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Blue Jays Sign OF Dayan Viciedo to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Viciedo was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 2008. In five seasons in the Windy City, he batted .254 with 66 home runs and 211 RBIs in 483 regular season games. He also scored 200 runs and had an OBP of .298.

The White Sox designated Viciedo for assignment in late January after they signed infielder Gordon Beckham.

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Blackhawks Acquire F Antonie Vermette from Coyotes

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first round selection in this year’s NHL draft.

In 63 games with the Coyotes this season, the 32-year-old Vermette scored 16 goals and had 22 assists for 35 points.

During his 11-year NHL career, Vermette has suited up for the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Coyotes. In 815 regular season games, he has 194 goals and 236 assists for 430 points.

The 23-year-old Dahlbeck has played in just four games this season, scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 11. In 49 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, he has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points.

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Del Zotto Leads Flyers Past N.Y. Rangers, 4-2

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the goal-ahead goal, 1:19 into the third period as Philadelphia (27-25-11; 65pts) doubled up the New York Rangers (38-17-6; 82pts) on Saturday night, 4-2.

Del Zotto with an assist from center Sean Couturier bypassed Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot for the short-handed goal, his 8th of the season. Talbot saved 30-of 33 shots while Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was 34-of-36 in save attempts.

The Rangers had a 2-1 lead after defenseman John Moore scored, 11:55 into the second period, but the Flyers came back to tie it 2:42 later with a goal from forward Michael Raffl.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds notched his 25th goal of the year with one second remaining in the game.

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(2) Virginia Wins: Clinches at Least a Share of ACC Title

Lance King/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Senior Darion Atkins had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in his final home game for Virginia as the No. 2 Cavaliers defeated Virginia Tech 69-57 Saturday.

Virginia (27-1, 15-1 ACC) has now clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title with two games remaining. The Cavaliers have now won eight straight and matched the 1981-82 team for the best start in school history.

Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points and eight rebounds while Anthony Gill added 16 points for Virginia.

Adam Smith scored 19 for Virginia Tech (10-19, 2-14 ACC), which has now lost five straight.

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Ducks Acquire Tomas Fleischmann from Panthers

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Anaheim Ducks acquired winger Tomas Fleischmann from the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Dany Heatley and a third round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 30-year-old Fleischmann has played in 52 games this season scoring seven goals and tallying 21 points.

Fleischmann is reunited with his former head coach whom he playd for in Washington, Bruce Boudreau. With Boudreau at the helm during the 2009-10 season, Fleischmann scored 23 goals and dished out 28 assists.

According to, the Ducks will pay Heatley's $1 million salary to help compensate for Fleischmann's $4.5 million salary.

The 34-year-old Heatley, who has twice scored 50 goals in the NHL, has only played six games for the Ducks this season. The rest of the season he spent playing with the AHL Norfolk Admirals, collecting seven points in 25 games.

It is expected Heatley will report to AHL San Antonio.

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Juan Pierre Retires

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Three-time stolen base champion Juan Pierre announced that after playing 14 years in the major leagues, he will retire.

The 37-year-old Pierre finishes his career 18th in career stolen bases (614). He was also a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series championship team.

Pierre was selected in the 13th round of the amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies. He finishes his career playing three seasons with the Rockies, four with the Marlins, one with the Chicago Cubs, three with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two with the Chicago White Sox and one with the Philadelphia Phillies.

During that time Pierre hit .295, scoring 1,075 runs while accumulating 2,217 hits. He also had 18 home runs, something Pierre poked fun at on Twitter.

"I do have one regret I finished with 18 homeruns really wanted to get 20 so if any team wants to sign me for 3yrs that should be enough time," Pierre tweeted.

While Pierre wasn't a power-hitter, he did hit over .300 six times.

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Upset Kings: Kansas State Knocks Off Second-Straight Top 15 Team

G Fiume/Getty Images(MANHATTAN, Kan.) -- Down by one with less than 20 seconds remaining, Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu stole Iowa State's inbounds pass, took it to the rim and slammed it home to give the Wildcats a 70-69 victory over the No. 12 Cyclones on Saturday.

The win is Kansas State's second straight against a top 15 team. The Wildcats beat No. 8 Kansas on Monday.

Iwundu's game-winning slam was the finishing touch to 22-9 Kansas State scoring run to end the game.

Iowa State (20-8, 10-6 Big 12) led by seven at halftime but was held to 38 percent shooting from the field in the second half leading to its second straight loss.

