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NFL: 'Hometown' Panthers in on Rice

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07:45 AM ET 04.15 | Sidney Rice, back in the Carolinas? [If Rice] wants a homecoming, he might have to take the hometown discount. A free-agent wide receiver from Gaffney, S.C., and most recently with the Seahawks, Rice has been cleared to resume football activities following an ACL tear. He has drawn interest from multiple teams including the Panthers, according to two league sources. But there are several hurdles that stand between the former Gamecocks receiver and the Panthers, and as of early Monday evening, no visit between the two had been scheduled. Along with the Panthers, the Giants, Saints and Seahawks also are interested, according to Pro Football Talk. Rice, 27, has a history of injuries and would have to pass a team's physical before signing.

Charlotte Observer

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NCAAF: Saban never did respond to Town's letter

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07:55 AM ET 04.15 | More than two months later, Ricky Town, the highly ranked recruit who had committed to Alabama before flipping to USC, seems at peace with his decision. Things began to unravel with Alabama in early January after offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left for Michigan. ... The next step in the process was delivering the bad news to Nick Saban. Before going public with this decision, the Town family made it a priority to inform Alabama's coaches. "I sent Coach Saban an email and said 'Thank you for everything, but I have to do what's best for me,'" Ricky said. "I never heard back from Coach Saban. But one of the girls that works in his office, she wrote back and said 'Best of luck.'" Said his father, "It wasn't easy, for sure."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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MLB: Red Sox dodged two injury scares

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07:51 AM ET 04.15 | That sigh of relief may be coming straight out of Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox had a highly encouraging off-day on Monday, when they learned that two of their most important players are all but certain to avoid stints on the disabled list. An MRI on All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia revealed no fracture in his ailing left wrist, but merely inflammation. He is day to day and will join the Red Sox in Chicago. ... Closer Koji Uehara also got good news, as an MRI on his right shoulder revealed no structural damage. Uehara didn't pitch in the four-game series in New York over the weekend and is also day to day. He will also rejoin the club in Chicago. Pedroia has experienced soreness in his left wrist since he was taken out on a slide at second base in a series against the Brewers [April 4-6].

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NBA: Odom's arrival in New York imminent

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07:48 AM ET 04.15 | Veteran free agent Lamar Odom may soon be reunited with his old boss, of sorts, in a new city. Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are progressing toward a deal to sign [Odom] before the NBA regular season ends Wednesday, according to sources briefed on the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Knicks are on course, barring an unforeseen snag, to formally sign Odom this week in a move that would put him on their roster immediately and, more importantly, include a team option for next season. Structuring the deal this way, after a tumultuous 12 months for one of Jackson's favorite players when they worked together with the Los Angeles Lakers, would give the Knicks two months before free agency begins July 1 to get the 34-year-old into their program and start working with him.

ESPN New York

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NHL: The Ducks have a goalie problem

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07:58 AM ET 04.15 | Less than a month ago, Jonas Hiller was a man gearing up for what was a nearly guaranteed playoff appearance as Anaheim's starting goalie. After a few poor starts got him benched to end the regular season, Hiller now appears to be the top-seeded Ducks' last resort in net in the first round. ... [Hiller] realizes he'll likely watch one of Anaheim's two rookie goalies make his playoff debut at Honda Center on Wednesday. Frederik Andersen and John Gibson have 31 combined games of NHL experience, but they've both seized the opportunity created by Hiller's minor slump. Hiller is still featured prominently on the wallpaper on the Ducks' website, but that might be the only place Anaheim fans can see the soon-to-be free agent in uniform again unless the rookies falter.

TSN.ca

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MMA: UFC 171 weigh-ins set for March 14

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01:57 PM ET 03.06 | UFC 171 will take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and the weigh-ins have officially been set. With a Dallas Stars game taking place in the arena that will host Saturday's fight card, weigh-ins will be held at The Gilley's Jack Daniel's Saloon. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. CT, and the first fighter will weigh in at 4 p.m. CT. Prior to the official weigh-ins, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will host a fan Q&A with UFC Fight Club members. Doors for the Q&A will open at 1 p.m. CT local time, with Pettis taking questions beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

FanSided.com

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Golf: Tiger Woods might make rare Texas start

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07:23 AM ET 03.18 | ...if Tiger Woods doesn't regain his once-customary form this week at Arnie's Place, where he's won only eight times, I suspect he might play in the Shell Houston Open -- the week before the Masters. The last time Woods played in Texas was 2005. It's the last time Woods won the Masters, but the Lone Star State has nothing to do with it. The man needs another start, and besides, the long-prescribed, pre-major routine hasn't exactly shortened his climb up Mount Nicklaus in recent years.

Golf Channel

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Auto Racing: NASCAR planning to reduce Cup horsepower

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10:55 AM ET 03.23 | NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes in 2015 to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in 2015 as well. That's the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton. In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota and race teams about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes for next year. Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks.

FOX Sports

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Soccer: MLS fines Timbers' Caleb Porter for criticizing officials

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10:50 AM ET 04.05 | Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has fined Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials, the league announed Friday afternoon. The incident in question occurred after Porter criticized the officiating in Portland's 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday, singling out an incident that saw the Timbers' Michael Harrington and Dallas' JeVaughn Watson both issued red cards. Both cards were later rescinded by an independent review panel. In his remarks, Porter also questioned the lack of protection for forward Darlington Nagbe, who left the Dallas game with a knock at halftime and is in doubt for Saturday's rivalry clash with the Seattle Sounders.

MLS Soccer

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Tennis: Rafael Nadal advances to ATP World Tour finals

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11:14 PM ET 11.10 | You can add another great win for Rafael Nadal, and another tough loss for Roger Federer. Nadal beat Federer in a semifinal match of the ATP World Tour Finals in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. After Federer lost the first set, you could tell he knew his time was up against Nadal. Roger had some critical errors late in the second set that ultimately led to his loss.

FanSided.com

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