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Monday
Mar302015

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Not Concerned over Contract Situation

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and even Joe Flacco are among the highest paid players in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson remains one of the best bargains in the league at $1.5 million, which he'll make next season. It's one of the lowest salaries for a starting quarterback in the NFL, let alone a Super Bowl champion.

Still, with one year left on his current deal, Wilson isn't worrying about a new deal just yet.

“In terms of my contract, I don’t really talk about that kind of stuff,” Wilson told the Everett Herald. “I love the game of football. I love playing the game of football. I try to put my best foot forward and I want to be the best to ever play the game. That’s the way I look at it."

"I’ve been fortunate enough to win a lot of games at such a young age and to be able to play with some great guys and have some great comeback wins and win a Super Bowl, and go to back to back Super Bowls," he continued. "It’s been special. So that’s what I focus on. I focus on the next opportunity that I have. The rest will come."

In just three NFL seasons, Wilson is already considered one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.


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Monday
Mar302015

ESPN: Georgia State Guard R.J. Hunter to Enter NBA Draft

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With Georgia State's end-of-season run still fresh in everyone's mind, ESPN reports guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hunter will reportedly hold a news conference on Tuesday to make the decision official.

Hunter had a very productive collegiate career during his three seasons at Georgia State as he's the leading scorer in school history. While his shooting numbers were down, Hunter did average a career-high 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. In three seasons at Georgia State, Hunter averaged 18.4 points while shooting .423% from the floor and .354% from the three-point line.

The 14th seed in the tournament this season, Georgia Tech had one of the most memorable upsets of the year when they beat 3rd seeded Baylor.


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Monday
Mar302015

Hornets' Al Jefferson Will Not Be at Full Strength for the Rest of the Season

NBA via Utah Jazz(NEW YORK) -- As the Charlotte Hornets fight for there playoff lives with the regular season winding down, they'll have to do it with one of their best players feeling less than 100%.

Head coach Steve Clifford announced that center Al Jefferson will not be fully healthy for the remainder of the season.

“Al is not going to be 100 percent here the rest of the year. He is just not,” Clifford told The Charlotte Observer.

The team's anchor, Jefferson underwent an MRI a couple weeks ago after injuring his knee and calf. No structural damage was found, but Jefferson hasn't been the same player since.

Charlotte has gone 1-5 since and Jefferson has averaged just 15.3 and 7.3 rebounds per game, both below his season averages.

With just ten games left in the regular season, the Hornets are fighting with the Nets, Celtics, and Pacers for the eighth and final playoff spot. Just one game separates the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, held by the Nets, and the 11th spot in the East, occupied by Charlotte.


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Monday
Mar302015

Craig Sager Suffers Leukemia Recurrence

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- NBA Broadcaster Craig Sager has suffered a recurrence of his Leukemia, according to his son.

Sager's son shared the news via his Twitter feed:

We wanted to ensure he was taken care of & that we knew what the next steps were before we shared this #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/IhUM2nK8yl


Sager, 63, was diagnosed with the cancer last April and returned to broadcasting on March 5 after being cleared to work by doctors.

The broadcaster has since cancelled his plans to be part of the NCAA tournament coverage and NBA playoffs as he undergoes further treatment.

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Monday
Mar302015

Mariners Prospect Passes Away After Boating Accident

Major League Baseball

(NEW YORK) -- Victor Sanchez, a 20-year-old prospect of the Seattle Mariners, lost his life from injuries sustained in a February boating accident, according to the team.

Sanchez reportedly suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after being struck in the head by a propeller while swimming in the Venezuelan coastal town of Campano.

"The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez," said Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik through a team statement. "Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a major leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates and the coaches and staff at the Mariners. The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time."

Sanchez pitched a 4.19 ERA last season, while earning a 7-6 record for the Mariners Double A club.


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Monday
Mar302015

Hamlin Wins at Martinsville

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(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- At NASCAR's famous "slow" track, Denny Hamlin survived the rubbing and racing to take the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin outlasted Brad Keselowski in the final five laps, who said he "did everything I could other than wreck him." 

