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Rockets Expect Howard to Return Wednesday

Rockets Expect Howard to Return Wednesday Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is expected to play in Wednesday night's game against New Orleans, according to head coach Kevin McHale.Howard has not played since Jan. 23 due to knee problems. He's expected to be limited to 20 minutes per game as he works his way back into the lineup. “I am always anxious to play,” Howard told the Houston Chronicle. “Not being on the floor for a long time, watching from the sidelines is hard. I will be happy to finally get back out there and play.”The Rockets have gone 17-9 since losing Howard, and have the third-best record in the Western Conference.The 29-year-old Howard has played in 32 games this season, averaging 16.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal

Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to his agent Greg Genske.The soon-to-be 30-year-old Olivera's contract includes a $28 million signing bonus, the rep notes. Olivera's main position in Cuba was second base, but he's expected to play third for the Dodgers, who already have Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins playing in the infield.Olivera has played 10 seasons for Santiago de Cuba. During that time, he's compiled a .323 batting average, 96 home runs, 433 RBIs, and a .407 on-base percentage. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/24/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/24/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Detroit Pistons 108 (27-44) – Toronto Raptors 104 (42-29) Milwaukee Bucks 89 (35-36) – Miami Heat 88 (32-38) Oklahoma City Thunder 127 (41-30) – Los Angeles Lakers 117 (18-51) Dallas Mavericks 101 (45-27) – San Antonio Spurs 94 (44-26) NHL: Minnesota Wild 2 (42-25-7; 91pts) – New York Islanders 1 (44-25-5; 93pts) SO Los Angeles Kings 4 (36-23-14; 86pts) – New York Rangers 2 (46-19-7; 99pts) St. Louis Blues 3 (46-21-7; 99pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (40-22-11; 91pts) OT Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (34-35-4; 72pts) – Anaheim Ducks 3 (46-22-7; 99pts) Arizona Coyotes 5 (22-44-8; 52pts) – Detroit Red Wings 4 (39-21-12; 90pts) OT Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (46-21-7; 99pts) – Florida Panthers 3 (33-26-14; 80pts) Nashville Predators 3 (45-21-8; 98pts) – Montreal Canadiens 2 (46-20-8; 100pts) OT Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New York Jets Bolster Offensive & Defensive Lines

New York Jets Bolster Offensive & Defensive Lines NFL(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets signed offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and defensive end Stephen Bowen on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hillard was originally selected by the New England Patriots out of Oklahoma State in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. The 29-year-old has spent the past six seasons with the Detroit Lions. He missed 15 games last year after suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 1 against the New York Giants. Bowen signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra in 2006. In 168 regular-season games with the Cowboys and Washington Redskins, the 30-year-old has recorded 168 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Gets One-Year Extension

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Gets One-Year Extension National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins front office is willing to give head coach Joe Philbin more time to take the team to the postseason as they've rewarded him with a one-year contract extension. Philbin was originally entering 2015 on the last year of his deal, making him a "lame duck" coach. With the new contract, the team seems to be standing behind their sometimes embattled head coach. Philbin came under fire for his handling of the Richie Incognito bullying scandal in 2013. "You don't get the best from someone when they're operating with a gun to their head," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters Monday. In the three years Philbin has been with the Dolphins, he's gone 23-25. The team has yet to finish above .500 under Philbin. With the signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and other free agency moves, the team is expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2015. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Twins Reward Second Baseman Brian Dozier with Four-Year Contract Extension

Twins Reward Second Baseman Brian Dozier with Four-Year Contract Extension iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coming off the best season of his of his young career, the Minnesota Twins have rewarded second baseman Brian Dozier with a four-year contract. Dozier's new deal with the Twins will pay him $20 million and will run through the 2018 season. The new deal also includes no option years. Originally, Dozier was supposed to make $590,000 this season with the Twins. He will now make $2 million in 2015. His annual salary will increase each year until his new deal is up. The 27-year-old Dozier emerged as not only one of the best players on Twins in 2014, but he was also one of the most productive second baseman in all of Major League Baseball. In 156 games played in 2014, he batted .242 with 23 home runs, 71 RBIs, 112 runs scored (second in all of baseball), and 21 stolen basses. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Adrian Peterson’s Agent: It’s Time to Leave Minnesota

