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SportShorts for Thursday, March 13, 2014

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:54 p.m. CDT


Morrison baseball, softball tryouts

Morrison Youth Baseball & Softball tryouts will be held Saturday, March 22, from 8-11 a.m. at Morrison High School.

All registered players who attend tryouts will be placed on a team in his or her age-group division. Registration forms are being accepted at City Hall, at tryouts, or online at www.quickscores.com/morrisonsports. Registration closes April 1.

For more information, visit www.morrisonyouthball.com.


Broncos sign Ware, Talib

The Denver Broncos kept their free agency focus on defense Wednesday, as they agreed to a 3-year, $30 million deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.

Ware didn’t fully intend to agree to a deal right away with Denver when he flew into town Wednesday morning, but was quickly persuaded by Broncos boss John Elway. The Hall of Fame quarterback turned executive stressed to Ware the Broncos’ commitment to defense even with a prolific offense led by Peyton Manning.

Elway’s words were backed up by his actions after reaching lucrative agreements with defensive backs T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib to open free agency on Tuesday.

Bucs, Pats say aloha to Revis Island

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday, less than a year after acquiring him from the New York Jets.

The highest-paid corner in the NFL kept that title when the Patriots snapped him up later Wednesday with a 1-year, $12 million deal, according to league sources.

The Buccaneers, who acquired Revis from the Jets last April, parted ways with Revis earlier Wednesday, releasing the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback after being unable to trade him and his $16 million salary.

The move saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that Revis would have been due if he remained on the roster.

Panthers to part ways with Smith

The agent for wide receiver Steve Smith says the five-time Pro Bowl selection has played his final snap for the Carolina Panthers.

Smith’s longtime representative Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Panthers have been trying to trade Smith, but expects he will ultimately be released.

He said the Panthers, who owe Smith $3 million regardless of whether rthey cut or keep him, have not asked Smith to restructure his current contract which calls for him to make $7 million under this year’s salary cap.


Illini grad takes silver in Sochi

Tatyana McFadden joined the group of athletes who have won medals in winter and summer Paralympic competition on Wednesday, scoring a silver in the sit ski sprint in Sochi, Russia.

McFadden finished one-tenth of a second behind winner Mariann Mathinsen of Norway in the 1-kilometer race, doing so barely 1 year after taking up skiing.

The 24-year-old McFadden, who graduated in December from the University of Illinois, won three gold medals at the 2012 summer Paralympics, and is the first wheelchair racer to sweep four of the world’s major marathons – Boston, London, New York and Chicago.

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