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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, March 30 ===
 
 
                === Report: Mullin to be St. John's coach ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  In  hopes  of  recapturing its  past  glory  in  men's
 basketball, St. John's is turning to one of its all-time greats.
 
 The  New York  Daily News reported Monday  that Hall of Famer Chris Mullin has
 agreed   to  become  the  Red  Storm's  next  head  coach,  with  an  official
 announcement expected to come on Wednesday.
 
 Mullin  won three  Big East Player of  the Year awards as a St. John's forward
 from  1981-85 and  still holds the school's all-time scoring record with 2,240
 points.  The  Brooklyn native went  on to  have an illustrious 16-year playing
 career  in the NBA, during which he was named to five All-Star teams and won a
 gold  medal in  the 1992 Barcelona Olympics  as a member of the United States'
 famed "Dream Team".
 
 The  51-year-old has never coached at any level, however, though Mullin sports
 significant experience as an NBA executive. He served as the vice president of
 basketball  operations for  the Golden  State  Warriors from  2004-09 and  has
 worked as an advisor for the Sacramento Kings since 2013.
 
 Mullin  will replace Steve Lavin, who mutually parted ways with the university
 last  week. The Red Storm went 92-72 in five seasons under Lavin, reaching the
 NCAA Tournament twice along with a pair of NIT appearances.
 
 St.  John's last  won an NCAA Tournament  game in 1999, however. The Red Storm
 reached  the  Final Four during Mullin's  senior season in 1985, but have made
 the Sweet 16 only twice since.
 
 The  Red Storm  fell to  San Diego  State in  this year's  NCAA second  round,
 concluding an up-and-down season in which they finished 21-12.
 
 Mullin's  first order  of  business  may be  attempting  to convince  starters
 Rysheed  Jordan and  Chris Opekba, both of which are believed to be considered
 applying  for the NBA draft, to remain with the program. St. John's also loses
 four key seniors in 2,000-point scorer D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer,
 Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch.
 
 
             === George Mason hires Bucknell's Paulsen as coach ===
 
 Fairfax,  VA (SportsNetwork.com) - George Mason hired Dave Paulsen as its head
 men's  basketball  coach on Monday,  bringing in the three-time Patriot League
 Coach of the Year to replace Paul Hewitt.
 
 Paulsen  coached  Bucknell for the past  seven seasons, leading the Bison to a
 134-94 record and two berths in the NCAA Tournament.
 
 Under Paulsen, Bucknell became the first team in Patriot League history to win
 three consecutive regular-season titles.
 
 George  Mason athletic  director Brad Edwards called him a "proven winner" and
 pointed out Paulsen's recruitment of current NBA player Mike Muscala.
 
 "Combine  all that with  his superb academic pedigree, and we have a coach who
 is  a  perfect fit  to execute  our vision for  a sustainable elite basketball
 program," Edwards said in a statement.
 
 Hewitt was fired March 16, four years after taking over for Jim Larranaga. The
 Patriots  went  66-67 in  his four  seasons, never  making the NCAA Tournament
 after Larranaga led them to five berths in 14 seasons, including a trip to the
 Final Four.
 
 George  Mason was 9-22 this past season, including a 4-14 mark in the Atlantic
 10.
 
 The  Bison went 19-15  in Paulsen's last season at the helm, including 13-5 in
 the Patriot League. They lost to Temple in the first round of the NIT.
 
 
             === Pitino says Harrell, Rozier to enter NBA Draft ===
 
 Louisville,  KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Monday
 that  Montrezl Harrell  and Terry Rozier, the team's top two scorers this past
 season, will both leave school early to enter the NBA Draft.
 
 "They're  both leaving, yes -- 100 percent. And it's the right thing to do for
 both of them," Pitino told reporters after he was asked about the players.
 
 His  comments came one day after Louisville lost to Michigan State in overtime
 in  the  East Region final of  the NCAA Tournament,  coming one win short of a
 third Final Four berth in the last four seasons.
 
 Harrell,  a  6-foot-8 junior forward, is  widely projected to be a first-round
 pick  after averaging  15.7  points, 9.2  rebounds and  1.2  blocks this  past
 season.
 
 Rozier,  a 6-foot-1  sophomore guard,  led the  Cardinals in  scoring at  17.1
 points per game and averaged three assists, 5.6 rebounds and two steals.
 
 Pitino  said he  did not share the media's perceived doubts about Rozier's NBA
 prospects.
 
 The  Cardinals are  also losing senior swingman Wayne Blackshear, who made the
 Sweet 16 in all four years at Louisville.
 
