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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/31/15

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA:  Detroit Pistons 105 (29-45) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (56-19)

Brooklyn Nets 111 (33-40) – Indiana Pacers 106 (32-42)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (39-25-13; 91pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (35-27-15; 85pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (37-35-4; 78pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (31-33-13; 75pts) OT

Washington Capitals 4 (42-25-10; 94pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 2 (28-37-11; 67pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (29-42-6; 64pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (47-24-7; 101pts)

Ottawa Senators 2 (38-26-12; 88pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (40-23-13; 93pts)

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QB Matt Schaub Inks 1-Year Deal with Ravens

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NFL(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) — The Baltimore Ravens and free agent quarterback Matt Schaub agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Schaub spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, serving as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr. He finished the 2014 campaign 5-of-10 for 57 passing yards and two interceptions.

Schaub was originally selected by the Falcons out of Virginia in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft. He spent three seasons in Atlanta before finding success with the Houston Texans. In seven seasons in the Lone Star State, the two-time Pro Bowler was 1,951 of 3,020 (64.6 passing percentage) for 23,221 yards with 124 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.

With the Ravens, Schaub will replace backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who left as a free agent for the Buffalo Bills.

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Cardinals Sign QB Chandler Harnish to 1-Year Contract

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Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with quarterback Chandler Harnish on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Harnish was originally selected by the Colts out of Northern Illinois with the final pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft. He spent his first two seasons in Indianapolis before joining the Minnesota Vikings last year. The 26-year-old has yet to attempt a pass in the NFL.

In college with the Huskies, Harnish passed for 8,944 yards along with 68 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in 47 games. He was twice named to the first team All-MAC (2010 & 2011).

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Phil Jackson Makes Plea to Knicks Fans

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson made a plea to Knicks fans that better days are ahead.

Jackson sent a letter and video message to season ticket holders about the state of franchise.

“While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level,” Jackson said in the video.

“We have made key roster moves to free up significant cap space that will provide us greater flexibility to acquire talent in this summer’s free agency,” Jackson continued. “And for the first time in many years, we expect to have a top pick in the NBA Draft this June.

“These are key steps to building a roster of players that have both the talent and character to win in New York and who, alongside Carmelo Anthony, will become a team that can become a consistent winner,” he added.

Entering Wednesday, the Knicks are 14-60, which is the worst record in the NBA.

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Bulls’ Derrick Rose Returns to Practice, Return Date Still Unknown

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NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) — With the NBA Playoffs roughly two weeks away, reinforcements could be coming for the Chicago Bulls as point guard Derrick Rose has returned to practice.

Rose returned to full-contact activities in practice for the first time since he had surgery on February 27 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

“He was good today,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after practice. “A little winded, which is to be expected. Body on body, full court. But it will come. The more he does that, the faster it will come.”

Despite the improvement in health, it’s unknown just when Rose will return.

“We can’t jump ahead,” Thibodeau added. “He’s been out a long time. So he’s got to work his way through it. We have to concentrate on getting everyone ready.”

Recovering from his third knee surgery in as many years, the former MVP has missed 17 games this season. In 46 games this season, Rose is averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.

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Rockets’ Patrick Beverley to Undgergo Wrist Surgery, Out for Rest of the Season

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Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — James Harden will have to continue carrying the Houston Rockets on his back as injuries have struck the team again. The Rockets announced that starting point guard Patrick Beverley will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury.

Beverley will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. He had originally opted to not have the procedure, but ultimately decided it was the best course of action.

“We’ll miss Pat in a lot of different ways,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters. “He brings a lot of toughness. He’s been really good for us slowing down guys the last couple of years. But we’ll use all the resources we have and figure out what we need to do that night.”

Beverley is just the latest member of the Rockets to miss time due to injury. Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, and Donatas Motijuanas have all miss extended time this season.

Despite the injuries, the Rockets have the third-best record in the Western Conference.

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Penguins Letang Released from Hospital

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from the hospital Sunday and diagnosed with a concussion after a scary collision in Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Letang lay on the ice in a disoriented state when he fell backwards into the boards after a check by Coyotes winger Shane Doan.

“I just went to make sure I got a piece of him so he couldn’t jump by me and he obviously went into the boards awkward,” Doan said.

“You never ever want to see anyone like that, especially a guy with his caliber and everything he’s went through in the past couple years,” he added. “You feel awful as a player when something like that happens.” 

Letang has a history of concussions and suffered a stroke last season, in what doctors attributed to a small hole in his heart.

Currently, there is no scheduled date for Letang’s return, according to coach Mike Johnston.

“We’ll see how he feels over the next few days and go from there,” Johnston said.

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Red Sox Send Catcher Vasquez to DL, Uehara May Follow

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Major League Baseball(BOSTON, Ma.) — The Boston Red Sox have sent catcher Christian Vasquez to the 60-Day disabled list after being diagnosed with a right elbow sprain.

Vasquez was sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion after an MRI discovered a problem in the right elbow of the 24-year-old catcher.  In a corresponding move, the Red Sox acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals.

The Red Sox were expected to employ both Vasquez and Ryan Hanigan, whom the team acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, as a platoon for the team’s catching position.

Additionally, the team’s closer Koji Uehara will likely start the season on the disabled list after the 39-year-old felt tightness in his hamstring upon concluding a 30-pitch bullpen session.

“I don’t know when I’ll be back,” Uehara said through interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “It’s a day-to-day process. I have to do what I have to do to get ready.”

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Portland Trail Blazers Clinch Playoff Spot

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Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Or.) — The Portland Trail Blazers are headed back to the NBA playoffs for the second straight season.

With a 109-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns Monday night, the Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot and will now seek to claim the Northwest Division title.

Seemingly from the start, Portland set out to dominate the game. The Trail Blazers led by 27 at the end of the third period, and five players finished with double digit points.

“I’m not even sure the last time we even won a division title,” said Damian Lillard, who scored 19. “I’m sure it’s been tough having OKC around. If any year there was a great opportunity, it’s this year. We just need to keep playing, focus on ourselves, and everything will work out like it’s supposed to.”

Portland currently has a 6.5 game lead over the Thunder for the Northwest Division and the two teams will face off on April 13.

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Eagles Sign Miles Austin to One-Year Deal

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(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network.

The deal is worth $2.3 million, with an opportunity to earn $700,000 in incentives, according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network.

Austin, 30, played 12 games last season for the Cleveland Browns, where he caught 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns. 

Injuries have hampered the receiver over the past four seasons as he has missed 15 games due to various ailments.

The move is a bit of a homecoming for Austin, who is a native of New Jersey and alumnus of Monmouth University.

If Austin makes the final roster, he is expected to serve as the backup to Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, and Riley Cooper.

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