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Bruins Krejci Out At Least One Month

Bruins Krejci Out At Least One Month

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Bruins will be without their top-line center for at least one month as they make a playoff push.

David Krejci will be out for four to six weeks, according to general manager, with a partially torn MCL after a collision with Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 20.

Krejci has missed 20 games this season with a groin injury.

The team was 8-9-3 in his absence.

Currently, the Bruins (29-21-9, 67pts) are in eighth place in the eastern conference, just three points ahead of the Florida Panthers (26-21-12, 64pts) for the final playoff spot. 

The Bruins signed Krejci to a six-year extension last September worth 43.5 million dollars.

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Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Yoan Mancada

Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Yoan Mancada

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Red Sox have signed 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, according to his representative.

The Red Sox will pay the switch-hitting Moncada a signing bonus of $31.5 million dollars, once he passes a pair of physicals. The team will also have to pay Major League Baseball an additional $31.5 million as a tax for surpassing the international bonus money allotment.

Last season, Boston signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a six-year, $72.5 million dollar contract.

Moncada is expected to begin his career in the minor leagues with the Portland Seadogs, Boston's Double A affiliate. 

Additionally, the Red Sox have signed Moncada's close friend, 26-year-old Carlos Mesa, according to Moncada's agent, David Hastings.

"He would have gone with Yoan even if the Red Sox had not signed him," Hastings said Monday night. "Carlos will help Yoan with his transition. He speaks English as well as Spanish."

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Carolina Panthers Cut DeAngelo Williams

Carolina Panthers Cut DeAngelo Williams

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- DeAngelo Williams says he will no longer be a member of the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, the all-time leading rusher in franchise history, told WBTV in an exclusive interview that general manager David Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera informed he he will not return next season.

"We sat down, and he told me, 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,' " Williams stated in the interview. "I said, you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and Jonathan Stewart both, so we're going to release you."

Fellow running back Jonathan Stewart began to get majority of touches towards the end of last season. Over the last seven games, Stewart ran for 679 yards, where as in six games last season, Williams ran for just 219 yards.

In nine seasons, Williams 32, has rushed for 6,846 yards and 77 touchdowns.

The Panthers released a statement that Williams has not officially been released.

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James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison isn't ready to retire for a second time.The 36-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who retired for 18 days last year before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted an Instagram photo Sunday night showing a half packed suitcase with the caption: "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year!"Harrison becomes a free agent in a month. In 11 games with the Steelers last season, he had 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.During his eight NFL seasons, Harrison has twice been named a first-team All Pro and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.

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B.J. Upton Is Now Melvin Upton Jr.

B.J. Upton Is Now Melvin Upton Jr.

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- B.J. Upton hasn't lived up to his five-year, $75 million dollar contract he signed with the Atlanta Braves after the 2012 season so he's making a change.The 30-year-old Upton has changed his name back to his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr. B.J. was short for Bossman -- his father's nickname -- Junior, according to multiple reports.

Upton, who was the second overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, followed up the 2013 season, where he set career-lows in batting average, RBIs, stolen bases and on-base percentage, with a very poor 2014 season during which he hit .208 with 12 home runs in 141 games.During Upton's final season in Tampa Bay in 2012, he played in 146 games hitting .246 with a career-high 28 home runs and 31 stolen bases.

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San Diego Mayor Renews Chargers Stadium Efforts

San Diego Mayor Renews Chargers Stadium Efforts

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- As NFL franchises continue to threaten to leave their current locations for the Los Angeles market, local officials scramble -- often at the expense of taxpayers.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer met with San Diego Chargers team president Dean Spanos and agreed to expedite a timetable with the county stadium advisory panel, to find a new location and finance plan for the stadium.

"I explained to Mr. Spanos that we are going to work to keep the team here but I will never support a deal that San Diego can't afford," Faulconer said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work to produce a viable stadium plan that is fair for San Diegans, protects taxpayers and can be approved by voters.

"The stadium advisory group has agreed to speed up its efforts and will release a work product in the next 90 days. I look forward to sharing the plan with the public and the Chargers at that time."

In 2013, USA Today found that oftentimes tax payers end up paying more than half the costs of new stadiums. During construction and improvements, the public takes on almost 75% of the bill due to "obscure costs."