 
                === Butler gives Holtmann contract extension ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Butler coach Chris Holtmann has signed
 a contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the school announced Monday.
 
 Holtmann,  43, took  over  the program  in October  after  Brandon Miller  was
 granted an indefinite medical leave of absence and was named the head coach in
 January.
 
 He  guided Butler to a 23-11 overall record, a 12-6 mark in the Big East and a
 seventh NCAA Tournament berth in nine years.
 
 The Bulldogs, seeded sixth in the Midwest Region, opened with a win over Texas
 before losing to Notre Dame in the round of 32.
 
 "Under  challenging circumstances,  Chris Holtmann stepped in this past season
 and  quickly  demonstrated himself  worthy of continuing  the Butler legacy of
 excellent coaching and thoughtful leadership ... that has underpinned Butler's
 success," Butler president James Danko said in a statement.
 
 Holtmann  led  the Bulldogs to a  nine-win improvement over the 2013-14 season
 and to five victories against ranked teams, tying the most in program history.
 
 He  was the head coach at Gardner-Webb for three years before joining Miller's
 staff for the 2013-14 season.
 
 
                 === Fordham hires EKU's Neubauer as coach ===
 
 Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Fordham hired Eastern Kentucky's Jeff Neubauer
 as its new head men's basketball coach on Monday.
 
 Neubauer spent the past 10 years coaching Eastern Kentucky, going 188-134 with
 two trips to the NCAA Tournament and five 20-win seasons.
 
 The  Colonels  were 21-12 this past  season, losing to Tennessee-Martin in the
 quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
 
 "I am thrilled to get the opportunity not only to be head coach at Fordham but
 to  coach  in New  York City,"  Neubauer said  in a  statement. "I really love
 challenges  and am very aware of how competitive the Atlantic 10 Conference is
 and I'm looking forward to helping Fordham move forward in the conference."
 
 He  replaces Tom Pecora,  who was fired on March 18 after going 44-106 in five
 years as coach of the Rams, including 10-21 this past season.
 
 Fordham hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1992.
 
 
                     === Citadel hires VMI coach Baucom ===
 
 Charleston,  SC  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Virginia Military Institute head men's
 basketball  coach Duggar Baucom resigned Monday to accept the same position at
 The Citadel.
 
 Baucom  amassed a  151-159 record in 10  seasons at VMI and led the Keydets to
 their  first  postseason appearance in  37 years  when the program reached the
 semifinals  of the  2014 CollegeInsider.com  Tournament. VMI  advanced to  the
 title  game of  the Big  South Conference  Tournament three  times during  his
 tenure.
 
 The  54-year-old's  Keydet teams  have also  fielded one  of the nation's most
 exciting  offenses, having led  NCAA Division I in scoring in each of the last
 five seasons.
 
 "This  is  an exciting day  for Citadel  basketball," said Citadel director of
 athletics  Jim Senter.  "Duggar has a proven track record of success, not only
 on  the court, but more importantly in building young men of character off the
 court."
 
 The  all-time leader  in victories  at  VMI, Baucom  posted a  pair of  20-win
 campaigns  with  the Keydets.  Including two seasons  at Division II Tusculum,
 Baucom owns a 187-178 overall record as a head coach.
 
 "VMI,  the Department  of Intercollegiate Athletics, and our basketball family
 wish  Coach Baucom only the very best for his new opportunity at The Citadel,"
 said  VMI athletics  director  Dr. Dave  Diles. "We  are  appreciative of  his
 service  and  contributions  to  the  Institute and  the  stewardship  of  our
 basketball program."
 
 Baucom  replaces  Chuck  Driesell,  who  did not  have  his  contract  renewed
 following an 11-19 season in 2014-15.
 
 
                === Texas freshman Turner to enter NBA Draft ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Texas freshman Myles  Turner will apparently enter the
 NBA Draft after one season in college.
 
 Turner  posted  a thank  you tweet  to his account  Monday, writing "it's been
 real,"  and his father told ESPN that he will declare for the draft but hasn't
 submitted the paperwork yet.
 
 A university spokesman said he couldn't confirm the news at this point.
 
 Turner, a 6-foot-11 forward, averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks
 in  34 games  for the  Longhorns,  who lost  their NCAA  Tournament opener  to
 Butler.
 
 Texas  is looking for a new coach after parting ways with Rick Barnes over the
 weekend after 17 seasons.
 
