Jarrod Parker to undergo second Tommy John surgery

March 17, 2014 – 3:25 pm by Ryan Phillips

Jarrod Parker

Jarrod Parker has developed into one of the Oakland A’s best pitchers and a guy who could develop into one of the top righties in the American League. Unfortunately that will have to wait, as Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow for the second time.

A few days ago the A’s claimed they didn’t think Parker had any structural damage in his right elbow, but that diagnosis has obviously changed. He will now miss the entire 2014 season, but should be able to return for most of 2015.

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Darren Sproles: Philadelphia Eagles extend RB’s contract

March 14, 2014 – 2:28 pm by Ryan Phillips

Darren Sproles

The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a bit of a coup on Thursday, landing running back Darren Sproles from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The team has worked quickly to lock Sproles up for the foreseeable future, signing him to a two-year contract extension on Friday.

The 30-year-old running back was already under contract for $3.5 million in 2014, which was the final year of his deal. The new three-year deal is reportedly worth $10.5 million. The Eagles are in a good spot with the salary cap, so they didn’t need to re-work Sproles’ deal. That means they clearly feel he’s a great fit for Chip Kelly’s offense.

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Rodger Saffold fails physical, won’t sign with Raiders, headed back to Rams

March 12, 2014 – 9:41 pm by Ryan Phillips

Rodger Saffold

Free agent guard/tackle Rodger Saffold signed a monster five-year, $42.5 million contract ($21.6 million guaranteed) with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, but his tenure with the team never technically got a chance to begin.

On Wednesday night it was announced that Saffold failed his physical and will not be signing with Oakland. Now reports suggest Saffold will return to the St. Louis Rams, where he spent the first three years of his career. The Rams have reportedly given him a five-year deal.

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Kobe Bryant will not return this season

March 12, 2014 – 8:51 am by Ryan Phillips

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a horrible season and superstar Kobe Bryant has missed most of it. On Wednesday morning, we got completely expected news as Bryant will reportedly be ruled out for the rest of the season.

Bryant’s recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee has been slower than expected and given the Lakers’ 22-42 record it makes sense for the 35-year-old to sit for the rest of the year. After recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered last season, Bryant played in just six games before injuring his knee.

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Dallas Cowboys release DeMarcus Ware to clear cap space

March 11, 2014 – 3:11 pm by Ryan Phillips

DeMarcus Ware

It’s official, the Dallas Cowboys have released four-time All-Pro linebacker/defensive end DeMarcus Ware. The move will save the Cowboys $7.4 million in cap space, while they will also eat more than $8.5 million in “dead money.”

The 31-year-old Ware had asked the Cowboys to make a decision about his situation before free agency opened so he could pursue other opportunities if he wasn’t retained. To their credit, the Cowboys accommodated his request.

Ware also apparently believes he’ll do well in free agency.

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New York Jets going hard after Vontae Davis

March 11, 2014 – 4:31 am by Ryan Phillips

Vontae Davis

The New York Jets cut top cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, saving them $9.5 million against the salary cap but leaving them with a huge void at the position. Reports now claim the team is going hard after free agent corner Vontae Davis, who is expected to sign a contract on Tuesday when free agency officially opens.

The Jets and head coach Rex Ryan tend to love bigger, man-cover corners and Davis is just that. At 5-11 and 204 pounds, he’s a strong, fast guy who can make plays in the secondary and be left on an island.

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Video: Islanders score 7 third period goals on Canucks

March 11, 2014 – 2:02 am by Hickey

Casey Cizikas

When the douchiest team in hockey (Vancouver) added the douchiest coach in hockey (John Tortorella) this offseason, it looked like a match made in the type of heaven you wouldn’t want to spend any time in. Alas, it has not turned out that way, and on Monday night the Torts in Vancouver show reached its nadir as the Canucks allowed seven (7!!!!!) third-period goals to the New York Islanders (the ISLANDERS!!!!!) in a 7-4 loss.

The Islanders entered the game with the third-worst record in hockey, and the third period facing a 3-0 deficit. With Vancouver desperately pursuing one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference, the only question wasn’t whether the Canucks would win, but if goalie Eddie Lack would finish off the shutout.

As it turns out, the rest of Lack’s last name is “Of Talent.”

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