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Yankees Prospect Out of Hospital After Wall Crash

Yankees Prospect Out of Hospital After Wall Crash

NY Yankees/MLB(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fl.) -- New York Yankees prospect Jose Pirela was released from the hospital Sunday after crashing into the outfield wall in a game against the New York Mets.

Pirela sustained a concussion after slamming into the wall head-first while chasing a fly ball off the bat of Mets' Juan Lagares in the first inning. Pirela attempted to stand up but collapsed back to the ground.

"Obviously you're concerned when a player doesn't get up," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's having some tests run right now. I'm not sure how long it's going to take for him to get back, but he did not look good."

Pirela was taken to the hospital after experiencing dizziness. He was tested with a CT Scan and an MRI; both tests came back negative and he was released.

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Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for “Hard Knocks”

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for “Hard Knocks”

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(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns appear to be the next team to join the Hard Knocks reality series.

According to Vic Carruci of the Buffalo News, the Browns are the front runners to appear on the NFL's preseason documentary. Carruci is a former employee of the Browns.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine is no stranger to the series as he appeared in 2010 while defensive coordinator of the Jets, when New York gained acclaim for their role on the program.

Other teams that fall under mandatory consideration for the show include, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins.

Last season the Atlanta Falcons were the prominent focus of Hard Knocks.

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Stan Kroenke Has Designs for Two-Team Los Angeles Stadium

Stan Kroenke Has Designs for Two-Team Los Angeles Stadium

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rams owner Stan Kroenke will not let anything get in the way of his efforts to move an NFL franchise to Los Angeles.

Kroenke has designed his proposed stadium in Inglewood, California to host two teams, according to the Los Angeles Times. The design model accommodates the NFL's idea that Los Angeles is a two-team city, and competes with the Raiders and Chargers proposal for a joint stadium in Carson, California.

Kroenke has publicly stated that he does not intend to move the Rams from St. Louis, but it would be odd for an owner to create a stadium and not house his own team in it.

The Rams have now switched to a year-to-year lease with the city of St. Louis, so a move would be rather straightforward, should it occur. 

New York Giants owner John Mara has stated that he believes a team will play in Los Angeles next year. To move, a team would need 24 other owners to support the relocation.  The earliest that would happen would be January 2016.

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Marlins Sign Christian Yelich to Seven-Year Deal

Marlins Sign Christian Yelich to Seven-Year Deal

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI, Fl.) -- The Miami Marlins and starting outfielder Christian Yelich have agreed to a seven-year pact worth $49 million, the team announced Sunday.

"I love the direction we're headed," Yelich said. "I think we're going to be good this year and for years to come."

This offseason, the Marlins kicked off their new direction by extending superstar Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year, $325 million contract. 

The Marlins selected the homegrown Yelich, 23, in the first-round of the 2010 baseball draft.

Last season, Yelich has a slash line of .284/.362/.402 and smacked 30 doubles and drove in 54 RBI.

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Matt Every Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational For Second Straight Year

Matt Every Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational For Second Straight Year

James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Matt Every rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge Henrik Stenson by a stroke and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the second year in a row on Sunday.

Every will now have an automatic bid to The Masters and was happy to knock down the last shot in the fashion he did.

"You watch tournaments on TV and guys make a 20-footer on the last and everybody goes nuts," Every said. "It's cool to close one out like that."

Every came from three shots back this time to win after rally from a four-shot deficit last year.

"It feels great," Every said about his return to Augusta National. "When Henrik missed that putt, that was the No. 1 thing on my mind: 'You're already in. Miss it -- I need to get in.' "

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Leaving I.F. coach has lasting impact on students

Leaving I.F. coach has lasting impact on studentsIDAHO FALLS – When you love a sport as much as Britney Christensen, walking away from it can be very hard. Christensen, the head coach of the Idaho Falls High School’s girls basketball team, recently announced that after six seasons, she would resign, effective immediately, to spend more time with her family. “I’ve loved my […]

Steelers Re-sign LB James Harrison

Steelers Re-sign LB James Harrison

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed James Harrison to a two-year contract, which will address the team's need of the outside linebacker position.

Harrison's return to the Steelers puts off retirement a little longer for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  

The Steelers talked Harrison out of retirement last season following an injury to starting right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, and once again Harrison proved to be relevant despite his age and having to play his way back into football shape.  Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks in 11 regular-season games last season and emerged as the Steelers' best pass rusher.