 
             === Georgia State's R.J. Hunter to enter NBA Draft ===
 
 Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Georgia State junior R.J. Hunter is entering
 the NBA Draft, the school confirmed Monday.
 
 Hunter, a 6-foot-6 guard, recently led the Panthers to a Sun Belt championship
 and a first-round upset over Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.
 
 His  long  3-pointer in the final  seconds to knock off the third-seeded Bears
 went  viral after his  dad, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, fell off a rolling
 stool in celebration.
 
 Ron  Hunter  had torn his  Achilles tendon  celebrating the Panthers' win over
 Georgia Southern in the conference title game,
 
 R.J. Hunter led the team in scoring, averaging 19.7 points in 35 games. He had
 20 points in Georgia State's loss to Xavier in the NCAA Tournament.
 
 
           === Cincinnati's Cronin cleared to return to coaching ===
 
 Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - After sitting out much of the season with
 a  non-life  threatening vascular condition, Cincinnati men's basketball coach
 Mick Cronin has been cleared to return to work, the school announced Monday.
 
 Cronin  coached the  first  nine games  of the  season  before a  mid-December
 checkup  for lingering  headaches showed  he had  a condition  called arterial
 dissection. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season on Jan. 2.
 
 While  he did  not attend games, Cronin stayed active with his team, assisting
 the coaching staff with game planning and recruiting.
 
 "Obviously,  I'm excited  to  be  coaching again,  but  most importantly,  I'm
 grateful to be 100 percent healthy," Cronin said in a statement.
 
 In Cronin's absence, Cincinnati was led by Larry Davis, who coached Furman for
 nine  seasons.  The Bearcats finished 23-11  and won their opening game of the
 NCAA  Tournament against  Purdue before falling to No. 1 Kentucky in the round
 of 32.
 
 "We  are  pleased Mick is able  to fully resume his coaching duties," athletic
 director  Mike Bohn said in a statement. "His behind-the-scenes leadership was
 critical  in last  season's success  coupled  with Larry's  direction and  the
 players' focus on the court throughout the year."
 
 Next  season  will be  Cronin's 10th  as Cincinnati's  coach. The Bearcats are
 185-118  since  he took over  in 2006 and have  reached the NCAA Tournament in
 five straight seasons.
 
 
                 === Cubs send Bryant to minor-league camp ===
 
 Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs made the move many fans feared
 the  club  would, assigning third baseman  Kris Bryant to minor league camp on
 Monday.
 
 The  slugger  leads all players  with nine  homers during spring training this
 season, hitting .425 with 15 RBI and 14 runs scored over just 40 at-bats in 14
 games.
 
 The  move was expected  as the Cubs attempt to delay Bryant's free agency by a
 year by keeping him in the minors for the first few weeks of the season.
 
 The  Cubs on  Monday also  optioned infielder  Javier Baez  to Triple-A  Iowa,
 assigned  infielder Addison  Russell to  minor  league camp  and selected  the
 contract of veteran reliever Phil Coke from Iowa.
 
 Baez  was  vying for the  starting second baseman  position, but hit just .173
 with one homer and one RBI in 52 at-bats in 16 games this spring.
 
 Coke,  who joined the Cubs on a minor league deal on March 5, hasn't allowed a
 run in 7 1/3 innings this spring.
 
 The 32-year-old spent the previous five seasons with Detroit and went 5-2 with
 a 3.88 ERA in 62 appearances for the Tigers in 2014.
 
 
                === Cardinals' Garcia to start season on DL ===
 
 Jupiter,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  St. Louis  Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia
 will  start the  season on the 15-day disabled list because of continuing left
 shoulder issues.
 
 The DL move is retroactive to March 27.
 
 Garcia had surgery for a torn labrum in May 2013 and had his 2014 campaign cut
 short  in June before undergoing thoracic outlet surgery for his left shoulder
 a month later.
 
 The  28-year-old lefty  threw a simulated game last week and reported shoulder
 fatigue.  He pitched in three games earlier this spring, allowing four runs on
 10 hits in 9 1/3 innings.
 
 Garcia  has made  just 16 starts the  last two seasons because of injuries. He
 was 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven outings last year.
 
 In  106  games, including  97 starts,  since his  debut in  2008, Garcia has a
 record  of 42-26 with a 3.50 ERA. He was a 13-game winner for the Cardinals in
 each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
 
 The  Cardinals purchased the contract of pitcher Carlos Villanueva, who signed
 a minor league deal with the team in February. The right-hander was 5-7 with a
 4.64  ERA in 42  games, five of which were starts, last season for the Chicago
 Cubs.
 
