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ESPN: Marshawn Lynch Agree to New Deal with Seahawks

ESPN: Marshawn Lynch Agree to New Deal with Seahawks

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beast Mode will be running wild in Seattle once again in 2015 as ESPN is reporting that the Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch have agreed on a new contract.

The two sides came to an agreement on a three-year deal. He'll receive $12 million for the 2015 season

Lynch remains one of the top paid running backs in the NFL.

One of the more unique players in the NFL from a personality standpoint, Lynch made it known he wasn't sure whether or not he wanted to play in 2015.

He infamously didn't get a chance to run the ball at the goal-line at the end of the Super Bowl. Instead quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted by cornerback Malcolm Butler.

The 28-year-old Lynch is one of the best running backs in the NFL. This past season, he ran for 1,306 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns.

He has had at least 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in four-straight seasons.

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Colts Part Ways with Reggie Wayne

Colts Part Ways with Reggie Wayne

NFL via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts announced that they will not resign 14-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne, who spent all 14 seasons with the team and won a Super Bowl title during that run.

"My relationship with Reggie goes back to my coaching days at the University of Miami. He is the epitome of what a coach looks for in a player," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement.  "Hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are just a few ways I would describe him. He encompasses everything that is right about this game, on and off the field."

The statement continued, "I am so grateful I had the chance to coach Reggie again when I arrived in 2012. It was a blessing to see the impact that he made with this organization and Colts fans around the world. I wish him all the best in the future and thank him for representing the horseshoe in the most professional manner."

Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay also released a statement about Wayne's release. "Reggie is one of the greatest men to ever wear the horseshoe, and we have been blessed to watch him play for the past 14 years," he said. "When he first took the field with us in 2001, we knew this day would eventually arrive.  That reality is one of the things that makes pro football such a tough business."

"We feel this decision is in the best interests of the team and for Reggie as it will allow him to seek a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere if he so chooses. Reggie is beloved by the Colts organization and our fans and he will always be a part of the Colts family.  I look forward to the day in the near future when our great number 87 enters the Colts Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Irsay continued.

Wayne is the franchise's leader in regular season games played (211) and ranks second in receptions with 1,070 for 14,345 yards, and 80 receiving touchdowns. Wayne was drafted 30th overall in the 2001 NFL draft.

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Giants’ Hunter Pence to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Broken Forearm

Giants’ Hunter Pence to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Broken Forearm

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will be out six to eight weeks after breaking his left forearm during a spring training game on Thursday.

Pence was hit in the arm by hard throwing Cubs prospect Corey Black in the sixth inning, and left the game after touching first base.

"Lost for words. Hope you heal fast @hunterpence hitting someone is never a good feeling. Hurting someone is even worse," Black tweeted following the news.

"Of course it's disappointing," Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said Thursday night. "Hunter's a vital part of the team. But knowing him, he'll move mountains to get back quickly."

Pence has played in 383 straight games -- the longest active streak in the majors.

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Carson Palmer’s Rehab Going Great

Carson Palmer’s Rehab Going Great

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer's rehab from his ACL reconstruction surgery is going well.Palmer tore his ACL in Week 10 and is almost four months removed from surgery. He told reporters Thursday that the injury blues have faded.“I started being able to sweat and work out again and really feel like I was training for football as opposed to just doing leg extensions and calf raises and things that feel monotonous or silly at the time,” Palmer said. “The last month or so has been fun again.”Palmer said he throws five days a week and has been running for two or three weeks. The 35-year-old says he's close to being able to participate in a normal workout, and he will definitely be ready for training camp."I'm going to be ready to rock 'n' roll by the season," Palmer said. "Definitely going to be ready by that, definitely going to be ready for camp. And shooting to be getting reps in our mandatory (minicamp) and hopefully some of our OTA practices."Before being injured last season, Palmer started six games, throwing for 1,626 yards, 11 touchdowns, and three interceptions.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 108 (39-23) - Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (34-28)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 3 (28-25-12, 68pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (40-18-5, 85pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (35-22-7, 77pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (35-21-10, 80pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (34-25-4, 72pts) - Boston Bruins 3 (31-22-9, 71pts) - Shootout

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (40-20-6, 86pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (26-34-5, 57pts)

Dallas Stars 4 (29-26-10, 68pts) - Florida Panthers 3 (28-23-14, 70pts) - Shootout

New York Islanders 4 (42-21-3, 87pts) - Nashville Predators 3 (41-18-7, 89pts)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (6) Wisconsin 76 (27-3) - Minnesota 63 (17-13)

(18) Arkansas 78 (24-6) - South Carolina 74 (14-15)

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Vince Wilfork Becomes Free Agent, Pats Deny Option

Vince Wilfork Becomes Free Agent, Pats Deny Option

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ) -- Veteran defensive end Vince Wilfork announced on Thursday that he will be a free agent when the new league year starts on Tuesday.

