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Steelers Place Franchise Tag On Le’Veon Bell For Second Year In A Row

The Steelers officially placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, the last day for teams to use the designation. The exclusive designation means that Bell is only permitted to negotiate with the Steelers. The tag for Bell is worth $14.544 million for the 2018 season, and the Steelers and Bell have until July 16 to agree to a multiyear contract or he will have to play the season on the franchise tag. Bell adjusted his contractual floor to $14.5 million per year to align with his tag salary. He won’t play for a contract that averages less annually, and also said he wasn’t bluffing when he told ESPN back in January that he would consider retirement if asked to play on the tag another year.  ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love Opens Up About His Experience With Panic Attacks And Therapy

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said he had a panic attack during a Nov. 5 game against the Atlanta Hawks, and opened up about how the experience has changed his view on mental health. In an essay published Tuesday for The Players’ Tribune, Love detailed what happened Nov. 5: “When I got to the bench, I felt my heart racing faster than usual. Then I was having trouble catching my breath. It’s hard to describe, but everything was spinning, like my brain was trying to climb out of my head. The air felt thick and heavy. My mouth was like chalk.”  Love made his way back to the locker room as he experienced the attack.  Accompanied by a member of the Cavaliers staff, Love was checked out at the Cleveland Clinic, where test results showed no physical injuries. The team later helped Love set up an appointment with a therapist. Love said that it was difficult for him to open up about his situation, but he now realizes that talking about his emotions is not a sign of weakness and hopes it helps raise awareness to the importance of mental health issues. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Acquire Infielder Ryan Schimpf From Rays

The Braves have acquired infielder Ryan Schimpf from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to an announcement on Monday. Schimpf was acquired by the Rays in mid-December and looked to be a potential starting option at either second or third base, but after the team made some other acquisitions he no longer figured into Tampa’s plans. He was designated for assignment on March 3 when the Rays officially added Carlos Gomez to their roster.  Schimpf, 29,  consistently gets on base and hits home runs, but he rarely puts the ball in play and frequently strikes out. Over parts of two seasons with the Padres, he has more home runs (34) than doubles and triples combined (24) over 527 plate appearances. He also has more than six times as many strikeouts (175) as he has singles (28) over the course of his major-league career. ...Read more

Boston Celtics Star Kyrie Irving Out With Sore Knee

Celtics star Kyrie Irving missed Monday’s game against the Bulls because of left knee soreness, the team has announced. Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters at the team’s morning shoot around that Irving experienced soreness throughout Saturday’s loss in Houston and woke up sore on Monday. This will be the seventh game that Irving has missed this season. Boston is 5-2 without him. Irving had been spectacular since the All-Star break but was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting during Saturday’s loss to the Rockets. Stevens told reporters that he was uncertain whether Irving would be available Thursday when the Celtics wrap up a three-game road trip by visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves. ...Read more

Sir Roger Bannister, First Person To Break The Four-Minute Mile, Passes Away At 88

Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88. The Bannister family released a statement confirming the news on Sunday morning.  In it, they noted the legendary runner “died peacefully” and “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him as he was loved by them.”  Bannister made history on May 6, 1954, when he completed the mile distance in a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in Oxford, England. Additionally, in the same race Bannister also won gold at the 1954 Commonwealth Games over the same distance.  Bannister went on to become a neurologist after his athletics career came to an end in 1954.  He was then knighted in 1975. Bannister was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, but kept his spirits high, saying: “I do not want to make a fuss,” he said of the disease in 2014. “I make as light of it as I can.” ...Read more

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley Progressing In Recovery From Ankle Surgery

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is making progress in his recovery from ankle surgery. The 30-year-old Brantley has progressed to lateral agility drills as he works his way back from right ankle surgery in October with an eye toward playing as much as possible this season. It is unsure if this means he will be ready for Cleveland’s opener at Seattle, however.  The two-time All-Star needed two surgeries to fix his shoulder and played in just 11 games in 2016, missing Cleveland’s run to the World Series. He appeared to be back on track last year before he injured his ankle while chasing a fly ball to left during a game on Aug. 8.  ...Read more

Detroit Tigers Pitcher Travis Wood Leaves Game With Sprained Knee

Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Travis Wood left Thursday’s game after slipping on the infield grass and injuring his left knee.  The Tigers have described the injury as a sprain. Wood was making his spring debut after being sidelined by an offseason finger injury . While pitching in the fourth inning, he caught a line drive and then trapped a baserunner between second and third base in a rundown. Upon pivoting toward second base, he fell immediately and grabbed his leg.  No other details were available at press time.  Wood, 31, signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers this winter after pitching for the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres in 2017.  ...Read more

Yankees Outfielder Clint Frazier Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is continuing to deal with symptoms related to a concussion after his head hit an outfield wall during Sunday’s spring training game. Frazier, 23, first reported concussion symptoms to the team Monday morning, and has since said in a statement “I can’t even sit in my living room without feeling like s—,” Frazier said before Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “My head hurts, and it’s just the headaches. I can’t shake the headache all day. I have a goal to attain, and it’s not fun watching it kind of feel like it dwindles away when you’re sitting on the shelf.”  In the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida, Frazier was drifting back for a fly ball and when the left fielder reached the warning track, he leaped just short of the wall and caught the ball as his head made contact with the bottom of the fence. As part of the concussion evaluation process, Frazier has spent the past three days working with trainers. He said Wednesday that the warm-ups have been going well, it’s when he starts trying to hit that the symptoms return. ...Read more

Kansas City Royals Sign First Baseman Lucas Duda To A One-Year Deal

The Royals have signed first baseman Lucas Duda to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The 32-year old left-handed hitter is likely the favorite to start at first base for the Royals.  Duda is best-known to Royals fans as the Mets first baseman whose wild throw in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series allowed Eric Hosmer to score on an infield grounder. While not widely considered to have a good glove, his bat is what attracted the Royals, smacking 30 home runs last season. To make room for Duda on the roster, the Royals have designated outfielder Billy Burns for assignment. ...Read more