 Over  nine  seasons with the Brewers,  Blue Jays and Cubs, Villanueva is 45-50
 with a 4.26 ERA, appearing in 390 games, including 76 starts.
 
 
            === Orioles assign C Arencibia to minor league camp ===
 
 Sarasota, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles assigned catcher J.P.
 Arencibia to minor league camp on Monday.
 
 Arencibia, signed as a free agent in January, appeared in nine spring training
 games and had two singles in 17 at-bats.
 
 The former Toronto Blue Jays starting catcher received a cortisone shot in his
 throwing arm on Monday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun.
 
 
       === Red Sox place Vazquez on 60-day DL; acquire Leon from Nats ===
 
 Fort  Myers,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Boston Red Sox have placed catcher
 Christian  Vazquez  on the  60-day disabled  list because  of a sprained right
 elbow.
 
 Vazquez was expected to be Boston's starting catcher heading into this season,
 but  will reportedly  visit Dr. James Andrews to determine the severity of the
 elbow injury.
 
 The 24-year-old backstop took over as the club's regular catcher last July and
 played  55 games  in his  first major  league action,  hitting .240  with nine
 doubles,  a homer  and 20  runs batted  in. He  was at  his best  throwing out
 potential base stealers, nabbing 15-of-29 for a 52 percent clip.
 
 Needing  immediate  help at  the position, Boston  acquired catcher Sandy Leon
 from  Washington  in  a  trade  Monday, sending  cash  considerations  to  the
 Nationals  in exchange.  Leon will  likely join  Ryan Hanigan  as the  primary
 catchers to start the season for the Red Sox.
 
 Hanigan  was  acquired by  the Red  Sox in  December from  San Diego for third
 baseman  Will  Middlebrooks after the Padres  had picked up Hanigan from Tampa
 Bay in the 11-player deal that sent Wil Myers from the Rays to the Padres.
 
 Leon  appeared  in 20  games for  the Nationals last  season, making 17 starts
 behind  the plate. The 26-year-old native of Venezuela has played 34 games for
 the Nationals over the past three seasons and has hit .189 over 95 at-bats.
 
 
                === Mets acquire reliever Torres from Padres ===
 
 Port  St.  Lucie, FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The New  York Mets acquired left-
 handed  pitcher  Alex Torres from  the San Diego  Padres in exchange for minor
 league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later on Monday.
 
 Torres,  27,  went 2-1  with a 3.33  ERA in  70 games with  San Diego in 2014,
 striking out 51 and walking 33 in 54 innings.
 
 New York has been looking for left-handed help out of the bullpen. Torres held
 righties to a .209 batting average, the sixth-lowest mark among NL left-handed
 relievers, while lefties hit .256 against him last year.
 
 Torres  is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in eight spring games with San Diego this year,
 striking out seven and walking three in eight innings.
 
 The  native of Valencia,  Venezuela, is 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA (34 earned runs in
 120  innings) and  122 strikeouts in 113  major league games with the Rays and
 Padres.
 
 Mazzoni,  25, went  7-2 with a 4.68  ERA in 14 starts for four different minor
 league teams last year.
 
 
            === Mets send OF den Dekker to Nats for LHP Blevins ===
 
 Port  St.  Lucie, FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The New  York Mets acquired left-
 handed  reliever Jerry Blevins from Washington in exchange for outfielder Matt
 den Dekker on Monday.
 
 After  Josh Edgin  underwent  Tommy  John surgery  near  the  start of  spring
 training,  the Mets were in need of left-handed pitching out of their bullpen.
 Earlier on Monday, they acquired lefty Alex Torres from San Diego for pitching
 prospect Cory Mazzoni.
 
 Blevins,  31,  was beginning  his second  season with  Washington. In 2014, he
 owned  a  4.87 ERA  and 66 strikeouts  in 57 1/3  innings and limited opposing
 lefties to a .160 average.
 
 In eight seasons with Washington and Oakland, Blevins has made 345 appearances
 totaling  324 1/3  innings. He has 305  strikeouts and a 3.58 ERA and has held
 left-handed batters to a .212 average.
 
 Den  Dekker was competing for a spot on the Mets' bench but was expected to be
 beat out by veteran outfielders Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr. The 27-
 year-old  has played all three outfield spots in 80 career games with the Mets
 and owns a .238 batting average and .325 on-base percentage.
 
 
                        === Reds cut veteran Maholm ===
 
 Goodyear,  AZ (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Cincinnati Reds released pitcher Paul
 Maholm among a series of roster cuts the team announced Monday.
 