The Patriots decided not to pick up the option on Wilfork and was due a $4 million roster bonus on March 10.

"I'm in a good place," Wilfork wrote in his statement. "I have a great relationship with the Patriots organization. Please know how blessed my family and I have been to be able to play 11 years in New England for an amazing organization. "

"New England has been and always will be my home," Wilfork continued. "I will take my time, think things through, take into consideration many things, but mainly my family and see where life goes from there. ...But regardless, remember, I will always remain a New Englander, a Patriot forever."

Wilfork won two Super Bowl titles during his 11 years with New England.

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Darnell Dockett Signs with 49ers

Darnell Dockett Signs with 49ers

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent defensive end Darnell Dockett wasn't out of work long.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Dockett to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, with $4 million being paid in the first season and $2 million guaranteed, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal cannot become official under the new league year on Tuesday.

Dockett's signing comes after the Cardinals cut him after spending 11 seasons with them to create more cap space.

The three-time Pro Bowler missed all of last season after he tore his ACL during training camp last August.

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Rusney Castillo Out Indefinitely with Strained Oblique

Rusney Castillo Out Indefinitely with Strained Oblique

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed the 27-year-old Cuban had a strained left oblique muscle."He's going to be down for some time," Red Sox skipper John Farrell said. "I don't have a time frame to give you or projected length, but he's going through some treatment to calm down the strain right now, and he'll do rotational exercises and rehab when he's ready for it."Castillo, who signed a six-year, $72.5 million deal with Boston last August, was competing with youngsters Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting center field job.Castillo said the injury will not stop him from being ready for the start of the regular season, but Farrell noted that oblique injuries are tricky."There's caution to the progression, there's no doubt," Farrell said. "(Pain) tolerance, for one. How aggressive you become to build that back. We just want to be careful of a setback, because everything is rotational in this game."Castillo played in 10 games for Boston last season, hitting .333 with two home runs, six RBIs, and three stolen bases.

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ESPN: MLS Reaches CBA Deal with Players’ Union, Avoiding Strike

ESPN: MLS Reaches CBA Deal with Players’ Union, Avoiding Strike

George Frey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union reached an agreement in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to ESPN.com.The deal is reached just days before the 2015 regular season is set to start on Friday.The two sides have been negotiating since last December. One of the main issues surrounded having a limited version of free agency, which has never existed in the league.According to the Orlando Sentinel, the new CBA is a five-year deal that creates free agency for players 28 years of age or older with at least eight years of experience.MLS and the MLSPU negotiated from Tuesday until around six o'clock Wednesday morning.The season kicks off Friday when the reigning champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy, host the Chicago Fire.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/4/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 105 (26-34) – New York Knicks 82 (12-48)

Phoenix Suns 105 (32-30) – Orlando Magic 100 (19-43)

Boston Celtics 85 (24-35) – Utah Jazz 84 (24-36)

Charlotte Hornets 115 (26-33) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (25-34)

Cleveland Cavaliers 120 (39-24) – Toronto Raptors 112 (38-23)

Memphis Grizzlies 102 (43-17) – Houston Rockets 100 (41-20)

Denver Nuggets 100 (22-39) – Minnesota Timberwolves 85 (13-47)

New Orleans Pelicans 88 (33-28) – Detroit Pistons 85 (23-37)

Miami Heat 100 (27-33) – Los Angeles Lakers 94 (16-44)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (3) Duke 94 (27-3) – Wake Forest 51 (13-17)

(12) Notre Dame 71 (25-5) – (16) Louisville 59 (23-7)

(23) Ohio State 77 (22-8) – Penn State 67 (15-15)

(24) Providence 79 (21-9) – Seton Hall 66 (16-13)

NHL:  Detroit Red Wings 2 (36-15-11; 83pts) – New York Rangers 1 (39-17-7; 85pts) OT

Ottawa Senators 3 (28-23-11; 67pts) – Winnipeg Jets 1 (32-21-12; 76pts)

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Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are closing in on an agreement which will see the 14-time Pro Bowler take a $4 million pay cut for the 2015 season, according to ESPN.  The deal will allow the Broncos more flexibility when the free agency market opens on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Manning will earn a base salary of $15 million in 2015, which is down from the $19 million he was set to earn.

