By Sam Page
March 03, 2016

World Cup of Hockey rosters announced

This September, the World Cup of Hockey will return. Yesterday, preliminary rosters and jerseys were revealed. You can read about the different rosters here. The most intriguing group is "Team North America" which combines the best under-23-year-old players from both the United States and Canada. Just check out this awesome squad:

They will wear these black jerseys:

Goalie own-goal

Kid hits hole-in-one in front of Tiger Woods

Eleven-year-old Taylor Crozier got to take the first shot at The Playgrounds at Bluejack National, a new course designed in part by Tiger Woods. And he nailed it! He hit a hole-in-one, which earned a hug from Woods himself. 

And he dabbed

More of Brett Phillips' crazy laugh

He's everywhere

 

Today's Peanuts

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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) gets past the Houston Texans middle linebacker Jeff Tarpinian during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. The four-time Pro Bowler was released by
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Arian Foster's time with the Houston Texans has ended after seven seasons.

The four-time Pro Bowler, who was scheduled to make $6.5 million next season, was released on Thursday after a season when he missed 12 games with groin and Achilles tendon injuries.

General manager Rick Smith announced the move.

''There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster,'' Smith said. ''He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked to become the most productive back in franchise history and one of the most complete backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Texans. Arian has contributed much and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish him only the best as he continues his playing career.''

Houston also released tight end Garrett Graham and safety Rahim Moore.

The 29-year old spent time on the practice squad before rising to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,616 yards in 2010.

Foster ran for 1,246 yards in 2014 for the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career.

He leaves Houston with a franchise-record 6,472 yards rushing and was also a threat out of the backfield, grabbing 249 receptions for 2,268 yards in his career. Foster, who went undrafted out of Tennessee before signing with the Texans in 2009, started on Houston's practice squad before being elevated to the roster for the last six games of that season.

After his spectacular 2010 season, when he led the NFL in rushing and also in yards from scrimmage with 2,220, he ran for 1,224 yards in 13 games in 2011, helping Houston to its first playoff berth. The Texans rewarded his work that offseason when they signed him to a five-year, $43.5 million contract.

In his first season after the new contract he rushed for 1,424 yards on an NFL-high 351 carries and he also led the league with 15 rushing touchdowns, The Texans once again reached the postseason.

He played just eight games in 2013 before his season was ended by a back injury that required surgery. He rebounded with his big performance in 2014 before finishing with a career-low 163 yards rushing in his injury-plagued 2015 campaign.

Foster is recovering from surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon and has said that he plans to play this season.

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The Cardinals and second baseman Kolten Wong have agreed to a five-year extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported the deal. The contract includes a team option for a sixth year, according to the report.

SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports the deal guarantees Wong $25.5 million over the five-year period, beginning in 2016.

The agreement will keep Wong with the Cardinals through at least 2020. The second baseman was set to enter arbitration after this season before signing his new deal. 

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The 2016 season will be Wong’s third straight year as St. Louis’ starting second baseman. Last year, he hit .262 with 11 home runs and 61 RBIs. In his career, Wong has hit .250 with 23 home runs and 103 RBIs. 

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