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DeMarco Murray to Sign With Eagles

DeMarco Murray to Sign With Eagles

NFL via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The NFL's leading rusher in 2014, DeMarco Murray, is set to join the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

Murray is expected to sign a five-year, $42 million deal, including $21 million guaranteed.  

The Cowboys, now Murray's former team, were believed to have offered him a contract worth approximately $6 million per year on average, according to sources who spoke to ESPN's Ed Werder. Murray told teams this week he was seeking $8-10 million annually with $20-25 million guaranteed.  

Werder's source said the Eagles' final offer was "considerably ahead of the Cowboys' on all fronts," including guaranteed money, average salary and incentives.

Murray had 1,845 rushing yards on 392 attempts in 2014, both of which led the NFL.

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Dolphins Introduce Ndamukong Suh

Dolphins Introduce Ndamukong Suh

NFL via Getty Images(DAVIE, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins introduced their new defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Wednesday.

Suh signed a six-year $114 million contract, which makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

"I'm excited about the pressure. I don't necessarily look at it as pressure," Suh said. "I'm looking at it as doing something I'm built for."

After being drafted with the No. 2 pick in 2010, the Detroit Lions declined the franchise tag on Suh, which allowed him to become a free agent.

"For me, I had a great time in Detroit," Suh said. "I think the fans are absolutely exquisite to me, especially the people in the organization the last five years. For me, it was nothing short of being amazing. I have a lot of long-lasting relationships that I have in Detroit and I will always have those people. I really enjoyed that time there."

Suh has led all defensive tackles in sacks (36), disruptive plays (50 percent) and total snaps (4,107).

"To get a player of Ndamukong's stature says a lot about our organization,'' director of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. "The fact he chose us speaks volumes about our organization, our chance to win and the foundation that has been laid here."

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Kurt Busch: Ready to Race Again

Kurt Busch: Ready to Race Again

Chris Graythen/Getty Imgages for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Kurt Busch was reinstated into NASCAR on Wednesday after being suspended after news broke of his domestic abuse case with his ex-girlfriend.

Busch said he's looking forward to being back in a car this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

"It means the world to me to be back in the car," Busch said during a teleconference Wednesday afternoon. "It's been a tough situation the last few months, and I've gone through this with confidence knowing that I know the truth and that I never did any of the things that I was accused of.

Busch was cleared of any charges by the Delaware attorney general's office last week.

"It was a complete fabrication," Busch continued of the domestic abuse allegations. "It was unfortunate that my personal life crossed over and affected my business life. I can't wait to get to the track to see my team, to shake their hands and say, 'Thanks for the support.'"

"I understand why NASCAR needed to take the action that it did," Busch said of his suspension. "This is a very serious issue. The way that NASCAR reacted, it was different than what we had been told all along. They were more focused on the criminal side, as were we."

Busch is still eligible in the chase for the championship if he wins a race this season.

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ESPN: RB Mathews Agrees to Deal with Eagles

ESPN: RB Mathews Agrees to Deal with Eagles

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Ryan Mathews has agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.According to Schefter, the 27-year-old Mathews will receive $5 million guaranteed.

Mathews helps take the place of running back LeSean McCoy, who the Eagles officially traded to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

Mathews, who the San Diego Chargers selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has played a full 16 game regular season only once during his five years in the league.During his five seasons with the Chargers, Mathews has rushed for 4,061 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and 23 touchdowns. He's also caught 146 balls, for 1,110 yards and a touchdown.Knee and ankle injuries hampered Mathews last season. He played in eight games, rushing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/11/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/11/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Sacramento Kings 113 (22-41) – Charlotte Hornets 106 (28-35)

Chicago Bulls 104 (40-26) – Philadelphia 76ers 95 (14-50)

Boston Celtics 95 (27-36) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (45-19)

Miami Heat 104 (29-35) – Brooklyn Nets 98 (25-38)

Milwaukee Bucks 97 (34-30) – Orlando Magic 91 (21-45)