In 16 games last season under center for Denver, he passed for 4,792 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He holds the NFL record for most career passing touchdowns, with 530.

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Phil Jackson Fined for Calling Ohio State’s Russell a ‘Great-Looking Kid’

Phil Jackson Fined for Calling Ohio State’s Russell a ‘Great-Looking Kid’

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA fined New York Knicks president Phil Jackson an undisclosed amount for calling Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell "a great-looking kid" and a "great prospect" on Tuesday.

Jackson said those comments to Cleveland.com after watching Ohio State play last week.

The NBA prohibits any scout from giving their thoughts on a player before they declare for the NBA draft.

New York is expected to have one of the top picks in the draft and this is the second time that Jackson has been fined during his tenure as president.

Jackson was fined for tampering with then-Thunder guard Derek Fisher about the open head coaching position last season.

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Kansas Wins Big 12 Title in Dramatic Fashion

Kansas Wins Big 12 Title in Dramatic Fashion

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- The Jayhawks (24-6) overcame an 18-point deficit on Tuesday night to win the Big 12 title after their 76-69 overtime win over No. 20 West Virginia (22-8).

Kansas guard Frank Mason III scored 19 points and forward Jamari Taylor chipped in with 14 in the victory.

"We haven't had a better win here for higher stakes than what that was," Kansas head coach Bill Self said after the game. "As a coach, when you have good players and you play well, you should win. But it always means a little more when you can't get anything going and somehow the kids figure out a way to do it. It was pretty special for me to sit there and watch those guys pull it off."

Kansas standout Perry Ellis sprained his right knee late in the first half and did not return.  Self said that Ellis would not play on Saturday against Oklahoma.

"We played tough, we played hard, but playing without Perry [Ellis] obviously is not good," Self said. "He had the flu and got off to a bad start anyway, then he gets hurt. We don't know the extent of it, but the good news is we think he can be back in a week or so."

This is Kansas' 11th straight conference title, which ties the streak Gonzaga had from 2001-11. 

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Eagles Cut CB Cary Williams

Eagles Cut CB Cary WilliamsScott Boehmn/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles cut cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday.The 30-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Eagles, playing in all 33 regular season and playoff games for the team.Williams had one year lef...

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/3/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/3/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 104 (25-33) – Los Angeles Lakers 103 (16-43)

Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (38-24) – Boston Celtics 79 (23-35)

Sacramento Kings 124 (21-37) – New York Knicks 86 (12-47)

Atlanta Hawks 104 (48-12) – Houston Rockets 96 (41-19)

Chicago Bulls 97 (38-23) – Washington Wizards 92 (34-27)

Utah Jazz 93 (24-35) – Memphis Grizzlies 82 (42-17)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (10) Maryland 60 (25-5) – Rutgers 50 (10-20)

(19) North Carolina 81 (21-9) – Georgia Tech 49 (12-18)

Georgetown 60 (19-9) – (21) Butler 54 (21-9)

NHL:  New Jersey Devils 3 (27-27-10; 64pts) – Nashville Predators 1 (41-17-7; 89pts)

Calgary Flames 3 (34-25-4; 72pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (27-26-12; 66pts)

Washington Capitals 5 (35-20-10; 80pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (26-33-4; 56pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (39-20-6; 84pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (19-40-5; 43pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (26-33-5; 57pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (28-23-13; 69pts)

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Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw

Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw, the team announced on Tuesday. Assistant Melvin Hunt will take over on an interim basis.

“I want to sincerely thank Brian for his time with our organization,” said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly in a statement. “You won’t find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I’ve ever been around. Unfortunately things didn’t go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him.”

