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Titans OT Michael Roos Retires

Banana Stock/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee Titans left tackle Michael Roos is hanging up his helmet for good after 10 seasons in the NFL, the club announced on Thursday.

“I’m excited to begin the rest of my life, and I am grateful to do so now, while I am full healthy,” Roos said on his Instagram account.

The Titans originally selected Roos out of Eastern Washington in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft.  He played in 148 career games, recording one fumble recovery.

“On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Michael for his 10 years of outstanding play for our franchise,” Titans CEO & President Tommy Smith said in a statement. “On a weekly basis, he was a player that you could count on to play his best, year after year. He was a true pro and I am thrilled that he was able to play his entire career as a Titan.”

Roos was a three-time All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a step closer to being reinstated into the NFL.

Judge David Doty ruled on Peterson's behalf in the NFL Player Association's lawsuit against the NFL.

The judge stated that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted outside his authority in November, after he suspended Peterson until at least April 15 for disciplining his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch last May.

"This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players' rights," the NFLPA said in a statement.  

"This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game," the statement continued.

The Vikings will have to decide what they'll do with Peterson -- whether it is a trade, restructure his contract, or release him.

Peterson told that he's had some reservations about returning to Minnesota.

The NFL can appeal Peterson's reinstatement and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will "review the decision.''

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Report: Angels Outfielder Josh Hamilton Suffers Cocaine and Alcohol Relapse

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse after having surgery on his shoulder, according to the New York Daily News.

Although Hamilton met with MLB executives in New York on Wednesday about a possible disciplinary issue, the team had no comment regarding the report Thursday.

"I'm not going to make any comment on any situation or information regarding Josh Hamilton," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He's not here in camp with us, he's at home rehabbing from surgery and we're going to leave it at that."

Hamilton was suspended from February 2004 to June 2006 due to issues related with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He also had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012, but bounced back, leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances. He even won the AL MVP award in 2010.

Hamilton is expected to be out until May with a shoulder surgery.

Hamilton signed a five-year deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.

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Report: K-Rod Signs 2-Year Contract with Brewers

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is returning to the Milwaukee Brewers after reaching an agreement on a two-year contract Thursday, according to ESPN.

In 69 appearances with the Brewers last season, Rodriguez had 44 saves and an ERA of 3.04. The right-handed pitcher also struck out 73 batters and walked 18 in 68 innings of work.

Rodriguez was originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels as an amateur free agent in 1998. In 13 big league seasons (2002-2014) with the Angels, New York Mets, Brewers and Baltimore Orioles, he has notched 348 saves with a 2.73 ERA.

Rodriguez holds the Major League record for most saves in a single season with 62. Last season, he was named to his fifth All-Star team.

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Former Louisville Guard Chris Jones Charged with Rape

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Louisville guard Chris Jones after he's been charged with raping one woman and sodomizing another, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

The alleged sexual assaults took place on Saturday night and one of Jones' victims was 19 and the other was 20.

Jones pleaded not guilty to the alleged charges in court Thursday, according to the report.

Louisville has not been allowed to comment due to privacy laws and an ongoing investigation.

Jones was dismissed from the team on Sunday. He was averaging 13.7 points per game and 3.6 assists.

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LeBron: Stop Recruiting My Son

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James knows all about being one of the highly recruited players during his high school days, but he was able to enjoy his younger years without having to worry about scholarships.

His 10-year-old son, Lebron James Jr., has already received letters and even scholarship offers from college coaches.

James doesn't think it's fair for colleges to be putting any pressure on kids that young to commit, but admitted that his son does have the same game and awareness on the court as him.

Although the NCAA handbook says that "a prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade," there are a number of players that have been recruited before they were in high school, including Marquette's Matt Carlino, who reportedly received an offer from Arizona while he was in elementary school.

The handbook continues that "a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally."

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Ryan Braun's Ready to Rebound in 2015

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is ready to rebound in 2015.

Braun underwent an offseason procedure on his thumb to get rid of nerve issues and is looking forward to spring training.

"I feel good. I'm only 31; I should be good," Braun said. "I expect to go out there and be one of the best players in the league."

"I've been able to do everything I would typically do over the course of an offseason, which is encouraging," Braun continued. "Hopefully I'll be healthy. But aside from that, I don't think I'll be limited or anything. I'll have to be conscious about how many extra swings I take and stuff like that, but aside from that I should be able to do everything."

The 2011 MVP struggled last season and finished with a .266 batting average, 19 homers, and 81 RBIs.

Braun's struggles last season was a major part of the Brewers' giving away the N.L. Central and watching the playoffs from home.

"When you show up this year, you know you can't do anything about last year. None of us can change what happened. We wish things would have ended differently than they did but they didn't," Braun said. "Hopefully, the focus is on this year and doing everything we can to prepare the best that we can every day to be successful and to get off to a good start in April."

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David Ortiz Not a Fan of MLB's New Pace of Play Rules

G. Fiume/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz isn't happy about the new pace of play rules that the MLB has instituted for this year.

The rule states that a batter must keep one foot in the box at all times with some exceptions.

"It seems like every rule goes in the pitcher's favor. After a pitch, you got to stay in the box? One foot? I call that bulls**t," Ortiz said Wednesday.  

"When you come out of the box, they don't understand you're thinking about what the [pitcher] is trying to do," he continued. "This is not like, you go to the plate with an empty mind. No, no, no. When you see a guy, after a pitch, coming out of the box, he's not just doing it. Our minds are speeding up."

"I saw one pitch, I come out, I'm thinking, 'What is this guy going to try to do to me next?' I'm not walking around just because there are cameras all over the place and I want my buddies back home to see me and this and that. It doesn't go that way," Ortiz added. "When you force a hitter to do that, 70 percent you're out, because you don't have time to think. And the only time you have to think about things is that time. So, I don't know how this baseball game is going to end up.''

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner was a member of the committee charged with improving the pace of play, but Ortiz said that he was never asked about what he thought of the new rule.

"It doesn't matter what they do, the game is not going to speed up," Ortiz said. "That's the bottom line. When you argue for a pitch and they got to review it, that takes some time. Is that our fault? No. It's their fault. But we still got to play the game.''

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Bryce Harper Confident in Bringing Title to DC

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Washington Nationals young phenom, Bryce Harper, arrived to spring training on Wednesday with confidence in the Nationals and their upcoming season.

"It's absolutely stupid; we have the best staff in all of baseball," Harper told reporters at camp in Viera, Florida, of the Nationals' pitchers. "I don't care what nobody says, and the thing about our guys, they work.  And to add a guy like [Max] Scherzer who's a bulldog out there, who's unbelievable in the postseason, who shows that fire and that emotion, it's something that I'm going to enjoy watching this year."

Harper, a two-time NL All-Star and one of the Nationals' most popular players, lost time in the first few months of last season after having surgery on a torn thumb ligament suffered when he slid into third base during a game in late April. He didn't return until June 30.

Harper will look to lead the Nationals into the postseason once again when the 2015 season begins.

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Report: Broncos and Manning Restructuring Contract

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos and Peyton Manning are working on restructuring his contract.

Manning is scheduled to make $19 million this upcoming season, however the contact reconstruction will open up some cap room for the team. Manning also has to pass the team's physical by next week, but he said before the Super Bowl that wouldn't be an issue.

The Broncos need to create cap space so they have the opportunity to sign players like DeMaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas -- who were key components in the Broncos' offense a year ago.

After a successful regular season finishing 12-4, the Broncos were an early exit losing to Manning's former team, the Indianapolis Colts, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

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