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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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(1) Kentucky Moves to 33-0 Entering SEC Title Game

(1) Kentucky Moves to 33-0 Entering SEC Title Game

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Ky.) -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored 18 points and Andrew Harrison added 15 in No. 1 Kentucky's rout over Auburn 91-67 Saturday to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament final, making its record 33-0.

Trey Lyles, Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker each added 12 points for the Wildcats, who led by as many 28 in the final minute, and team shot 56 percent and out rebounded the Tigers 39-25 for the tournament's most lopsided victory.

Kentucky will face the winner of Arkansas and Georgia on Sunday.

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Red Sox Introduce Yoan Moncada

Red Sox Introduce Yoan Moncada

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox introduced second baseman Yoan Moncada on Friday.

Moncada was a highly saught after prospect from Cuba and signed a record $31.5 million deal on Thursday night.

"He's got a really unique combination of skills -- great athlete, speed, switch hitter with power from both sides of the plate, defensive skills," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "He's an athlete with the ability to play multiple positions if he had to, but he's a natural second baseman."

Moncada will be assigned to a minor-league roster soon, but the Red Sox are still figuring out where they'll put him.

"He's going to enter the minor league system -- there's still development to do," Cherington said. "He's a developing baseball player, but an exceptionally talented one. Obviously, given the investment we're making we believe he can be a very good major-league player for a long time and we're committed to helping him get there, in the right way."

Moncada is ready to get to work and live out his dream of playing baseball.

"I'm just really looking forward to getting back on the field and playing baseball because I've gone so long since I've actually been able to just to go out and play," Moncada said. "I'm looking forward for the opportunity of just being with this organization and very thankful to everyone with the Red Sox who made that possible."

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Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Phoenix

Kevin Harvick Wins Pole for Phoenix

BananaStock(AVONDALE, Ariz.) -- Kevin Harvick took home the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Speedway.

This was Harvick's first career pole at Phoenix.  Joey Logano finished with the second fastest qualifying time.

"There are just so many circumstances that you can't control," Harvick said. "There are so many things that can go wrong. There are so many mistakes that you can make and we can make some bad decisions as we go through practice and miss the balance to start the race."

Kurt Busch finished with the eighth fastest time and will race for the first time this season after his suspension was uplifted this week.

"Overwhelming support from the team and garage area," Busch said.  "I'm thankful to be back and have this competitive car."

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Trent Richardson Files Grievance Against Colts

Trent Richardson Files Grievance Against Colts

Al Bello/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- Just days after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, running back Trent Richardson has filed a grievance against the team as he seeks to re-coup the money he was scheduled to earn during the 2015 season.

Richardson was released by the Colts Thursday after two disappointing season with Indianapolis. 

The Colts suspended Richardson for the final game of the teams 2014 season -- the AFC Title game against the New England Patriots.  Richardson stated that he was late to the team's final walkthrough because his wife had been hospitalized with pregnancy complications and failed to notify the team.

Richardson told ESPN.com that his phone had died and by the time he was able to reach head coach Chuck Pagano, he was told not to show up as he had been deactivated for the game. 

As a result of the suspension, language in Richardson's contract -- his rookie contract -- allows the Colts to void the final year of his deal and the team can avoid paying him the $3.184 million he was due to earn in 2015.

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Percy Harvin Set To Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

Percy Harvin Set To Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

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(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- After half a season with Rex Ryan as a member of the New York Jets, Percy Harvin will be shuffling off to Buffalo.

Harvin has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for about $6 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Last season in a split-season with the Seahawks and Jets, Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown.  He also ran 33 times for 202 yards and one touchdown.

Harvin, 26, was a first-round selection of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL draft. He has found it hard maintaining long-term tenure with a team since being traded from Minnesota to Seattle in 2013.

After spending much of 2013 rehabbing a hip injury with Seattle, Harvin was traded to the Jets in 2014 just eight games into the season.

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Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Mn.) -- The Miami Dolphins have found a way to rid themselves of wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Two seasons after signing Wallace to a $60 million contract, The Dolphins have traded the speedster and a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick.

The Vikings were one of Wallace's top pursuers when he hit the market in 2013 after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota will now install Wallace into a passing attack that includes Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson. 

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

Last season, Wallace hauled in 67 passes for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Rams Agree To Two-Year Deal With Kenny Britt

Rams Agree To Two-Year Deal With Kenny Britt

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are bringing back their leading receiver from last season.

Kenny Britt and the Rams have agreed to a two-year deal, Friday.

"The year of the #Ram I want to thank everyone from the #Horn to the tail 4 the opportunity to play in such a great Organization #RamsNation," Britt tweeted.

Britt was a first-round pick of Tennessee in 2009 when Jeff Fisher -- now head coach of the Rams -- was the head coach of the Titans.

Last season, Britt caught 48 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns. 

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ABC Scoreboard 3/13/15

ABC Scoreboard 3/13/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 114 (15-50) - Sacramento Kings 107 (22-42) Charlotte Hornets 101 (29-35) - Chicago Bulls 91 (40-27) Boston Celtics 95 (28-36) - Orlando Magic 88 (21-46) Toronto Raptors 102 (39-26) - Miami Heat 9...

Steelers Agree on New Five-Year Contract with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers Agree on New Five-Year Contract with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken measures to make sure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will spend his entire career with the club as the two sides have agreed on a new five-year contract.

Big Ben had going into the final year of his eight-year contract he signed back in 2008.

Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall back in 2004 and since then, he's been among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He's taken the Steelers to three Super Bowls, winning two of them during his career in the Steel City.

In 2014, Roethlisberger arguably had the best season his career at 32-years-old. He threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes, and also threw 32 touchdowns to just nine interceptions.

On Friday, the Steelers also announced they agreed on a contract with free agent running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams had spent the previous nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.

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Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Spiller, Trade Wide Reciever Kenny Stills

Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Spiller, Trade Wide Reciever Kenny Stills

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- The New Orleans Saints continued their offseason makeover as they've agreed to terms on a contract with former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and trading wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins.

Spiller's deal with the Saints will be four-year contract worth $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

A former first round pick, Spiller is a dynamic talent, but has had trouble producing on a consistent basis since the Bills selected him ninth overall in the 2010 draft.

In 2014, Spiller was limited to just nine games and had 425 total yards of offense while scoring just one touchdown.

The Saints dealt Stills to the Dolphins in exchange for a third round draft pick as well as linebacker Dannell Elerbe .

Stills is a promising receiver who in his second NFL season caught 63 passes for 931 yards and three touchdowns.

The Saints have also added cornerback Brandon Browner and Max Unger, traded tight end Jimmy Graham, and cut linebacker Curtis Lofton and running back Pierre Thomas this offseason.

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Dolphins Sign Jordan Cameron

Dolphins Sign Jordan Cameron

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins are reloading everywhere.  Miami signed free agent tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal, the team announced on Thursday.

"I am pleased to announce that the Miami Dolphins have come to an agreement with Jordan Cameron," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. "He is a young, proven Pro Bowl performer with playmaking ability that will positively impact our team."

Cameron joins one of the biggest free agent names in Ndamukong Suh to relocate to Miami.

He's battled a concussion and shoulder-related injuries last season for the Browns and missed six games, but had a productive 2013 season with 80 receptions.

Cameron also dealt with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel throwing to him and will now have Ryan Tannehill.

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