Harrison is third on the Steelers' all-time sacks list (69.5), and he joins Jones and Arthur Moats as the only outside linebackers on the roster with NFL experience.

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Brad Keselowski Wins at Auto Club Speedway

Brad Keselowski Wins at Auto Club Speedway

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(FONTANA, Calif.) -- Brad Keselowski only led one lap on Sunday, but that was good enough to take home the victory after he passed Kurt Busch on the green-white checkered finish at Auto Club Speedway.

Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe decided to go with four new tires on the final pit stop during the caution and the move paid off.

"An up and down day for sure," Keselowski said.  "Kept fighting and at the end we caught some breaks and made the most of the breaks we caught."

Keselowski wasn't sure about changing all for tires, but followed Wolfe's instructions.

"When he said that I said this could go really good or really bad," Keselowski admitted.  "On the restart we were just able to find our way through the lanes and get to the front there and somehow end up in Victory Lane leading the last lap, that's kind of a race car drivers dream."

Kevin Harvick finished in second place and Busch took home third during the final restart.

"I hate that [Busch] wasn't able to hold on for the win there,'' Harvick said.  "I would have loved to see those guys get their first win."

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(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Behind Travis Trice's 23 points, the Michigan State Spartans knocked second-seed Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year, winning 60-54.

Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse on Friday.

The Spartans stole a page from last year's regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Cavaliers finished with their second straight 30-win season which is a school record, however they fell earlier than expected in the NCAA tournament despite spending most of the season ranked in the top five in the country.

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Celtics Smart Suspended One Game

Celtics Smart Suspended One Game

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON, Ma) -- Boston Celtics rookie point guard Marcus Smart has been suspended one game after a dirty shot to the groin of San Antonio's Matt Bonner, the NBA announced Saturday.

During the fourth quarter of San Antonio's 101-89 victory, Smart delivered a punch to the family jewels of Bonner and after a review by the referees, he recieved a flagrant 2 penalty -- which resulted in an automatic ejection. 

Smart claimed after the game that he was trying to work through a screen and that the punch was a freak accident.

Smart will miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Pistons. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/21/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/21/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAM - (1) Kentucky 64 (36-0) - (8) Cincinnati 51 (23-11)

(2) Arizona 73 (33-3) - (10) Ohio State 58 (24-11)

(11) UCLA 92 (22-13) - (14) UAB 75 (20-16)

(6) Xavier 75 (23-13) - (14) Georgia State 67 (25-10)

(8) North Carolina State 71 (22-13) - (1) Villanova 68 (33-3)

(5) Utah 75 (26-8) - (4) Georgetown 64 (22-11)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 2 (46-20-7, 99 pts) - San Jose Sharks 0 (35-29-8, 78 pts)

Florida Panthers 2 (33-25-14, 80 pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (36-24-12, 84 pts)(F/SO)

Minnesota Wild 6 (40-25-7, 87 pts) - St. Louis Blues 3 (45-21-6, 96 pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (41-26-4, 86 pts) - Los Angeles Kings 1 (34-23-14, 82 pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (33-35-4, 70 pts) - Calgary Flames 2 (39-27-6, 84 pts) (F/OT)

New York Islanders 3 (44-25-4, 92 pts) - New Jersey Devils 0 (31-30-11, 73 pts)

Winnipeg Jets 3 (37-23-12, 86 pts) - Washington Capitals 0 (39-24-10, 88 pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (36-24-11, 83 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (27-40-6, 60 pts)

New York Rangers 3 (45-18-7, 97 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2 (26-35-10, 62 pts) (F/SO)

Dallas Stars 4 (34-28-10, 78 pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 0 (43-22-6, 92 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (44-21-8, 96 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 0 (20-45-7, 47 pts)

NBA: Brooklyn Nets 123 (29-39) - Indiana Pacers 111 (30-39)

Detroit Pistons 107 (25-44) - Chicago Bulls 91 (42-29)

Memphis Grizzlies 97 (49-21) - Portland Trail Blazers 86 (44-24)

Phoenix Suns 117 (37-33) - Houston Rockets 102 (46-23)


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Dual Team Stadium Moves Forward In Los Angeles

Dual Team Stadium Moves Forward In Los Angeles

IStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As Stan Kroenke moves forward with his stadium efforts in the Los Angeles market, another stadium proposal has received the green light.