 Maholm,  attempting to make  the Reds as a non-roster invitee, went 1-0 with a
 2.19 ERA over five appearances this spring. The 32-year-old lefty posted a 1-5
 record with a 4.84 ERA in 30 games (eight starts) with the Los Angeles Dodgers
 last season.
 
 The  Reds  also optioned reliever  Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville and
 assigned  four  others --  pitcher  Nate  Adock,  catcher Kyle  Skipworth  and
 infielders Ivan De Jesus and Irving Falu -- to minor league camp.
 
 Villarreal  recorded a 4.30  ERA in 12 games out of the bullpen for Cincinnati
 last  season,  but the  right-hander was tagged  for 11 runs  and 15 hits over
 eight Cactus League innings.
 
 
                       === Mariners release P Correia ===
 
 Peoria,  AZ  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  Seattle Mariners granted pitcher Kevin
 Correia  his unconditional release Monday, one day after assigning the veteran
 to minor league camp.
 
 Correia  signed  a minor league  contract with Seattle on  March 9 but was hit
 hard  in  three appearances  this spring,  allowing five runs  and six hits --
 including a pair of homers -- over just 2 2/3 innings.
 
 The  34-year-old journeyman was 7-17 with a 5.44 ERA in 32 games, including 26
 starts, with Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
 
 Correia  was  named a National  League All-Star with  the Pirates in 2001. The
 right-hander owns a 76-95 record with a 4.59 ERA over 12 major league seasons.
 
 
                  === Browns' Farmer suspended for texting ===
 
 Berea,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland  Browns general manager Ray Farmer
 was  suspended four games by the NFL on Monday for violating rules prohibiting
 the use of electronic devices during games.
 
 Farmer used a cell phone during games last season to send text messages to the
 sideline.  He admitted  to the  mistakes during  the NFL  Scouting Combine  in
 February and will now have to serve a four-game penalty.
 
 The  suspension,  without pay, will begin  at the start of the regular season.
 Farmer  cannot be involved in any club matters and is prohibited from being at
 the team's offices, practice facility or at Browns games.
 
 "I  respect  the league's decision  and understand that there are consequences
 for  my  actions," said  Farmer  in  a  statement Monday.  "Accountability  is
 integral  to  what we are  trying to build  and as a leader  I need to set the
 right  example. I  made a mistake and apologize to (owner) Jimmy Haslam, (head
 coach)   Mike   Pettine,  our  entire   organization  and  our  fans  for  the
 ramifications.  Learning  is a big  part of  who I am  and I will certainly be
 better from this situation."
 
 The  Browns,  despite the league  finding that no  other members of the team's
 ownership or front office were involved, were also fined $250,000.
 
 "We  accept the  league's ruling," said Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. "Ray made a
 mistake and takes full responsibility for his role in violating the policy. It
 is  critical that we make better decisions. Ray has tremendous integrity and I
 know  has  great remorse for  what occurred. We  are all committed to learning
 from this and making the Browns a stronger and better organization."
 
 Farmer,  while speaking with media members at the NFL Combine last month, said
 he  had spoken  with Pettine  about  the situation  and there  were no  issues
 between them.
 
 However,  it had  been reported that the texting issue may have contributed to
 the  resignation of  offensive  coordinator Kyle  Shanahan  shortly after  the
 conclusion of the season.
 
 Northeast  Ohio  Media Group  had reported  that the texts  from Farmer to the
 sideline included ideas on play-calling and personnel.
 
 
         === Falcons docked a 2016 draft pick for fake crowd noise ===
 
 Flowery  Branch,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Atlanta Falcons  were  fined
 $350,000 and will have to forfeit a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for
 using artificial crowd noise during home games for the last two seasons.
 
 An NFL review determined a team executive pumped in the crowd noise throughout
 the 2013 season and into the 2014 campaign before the team was notified of the
 situation last November.
 
 "What  took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our
 business,"  said  Falcons owner Arthur Blank  in a statement Monday. "Any time
 there  are  actions that compromise  the integrity of  the NFL or threaten the
 culture  of our franchise,  as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly
 and strongly.
 
 "We understand the penalties imposed and their impact on our team, and we will
 not  appeal the  league's decisions.  Further,  we have  addressed the  matter
 internally  and taken  actions to  ensure that  something like  this does  not
 happen again."
 
 The  league  concluded that Roddy  White, the  team's former director of event
 marketing,  was directly  responsible  for  the violation  and  that no  other
 Falcons  executive had knowledge. White, who is no longer with the team, would
 have  been  subjected to an eight-game  suspension and could still face league
 discipline if he obtains another job in the NFL.
 
