3:22 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
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Browns release veteran WR Andrew Hawkins

Browns release veteran WR Andrew Hawkins

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have released wide receiver Andrew Hawkins after three seasons.The team terminated Hawkins contract on Monday, cutting ties with one of its most respected players.Hawkins had 33 catches for 324 yards and three touchdowns last season for the 1-15 Browns. But his contributions went beyond the field, as Hawkins helped mentor Clevelands young receiving corps. He was also heavily involved in community activities.Browns coach Hue Jackson says its tough to say goodbye to men like Hawk, that have done everything youve asked of them and gone above and beyond when it...
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LeBron still slowed by strep throat, questionable vs. Bucks

LeBron still slowed by strep throat, questionable vs. Bucks

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James continues to recover from strep throat and is questionable for Clevelands game against Milwaukee on Monday night.The superstar didnt play in Saturdays loss to Chicago. James, who is having another MVP-caliber season, has missed four games. He didnt attend the team shootaround Monday morning.Meanwhile, forward Kyle Korver will likely play against the Bucks after injuring his right knee in the second half against the Bulls. Korver said he feels fortunate that the injury wasnt more serious.The Cavs are expected to sign free-agent point guard Deron Williams...
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AP source: Knicks waiving Brandon Jennings, will sign Randle

AP source: Knicks waiving Brandon Jennings, will sign Randle

NEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks are waiving guard Brandon Jennings and plan to sign guard Chasson Randle.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the moves were not yet complete.The plans were first reported by The Vertical.Jennings has averaged 8.6 points and a team-high 4.9 assists in 58 games, mostly as the backup to Derrick Rose. But the Knicks are again focusing more on the triangle offense, which isnt Jennings strength.Charley Rosen, a longtime confidante of Knicks President of Basketball...
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Bruins down Dallas, 6-3

Media:  f57c169b7de34b099e9287212a8e7883.jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose.jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose (1).jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose (2).jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose (3).jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose (4).jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose (5).jpg Bruins Stars Hockey_Rose (6).jpgSection: BruinsMonday, February 27, 2017Tags: Boston BruinsSource: AP
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Party Time! Rob Gronkowski, Outlaw turn Daytona 500 into bash

Party Time! Rob Gronkowski, Outlaw turn Daytona 500 into bash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central.The good times were just getting started in victory lane Sunday night. Flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave NASCAR the buzz it craved in the season opener.Might as well go wild for their first celebration on NASCARs grandest stage.Kurt Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energys new role as title sponsor of NASCARs top series. Busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by Monster, and the company has...
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Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson get healing time as Cowboys celebrate '92 team

Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson get healing time as Cowboys celebrate '92 team

DALLAS — Jimmy Johnson moved from one interview to another, smiling plenty and comfortably addressing questions about his relationship with Jerry Jones in a rare offseason appearance to celebrate the 1992 Dallas Cowboys, who won both their first Super Bowl.They were in the same building on the 28th anniversary of Jones buying the Cowboys, firing the only coach Americas Team ever had in Tom Landry and hiring Johnson, his former college teammate at Arkansas.And it was about a month shy of 23 years since Jones and Johnson had an acrimonious split after winning a second straight title. The...
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Pat Riley says Magic Johnson will win with the Lakers

Pat Riley says Magic Johnson will win with the Lakers

MIAMI — Pat Riley has never doubted Magic Johnson, and isnt about to start now.Riley believes Johnson will succeed in what looks like a daunting task of getting the Los Angeles Lakers back to prominence. After the Lakers cleaned house this past week, Johnson and Riley are contemporaries — Riley as president of the Miami Heat, Johnson in the same role out in L.A., where they won four titles together in the 1980s.Trade talks, he cautioned, will be dangerous for both sides.Hes going to try to rifle my pockets and Im going to try to rifle his, Riley said. But Im happy for him, and Im also...
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Celtics notebook: Rookie Jaylen Brown gives team best shot to win

Celtics notebook: Rookie Jaylen Brown gives team best shot to win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — As he continues to hit critical shots to help the Celtics win games, rookie Jaylen Brown won’t need much time to shake the main knock against him going into last June’s NBA draft.“I’ve taken thousands of shots in the corner. It’s all mental. So you have to be ready, wait for your opportunity and execute,” said Brown after his corner 3-pointer with 37.9 seconds remaining lifted the Celtics from one down into the lead for good during a 104-98 win over Detroit last night.It was the biggest shot of his young career for Brown, who learned a lesson during...
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Bulpett: One impact move not enough for Celtics

