=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, March 11th ===
=== Colts re-sign Vinatieri ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Indianapolis Colts re-signed kicker
Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday.
According to various reports, including the Indianapolis Star, the deal is for
Vinatieri connected on 35-of-40 field goal attempts and all 34 PATs last
season. Over his eight years with the Colts, the 41-year-old has hit 185-
of-219 field goal tries, going 12-of-21 from 50-plus yards, and 99 percent of
his PATs, hitting all 146 he has attempted in his last four seasons.
During his 18-year career, which also included 10 years with the New England
Patriots, Vinatieri has converted 83 percent of his field goal attempts and
98.5 percent of his PATs.
=== Griffen, Cassel returning to Vikings ===
Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to
terms with defensive end Everson Griffen and quarterback Matt Cassel.
Terms were not disclosed.
Griffen was selected by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft
and has 17 1/2 sacks in 59 games. He notched a career-best eight sacks in
2012, then last year added 5 1/2 sacks.
Cassel signed with the Vikings last March to be a backup for Christian Ponder,
but wound up as the starter by Week 4 when Ponder was hurt. The Vikings also
signed Josh Freeman last October and all three wound up starting games for the
club that finished 5-10-1.
Overall, Cassel started six games, including the last four, and played a total
of nine for the Vikings in 2013. He completed 60.2 percent of his passes for
1,807 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The 31-year-old veteran will likely be the starter heading into training camp.
He spent four seasons with New England and four years with Kansas City before
joining the Vikings.
Cassel completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 9,549 yards with 59 touchdowns
and 44 interceptions during his four seasons in Kansas City. His 2010 campaign
included 3,116 yards with 27 touchdowns and just seven picks, helping the
Chiefs to a surprising AFC West title.
The Vikings also formally announced the re-signing of linebacker Larry Dean,
who agreed to a new deal on Monday. Dean, who joined the Vikings in 2011 as an
undrafted free agent, set a career-high with 18 special teams tackles in 2013.
=== Falcons' Babineaux agrees to three-year extension ===
Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Falcons and defensive
tackle Jonathan Babineaux have agreed to a three-year contract extension.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Babineaux, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has
spent his entire nine-year career with the Falcons. He has appeared in 138
games with 108 starts and has compiled 370 tackles with 23 1/2 sacks, three
interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.
The 32-year-old Iowa product was selected by the Falcons in the second round
of the 2005 NFL Draft. He notched 49 tackles with one sack in 2013.
=== Bell re-signs with Lions ===
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions re-signed running back
Joique Bell on Tuesday.
According to the team's website, the deal is for three years and $9.3 million.
Bell played in 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 650 yards and
eight touchdowns rushing while posting 547 yards on 53 receptions.
Bell is a four-year veteran who has also been with the Colts, Eagles and
Saints. However, he didn't see any regular playing time until 2012 with the
In his first season of regular work two years ago, Bell rushed for 414 yards
and three scores, and had 52 catches for 485 yards.
=== Bengals keep Brandon Tate ===
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed
wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate.
Terms were not disclosed.
Tate averaged 26.1 yards on 35 kickoff returns last season, while also
averaging 9.3 yards on 36 punt returns.
The 26-year-old North Carolina product has spent the past three seasons with
the Bengals after playing his first two years with New England.
Tate has 38 career receptions, just one last year, for 649 yards in 66 NFL
games. He has also averaged 25.1 yards on 154 kickoff returns and 9.8 yards on
109 punt returns.
=== Redskins re-sign LB Riley ===
Loudoun County, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have re-
signed linebacker Perry Riley.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to the Washington, DC, NBC
affiliate, the deal is for three years and $13 million. NFL.com is reporting
that the deal is for $4 million per season.
In 16 starts with the Redskins last season, Riley had three sacks, one
interception and 115 total tackles.
In four seasons with Washington, the LSU product has 319 tackles and 7 1/2
sacks. He has started every game since taking over the starter's role in Week
10 of the 2011 season.
=== Texans release Daniels, McCain ===
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans have reportedly released
tight end Owen Daniels and cornerback Brice McCain.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the release of Daniels will save the team
$4.5 million, while the McCain move will save $1.75 million.
Daniels played in five games in 2013 before fracturing his fibula, ending the
campaign with 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns. In eight seasons,
all with Houston, Daniels had 385 catches for 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns.
McCain appeared in 16 games last season, recording 32 tackles and one
interception. In five seasons with the Texans, he had 124 tackles, five
interceptions and one touchdown.