 Falcons  president  Rich  McKay,  despite not  being  directly  involved,  was
 suspended  from the  NFL's Competition Committee for at least three months. He
 can petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement to the committee
 no sooner than June 30.
 
 
                     === Eagles extend Ryans' contract ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Eagles announced that
 they  have signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year extension, keeping him
 under contract through 2016.
 
 Terms  of the new  contract were not disclosed, but Ryans was set to make $6.8
 million for the 2015 season.
 
 Ryans started 40 games in three seasons with Philadelphia before sustaining an
 Achilles  tear  against Houston, his former  team, in Week 9. Over his Eagles'
 career, he has accumulated 285 tackles with five sacks and four interceptions.
 
 The  30-year-old Alabama  product has 921 tackles in 126 games with the Eagles
 and  Texans. He  was named the NFL's  Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 and
 reached the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.
 
 In  2010, Ryans  also sustained  an  Achilles tear  and missed  10 games  that
 season.
 
 
                          === Panthers sign Todman ===
 
 Charlotte,  NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers signed running back
 Jordan Todman to a one-year contract on Monday.
 
 Todman  played the  last three  seasons  with the  Jacksonville Jaguars.  Last
 season,  he  played in all 16  games with one  start, rushing 32 times for 186
 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown. He added 25 receptions for 198 yards and
 a touchdown.
 
 "Any  time you get a chance to play football and do what you love it's a great
 opportunity," Todman said. "I'm excited to come to a playoff team, a team with
 upside that wants to be great."
 
 Todman  served as the team's primary kickoff returner, averaging 25.6 yards on
 38  returns for 972  yards. He finished tied for second on the team with seven
 special teams tackles.
 
 "Jordan  is a  veteran running back who  has had some success in this league,"
 Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We think he has some return skills and we are
 always  looking  to  be  good  in  that  area.  At  running  back,  he  brings
 versatility.  He is  stout and physical enough  to run the ball up inside, but
 he's got the quickness and speed to get outside to the corner."
 
 A  sixth-round  pick of  the Chargers  out of Connecticut  in 2011, Todman has
 spent  time with  San Diego,  Minnesota  and Jacksonville  during his  career,
 rushing  for  450 yards  and three scores.  He also has  40 receptions for 314
 yards and two touchdowns and returned 68 kickoffs for 1,762 yards, a 25.9-yard
 average.
 
 
                      === Raiders bring back DL Wilson ===
 
 Alameda,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Oakland  Raiders re-signed free agent
 defensive lineman C.J. Wilson on Monday.
 
 Wilson,  an East  Carolina product,  totaled 23  tackles and  two sacks  while
 appearing in all 16 games during his first season with the Bay Area franchise.
 
 Heading  into his sixth  season, Wilson has totaled 99 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks
 over  66 contests with  Green Bay and Oakland. He was a member of the Packers'
 Super Bowl XLV championship team.
 
 
                    === Kings rest Cousins vs. Grizzlies ===
 
 Memphis,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  - Sacramento  Kings center  DeMarcus Cousins
 will sit out Monday's game against Memphis to get some rest, the team said.
 
 Cousins will miss a game for the 17th time this season.
 
 He  had a season  high-tying 39 points and 20 rebounds in Friday's 102-88 loss
 to New Orleans and is averaging 24.1 points and 12.4 rebounds this season.
 
 
                === Rockets' Beverley to miss rest of season ===
 
 Houston,  TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will
 undergo  surgery on his  injured left wrist and will miss the remainder of the
 season, the team announced Monday.
 
 Beverley will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist on Tuesday.
 
 He  was injured in  last Monday's win over Indiana, dropping out of the lineup
 just days before the Rockets got Dwight Howard back after a two-month absence.
 
 Beverley,  known for  his backcourt  defense, was  averaging 10.1  points, 4.2
 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 56 games this season.
 
 Houston  has already  clinched a playoff berth and is battling for first place
 in the competitive Southwest Division.
 
 
               === Curry, Lopez named NBA Players of the Week ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen
 Curry  and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez were named NBA Players of the Week
 on Monday.
 
 Curry averaged 30 points, eight assists and 3.5 rebounds in four games for the
 Warriors,  who have won  nine in a row to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western
 Conference playoffs.
 
 Lopez  earned the Eastern Conference award after averaging 28.8 points and 8.5
 rebounds in four games, leading the Nets to a 3-1 record last week.
 
