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Lundqvist Not Rushing Return

Lundqvist Not Rushing Return Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has resumed practicing with the team, but says he will not rush his way into the starting lineup."I want to take the first week and skate with the guys and get more speed, and then we'll take it from there," Lundqvist said. "I don't want to rush back."Lundqvist has been out since Feb. 2 with a damaged blood vessel in his neck. On Wednesday morning he took high shots with Rangers coaches. He will be a full participant in practice for the first time on Friday.Cam Talbot has taken over since Lundqvist has been out. During that time, the Rangers have gone 15-2-3.Lundqvist, the former Vezina Trophy winner, started 39 games before the injury, posting a 25-11-3 record, .922 save-percentage, and a 2.25 goals-against average.The Rangers only have 13 regular-season games remaining, but head coach Alain Vigneault isn't worried that his start goalie will get enough ice time before the playoffs."I think if he plays two, three, four, five games, he'll be fine," Vigneault said. "In training camp, it only takes him a couple, and he's good to go. Yes, he's been out, but he's been active. So I don't expect this to be a long time for him to tell me he's good to go." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke

Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) -- Robert Morris wanted to dance a little longer.The Colonials overcame a 13-point second half deficit to knock off North Florida 81-77 in the first-round of the Men's NCAA Tournament Wednesday.Robert Morris (20-14) advances to take on top-seeded Duke in second round play on Friday in Charlotte.The Colonials had three players that scored more than 19 points in the win, including Lucky Jones, who had 21 points, seven rebounds, and five steals.Robert Morris was able to overcome a 42-31 rebounding margin that favored North Florida by forcing the Ospreys into 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Colonials.Beau Beach scored a game-high 28 points for North Florida (23-12) who were the champions of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.Robert Morris hasn't been in the tournament since 2010 when, as a No. 15 seed, they almost eliminated the No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round. Robert Morris lost that game 73-70 in overtime. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 94 (16-52) - Detroit Pistons 83 (24-44) Cleveland Cavaliers 117 (44-26) - Brooklyn Nets 92 (27-39) Toronto Raptors 105 (41-27) - Minnesota Timberwolves 100 (14-53) Miami Heat 108 (31-36) - Portland Trail Blazers 104 (44-22) San Antonio Spurs 114 (42-25) - Milwaukee Bucks 103 (34-34) Chicago Bulls 103 (41-28) - Indiana Pacers 86 (30-37) Oklahoma City Thunder 122 (38-30) - Boston Celtics  118 (30-37) Dallas Mavericks 107 (43-25) - Orlando Magic 102 (21-48) Los Angeles Clippers 116 (44-25) - Sacramento Kings 105 (22-45) Washington Wizards 88 (40-28) - Utah Jazz 84 (30-37) Golden State Warriors 114 (54-13) - Atlanta Hawks 95 (53-15) NCAA Men's Basketball: South Region: (16) Robert Morris 81 (20-14) - (16) North Florida 77 (23-12) East Region: (11) Dayton 56 (26-8) - (11) Boise State 55 (25-9) NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 1 (43-21-6, 92 pts) - New York Rangers 0 (44-18-7, 95 pts) Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (31-35-4, 66pts) - Edmonton Oilers 3 (19-39-13, 51pts) - SO Anaheim Ducks 3 (45-20-7, 97pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (34-22-14, 82pts) -OT Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Greg Hardy to a one-year, $11.3 million deal that could be worth up to $13 million, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL's domestic conduct policy. However, an NFL spokesman told ESPN that Hardy's situation remains under review and that the league will have a resolution on his status as soon as possible. Hardy was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading the Panthers with 15 sacks, tying a team single-season record.  He started 39 games between 2011 and 2013 and has 34 career sacks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens

Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens Scoot Boehm/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens cut running back Bernard Pierce hours after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday. Pierce was the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, and the Ravens have now cut all three within a day of learning of their off-field incidents.  Pierce failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over near the Baltimore beltway just before 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday and he was arrested, according to Baltimore County police. Pierce was a third-round pick by the Ravens in 2012, and he has averaged fewer than 4 yards per carry the past two seasons for the team. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days

Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- The Golden State Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for at least a week, according to coach Steve Kerr. Thompson injured his ankle in Tuesday's 108-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  "He said it didn't hurt that bad at all. It wasn't a bad sprain," Kerr said. "So he went to the locker room, got it re-taped. They got it checked out." Justin Holiday will likely get the nod in Thompson's place, according to Kerr. This season, Thompson is averaging 21.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds through 64 games. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sabathia Makes Spring Training Debut

Sabathia Makes Spring Training DebutHannah Foslien/Getty Images (TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- C.C. Sabathia allowed two runs over two innings in his first game action since undergoing knee surgery last season. Sabathia's season ended last July as he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a ...

