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BASEBALL

Reds’ Ludwick expected to miss at least 3 months

CINCINNATI – Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into third base in Cincinnati’s opening 3-1, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. He had surgery yesterday to repair torn cartilage.

Chris Heisey, who has been a reserve most of his career, will get a chance to play left field while Ludwick recovers. He started 80 games last year at all three outfield spots.

NHL

Rangers deal Gaborik to Blue Jackets

NEW YORK – The New York Rangers traded slumping forward Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second trade of star players between the teams within the past year.

Gaborik was dealt to the Blue Jackets yesterday, just before the NHL’s afternoon trade deadline, for center Derick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.

It was the second big trade for the playoff-hopeful Rangers in two days. On Tuesday night, the New York acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks for a package of three draft picks.

NFL

Exonerated LB Banks signs with Falcons

ATLANTA – Brian Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons after the former Southern Cal recruit’s football dream was derailed when he was convicted of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago.

The linebacker will participate in Atlanta’s offseason workouts with a chance to resume his career. Banks has been trying to get back into football since he was cleared on May 12, 2012, of a rape conviction.

He took part in the Seattle Seahawks’ minicamp last June.

The 27-year-old Banks was 16 and had a scholarship offer from USC when a high school classmate accused him of the rape. He spent five years in jail but was freed when the accuser changed her story.

NFL

Cardinals ILB Washington suspended for 4 games

TEMPE, Ariz. – The NFL suspended Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington yesterday for the first four games of next season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season.

He led the Cardinals in 2012 with 140 tackles – 110 of them solo. He had nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and six passes defensed. Washington’s nine sacks were the most by an NFL inside linebacker. Washington also led the team in tackles in 2011.

NFL

Redskins bring back Grossman, add White

ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington Redskins are bringing back Rex Grossman and giving Pat White another chance at the NFL.

Grossman agreed to a one-year deal yesterday to return to the Redskins. White also agreed to sign with Washington, giving the team a mobile quarterback to help run practices while Robert Griffin III recovers from a serious knee injury.

NFL

Bengals get QB Skelton to compete for backup role

CINCINNATI – The Bengals acquired quarterback John Skelton off waivers from Arizona to compete for the job backing up Andy Dalton.

Cincinnati has signed only one free agent from another club – quarterback Josh Johnson from Tampa Bay, who also will compete for the job.

NFL

Lions land DT Mosley on 2-year deal

DETROIT – The Detroit Lions agreed to a two-year contract with veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week.

Mosley spent the last three seasons with the Jaguars, starting 15 games and recording 136 tackles.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Sources: Gophers to hire FIU’s Richard Pitino

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota picked Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith.

A person with knowledge of the discussions said Pitino reached a verbal agreement with Minnesota yesterday.

In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school’s first winning season in 13 years. He will turn 31 in September, fitting the profile of the young, up-and-comer that Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has preferred to hire in the past.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

Hobey Baker finalists: Gaudreau, Hartzell and LeBlanc

MINNEAPOLIS – Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac’s Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc were selected as finalists for the Hobey Baker award. The winner will be revealed on April 12 in Pittsburgh, the site of this year’s Frozen Four.

Gaudreau is a sophomore forward who led the Hockey East league in points and assists and was tied for second in the nation with six game-winning goals. Hartzell, a senior goalie, and LeBlanc, a senior forward, helped their teams reach the NCAA semifinals for the first time in the history of their programs. Hartzell has a 1.55 goals against average, third in the nation. LeBlanc leads the nation with 37 assists.

SWIMMING

Armstrong to make splash in return

AUSTIN, Texas – Lance Armstrong is looking to make a splash with a return to competition.

The disgraced cyclist is signed up to swim three events this weekend at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas. Armstrong spokesman Mark Higgins said Armstrong will compete in the 40-44 age group in the 500, 1,000 and the 1,650 yards.

U.S. Masters Swimming is not covered under the same drug testing rules of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which banned Armstrong for life from its sanctioned events.

Rob Butcher, executive director of masters swimming, said the organization does not drug test and encourages all adults to swim.

Armstrong had been pursuing a post-cycling career in triathlons before he was banned by USADA for performance-enhancing drug use.

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