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Cowboys Sign LB Rolando McClain to One-Year Deal

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain.  

McClain and the team agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal worth $3 million, ESPN reports.

McClain went with the Cowboys over the Patriots after meeting in New England last week.

The 25-year-old faces a four-game fine after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Tiger Woods Practices at Augusta, Undecided About Masters

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday and is still undecided about playing at next week's Masters Tournament.

"My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf," Woods said on Feb. 11. "Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready I'll be back."

Woods took a leave of absence eight weeks ago to work on his swing and clear his mind. Woods did not play in last year's Masters, which was the first time he missed it in 20 years.

The Masters will announce their groupings on Tuesday.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores 50th Goal

G Fiume/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season on Tuesday night in the team's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Ovechkin has now scored 50 goals in one season six times in his career and joined the likes of Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne, and Guy Lafleaur. Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy both did it nine times.

"Every year is harder and harder, but it's a huge (accomplishment) being with the names up there," Ovechkin said. "It's always nice. Every year, you don't know what to expect from yourself and how you're going to play."

Ovechkin's 50th goal was his 472nd career goal in his tenth season in Washington.

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ESPN: Northern Iowa Inks Jacobson to New 10-Year Deal

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Northern Iowa showed their appreciation to head men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson by signing him to a new 10-year deal, according to ESPN.com.

Jacobson led the Panthers to a 31-4 record and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. Northern Iowa won their first round matchup versus Wyoming before being eliminated in the round of 32 by Louisville.

This is the second time Jacobson has received a 10-year deal. In 2010, he signed a decade-long deal after leading Northern Iowa to an upset of top-ranked Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jacobson has coached at Northern Iowa since the 2006-07 season. During that time, he's compiled a 197-105 record and taken the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament three times.

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Tennessee Hires Rick Barnes as New Head Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes was officially introduced Tuesday as Tennessee's new men's basketball coach.

The 60-year-old Barnes takes over for Donnie Tyndall, who lasted only one season at Tennessee after the NCAA started investigating his two years at Southern Mississippi. The Volunteers went 16-16 last season.

"I am driven," Barnes said. "I've had one goal in my life and that would be the chance to play for a national championship. This is a university that provides you with everything you need to do that. I realize how hard that is to do, but that's the standard we'll set."

Barnes agreed to a six-year, $13.5 million deal.

Barnes spent the last 17 seasons with Texas, missing the NCAA Tournament only once. Overall he's coached 28 seasons in Division I basketball, with stints at George Mason, Providence, Clemson, and Texas. During that time, he's compiled a 604 - 314 record.

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NASCAR Penalizes Ryan Newman 75 Points

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After finding the team guilty of doctoring the No. 31 car's tires for the race on March 22 at Auto Club Speedway, NASCAR penalized Ryan Newman 75 points, suspended crew chief Luke Lambert for six races, and fined Lambert $125,000.

Newman's engineer Philip Surgen and tire technician James Bender were also suspended for six races.

NASCAR announced the penalty on Tuesday, saying that the team violated the rule that declares it's illegal to use, "any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield."

"NASCAR takes very seriously its responsibility to govern and regulate the rules of the sport in order to ensure competitive balance," NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said in a statement. "We've been very clear that any modifications to race vehicle tires is an unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated."

Bleeding air from tires is a subject that NASCAR has been focusing on all season. When air is allowed to bleed, it increases grip. That's an advantage because grip usually decreases during a race as tires begin to wear down and air pressure builds.

After the March 22 race, NASCAR also examined the tires run by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Paul Menard, but found no violations.

Richard Childress Racing, which is the team for which Newman drives, has not decided if it will appeal the penalty. If there is no appeal, the suspensions are scheduled to begin this weekend at the race in Texas.

The hefty points penalty means that Newman falls from sixth to 26th in the standings.

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Blue Jays Name Hutchison Opening Day Starter

Photos.com/Thinkstock(DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- The Toronto Blue Jays say 24-year-old Drew Hutchison wil be their Opening Day starter when they face the Yankees on April 6 in New York.

"It's really exciting -- Opening Day is special," Hutchison said. "At the end of day, it's a long game. But as we all know, it's Opening Day. The excitement, the energy -- everything that goes into it is exciting."

Hutchison missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He rebounded nicely in 2014 making 32 starts, pitching 184 2/3 innings, and striking out 184 batters while compiling a 4.48 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Hutchison will become the youngest Opening Day starter in Blue Jays history.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/31/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Detroit Pistons 105 (29-45) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (56-19)

Brooklyn Nets 111 (33-40) – Indiana Pacers 106 (32-42)

San Antonio Spurs 95 (48-26) - Miami Heat 81 (34-40)

Golden State Warriors 110 (61-13) – Los Angeles Clippers 106 (49-26)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (39-25-13; 91pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (35-27-15; 85pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (37-35-4; 78pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (31-33-13; 75pts) OT

Washington Capitals 4 (42-25-10; 94pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 2 (28-37-11; 67pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (29-42-6; 64pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (47-24-7; 101pts)

Ottawa Senators 2 (38-26-12; 88pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (40-23-13; 93pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (45-27-5, 95pts) – Nashville Predators 4 (47-22-9, 103pts) SO

New York Rangers 3 (48-21-7, 103pts) – Winnipeg Jets 2 (39-26-12, 90pts)

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QB Matt Schaub Inks 1-Year Deal with Ravens

NFL(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens and free agent quarterback Matt Schaub agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Schaub spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, serving as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr. He finished the 2014 campaign 5-of-10 for 57 passing yards and two interceptions.

Schaub was originally selected by the Falcons out of Virginia in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft. He spent three seasons in Atlanta before finding success with the Houston Texans. In seven seasons in the Lone Star State, the two-time Pro Bowler was 1,951 of 3,020 (64.6 passing percentage) for 23,221 yards with 124 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.

With the Ravens, Schaub will replace backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who left as a free agent for the Buffalo Bills.

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Cardinals Sign QB Chandler Harnish to 1-Year Contract

Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with quarterback Chandler Harnish on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Harnish was originally selected by the Colts out of Northern Illinois with the final pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft. He spent his first two seasons in Indianapolis before joining the Minnesota Vikings last year. The 26-year-old has yet to attempt a pass in the NFL.

In college with the Huskies, Harnish passed for 8,944 yards along with 68 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in 47 games. He was twice named to the first team All-MAC (2010 & 2011).

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