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B.J. Upton Is Now Melvin Upton Jr.

B.J. Upton Is Now Melvin Upton Jr.

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- B.J. Upton hasn't lived up to his five-year, $75 million dollar contract he signed with the Atlanta Braves after the 2012 season so he's making a change.The 30-year-old Upton has changed his name back to his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr. B.J. was short for Bossman -- his father's nickname -- Junior, according to multiple reports.

Upton, who was the second overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, followed up the 2013 season, where he set career-lows in batting average, RBIs, stolen bases and on-base percentage, with a very poor 2014 season during which he hit .208 with 12 home runs in 141 games.During Upton's final season in Tampa Bay in 2012, he played in 146 games hitting .246 with a career-high 28 home runs and 31 stolen bases.

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San Diego Mayor Renews Chargers Stadium Efforts

San Diego Mayor Renews Chargers Stadium Efforts

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- As NFL franchises continue to threaten to leave their current locations for the Los Angeles market, local officials scramble -- often at the expense of taxpayers.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer met with San Diego Chargers team president Dean Spanos and agreed to expedite a timetable with the county stadium advisory panel, to find a new location and finance plan for the stadium.

"I explained to Mr. Spanos that we are going to work to keep the team here but I will never support a deal that San Diego can't afford," Faulconer said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work to produce a viable stadium plan that is fair for San Diegans, protects taxpayers and can be approved by voters.

"The stadium advisory group has agreed to speed up its efforts and will release a work product in the next 90 days. I look forward to sharing the plan with the public and the Chargers at that time."

In 2013, USA Today found that oftentimes tax payers end up paying more than half the costs of new stadiums. During construction and improvements, the public takes on almost 75% of the bill due to "obscure costs."

The advisory panel was originally scheduled to put forth a proposal in September, but as the Chargers continue to explore options in the Los Angeles market to put pressure on San Diego, Faulconer agreed to speed up the process.

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Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell

Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell

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(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox have extended the contract of manager John Farrell through the 2017 season, the team announced Saturday at the beginning of its spring training camp.

"I'm ecstatic to have the extension," Farrell said. "This is a very special place and to be able to be here for a number of years that are in place, we don't take for granted one moment what the expectations are and how we have to deliver on those expectations."

Coming off a 71-91 season the team also announced that it will also extend general manager Ben Cherington past the 2015 season. The exact duration is unknown.

Farrell also addressed several concerns about position players leading into the season; notably Shane Victorino and new third basemen Pablo Sandoval.

"If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he is our right fielder," Farrell explained. "He was one of the best right fielders in the game two years ago. When you come back from injury, you shouldn't have lost your job because of an injury."

After pictures surfaced showing Sandoval with a large protruding gut, some questioned the fitness of the former San Francisco Giant.

"His body type hasn't changed since signing with us," Farrell said. "He's a guy that converted from a catcher to third base position. He's transitioned successfully at it a number of years ago. His body works for him."

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Linsanity Returns in L.A. Victory

Linsanity Returns in L.A. Victory

NBA via New York Knicks(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- On a night reminiscent of the mania that swept the NBA community by storm three years ago, "Linsanity" carried the Lakers to a 118-11 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics.

Jeremy Lin brought out his best game as a Laker as he completed 10-15 from the floor Sunday night, leading L.A. with 25 points. 

The win snapped a seven game losing streak for Los Angeles (14-41), but they didn't make it easy. The Celtics rallied from seven points down with less than 30 seconds to go in the game. Avery Bradley knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 106 and send it to overtime.

The Celtics, who announced that Jared Sullinger would miss the remainder of the season before tipoff, could not find an answer to stop Lin. He would be the catalyst in overtime as he would knock down two baskets and dish out three assists.

"Jeremy Lin killed us the whole night," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "He was really effective in a lot of ways -- not only scoring the ball, but also getting into the paint and making plays for others."

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Oregon Upsets Utah, 69-58

Oregon Upsets Utah, 69-58

G Fiume/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- The Ducks (20-8) pulled off a 69-58 upset of the No. 9 Utah Utes (21-5) on Sunday.

Dillon Brooks finished with 19 points and finished with 11 straight points late in the second half in the victory.

"I thought he hit big buckets for us," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "He really was aggressive taking the ball to the hole.

"We ran a couple things for him late because he did have the hot hand, and he responded pretty well."

Delon Wright finished with 22 points in the loss for Utah.

"They made plays when they needed to, and I thought they played with more energy overall," Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They kicked our butts on the glass in the second half."

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Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500

Joey Logano Wins Daytona 500

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA, Fla.) -- Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 on Sunday in a green-white checkered finish as the caution flag waived to take home the huge victory for 

Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson finished in the top five.

