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Tim Tebow Works Out for Eagles, but Team Doesn’t Plan to Sign Him

Tim Tebow Works Out for Eagles, but Team Doesn’t Plan to Sign Him

Jared Wickham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tebowmania experienced a sudden jolt on Monday as Tim Tebow surprised the NFL world by working out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Despite the workout, ESPN is reporting the Eagles have no plans to sign the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Tebow last appeared in an NFL regular season game when he was with the New York Jets back in 2012. He did spend time with the New England Patriots in 2013, but was cut before the regular season started.

A true media magnet, Tebow was one of the greatest college football players of all time while he was with the Florida Gators.

He was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, and even led the team to a division title in 2011. Despite his success, his erratic and unorthodox style never quite fit in the NFL, and he's been unable to gain many opportunities to continue his pro career at the quarterback position.

Tebow completed 47.9 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his pro career, while rushing for 989 yards and 12 scores.

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Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Texans are taking a swing at the second round of free agency. The team came to terms with free agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.

Shorts, 27, who spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed a two-year $6 million contract. Shorts caught 53 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown last season.

Wilfork, 33, also signed a two-year deal, worth $9 million.  He had spent the last 12 seasons as a member of the New England Patriots.  Wilfork will join former teammate Mike Vrabel -- who now serves as the teams linebacker coach -- as well as former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is Houston's head coach.

Wilfork thanked the New England fans on his Twitter page after signing with Houston: "Thank you everyone for everything your support has been tremendous."

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Commissioner Manfred to Consider Rose Reinstatement

Commissioner Manfred to Consider Rose Reinstatement

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(NEW YORK) -- Pete Rose has applied for reinstatement to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Commissioner Manfred stated that he will consider the appeal "on its merits."

Rose accepted voluntary banishment from baseball in August of 1989 after a Sports Illustrated story proved that he had gambled on games while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Rose has previously petitioned for reinstatement under previous commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, but was never considered.

From 1963 to 1986, Rose totaled 4,256 hits -- making him the all-time leader in the category.

Reinstatement into the game would be the first step towards being nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is no sure thing that he would be nominated once he was reinstated, but it would give Rose his first chance as the Hall of Fame adopted rules in 1991 stating that no player on the banishment list could be considered for enshrinement.

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49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- Within two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have lost two inside linebackers to retirement. 

Second year linebacker Chris Borland has decided to hang up his cleats due to fears of long term effects from head trauma. Borland delivered the news on ESPN's Outside the Lines.

"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland explained. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

Borland, 24, was a third-round draft pick of the 49ers last season and was expected to start for the team this season after Patrick Willis retired last week.

During training camp last year, Borland believes he suffered a concussion but played through it because he wanted to make the team.

Borland was a first-team All American at the University of Wisconsin.  He plans to re-enroll in school and pursue a career in sports management.

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Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery

Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- For the second straight season, the New York Mets will be without one of their top pitchers.

Zach Wheeler has been diagnosed with a full tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair it.

Last season, the Mets were without ace Matt Harvey as he also recovered from Tommy John surgery. 

"Obviously we wish the best for him," Harvey said. "We're all going to be behind him. Obviously being pretty recently through that process, anything he needs, we're going to always be there and help him out. It's an unfortunate thing. He wants to be playing just as bad as the next guy. It's a tough day for all of us."

The team also lost left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to the same surgery on Sunday.

The Mets will lean on Dillon Gee, who started 22 games last season for New York, in place of the injured Wheeler.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (39-28) - Portland Trail Blazers 97 (44-21)

Toronto Raptors 117 (40-27) - Indiana Pacers 98 (30-36)

Boston Celtics 108 (30-36) - Philadelphia 76ers 89 (15-52)

Brooklyn Nets 122 (27-38) - Minnesota Timberwolves 106 (14-52)

Memphis Grizzlies 92 (47-20) - Denver Nuggets 81 (26-42)

Miami Heat 106 (30-36) - Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (43-26)

Utah Jazz 94 (30-36) - Hornets 66 (29-36)

Dallas Mavericks 119 (43-25) - Oklahoma City Thunder 115 (37-30)

Atlanta Hawks 110 (53-14) - Sacramento Kings 103 (22-44)

Golden State Warriors 108 (53-13) - Los Angeles Lakers 105 (17-49)

NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (38-23-10, 86pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-43-7, 45pts) - SO

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (43-21-7, 93pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (43-20-7, 93pts)

Edmonton Oilers 4 (19-39-12, 50pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-38-6, 60pts)

Los Angeles Kings 1 (34-22-13, 81pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (21-41-8, 50pts)

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Evgeni Malkin Out 1-2 Weeks

Evgeni Malkin Out 1-2 Weeks

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said at the NHL general managers meetings Monday that star forward Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.Malkin was injured in the first period of the team's loss to Boston Saturday.Malkin, a former Hart Trophy winner, has played in 63 games this season, recording 28 goals and 40 assists.Rutherford also said that forward Patric Hornqvist will miss around one week after being injured in the team's loss to Detroit on Sunday.

