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Astros Call Up George Springer


Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros called up highly touted outfielding prospect George Springer on Wednesday.

"We've got a Springer in our step! Welcome @gspringer_4 to the Houston Astros!," the team tweeted on Wednesday.

Springer was selected 11th overall by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 amateur draft and had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases while in Double-A and Triple-A last year. Springer continued his hot streak this year and was batting .308 with three homers and eight RBI's.

The Astros are five games back of the Oakland Athletics and 5-9 in their first season in the A.L. West division.

Springer will make his debut Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals at home.

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Bud Selig Backs MLB Instant Replay


Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Commissioner Bud Selig believes the new replay system is working and isn't worried about future calls down the road being an issue.

Selig spoke on Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit and backed the new system that launched on March 30.

"We've had really very little controversy overall," Selig said.  "Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there where you do something new. And are our guys on top of it? You bet. But I'm saying to you again, you'll hear about the one or two controversies, but look at all the calls that have been overturned."

MLBAM chief executive officer Bob Bowman said despite some errors by the umpires, mistakes happen.

"Technology takes a while to work," Bowman said. "I don't know if you ever bought a new car. You don't know how all that stuff works right away. And if you ever get a new phone, it takes you awhile to learn it. We're under 30 days old, and I know we've arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is."

Calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges through Monday and overturned in 30, reports USA Today Sports. Twenty five other calls have stood due to lack of "clear and convincing" evidence.

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Joey Logano: 'Never Not Time for a Championship'


Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- Joey Logano is enjoying the start to his NASCAR Sprint Cup season.  

Logano has four top-five finishes and a win at Texas Motor Speedway and sits eighth in the standings as the series is off this weekend.

When asked by ABC Sports Radio Wednesday if it's time for a Sprint Cup title, Logano, who is teaming up with Call 811, said, "You're exactly right it is. There's never not time for a championship right?"

"You've always got to shoot for it and that's our goal this year," he continued.  "I feel like we're a legit team that can go for this thing this year and win it.  I'm excited about what our chances are right now."

Logano is in his seventh year racing in the Sprint Cup series and believes he has gained a lot of experience racing under Team Penske.

"We've been working really hard here at Team Penske this year," Logano said.  "There's a lot of rule changes and whenever that happens we look at that as an opportunity to really take advantage of and figure things out before anybody else, so we've been testing a lot."

Logano finished third last April at Richmond International Raceway.

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Stauskas and Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBA


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday they will leave school and enter the NBA Draft.

Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and shot 44 percent from 3-point range while helping lead the Wolverines to the Elite Eight last season.

"For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center," Stauskas said during a press conference with Robinson and Michigan head coach John Beilein. "Following some heartfelt discussions with my family, Coach Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, I am ready to pursue my goals and begin my NBA career."
Robinson, whose father played 11 seasons in the NBA, averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a game last season:

"I have thought a lot about the next step in my career over this past year," Robinson said. "After talking with my mom, my dad, my grandma, Coach Beilein and the coaching staff, I feel the time is right for me to begin my professional career and declare for the NBA Draft. I am confident I have the work ethic, the talent and maturity to pursue this path successfully."
Wolverines forward Mitch McGary, who missed most of last season due to back surgery, is still determining if he will stay in school.

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Burnett Will Pitch Despite Hernia


Drew Hallowell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philadelphia Philllies pitcher A.J. Burnett will make his scheduled start Wednesday despite being diagnosed with a small inguinal hernia.

Doctors say Burnett will eventually need surgery but the 37-year-old right-hander says he intends to pitch throughout the remainder of the season.

"I'm going to have to deal with it," Burnett told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Paying attention to it, knowing it's there, knowing what I can do to overdo it and knowing what I can do to keep it where it needs to be. I'm more of a go-getter and I'm not really a take-it-easy kind of guy, so it's going to be a test."

Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the team in February. He's made three starts this season, pitching 16 innings and compiling a 3.94 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts.

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Cuonzo Martin Replaces Montgomery at California


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- Cuonzo Martin has headed west.