The advisory panel was originally scheduled to put forth a proposal in September, but as the Chargers continue to explore options in the Los Angeles market to put pressure on San Diego, Faulconer agreed to speed up the process.

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Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell

Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell

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(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox have extended the contract of manager John Farrell through the 2017 season, the team announced Saturday at the beginning of its spring training camp.

"I'm ecstatic to have the extension," Farrell said. "This is a very special place and to be able to be here for a number of years that are in place, we don't take for granted one moment what the expectations are and how we have to deliver on those expectations."

Coming off a 71-91 season the team also announced that it will also extend general manager Ben Cherington past the 2015 season. The exact duration is unknown.

Farrell also addressed several concerns about position players leading into the season; notably Shane Victorino and new third basemen Pablo Sandoval.

"If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he is our right fielder," Farrell explained. "He was one of the best right fielders in the game two years ago. When you come back from injury, you shouldn't have lost your job because of an injury."

After pictures surfaced showing Sandoval with a large protruding gut, some questioned the fitness of the former San Francisco Giant.

"His body type hasn't changed since signing with us," Farrell said. "He's a guy that converted from a catcher to third base position. He's transitioned successfully at it a number of years ago. His body works for him."

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Linsanity Returns in L.A. Victory

Linsanity Returns in L.A. Victory

NBA via New York Knicks(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- On a night reminiscent of the mania that swept the NBA community by storm three years ago, "Linsanity" carried the Lakers to a 118-11 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics.

Jeremy Lin brought out his best game as a Laker as he completed 10-15 from the floor Sunday night, leading L.A. with 25 points. 

The win snapped a seven game losing streak for Los Angeles (14-41), but they didn't make it easy. The Celtics rallied from seven points down with less than 30 seconds to go in the game. Avery Bradley knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 106 and send it to overtime.

The Celtics, who announced that Jared Sullinger would miss the remainder of the season before tipoff, could not find an answer to stop Lin. He would be the catalyst in overtime as he would knock down two baskets and dish out three assists.

"Jeremy Lin killed us the whole night," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "He was really effective in a lot of ways -- not only scoring the ball, but also getting into the paint and making plays for others."

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The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in December, Mets manager Terry Collins said ace starting pitcher Matt Harvey might not make his debut until the team's home opener on April 13th, but it looks as if plans may change.

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Collins said that the current plan for Harvey is to start one of the team's first five games.  Harvey was expected to be on an innings limit this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year, however, Collins says they are more inclined to give him five-inning starts instead of skipping his turn in the rotation.

Harvey will look to regain 2013 form in 2015, where he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, striking out 191 batters in 178.1 innings pitched.

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Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points in Oklahoma City's 110-103 win over the Hornets Saturday night.

Westbrook, who has been on a tear as of late, also added 10 assists and seven rebounds to his stat line.

With Kevin Durant resting a sore foot, the Thunder finally got a look at the team's new assets they acquired at the trade deadline. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin added 12 points off the bench and center Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

"We feel confident with what we have as a unit, especially with the great pieces we have," Westbrook said. "Once we get everybody healthy and rolling we are going to be tough to beat. For now we have to come in every night and take care of business."

The Thunder are on a five-game win streak.

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(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Top-ranked Kentucky took care of business Saturday night defeating the Auburn Tigers, 110-75 to improve to 27-0 on the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points, which led six Kentucky players who reached double figures, and the Wildcats reached their highest scoring total since 2002, extending their best start ever.  Kentucky also matched the 1995-1996 team's school record of 27 straight victories.

"We cherish these moments," said Towns, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. "Not every game is going to be like this. We executed, played great defense and also made a lot of shots."

Kentucky will look to improve to 28-0 on Wednesday February 25th when they meet Mississippi St.

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Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis left the game early Saturday night in his team's 105-91 win over the Miami Heat.  Davis reaggravated his right shoulder in the first quarter of the game, and did not return.

Davis left with 3:07 left in the quarter, after he attempted a shot and made contact with Miami's Hassan Whiteside.  Davis missed two games earlier this month, as well as the All-Star Game because of the same shoulder issue.

Davis is fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game.

 

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Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Days after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, it appears Kendrick Perkins will settle in with a new team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has "emerged as the frontrunners" to sign the 6'10" center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Perkins, 30, is in the midst of a contractual buyout with the Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz, Thursday in a move that sent Enes Kanter from Utah to Oklahoma City.