Los Angeles Clippers 120 (42-23) – Oklahoma City Thunder 108 (35-29)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (19) North Carolina 81 (22-10) – Boston College 63 (13-19)

Patriot League Tournament Final: Lafayette 65 (20-12) – American U 63 (17-16)

NHL:  Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (27-35-6; 60pts) – Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-42-6; 44pts) SO

New York Rangers 3 (42-17-7; 91pts) – Washington Capitals 1 (36-22-10; 82pts)

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Blue Jays Pitcher Marcus Stroman Out 2015 Season

Blue Jays Pitcher Marcus Stroman Out 2015 Season

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will be out the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday.

The injury occurred during a bunt play.

Stroman, who went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season, took the news rather hard.

"Beyond devastated. Not being able to compete with my brothers each and every day is extremely disappointing. Still can't believe it," Stroman tweeted on Tuesday.

Stroman is set to visit with Dr. James Andrews about a second opinion, but surgery is expected.

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Revis Returns to the Jets

Revis Returns to the Jets

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After spending the last two seasons with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis is returning to the New York Jets, according to ESPN.ESPN reports Revis receives a five-year, $70 million contract -- $39 million guaranteed. That makes him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.Revis, 29, helped the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl of this century last season.

I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year. NEW YORK I'm coming home. #revisisland #jetnation pic.twitter.com/KQE3Yc1orz

— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 11, 2015

The Patriots could have picked up a $20 million option on the four-time All-Pro for the 2015 season but declined. Revis then became a free agent at 4 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday before agreeing to join the Jets.During Revis' six seasons with the Jets, he made four Pro Bowls. The phrase "Revis Island" was also created referring to his ability to shut down an opposing teams' best receiver. In 2013, Revis was traded by the Jets to Tampa Bay for first and fourth-round picks. Revis then signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs. He stayed in Tampa for only one season before joining the Patriots. Revis played in all 19 games for the Pats last season, recording 53 tackles, 18 passes defended, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.

 

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Braves LHP Mike Minor Set to Begin Season on Disabled List

Braves LHP Mike Minor Set to Begin Season on Disabled List

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) -- The Atlanta Braves are set to place left-hander Mike Minor on the disabled list to start the season because of inflammation in his rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

The 27-year-old Minor experienced tightness last week after tossing batting practice. He was supposed to make his first exhibition start against Houston this past Sunday, but the Braves scratched him.

Last spring, Minor dealt with soreness in his shoulder and didn’t make his 2014 debut until May 2. In 25 starts, he went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA.

The Braves selected Minor out of Vanderbilt University with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. In five big-league seasons with Atlanta, he has compiled a record of 38-36 with a 4.10 ERA.

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Bulls’ Derrick Rose Aiming to Return for the Playoffs, but Nothing Guaranteed

Bulls’ Derrick Rose Aiming to Return for the Playoffs, but Nothing Guaranteed

NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) -- According to again-injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, there is a "good chance" he'll make his return this season for the postseason.

"I think so, that's the plan," Rose said. "Whenever I feel right, that's when I'm going to step back."

Rose's most recent set-back came in late February when he aggravated the right medial meniscus, which he had repaired last season.

"Oh, there's no pacing," he said. "Whenever I come back, I think I'm going to be ready to play the way I normally play. That's the smartest thing about being patient with everything that I'm doing, paying attention to my body, paying attention to details every day."

Since tearing his ACL in the 2011-2012 playoffs and hasn't been the same player since. The former MVP hasn't appeared in more than 46 games in a season since the injury.

The original timetable for Rose's return was about six weeks, which would put him in line to return for the postseason.

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Heat’s Chris Bosh Eying a Return to the Court Next Season

Heat’s Chris Bosh Eying a Return to the Court Next Season

NBA via Miami Heat(MIAMI) -- Even though he was forced to sit out the rest of the season due to blood clots in his lungs, the Miami Heat announced that All-Star forward Chris Bosh will be healthy and ready to return to the basketball court next season.

