Sports Briefs 3-30-14

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State has filled a big hole with a big man.

The Buckeyes confirmed on Saturday that Temple post Anthony Lee is transferring in and will play next season.

The 6-foot-9 Lee, set to graduate from Temple in May, has one year of eligibility remaining.

Lee, from Columbia, Md., averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Owls last year. He adds an inside presence for the Buckeyes (25-10), who were often overmatched in the paint with 6-11 junior Amir Williams and 6-8 Trey McDonald combining for 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Buckeyes have scholarships to give after the graduation of Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., and with leading scorer and rebounder LaQuinton Ross and sub Amedeo Della Valle leaving the program to pursue pro careers.

Lee did not play in 2010-11 because of a back injury. He played the last three seasons for the Owls before deciding to transfer.

He shot 49.5 percent from the field (153 of 309) and 66 percent at the line in 28 games last season with Temple. Lee had 11 double-doubles, including 23 points and 14 rebounds against Texas.

In 92 college games, he has averaged 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1 blocked shot per game. Lee started 27 of 28 games as a junior, 29 of 32 as a sophomore and 17 of 32 as a redshirt freshman.

• Baseball

Reds fall to Bats: Homer Bailey pitched three innings without problem, showing he has recovered from a groin injury, and the Cincinnati Reds ended their spring training schedule by losing to their Triple-A Louisville Bats team 1-0 on Saturday in a rain-shortened game.

The game was called in the middle of the sixth inning. It was the second straight day that Cincinnati's pitching plans were affected by rain.

Kershaw placed on DL: Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

The 26-year-old left-hander, coming off his second Cy Young Award in three years, already had been scratched from his scheduled start in San Diego on Sunday after an MRI revealed the problem. Kershaw was hoping to get back in the rotation for Friday's home opener against San Francisco.

Sizemore to start at CF: The Boston Red Sox say Grady Sizemore will start in center field on opening day, completing his comeback from a series of injuries that almost ended his career.

The three-time All-Star is set to start for the World Series champions on Monday at Baltimore.

Sizemore has not played in the majors since September 2011 with Cleveland. He has undergone seven surgeries since 2009, including operations on both knees, his back and elbow.

Phillies trade for Nix: The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired infielder Jayson Nix in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.Nix is a career .218 hitter in 425 games over six seasons.

The Rays received cash considerations in Friday's deal.

Trout happy to be with Angels: Mike Trout says he had no problem giving up a few years of free-agent freedom in exchange for lifelong financial security and a chance to win championships with the Los Angeles Angels. Owner Arte Moreno would have liked to lock up baseball's best young player for even longer. He says he met Trout in the middle on a record-setting contract that keeps the Angels' star center fielder under the halo for another six seasons.

Trout formalized his six-year, $144.5 million deal on Saturday, committing himself to the Angels through 2020.

• Football

Steelers, Blount agree to terms: The Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent running back LeGarette Blount have agreed on a two-year contract that will give the team needed depth in the backfield behind budding star Le'Veon Bell.

The 27-year-old Blount ran for 772 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in 2013 for the New England Patriots. He added 166 yards rushing and set a team playoff record with four touchdowns in a playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Eagles release Jackson: The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

The team cut Jackson on Friday. He was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

Jackson had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season, a stiff price the Eagles were not willing to pay. He was signed through 2016.

• Elsewhere

Ware transferring: A year after his gruesome leg injury in the NCAA tournament, Kevin Ware is transferring from Louisville. Ware became Louisville's rallying point on the way to the national title after he broke his leg in a win over Duke in the finals of the Midwest Regional last season.

He had a rod inserted in the leg and tried to come back this season. But he averaged 1.7 points over nine games and eventually took a medical redshirt.

Hamlin eager to return: Denny Hamlin says being told he couldn't race last weekend because of a vision problem will not make him less likely to seek the help of medical staffs available at NASCAR tracks every weekend. Hamlin let Sam Hornish Jr. drive his car last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., after he sought the assistance of the on-site medical team when his face swelled up and his vision blurred.

Hamlin's says his issue turned out to be a small piece of metal in his eye. Once it was removed, he says he started feeling better.

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