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Sports briefs for Feb. 18, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Clippers shut down Redick for 3-5 weeks

Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick is expected to be out three to five weeks with njuries, according to a report on Tuesday.

With back, shoulder and hip problems plaguing Redick, the Clippers decided to give the shooting guard some rest in hopes that he will come back healthy for the postseason, ESPN reported.

Redick visited a specialist who had concerns about his back. The Clippers already had said Redick would miss Tuesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs because of a hip injury.

In 30 games this season, Redick is averaging 15.7 points and shooting 46 percent from the field.

Redick came to the Clippers during the offseason in a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tony Gonzalez join CBS’ NFL Today show

Recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez will join “The NFL Today” pregame show beginning in 2014. CBS also announced it has parted ways with Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe.

The new cast of the show will be James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Gonzalez.

“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement Tuesday.

Gonzalez left the NFL as the career leader in touchdowns (111) and yards (15,127) by a tight end. Gonzalez also holds the NFL’s record for consecutive starts (120) and Pro Bowl appearances (14) by a tight end, and is second overall among all players in receptions with 1,325.

Rams’ Bradford to keep starting job

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Sam Bradford, who is recovering from last year’s torn ACL, will be the starting quarterback even with a scheduled $17.6 million salary cap figure in 2014.

Fisher did not rule out a new contract for Bradford, who is heading into the fifth year of a sixth-year contract. There has been speculation that the Rams, who hold two first-round picks in May’s draft, could either cut Bradford or redo his contract.

Bradford was off to the best start of his career last season before suffering a torn ACL against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 20. He completed more than 60 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games.

LeBron foresees staying in Miami

LeBron James said in an interview on NBA TV that “at this point” he cannot imagine leaving the Miami Heat after this season when he can choose to become a free agent by exercising an option in his contract.

“We don’t know what can happen from now to July, so what I’ve been able to do this whole season to this point is just worry about what’s at hand and that’s winning another championship,” James said.

James can opt out of his deal after this season he signed in February of 2010, after next season or become a free agent in 2016. He left the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 2010 announcement on national television — setting off a firestorm of controversy.

Spurs parking Parker on bench to get fit for playoff push

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has been shut down indefinitely so he can be fully healthy for the injury-hit team’s drive to the NBA playoffs.

Parker has battled a variety of injuries, including a shin contusion, groin strain and lower bask spasms, for more than a month and said on Tuesday he understood coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to sit him “for the foreseeable future.”

“The main thing with Pop, he doesn’t want me to play at 50 percent, 60 percent,” Parker, a six-time All-Star who has won three NBA championship rings with San Antonio, told reporters at a shootaround ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Clippers.

“He wants me to get all my little stuff healed. Next time I come back on the court he wants me to be 100 percent.”

Popovich said he believed Parker was suffering from the wear and tear of his hectic schedule over the past three years playing for the Spurs and the French national team.

“He doesn’t have a pulled hamstring, or anything (serious) but he’s got a lot of little things,” Popovich said.

“Basically, a lot of basketball the last three years: All season long, all summer long. He played for the (French) national team and that’s not a week at a time. It’s the whole summer, so it’s caught up to him.”

Parker said he trusts Popovich’s judgment and will work with the team’s medical and training staff to rehabilitate.



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