The 24-year-old is the second youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 for the Penske team.

In perhaps his final Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon finished 33rd.

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Michigan Upsets (23) Ohio State, 64-57

Michigan Upsets (23) Ohio State, 64-57

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan picked up a much-needed win after taking down 23rd ranked Ohio State 64-57 on Sunday.

The Wolverines snapped a five-game losing streak.

Ohio State was behind the Wolverines by as much as 17 points in the second half before making a 14-0 run to make the game 49-46. A Zak Irvin 3-pointer kept the Buckeyes at distance though.

Spike Albrecht led Michigan with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Even though he's averaging just 6.4 points per game, he was arguably Michigan's best player against Ohio State.

Along with his clutch 3, Irvin also chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Ohio State freshman guard D'Angelo Russell did all he could to keep the Buckeyes in the game. He scored 16 points with five rebounds and two assists.

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Cardinals Plan to Limit Adam Wainwright’s Workload

Cardinals Plan to Limit Adam Wainwright’s Workload

Elliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Entering his 10th Major League season, the St. Louis Cardianls plan on limiting the workload this spring for starting pitcher Adam Wainwright.

This is something that could go into effect during the regular season as well.

One of the best starters in baseball, Wainwright has averaged just under 226.0 innings his past five seasons.

"It will just be him continuing to get the work, but it just might not be work on the game field," manager Mike Matheny said.

Wainwright though, is not fully on board with the plan.

"If I take starts off we may not get to the postseason," Wainwright said. "And getting there, to me, seems pretty important."

"I'm getting paid to play every five days as it is, not every day," Wainwright jokingly added. "If I'm skipping my one every five days, good Lord, what am I getting paid for?"

In 2014, Wainwright went 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA, 179 strikeouts, and a 1.03 WHIP.

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Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger to Miss the Remainder of the Season

Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger to Miss the Remainder of the Season

NBA via Boston Celtics(LOS ANGELES) -- In the midst of having the best season of his young career, Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a left metatarsal stress fracture.

According to Sullinger, he was experiencing discomfort in his foot since Feb. 11 during the team's win over the Atlanta Hawks.

"Supposedly it happened in the Atlanta game, and he was talking a little bit about it [Wednesday] with regard to feeling some discomfort, and so he went through a little bit of practice then pulled himself out," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said earlier this week. "Ed took him to get the X-ray [Thursday]."

Sullinger has emerged as one of the Celtics best players/rebounders. Despite a slew of trades made by the team this season, Boston still finds itself just 1 1/2 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the 8th and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

In his third season, the 22-year-old Sullinger was averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season.

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Brewer Leads Rockets Past Raptors, 98-76

Brewer Leads Rockets Past Raptors, 98-76

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Rockets guard Corey Brewer had a season-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Houston (37-18) defeated the Toronto Raptors (37-18) on Saturday night, 98-76.

Leading 56-52 with 3:41 to play in the third quarter, Houston went on a 12-1 run to close out the period. Rockets guard James Harden contributed 20 points, with 16 of them coming in the third quarter.

Forward Amir Johnson led the way for the Raptors with 27 points and five rebounds while guard Kyle Lowry had 11 points and four assists.

Up next for the Rockets, a Monday night home showdown against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Blue Jays Sign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor-League Contract

Blue Jays Sign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor-League Contract

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Chris Dickerson with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 32-year-old Dickerson appeared in 41 games with the Cleveland Indians last season, where he hit .244 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Dickerson was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 2003 amateur draft. During his seven-year major league career (2008-2014) with the Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Indians, he has batted .257 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 355 regular season games. He also has scored 105 runs and has an OBP of .335.

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The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in December, Mets manager Terry Collins said ace starting pitcher Matt Harvey might not make his debut until the team's home opener on April 13th, but it looks as if plans may change.

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Collins said that the current plan for Harvey is to start one of the team's first five games.  Harvey was expected to be on an innings limit this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year, however, Collins says they are more inclined to give him five-inning starts instead of skipping his turn in the rotation.

Harvey will look to regain 2013 form in 2015, where he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, striking out 191 batters in 178.1 innings pitched.

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Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points in Oklahoma City's 110-103 win over the Hornets Saturday night.

Westbrook, who has been on a tear as of late, also added 10 assists and seven rebounds to his stat line.

With Kevin Durant resting a sore foot, the Thunder finally got a look at the team's new assets they acquired at the trade deadline. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin added 12 points off the bench and center Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

"We feel confident with what we have as a unit, especially with the great pieces we have," Westbrook said. "Once we get everybody healthy and rolling we are going to be tough to beat. For now we have to come in every night and take care of business."

