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Astros catcher Jason Castro could miss season after tearing ACL

03.04.11 at 1:20 pm ET
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Astros catcher Jason Castro will miss most, if not all, of the season following surgery on a torn ACL in his right knee. Castro suffered the injury in Wednesday’s spring training against the Tigers when he tried to avoid a tag by first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

“He might be able to come back at some point in September, but he’s such a valuable person, such a valuable player, you don’t want to rush a guy like that,” manager Brad Mills said. “Let him take his time. Let him get stronger. He’s going to be fine. As I told Jason, he was going to have a great year this year. Now, he’s going to have a great year next year.”

Castro won the Astros’ starting catcher job as a 22-year-old rookie last season. The injury leaves Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles as the front-runners to replace him.

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Report: JaMarcus Russell facing foreclosure on mansion

03.04.11 at 12:50 pm ET
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Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is facing foreclosure on his $2.4 million mansion, TMZ.com reports. According to documents obtained by the site, foreclosure proceedings have already begun after Russell allegedly failed to pay nearly $200,000 in mortgage payments.

Oakland drafted Russell first overall in 2007, and he is widely considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history. He went 7-18 in 25 starts with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions before being released last offseason. No one signed him last season and he’s still a free agent.

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Washington State basketball star Klay Thompson cited for marijuana possession

03.04.11 at 12:49 pm ET
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Klay Thompson, Washington State’s leading scorer, was cited for marijuana possession Thursday night after scoring 22 points in the Cougars’ win over USC, according to ESPN.com.

Commander Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Department told ESPN on Friday that he pulled over Thompson’s GMC Envoy for having a headlight out and smelled the odor of marijuana. Tennant said he arrested Thompson after finding 1.95 grams of marijuana in the car.

A team spokesperson told the site that Washington State is reviewing the situation and will announce later Friday if Thompson will play in Saturday’s regular-season finale against UCLA.

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Cubs manager Mike Quade says dugout fight isn’t an issue

03.04.11 at 12:49 pm ET
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Cubs manager Mike Quade held a team meeting Thursday to address a dugout fight between pitcher Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez and said he doesn’t expect it to be a problem moving forward.

“You look it right in the eye,” Quade said. “Sometimes a little revolt’s not bad. I’m glad people were [upset]. But we need to channel that anger at the opposition and within ourselves. And that’s all.”

The scuffle broke out after Silva complained about the fielding behind him following the first inning of Wednesday’s spring training game against the Brewers. The Cubs made three errors, including one by Ramirez, and gave up six runs in the inning. After the game, Ramirez called it a “misunderstanding” and said he had moved on.

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Report: Lingerie Football League could move games to Sundays if NFL misses games

03.04.11 at 11:15 am ET
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Don’t worry, folks. Even if there’s a lockout, there could still be football to watch on Sundays. … Just a different kind of football.

The Lingerie Football League is considering moving its games from Friday nights to Sunday afternoons this fall if the NFL ends up missing games because of a lockout, according to WKYC.com in Cleveland.

The LFL is entering its third season and had some of its games broadcasted by MTV Networks last season. The league, which features women playing 7-on-7 tackle football in — you guessed it — lingerie, already has 10 teams and is set to add three more in Cleveland, Green Bay and Las Vegas this season.

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Florida high schooler Austin Glorius ties national records with 5 homers, 17 RBIs

03.04.11 at 10:56 am ET
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Windermere (Fla.) Prep senior Austin Glorius had himself a pretty good game Thursday. He recorded five home runs and 17 RBIs in a 38-0, five-inning win over Faith Christian, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The article said the National Federation of State High School Associations believes both marks tied national records.

“I was just trying to hit the ball hard,” Glorius told the paper. “There’s no other feeling like it.”

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Steelers LB James Harrison undergoes second back surgery of offseason

03.04.11 at 10:19 am ET
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Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison underwent a second back operation in as many weeks Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Harrison had surgery to repair a herniated disc last week, but needed to go back under the knife. His agent, Bill Parise, called the second operation a success and told the Tribune-Review that it was not because of any complications from the first.

“Everything’s fine,” Parise said. “They needed to go back in there and clean it up some more.”

Harrison, 32, registered 14.5 sacks last season and was named a Pro Bowler for the fourth year in a row.

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Offensive guard Robert Gallery says he will not return to Raiders

03.04.11 at 9:50 am ET
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After meeting with Raiders owner Al Davis, offensive guard Robert Gallery told ESPN.com Thursday that he will not return to Oakland.

“With the end of the league year coming today, and the few conversations I’ve had with the Raiders and Mr. Davis, we’ve come to a mutual agreement that it’s time for me to move on with my career,” Gallery told the site. “I appreciate the start that they and Mr. Davis gave me and I truly have enjoyed my time wearing the silver and black. I wish them well, I thank the fans and I take away great memories of my time in Oakland.”

The Raiders took Gallery with the second overall pick in 2004, and he started 91 games for Oakland. Later on Thursday, Raiders senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press that the decision to let Gallery walk was made because of the vast difference in what the two sides though Gallery should be paid.

“”The only thing that was mutually agreed upon is his numbers were way out of line with ours,” Herrera said. “Gallery wanted about $8 million a year and that was way too much money. We’re being real honest about it. We were in the $2.5 million range. There was a huge gap there, a huge difference in what they asked for and what we wanted to pay.”

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Buccaneers scouting coordinator Shelton Quarles arrested for DUI

03.04.11 at 8:47 am ET
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Buccaneers pro scouting coordinator Shelton Quarles was arrested early Friday morning on DUI charges, according to a report in the St. Petersburg Times. Quarles, a former Bucs linebacker who started scouting for the team in 2007, was detained around 2:30 a.m. on a highway ramp and refused to submit to testing, the report indicated.

Another former Bucs player, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested Thursday night on a felony battery charge. Stevens has been arrested multiple times in his career, including last October when he was charged with possession of marijuana and intent to sell drugs.

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Panthers sign TE Jeremy Shockey

03.04.11 at 8:41 am ET
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Four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday. Shockey had been released by the Saints following an injury-plagued three seasons in New Orleans.

“Time for the Next chapter,” Shockey wrote on his Facebook page. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Lets hope we all have the chance to play this season.”

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