After a recent session with the media, Bosh admitted that he played with the clots for "three weeks probably" before his diagnosis.

Bosh vacationed with teammate Dwayne Wade in Haiti during the All-Star break, felt discomfort, and was then admitted to a hospital after his wife pushed him to do so.

"She saves my life on a daily basis," Bosh said with a grin. "I was in a lot of pain, and it got to the point where I kind of had to swallow my pride a little bit. It's an athlete thing. We're always trying to be superheroes out there all the time. I had to put my pride to the side. Usually the woman is going to be the first to do that. I went ahead and bit the bullet and went to the doctor."

Fortunately for Bosh, he'll be able to resume his basketball career.

The 30-year-old Bosh is a 12-year NBA veteran and is in his fifth season with the Heat.

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Reds’ Catcher Devin Mesoraco Dealing with a Concussion

Reds’ Catcher Devin Mesoraco Dealing with a Concussion

iStock/Thinkstock(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) -- With less than a month to go before the start of the regular season, Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion.

Mesoraco suffered the injury when a foul ball hit him on the mask this past Saturday during a spring training game with the Kansas City Royals.

"It is tough for me to sit around, but that's what you have to do," Mesoraco said. "Right now I want to get back to work and I can't do it. I did 20 minutes on the bike today. Tomorrow, I'll walk on the treadmill."

This is Mesoraco's third concussion as a professional baseball player, the other two coming in 2010 and 2012.

"This was different than the first two," Mesoraco said. "I had more headaches the last time. With this one everything is just hazy."

Mesoraco broke out in 2014 for the Reds. He batted .273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs.

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Dak Prescott Attacked in Panama City

Dak Prescott Attacked in Panama City

iStockphoto(PANAMA CITY) -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and several teammates were attacked at a rap concert Monday in Panama City.

Defensive end Torrey Dale and fellow quarterback Damian Williams were also assaulted.

Reports of the incident initially surfaced on Elitedawgs.com with a message board post that read:

[Dak] got hit with a bottle in the head…other player hasn't been named yet. They were at a Waka Flocka concert…no idea extent on injury at this point. Rumored, i repeat rumored to be Tenn fans that jumped them- but no idea at this point.

Pictures emerged to confirm the attack, and Prescott's brother confirmed the story to ESPN's Alex Scarborough. He stated that "[Dak] is doing fine."

The motivation and identity of the attackers is unknown.

 

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Patriots Decline $20 Million Option on Revis

Patriots Decline $20 Million Option on Revis

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma. ) -- Darrelle Revis is free to sell his services to the highest bidder once again.

The New England Patriots declined a $20 million dollar contract option on the All-Pro cornerback Monday, allowing Revis to enter free agency.

Revis's original team, the New York Jets are believed to be very interested in reuniting with their 2009 first round pick.  The Jets traded him in 2013 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first-round and what would eventually be a fifth-round selection. The Jets selected defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the first-rounder in 2013.

The Patriots continue to actively negotiate with Revis after recently re-signing defensive back Devin McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. 

New England filed tampering charges against New York in January after Jets' owner Woody Johnson stated he would "love for Darrelle to come back."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/9/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/9/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Washington Wizards 95 (36-28) – Charlotte Hornets 69 (28-34)

Atlanta Hawks 130 (50-13) – Sacramento Kings 105 (21-41)

Boston Celtics 100 (26-36) – Miami Heat 90 (28-35)

Memphis Grizzlies 101 (45-18) – Chicago Bulls 91 (39-26)

New Orleans Pelicans 114 (35-29) – Milwaukee Bucks 103 (33-30)

Men’s College Basketball – Southern Conference Championship: Wofford 67 (28-6) – Furman 64 (11-22)

Colonial Athletic Association Championship: Northeastern 72 (23-11) – William & Mary 61 (20-12)

NHL: New York Islanders 4 (43-21-4; 90pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (26-35-6; 58pts) OT

Detroit Red Wings 5 (37-17-11; 85pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (18-38-11; 47pts)

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Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Report: 49ers’ Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to Retire

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers have already lost head coach Jim Harbaugh and running back Frank Gore this offseason. According to various reports, the team will also lose defensive anchors Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to retirement.

