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Dolphins Knowshon Moreno working his way back to full strength

By John Evenson

Dolphins free agent signing Knowshon Moreno is finally back taking part in full contact football this week at practice, the Dolphins hoping he can improve their 26th ranked running game from last season. One thing he's already done is improve fellow running back Lamar Miller's performances.

Miller has outperformed Moreno in most of the offseason workouts so far, looking much more motivated than he did last season. Of course, part of Moreno's slow start was because of his nagging knee injury and the fact he came into camp a little heavy, but with knee surgery now behind him, he's ready to be the Knowshon Moreno Dolphins fans were hoping he's be.

Click on the video link to hear from Moreno.

Dolphins Knowshon Moreno working his way back to full strength

Friday, August 15 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant has undergone what his doctors call successful bone graft surgery for a fracture in his right foot. The reigning NBA MVP is done for the season and is expected to return to full basketball activities in four to six months.

This is Durant's third surgery on the foot. He had the initial procedure last October, then had a screw replaced in February.

Durant leads the Thunder with an average of 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Two of the teams involved in the quest for the final playoff berth in the NBA's Eastern Conference are squaring off tonight in New York as the Nets entertain the Pacers. At the start of play the Nets, who have won three straight and seven of 10, hold a half-game lead for the final spot. The Pacers have been struggling of late with losses in seven of their last 10 games.

The winningest team in the league has won its last nine games. Golden State is tops in the NBA with 60 wins against just 13 defeats and tonight they are visiting the Clippers in Los Angles.

The other games feature the Hawks, the top seed in the East with a record of 56-18, in Detroit and the Spurs in Miami.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-PRO DAY

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jameis (JAY'-mihs) put on a show for the assembled NFL coaches, general managers and scouts assembled for Florida State Pro Day.

The Seminoles star threw passes for nearly an hour, demonstrating arm strength, accuracy and stamina while drawing cheers from the hundreds on hand.

His next public workout might be as the top pick in the NFL draft. Asked why Tampa Bay should select him with the No. 1 pick, Winston replied because he's the best player in the draft.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ST. JOHN'S-MULLIN

NEW YORK (AP) -- St. John's has announced that career leading scorer Chris Mullin has been hired as the Red Storm's new head coach. It's his first coaching job at any level.

Mullin succeeds Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week. Lavin took the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament twice in five seasons.

Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih will join Mullin as an assistant coach.

Mullin spent the last two seasons working for the Sacramento Kings as a senior adviser. He previously served five years as the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes has been hired to coach at Tennessee. The move comes just days after losing his position with the Longhorns last weekend. Barnes went 402-180 at Texas and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2003.

Barnes succeeds Donnie Tyndall who was fired Friday after one season.

NIT-SCHEDULE

NEW YORK (AP) -- The semifinals are being contested in the nation's oldest postseason men's basketball tournament this evening. The first of the NIT games in Madison Square Garden features Miami against Temple while the second contest has Old Dominion going against Stanford.

The semifinals in the NCAA Tournament will be this Saturday in Indianapolis with Kentucky playing Wisconsin and Duke going against Michigan State.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who led the nation with 3.65 blocks per game this season, says he'll enter the this year's NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Mickey blocked 113 shots this season.

The 6-foot-8 Mickey averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds this season.

NASCAR-NEWMAN-TIRE PENALTY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has imposed harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California.

Newman was one of four drivers to have his tires taken by NASCAR after the March 22 race at Fontana. The tires were sent for an independent inspection, and NASCAR says that Newman's tires were found to been modified in violation of NASCAR rules.

Newman and car owner Childress were docked 75 points each. That dropped Newman from sixth to 27th in the driver's standings.

Crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000 and suspended for the next six races. Lambert was also placed on probation through the end of the year.

NASCAR-KYLE LARSON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Kyle Larson has been released from a hospital after completing tests to determine why he fainted at Martinsville Speedway last weekend. Chip Ganassi Racing says Larson is waiting for doctors to clear him to resume racing.

The 22-year-old Larson was NASCAR's top rookie last season. He missed Sunday's race at Martinsville while undergoing tests.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- As a new day of play gets underway in the NHL Montreal remains the top team in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division with 102 points. Right behind are Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers and this evening the Canadiens are idle, which means the Rangers and Lightning can make their move.

A check of the schedule shows Tampa Bay skating in Toronto while the Rangers are in Winnipeg. Both Tampa Bay and New York start play with 101 points so change could be in the offing if either or both win tonight.

In the Western Conference, Nashville has a chance to edge closer to first place as the Predators are home to Vancouver. The Preds begin play with 102 points, three back of idle Anaheim.

On the other end of the standings, Boston starts the day holding down the final playoff berth in the East and tonight the Bruins are home to Florida.

The rest of the games feature Carolina at Washington, New Jersey at Columbus and Ottawa at Detroit.

MLB-BASEBALL SALARIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set.

The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record.

MLB-BANKS

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs and their fans will honor the late Ernie Banks during the team's season opener against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. The Hall of Famer known as "Mr. Cub" died in January at the age of 83.

A pregame ceremony and moment of silence are planned along with other tributes throughout Sunday night's game at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs have announced that the team will wear No. 14 patches on their home and away jerseys all season.

Meanwhile, a Cook County judge has determined the will signed by Banks that gives all of his assets to his caretaker is valid. Banks' family maintains Regina Rice coerced him into handing over his assets prior to his Jan. 23 death.

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