After losing Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in December, the Cavaliers have been seeking size for their front court.

While Perkins is no longer the impat player that he once was when a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a still a powerful prescence in the locker room and provide an impact around the net.  Perkins is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

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Chargers Extend Left Tackle King Dunlap

Chargers Extend Left Tackle King Dunlap

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Chargers have re-signed King Dunalp to a four-year contract.

Dunlap a seven-year veteran who was taken in the 7th round by the Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled to earn $28 million dollars over the course of the contract.

In 2013, the Chargers signed Dunlap to a two-year contract after he was allowed to leave the Eagles when Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia.

San Diego has reaped the rewards as Dunlap stated all 16 games in 2014 and played at a top level. According to Pro Football Focus, Dunlap allowed three sacks on 625 pass dropbacks and allowed 56 hurries on 1,078 passing plays. 

"King has been top notch the last few years for us at left tackle," quarterback Phillip Rivers said. "It's very well-deserved for him personally and a huge signing for our team."

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Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- In the Warriors return from the All-Star break they proved that their league-leading record wasn't a fluke.  

Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists, and Klay Thompson added 20 points in the Golden State Warriors 110-99 win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, on Friday night.

The Warriors went ahead by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, which led to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich resting his starters for the entire period.

Golden State entered Friday night with the best home record in the entire NBA at 23-2.  One of those two losses was to the Spurs back in November.

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Raptors Take Down the Hawks

Raptors Take Down the Hawks

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(ATLANTA) -- The Toronto Raptors proved they are a team to be reckoned with after a 105-80 beat down of the first place Hawks in Atlanta on Friday.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 26 points, hitting seven of 10 3-pointers, and DeMar DeRozan added another 21 for the Raptors. Toronto outscored Atlanta 28-13 in the third quarter to turn the game into a 23-point lead.

"We were scrambling," said DeRozan, who had three steals in the game. "We tried not to let them get anything easy. We didn't want to let them get going, get a rhythm. As long as we do that, we can live with the outcome."

Atlanta still holds a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference, however the Raptors won the season series over the Hawks; 3-1.

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ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 first-round draft pick, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.The Celtics general manager Danny Ainge targeted Thomas when the guard was a free agent over the summer, before the Suns signed him. Phoenix ended up giving Thomas a 4-year, $27 million contract that is worth less money each season.The 5-foot-9, 26-year-old Thomas is averaging 25.7 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season.Meanwhile, the Celtics send Thornton and his $8.575 million expiring contract to Phoenix.The 27-year-old Thornton is averaging 16.4 minutes and 8.9 points per game this season while shooting 42% from 3-point range.

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Pistons Acquire Reggie Jackson

Pistons Acquire Reggie Jackson

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team deal that also included the Utah Jazz.

The Thunder will receive forward Kyle Singler and guard D.J. Augistin from the Pistons and forward Steve Novak and center Enes Kanter from the Jazz. The Jazz get center Kendrick Perkins, forward Grant Jerrett, draft rights to Tibor Pleiss, a protected future first-rounder from the Thunder, and a Pistons second-round pick.

The 24-year-old Jackson has had his minutes cut ever since the Thunder acquired Dion Waiters in January. That caused Jackson's agent to request a trade.

When Jackson heard the new he tweeted, "Crying tears of joy #godisgreat."

Jackson is averaging 28 minutes, 12.8 points, four rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season.

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Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota

Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Power forward Kevin Garnett will return to the team with which he began his career.

Garnett agreed to drop his no-trade clause and he accepted a trade from the Brooklyn Nets to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young.

The trade will give Garnett the chance to play out what might be his 20th and final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him back in 1995 out of high school.

Garnett guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in the franchise's history, and he won the MVP in 2004 while leading them to the Western Conference Finals.

 

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Suns Trade Goran Dragic to Heat

Suns Trade Goran Dragic to Heat

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns have shipped point guard Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat.

The deal consisted of Dragic and his brother Zoran in return for Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, and two first-round picks from the Heat. However, it is still unknown if there are other pieces involved in the deal.

Dragic went on the trading block earlier this week because he wasn't happy with the Suns' crowded backcourt, which also featured Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe.  Now Dragic will have a much bigger role in Miami, pairing him up with superstars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

 

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