Martin, who led Tennessee to the Sweet 16 this season, has departed Knoxville to take the head coaching job at California.

California athletic director Sandy Barbour says the contract is for five years.

"It's a beautiful place. I got off the plane and I just said, 'Ahhh,'" Martin said during his introductory news conference. "I think it has a chance to be special here. I think that's the most intriguing thing to me. It's a place I could spend the rest of my life."

Martin led the Volunteers to a 63-41 record in three seasons at Tennessee. He also coached for Missouri State.

The 42-year-old Martin takes over for Mike Montgomery, who retired in March after spending six years with the Golden Bears.

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Carmelo Anthony Has Small Tear in Right Shoulder


Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his right labrum and will sit out the team's last two games of the season, the Knicks announced Tuesday.

The injury will not require surgery and Anthony will be re-evaluated in about a month, according to the Knicks.

Despite aggravating the shoulder injury on Apr. 2 against the Nets, Anthony continued to play.

"Obviously, he knew it was bothering him when he hurt it two weeks ago but he hung in with us trying to make this last push to get in the playoffs," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said.
                                                          
The 30-year-old Anthony averaged 27.4 points and a career-best 8.1 rebounds per game this season. It is the first time in Anthony's 11-year NBA career he's on a team that will miss the playoffs.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/15/14


Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (7-6) – Cincinnati Reds 7 (4-9) completion of Monday’s game

Cincinnati Reds 7 (5-9) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (7-7)

Miami Marlins 11 (6-9) – Washington Nationals 2 (8-6)

Texas Rangers 5 (7-7) – Seattle Mariners 0 (7-6)

Kansas City Royals 4 (5-7) – Houston Astros 2 (5-9)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (9-5) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (10-4)

Atlanta Braves (9-4) @ Philadelphia Phillies (6-7) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Chicago Cubs (4-8) @ New York Yankees (7-6) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Tampa Bay Rays (7-7) @ Baltimore Orioles (6-7) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Cleveland Indians (6-7) @ Detroit Tigers (6-4) (postponed due to inclement weather)

New York Mets 9 (7-7) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (4-13)

Toronto Blue Jays 9 (8-6) - Minnesota Twins 3 (6-7)

Chicago White Sox 2 (8-6) - Boston Red Sox 1 (5-9)

Colorado Rockies 3 (7-8) - San Diego Padres 2 (6-8)

San Francisco Giants 3 (9-5) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (9-5) 12 Innings

Oakland Athletics 10 (10-4) - Los Angeles Angels 9 (6-8) 11 Innings

NBA: New York Knicks 109 (36-45) – Brooklyn Nets 98 (44-37)

Los Angeles Clippers 117 (57-24) - Denver Nuggets 105 (36-45)

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Report: Packers Resign QB Matt Flynn


Elsa/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Backup quarterback Matt Flynn has reached an agreement on a new contract with the Green Bay Packers, according to ESPN.

The Packers selected Flynn in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft. He spent three seasons as Aaron Rodgers’ backup in Green Bay from 2008 to 2011. Flynn returned to the club last season, on Nov. 12, to fill in for Rodgers, who was sidelined with a broken collarbone.

In four starts with Green Bay, Flynn tossed for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Rodgers returned to the gridiron in Week 17, when the Packers clinched the NFC Central title with a 33-28 win over the Chicago Bears.

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S.F. 49ers Sign WR Brandon Lloyd


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 49ers originally selected Lloyd out of Illinois in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft. In three seasons with San Francisco, he had 105 receptions for 1,510 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Lloyd is a ten-year NFL veteran, having also suited up with the Washington Redskins (2006-07), Chicago Bears (2008), Denver Broncos (2009-11), St. Louis Rams (2011) and New England Patriots (2012). While with the Broncos in 2010, he led the league in receiving yards (1,448) and ranked fourth in receiving touchdowns (11).

The 33-year-old Lloyd has amassed 5,695 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in 128 career games.

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