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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement to the NFL, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Gordon hasn't played since 2014 after a series of suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's business manager Michael Johnson says that the troubled wide receiver is living with him and "is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL."

Gordon has "taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him," Johnson added.

Gordon was suspended for two games in 2013 for violating the substance abuse policy. He was then suspended by the league for ten games the following year for another violation, and the Browns suspended him for the season finale for missing a team walk-through.

The 25-year-old was then suspended for the entire 2015 season for another violation of the substance abuse policy. Last October, Gordon checked himself into a rehab facility in New Hampshire. He spent 30 days at that facility.

According to ESPN, Gordon was kicked off of football teams at the University of Utah and Baylor University for failing drug tests.

Late last season, the Browns indicated that they would move on from their relationship with Gordon.

In 2013, Gordon caught 87 passes, including nine touchdowns, for a league-best 1,646 yards. Since then, however, he has played just five games and caught 24 passes.

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Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(BOSTON) -- New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to stay in Boston, at least for the time being.

Despite rumors that the team would explore trading the backup, ESPN's Adam Schefter says that the team will hang on to its backup.

Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady will turn 40 next season, and Garoppolo played well in the two games he started this past season during Brady's suspension. The Eastern Illinois alumnus went 2-0, throwing four touchdown passes and no interceptions during the season's first two weeks.

Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury in Week Two and did not play in the two other games that Brady was suspended.

Garoppolo being unavailable could have greater short-term impact on teams other than the Patriots. A number of teams starved for a signal caller will have one less name to consider this offseason. Teams like the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets could be forced to go after other quarterbacks, such as Mike Glennon or Brian Hoyer.

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Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) -- Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant could miss the remainder of the NBA's regular season after suffering a hyperextended left knee in his team's Tuesday loss to the Washington Wizards.

Durant underwent an MRI Tuesday night. On Wednesday, the team announced that its star had suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise.

Injury Update: Kevin Durant suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and a tibial bone bruise.

Full details below. pic.twitter.com/t3JkVnMmqa

— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 1, 2017

The 28-year-old will be re-evaluated in four weeks, the team says, with no timetable for his return.

During a loose-ball situation Tuesday, Wizards big man Marcin Gortat fouled his Warriors counterpart Zaza Pachulia. Durant's injury occurred when Pachulia fell backwards into him, sliding into Durant's knee.

Durant jumped away from the collision, eventually playing for a couple of possessions before asking coach Steve Kerr to call timeout. Durant was taken to the locker room with a grimace evident on his face.

Durant took just one shot in the game, leaving with no points. That broke a 562-game regular season streak in which Durant had scored double-digit points.

After the game, Kerr said that he is "always concerned about any injury, because you never know how bad it's going to be."

Warriors forward Draymond Green said that he was "just really hoping that it was a bone bruise" and not something worse.

The Warriors have agreed to a contract with veteran forward Matt Barnes in the wake of Durant's injury.

Durant is from the Washington, D.C. area, and Tuesday's game was the first time he had played in his hometown since signing with the Warriors. Washington had expressed hope it could sign Durant last offseason.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Toronto 12, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 7, Baltimore 5
Washington 4, Houston 3
Kansas City 6, Milwaukee 3
Arizona 8, Texas 4
Chicago White Sox 10, Cincinnati 9
LA Angels 7, Chicago Cubs 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 19, Minnesota 0
NY Yankees 9, Detroit 5
NY Yankees 5, Boston 4
Oakland 5, Cleveland 4
Seattle 8, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NY Mets 3, Miami 1
Atlanta 2, St. Louis 0
LA Dodgers 14, Colorado 3
San Diego 9, San Francisco 5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 112, Golden State 108
Detroit 120, Portland 113 (OT)
Memphis 130, Phoenix 112
Denver 125, Chicago 107
Oklahoma City 109, Utah 106
Charlotte 109, LA Lakers 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Washington 4, NY Rangers 1
Boston 4, Arizona 1
Philadelphia 4, Colorado 0
Nashville 5, Buffalo 4 (OT)
Montreal 1, Columbus 0 (OT)
Florida 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Edmonton 2, St. Louis 1
Minnesota 6, Winnipeg 5
Dallas 3, Pittsburgh 2
Calgary 2, LA Kings 1 (OT)
Detroit 3, Vancouver 2 (OT)
San Jose 3, Toronto 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(9) Kentucky 73, Vanderbilt 67
(17) Duke 75, (15) Florida St. 70
(16) Purdue 86, Indiana 75
(24) Iowa St. 86, Oklahoma St. 83

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Thearon W. Henderson/iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY) – The Kansas City Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher has played his last down in Kansas City.

