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Bulls Guard Jimmy Butler Out 3-6 Weeks with Elbow Injury

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The hits keep coming for the Chicago Bulls as the team announced that guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next 3-6 weeks with an elbow injury.

Butler suffered the injury on Sunday during the team's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Butler underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to his left elbow, the team announced in a statement.

Fortunately for Butler, he will not need to undergo surgery, and is hoping to be back in time for the playoffs.

Now in his fourth NBA season, Butler has emerged as the leading scorer for the Bulls this season. In 55 games this season, Butler is averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.

This is yet another tough blow for the Bulls who are already dealing with injuries to Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson.

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Lightning Acquire Defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Flyers

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the Tampa Bay Lightning enter the stretch run of the NHL season, the team went out and made their team stronger before the trade deadline as they acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

In order to acquire Coburn's services, the Lightning had to give up their 2015 first- and third-round draft picks along with defenseman Radko Gudas.

 

The Lightning also shipped Brett Connolly to the Boston Bruins for a second-round pick in 2015 and another in 2016.

Coburn led the Flyers this season in average shifts per game at 27.9 and is still a solid defenseman. He had been with the Flyers since the 2006-2007 season. He was also third among Flyers' defensemen in average ice time at 20:14. Coburn has one goal and eight assists in 39 games this season.

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Derrick Rose Begins Rehab on Knee One Day After Surgery

NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) -- Just one day after undergoing surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has already began his rehab for the injury.

Rose suffered yet another setback on the court that has derailed his career, but he's determined to remain a key player.

"He's been through two tough ones," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I think he's gained confidence from that. The ACL knee is great and he knew [a re-tear] was a possibility going in. He's in a good place and he'll deal with it. He'll get past this."

A former league MVP, Rose is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and both he and the team are optimistic he'll be able to return for the playoffs.

The 26-year-old Rose has appeared in 46 games this season, his most since the 2010-2011 season. Prior to the injury, he was averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.

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ESPN: Sixers Waive Center JaVale McGee

NBA via Denver Nuggets(NEW YORK) -- Despite letting it be known that he had hoped to stay in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia 76ers have waived center JaVale McGee after just six games with the team.

McGee was acquired during the trade deadline in a trade with the Denver Nuggets.

The Sixers waived McGee prior to the midnight deadline that makes McGee eligible to appear in the playoffs this season with another team.

Not only will McGee now have a chance to sign with a contending team, he will still earn next season's $12 million salary as well as the remainder of his $11.25 million salary this season.

"I don't want to get bought out," McGee told local reporters shortly after the trade. "That's not a positive thing. When you think about it, you don't get all of your money when you get bought out."

The 27-year-old McGee is in the midst of his seventh NBA season. In six games with the Sixers, he averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game.

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Jaromir Jagr Ties Phil Esposito on NHL Scoring List

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fl.) -- Jaromir Jagr tied Phil Esposito for fifth on the all-time scoring list in NHL history on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I?watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there,"?Jagr said of Esposito. "After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him."

At 10:24 into the first period, Jagr beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop over his stick-side shoulder to score his 717th career goal.

Jagr was traded to the Panthers on Feb. 26 from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks.

He now trails Marcel Dionne (731 goals) for fourth all-time.

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Report: Broncos Will Franchise Tag Demaryius Thomas

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos will not allow their leading receiver of the past three seasons to see the light of free agency.

The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, according to the Denver Post. Furthermore, the team will use the "nonexclusive" tag, which means Thomas is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Broncos can match any offer or the signing team must compensate Denver with two first-round picks.

Under the franchise tag, Thomas is expected to be paid $12.797 million. Thomas had been receiving an average of $2.8 million per year under his rookie contract.

Thomas, 27, has caught at least 92 passes each of the last three seasons while totaling at least 1,400 yards through the air. He has also posted double-digit touchdowns in all three years. Last season, he set the Bronco's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving.

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Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Al Bello/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Raiders made a gamble last year that LaMarr Woodley would bring a strong veteran presence to the middle of their defense.

It went bust. The Raiders are expected to cut Woodley this week, according to CSN Bay Area.

Woodley, 30, signed a two-year $12 million dollar contract with the Raiders after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, Woodley missed 10 games last season due to a biceps injury. Even when he did play, he failed to make an impact as he recorded five tackles for the 3-13 Raiders.

Oakland will likely have the second most cap space heading into free agency with over $60 million available. In addition, to comply with the CBA rules for minimum cash spending, the Raiders must spend at least $20 million dollars this season towards their salary cap.

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NY Rangers Complete Mega Deal for Yandle

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(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers have completed a deal to acquire one of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL.

The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle, as well as defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick.

Yandle has had two 50 point seasons in his career and recorded at least 30 points over the last seven seasons, including 41 so far this season.

The Coyotes will assume 50% of the salary remaining on Yandle’s contract. He has one year remaining on his deal; he's scheduled to make $5.75 million next season.

The Rangers are 38-17-6, 82 pts, sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 96 (39-21) - Chicago Bulls 86 (37-23)

Houston Rockets 105 (41-18) - Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (37-24) - Overtime

Indiana Pacers 94 (25-34) - Philadelphia 76ers 74 (13-46)

Charlotte Hornets 98 (24-33) - Orlando Magic 83 (19-42)

Golden State Warriors 106 (46-11) - Boston Celtics 101 (23-34)

Portland Trail Blazers 110 (39-19) - Sacramento Kings 99 (20-37)

Oklahoma City Thunder 108 (33-27) - Los Angeles Lakers 101 (16-42)

New Orleans Pelicans 99 (32-27) - Denver Nuggets 92 (20-39)

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 5 (32-20-12, 76pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (29-21-12, 70pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (28-22-13, 69pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (38-20-6, 82pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (35-17-9, 79pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (26-32-4, 56pts)

Washington Capitals 4 (34-20-10, 78pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (25-33-5, 55pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (40-17-7, 87pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (27-26-10, 64pts)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (5) Wisconsin 68 (26-3) - Michigan State 61 (19-10)

Connecticut 81 (17-11) - (21) SMU 73 (23-6)

(25) Providence 77 (20-9) - Marquette 66 (11-17)

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Angels' Richards Won't Be Ready For Season Opener

Rob Carr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards will not be ready to pitch Opening Day for the team according to manager, Mike Scioscia.

Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in a week as he continues to make progress from August knee surgery.  The Angels remain hopeful he could be pitching in games two or three weeks into the season.

"It's not going to be Opening Day, let's put it that way," Scioscia said Sunday. "He knows it, and it's great that he's not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff's not going to let him. There's a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It's great that he's going to shoot for being ready. He's working very hard to be ready Opening Day, but he's not going to be ready Opening Day."

Before the injury, Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 28 starts for the team.

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