Hamlin remembered Joe Gibbs Racing president, J.D. Gibbs, who was recently hospitalized for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function," after the win.

"We're thinking about J.D. He's the one that gave me my start ten years ago," Hamlin said. "Can't be prouder to put Joe Gibbs racing back in victory lane and they've been with me so long...this is what happens."

The win marks the fifth time Hamlin has entered victory lane at Martinsville and his 25th victory in NASCAR overall.


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Monday
Mar302015

Alabama Dismisses DT Taylor

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide have dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor from the football team after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, the team announced.

The 21-year-old was taken into custody after a 24-year-old woman called police and said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. When police arrived there were visible marks on her neck.

Taylor, transferred to the program after being dismissed from the Georgia Bulldogs program last year after being arrested for allegedly striking his girlfriend with a closed fist and then choking her. The case is still pending.


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Sunday
Mar292015

Scoreboard Roundup - 3/29/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Houston Rockets 99 (50-23) - Washington Wizards 91 (41-33)

Brooklyn Nets 107 (32-40) - Los Angeles Lakers 99 (19-53)

New Orleans Pelicans 110 (39-34) - Minnesota Timberwolves 88 (16-57)

Cleveland Cavaliers 87 (48-27) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (18-56)

Los Angeles Clippers 119 (49-25) - Boston Celtics 106 (32-41)

Miami Heat 109 (34-39) - Detroit Pistons 102 (28-5)

San Antonio Spurs 103 (47-26) - Memphis Grizzlies 89 (50-24)

Indiana Pacers 104 (32-41) - Dallas Mavericks 99 (45-29)

Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (42-32) - Phoenix Suns 97 (38-36)

NCAA Tournament: South Region: Elite Eight: (1) Duke 66 (33-4) - (2) Gonzaga 52 (35-3)

East Region: (7) Michigan State 76 (27-11) - (4) Louisville 70 (27-9) - Overtime

NHL: Washington Capitals 5  (41-25-10, 92pts) - New York Rangers 2  (47-21-7, 101pts)

Florida Panthers 4  (35-26-15, 85pts) - Ottawa Senators 2 (37-26-12, 86pts)

New York Islanders 5 (45-27-5, 95pts) - Detroit Red Wings 4 (40-23-12, 92pts)

Calgary Flames 5 (41-28-7, 89pts) - Nashville Predators 2 (47-22-8, 102pts)

Boston Bruins 2 (38-25-13, 89pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (28-36-11, 67pts) - Overtime

Anaheim Ducks 2  (49-22-7, 105pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (31-33-12, 74pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (45-24-6, 96pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (39-25-12, 90pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (42-23-11, 95pts) - San Jose Sharks 2 (37-30-9, 83pts) - Shootout


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Sunday
Mar292015

Report: Chris Mullin Offered St. John's Job

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chris Mullin has been offered the job to become the next head coach at St. John's, multiple sources told ESPN.

One source told ESPN a deal could be done as soon as Sunday night.

Mullin is one of the greatest players in St. John's history, winning the Big East Player of the Year award three times in the 1980s. He was drafted seventh overall in the 1985 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, playing in five straight All-Star Games from 1989 to 1993. Mullin is also a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Since retiring, Mullin has spent time in the front offices of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

Mullin would replace Steve Lavin, who parted ways with St. John's on Friday after five seasons. The Red Storm made two NCAA tournament appearances and two NIT appearances in Lavin's tenure.


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Sunday
Mar292015

Spartans Move Onto Final Four After 76-70 OT Win over Louisville

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win.

Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday.

The Spartans (28-11), who were counted out of the tournament conversation in February, won for the 12th time in 15 games. It's a run that included them knocking off second-seeded Virginia last weekend and third-seeded Oklahoma in the regional semifinal on Friday.

Michigan State advances to face the winner of the South Regional final between Duke and Gonzaga.


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