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Dolphins use franchise tag on receiver Landry

10:11 PM ET The Miami Dolphins have decided to use their non-exclusive franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins tweeted the announcement Tuesday, the first day teams could use their franchise or transition tags. The salary for wide receivers getting the franchise tag this offseason is expected to be around $16.2 million, which will be quite the raise for Landry, who made...

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Follow live: Kentucky travels to Arkansas in battle for SEC positioning

Kentucky’s four-game losing streak is over as the it beats Alabama, 81-71, at home. It wasn’t always pretty, but the Wildcats dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Tide by 17. Turnovers down the stretch doomed Alabama . Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer Get Great Sports Deals

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Louisville’s 2013 team: Legacy ‘going to live on’

3:26 PM ET Jeff GoodmanESPN Insider Close Joined ESPN as a college basketball Insider in June 2013 Previously wrote for CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com Members of the Louisville men’s basketball team that won the 2013 national title have criticized the NCAA for its ruling Tuesday to have the championship vacated, though they say it won’t change what the Cardinals accomplished. “I don’t care that much...

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Source: Bears release twice-banned Freeman

5:15 PM ET The Chicago Bears have released linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Freeman, 31, was suspended 10 games last season for a second violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Bears placed Freeman on injured reserve in Week 2 after the veteran tore a pectoral muscle in the season opener versus Atlanta. Freeman suggested that the concussion...

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No. 2 Michigan State goes for 11th straight win as it hosts Illinois

Going into Sat., Mich. St. is 89-38 all-time vs. N’western. Since the Wildcats’ 1/7/84 win at MSU evened the series at 33, the Spartans are 56-5 and have had win streaks of 20, 12 & the current 8 games. NU won the first 8 games (1918-49) & stunned the Magic Johnson-led ‘79 national champs 83-65 in Evanston, 1/27/79. MSU’s won its last 3 at...

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Louisville appeal denied; must vacate ’13 title

1:20 PM ET The Louisville men’s basketball program will have to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance after the NCAA denied its appeal of what the school described as “Draconian penalties” levied against the team last year. The NCAA announced its ruling Tuesday. Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement Tuesday that the school still disagrees with the...

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Mattingly to Harper: Mind your own dugout

12:00 PM ET Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — Marlins manager Don Mattingly says Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper should not be critiquing Miami’s offseason moves. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the upcoming season. That includes potential free agency. Christian Yelich said his biggest disappointment is that Miami failed to...

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It’s Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, then a race for the bronze medal

9:45 AM ET GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The women’s figure skating competition will essentially consist of two contests: the battle for gold between Russian training partners Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, and then the fight for bronze between everyone else. In a field where almost anything could happen, these six women will be fancying their chances. Bradie Tennell (USA) The reigning U.S. champion is...

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It’s the kids these days: Young players lift U.S. men’s hockey team to quarterfinals

3:24 AM ET GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When it came time this winter for USA Hockey to build an Olympic roster without NHL players for the first time since 1994, Executive Director Jim Johannson faced an important decision: Where would his players come from? Was it best to pick the 25 top Americans playing in Europe? The 25 best American minor league players? The...

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Red Sox sign JD Martinez for much-needed power to answer Yankees – Syracuse.com

The Boston Red Sox reached agreement on a reported five-year, $110 million contract with outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez on Monday – the day of their first full-squad workout of spring training – taking the best power hitter off this slow-developing free agent market and giving the Red Sox a powerful answer to the impressive winter moves of their American League East archrivals, the New...

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Sources: Red Sox land JD Martinez with five-year, $110 million contract – Boston Herald

FORT MYERS — The Red Sox finally appear to have replaced the offensive void left by David Ortiz upon his retirement after the 2016 season. Elusive free agent J.D. Martinez and the Sox are in agreement on a five-year contract, according to a source. The 30-year-old slugger can opt out of the deal after the second and third years of the deal, a source...

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Ice dancing is sensual. The Shibutanis try to portray passion of a different kind. – Washington Post

Maia and Alex Shibutani embrace Tuesday after their free skate , which gave them a bronze medal. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) GANGNEUNG, South Korea – The night before they won their first Olympic medal, Alex and Maia Shibutani were frustrated. They skated what they believed to be their best short dance of all time, but weren’t scored like it. They finished two-hundredths of a point out...

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Cassie Sharpe soars in a gold-medal tribute to Sarah Burke – News & Observer

Cassie Sharpe won the gold medal. If she could divide it into pieces, there would be plenty of places to spread it around. Part would go to Canada. Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far. And a big part would go to Sarah Burke — the late, great Canadian superstar who pushed women’s ski halfpipe into the...

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American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance – Washington Post

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ecstasy, heartbreak and a crash. Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics. The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze early in the Pyeongchang Games. U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue made two key errors in their free dance...

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US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in men’s hockey quarters – Chicago Tribune

Ryan Donato scored two goals, Troy Terry had three assists and the United States beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round Tuesday to advance to face the Czech Republic in the Olympic quarterfinals. College kids again led the way for the U.S., which scored more against Slovakia then it did in all three preliminary-round games. James Wisniewski, Mark Arcobello and Garrett Roe also scored...

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