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LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent safety LaRon Landry will be unavailable to any team for the first ten weeks of the 2015 NFL season.

The NFL suspended the former Indianapolis Colts defensive back for ten games after a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs. 

Last season, Landry missed four games for the Colts season as a result of his first positive drug test. His impact was mixed as he registered just 46 tackles on the season, creating no turnovers and according to Pro Football Focus, graded out marginally well in coverage.

Landry was released last month by the Colts after signing a four-year deal worth $24 million in 2013.

Landry has never admitted to PED use, but he famously tweeted out this picture after a workout:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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...

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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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/1/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 110 (40-21) - Minnesota Timberwolves 105 (13-46)

Dallas Mavericks 102 (40-22) - New Orleans Pelicans 93 (32-28)

Miami Heat 115 (26-33) - Phoenix Suns 98 (31-30)

Brooklyn Nets 110 (25-33) - Golden State Warriors 108 (46-12)

Toronto Raptors 114 (38-22) - Philadelphia 76ers 103 (13-47)

NHL: New York Rangers 4 (39-17-6, 84 pts) - Nashville Predators 1 (41-16-7, 89 pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (38-21-5, 81 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2 (24-31-7, 55 pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (31-25-8, 70 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 0 (41-17-5, 87 pts)

NCAAM: (2) Virginia 59 (28-1) - Syracuse 42 (18-12)

Texas 61 (18-12) - (14) Baylor 59 (22-8)

(17) Iowa State 77 (21-8) (15) Oklahoma 70 (20-9)

 

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Report: Texans Grant WR Johnson Permission to Seek Trade

Report: Texans Grant WR Johnson Permission to Seek Trade

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx) -- The face of the Houston Texans offense wants out.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been granted permission to seek a trade, according to ESPN.  The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle and KRIV.

Johnson, 33, has also demanded that if a trade partner cannot be found that he be released from the team he has spent all 12 seasons of his career with.

Last year, Johnson threatened to hold out in hopes of being traded or released but played through the 2014 season. With a revolving door at quarterback, that included Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum, Johnson posted 85 catches for 936 yards and three touchdowns. 

Johnson's impact on the team began to diminish as second year wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins became the prime target on offense.

The Texans selected Johnson third overall in the 2003 NFL draft out of the University of Miami.

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Harden Suspended One Game for Kick

Harden Suspended One Game for Kick

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(HOUSTON, Tx) -- Rockets point guard James Harden has been suspended one game by the NBA after receiving a flagrant foul for kicking LeBron James in the groin.

In a heated game between Houston and Cleveland, Sunday evening, James and Harden entered into a scrum for the ball. Harden fell to the ground and extended his leg into James's "man region."

In all, five technical fouls were issued in the game that saw Houston come away with the 105-103 overtime victory. 

"It was a pretty intense game that started off with a little scrum on the floor in front of our bench with Pat and LeBron," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "It just kind of stayed kind of chippy all game long, which is fine. Some games are chippy like that."

Harden will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Jaromir Jagr Ties Phil Esposito on NHL Scoring List

Jaromir Jagr Ties Phil Esposito on NHL Scoring List

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fl.) -- Jaromir Jagr tied Phil Esposito for fifth on the all-time scoring list in NHL history on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there," Jagr said of Esposito. "After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him."

At 10:24 into the first period, Jagr beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop over his stick-side shoulder to score his 717th career goal.

Jagr was traded to the Panthers on Feb. 26 from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks.

He now trails Marcel Dionne (731 goals) for fourth all-time.

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Report: Broncos Will Franchise Tag Demaryius Thomas

Report: Broncos Will Franchise Tag Demaryius Thomas

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos will not allow their leading receiver of the past three seasons to see the light of free agency.

The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, according to the Denver Post. Furthermore, the team will use the "nonexclusive" tag, which means Thomas is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Broncos can match any offer or the signing team must compensate Denver with two first-round picks.

Under the franchise tag, Thomas is expected to be paid $12.797 million. Thomas had been receiving an average of $2.8 million per year under his rookie contract.

Thomas, 27, has caught at least 92 passes each of the last three seasons while totaling at least 1,400 yards through the air. He has also posted double-digit touchdowns in all three years. Last season, he set the Bronco's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving.

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Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Al Bello/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Raiders made a gamble last year that LaMarr Woodley would bring a strong veteran presence to the middle of their defense.

It went bust. The Raiders are expected to cut Woodley this week, according to CSN Bay Area.

Woodley, 30, signed a two-year $12 million dollar contract with the Raiders after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, Woodley missed 10 games last season due to a biceps injury. Even when he did play, he failed to make an impact as he recorded five tackles for the 3-13 Raiders.

