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Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn turned himself into police yesterday after being suspected of domestic battery.  Nunn is accused of hitting a woman during a dispute Wednesday.  He is due to appear in court today.  Four Illinois basketball players have been arrested since last summer.

 

Colts owner Jim Irsay and the retired Peyton Manning are holding a press conference at the team’s facility today at noon.  The franchise plans to honor the future Hall-of-Famer, who spent 14 of his 18 NFL seasons as a Colt.  Manning led the Colts to eight division titles and the team’s only Super Bowl win while in Indianapolis.

 

Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident in the Miami area.  Police say Walker was not wearing a helmet when he collided with an SUV.  Police do not believe that drugs, alcohol or racing were involved in the crash.

 

The NFL will likely implement a rule that calls for an automatic ejection if a player receives two personal fouls in the same game.  NFL Media reports the proposal is expected to pass at next week’s annual meeting.  Meanwhile, the league is not expected to make any changes to the catch rule.

 

Aaron Brooks netted 25 off the bench to lead the Bulls to a 118-102 win over the Nets.  Jimmy Butler added 22 points for Chicago, which is a half-game ahead of the Pistons for the final playoff spot in the East.  The Bulls host the Jazz tomorrow.

 

Makai [[ mah-KYE ]] Mason scored a school tournament record 31 points as 12th-seeded Yale knocked off fifth-seeded Baylor 79-75 in the West Regional.  The Bulldogs won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in school history.

 

Arkansas-Little Rock stunned Purdue in double-overtime, 85-83, in the biggest upset of the day.  Josh Hagins scored 31 points for the Trojans, who will take on Iowa State in round two tomorrow.

 

The first round of the NCAA Tournament continues across the country today.  West top-seed Oregon opens its tournament run against Holy Cross.  The full day of action tips off with Syracuse squaring off with Dayton.

 

Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to make it close, but the Cardinals came up short in a 5-4 to the Tigers in Lakeland.  Starter Carlos Martinez fanned five over two-and-two-thirds innings of two-run ball.  The Cardinals host the Tigers today in Jupiter.

 

The Cubs scored five runs in the first inning and went on to clobber the Diamondbacks, 15-4, in Cactus League play.  Jorge Soler launched a two-run homer in the big inning.  Jason Hammel struck out six in four innings of work.  The Cubs clash with the White Sox this afternoon.

 

White Sox players nearly boycotted Wednesday’s spring training game.  ESPN reports the players considered not taking the field after management told slugger Adam LaRoche to limit how much he was bringing his 14-year-old son to the clubhouse.  LaRoche retired after the request.

 

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