Steelers place franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed an exclusive rights franchise tag on Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell, ensuring he’ll remain with the team in 2017. The tag gives the Steelers time to work out a long-term deal with Bell, who could have become a free agent next month. The 25-year-old led the… Continue Reading

Stars acquire Greg Pateryn from Canadiens for Jordie Benn

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jordie Benn. The teams announced the trade Monday. The 26-year-old Pateryn missed time this season with an ankle injury and has appeared in just 24 games, putting up a goal and six assists…. Continue Reading

Rangers’ Hamilton has another surgery on balky left knee

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Hamilton has had another surgery on his balky left knee, ending any chance of the 2010 AL MVP making the Texas Rangers’ opening day roster. The arthroscopic procedure Monday was to repair some damaged meniscus cartilage in his left knee. There were no issues with the surgically repaired ACL in… Continue Reading

AP Source: Maple Leafs agree to acquire Boyle from Lightning

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm

A person familiar with the trade says the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to acquire forward Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been finalized. Further terms were not immediately known. Boyle, 32, is a pending unrestricted… Continue Reading

Red Wings sign defenseman Nick Jensen to 2-year $1.625M deal

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year deal, counting $812,500 against the salary cap each season. Jensen has three goals and eight points in 27 games this season. Detroit drafted the Minnesota native in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. The former St. Cloud State standout… Continue Reading

6-time All-Star McWilliams-Franklin added to Wings staff

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 2:17 pm

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Six-time WNBA All-Star Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been named an assistant coach for the Dallas Wings. The addition of McWilliams-Franklin to coach Fred Williams’ staff was announced Monday, a little less than two months before the Wings open training camp on April 23. In addition to playing overseas, McWilliams-Franklin played 14 WNBA… Continue Reading

No. 17 Duke: Allen, Jefferson game-time decisions vs. FSU

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he doesn’t know if injured upperclassmen Grayson Allen and Amile Jefferson will play Tuesday night against No. 15 Florida State. Krzyzewski said Monday that they practiced Sunday but it will be a game-time decision for both. Allen missed the loss at Miami over the weekend with… Continue Reading

Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player. The “non-exclusive” tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or… Continue Reading

Federer wins first match since winning Australian Open

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Back on court, Roger Federer won his first match since claiming his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The third-seeded Federer beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 on Monday to move into the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Federer, a seven-time Dubai champion who holds a… Continue Reading

Kansas moves to No. 1 in AP poll, Villanova 2nd, UCLA 3rd

by Associated Press on February 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Kansas is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Jayhawks (26-3) moved up two places to the top spot, receiving 58 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Kansas is the sixth school to be No. 1 this season. The Jayhawks were on top last season for five… Continue Reading