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Saturday
Apr252015

Predators Rule Out D Weber for Remainder of Series

John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville Predators announced Friday that defenseman Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the team's first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury.

Weber has not played since Game 2 of the series when he endured the injury. There was speculation that Weber tore his ACL, but the Predators announced that this isn't true.

Weber played in 78 games for the Predators this season, averaging 26:22 of ice time per game while compiling 15 goals and 30 assists.

Game 6 of the Predators' series with the Blackhawks is Saturday night in Chicago. The Hawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Oilers Hire Peter Chiarelli as Team President

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- The Edmonton Oilers appointed Peter Chiarelli as the team's new president of hockey operations and general manager on Friday.

“I am honored to join such a great organization with a long history of success. There is a strong, young core here with good complementary players,” Chiarelli said. “I hope to bring it to the next level with a measured approach. Daryl Katz (Chairman) and Bob Nicholson (Team CEO) have a great vision here for the team and Rogers Place. I am very excited to be a part of it.”

At the end of this regular season, Chiarelli was fired as the Boston Bruins general manager. Chiarelli spent nine seasons in Boston leading the team to two Stanley Cup Final appearences, including one championship in 2011.

The Oilers finished last season 28th in points but still won the draft lottery. They are expected to take highly touted prospect Connor McDavid with the top pick.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Hakeem Nicks Signs 1-Year Deal with Titans

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.

After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns.

Nicks was originally selected by the Giants with the 29th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.

After a solid rookie year, Nicks posted back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Nicks joins a Titans squad that already has Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas, and Kendall Wright at receiver.


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Saturday
Apr252015

Marlins Place OF Yelich on DL

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The Miami Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list Friday, with a lower back strain.

The move is retroactive to Monday.

The 23-year-old Yelich went on the disabled list for two weeks last season with a similar back injury.

"We'll get him checked out and see what's going on," Marlins skipper Mike Redmond said. "Hopefully it'll be just a short-term thing."

With Yelich out, Ichiro Suzuki takes over as the everyday left fielder.

The Marlins recalled first baseman Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans to take Yelich's roster spot.

Yelich complained of back discomfort on April 12. Since then he's been in and out of the lineup, playing in five games.

Yelich missed the Marlins last three games and the team finally decided to place him on the DL.

Yelich is eligible to return to the Marlins' lineup as early as May 5.


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Friday
Apr242015

Scoreboard Roundup - 4/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets 130 - Dallas Mavericks 128 (Rockets Lead Series 3-0)

Washington Wizards 106 - Toronto Raptors 99 (Wizards Lead Series 3-0)

San Antonio Spurs 100 - Los Angeles Clippers 73 (Spurs Lead Series 2-1)

Stanley Cup Playoffs:  New York Rangers 2 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (F/OT) (Rangers Win Series 4-1)

Ottawa Senators 5 - Montreal Canadiens 1 (Canadiens Lead Series 3-2)

Minnesota Wild 4 - St. Louis Blues 1 (Wild Lead Series 3-2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 7 (10-7) - Baltimore Orioles 5 (7-10)

New York Yankees 6 (10-7) - New York Mets 1 (13-4)

Cleveland Indians 13 (6-9) - Detroit Tigers 1 (11-6)

Tampa Bay Rays 12 (9-8) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (9-8)

Philadelphia Phillies 1 (6-11) - Atlanta Braves 0 (8-8)

Chicago Cubs 7 (9-7) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (8-9) (F/11)

Miami Marlins 3 (6-11) - Washington Nationals 2 (7-10)

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (11-4) - Miwaukee Brewers 0 (3-14)

Colorado Rockies 6 (10-7) - San Francisco Giants 4 (7-11)

Seattle Mariners 2 (7-9) - Minnesota Twins 0 (6-10)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (9-8)- Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (8-8)


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Friday
Apr242015

Report: Angels to Trade Josh Hamilton

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(LOS ANGELES) -- After two disastrous seasons with the Angels, Los Angeles appears poised to trade Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. 

Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and former drug abuser, suffered a relapse this offseason. He was facing at least a 25 game suspension until a five-person arbitration panel ruled that he would not be suspended. 

The day of the decision the Angels released a statement: 

"The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family.”

 The Angels signed Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal in2013 after he spent the previous five seasons with the Rangers. 

He never captured the same magic with the Angels that rejuvenated his career in Texas. The 2010 MVP, hit only 31 home runs in two seasons with L.A. -- he hit 43 in 2012 -- and his batting average steadily declined topping out at .263 in 2014. 


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Friday
Apr242015

Tony Romo: We're 'Going to Win a Super Bowl Next Year'

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo likes his teams chances headed into next season.

Romo, who was receiving the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dream Ball Gala in Dallas recently, said that the team is "going to win a Super Bowl next year," ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer reports.

Romo said he wants to win a Super Bowl so bad for the Jones family, teammate Jason Witten, and head coach Jason Garrett.

"I literally want to win it so bad for them, for the people around me who have helped me," Romo said. "They've allowed me to achieve my dreams and my goals. Without them, I'm not there, I promise you. I'm not where I'm at right now and I'm not going where I'm going."

Romo led the Cowboys to the playoffs this past season, but their goal of a Super Bowl fell short after they lost to the Packers in the divisional round.


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Friday
Apr242015

Evander Holyfield: Boxing Is 'Coming Back'

David R. Lutman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield believes that boxing is on its way back to the main stage.

Holyfield said Friday that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight next weekend, for which he's giving away one lucky seat beside him, is energizing the sport.

"It's coming back," Holyfield told ABC Sports Radio. "Only thing I could do is hope for young guys to start working on the amateur program where we get these guys into boxing at a young age where they can be a little more mature and seasoned."

Holyfield said the rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship isn't the reason that boxing has taken a backseat. Instead, he thinks putting fights behind expensive cable networks is the reason it's fallen in prominence. 

"Put boxing back on free television where the young kids will be able to say I think I want to do that," he explained. "You want to teach kids at a young age because that's where they learn how to box."

"Instead of just saying I want to hit hard, I want to knock somebody out, they learn how to box," Holyfield continued.  

As for the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight, Holyfield said that things can get interesting.

"These guys are clever good boxers and if it does go the distance, I think it plays to Manny's advantage because he throws a lot of punches," Holyfield said.  "It's almost impossible to throw a lot of punches and not win the fight if both of them get hit and nobody gets knocked out."

For more information on how you can get a seat next to the former heavyweight champion on May 2 in Las Vegas, click here.


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Friday
Apr242015

Tiger Woods Will Play in Players Championship

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods announced Friday that he will play in the Players Championship that is set to take place May 7-10.

"Looking forward to going back to THE PLAYERS this year, hoping for a repeat of 2013," Woods tweeted.

Woods missed last year's championship due to an injury, but won the event two years ago.

Woods has struggled at TPC Sawgrass throughout his career and only has three top-10 finishes in 16 appearances, besides winning in 2001 and 2013.

Woods tied for 17th at The Masters and did not qualify for next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play.


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Friday
Apr242015

Kawhi Leonard Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kawhi Leonard joins the company of a pair of Hall of Famers.

The San Antonio forward was selected NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP.

"It feels great," the 23-year-old Leonard said. "Growing up as a kid, you're watching these players and you want to become who they are or get the accolades that they have. It just shows that hard work pays off."

Leonard has become the Spurs' primary individual defender and led the league in steals at 2.3 per game.

Leonard received 37 first-place votes and 333 points from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters. Golden State forward Draymond Green had 45 first-place votes, but appeared on fewer ballots and had 317 points. Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished third, receiving 32 first-place votes and 261 points.


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