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After astonishing fans with Saturday’s upset win over top-seeded Gonzaga in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Wichita State Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey Shockers received a shock of their own with a surprise visit from New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s plane had stopped at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to refuel Sunday, so he took the opportunity to congratulate the Shockers when they arrived at the airport, The Wichita Eagle reported.

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“Some of you might go play in the NBA, you might have great lives, but this is the time you’ll remember,” Tebow said while speaking to the players on their team bus. “All of you all together, ballin’ out there together, training together, putting in the heart and the sweat, everything, caring about each other. Personalized Reds Jersey. You’ll never forget guys, this is what it’s made of and these are the special times in your life, regardless of what you do in the future.

Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.”So I just want to say congrats. You’re an inspiration to so many people, so always remember that and how you carry yourself and your character, how you represent your school, your family, your team, your brothers on the team, but also, man, just go out there and ball out, leave nothing on the court. I know you don’t need to hear that from me, but I just wish y’all luck and we’re praying for you. God bless, and y’all go do it, all right, guys?”

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The Shockers (28-6) advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006 and are headed to Los Angeles, where they won’t be the underdogs. That’s because they’ll face 13th-seeded La Salle (24-9), which defeated Ole Miss 74-72 on Sunday.

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Here’s what else is on tap for Monday:

» Get a head start on the week’s football talk with “NFL AM” on NFL Network at 6 a.m. ET. Today, we’re joined in studio by free-agent tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, a member of tonight’s “Health of the Game” roundtable discussion. Plus all the latest NFL news and analysis.

» NFL Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey Evolution.com reports that Texans general manager Rick Smith told NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer that his 9-year-old son suffered a concussion when an opponent used the crown of his helmet as a battering ram during a youth football game.

» NFL  Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey Network’s State of the Franchise series continues with safety Ryan Clark discussing the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers on “NFL Total Access” tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

» Many familiar NFL players have switched teams this offseason: Bucky Brooks looks at the five who will make the biggest impact in 2013.Custom Reds Jersey.

» The 2013 NFL free agency period has been loaded with big deals and big surprises. Keep up with the dizzying pace at NFL.com’s Free Agency Tracker.

» Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks square off in a debate on who should be considered the best pass rusher in the 2013 NFL Draft: Dion Jordan or Jarvis Jones?

» Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly presents his Mock Draft.Personalized Reds Jersey.

» The next step in the draft process for most top prospects is the pro day. Check out our nationwide pro day coverage here.

» What’s the greatest play in NFL history? Have your say: We’ll be voting throughout March.

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Elvis Dumervil Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey officially has moved on to a new team after agreeing to a five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.Custom Reds Jersey.

Some of his former Denver Broncos teammates still are trying to process that news.

“Wow,” defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said, according to the Denver Post. “Wow. Wow.”Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

Even though the Broncos released Dumervil 10 days ago in one of the most bizarre stories of NFL free agency, Personalized Reds Jersey. There still was a chance he could re-sign with the only team he had played for during his six-year NFL career.

However, that flame was finally extinguished Sunday, leaving Vickerson in shock.

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“Elvis has been a big part of this football team,” Vickerson said. “I know business is business, but this is the part of business that sucks.”

Vickerson continued, “This is unbelievable to me that we lost Elvis in this way. I don’t know what happened but someone dropped the ball.Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey. When I talk to Elvis I’m going to congratulate him. But we’re going to miss him.”

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 Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who has struggled at the plate most of spring, was not in the lineup vs. the Rangers on Sunday. Instead, Ludwick was back at the Reds’ complex getting extra at-bats in Minor League games.Custom Reds Jersey.

Shortstop Zack Cozart and third baseman Jack Hannahan were also with Ludwick at Minor League camp.

“They’ll probably get seven or eight at-bats,”Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday. “[Ryan] Hanigan has already been there. It’s whoever I think needs extra at-bats.”

Ludwick is batting .178 (8-for-45) in 17 games this spring, while Cozart is batting .289 (13-for-45) in 19 games and Hannahan is batting .229 (8-for-35) in 19 games.Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

 Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey utility infielder Jason Donald, who is competing for one of the final bench spots, has been out for a couple of days with a sore right knee.

“He had a collision at second base when the guy slid into him [on Friday],” Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday morning.

Donald, who is out of Minor League options, is competing with Cesar Izturis and Emmanuel Burriss for the utility spot. Donald is batting .303 (10-for-33) in 21 games this spring.

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 Pitching in a Minor League game for Triple-A Louisville, Reds reliever Sam LeCure worked one scoreless inning with two strikeouts.

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 Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey starting pitcher Mat Latos wore a wrap on his left ankle Sunday morning after he received some treatment.

Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey. Latos knew he was fortunate after he was struck by a hard one-hopper back to the mound from the bat of Rangers catcher Geovany Soto in the sixth inning on Saturday.

“It doesn’t hurt too bad today, but it did yesterday,” Latos said. “I can walk on it. I don’t have to use crutches.”

After he exited the game, Latos went to a local hospital for X-rays, which came back negative for a fracture.

Upon being struck by the ball, Latos said his ankle immediately went numb.  Personalized Reds Jersey,.He limped around the mound for a few moments because he expected to keep pitching, but was pulled anyway by manager Dusty Baker since he was at the pitch-count limit for the day.

“It didn’t really bother me until I got here [at the complex],” Latos said. “It was black and blue … It hit me square on the ankle. Right on the bone.Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.  If it had been two inches above or below, it would probably have been a lot better. We’ll survive.”

Latos’ final spring start is scheduled for Thursday.Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

“I better be able to make my next start. I’m not one to sit out,” said Latos, who has a 3.78 ERA through four Cactus League starts. “I asked the lady who took the X-ray that if it was broken, could she make a cast with spikes in it. It’s just sore. We’re taking it day by day and we’ll see how it goes.”Custom Reds Jersey.

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Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo Custom Reds Jersey was laughing and smiling after his start on Sunday afternoon, knowing things could have been much worse.Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey Arroyo was drilled on the right hand on a comebacker by David Murphy in the sixth inning vs. the Rangers.

X-rays taken at the Rangers team facility were negative for any broken bones.Personalized Reds Jersey.

“I thought this knuckle had exploded,” said Arroyo, pointing to the outside of his right hand. “But none of it is broke.

“Luckily my hand was kind of relaxed and my fingers weren’t up. It just hit so hard. I thought for sure this knuckle was shattered.”

It was the second-straight day that a Reds pitcher was injured on a shot back to the mound by a Rangers hitter. On Saturday, Mat Latos was struck in the left ankle by a Geovany Soto one-hopper. Like Arroyo, X-rays were negative.

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When Arroyo was hit and in visible pain, Reds manager Dusty Baker took his hat off in disgust and nearly threw it.

“I could hear it. The first thing you have are bad visions and stuff,” Baker said. “You just hate that this happened late in spring, or ever.”

Reliever Jose Arredondo replaced Arroyo out of the bullpen.

Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey Arroyo pitched 5 1/3 innings with three earned runs and nine hits with no walks and no strikeouts. He allowed one home run. He has a 3.71 ERA through five starts this spring.

“He hit it right on the screws,” Arroyo said of Murphy. “My hand was just dangling down and it just squared me up and then ricocheted off of my left forearm and left a mark over there. I knew the game was over for me for the day. If it was the regular season, maybe it’d be a different story. I needed to come get some treatment.”

Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey Arroyo, who has pitched 542 games in the Majors and Minors without ever going on the disabled list in his career, expected to make his final spring start on Friday vs. the D-backs.

“I’ll pitch,” Arroyo said. “I have some work to do. It’s going to be a few more hours in the training room, contrasting it and taking a few more drugs.”

Reds third-base coach Berry Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey diagnosed with cancer

Reds third-base coach Mark Berry has been diagnosed with cancer in his left tonsil and on two lymph nodes on the left side of his neck.

Berry Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey, 50, left camp last week to undergo a surgical biopsy and some tests to verify the cancer diagnosis. After returning to the team on Sunday, he informed the players in the clubhouse during the morning meeting.

After speaking to the players, Berry went to the media workroom at the Reds complex and was pretty direct.

“I have cancer. I know it sounds bad, the word ‘cancer,'” Berry Personalized Reds Jersey said. “Plenty of people in this clubhouse have had it. I know people around the game that have beaten it. My sister had it and beat it. That part doesn’t bother me.

“The good news was they did the PET scan from the waist up all the way up through my head and it was isolated to the left side of my neck only, which is a plus. My biggest fear was that it had spread to the chest, which it had not.”

A survivor of prostate cancer himself, Reds manager Dusty Baker said the team would back Berry throughout his treatment.

“We just have to give him support,” Baker said. “He’s not looking for sympathy. We just have to support him as if he’s one of our family, which he is. Mark is attacking it with aggressiveness and straightforward. … This could happen to anybody in their family or our family here and you need support. I’ve been through it. Eric Davis has been through it and [head trainer] Paul Lessard has been through it.”

Berry is still deciding on the course of treatment. His options appear to either be surgery or seven weeks of radiation at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

If Berry chooses the radiation route, he would have to limit his work schedule with the team. He would not be able to travel or attend day games at home since he would be getting treatment.