 
                === Lightning lose Garrison for 3-to-4 weeks ===
 
 Tampa,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison
 is expected to be sidelined for the next 3-to-4 weeks because of an upper body
 injury.
 
 Garrison  was  hurt early in  the first  period during Saturday's game against
 Detroit. He took a hit from behind by Justin Abdelkader, who was given a minor
 penalty for boarding.
 
 The  30-year-old blueliner  has four goals and  26 assists for 30 points in 70
 games  this season.  He also  leads all  Tampa Bay  defensemen with  a plus-27
 rating.
 
 Defenseman  Andrej Sustr is  also expected to be sidelined for at least a week
 with an upper body injury. He has 13 assists in 72 games this season.
 
 The  Lightning also said center Tyler Johnson is day-to-day with an upper body
 injury.  Johnson is tied for the team lead with 41 assists and 67 points in 74
 games this season.
 
 Tampa Bay recalled defenseman Luke Witkowski and forward Jonathan Marchessault
 from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday.
 
 
          === Dubnyk, Atkinson, O'Reilly named NHL weekly winners ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  - Minnesota  Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk,
 Columbus  Blue  Jackets right wing  Cam Atkinson and Colorado Avalanche center
 Ryan O'Reilly were selected as the NHL's top players for the week ending March
 29.
 
 Dubnyk  earned the First  Star after winning each of his four starts last week
 with a 1.22 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage. The Saskatchewan
 native is 26-6-1 with a 1.70 GAA, five shutouts and .939 save percentage since
 joining the Wild in January.
 
 Atkinson  picked up the Second Star. He shared the lead for the week with four
 goals and added three assists to help the Blue Jackets win each of their three
 games, notching a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Chicago last Friday.
 
 O'Reilly  led the  league with  seven assists  and eight  points last  week to
 garner the Third Star.
 
 
                      === Wild ink Hoffman, Palmquist ===
 
 St.  Paul, MN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Minnesota  Wild agreed  to terms  on
 entry-level  contracts  with  goaltender  Brody Hoffman  and  defenseman  Zach
 Palmquist on Monday.
 
 Hoffman  completed  his junior  season and final  collegiate campaign with the
 University  of Vermont by going 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a
 pair of shutouts. Two seasons ago, the 24-year-old was the first goaltender in
 program history since Tim Thomas (1996-97) to start every regular-season game.
 
 Thanks  to Hoffman  allowing  one goal  in  his team's  two  victories in  the
 quarterfinals,  the Catamounts  knocked off  Boston College  before losing  to
 UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East semis.
 
 Palmquist  totaled  29 points (8G, 21A)  for Minnesota State during his senior
 season.  The Twin  Cities native ended his collegiate tenure with 25 goals and
 96 points in 160 appearances.
 
 Despite  snagging the  top overall  seed  in the  NCAA tourney,  MSU lost  its
 opening contest, 2-1, to RIT.
 
 In  other roster moves, the Wild recalled defenseman Christian Folin from Iowa
 of the American Hockey League.
 
 
                === Oklahoma RB Ford suspended indefinitely ===
 
 Norman,  OK  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Oklahoma running back  Keith Ford has been
 suspended  indefinitely  for violating academic  and team rules, Sooners coach
 Bob Stoops confirmed Monday.
 
 Ford  rushed  for 392 yards  and five touchdowns on  71 carries as a sophomore
 last  season  and caught 11 passes  for 140 yards  and a score. He appeared in
 eight of 13 games, making starts against Tulsa, Tennessee and Kansas.
 
 He has rushed for 526 yards and six touchdowns in 18 total games for Oklahoma.
 
 
                === Walker rises to No. 10 in world rankings ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jimmy  Walker  cruised to  a  4-shot
 victory  over  Jordan Spieth at  the Valero Texas Open  on Sunday and that saw
 Walker break into the top-10 and up to No. 10 in the world rankings.
 
 Walker,  who now has  five career victories on the PGA Tour, all of which have
 come over the last two seasons, moved up three spots from 13 to 10.
 
 Rory  McIlroy  remained in  control of the  world's top spot  and he was again
 followed by Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson at two and three, respectively.
 
 With  his runner-up finish  last week, Spieth jumped two slots to No. 4, which
 dropped  both Jason  Day and Adam Scott  down one each to five and six. Dustin
 Johnson  also  rose a pair from  nine to seven  and Sergio Garcia held firm at
 eight.
 
