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Athlete of the Week: Chris Favoroso

By Matt Lincoln/CBS12

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Chris Favoroso is a two-time wrestling champion, the first one in the history of one of the best high school programs in South Florida.  So he's a no-brainer choice for the CBS12 Athlete of the Week.

Favoroso moved to Florida from New Jersey in the 8th grade. It was not by chance he wound up at Jensen Beach.

"We picked here for wrestling," says Favoroso.  "No one works harder than us."

Coach Tom McMath has had 5 state champions at Jensen, but no one quite like Chris.

"You can't teach fight," says McMath. "From the start, I knew he had that in him."

Chris's promise for greatness has turned into results. He won a state championship as a Sophomore in the 170 weight class and repeated as a state champion last week at 195. 

Also a star football player, Favoroso has his eyes set on a big senior year - and the rare wrestling feat of a three-peat. Athlete of the Week: Chris Favoroso

Thursday, February 20 2014, 11:53 PM EST

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles' home game at Camden Yards has been postponed because of safety concerns.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, at the stadium for a previously planned visit, said Tuesday night's game between the Orioles and White Sox could be moved -- possibly to Nationals Park in Washington -- if safety continued to be an issue.

Rioters have looted stores and thrown rocks and bricks at Baltimore police in the wake of the mysterious spinal injury of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. The epicenter of the protests is less than a mile from the ballpark.

About 1,000 fans were inside the stadium when the game was called off, and many gates already had been closed.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals say ace Adam Wainwright is out for the season because of a torn left Achilles.

General manager John Mozeliak (moh-ZAY'-lahk) made the announcement at Busch Stadium. Wainwright will have surgery later this week.

Wainwright was hurt while batting Saturday in Milwaukee.

This is the second major injury of Wainwright's career. The right-hander missed the 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Max Scherzer will not make his scheduled start for Washington against Atlanta on Tuesday night because of a sprained right thumb. Scherzer jammed the thumb while batting against St. Louis on Thursday. He couldn't throw in the bullpen as scheduled on Sunday.

MLB-ROYALS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox last week. He is among four Royals players suspended for their actions in the fight last Thursday. Pitcher Yordano Ventura was given a seven-game penalty, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera received two-game bans. All the players initially appealed.

Chicago pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzjia (suh-MAHR'-juh) were each suspended five games.

MLB-HAMILTON

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers. The Los Angeles Angels wanted to get rid of him so much they are expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million on his contract. Hamilton, who has a history of drug and alcohol issues, never reported to the Angels this season after offseason right shoulder surgery. He self-reported a relapse of alcohol and cocaine use, but an arbitrator ruled he could not be disciplined by Major League Baseball.

Hamilton was the 2010 AL MVP and an All-Star in each of his five seasons with Texas from 2008-12. He struggled with injuries and lack of performance with the Angels in his two seasons in Southern California

NBA-SUSPENSIONS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (OHL'-nihk) one game for their roles in separate incidents during a playoff game.

Smith will miss Games 1 and 2 of the Cavs' next series, when the club will also be without Kevin Love, who dislocated his shoulder earlier in the game.

Olynyk hurt Cavs forward Love, grabbing and pulling his arm. The league said Olynyk will serve his suspension in the first game of the 2015-16 regular season for which he is eligible and able to play.

NBA-CAVALIERS-LOVE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss at least the team's next playoff series with a dislocated left shoulder.

Love got hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's series-clinching win over Boston. He got his left arm locked with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk while chasing a loose ball. Olynyk yanked down on Love's arm and his shoulder popped out of its socket joint.

The Cavs say Love is seeking additional medical opinions.

In his first postseason as a pro, Love is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds. Love made six 3-pointers in Cleveland's Game 3 win.

NHL-RANGERS-ZUCCARELLO

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely with what the team calls an upper body injury.

New York is optimistic it will get defenseman Kevin Klein (broken left forearm) back for the next round. He has been out since March 11.

NHL-PREDATORS-WEBER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Predators captain Shea (SHAY) Weber is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right kneecap, an injury that will take up to six weeks for a full recovery. The defenseman was injured on what he called a harmless hit against the end boards during the Nashville's first-round Western Conference playoff loss to Chicago.

Weber's 26 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time per game ranked fifth in the NHL, a spot behind his defensive partner Roman Josi.

NFL-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed restricted free agent linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He joined the team in 2012 after spending three seasons in the Canadian Football League. Since then, he has been one of Indy's most productive defenders.

Last season, Freeman was credited by the coaches with 144 tackles, second on the team.

Freeman could become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

NFL-REDSKINS

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Quarterback Robert Griffin III's fifth-year, $16 million contract option for the 2016 season will be exercised by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have three quarterbacks signed for next season: Griffin, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. All started at times last season, when Washington went 4-12.

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