Originally reported by Yahoo! Sports, ESPN is now reporting that the 30-year-old Willis will announce his retirement Tuesday.

One of the most dominant linebackers over the past generation, Willis was hampered by a toe injury last season that limited him to just six games.

Willis made seven Pro Bowls in his eight NFL seasons, and has 950 career tackles, 16 forced fumbles, and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of CSNBAYAREA.com is reporting that 14-year veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith is set to retire as well.

Smith spent the last seven seasons with the 49ers and was consistently one of the best at his position during his career. A five-time Pro-Bowler, Smith averaged over six sacks per season during his time in San Francisco.

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ESPN: Bills Agree to Deal with Defensive End Jerry Hughes

ESPN: Bills Agree to Deal with Defensive End Jerry Hughes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coming off two of the best seasons of his career with the Bills, defensive end Jerry Hughes is staying in Buffalo.

ESPN is reporting that the Bills and Hughes have agreed on a five-year deal worth more than $45 million.

A first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Hughes recorded a total of just five sacks during his time with the Colts. He started just seven games over his three seasons with the team.

Then Hughes signed with the Bills prior to the start of the 2013 season and became one of the most productive defensive ends in the NFL.

In two seasons with the Bills, the 26-year-old Hughes has recorded 19.5 sacks, while recording 99 tackles and forcing five forced fumbles.

Buffalo had the fourth-best ranked defense in 2014.

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Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Report: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Heading to San Francisco

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em. According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal with free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Smith spent the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was also a teammate of current 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Those two helped beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE. This isn't a goodbye because I will still be around, and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the offseason and when my career is done. I'm on to the next chapter of my life and football career, but I will see you guys later."

In 2014, Smith caught 49 passes for 767 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Chargers Re-Sign Flowers, Will Sign Orlando Franklin

Chargers Re-Sign Flowers, Will Sign Orlando Franklin

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca. ) -- The San Diego Chargers have brought back their top corner Brandon Flowers on a four-year, $36 million contract, according to NFL Networks' Albert Breer.

Flowers, 29, joined the Chargers after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs last June.

The Chiefs saw Flowers as a poor fit in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's man-to-man defense, but the corner flourished in San Diego's zone coverage scheme.

Additionally, the Chargers have come to terms with free agent guard Orlando Franklin, according to The UT-San Diego.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for five years, $36.5 million, with $20 guaranteed.

Franklin, 27 was a second-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2011 draft. The 6'7," 320 lb. guard has started 47 games for Denver.

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Phillies Shut Down Cliff Lee

Phillies Shut Down Cliff Lee

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- Cliff Lee will be riding the pine for a while as he attempts to recuperate from elbow soreness.

The Phillies temporarily shut Lee down and ordered an MRI. The exam revealed no ligament damage, but Lee will miss his next start.

"Any time it's the elbow, you have to be concerned," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "We have to be concerned because it's the area he felt something before.

"We don't think it's acute, but we have to be cautious."

Since 2010, over 100 major league pitchers have undergone so-called Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery. According to pitching injury expert Glenn Fleisig, fatigue is a major contributor to the injury. 

Lee started only 13 games last season as he dealt with elbow soreness. He went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA.

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Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed to Kansas City

Report: Jeremy Maclin Headed to Kansas City

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Andy Reid has wooed one of his former first-round picks to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeremy Maclin will agree to a contract with Kansas City once free agency begins Tuesday, according to ESPN.

While with the Eagles, Reid selected Maclin with the 19th pick in the 2009 NFL draft. 

Maclin missed all of the 2013 season with a torn ACL. He bounced back for a career season under Chip Kelly last year as he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.

To clear cap space for the move, the Chiefs have restructured the contract of defensive end Tamba Hali and are expected to release wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

 

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