Adrian Peterson’s Agent: It’s Time to Leave Minnesota Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Despite the Minnesota Vikings desire to keep former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, Peterson's agent  said Monday a split is necessary. For the first time, Peterson's agent, Ben Dorga, commented on the situation between Peterson and the Vikings. "I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota," he said Monday. "Why would it be?" Despite spending his entire eight-year career with the Vikings, Peterson is upset with the organization for not standing behind him when was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he disciplined his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch. The problem is that Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, and he has the highest salary of any other running back in the NFL. "The bottom line is Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said. "He's represented us on and off the field. We're getting ready for the 2015 season and we fully expect him to join his teammates and be a part of what we feel is going to be a great season ahead." The two teams who have been linked to having interest in Peterson are the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL Considering Removing Disoriented Players from Game

NFL Considering Removing Disoriented Players from Game Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Az) -- Discussed at the NFL owners meetings was a proposed rule change would grant medical officials more power over the players on the field. If a medical advisor witnesses a player showing symptoms of disorientation or otherwise abnormal behavior, under the proposed rule, officials could stop the game and take the player to the sidelines for evaluation. Currently the league employs medical spotters that are seated in the press box to monitor and record any injuries to players. ''We got the (medical) spotters, they've got a really good vantage point, they've got technology in their booth, they're communicating pretty well with our trainers and doctors and we've got a pretty good rhythm going there,'' said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams would then be allowed to substitute players if an event were to occur. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(VIERA, Fl.) -- With all of the top-line pitchers in the Washington Nationals rotation, the decision of who would start opening day would be a tough one. The Nationals have decided newcomer Max Scherzer will get the nod on opening day when Washington tees off against their NL East rival New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg has earned the honor for the past three seasons, but the Nationals felt Scherzer should set the tone for the season. "He's a really good pitcher," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "He's confident. We're confident in him." Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason with Washington after spending the last five seasons in Detroit. Last year, Scherzer tossed a 3.15 ERA, struck out 252 batters, earned a spot on the American League All-Star team and finished fifth in Cy Young voting -- He won the award in 2013. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Browns Expect Manziel to Return in April

Report: Browns Expect Manziel to Return in April Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to return to the organization for spring workouts, according to ESPN. Manziel has been in rehab since January 28 to treat his abuse of alcohol as well as, "be a better family member, friend and teammate," according to a statement from his attorney on Feb. 3. An exact date for Manziel's release was not provided.  Competing with Manziel for the starting position will be Josh McCown, whom the team signed this offseason after one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown signed a three-year, $14 million contract. The team is also exploring other options at quarterback. It was reported that the Browns offered one of their first-round picks to the Eagles after they acquired Sam Bradford from the Rams. The Browns are also potentially exploring a trade-up in the draft to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rockies Release Starting Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin

Rockies Release Starting Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- In a move that has surprised many around Major League Baseball, the Colorado Rockies have released starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. "It's a tough day," manager Walt Weiss said. "A tough day for us, for me having to have that conversation with Jhoulys, who has been a warrior for us." At one point during his career, Chacin was the Rockies' top starting pitcher, but his performance has declined in recent seasons. Limited to just 11 starts in 2014, Chacin went just 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA, which was the worst mark of his career. "We just felt like Jhoulys was behind a few of the other guys," Weiss added. The Rockies were hoping to see the Chacin of old during spring training, but that didn't happen. He posted a 6.52 ERA in four Cactus League Starts. In six seasons with the Rockies, Chacin went 38-48 with a 3.78 ERA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Dodgers Shut Down Starting Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers Shut Down Starting Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu Matt King/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation depth has taken a hit before the regular season has even started as the team has shut down starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu after he experienced discomfort in his left shoulder. Ryu was sent back to Los Angeles by the team so that he can meet with team doctors. He will start the season on the disabled list. "I think he's feeling something. If he was feeling nothing, we wouldn't be trying to get him in front of Doc," Don Mattingly said. "We know to move forward it's going to be a heavier workload, so we've got to be sure where we're at. I saw the look on Hyun-Jin's face and it wasn't typical Hyun-Jin." Ryu started to experience shoulder issues on March 18. The team decided to shut him down once he was unable to play catch on Sunday. Entering his third Major League season, Ryu has been consistently effective during his brief career in American baseball. In 56 starts, he's gone 28015 with a 3.17 ERA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for “Hard Knocks”

Cleveland Browns the Front Runners for “Hard Knocks” Elsa/Getty Images (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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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.' " Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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