=== Jaguars release Forsett ===
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Jacksonville Jaguars released
running back Justin Forsett on Tuesday.
Forsett played in just nine games in 2013 for the Jags, posting 41 yards on
six carries and 15 catches for 82 yards. It was his only season with the team.
"Thank You Jacksonville for all the love & support!! It was a pleasure being
able to play back in my home state!! #Blessed," Forsett tweeted on Tuesday
In six NFL seasons, Forsett has 1,692 yards and eight touchdowns on the
ground, while recording 115 receptions for 850 yards and a touchdown with
Indianapolis, Seattle, Houston and Jacksonville.
=== Braves' Medlen diagnosed with ligament injury in pitching elbow ===
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris
Medlen has been diagnosed with an injured ligament in his pitching elbow.
Medlen underwent an MRI after leaving Sunday's spring training outing and the
diagnosis for a return is uncertain at this point. The 28-year-old had Tommy
John surgery on the same elbow in August 2010 and missed most of the
following season recovering from the procedure.
"His MRI showed injury to the ligament, but don't yet know the extent," said
Braves general manager Frank Wren, who added that MRIs can be inconclusive
when a player has had a previous Tommy John surgery.
"A diagnosis would be premature at this point," Wren added. "He will undergo
further tests until we seek a second opinion."
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth in Sunday's spring training game
against the New York Mets, Medlen threw his first pitch to Matt Clark and
could be seen reaching for his right forearm/elbow.
After throwing his next pitch, Medlen hopped off the mound and headed straight
for the dugout.
Medlen bounced back after his surgery to go 10-1 with a minuscule 1.57
earned run average before going 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA over 31 starts for the
Braves last season.
=== Orioles renew Machado's contract ===
Sarasota, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles renewed the contract
of third baseman Manny Machado on Tuesday.
Machado, who will be entering just his second full season in the majors, has
yet to appear in a spring training game after having knee surgery last
September when he tore a ligament. He could be ready for opening day.
In 156 games last year, Machado hit .283 with 14 homers and 71 RBI while
leading the American League with 51 doubles. In 51 games in 2012, he hit .294
with seven homers and 26 RBI.
The Orioles also signed pitchers Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez,
Steve Johnson, Josh Stinson, Chris Tillman, Mike Belfiore, Tim Berry, Zach
Britton and TJ McFarland; catchers Steve Clevenger, Johnny Monell and Michael
Ohlman; infielders Michael Alamanzar, Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and
Jemile Weeks; and outfielders David Lough and Henry Urrutia to one-year
=== Angels release Mulder ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have reportedly
released pitcher Mark Mulder.
Mulder's attempt to return to the major leagues after a six-year absence ended
abruptly early in spring training when the left-hander ruptured his left
Achilles' tendon during a drill.
The Los Angeles Times said the Angels made the move Tuesday, and Mulder's name
was not part of the Angels' roster on the club's official website.
A five-time 15-game winner, Mulder has not pitched in the majors since July 9,
2008 while then a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. The 36-year-old appeared
in just three games that season due to shoulder problems and formally
announced his retirement in 2010.
Mulder decided to try a comeback this past offseason and had signed a minor
league contract with the Angels in January.
The left-hander compiled a 103-60 record with a 4.18 earned run average over
nine seasons with the Cardinals and Oakland Athletics. Mulder led the American
League with 21 wins with the A's in 2001 and went 19-7 the following year,
while earning a spot on the AL All-Star team in 2003 and 2004.
=== Report: Knicks and Phil Jackson closing in on deal ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks are reportedly close to a deal that
could make Phil Jackson the head of the team's basketball operations.
Speculation surrounding the Knicks and Jackson has been rampant for a few
days, but ESPN has cited a source as saying only a few details need to be
ironed out. The report also said an official announcement might not come until
Jackson retired from coaching in May 2011 after leading the Chicago Bulls and
Los Angeles Lakers to a combined 11 NBA titles. He guided the Bulls to six
championships and the Lakers to five, the last coming in 2010 with Los
At his retirement press conference three years ago, Jackson said his plans
didn't include coaching in the NBA in the future. He never said anything about
a front office role.
With the Knicks, the 68-year-old Hall of Famer would take over for Steve
Mills, who was given the position of president and general manager just this
past September. Mills, according to the ESPN report, would remain with the
Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967 through 1978 and was an integral part
of the team's last NBA title in 1973. He missed the club's title run 1969-70
with back injury.
