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Tuesday
Feb142012

No Structural Damage to Rose's Back

Chicago Bulls/NBA(CHICAGO)  --  Good and bad news for Bulls fans. The good news: Derrick Rose had a back specialist confirm there is no structural damage to his back. The bad news is there is no timetable set for his return.

"I think he (Derrick) realizes that until he's back to 100 percent that he needs to get his rest and continue with therapy to try to get him back where he's healthy," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "We're always cautious with any injury, and we want to evaluate all the information and have our medical staff keep tabs with what's going on."

The league's reigning MVP has missed Chicago's last two games with what is being called back spasms.

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Monday
Feb132012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/13/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (22-7) scorched the Milwaukee Bucks (12-16), 114-96.

The Philadelphia 76ers (20-9) defeated the Charlotte Bobcats (3-25), 98-89.

The Orlando Magic (18-11) vanquished the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-16), 102-89,

The New Orleans Hornets (5-23) buzzed the Utah Jazz (14-13), 86-80.

The Dallas Mavericks (18-11) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (17-9), 96-92.

The Golden State Warriors (11-14) defeated the Phoenix Suns (12-16), 102-96.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (2) Syracuse (26-1) one upped (19) Louisville (20-6), 52-51.

(4) Kansas (21-5) beat their interstate rival Kansas State (17-8), 59-53.

(9) Baylor (22-4) bounced Iowa State (18-8), 79-64.

NHL: The San Jose Sharks (31-17-6) skated past the Washington Capitals (28-23-5), 5-3.

The Carolina Hurricanes (21-25-11) downed the Montreal Canadiens (23-25-9), 5-3.

The Vancouver Canucks (35-15-6) edged the Phoenix Coyotes (27-21-9) in shootouts, 2-1.

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Monday
Feb132012

Garland Signs Minor League Deal With Cleveland

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Free-agent starting pitcher Jon Garland has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical next week, when the Indians begin spring training.

Garland spent his first eight big league seasons with the White Sox, winning 18 games twice while helping Chicago end their 88-year World Series title drought in 2005. He later went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers twice.

The Indians will give Garland the opportunity to battle for the fifth spot in the rotation along with Kevin Slowey, David Huff, Zach McAllister and Jeanmar Gomez.

The former All-Star owns a career record of 131-119 with a 4.32 ERA in 330 starts.

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Monday
Feb132012

A's Land Yoenis Cespedes

Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a four-year contract worth $36 million with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. He will earn $6.5 million this season, $8.5 million next year and $10.5 million in 2014 and 2015.

The 26-year-old outfielder played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, batting .458 in six games.

Cespedes played eight seasons in Cuba, where he belted a record 33 homers in 2011.

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Monday
Feb132012

Randy Moss Plans on Returning to the NFL

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the greatest wide receivers to put on an NFL uniform wants to come back to the gridiron. Former All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss wants to make a return to the NFL after sitting out last season and announcing his retirement.

"I just wanna go to a team and play some football," Moss said on a Ustream.tv live video.

"Faith, family, and football, that's my M.O., bro," Moss went on to say. "Your boy be back for the upcoming season."

The 35-year Moss last played in 2010 but struggled to maintain the high level of play football to which fans were accustomed. He started the season with the New England Patriots, was later traded to the Minnesota Vikings, was then waived by Minnesota, and was picked up by the Tennessee Titans. He wound up catching just 28 passes for 393 yards while scoring five touchdowns.

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Monday
Feb132012

Red Sox and David Ortiz Avoid Arbitration, Settle on One-Year Contract

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Big Papi will be staying in bean town for at least one more season. Designated hitter David Ortiz has agreed to a one-year contract worth $14.575 million.

The agreement came just before a scheduled arbitration hearing between the two sides. Ortiz was asking for $16.5 million, but the Red Sox were offering $12.65 million, so they decided to meet down the middle. Ortiz made $12.5 million last season with Boston.

The 36-year-old slugger enjoyed one of his better seasons in recent years in 2011. He batted .309, hit 29 home runs, and drove in 96 runs. He has spent the past nine seasons with the Red Sox, winning the World Series with the team back in 2004 and 2007.

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Monday
Feb132012

Report: Eagles Will Franchise Tag Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If the Philadelphia Eagles want to move on from the DeSean Jackson era, they won't do it without something in return. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the team plans on placing the franchise tag on Jackson.

Jackson, who was picked in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Eagles in 2008, just finished up the last season of his rookie contract. Before the season began, he made it known that he wanted a significant raise and even held out of training camp at one point in protest. Jackson wound up playing the season without a new deal and at times struggled to show why he was a Pro Bowl player the season before.

If Jackson agrees to the franchise tag, he will agree to a one-year deal that will pay him around $9.4 million guaranteed. The Eagles have until March 5 to sign Jackson to a long-term deal. Philadelphia also has the option of trading Jackson as well. Last season Jackson caught 58 passes for 961 yards while also scoring four touchdowns.

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Monday
Feb132012

Tiger Woods Falls Short Again

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(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) -- Tiger Woods went into Sunday four strokes off the lead and in third place during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He finished the day in fifteenth place, 11 shots behind eventual winner Phil Mickelson.

Despite the poor finish, Tiger was fairly optimistic about his round.

"I didn't hit the ball that bad," Woods said. "But I made nothing today. As you saw, I don't know how many three putts I had, but I had a lot. I also missed my share of putts I hit in there close.

The loss comes on the heals of his performance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship two weeks ago. In that tournament, Tiger went into the final round with the lead, but ultimately fell short to the relatively unknown Robert Rock.

Tiger will have a couple weeks to get his game together before he likely plays in the Accenture Match Play Championship. An event he has won three times.

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Monday
Feb132012

Mariners First to Camp

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PEORIA, AZ) -- It's that time of year; at least for the Seattle Mariners.

Mariners pitchers and catchers reported to training camp in Arizona Sunday, a week earlier than any other team in baseball.

The M's will start their season early when they head to Japan to take on the Oakland Athletics on March 28.

Maybe it's the anticipation of heading to Japan, but Seattle reliever Shawn Kelley doesn't seem to mind starting camp early.

"It's good to be here," Kelley said. "Warm weather, seeing all the guys and just getting back in the swing of things."

The early training may be beneficial to Seattle. The Mariners finished last season last in the AL West.

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Monday
Feb132012

Rondo's Triple Double Leads Celtics Over Bulls

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Rajon Rondo's triple double helped lead the Boston Celtics (15-12) to a 95-91 victory over the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls (23-7), Sunday.

Rondo finished with 32 points, 10 boards and 15 assists.

"I just wanted to be aggressive," Rondo said. "I didn't set the tone last game. I didn't play as well as I wanted to, so tonight I wanted to come out and give my team a boost offensively and defensively."

The Bulls were without last years MVP Derrick Rose who is experiencing back issues. Rose will be evaluated by a back specialist Monday when he returns to Chicago.

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