NHL Considering 3-on-3 Overtime

NHL Considering 3-on-3 Overtime Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NHL is exploring ways to change overtime once again. Three-on-three hockey is being discussed as a new format to reduce the number of games that end in a shootout. The NHL does not want to eliminate the shootout, rather add a five minute period of three-on-three play after the five minute four-on-four overtime period -- similar to the AHL rule. "That's something we're going to discuss with the competition committee because, obviously, we want the players' association input on how we're going to approach it," Commissioner Gary Bettman. "So we're going to look at both variables and figure out which one, collectively with the competition committee, we think makes the most sense. Then ultimately, it's subject to Board Of Governor approval." The rule could be implemented as soon as the 2015-2016 season, if it is approved by the NHL's competition committee. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills

Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills have extended an offer sheet to Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay worth $38 million. The Miami Dolphins assigned the transition tag to Clay before free agency began, which allows them the right to match any offer that another team would make to him. The Bills offer includes $20 million in guaranteed money and schedules Clay to earn over $24 million in the first two seasons of the five-year contract.  After signing Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million contract at the beginning of free agency, Miami is left with a little over $9 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.   As Miami began to see multiple teams interests in Clay grow, the team signed former Browns tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year, $15 million contract. Last season, Clay, 26, caught 58 passes for 605 yards. Miami has five days to match Buffalo's offer. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Texans are taking a swing at the second round of free agency. The team came to terms with free agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Shorts, 27, who spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed a two-year $6 million contract. Shorts caught 53 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown last season. Wilfork, 33, also signed a two-year deal, worth $9 million.  He had spent the last 12 seasons as a member of the New England Patriots.  Wilfork will join former teammate Mike Vrabel -- who now serves as the teams linebacker coach -- as well as former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is Houston's head coach. Wilfork thanked the New England fans on his Twitter page after signing with Houston: "Thank you everyone for everything your support has been tremendous." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Commissioner Manfred to Consider Rose Reinstatement

Commissioner Manfred to Consider Rose Reinstatement iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Pete Rose has applied for reinstatement to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Commissioner Manfred stated that he will consider the appeal "on its merits." Rose accepted voluntary banishment from baseball in August of 1989 after a Sports Illustrated story proved that he had gambled on games while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Rose has previously petitioned for reinstatement under previous commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, but was never considered. From 1963 to 1986, Rose totaled 4,256 hits -- making him the all-time leader in the category. Reinstatement into the game would be the first step towards being nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is no sure thing that he would be nominated once he was reinstated, but it would give Rose his first chance as the Hall of Fame adopted rules in 1991 stating that no player on the banishment list could be considered for enshrinement. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- Within two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have lost two inside linebackers to retirement.  Second year linebacker Chris Borland has decided to hang up his cleats due to fears of long term effects from head trauma. Borland delivered the news on ESPN's Outside the Lines. "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland explained. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk." Borland, 24, was a third-round draft pick of the 49ers last season and was expected to start for the team this season after Patrick Willis retired last week. During training camp last year, Borland believes he suffered a concussion but played through it because he wanted to make the team. Borland was a first-team All American at the University of Wisconsin.  He plans to re-enroll in school and pursue a career in sports management.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery

Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- For the second straight season, the New York Mets will be without one of their top pitchers. Zach Wheeler has been diagnosed with a full tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair it. Last season, the Mets were without ace Matt Harvey as he also recovered from Tommy John surgery.  "Obviously we wish the best for him," Harvey said. "We're all going to be behind him. Obviously being pretty recently through that process, anything he needs, we're going to always be there and help him out. It's an unfortunate thing. He wants to be playing just as bad as the next guy. It's a tough day for all of us." The team also lost left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to the same surgery on Sunday. The Mets will lean on Dillon Gee, who started 22 games last season for New York, in place of the injured Wheeler. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (39-28) - Portland Trail Blazers 97 (44-21) Toronto Raptors 117 (40-27) - Indiana Pacers 98 (30-36) Boston Celtics 108 (30-36) - Philadelphia 76ers 89 (15-52) Brooklyn Nets 122 (27-38) - Minnesota Timberwolves 106 (14-52) Memphis Grizzlies 92 (47-20) - Denver Nuggets 81 (26-42) Miami Heat 106 (30-36) - Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (43-26) Utah Jazz 94 (30-36) - Hornets 66 (29-36) Dallas Mavericks 119 (43-25) - Oklahoma City Thunder 115 (37-30) Atlanta Hawks 110 (53-14) - Sacramento Kings 103 (22-44) Golden State Warriors 108 (53-13) - Los Angeles Lakers 105 (17-49) NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (38-23-10, 86pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-43-7, 45pts) - SO Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (43-21-7, 93pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (43-20-7, 93pts) Edmonton Oilers 4 (19-39-12, 50pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-38-6, 60pts) Los Angeles Kings 1 (34-22-13, 81pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (21-41-8, 50pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Evgeni Malkin Out 1-2 Weeks

Evgeni Malkin Out 1-2 Weeks Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said at the NHL general managers meetings Monday that star forward Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.Malkin was injured in the first period of the team's loss to Boston Saturday.Malkin, a former Hart Trophy winner, has played in 63 games this season, recording 28 goals and 40 assists.Rutherford also said that forward Patric Hornqvist will miss around one week after being injured in the team's loss to Detroit on Sunday. Before play Monday, the Penguins sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, just four points ahead of the Washington Capitals.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days NBA via San Antonio Spurs(SAN ANTONIO, Tx.) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili for the next 7-10 days after the guard suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ginobili suffered the injury with less than a minute to do in the third period as he attempted to rebounds the ball and fell on Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng. "He will be out for a good week, I'm sure," said coach Gregg Popovich. Ginobili, 37, is averaging 11.4 points, 4.4 assists and three rebounds per game this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brewers Bring Back Francisco Rodriguez

Brewers Bring Back Francisco Rodriguez Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Francisco Rodriguez will return to the team on a two-year, $13 million dollar deal. The right-handed Rodriguez, 33, has spent most of the last four seasons with the Brewers -- he was traded to the Orioles before the trade deadline in 2013 -- where he has served as both the teams’ closer and set-up man. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak, Rodriguez, "turned down more guaranteed money," to return to the Brewers, saying Rodriguez told him the signing was "more about comfort and fit." In 193 2/3 innings with Milwaukee he has a 3.11 ERA and has earned 57 saves.  Last season, Rodriguez had a 3.04 ERA with 73 strikeouts over 68 innings pitched. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected NFLPA Executive

DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected NFLPA Executive NFL Shield/NFL (NEW YORK) -- DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as Executive Director of of the NFL players union. Smith won his third team as the executive after being first elected in 2009 as the replacement for former Director Gene Upshaw who passed away in 2008. In the previous election three years ago for the Players Association executive director, Smith ran unopposed. He faced eight challengers this year.  The next election for the NFLPA in 2018 will be one of its most crucial.  After the 2020 season, the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals David Lee/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI, Oh.) -- After a single-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive end Michael Johnson has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals after being drafted in the third-round out of Georgia Tech. He amassed 26.5 sacks over 79 games and was one of the hot free agents last season. The Buccaneers awarded Johnson a five-year, $43 million contract in hopes that he would sharpen Tampa Bay's pass rush that included Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn.  Tampa Bay released Johnson after he struggled through an ankle injury and provided just four sacks.  In an ironic twist, after losing Johnson to free agency, the Bengals were awarded a 2015 third-round compensatory pick for Johnson. Now they also have Johnson back in the fold. Johnson was said to be torn between returning to the Bengals or joining the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer -- who was the Bengals defensive coordinator until last season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball regular season officially over, the NCAA March Madness Tournament is set to begin. No. 1 Kentucky is by far the clear favorite in the tournament.  After finishing the regular season 34-0, the Wildcats claimed the overall number one seed representing the Midwest Bracket.  The other three number one seeds include Villanova in the East Bracket, Duke in the South, and Wisconsin in the West. The number two seeds are Kansas in the Midwest Bracket, Virginia in the East, Gonzaga in the South, and Arizona in the West. The Big 12 and Big Ten led the way by placing seven teams each in the NCAA tournament bracket.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.    

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