The stadium would serve as the home for both the Chargers and Raiders, should both teams choose to leave San Diego and Oakland respectively. Both teams are seeking a new venue in their current market and have threatened to move if they do not receive a stadium proposal to their liking.

"We have all been extremely encouraged by the sky-high level of support we have found for the stadium project," Chargers attorney Mark Fabiani said in a statement regarding the Los Angeles proposal.

The proposal has received over 14,000 petition signatures to place a stadium in Carson. The next step will be to put the ballot up for local election. 

Currently the Jets and Giants are only teams in the NFL that share a stadium.

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Orioles Catcher Matt Wieters May Not be Ready for Opening Day

Orioles Catcher Matt Wieters May Not be Ready for Opening Day

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Still recovering from Tommy John Surgery he underwent last season, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged catcher Matt Wieters will likely start the season on the disabled list.

Wieters underwent the surgery back on June 17, and was making steady progress in spring training. He caught on Tuesday for the first time since the surgery, but was shut down on Wednesday for a week. He will be reevaluated on March 25.

“This is usually a 10-month [process] at least, especially with catchers. You’re hearing people go down with this and you are talking 12 to 14 months. We’re on if not ahead of schedule. A lot of people when it originally happened though even May 1 was a push,” Showalter said via CSNBaltimore.com.

“I think from Matt’s standpoint I don’t want him to have some false deadline where someone would view it as [a setback]. I’m excited about where we are with it. It is going to happen, it’s just a matter of when."

The 28-year-old Wieters was in the midst of having the best season of his career in 2014 before undergoing surgery, hitting .308 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 26 games.

He has spent his entire six-year career with the Orioles.

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(11) UCLA Advances to the Sweet 16

(11) UCLA Advances to the Sweet 16

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- When the Selection Committee announced that UCLA would be making the NCAA Tournament as an 11 seed, many questioned the selection. Fast forward a week, and the Bruins are going to the Sweet 16.

On Saturday afternoon, UCLA took down (14) UAB, 92-75.

"The selection committee thought we were good enough to play in this tournament, and I think we proved it," forward Tony Parker said.

Parker led all scorers with 28 points and 12 rebounds while forward Kevin Looney scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

"There's no better time to do that than March," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.

UAB just couldn't stop the Bruins offense as they allowed UCLA to shoot 60.3% from the floor, and 55.6% from the three-point line.

UCLA has a tough task ahead of them if they to advance to the Elite 8. Next up they'll take on number 2 seed Gonzaga.

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Lakers’ Steve Nash Announces His Retirement from the NBA

Lakers’ Steve Nash Announces His Retirement from the NBA

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- After 19 brilliant seasons in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has announced his retirement.

The 41-year-old Nash announced his retirement in a letter published on The Player's Tribune website.

"The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much -- visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes," Nash wrote. "The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her.

"And that is what I'm most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways. Obviously, I value my kids and my family more than the game, but in some ways having this friend -- this ever-present pursuit -- has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable. I am so thankful. I've learned so many invaluable lessons about myself and about life. And of course I still have so much to learn. Another incredible gift."

A two-time MVP, Nash has all but punched his ticket to the Hall of Fames as he will go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Nash retires with career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game. His 10,335 assists ranks third all-time in NBA history.

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Kurt Busch Wins Pole for Auto Club Speedway

Kurt Busch Wins Pole for Auto Club Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Imgages for NASCAR(FONTANA, Calif.) -- Kurt Busch will start up front in his second race of the season after winning the pole on Friday at Fontana.

Busch, who raced in his first race last weekend since being suspended, finished ahead of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.

"They are such a strong group and have been together for many, many years and we just need to bridge from where we were last year in those final three races into 2015," Busch said. "We didn't get the start that we wanted, and here we are now, so let's just stay the course and run our pace."

Busch finished in fifth place last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

"Thank you [co-owner Gene Haas] for believing in me," Busch said. "This is my job: Come to the track, drive the car and put it up on the pole and go for wins.

"That is what Gene has told me to do from the get go and I'm glad I have this chance to go back out there and live up to why he hired me," Busch continued.

Harvick, also a member of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, has won the last two races.

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Serena Williams Withdraws at Indian Wells

Serena Williams Withdraws at Indian Wells

Steve Bardens/Getty Images(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) -- Serena Williams withdrew before her semifinal at the BNP Paribas Open due to a right knee injury on Friday.

Williams made the announcement on the court before her match and walked off to a few boos.