Bulpett: One impact move not enough for Celtics

Subtitle: Celts two chess moves awayAUBURN HILLS, Mich. — It can be difficult to read between the lines of NBA executive-speak — at least that which is uttered in public. With the NBA’s tampering rules, there is so much a general manager cannot say about others. With concern about his own players’ feelings, there is even more that he does not want to say.So as we step away from a quiet trade deadline for the Celtics, perhaps the most accurate way to decipher what they didn’t do is to see it through the prism of what they need to do.Each potential transaction needs to be examined...
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Celtics snap out of funk with ugly road win against Detroit

Celtics snap out of funk with ugly road win against Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — If any of these Celtics took time for beauty during the just-completed All-Star break, they might consider asking for a refund.The Celtics, with 10 of their 16 turnovers in the third quarter, had to overcome a significant display of sloppiness in last night’s 104-98 win over Detroit.It was the Celtics’ first win since returning from the midseason break, and snapped a two-game losing streak.Isaiah Thomas led the way, this time with 33 points, but for the second game in a row found his ability to move significantly disrupted by the opposing defense.The Pistons shot...
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Red Sox, Velazquez put creative license on the pitching mound

Red Sox, Velazquez put creative license on the pitching mound

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The keyword with Hector Velazquez is creativity, from how the Red Sox worked out a clever deal to acquire him to how he fits the roster.The 28-year-old from the Mexican League doesn’t throw very hard, so his pitching is creative to begin with. The righty’s fastball is in the high-80s to low-90s, with a split-change, slider and cutter.His first game of any sort in a Red Sox uniform was yesterday, a 7-3 road loss to the Rays in the Grapefruit League. Velazquez started and threw two innings. He fanned four and allowed one run on three hits and a walk.“A very...
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Reborn Patrice Bergeron leads Bruins past Stars

Reborn Patrice Bergeron leads Bruins past Stars

DALLAS — There are many factors involved in the Bruins’ remarkable turnaround. There is the obvious one: The changing of coaches from Claude Julien to Bruce Cassidy, who has now won six of his first seven games behind the bench. There is the fact that the B’s are playing with the lead much more often now as they’ve scored first in six of their last seven. In addition, the call-up of Peter Cehlarik has allowed for the balancing of the forward lines.But whatever happens with the Bruins from here on out this season, they would be going nowhere if not for the resurrection of Patrice...
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Red Sox notes: Rusney Castillo commits another mental error

Red Sox notes: Rusney Castillo commits another mental error

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Four exhibition games in, including one against a college team, and Rusney Castillo has two noticeable mental errors.He didn’t run out what turned out to be a ground-ball double play on Thursday against Northeastern. Yesterday, in a 7-3 loss to the Rays, he ran too far.Castillo singled in the seventh inning to load the bases. That’s good.Two batters later, Cole Sturgeon singled to left, and Castillo was easily thrown out heading to third as two runs scored: Matt Dominguez from third base and Deven Marrero from second.Castillo, at the time, represented the...
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Bruins notes: David Backes shows some early fight

Bruins notes: David Backes shows some early fight

DALLAS — The 11:30 a.m. local start time had lots of players looking to shake off some cobwebs, so the Dallas Stars’ Jamie Benn decided to get the blood flowing. Off the opening faceoff, Benn challenged David Backes to a fight and Backes happily obliged.“Two competitive guys that wanted to start the day game off with a little energy,” said Backes. “He’s one of the best players in the world, so if I can get him in the box or have him thinking about fighting, we’re probably better off for it. So you accept the invitation and get the heart going in a hurry on this one.”What was...
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Speros: Rob Gronkowski brings the party to Daytona

Speros: Rob Gronkowski brings the party to Daytona

Subtitle: Says Bennett should break the bankDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was talking big money yesterday — at least when it came to teammate and fellow tight end Martellus Bennett.“I’m hoping he breaks the bank,” Gronk said of the likely-to-be-free agent Bennett. “Whenever you see a tight end break the bank, it’s good for the industry. It’s good for the position. You want to see the position grow. I want to see him do whatever he’s got to do, but I don’t make the calls.”When Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery in...