Before play Monday, the Penguins sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, just four points ahead of the Washington Capitals.

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Alabama Basketball Fires Head Coach Anthony Grant

Alabama Basketball Fires Head Coach Anthony Grant

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While many college basketball teams around the country are prepared to participate in the NCAA Tournament, Alabama has fired head coach Anthony Grant.

Grant spent six seasons at Tuscaloosa, and won at least 20 games in three of those seasons. He took them to three NIT Tournaments and one appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The team started this season strong, going 12-3, but they wound up finishing the season at 18-14.

"In this business we are ultimately judged by wins and losses on the court and, for a variety of reasons, we haven't made satisfactory progress in that area," Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement. "We have a great university, and an excellent athletics program that has expectations for all of our teams to meet the highest standards in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

Alabama plays Illinois on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT Tournament, but no interim coach has been named yet.

Overall, Grant went 117-85 as Alabama's head coach.

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Blue Jays Outfielder Kevin Pillar Strains Oblique…by Sneezing

Blue Jays Outfielder Kevin Pillar Strains Oblique…by Sneezing

Photos.com/Thinkstock(DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered a strained oblique on Saturday morning, which is a very common injury. Just how he suffered the injury though, isn't. Pillar will miss the next seven to 10 days after sneezing too hard.

Batting .269 with one home run and five RBIs, Pillar was hoping to contend for a starting spot in the Blue Jays outfield this spring. Those plans are on hold now.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters it may take a while before Pillar returns to the field "just knowing how long obliques can linger. I remember when Rajai Davis said he had a small one and could play through it. He did for another two weeks and then it got worse and he was on the shelf for about three weeks. Take the week, get it out of the way and he'll be fine."

The 26-year-old Pillar is entering his third Major League season. In 89 career games, he's batting .239 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Mets’ Reliever Josh Edgin to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Mets’ Reliever Josh Edgin to Undergo Tommy John SurgeryMike McGinnis/Getty Images(PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla) -- The New York Mets are already dealing with an injury to a key player as reliever Josh Edgin will need to undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss the entire 2015 season. Edgin's velocity had dimished in spr...

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(SAN ANTONIO, Tx.) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili for the next 7-10 days after the guard suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ginobili suffered the injury with less than a minute to do in the third period as he attempted to rebounds the ball and fell on Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng.

"He will be out for a good week, I'm sure," said coach Gregg Popovich.

Ginobili, 37, is averaging 11.4 points, 4.4 assists and three rebounds per game this season.

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Brewers Bring Back Francisco Rodriguez

Brewers Bring Back Francisco Rodriguez

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Francisco Rodriguez will return to the team on a two-year, $13 million dollar deal.

The right-handed Rodriguez, 33, has spent most of the last four seasons with the Brewers -- he was traded to the Orioles before the trade deadline in 2013 -- where he has served as both the teams’ closer and set-up man.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak, Rodriguez, "turned down more guaranteed money," to return to the Brewers, saying Rodriguez told him the signing was "more about comfort and fit."

In 193 2/3 innings with Milwaukee he has a 3.11 ERA and has earned 57 saves. 

Last season, Rodriguez had a 3.04 ERA with 73 strikeouts over 68 innings pitched.

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DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected NFLPA Executive

DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected NFLPA Executive

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(NEW YORK) -- DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as Executive Director of of the NFL players union.

Smith won his third team as the executive after being first elected in 2009 as the replacement for former Director Gene Upshaw who passed away in 2008.

In the previous election three years ago for the Players Association executive director, Smith ran unopposed. He faced eight challengers this year. 

The next election for the NFLPA in 2018 will be one of its most crucial.  After the 2020 season, the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire.

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Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

David Lee/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI, Oh.) -- After a single-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive end Michael Johnson has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals after being drafted in the third-round out of Georgia Tech. He amassed 26.5 sacks over 79 games and was one of the hot free agents last season.