"They pressure the heck out of you in this building, there is no doubt about that," Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. "They've won eight league games, they had a really good game and we expected them to come out and pressure us. They played us very tough."

Kansas State (15-15, 8-9 Big 12) received a team-high 17 points from Nigel Johnson in the win.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Kentucky 84 (29-0) - (18) Arkansas 67 (23-6)

(2) Virginia 69 (27-1) - Virginia Tech 57 (10-19)

BYU 73 (23-8) - (3) Gonzaga 70 (29-2)

(4) Duke 73 (26-3) - Syracuse 54 (18-11)

(6) Villanova 78 (27-2) - Xavier 66 (18-12)

(7) Arizona 63 (26-3) - (13) Utah 57 (22-6)

(8) Kansas 69 (23-6) - Texas 64 (17-12)

(11) Wichita State 74 (27-3) - (10) Northern Iowa 60 (27-3)

Kansas State 70 (15-15) - (12) Iowa State 69 (20-8)

(14) Maryland 66 (24-5) - Michigan 56 (14-14)

(15) North Carolina 73 (20-9) - Miami (FL) 64 (18-11)

(16) Oklahoma 67 (20-8) - TCU 60 (17-12)

(17) Louisville 81 (23-6) - Florida State 59 (15-15)

(19) Baylor 78 (22-7) - (20) West Virginia 66 (22-7)

Dayton 59 (22-6) - (22) VCU 55 (21-8) 

(23) Butler 67 (21-8) - DePaul 53 (12-18)

Boise State 56 (22-7) - (24) San Diego State 46 (22-7)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (35-15-11, 81pts) - Nashville Predators 3 (41-15-7, 89pts)

Florida Panthers 5 (27-22-13, 67pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-39-5, 43pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 5 (24-30-7, 55pts) - New York Islanders 3 (41-21-2, 84pts)

New Jersey Devils 2 (26-27-10, 62pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 0 (26-31-4, 56pts)

Boston Bruins 4 (31-22-9, 71pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (20-36-7, 47pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (41-16-5, 87pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (25-32-5, 55pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (27-25-11, 65pts) - New York Rangers 2 (38-17-6, 82pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (33-22-7, 73pts) - Colorado Avalanche 1 (27-25-11, 65pts)

St. Louis Blues 2 (40-18-4, 84pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (18-35-10, 46pts)

Ottawa Senators 4 (27-23-10, 64pts) - San Jose Sharks 2 (30-25-8, 68pts)

NBA: Washington Wizards 99 (34-26) - Detroit Pistons 95 (23-36)

Atlanta Hawks 93 (47-12) - Miami Heat 91 (25-33)

New York Knicks 103 (12-46) - Toronto Raptors 98 (37-22)

Memphis Grizzlies 101 (42-16) - Minnesota Timberwolves 97 (13-45)

Brooklyn Nets 104 (24-33) - Dallas Mavericks 94 (39-22)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (36-23) - Phoenix Suns 74 (31-29)

Utah Jazz 82 (23-35) - Milwaukee Bucks 75 (32-27)

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Derrick Rose Begins Rehab After Successful Surgery

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- One day after having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was back at Chicago's training facility beginning his rehab process.

"He's good," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He came in, started his rehab, it's good."

Bulls general manager Gar Forman says he expects Rose to be back on the floor in 4-6 weeks.

"It's just the initial steps," Thibodeau said. "But we're cautiously optimistic, he's in good spirits. He's on it, so it's good."

Thibodeau also added that Rose's rehab process has already been scheduled with the help of the Chicago Bulls training staff, and team doctors.

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Kevin Harvick Wins XFINITY Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) -- Kevin Harvick took the lead with 26 laps to go on Saturday and took home the checkered flag in the XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Harvick held off Joey Logano to win at Atlanta for the third straight time.

"The first thing I want to do is thank all those fans today," Harvick said. "To see that crowd out there, I'm really happy for Atlanta Motor Speedway."

"That pit stop is what won this race," Harvick continued.  "Joey probably had a little bit better car the second half of the run, but it really played out there for us as we were able to have that short run and take off."

Logano won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race and was happy to have a great run.

"This is the closest anyone's been to beating Kevin here in a long time," Logano said. "We got beat off pit road. We had a decent restart, but the outside lane is so tough. At that point, I was trying to move around to different lanes. Trying to find something for some speed."

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