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Mon., Feb. 24, 2014

Sidelined The Miami Heat held out LeBron James on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls because of his broken nose, missing a game for only the second time this season. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the decision, announced less than two hours before tipoff of Miami’s 93-79 victory, was “somewhat close.” Replacing him in the lineup was center Greg Oden, who made his first NBA start since December 2009. The only other game James missed this season was in December, when he sat out because of a groin injury while the Heat won at Portland.

Speedy Johnny Football has more proof that he’s fast. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s official 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine was 4.68 seconds. That’s fourth at his position among those who participated in the drill Sunday. The best was Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, who registered 4.61 seconds. Kent State running back Dri Archer posted the fastest official 40 time at 4.26.

Evaluating With Chase Headley out for at least the next two weeks, San Diego Padres manager Bud Black will get a chance to look at a handful of other options at third base. It could be a wise move for the future with Headley already saying he’s not sure the sides can come to an agreement on a long-term contract before the start of the season. Black said Sunday the team hopes to know more in the next few days about just how long Headley will be sidelined, but did say it would be at least two weeks. Headley is scheduled to have an MRI exam on his right calf today.

Shut down Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is being shut down in spring training due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Chacin will undergo an MRI exam today. He’s been limited in his throwing so far in camp. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he’s “not overly concerned” with the injury at this point.


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