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  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Davone Bess. The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.  The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Davone Bess. The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess. The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. (AP Photo/File)

  • Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, center, watches play from the bench against Finland in the third period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, center, watches play from the bench against Finland in the third period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Winner  Kikkan Randall of the US, centre,  with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, left, and third placed Sophie Caldwell also from the US pose on the podium after the Women's  Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturady March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa)  FINLAND OUT

    Winner Kikkan Randall of the US, centre, with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, left, and third placed Sophie Caldwell also from the US pose on the podium after the Women's Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturady March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa) FINLAND OUT

  • In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs.  Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

    In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs. Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

  • In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs.  Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

    In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs. Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Davone Bess. The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.  The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Davone Bess. The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess. The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. (AP Photo/File)

  • Winner  Kikkan Randall of the US, centre,  with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, left, and third placed Sophie Caldwell also from the US pose on the podium after the Women's  Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturady March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa)  FINLAND OUT

    Winner Kikkan Randall of the US, centre, with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, left, and third placed Sophie Caldwell also from the US pose on the podium after the Women's Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturady March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa) FINLAND OUT

  • Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, center, watches play from the bench against Finland in the third period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, center, watches play from the bench against Finland in the third period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Davone Bess. The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.  The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. (AP Photo/File)
  • Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, center, watches play from the bench against Finland in the third period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
  • Winner  Kikkan Randall of the US, centre,  with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, left, and third placed Sophie Caldwell also from the US pose on the podium after the Women's  Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturady March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa)  FINLAND OUT
  • In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs.  Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
  • In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs.  Scott Janssen _ "The Mushing Mortician" _ is foregoing ice cream and cake this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Iditarod Trail, but some of his best friends are still going to sing him a birthday song. Janssen is taking a hiatus from his funeral service business to run the 1,150-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. The dog is not part of his racing team.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
  • Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Davone Bess. The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.  The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana. (AP Photo/File)
  • Winner  Kikkan Randall of the US, centre,  with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, left, and third placed Sophie Caldwell also from the US pose on the podium after the Women's  Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturady March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa)  FINLAND OUT
  • Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, center, watches play from the bench against Finland in the third period of a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

IDITAROD

Musher Janssen flown to hospital after ordeal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher was flown to a hospital after a harrowing ordeal that included crashing his sled, hitting his head on a stump and later falling through ice and breaking his ankle.

Scott Janssen was home in Anchorage early yesterday after getting a cast for the broken bone he suffered on Tin Creek, about 40 miles from Nikolai, Alaska.

According to the musher’s Facebook site, the ordeal started when he crashed his sled, hitting his head. He lay unconscious for more than two hours.

When Janssen awoke, he cared for his dogs, fixed his sled and continued on the trail. But one of his dogs got loose. Janssen was trying to catch the animal when he fell through the ice.

His boots then froze, and he slipped, breaking his ankle.

He was flown to Anchorage by the Alaska Air National Guard.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

10-second rule withdrawn by NCAA rules committee

NEW YORK – The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal yesterday that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock.

After a conference call, the panel agreed not to send the so-called 10-second rule to the playing rules oversight panel for approval today.

NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said withdrawing the proposal allows “time to gather more information from the medical community and allow time for a broader discussion of the implications of that change.”

The proposal, touted as a move to protect players by slowing fast-break offenses, infuriated many coaches.

BASEBALL

Hochevar to miss first two months after hurting elbow

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar likely will miss at least the first two months of the season because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Hochevar, the first pick in the 2006 amateur draft, felt something unusual in the elbow during his next-to-last pitch Monday in a two-inning outing against the Chicago White Sox, according to Manager Ned Yost.

Yost said yesterday Hochevar won’t throw for two to three weeks and “probably the best-case scenario” would be a return at the end of May or early June.

Hochevar was 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last year and was a candidate for the final rotation slot this season.

BASEBALL

Lefty Saunders, Rangers finalize one-year contract

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Left-hander Joe Saunders and the Texas Rangers finalized a one-year contract that guarantees him the $500,000 minimum.

Saunders’s salary would increase to $1.5 million if he makes the team. He can earn performance bonuses in addition to his salary under the deal.

