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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 102 (32-42) – Detroit Pistons 78 (29-46)

San Antonio Spurs 103 (49-26) – Orlando Magic 91 (22-53)

Washington Wizards 106 (42-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (18-58)

Boston Celtics 100 (34-41) – Indiana Pacers 87 (32-43)

Brooklyn Nets 100 (34-40) – New York Knicks 98 (14-61)

Houston Rockets 115 (51-24) – Sacramento Kings 111 (26-48)

Milwaukee Bucks 95 (37-38) – Chicago Bulls 91 (45-30)

Toronto Raptors 113 (45-30) – Minnesota Timberwolves 99 (16-59)

Dallas Mavericks 135 (46-29) – Oklahoma City Thunder 131 (42-33)

NHL: Buffalo Sabres 4 (22-47-8; 52pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (29-43-6; 64pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (30-29-17; 77pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (42-23-11; 95pts)

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St. John’s Introduces Chris Mullin as Head Coach

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- St. John’s University introduced Chris Mullin as their new men’s head basketball coach on Wednesday.  

The 51-year-old Mullin spent his college-playing days with the Red Storm, winning the Big East player of the year award three times in the 1980s. He suited up in the NBA for 16 seasons, making five All-Star teams. Since retiring, he has spent time in the front offices of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

“Dedication is going to be the number-one priority,” Mullin said at a news conference. “We are going to be the fittest team in the country, no doubt about that. We are going to play our tails off, I guarantee you that.”

Mullin is taking over for Steve Lavin, who left last week after spending five seasons roaming the sidelines for St. John’s. During Lavin’s tenure, the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament two times.

Mullin has no previous coaching experience.

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Bengals Agree to New Contract With WR/KR Brandon Tate

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a new deal with wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate on Wednesday. His previous contract expired on March 10.

“Brandon has been a big contributor to the success of our team in qualifying for the playoffs the past four seasons,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “We are happy he has decided to remain a Bengal.”

In 16 games last season, Tate had 17 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. On kickoffs, he amassed 397 yards on 18 attempts, while on punt returns he had 174 yards on 18 tries.

Tate was originally selected by the New England Patriots out of North Carolina in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft.

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Cowboys Sign LB Rolando McClain to One-Year Deal

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain.  

McClain and the team agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal worth $3 million, ESPN reports.

McClain went with the Cowboys over the Patriots after meeting in New England last week.

The 25-year-old faces a four-game fine after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Tiger Woods Practices at Augusta, Undecided About Masters

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday and is still undecided about playing at next week's Masters Tournament.

"My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf," Woods said on Feb. 11. "Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready I'll be back."

Woods took a leave of absence eight weeks ago to work on his swing and clear his mind. Woods did not play in last year's Masters, which was the first time he missed it in 20 years.

The Masters will announce their groupings on Tuesday.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores 50th Goal

G Fiume/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season on Tuesday night in the team's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Ovechkin has now scored 50 goals in one season six times in his career and joined the likes of Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne, and Guy Lafleaur. Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy both did it nine times.

"Every year is harder and harder, but it's a huge (accomplishment) being with the names up there," Ovechkin said. "It's always nice. Every year, you don't know what to expect from yourself and how you're going to play."

Ovechkin's 50th goal was his 472nd career goal in his tenth season in Washington.

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ESPN: Northern Iowa Inks Jacobson to New 10-Year Deal

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Northern Iowa showed their appreciation to head men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson by signing him to a new 10-year deal, according to

Jacobson led the Panthers to a 31-4 record and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. Northern Iowa won their first round matchup versus Wyoming before being eliminated in the round of 32 by Louisville.

This is the second time Jacobson has received a 10-year deal. In 2010, he signed a decade-long deal after leading Northern Iowa to an upset of top-ranked Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jacobson has coached at Northern Iowa since the 2006-07 season. During that time, he's compiled a 197-105 record and taken the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament three times.

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Tennessee Hires Rick Barnes as New Head Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes was officially introduced Tuesday as Tennessee's new men's basketball coach.

