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Sports briefs for March 16, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Schmidt battled Stage 3 skin cancer

Philadelphia Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt announced Sunday he is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer after being diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in the months that followed.

Schmidt, 64, said he has undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy.

Philly.com’s Ryan Lawrence writes that Schmidt, who arrived in Clearwater, Fla., to begin his second tenure with the Phillies broadcast team, said the latest scans on his body have been clear.

“I feel fantastic right now,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt was unable to perform his regular duties as a spring training guest instructor this year due to his health. A day after Phillies camp opened last month on Feb. 14, Schmidt was undergoing his last round of chemotherapy.

Wide receiver Sanders signs 3-year deal with Broncos

The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on a three-year contract, pending a physical, the team announced Sunday.

Sanders’ deal is worth $15 million, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The National Football Post reported the deal is worth up to $18 million, including $6 million guaranteed.

Sanders (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) is a fifth-year player who appeared in 56 career regular-season games (18 starts) during his first four NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, totaling 161 receptions for 2,030 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also owns 13 catches for 172 yards in four career postseason games played.

Mets LHP Niese to get MRI on elbow

New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese, who departed Sunday’s spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals after two innings with elbow discomfort, will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Niese, who was expected to be the Opening Day starter, will fly to New York on Sunday night and undergo an MRI with team doctor David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday.

According to ESPN.com, Niese said the injury flared up during an intrasquad game 10 days ago. He has been taking anti-inflammatory medication since the injury first started bothering him. It began posing a problem in the second inning Sunday when he hyperextended it on a pitch.

Giants sign cornerback, kick returner

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the New York Giants, the team confirmed on Sunday.

The Giants also strengthened both their secondary and return game when they signed free agent safety Quintin Demps.

The 26-year-old free agent Thurmond, who last month started Super Bowl XLVIII for the champion Seahawks, now has a chance to enjoy frequent success in MetLife Stadium.

Thurmond (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) comes to New Jersey after spending his first four NFL seasons with Seattle, which selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the 111th overall selection from Oregon.

In his career, Demps has a 27.5-yard average on 96 kickoff returns. As a rookie in 2008, he brought one back 100 yards for the Eagles at Baltimore.

Tigers shortstop Iglesias to open season on DL

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who has been battling shin issues, will open the season on the 15-day disabled list, general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Sunday.

Iglesias, who has missed the last two weeks of spring training with what has been termed as a stress reaction in both shins, will visit another foot and ankle specialist for another opinion on his injury Tuesday.

Dombrowski did not comment on a Sunday morning report from ESPN that Iglesias will be out until midseason with a stress fracture.

According to MLB.com, Iglesias saw a Lakeland-based foot and ankle specialist last week and received an adjustment in his orthotics that he has been wearing since at least last year.

Iglesias, 24, tried running as recently as Thursday, but continued to feel pain.


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