"I have a tremendous amount of inflammation in my knee, and it's going to go away. Unfortunately I just need a couple of days," Williams said. "That's the most frustrating part."

Williams was playing at Indian Wells for the first time in 14 years after boycotting the tournament.

"I feel that was 14 years ago and this is now. I did the best that I could at this event, and I really am happy to have put a lot of that behind me," Serena said Friday. "If I would have known I had to pull out, I would have played anyway just to have an opportunity to be back at this tournament and to be able to play."

Simona Halep will now move on to the finals on Sunday.

"It's really tough for her that she had to withdraw," Halep said about Williams. "I know how it is when you are injured. It's dangerous, and you have to take care of yourself."

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(7) Wichita St. Fends Off (10) Indiana, Sets Up Matchup with Kansas

(7) Wichita St. Fends Off (10) Indiana, Sets Up Matchup with Kansas

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(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Fred VanVleet tied a career high with 27 points, and Wichita State converted 29 of 34 free throws in route to eliminating No. 10 Indiana 81-76 in the second round of the Men's NCAA Tournament.The seventh-seeded Shockers got contributions from all over the board. Freshman Zach Brown scored a career high 11 points, and Ron Baker added 15 while hitting 7 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes.Wichita State (29-4) now advances to take on in-state rival Kansas, whom they haven't played since 1993."It's a big thing for the state of Kansas," said Baker, who is from Kansas. "A lot of houses are going to be divided. Being a player from Kansas, I'm really fortunate to be in this game. These types of games don't happen a whole lot."Indiana (20-14) received 24 points from Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell in the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament - Second Round - Midwest Region: (2) Kansas 75 (27-8) - (15) New Mexico State 56 (23-11)

(5) West Virginia 68 (24-9) - (12) Buffalo 62 (23-10)

(7) Wichita State 81 (29-4) - (10) Indiana 76 (20-14)

(4) Maryland 65 (28-6) - (13) Valparaiso 62 (28-6)

West Region: (1) Wisconsin 86 (32-3) - (16) Coastal Carolina 72 (24-10)

(8) Oregon 79 (26-9) - (9) Oklahoma State 73 (18-14)

East Region: (2) Virginia 79 (30-3) - (15) Belmont 67 (22-11)

(3) Oklahoma 69 (23-10) - (14) Albany 60 (24-9)

(4) Louisville 57 (25-8) - (13) UC Irvine 55 (21-13)

(5) Northern Iowa 71 (31-3) - (12) Wyoming 56 (23-11)

 (7) Michigan State 70 (24-11) - (10) Georgia 63 (21-12)

South Region: (1) Duke 85 (30-4) - (16) Robert Morris 56 (20-15)

(7) Iowa 83 (22-11) - (10) Davidson 52 (24-8)

NBA: Orlando Magic 111 (22-49) - Portland Trail Blazers104 (44-23)

Philadelphia 76ers 97 (17-52) - New York Knicks 81 (14-55)

Cleveland Cavaliers 95 (45-26) - Indiana Pacers 92 (30-28)

Brooklyn Nets 129 (28-39) - Milwaukee Bucks 127 (34-35) - 3 Overtime

Miami Heat 108 (32-36) - Denver Nuggets 91 (26-44)

Chicago Bulls 108 (42-28) - Toronto Raptors 92 (41-48)

Oklahoma City Thunder 123 (39-30) - Atlanta Hawks 115 (53-16)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (43-25) - Boston Celtics 89 (30-38)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 3 (31-29-11) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (20-44-7)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (44-21-17) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (38-21-11)

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Brewers Pick Up Roenicke Option

Brewers Pick Up Roenicke Option

iStockphoto(PHOENIX) -- The Milwaukee Brewers exercised Manager Ron Roenicke's 2016 option on Thursday afternoon.

Roenicke replaced Ken Macha after the 2010 season and has led the Brewers to a 335-313 record. Milwaukee won the NL Central in his first season, then finished third and dropped to fourth in 2013.

Milwaukee started 20-7 last season and led the division for five months, but lost 22 of its last 31 games and finished third at 82-80. The Brewers announced at the end of the season that Roenicke would return for 2015.

"It makes me feel good," Roenicke said. "It's uncomfortable, especially when I concentrate so much on what I'm doing with my job -- I don't want to have to answer questions about the personal side of it."

Roenicke said he has a great working relationship with general manager Doug Melvin.

"I really like where I am. I love the city. I love the management," he said. "He went out on a limb and gave me this opportunity."

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