The 60-year-old Barnes takes over for Donnie Tyndall, who lasted only one season at Tennessee after the NCAA started investigating his two years at Southern Mississippi. The Volunteers went 16-16 last season.

"I am driven," Barnes said. "I've had one goal in my life and that would be the chance to play for a national championship. This is a university that provides you with everything you need to do that. I realize how hard that is to do, but that's the standard we'll set."

Barnes agreed to a six-year, $13.5 million deal.

Barnes spent the last 17 seasons with Texas, missing the NCAA Tournament only once. Overall he's coached 28 seasons in Division I basketball, with stints at George Mason, Providence, Clemson, and Texas. During that time, he's compiled a 604 - 314 record.

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NASCAR Penalizes Ryan Newman 75 Points

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After finding the team guilty of doctoring the No. 31 car's tires for the race on March 22 at Auto Club Speedway, NASCAR penalized Ryan Newman 75 points, suspended crew chief Luke Lambert for six races, and fined Lambert $125,000.

Newman's engineer Philip Surgen and tire technician James Bender were also suspended for six races.

NASCAR announced the penalty on Tuesday, saying that the team violated the rule that declares it's illegal to use, "any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield."

"NASCAR takes very seriously its responsibility to govern and regulate the rules of the sport in order to ensure competitive balance," NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said in a statement. "We've been very clear that any modifications to race vehicle tires is an unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated."

Bleeding air from tires is a subject that NASCAR has been focusing on all season. When air is allowed to bleed, it increases grip. That's an advantage because grip usually decreases during a race as tires begin to wear down and air pressure builds.

After the March 22 race, NASCAR also examined the tires run by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Paul Menard, but found no violations.

Richard Childress Racing, which is the team for which Newman drives, has not decided if it will appeal the penalty. If there is no appeal, the suspensions are scheduled to begin this weekend at the race in Texas.

The hefty points penalty means that Newman falls from sixth to 26th in the standings.

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Blue Jays Name Hutchison Opening Day Starter, Fla.) -- The Toronto Blue Jays say 24-year-old Drew Hutchison wil be their Opening Day starter when they face the Yankees on April 6 in New York.

"It's really exciting -- Opening Day is special," Hutchison said. "At the end of day, it's a long game. But as we all know, it's Opening Day. The excitement, the energy -- everything that goes into it is exciting."

Hutchison missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He rebounded nicely in 2014 making 32 starts, pitching 184 2/3 innings, and striking out 184 batters while compiling a 4.48 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Hutchison will become the youngest Opening Day starter in Blue Jays history.

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Week of March 30, 2015 Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, April 2
NBA/ESPN Miami at Cleveland, 6-10pm ESPN 92.1

Saturday, April 4

Final Four Game 1 3:30pm ESPN 92.1
Final Four Game 2 7:30pm ESPN 92.1

Sunday, April 5

NBA/ESPN Houston at Oklahoma City and Chicago at Cleveland 11a-6pm ESPN 92.1
MLB/ESPN St. Louis at Chicago, 6-10:30pm ESPN 92.1

Week of April 6, 2015 Broadcast Schedule

Monday, April 6
NCAA Championship Monday 5:30-7pm ESPN 92.1 FM
NCAA National Championship Game 7pm-approx 10:30pm ESPN 92.1 FM
Rangers at Oakland 8:30pm KTBB Am 600 and 95.7 FM

Tuesday, April 7
Rangers at Oakland 8:30pm ESPN 92.1 FM

Wednesday, April 8
Rangers at Oakland, 8:30pm ESPN 92.1 FM

Thursday, April 9
Rangers at Oakland, 2pm ESPN 92.1 FM
NBA/ESPN Portland at Golden state, 8:30p-12:30am ESPN 92.1 FM

Friday, April 10
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers 2:30pm ESPN 92.1 FM

Saturday, April 11

ESPN/Baseball Boston at New York Yankees 12p-3:30pm
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers 6:30pm ESPN 92.1 FM

Sunday, April 12

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers, 1:30pm 92.1 fm.
ESPN/Baseball, Boston at New York Yankees, 6p-10:30pm 92.1 fm.

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