 Jim  Furyk  fell two spots two  No. 9 and  Walker rounded out the top-10. With
 Walker's  ascension,  Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler  and Martin Kaymer all fell a
 spot. They are now Nos. 11-13.
 
 Matt  Kuchar,  Patrick Reed and Hideki  Matsuyama each stayed the same at Nos.
 14-16,  while Billy Horschel and Victor Dubuisson swapped spots, with Horschel
 up  to 17 and  Dubuisson down to 18. Brooks Koepka and J.B. Holmes rounded out
 the top-20 once again at 19 and 20.
 
 Trophee  Hassan II winner Richie Ramsay broke into the top-100 and improved 51
 spots from 128 to 77.
 
 
                      === Kerr jumps to 10th in world ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Cristie  Kerr rallied  to win  by two
 shots  at the Kia Classic on Sunday and that victory pushed Kerr up nine spots
 to No. 10 in the world rankings.
 
 Lydia  Ko  continued her strong  season with a  third-place finish and she was
 able  to  tighten her grip a  bit on the No.  1 spot. Ko improved 0.21 average
 points,  while  world No.  2  Inbee  Park  fell  0.10 average  points  despite
 finishing fifth Sunday.
 
 The  rest of the top-8 remained the same as Stacy Lewis, Hyo Joo Kim, Shanshan
 Feng,  So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie are still Nos. 3-8. Lexi
 Thompson improved a pair to nine and Kerr rounded out the top-10.
 
 Amy  Yang fell  a slot to 11 and  Karrie Webb dropped three to 12. Kia Classic
 runner-up Mirim Lee rose three spots to No. 13, while Anna Nordqvist descended
 two to 14.
 
 Azahara  Munoz  held firm at 15  and Na Yeon Choi  and Q Baek each fell three,
 putting  them at  16 and 17, respectively. Both Brittany Lincicome and Jessica
 Korda  dropped one to 18 and 19. Ha-Na Jang broke into the top-20 by improving
 a pair to No. 20.
 
 
        === NASCAR changes qualifying format for Daytona, Talladega ===
 
 Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Qualifying for NASCAR national touring
 series  races at  Daytona International  Speedway and  Talladega Superspeedway
 will no longer feature a pack of cars running together.
 
 NASCAR  announced on  Monday modifications to the qualifying format for Sprint
 Cup,  Xfinity and  Camping World Truck Series races at restrictor-plate tracks
 (Daytona and Talladega). It will feature the return of single-car qualifying.
 
 Starting  with the  Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series races at Talladega the first
 weekend in May, there will be two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted
 lap speeds in the opening round advancing to the final segment.
 
 Each  driver  will be  allowed only one  timed lap per  round, and NASCAR will
 release  each  car in a predetermined  timed interval. NASCAR did note that it
 reserves  the right  to have more than  one car engaging in qualifying runs at
 the same time.
 
 The  qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw,
 and  the  order for  the second  round will  be decided  by slowest to fastest
 speeds from the opening segment.
 
 There  will  be a  10-minute break  between the round.  Upon completion of the
 first  round,  starting positions 13  and beyond  will be determined by speeds
 from that segment. Positions 1-12 will be decided by fastest to slowest speeds
 in round two.
 
 NASCAR  will  impound the  cars following  each qualifying  lap. Those 12 cars
 advancing  to  the final  round will be  allowed to adjust  tape and utilize a
 cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only.
 
 The  qualifying  procedures for  the 2016  Daytona 500 will  be announced at a
 later date.
 
 NASCAR  made  the changes  to qualifying  for Daytona  and Talladega after its
 group format was criticized by drivers in last month's Daytona 500 qualifying.
 It  was the  first time  the format  was  used for  that race  in its  57-year
 history.
 
 Almost  every  driver had some sort  of complaint about the format at Daytona.
 Clint  Bowyer referred to it as "idiotic" after he was involved in a multi-car
 wreck during the first round. Denny Hamlin used the word "mayhem" to label the
 format,  while Tony  Stewart described it as "a complete embarrassment for our
 series"  when he expressed his opinion on his Twitter account after qualifying
 had concluded.
 
 There  were also accidents involving many drivers in Xfinity and Camping World
 Truck Series qualifying at Daytona in February.
 
 When  NASCAR  used the  format  for  Sprint  Cup  at Talladega  last  October,
 qualifying  there was  chaotic and confusing, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. failing
 to  qualify and  championship Chase  drivers  Kyle Busch,  Jeff Gordon,  Kevin
 Harvick,  Joey  Logano and Hamlin having  to take a provisional (owner points)
 position in the starting field.
 
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