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Browns plug holes with Whitner, Dansby PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:35
CLEVELAND — With wads of money to spend, the Cleveland Browns didn’t waste any time shoving millions into two defensive holes they created this winter.
During the furious first few hours of free agency Tuesday, the team agreed to terms with strong safety Donte Whitner, a Cleveland native who can’t wait to play in his hometown.
“I must now embark on my intended journey and become a Cleveland Brown,” Whitner wrote on his Twitter account. “A place that’s very dear to my heart!”
Also, the Browns reportedly struck a deal with inside linebacker Karlos Dansby, who resurrected his career last season in his second stint with Arizona.
The team has not made any announcements.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 09:38
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Jenner, Dubinsky lift Jackets past Red Wings, 4-1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:33
COLUMBUS — Not only is Boone Jenner having a great rookie season, he’s also showing a knack for describing his goals.
The first-year player and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night.
“I just came around from behind the net there, just kind of looking around, and the seas kind of parted for me and I fired it,” Jenner said of his critical, tiebreaking goal midway through the third period that seemed to fire up the Blue Jackets.
Jenner, playing in his 55th game, came to the back wall and squeezed out Detroit center Cory Emmerton, taking away the puck. Jenner then continued to the right dot before snapping off a wrist shot that beat Mrazek high on the stick side at the 10:08 mark.
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Peverley falls ill, Stars-Blue Jackets called off PDF Print E-mail
Written by SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:50
DALLAS  — Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp.
The Dallas Stars’ forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem.
His biggest scare came Monday night when he collapsed on the bench early in a game against Columbus and was rushed through a tunnel and stabilized.
The 31-year-old Peverley ended up in good condition at a Dallas hospital, but the episode shook his teammates and led to the game’s postponement with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period.
“When he dropped, it was red alert,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.”
After Peverley collapsed, Dallas players were pounding their sticks on the boards to try to get the attention of officials. When that didn’t work, they started jumping off the bench onto the ice with the game going on.
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Pistons clamp down on Kings in 99-89 win PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:57
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.  — If the Detroit Pistons had played defense like this all season, their chances of making the playoffs might not look so remote.
Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23, and the Pistons held Sacramento to 11 points in the third quarter in a 99-89 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.
“I thought our bigs were tremendous in pick-and-roll tonight,” Detroit interim coach John Loyer said. “But it was a team effort. The guys on the ball did a good job. We didn’t give them easy looks.”
Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA’s top young big men. Cousins had 13 points and 14 rebounds but shot 5 of 15 from the field.
Detroit trailed 54-52 at halftime, but outscored the Kings 20-11 in the third quarter.
“I thought we lost that game in the third quarter,” Sacramento coach Michael Malone said. “We did not come out ready to play. We had some good looks, but did not knock them down.”
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NASCAR’s Chase changes lead to big finish in Vegas PDF Print E-mail
Written by GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 10 March 2014 06:32
LAS VEGAS — When Brad Keselowski blew past Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the backstretch of the final lap to win Sunday, many concerns about NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship rules also got left in the dust.
Earnhardt felt confident he could gamble on a near-empty tank at Las Vegas Motor Speedway because his spot in the Chase already is virtually secure, thanks to his Daytona 500 win. The new Chase format rewards victory, pushing drivers to go for every checkered flag — and that usually means better racing.
“I think the new format is definitely showing it has tons of positives,” Earnhardt said. “It’s better as far as entertainment for our sport. It gives us freedom, and it’s nice to have that freedom to do the things that we did today, even though we knew our odds weren’t good. We really shouldn’t have made it, and we didn’t, but we got to try because of the new system.”
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