Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss season again

February 23, 2015 – 5:09 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row.

On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss the 2015 season. The recovery for that procedure should take at least nine months. Profar was expected to take over the starting second base job for the Rangers in 2014, but a shoulder injury forced him out for the season. Now he’s out thanks to another shoulder issue.

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Video: Humberto Savigne suffers brutal knockout

February 21, 2015 – 3:44 am by Ryan Phillips
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While most of the boxing world was focused on the announcement that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have finally agreed to fight, Showtime put on a boxing even Friday night. And boy, did fans watching get their money’s worth.

Undefeated light heavyweight Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) was facing Cuban veteran Humberto Savigne (12-2, nine KOs) and was the underdog in the fight. But Baker walked out with a win thanks to a brutal second-round knockout.

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San Diego Chargers re-sign King Dunlap to four-year deal

February 20, 2015 – 11:16 pm by Ryan Phillips
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While they were busy making headlines for their potential move to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers also made a move to solidify the team they will put on the field in 2015. On Friday the Chargers agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with massive left tackle King Dunlap, who was scheduled to become a free agent.

Dunlap started all 16 games as Philip Rivers’ blindside protector in 2014 and had what many around the team thought was a Pro Bowl-worthy year. The 6-9, 330-pounder has always been a road-grader in the run game, but his rapid improvement as a pass blocker took many around the league by surprise last season. Rivers was one of Dunlap’s most vocal supporters, which has to be a big reason the Chargers made him their first priority this offseason.

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Rangers sign Rougned Odor’s brother, Rougned Odor

February 19, 2015 – 9:19 pm by Hickey

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Oakland Coliseum is known for raw sewage backing up into its dugouts, but the strangest Odor in the American League West this year emanates from Texas.

On Thursday, the Texas Rangers announced that they have signed the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor… Rougned Odor. That’s right, the Odor Brothers have the same first name.

The elder Odor, who already gives the Padres’ Jedd Gyorko a run for his money as “Major League Player who can most easily be confused for a Star Wars character,” made his debut for Texas last season. The 20-year-old second baseman from Venezuela hit .259 with nine home runs in his rookie campaign, and apparently his father goes by George Foreman’s naming conventions.

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Report: Five teams willing to offer $70 million to Hector Olivera

February 17, 2015 – 10:07 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Cuban players are coming to Major League Baseball in increasing numbers and the latest crop has a few gems in it. Infielders Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada are both set to sign soon and on Tuesday we got an idea how highly thought of Olivera is.

Peter Gammons is reporting that at least five teams are willing to bid more than $70 million on the 29-year-old Olivera. While he hasn’t officially been declared a free agent yet by Major League Baseball, that is expected to happen shortly. Because Olivera is 29, he will be signed to a major-league contract and not as a prospect, and the team signing him will not face tax penalties under the baseball’s international signing rules.

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SNL Reunion outdraws NBA All-Star Game

February 16, 2015 – 7:01 pm by Hickey

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Even when he’s the All-Star Game MVP, Russell Westbrook is playing second fiddle to a bigger star. Or in this case, multiple stars.

The NBA All-Star Game typically doesn’t have much in the form of entertaining competition for TV viewers, sports or otherwise, being that it takes place in the middle of February and all anyone ever wants in February is for the month to be done with because the best thing on TV is the NBA All-Star Game. (Olympic years provide an exception to this rule, though anti-curling forces will claim that the Winter Games are boring).

Alas, on Sunday night NBC was able to provide alternate programming that gave the All-Star Game a run for its money and then some — from the very same city from which the game was being played. Like a move you’d expect to see from J.R. Smith, Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special pulled the shorts off the All-Star Game in the Nielsen ratings.

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Video: Victor Oladipo with insane pass to Cody Zeller

February 14, 2015 – 2:00 am by Ryan Phillips

Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller both started for Team USA in the NBA’s Rising Star Challenge on Friday night to kickoff All-Star weekend. The two friends and former Indiana University teammates were having a lot of fun on the court, but one play in particular stood out as simply ridiculous.

After a turnover gave the World team an easy layup near the end of the first half, a long inbounds pass found its way towards Oladipo under the opposing basket. He rose up to grab it and bounced it perfectly between his legs to Zeller, who dunked it home with 1.2 seconds left in the half. It was gorgeous.

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Peyton Manning tells Denver Broncos he wants to return in 2015

February 13, 2015 – 7:33 pm by Ryan Phillips
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While several rumors continue to float around about Peyton Manning’s meeting with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, we can officially report that the 38-year-old quarterback told the team he plans on playing next season. Some have said that Manning was undecided after meeting with the team, but that is actually not true. He told the Broncos he is full-go and ready to play in 2015.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is also backing that up, claiming that Manning told Broncos officials “that he is physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level in 2015.” Mortensen went on to say that while retirement remains an option for Manning, it is not one he expressed in the meeting.

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