“I will be at home games for sure,” Berry said. “What role that’s going to be in is still to be determined, whether it’s on the bench or at third.

Bench coach Chris Speier handled Berry’s duties as third-base coach last week while Berry was out. On Sunday against the Rangers, Speier was back at third with Berry sitting on the bench next to Baker. Baker did not expect to limit Berry’s duties as long as he feels up to working.

“It depends on how he feels,” Baker said. “Sometimes you don’t know you’re sick until they tell you you’re sick. If you think sick, then you’re going to be sick. I’m not going to hold him back. If he doesn’t feel well, there will be days he doesn’t feel well.”Custom Reds Jersey.

Berry Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey first detected something was wrong in December, but wasn’t sure what he was dealing with.

“My left tonsil swelled up and was kind of red,” Berry explained. “But I had a history of that when I was a kid. Most of us get a sore throat or whatever. You look in the mirror and it stopped. Two or three weeks went by and it never changed and I didn’t get sick. In January, the thing that concerned me is I started playing with my neck and it was a little bit swollen and puffy. It felt like there were two marbles in my neck and they’re still there. I’d play with them and like, ‘Man, what the heck are those things?’ They were the lymph nodes that had swelled up and hardened.”

Needle biopsies taken in Arizona twice came back negative. But since his sister, Michelle, had the exact same thing happen to her, she recommended he undergo more aggressive testing. A surgical procedure was performed Wednesday in Cincinnati to remove some tissue from the left tonsil, which verified that Berry had cancer. He was told the cancer in his tonsil was the size of a small thumb.

“Now I know what I’ve got. Let’s treat it and be done with it,” Berry said. “I don’t want to downplay it, but I’m not concerned. I have a good feel about it. I’m going to beat it, like lots of people in the game that did their treatment and moved on.”

Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey. Reds medical director Tim Kremchek, who advised Berry to return to Cincinnati for the tests, was optimistic that Berry would have a good outcome.

“The bottom line is he caught it early rather than it spread,” Kremchek said. “It was the smart thing to pursue it when he did that way rather than blow off the needle thing. It changes everything as far as his treatment and prognosis. He’s going to be just fine.”

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Berry is in his 30th season in the Reds organization as a player, coach or manager, and he is in his 15th consecutive season on the big league coaching staff. The longest-tenured member of the staff, he has spent the past 10 seasons as the team’s third-base coach. He is also the Spring Training and regular-season daily coordinator.

With the Reds in their final week of Spring Training, Berry will continue to work and await the results of another test to find out exactly the type of cancer he is dealing with. He will travel home with the club after the final Cactus League game and make his treatment decision.

Berry was eager to take the field with the team for Sunday morning’s pregame workout.

“Now we grab a fungo and get to work,” Berry said.

Arroyo strong, but offense falls short vs. Rangers.Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey

 Alexi Ogando pitched six scoreless innings and Lance Berkman hit his second home run of the spring to carry the Rangers to a 7-2 victory over the Reds at Surprise Stadium on Sunday.

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“We have to get out of here healthy,” manager Dusty Baker said following the game. “We have to get some guys rolling on the right track. We had a great game going until that big inning there, which you can’t afford to have late in the game.”

Ogando allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five. He threw 82 pitches and lowered his spring ERA to 2.95. Opponents are hitting .215 off him.Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey.

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“It was one of the better ones this spring,” Ogando said. “I just focused pitch by pitch, focused on my slider and keeping the ball down, focusing on every pitch. You work day in and day out to have the best result and it’s really great to have this kind of outing before [the end of] Spring Training.”Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

Berkman was 2-for-2 with three RBIs while playing first base for only the second time this spring. He had a sacrifice fly in the first inning to drive home Craig Gentry, who had reached on a one-out triple. Gentry singled to lead off the fourth and Berkman followed with a two-run home run to right-center field.

The Rangers, with a scoreless inning from Joe Nathan, had a 3-0 lead after seven innings. The Reds scored two in the eighth off of reliever Nate Robertson. The big hit in the inning was a run-scoring double by backup catcher Miguel Olivo.

Personalized Reds Jersey. After getting a break on Sunday, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will be back in the lineup on Monday when the Reds host the Mariners at 4:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark. Homer Bailey will get the start and be followed by Manny Parra.

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Indians closer Chris Perez should be on the active 25-man roster when the season begins on April 2 at Toronto, manager Terry Francona said on Sunday.Sewn On Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.

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“He did well,” Francona said about Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey  Perez’s Saturday outing. “He had a long inning with a lot of foul balls and he threw 30 pitches. The good side of that is that he feels real good. We’re going to give him an extra day just because he threw so many pitches. So he’ll come back again on Tuesday.”