The 32-year-old Saunders was 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA in 32 starts for Seattle last season and has a 89-81 record and a 4.30 ERA in 221 starts for the Angels (2005-10), Arizona (2010-12), Baltimore (2012) and the Mariners.

NBA

Nets sign Collins to another 10-day contract

NEW YORK – Jason Collins’s second stint with the Brooklyn Nets will last at least 10 more days.

The Nets signed Collins to a second 10-day contract yesterday, and he will be in uniform when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

Collins became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed his first deal Feb. 23. Teams can sign players to two 10-day contracts, and then have to sign them for the rest of the season if they want to keep them.

Collins has appeared in all five games since his return, with three points and five rebounds in 36 minutes. The 13-year veteran played for the Nets from 2001-08.

NFL

Steelers sign Polamalu, Miller to 3-year extensions

PITTSBURGH – Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller agreed to new three-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Steelers that will keep them with the team through 2016.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both figure to give Pittsburgh salary cap relief before free agency begins next week. The Steelers also agreed to terms with safety Will Allen.

Polamalu was scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2011. The eight-time Pro Bowl safety is coming off a bounce-back year in which he played in all 16 games after being limited by injuries in 2012.

Miller caught 58 passes for 593 yards and a touchdown in 2013 after sustaining a major right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season.

NFL

Vikings cut TE Carlson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings released veteran tight end John Carlson.

The Vikings made the move yesterday, cutting ties with a Minnesota native who never was able to make the impact expected of him when he signed contract that guaranteed him more than $9 million in 2012.

Carlson was plagued by injuries in his two seasons with the Vikings. He sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during his first training camp with the team and never was able to assert himself.

Carlson only caught one touchdown in his two seasons with the Vikings and was scheduled to make $3 million. The Vikings also have Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford at tight end.

NFL

Browns release WR Bess

CLEVELAND – The Browns released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.

The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer at an airport in Florida and he also posted photos of himself on social media with what appeared to be marijuana.

The 28-year-old Bess is still owed a guaranteed $3.067 million for 2014. The Browns signed him to a three-year contract extension shortly after they got him in a draft-day trade from Miami.

Beyond his off-the-field issues, Bess was plagued by dropped passes last season. He finished with a career-low 42 receptions for 362 yards and two touchdowns.

NHL

Lightning’s Stamkos cleared to return from leg injury

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was cleared to play after being sidelined since November by a broken right shin.

The team announced yesterday that Stamkos will return to the lineup tonight at home against Buffalo. He was injured on Nov. 11 at Boston.

Stamkos has 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games this season.

The injury kept the high-scoring forward from playing for Canada in the Sochi Olympics. He was replaced on the Olympic roster by Martin St. Louis, who was traded yesterday to the New York Rangers.

HOCKEY

Russia coach out after Olympic failure

MOSCOW – Russia ice hockey Coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is leaving his job after the home team’s disappointing quarterfinals exit at the Sochi Olympics.

The International Ice Hockey Federation said Russia is looking for a new coach before the world championship in May in Belarus.

The IIHF said Russian hockey federation officials agreed to Bilyaletdinov’s departure after meeting with him yesterday.

Russia lost, 3-1, to Finland to miss out on an Olympic medal, which was among the nation’s top priorities at the Sochi Games.

Bilyaletdinov was appointed in June 2011 and led the team to be world champions the following year.

As a player for the Soviet Union, he won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and silver in 1980 at Lake Placid.

NORDIC SKIING

Hattestad, Falla win sprint races; Randall wins title

DRAMMEN, Norway – Norway’s Olympic sprint champions Ola Vigen Hattestad and Maiken Caspersen Falla won their classic sprint races in the World Cup yesterday, while American Kikkan Randall sealed the women’s overall title in the discipline.

Vigen Hattestad came in ahead of countryman Paal Golberg and Italy’s Maicol Rastelli. The Norwegian now leads the men’s sprint standings by 41 points ahead of countryman Eirik Brandsdal before the final race of the season at Falun, Sweden.

In the women’s event, Falla beat fellow Norwegian Marit Bjoergen at the line, with Sweden’s Stina Nilsson finishing third.

However, Randall did enough to ensure she wins a third consecutive sprint crystal globe by finishing seventh to lead Germany’s Denise Herrmann by 54 points in the standings, with only 50 points to compete for in Falun.

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