The team announced Tuesday it released running back Jamaal Charles after eight seasons.

"I have a great deal of admiration for Jamaal Charles, his toughness, and what he's been able to achieve in his time in Kansas City," general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "These
decisions are never easy, but we felt it was in the best interests of the club to move on at this time. We wish Jamaal and his family the best of luck in their next step."

Charles joined the Chiefs in 2008 and rushed for 7,260 yards and 43 touchdowns during his time with the team, but was sidelined by ACL injuries in 2011 and 2016.

"He'll always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we'll be ready to honor him for his outstanding playing career when the time is right,” said Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt.

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ABC News(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- Tim Tebow said the start of his spring training debut at the New York Mets training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida, “feels great.”

“Honestly it’s kind of a dream come true being out here with the Mets organization, a bunch of awesome guys, getting the chance to play a game I love,” Tebow, 29, said on ABC News' Good Morning America. “It was just so fun putting on a uniform yesterday, going to warmups, in the stretch line, getting back into the routine, being part of the team and competing -- it was a blast. I’m having a lot of fun.”

The former Jets quarterback swatted nine home runs during batting practice on Monday. He said playing in the Arizona Fall League “really helped” him get back into the swing of things with baseball, a sport he hadn’t played since high school.

“But this will be the best for me because it’s every day for the next couple months, being able to train, listen to great coaches, work every single day and be part of the team,” Tebow said of Mets spring training. “I know it’s going to be tough, I know it’s going to be a huge challenge, but it’s something that I’m really looking forward to.”

Some critics are still skeptical of the football-turned-baseball player, but he said he’s “focusing on the love and not the doubt” that lies ahead.

“Obviously you have people on both sides,” said Tebow. “You’ll have people that are out here supporting that are great, and then you’ll also have people that want to bring you down. For me, this is something that I’m doing for the love of it. The love of the game, the love of pursuing passions, the love of being able to live a dream every single day.”

“For me, it’s really focusing on the love and not the doubt, not the unknown, not the fear of it, not what critics are going to say,” he added.

When asked which sport -- football or baseball-- is harder, Tebow joked, “I do not get hit as hard in baseball as I did in football.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Tampa Bay 7, Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 7, Boston 2
Detroit 10, Atlanta 7
Minnesota 9, Miami 6
Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 1
Houston 5,  NY Mets 2
Chicago White Sox 4, Chicago Cubs 4
Milwaukee 5, Texas 0
Oakland 5, San Francisco 4
LA Angels 5, San Diego 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 4, Baltimore 1
Kansas City 14, Seattle 3, 7 Innings
Cleveland 3, Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 5, Washington 4
Colorado 7, LA Dodgers 1
Arizona 6, Cincinnati 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Golden State 119, Philadelphia 108
Cleveland 102, Milwaukee 95
Toronto 92, NY Knicks 91
Atlanta 114, Boston 98
Dallas 96, Miami 89
Indiana 117, Houston 108
Minnesota 102, Sacramento 88

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Montreal 4, New Jersey 3 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5, Ottawa 1
Minnesota 5, LA Kings 4 (OT)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(1) Kansas 73, Oklahoma 63
(23) Virginia 53, (5) North Carolina 43
(11) Baylor 71, (10) West Virginia 62
Virginia Tech 66, (25) Miami 61

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Antonio Brown may now be the higest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Sources tell ESPN Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a four-year, $61 million deal.

The 28-year-old wide receiver will remain with the Steelers through the 2021 season, making $18.5 million in the first three years of the contract and $12.5 million in the fourth, sources said to ESPN.

Steelers for life #Boomin pic.twitter.com/LYcCi4fW8U

— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) February 27, 2017

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John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The full complement of jurors was chosen Monday to hear the trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.

The 16 jurors selected will be sworn on Wednesday, with opening statements and testimony expected to follow.

Hernandez, 27, is charged in a double murder outside a Boston nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end has already been convicted in a deadly shooting in another part of the state.

Hernandez will go on trial not far from where his former team celebrated its Super Bowl victory.

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Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just days after being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Bogut is reportedly seeking to get released.

Sources tell ESPN the center is in active buyout negotiations with Philadelphia, and should he get released, the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the front-runner in signing him.

Bogut, 32, is hoping he can be released by Wednesday, ESPN reports.

The Dallas Mavericks traded Bogut, along with shooting guard Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round pick, to the Sixers last Thursday in exchange for forward Nerlens Noel.

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