Around the Nation (March 7): Kyrie Irving's knee still a concern for Cavaliers

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Irving's knee still a concern for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says he would consider shutting down All-Star guard Kyrie Irving again if his right knee is still sore.

After scoring 20 points and leading the Cavs to a comeback win over Utah on Wednesday night, Irving said his knee still hurt and the only way it would get better is if he sat out the rest of the season. The Cavs recently rested Irving for three games after he hyperextended his knee when he banged it during practice.

Scott was unaware of Irving's comments until Thursday and said after practice he would sit the 20-year-old again "if he's hurting."

The coach says he doesn't want Irving "playing at 50 percent" and will consult with trainer Max Benton before making any decisions.

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Indians sign Brantley, 10 others to 1-year deals

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is among 11 players to sign one-year contracts with Cleveland.

Brantley will start in left field following the team's signing of free agent center fielder Michael Bourn. He resumes workouts Thursday after he was spiked last week during an exhibition game and needed 15 stitches. Manager Terry Francona said Brantley could be playing in games by this weekend.

The Indians also signed starting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, right-handers Cody Allen, Trey Haley, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister, Danny Salazar and Bryan Shaw, outfielder Tim Fedroff, left-hander T.J. House and infielder Chris McGuiness.

All the signed players have less than three years of major league experience and are not eligible for salary arbitration.

White Sox, Sale agree on 5-years, $32.5M

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed on a five-year, $32.5 million contract with left-handed starter Chris Sale.

The 23-year-old went 17-8 with a 3.05 EA and 192 strikeouts in his first season a starter. He was on the American League All-Star team and finished sixth in the Cy Young voting.

AP source: Rivera plans to retire after 2013

NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the decision says that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera plans to retire after the 2013 season.

The 43-year-old right-hander is baseball's saves leader with 608. He missed most of last season after he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice.

FOOTBALL

Terms reached for new Falcons stadium

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's mayor and Falcons owner Arthur Blank have agreed to financing terms for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome and keep the team's home games in the city's downtown, the two men said Thursday.

Officials said the deal presumes the stadium would be built immediately south of the existing Georgia Dome, though that is contingent on securing adjacent property that is not yet publicly owned. A secondary site is available several blocks north of the current stadium.

The Georgia Dome would be demolished after the new stadium opens.

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