The Thunder are on a five-game win streak.

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(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Top-ranked Kentucky took care of business Saturday night defeating the Auburn Tigers, 110-75 to improve to 27-0 on the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points, which led six Kentucky players who reached double figures, and the Wildcats reached their highest scoring total since 2002, extending their best start ever.  Kentucky also matched the 1995-1996 team's school record of 27 straight victories.

"We cherish these moments," said Towns, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. "Not every game is going to be like this. We executed, played great defense and also made a lot of shots."

Kentucky will look to improve to 28-0 on Wednesday February 25th when they meet Mississippi St.

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Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis left the game early Saturday night in his team's 105-91 win over the Miami Heat.  Davis reaggravated his right shoulder in the first quarter of the game, and did not return.

Davis left with 3:07 left in the quarter, after he attempted a shot and made contact with Miami's Hassan Whiteside.  Davis missed two games earlier this month, as well as the All-Star Game because of the same shoulder issue.

Davis is fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game.

 

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Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Wreck at Daytona, Injures Right Leg

Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Wreck at Daytona, Injures Right Leg

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car wreck on Saturday in the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway and injured his right leg.

Busch got out of his car on his own power, but was taken away on a stretcher after crashing into the inside wall during the final laps of the race.

Busch was placed in a air cast before being taken away and was scheduled to start fourth in Sunday's Daytona 500, but Joe Gibbs Racing announced that he will not following the crash.

The crash comes on the same day that his oldest brother Kurt Busch lost his appeal of his indefinite suspension for his domestic abuse case with his ex-girlfriend.

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After Initial Reservations, Dan Haren Ready to Pitch for the Marlins

After Initial Reservations, Dan Haren Ready to Pitch for the Marlins

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Despite initially claiming he'd rather retire than play for the Miami Marlins, starting pitcher Dan Haren has reported to spring training and will pitch for the team this season.

Haren was part of the deal the Marlins made with the Los Angeles Dodgers that also netted them shortstop Dee Gordon. Haren preferred to play on the west coast, and seriously considered retirement as a result.

"The trade surprised me," Haren said. "My family had a tough time with it."

Marlins officials had even given up on the prospects of convincing Haren to join the team, but he decided that he wanted to come back for a 13th season.

"I wanted to make sure I was going to be 100 percent committed," he said. "I didn't want to give a halfhearted effort. Once I was committed in the offseason to putting in the work, I was ready to go for the year.

"I'm here, I'm happy to be here. I'm ready to get going."

Haren is 142-122 with a 3.77 ERA during his career.

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Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Days after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, it appears Kendrick Perkins will settle in with a new team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has "emerged as the frontrunners" to sign the 6'10" center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Perkins, 30, is in the midst of a contractual buyout with the Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz, Thursday in a move that sent Enes Kanter from Utah to Oklahoma City.

After losing Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in December, the Cavaliers have been seeking size for their front court.

While Perkins is no longer the impat player that he once was when a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a still a powerful prescence in the locker room and provide an impact around the net.  Perkins is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

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Chargers Extend Left Tackle King Dunlap

Chargers Extend Left Tackle King Dunlap

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Chargers have re-signed King Dunalp to a four-year contract.

Dunlap a seven-year veteran who was taken in the 7th round by the Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled to earn $28 million dollars over the course of the contract.

In 2013, the Chargers signed Dunlap to a two-year contract after he was allowed to leave the Eagles when Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia.

San Diego has reaped the rewards as Dunlap stated all 16 games in 2014 and played at a top level. According to Pro Football Focus, Dunlap allowed three sacks on 625 pass dropbacks and allowed 56 hurries on 1,078 passing plays. 

"King has been top notch the last few years for us at left tackle," quarterback Phillip Rivers said. "It's very well-deserved for him personally and a huge signing for our team."

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Chargers Reward Tackle King Dunlap with Four-Year Extension

Chargers Reward Tackle King Dunlap with Four-Year Extension

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- After proving he was a better than most thought for the past two seasons, the San Diego Chargers have rewarded tackle King Dunlap with a four-year deal.

ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth $28 million.

"It's probably the best season I've had in a while," Dunlap said at the completion of the 2014 season. "It was good. Being healthy is my biggest thing. I feel like if I'm healthy, I'll work hard enough to where I'm somewhat successful. Staying healthy was huge."

Dunlap is a former seventh round pick who spent the first five seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Once he was a free agent in 2013, not many teams showed much interest in him.

The Chargers wound up signing him to a two-year deal worth just $3.95 million. He exceeded expectations, and the hard work is finally paying off, literally.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dunlap gave up only three sacks on 625 passing plays this season.

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