Oakland will likely have the second most cap space heading into free agency with over $60 million available. In addition, to comply with the CBA rules for minimum cash spending, the Raiders must spend at least $20 million dollars this season towards their salary cap.

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NY Rangers Complete Mega Deal for Yandle

NY Rangers Complete Mega Deal for Yandle

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(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers have completed a deal to acquire one of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL.

The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle, as well as defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick.

Yandle has had two 50+ point seasons in his career and recorded at least 30 points over the last seven seasons, including 41 so far this season.

The Coyotes will assume 50% of the salary remaining on Yandle’s contract. He has one year remaining on his deal; he's scheduled to make $5.75 million next season.

The Rangers are 38-17-6, 82 pts, sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

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Angels’ Richards Won’t Be Ready For Season Opener

Angels’ Richards Won’t Be Ready For Season Opener

Rob Carr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards will not be ready to pitch Opening Day for the team according to manager, Mike Scioscia.

Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in a week as he continues to make progress from August knee surgery.  The Angels remain hopeful he could be pitching in games two or three weeks into the season.

"It's not going to be Opening Day, let's put it that way," Scioscia said Sunday. "He knows it, and it's great that he's not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff's not going to let him. There's a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It's great that he's going to shoot for being ready. He's working very hard to be ready Opening Day, but he's not going to be ready Opening Day."

Before the injury, Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 28 starts for the team.

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Cowboys to Franchise Dez Bryant

Cowboys to Franchise Dez Bryant

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys have informed the agent of Dez Bryant that the team will place the franchise tag on the All-Pro wide receiver, Vice President Stephen Jones confirmed.

The Cowboys have to notify the league by 4 p.m. ET Monday, which will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015. The Cowboys will not use the exclusive franchise tag on Bryant, but if a team wants to take Bryant away from the Cowboys, they would have to give up two first-round picks if Dallas decides to not match an offer sheet.

In five seasons with Dallas, Bryant has caught 381 passes for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns. No player in team history has more catches, yards or touchdowns than Bryant in the first five years of his career.

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Minoso, Chicago’s 1st Black MLB Player Dies

Minoso, Chicago’s 1st Black MLB Player Dies

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  Minnie Minoso, Chicago's 1st African-American Major League Baseball player has passed away.  

Minoso established himself in his first at-bat in the majors in 1951 by hitting a two-run home run.

"We have lost our dear friend and a great man," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release. "Many tears are falling."

The medical examiner's office did not offer details right away, however, there is some question about his age, but the White Sox say he was 90.

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Juan Pierre Retires

Juan Pierre Retires

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Three-time stolen base champion Juan Pierre announced that after playing 14 years in the major leagues, he will retire.The 37-year-old Pierre finishes his career 18th in career stolen bases (614). He was also a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series championship team.Pierre was selected in the 13th round of the amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies. He finishes his career playing three seasons with the Rockies, four with the Marlins, one with the Chicago Cubs, three with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two with the Chicago White Sox and one with the Philadelphia Phillies. During that time Pierre hit .295, scoring 1,075 runs while accumulating 2,217 hits. He also had 18 home runs, something Pierre poked fun at on Twitter."I do have one regret I finished with 18 homeruns really wanted to get 20 so if any team wants to sign me for 3yrs that should be enough time," Pierre tweeted.While Pierre wasn't a power-hitter, he did hit over .300 six times.

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Chris Sale Out At Least 3 Weeks

Chris Sale Out At Least 3 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale suffered a foot injury in an accident at his home and he is expected to miss at least three weeks of preparation time for the regular season.

Sale was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture to the side of his right foot, however, Sale declined to comment on how the injury happened.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Sale landed awkwardly when he got off the back of his truck unloading items.  His status for Opening Day won't be determined until a later date.

Sale finished third in the American league Cy Young Award voting last year, going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Kentucky 84 (29-0) - (18) Arkansas 67 (23-6)

(2) Virginia 69 (27-1) - Virginia Tech 57 (10-19)

(6) Villanova 78 (27-2) - Xavier 66 (18-12)

(11) Wichita State 74 (27-3) - (10) Northern Iowa 60 (27-3)

Kansas State 70 (15-15) - (12) Iowa State 69 (20-8)

(14) Maryland 66 (24-5) - Michigan 56 (14-14)

(15) North Carolina 73 (20-9) - Miami (FL) 64 (18-11)

(16) Oklahoma 67 (20-8) - TCU 60 (17-12)

(17) Louisville 81 (23-6) - Florida State 59 (15-15)

Dayton 59 (22-6) - (22) VCU 55 (21-8) 

(23) Butler 67 (21-8) - DePaul 53 (12-18)

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