, had 70 catches for 693 yards, and scored 19 total touchdowns in 2013.
He also provided a league-high 35.3 percent of the team’s yards from scrimmage, and has a career average of 5.6 yards per carry.
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Seahawks Wide Receiver Sidney Rice Retiring at Age 27

Seahawks Wide Receiver Sidney Rice Retiring at Age 27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After seven seasons in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire from the sport of football at the age of 27.
ESPN is reporting that Rice is walking away from the game because of a history or concussions.
“After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League,” Rice said in the statement. “I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans.”
Rice was a second-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2007 by the Minnesota Vikings. His best season came in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards with eight touchdowns.
Injuries have kept him off the field for much of the time since that season. He played a full season in 2012, but he’s missed 25 games from 2010-20-13.
Rice had re-signed with the Seahawks for $1 million during the offseason.
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Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Training Camp

Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Training Camp

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors and will be ready for training camp on Thursday, head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday.
“It’s a positive,” said veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins, one of the Patriots’ captains. “We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. Anytime you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.”
Gronkowski underwent surgery on his right ACL on Jan. 9 and has fully recovered.
Gronkowski said last week that he plans on playing in all 16 games this season. “I’m always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play football. I love playing the game,” he said then.
The Patriots open up against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 7.
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Rangers Re-Sign Mats Zuccarello

Rangers Re-Sign Mats Zuccarello

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers and forward Mats Zuccarello agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.5-million on Tuesday.
Zuccarello and New York avoided salary arbitration by getting a deal done.
Zuccarello scored a career high 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season.
The Rangers made it to their first Stanley Cup since 1994, but were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in five games.
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Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Pitching prospect Danny Salazar has been recalled by the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians wasted no time getting Salazar on the mound, giving him the start in Tuesday night’s 8 to 2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Salazar was sharp, throwing five innings, giving up one run, walking three while striking out six.
The team had high hopes for the 24-year-old this season after he started 10 games last season pitching 52 innings, with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 65 batters while walking only 15. But Salazar wasn’t as sharp and was sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 after starting eight games, during which he compiled a 1-4 record, 5.53 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.
To make room for Salazar the Indians optioned reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.
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