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Magic Sign Guard Luke Ridnour


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Orlando Magic signed point guard Luke Ridnour to a two-year contract Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel

"I had a lot of offers," Ridnour said to the Orlando Sentinel. "They were the most interested from the start, I think. It's an opportunity to come out here and help the young guys get better and be a part of something that they're building here. My family was really excited to get out to some warm weather. You know, that helps."

Ridnour, 33, split time with Milwaukee and Charlotte last season playing in 61 games, averaging five points, 2.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Ridnour is expected to play behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.

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ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ANDERSON, Ind.) -- Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles tendon, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

Ballard was injured Friday at training camp when trying to catch a ball during a non-contact drill and had to leave the field on a golf cart.

"When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down who's worked so hard to get back, it's tough, but it happens," Colts owner Jim Irsay said. "As soon as you get to camp, those things happen. He's still young, and he's got a full career ahead of him, so we have to do an MRI and see exactly what it is and then go from there. But you really hope to not hear any of that kind of news."

Ballard only played in one game last season after tearing his right ACL in September.

With Ballard gone, Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will compete for the starting running back position.

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Maple Leafs Sign Reimer to 2-Year Deal


Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that they've signed goalie James Reimer to a two-year contract. 

Reimer was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing set for Monday. Instead he receives a contract that will pay him $2.6 million next season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Reimer started last season as the Leafs starting goalie but lost the job to Jonathan Bernier. Reimer got the job back when Bernier suffered a season ending knee injury.                                                                                                                                                                                            

 The 26-year-old Reimer is entering his fifth season with Toronto. Over his NHL career, he's posted a 65-48-15 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.84 goals-against average and 11 shutouts.

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Guard Carl Nicks Parts Ways with Bucs


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) --Offensive guard Carl Nicks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

The two-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal in 2012 with the team but has been dealing with ailments that have allowed him to play in only nine games the last two seasons.

"I'd like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field," Nicks said in a statement. "However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The 29-year-old Nicks has played in six NFL seasons, including four with New Orleans where he won a Super Bowl.                                         
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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/25/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (42-59) - St. Louis Cardinals 6 (54-48)

New York Yankees 6 (54-48) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-50)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (50-53) - Boston Red Sox 4 (47-56)

Washington Nationals 4 (56-44) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-51)

Philadelphia Philles 9 (45-58) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-59)

San Diego Padres 5 (46-56) - Atlanta Braves 2 (55-48)

Texas Rangers 4 (41-62) - Oakland Athletics 1 (63-39)

Chicago White Sox 9 (50-54) - Minnesota Twins 5 (46-56)

New York Mets 3 (49-54) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (58-46)

Kansas City Royals 6 (52-50) - Cleveland Indians 4 (51-52)

Miami Marlins 2 (49-53) - Houston Astros 0 (42-61)

Colorado Rockies 8 (42-60) - Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-48)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (61-41) - Detroit Tigers 1 (57-43)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (57-45) - Seattle Mariners 1 (53-50) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (57-47) - San Francisco Giants 1 (57-46)

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Longhorns Dismiss Four More Football Players


Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There's a new sheriff in Austin and Charlie Strong is making his presence known. The first year head coach has already kicked at least six players off his team since taking over the Longhorns, adding four more to the list on Friday.

Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet, defensive back Chevoski Collins and senior running back Joe Bergeron have all been dismissed from the team according to multiple sources. Turner, Overstreet, and Collins were all dismissed for violating team rules while the reason for Bergeron's dismissal is not yet known. The University has not made mention of any suspensions or dismissals.

A projected starter, Turner has played 37 games with five starts in his Longhorns career. Overstreet ran for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman after switching to running back from the quarterback position. Collins was a redshirt player last season and listed as a backup safety while Bergeron had faced academic issues in the spring. 

Fullback Chet Moss and defensive back Leroy Scott were also kicked off the team back in the spring for a violation of team rules. A source close to the Longhorns said has many as five more players could face disciplinary action for similar infractions. Strong has also suspended receivers Kendall Sanders and Montreal Meander after the two were arrested on sexual assault charges Thursday night.

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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot


Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.

League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night. 

Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.

Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.

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Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks may have a rivalry brewing between then after Rockets guard James Harden said the team will be just fine without forward Chandler Parsons, who's heading to the Mavericks.

"Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden told The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces."

"I think we'll be fine next season," he added.

Parsons spent the first three seasons of his career with the Rockets and was one of the team's best players. Still, he wound up signing a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks that the Rockets decided not to match.

In responding to Harden's comments, Parsons proclaimed that Harden's attitude was one of the reasons why he left the team, adding that he wants to be considered an important member of a winning team.

This past season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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Jeremy Lin Putting 'Linsanity' Behind Him


NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Even though he'll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.

"I'm not trying to relive that banner season," Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. "I think that's been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that's very important for me as a player. I'm not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever."

In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.

Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team's point guard position.

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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment


Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Johnson was the team's big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.

This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.

His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.

Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.

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