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Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White.

White's new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons.

"I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,'' White told ESPN.com. "Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don't want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I'm going to be here for the next four years.''

The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth.

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Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers


Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.

"I'm going to a new team, and that's going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do," Soria said of the Tigers. "I want to help them win the World Series -- that's what this is all about -- and I hope to help them out as much as I can."

Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team's closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.

Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he's still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.

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Padres' Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games


Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

"I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,'' Maybin said in a statement. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive."

Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.

The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he's had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.

The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.

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Nationals Put Zimmerman Back on DL


Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Washington Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained right hamstring.

This is the second time this season Zimmerman will head to the DL. Earlier this year he missed 44 games with a broken right thumb.

The injury occurred while Zimmerman was attempting to run to first base to beat out a ground ball in the sixth inning of the Nationals win over the Rockies Tuesday.

Zimmerman had an MRI prior to the team's game Wednesday, but has not yet received the results.

"He's pretty sore today," Nationals skipper Matt Williams said. "It's actually a little worse (than Tuesday night). When I spoke with him this morning, he hadn't had any treatment on it. When you're hot and it happens, it doesn't feel as bad as it does the next morning."

Zimmerman has played in 53 games this season and is hitting .282 with five home runs, 36 RBIs and a .345 on-base percentage.

Infielder Zack Walters was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Zimmerman's roster spot.

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Kreider Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Rangers


iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider has avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

ESPN reports Kreider will make an average of $2.475 million annually.

Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the 23-year-old scored 17 goals and dished out 20 assists in 66 regular season games for the Blue Shirts.

The Rangers and Kreider came to terms just before their arbitration hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Astros Place Springer on DL


Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Houston Astros placed rookie outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with strained left quadriceps.

Springer claims he was hurt on July 9, when he slammed into a wall, after making a catch against the Rangers.

The move is retroactive to Sunday.

"He's been day to day, and we could have continued to keep him day to day because obviously taking him out of the equation for two weeks is a blow to the team, but the way Springer plays the game is 100 percent," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Even if we use him as a pinch-hitter or a DH and he's in the game and he hits a ground ball he's going to run 100 percent. In order to protect him from himself for a certain extent, we kind of need to force him to get some rest."

Springer leads the team with 20 home runs and is hitting .231 with 51 RBIs through 78 games.

Outfielder Marc Krauss has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer's roster spot.

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Avalanche Sign O'Reilly to 2-Year Contract


Dave Sandford/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Colorado Avalanche signed center Ryan O'Reilly to a two-year contract Wednesday that keeps the 23-year-old in Colorado through the 2015-16 season and avoids arbitration.

O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player that best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct, and also led the team with 28 goals last last season.

"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."

ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reports the contract contains a cap hit of $5.8 million in the first year and $6.2 million in the second year.

O'Reilly was selected by the Avalanche with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. During his five seasons in Colorado, O'Reilly has played in 345 games, recording 73 goals and 191 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/23/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Minnesota Twins 3 (46-54) - Cleveland Indians 1 (51-50)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (57-45) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-50)

Kansas City Royals 2 (50-50) - Chicago White Sox 1 (48-54)

Colorado Rockies 6 (41-60) - Washington Nationals 4 (55-44)

New York Mets 3 (48-53) - Seattle Mariners 2 (53-48)

Detroit Tigers 11 (56-42) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (54-47) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (56-47)

Atlanta Braves 6 (55-46) - Miami Marlins 1 (47-53)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (53-49) - Boston Red Sox 4 (47-54)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (49-53) - St. Louis Cardinals 0 (54-57)

San Diego Padres 8 (44-56) - Chicago Cubs 3 (41-58) 

New York Yankees 2 (52-48) - Texas Rangers 1 (40-61) - Final in 5 Innings due to rain

Los Angeles Angels 3 (60-40) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (55-45)

Oakland Athletics 9 (62-38) - Houston Astros 7 (42-59)

 

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ESPN: Chiefs Agree to Contract Extension with Jamaal Charles


Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles' contract dispute with the team was short lived: ESPN is reporting that Charles will report to training camp after he and the team agreed on a two-year contract extension.

Charles did not report to training camp on Wednesday at Missouri Western State University, but he is on his way to camp now that a deal has been reached.

His original deal had two years remaining on it, but his new deal runs through 2017. The new arrangement will pay Charles $18.1 million for the additional two years. He will make an extra $5.1 million over the next two seasons, including a $4.4 million raise this year.

The 27-year-old Charles is arguably one of the biggest offensive weapons in the NFL. This past season for the Chiefs, he ran for 1,287 yards, had 70 catches for 693 yards, and scored 19 total touchdowns in 2013.

He also provided a league-high 35.3 percent of the team's yards from scrimmage, and has a career average of 5.6 yards per carry.

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Seahawks Wide Receiver Sidney Rice Retiring at Age 27


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire from the sport of football at the age of 27.

ESPN is reporting that Rice is walking away from the game because of a history or concussions.

"After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League," Rice said in the statement. "I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans."

Rice was a second-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2007 by the Minnesota Vikings. His best season came in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards with eight touchdowns.

Injuries have kept him off the field for much of the time since that season. He played a full season in 2012, but he's missed 25 games from 2010-20-13.

Rice had re-signed with the Seahawks for $1 million during the offseason.

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