Francona said that Perez can pitch every other day beginning Tuesday as Spring Training winds down, and then will throw a light ‘pen session on April 1, the day before the start of the regular season.

Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey. As far as him being ready to start the season on the active roster, Francona said:

“I think everything leans toward that as long as there are no setbacks, which I don’t think there will be. I think he’s looking pretty good.”Personalized Reds Jersey.

The 27-year-old right-hander has been the Tribe’s primary closer for the last three seasons, recording 39 last year and 98 overall during that period.

Yankees on verge of acquiring Wells from Angels.Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey

The Yankees may not have seen much of Vernon Wells over the last few seasons, but as they eye an Opening Day lineup that suddenly seems lacking in star power, they’re ready to give him much more of a look.

The Yankees and Angels are closing in on a deal that will fit the 34-year-old outfielder for pinstripes, sources have confirmed to MLB.com, and the trade could be completed as soon as Sunday evening.

The transaction will involve the Angels taking on a large majority of the $42 million Wells is owed through the 2014 season, which is a matter still under discussion between the clubs.Custom Reds Jersey.

ESPN reported that the Yankees’ share of the contract will be approximately $13 million over the next two seasons. Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey. The Yankees are expected to only surrender a low-level Minor League player in exchange.

“I’m not at liberty to have any conversations publicly about it yet, but I know what you’re asking,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “There’s a lot of I’s to dot and T’s to cross to get to a finish line when you’re doing something.”

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed that the two sides are talking, but declined to go into detail.

Wells has a full no-trade clause, but was coming into the season as the Angels’ fifth outfielder behind Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, Josh Hamilton and designated hitter Mark Trumbo.

He grinned and said, “Possibly,” when reporters in Tempe, Ariz., asked him if he had approved a trade.Stitched on Customized Reds Jersey.

“It’d be a huge change,” Wells said of joining the Yankees. “I don’t think it’s ever easy saying goodbye, but at the same time, if this were to happen, it’s a good group of guys over there. I’ll just get to know a new family.”

The Yankees suddenly find themselves in a position to offer Wells a healthy amount of at-bats, at least early in the upcoming season. Customized Cincinnati Reds Jersey.Curtis Granderson is not expected to play until early May because of a fractured right forearm, and the Yankees have been looking for a right-handed outfield bat for some time.

Juan Rivera, considered a leading contender for that right-handed outfield job, might now be the regular first baseman with Mark Teixeira lost to a strained right forearm until at least the middle of May.

The Yankees signed Ben Francisco to a Minor League deal after he was cut loose by the Indians this month, but Francisco — as well as Brennan Boesch, a lefty-hitting outfielder who was released by the Tigers — can be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by the Yankees.

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Wells has enjoyed a nice spring with the Angels, batting .361 (13-for-36) with four homers and 11 RBIs, and several Yankees seemed excited about the prospect of his addition.

“He’s a veteran, a leader, a good guy who’s got power and can play the outfield real well,” Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis said. “I’ve always respected Vernon as a player. It’d be great. I never complain about getting guys on a team. I always find good things guys can do on a team. If he were to come here, I bet he’d do a good job helping us try to win.”

Teixeira took to Twitter to voice his support of the trade, writing, “Vernon Wells joining the #Yankees? Great guy who will be a big addition to our club.”

Wells, who plans to retire after the 2014 season, had been accepting of his limited role this spring with the Angels and said he still has something to offer a big league lineup.

“My offseason was geared towards getting back to what I’m capable of doing,” Wells said Sunday. “That was my goal coming into spring — the work I put in the offseason, the work I’ve been doing in Spring Training was to get my swing back to where it’s supposed to be. That’s short and through the ball. When I can do that, I can still put up the numbers that I’m supposed to be putting up.”

With the Blue Jays from 2002-10, Wells posted a .279/.330/.478 slash line, won three Gold Gloves and made three All-Star teams.Personalized Reds Jersey. But he hasn’t been able to duplicate that success since coming to Anaheim in a January 2011 deal that saw the Angels send Rivera and Mike Napoli to Toronto while picking up $81 million of the $86 million owed to Wells.

Wells hit 25 homers in 2011, but posted the lowest batting average (.218) and on-base percentage (.248) in the Majors. He batted .244 with six homers in the first two months of 2012, then missed the next two months with thumb surgery and, with Trout producing, hardly played the rest of the way.

“We haven’t seen him a lot the last two years, just because he was hurt some, and we don’t see the Los Angeles Angels much,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I know when he was in our division, he was a very good player. A very good player.”