=== Bynum to make Pacers debut ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel
announced that center Andrew Bynum will make his team debut Tuesday night
against the Boston Celtics.
Vogel said earlier in the day that due to Ian Mahinmi's bruised ribs, Bynum
will come off the bench.
Bynum, who missed all of 2012-13 with knee problems, averaged 8.4 points and
5.3 rebounds in 24 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. The
Cavaliers suspended and ultimately traded the seven-footer in January to the
Chicago Bulls, who quickly released him in a salary dump move.
The Pacers then signed Bynum on Feb. 1. Bynum he has not suited up in any game
=== Stars' Peverley 'resting comfortably' ===
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley remained
hospitalized Tuesday and is "resting comfortably" after collapsing from a
cardiac event he suffered during the first period of Monday's game against
The Stars issued an update on Peverley's condition Tuesday and said he is
undergoing more tests in an attempt to discover what triggered Monday's
"The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the
cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem," Stars
general manager Jim Nill said in a statement.
"Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely
grateful for all of the prayers and support that he's received from fans and
The Stars said a press conference in conjunction with doctors from UT
Southwestern will be held Wednesday.
Peverley, who had a procedure performed during the preseason to correct an
irregular heartbeat, collapsed shortly after completing a shift as players
from both teams frantically called for medical personnel to assist the nine-
The incident occurred with 13:37 remaining in the first period and the Blue
Jackets holding a 1-0 lead.
Peverley was transported to the hospital after being attended to for several
minutes, and the Stars later issued a statement saying that he was conscious
and his condition was not life-threatening.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff and Dr. Gil Salazar both said Monday night that once
Peverley regained consciousness, he asked to go back into the game, which was
suspended and later postponed.
The 31-year-old was held out of the Stars' game at Columbus last Tuesday
following a recurrence of his heart condition, but returned two days later and
recorded two assists in Dallas' 6-1 win over Vancouver.
Peverley, acquired from the Boston Bruins in July as part of the trade that
also sent Stars leading scorer Tyler Seguin to Dallas, has seven goals and 23
assists this season.
=== Creighton's McDermott named National Player of the Year ===
Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Creighton forward Doug McDermott was named the
National Player of the Year by Sporting News on Tuesday.
McDermott has had a tremendous senior season. After deciding to stay in school
and lead Creighton into its first season in the Big East Conference, McDermott
leads the nation in scoring with 26.5 points per game. He's scored 20 points
or more in 26-of-30 games this season, including a career-high 45 points in
his regular-season finale on Saturday against Providence.
He's currently ranked seventh in NCAA history with 3,011 career points, 48
points from passing Keydren Clark (Saint Peter's) for sixth place, and is
one of three men all-time with at least 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
McDermott is the first Big East player to win the award since St. John's
forward Walter Berry in 1985-86.
=== WNBA preseason starts May 2 ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The WNBA preseason will tip off in May with
a slate of 12 games in 12 cities.
The opener will feature San Antonio at Tulsa on May 2. Those teams will meet
again in San Antonio on May 6.
For the fifth straight year, WNBA teams will face international competition
during the preseason. The Australian National team will face the LA Sparks on
May 3 and will visit Minnesota to play the Lynx on May 5. Also, the Chinese
Olympic team will square off against the Sparks on May 10.
The preseason will conclude May 13 when Washington and Chicago meet at the
University of Delaware.
The 18th season of the WNBA will open on May 16 with five games, as New York
visits Connecticut, Washington hosts Minnesota, San Antonio travels to
Atlanta, Chicago welcomes Indiana and Los Angeles heads t
=== Dallas Seavey wins second Iditarod title ===
Nome, AK (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod sled dog race
for the second time, finishing just over two minutes in front of Ally Zirkle.
Seavey, the youngest winner two years ago at age 25, came from behind to
surpass Zirkle and Jeff King. He reached the finish line in a record time of 8
days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
Zirkle was just 2:21 behind to finish as the runner-up for a third straight
year. She was trying to become the first woman musher to win the title since
Susan Butcher won the last of her four in 1990.
King, a four-time Iditarod champ, had been leading throughout much of the
nearly 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome, but had to withdraw on Monday
night because of severe winds just before the final checkpoint in Safety.
Seavey is a third-generation musher and kept the title in the family for a
third straight year. His father, Mitch, became the oldest winner at age 53
when he captured his second title last year. Mitch also won in 2004.
03/11 14:07:42 ET