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Royals’ Soria to Consider Options on Elbow Injury

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March 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria will take a few days to consider his options after receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury.

The club said Wednesday he had damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Soria had reconstructive elbow surgery in 2003 to replace the same ligament. He was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.

Soria, a two-time All-Star, has 160 career saves, including a career-high 43 in 2010. Even if the 27-year-old Soria chooses not to have surgery, he would likely miss three months.

Manager Ned Yost says Jonathan Broxton, Greg Holland and Aaron Crow are candidates to close games.

Tim Tebow Traded From Broncos to Jets

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March 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Tebow has been traded to the Jets.

The team said Wednesday it has acquired the polarizing quarterback from the Broncos. Denver general manager Brian Xanders says the Broncos will receive fourth- and sixth-round draft picks, while New York gets a seventh-rounder — all in 2012.

The trade first was reported by Fox Sports.

Denver started shopping Tebow after signing Peyton Manning.

Tebow is expected to complement starter Mark Sanchez, who received a $40.5 million contract extension, with $20.5 million guaranteed, earlier this month. The Jets also had pursued Manning.

Tebow led the Broncos to the playoffs last season — along the way beating Sanchez and the Jets, who missed the postseason. But Denver executive John Elway believed Manning gave the team a better chance at winning a championship now.

Cardinals Ace Carpenter Has Setback in Recovery

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter won’t start opening day after a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck. The right-hander returned to St. Louis on Tuesday for tests. He threw live batting practice Sunday but didn’t feel right the next day. Manager Mike Matheny says “his shoulder is just not responding and they’re uncertain of the root of it.” Kyle Lohse will start April 4 at Miami in his place. Lohse was 14-8 with a 3.39 ERA last season.  Righty Lance Lynn, a setup man, will take Carpenter’s spot in the rotation.

Carpenter turns 37 in April. He was diagnosed with the bulging disk March 3.

He pitched 273 1-3 innings last season – including playoffs – the most in baseball.

Iowa State’s Royce White to Discuss Future

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March 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says forward Royce White will speak to reporters Wednesday amid speculation he could declare for the NBA draft.

White was the Big 12′s Newcomer of the Year. The 6-8, 270-pound sophomore from Minneapolis led the Cyclones with 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds a game this season and helped Iowa State reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.

White was at his best in the tournament, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds in an 87-71 loss to top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday.

White began his career at Minnesota in 2009-10, but transferred to Iowa State without playing a game. He sat out the 2010 season before blossoming into the Cyclones’ most indispensable player.

8AM Sportscast 03-21-2012

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March 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Lohse Allows 1 Run as Cardinals Beat Astros 6-1 Tuesday

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March 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lohse will leave his new curveball in Florida when the season starts. “We tried it. That’s what spring training is for, to mess around with pitches,” Lohse said Tuesday after pitching five innings in his fourth spring start for the St. Louis Cardinals. “But if you don’t have confidence in something, you’re not going to be able to execute it. “It was a good pitch in the bullpen, but when I got in the game I couldn’t control it.” Lohse has gone back to his old curveball grip, and it worked well in a 6-1 exhibition victory over the Houston Astros. Coming off a 14-8 season that ended in a World Series start, Lohse gave up three hits Tuesday, including Chris Johnson’s second home run. Eric Komatsu, a Rule V acquisition from Washington, had three of the Cardinals’ 12 hits and scored twice.

Immediately after the game, the Astros acquired left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Jason Bourgeois and catcher Humberto Quintero. The Cardinals announced after the game that pitchers Chuckie Fick, Sam Freeman and Adam Ottavino had been optioned to Triple-A Memphis, and pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and R.J. Swindle, infielder Ryan Jackson and catcher Steven Hill have been reassigned.

Creighton Coach Sorry Carolina’s Marshall Got Hurt

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March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott called North Carolina coach Roy Williams to say there was no intent to injure point guard Kendall Marshall when Ethan Wragge fouled him in Sunday’s NCAA tournament game in Greensboro, N.C.

Marshall had surgery on his broken right wrist Monday, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll play Friday against Ohio in the regional semifinals. The Tar Heels (31-5) are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest.

McDermott said Tuesday that Williams is a “good friend” and that he wanted to let the Tar Heels’ coach know that he was sorry Marshall was hurt.

The Bluejays have been criticized by some Carolina fans and analysts for being overly physical, perhaps dirty. McDermott said people who watched his team through the season wouldn’t describe the Bluejays as “physical.”

Iowa Opens Spring Ball With New Coaching Staff

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March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the hallmarks of the Iowa program under coach Kirk Ferentz has been the continuity of his staff.

Not this season.

For the first time since Ferentz took over before the 1999 season, the Hawkeyes enter spring ball with two new coordinators; Phil Parker on defense and Greg Davis on offense.

After back-to-back 4-4 finishes in the Big Ten, Ferentz says it was time to shake things up. Ferentz says the staff changes allowed the program to re-examine what it’s doing on both sides of the ball.

Iowa’s spring practice runs through April 14, when they host their annual open scrimmage in Kinnick Stadium.

Pioli Says Chiefs Made Early Run at Manning

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March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were in contact with Peyton Manning from the start, but general manager Scott Pioli said the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback had formulated a list of likely destinations early on.

Manning wound up agreeing to a $96 million, five-year deal with Denver.

Pioli said during a conference call with Tuesday that Manning was “up front about what he was doing, some of the visits he wanted to take, and we initially weren’t a part of that.”

Matt Cassel is expected to return as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback next season. Kansas City recently signed former Denver backup Brady Quinn to provide depth.

Pioli refused to get into details about his conversations with Manning and his agent, but he did say that Cassel was aware that discussions had taken place.

8AM Sportscast 03-20-2012

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March 20th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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