The Buccaneers awarded Johnson a five-year, $43 million contract in hopes that he would sharpen Tampa Bay's pass rush that included Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn. 

Tampa Bay released Johnson after he struggled through an ankle injury and provided just four sacks. 

In an ironic twist, after losing Johnson to free agency, the Bengals were awarded a 2015 third-round compensatory pick for Johnson. Now they also have Johnson back in the fold.

Johnson was said to be torn between returning to the Bengals or joining the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer -- who was the Bengals defensive coordinator until last season.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball regular season officially over, the NCAA March Madness Tournament is set to begin.

No. 1 Kentucky is by far the clear favorite in the tournament.  After finishing the regular season 34-0, the Wildcats claimed the overall number one seed representing the Midwest Bracket.  The other three number one seeds include Villanova in the East Bracket, Duke in the South, and Wisconsin in the West.

The number two seeds are Kansas in the Midwest Bracket, Virginia in the East, Gonzaga in the South, and Arizona in the West.

The Big 12 and Big Ten led the way by placing seven teams each in the NCAA tournament bracket.

 

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(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- No. 1 Kentucky extended their win streak to 34 games, winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, defeating Arkansas, 78-63.

 Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kentucky who never trailed in the game.

"We're still only guaranteed one game, so it's really the slate is clean whether we're 34-0 or have got five losses," Cauley-Stein said. "It's still from here on out, you're 0-0." The Wildcats (34-0) are only the fourth team to go into the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Indiana finished off the last perfect season with a title in 1976. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Wall Casts a Spell On The Kings

John Wall Casts a Spell On The Kings

NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- John Wall led a charge that brought the Wizards back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-97.

Washington head coach Randy Whittman would probably like to take a few thoughts back when he lost faith in his team as they trailed 64-46 at the half.

"I told them, I've got to go to church tomorrow because of some of the things I said and thought at halftime," Wittman said.

Wall ripped off 31 points and dished out 12 assists, 20 and 10 of which came in the second half.

"In the first half there wasn't really an effort, and they basically did whatever they wanted and got whatever they wanted," Wall said. "We had to come back out and compete in the second half."

After dropping 13 of 17 games dating back to the end of January, the Wizards have ripped off three straight victories and put themselves squarely back into fifth place in the eastern conference.

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Mariners Lose Chris Taylor To Broken Wrist

Mariners Lose Chris Taylor To Broken Wrist

Major League Baseball(SEATTLE, Wa.) -- The Seattle Mariners will be without Chris Taylor for the next four to six weeks, according to the team.

The Mariners infielder was struck on his wrist on a foul tip.  He remained up for the next pitch and hit a single before being removed.

Taylor was competing with Brad Miller for the starting short stop position. So far through spring training he was batting .421. 

Last season with Triple-A Tacoma, Taylor batted .328 and had an on-base percentage of .397.  He smacked 22 doubles, stole 14 bases and drove in 37 RBI.

Taylor was drafted by Seattle in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of Virginia. 

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Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley

Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley

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(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are re-inventing the Fearsome Foursome. 

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has agreed to a one-year deal, worth up to $8 million.

"The defensive line here is great," Fairley said. "I’m glad to be a part of it, glad to be coming in to a great situation with the defense, and just to add to it. So I’m here to help this team win and hopefully we’ll get to the Super Bowl."

Before signing Fairley, St. Louis defensive line included Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. The four members registered 22.5 sacks last season, though Long only played in six games due to injury. Fairley had recorded 10 pressures through a two-game span in October last year before a knee injury slowed down his season.

Fairley is expected to slide in behind Donald as part of a defensive line rotation and will likely spell Brockers on passing downs.

The Rams of the 1960's were comprised of Lamar Lundy, Rosie Grier, Merlin Olson and Deacon Jones.  The four members were known as the "Fearsome Foursome" and both Olson and Jones are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Ngata: Ray Rice would be “Great Addition” To Lions

Ngata: Ray Rice would be “Great Addition” To Lions

National Football League(DETROIT, Mi.) -- Just days after being traded to Detroit, Haloti Ngata has one recommendation to improve the team.

In an interview with WXYT Detroit, Ngata was asked about former Ravens running back Ray Rice and whether he would fit in with Detroit.

"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."

Ngata, Rice's former teammate in Baltimore, was traded to the Lions Tuesday for a fourth and fifth-round pick in upcoming NFL draft.

Rice is currently a free agent after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

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