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Mark Cuban Thinks New Bucks Owners Got a Great Deal

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Reality Rocks(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Even though the Milwaukee Bucks were the worst team in the NBA during the 2013-2014 season, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the new owners of the team got a real bargain.

Recently, longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl recently agreed to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.

"I think they got off cheap," Cuban said. "I think that was a bargain. I think it's worth a lot more than that. I think someone got a bargain. You can't look backwards. You've got to look forward. You don't value teams based off what happened in the past."

Back in January, Forbes valued the franchise at $405 million, which was the lowest among the 30 NBA teams.

Cuban also went on to suggest that the true value of an NBA franchise is around $1 billion.

Back in 2000, Cuban purchased the Mavericks for $285 million. They were recently valued now at $765 million, eighth-highest among NBA teams.

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Padres Pitcher Josh Johnson Will Visit Dr. James Andrews

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- San Diego Padres starting pitcher Josh Johnson will have his right elbow evaluated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week.

Johnson, 30, signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Padres in November. but has been on the disabled list since March 21 with a right forearm strain.

Visiting Dr. Andrews is nothing new for Johnson. Last October, Andrews removed bone spurs from Johnson's right elbow, and in 2007 he performed Tommy John surgery on the 6-foot-7 right-hander's same elbow.

Johnson, a two-time All-Star, has pitched in nine big league seasons, eight with the Marlins and one with the Blue Jays. During that time Johnson pitched 998 innings, compiling a 58-45 record to go along with a 3.32 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 915 strikeouts.

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Rangers Score Three in the Third to Take 1-0 Series Lead Over Flyers

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin all scored in the third period to lift the New York Rangers past the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series Thursday night.

The game was tied at one apiece with 12:25 left in the third period when Flyers center Jason Akeson was called for a four-minute double minor for high-sticking. The Rangers capitalized with Richards and Stepan scoring 47 seconds apart.

Philadelphia actually took an early 1-0 lead when Andrew Macdonald's slap shot found the back of the Rangers' net at the 7:28 mark of the first period. But just minutes later New York answered back when Mats Zuccarello backhanded his own rebound past Flyers' goalie Ray Emery.

Emery, who was filling in for the injured Steve Mason, made 32 saves in the loss. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14 of the 15 shots he saw in the win.

The Flyers still haven't won a game at Madison Square Garden since March 6, 2011.

Game 2 is Sunday in New York. The puck is scheduled to drop at noon.

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Kentucky's James Young Declares for NBA Draft

Jamie Squire/Getty Images)(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Kentucky freshman James Young announced Thursday he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

"My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA," Young said. "I've learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can't say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives."

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season for a Wildcats team that advanced to the national championship game. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, many NBA executives believe Young is a first-round pick.

''From Day 1, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseason raved about him,'' Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement. ''He's done everything we've asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four.

"Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are getting the ultimate teammate.''

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ESPN: Frank Haith is Leaving Missouri for Tulsa

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Frank Haith has verbally agreed to leave Missouri and become the next men's head basketball coach at Tulsa, according to

Haith takes over for the recently departed Danny Manning, who is now the Wake Forest head coach.

Haith has spent the last three seasons in Columbia, compiling a 76-28 record and making the NCAA Tournament twice. Last season Haith guided the Tigers to a 23-12 record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, where the team lost to Southern Mississippi in the second round.

Haith takes over a Tulsa team that went 21-13 last season and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL Playoffs: First Round - New York Rangers 4 - Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Rangers lead series 1-0)

St. Louis Blues 4 - Chicago Blackhawks 3  3OT (Blues lead series 1-0)

Colorado Avalanche 5 - Minnesota Wild 4 OT (Avalanche lead series 1-0)

San Jose Sharks 6 - Los Angeles Kings 3 (Sharks lead series 1-0)

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 1 (7-8) - Atlanta Braves 0 (10-5) 

Minnesota Twins 7 (7-7) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (8-7) 

Minnesota Twins 9 (8-7) - Toronto Blue Jays 5 (8-8)

Detroit Tigers 7 (7-5) - Cleveland Indians 5 (7-8)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (10-6) - San Francisco Giants 1 (10-6)

Colorado Rockies 3 (8-9) - San Diego Padres 1 (7-9)

Texas Rangers 8 (9-7) - Seattle Mariners 6 (7-8)

New York Yankees 10 (10-6) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (7-9)

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (10-6) - Washington Nationals 0 (9-7)

Pittsburgh Pirates 11 (8-8) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (11-5)

Boston Red Sox 3 (7-9) - Chicago White Sox 1 (8-8)

Kansas City Royals 5 (7-7) - Houston Astros 1 (5-11)

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Chad Johnson Signs with the Montreal Alouettes

Elsa/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Chad Johnson is back in football, just not in the NFL. Johnson has agreed to sign with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

After recently working out for the team, Johnson and the team agreed to a two-year deal.

"Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. "As we added him into the mix, it was to see how he communicated with the players, how he held himself, the way he physically held up, his true interest in coming to the CFL."

Johnson hasn't appeared in a pro game since he was a member of the New England Patriots back in 2011. He was released by the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2012 season after being arrested for a domestic assault.

At his peak, Johnson was one of thebest receivers in the NFL. While with the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson had at least 1,000 yards receiving for six straight seasons.

In 11 NFL seasons, Johnson caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

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Duke's Jabari Parker Declares for the NBA Draft

Kelly Kline/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- After much deliberation, Jabari Parker has decided to forgo the final three years of eligibility at Duke and declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

In his lone season at Duke, Parker lived up to the hype as he averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He set Duke records in points, rebounds, and double-doubles for a freshman.

Various reports had said that Parker nearly returned for his sophomore season, but decided in the end it was best for him to go pro.

"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA. I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court," Parker said in an essay he wrote for Sports Illustrated.

With Parker now declared, he is expected to compete for the number one overall spot. The draft will be held on June 26.

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Sidney Rice Returning to Seattle

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Rice visited last week with the New York Jets, but decided to stay in Seattle where he has spent the last three seasons.

"Aaayyyyooo 12s.. SEA you in a few.. IM COMIN' HOME! #Seahawks #12thman #Round2," Rice tweeted on Wednesday.

Rice caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season before tearing his ACL against the Rams in Week 8.

Rice watched his team beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl from the sidelines in February.

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Knicks Sign Lamar Odom

NBA/Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Phil Jackson's first move as team president was bringing in a former player on Wednesday. The Knicks signed Lamar Odom for the rest of this season and a non-guaranteed deal for next season, reports

The team announced the signing 45 minutes before the season finale against the Raptors.

Odom played for Jackson for five seasons and was a part of two NBA championships before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Odom signed a two-month contract with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in the Spanish ACB, but left the team with a back injury after just two games in March.

Odom was arrested on a DUI charge and reportedly suffered from substance-abuse issues during the 2013 offseason. He also went through a divorce this year with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.

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