The Nuggets are 20-39 on the season and are in a midst of a six-game losing streak. Shaw took over for George Karl on June 25, 2013. During his tenure on the sidelines for Denver, he compiled a record of 56-85.

“This season our management staff has remained patient and supportive as decisions of this nature are never taken lightly,” said Connelly. “Patience is encouraged, as long as the organization continues to show progress toward a greater goal. However, competing for championships is our goal, and therefore we decided to make this decision now and look forward to conducting an extensive head coaching search upon the season's conclusion. This has been a trying season for all of us, and we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization back to the NBA's elite."

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49ers Sign Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne

49ers Sign Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thinking outside the box, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Australian National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne to a futures/reserves contract.

Other than rugby, Hayne has no football experience.

Hayne, who was the NRL's Player of the Year in 2014, turned down deals with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions to sign with the 49ers.

The 49ers guaranteed Hayne $100,000 whether he ever makes the field or not.

He has been training since October in the United States with former NFL receiver Tim Dwight.

"He's going to have to come in and play special teams. He's going to have to learn how to rush the punt and then get back and block for a return," Dwight told ESPN.com last week. "He's going to have to learn how to cover a punt, but that should be pretty instinctive to him. We were trying to look at what positions he would play on the field, either offensively or defensively. Rugby, especially being a forward, you're pretty much an offensive-minded guy."

At his Pro Day, Hayne measured in at 6-foot-2, 226 pounds.

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Report: Clippers’ Blake Griffin Set to Return Next Week

Report: Clippers’ Blake Griffin Set to Return Next Week

NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) -- As the Los Angeles Clippers begin to climb the standings in the Western Conference, they're bracing for the return of forward Blake Griffin.

According to ESPN's Arash Markazi, Griffin is expected back as soon as next week.

Griffin has missed the last ten games after undergoing surgery to treat a staph infection in his right elbow. Despite his absence, the Clippers have gone 7-3.

The timeline for Griffin's return was initially in the 4-6 week range. He last played on Feb. 6.

Markazi also reports that Griffin's conditioning and cardio is back to normal and he's expected to start shooting this week.

Even though DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been carrying the Clippers the last month, Griffin is still one of the team's best players. Now in his fifth NBA season, the 25-year-old is averaging 22.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Entering Tuesday, the Clippers sit at 40-21, fifth in the Western Conference.

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Titans Release Safety Bernard Pollard

Titans Release Safety Bernard Pollard

NFL via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Coming off an injury-riddled 2015 season, the Tennessee Titans have released veteran safety Bernard Pollard.

"Nashville it's been so much fun. Thank you to all the fans and people I've been blessed meet. Great city, fans and food! #31 is out" Pollard tweeted.

Pollard told The Tennessean that he asked the team to release him, and his request was granted.

"I am a little ticked off to be honest because we didn't do as well as anyone wanted," Pollard told the newspaper. "I wish we could have won more games and made the playoffs. When I came here, I wanted to be a part of a turnaround, so it is a letdown. But I don't have that much time left, and for the time I do have left, I want to go out with a bang."

The 30-year-old Pollard suffered an Achilles injury during the fifth game of the season in 2014, and missed the remainder of the season. He spent two seasons in all in Nashville.

A nine-year veteran, Pollard has played for the Chiefs, Texans, Ravens, and Titans during his career.

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Kurt Busch Agrees to NASCAR Reinstatement Terms

Kurt Busch Agrees to NASCAR Reinstatement Terms

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- After an extremely heated court battle with an ex-girlfriend, Kurt Busch was suspended indefinitely from the NASCAR circuit.

NASCAR has put forth a set of terms that Busch must complete in order to compete for the chase once again. According to NASCAR spokesman David Higdon, Busch has agreed to the stipulations.

Busch was suspended on Feb. 20 after a Delaware Judge ruled that Busch must cease all contact with his former paramour, Patricia Driscoll and undergo psychiatric counseling. 

Stewart Haas Racing, Busch's employer, released the following statement:

"We understand Kurt Busch has begun the process for reinstatement as a NASCAR member. NASCAR has laid out its expectations for Kurt, and while there is no timetable to meet those expectations, Kurt's willingness to embrace the conditions set forth by NASCAR is a positive step that we support." 

The timetable for Busch's return is currently unknown.

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