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BASEBALL

Smith, Budweiser: Opening Day Should Be National Holiday

NEW YORK -- Ozzie Smith wants the federal government to make opening day of the major league baseball season a national holiday.

The Hall of Fame shortstop is leading a campaign to collect 100,000 signatures within 30 days under the We the People petitioning program, which would trigger a review by the Obama administration. The effort is being backed by Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand.

"Coming from St. Louis, of course being such as baseball town, it's sort of an unofficial holiday, opening day, so they thought it would be a good idea for Mr. Smith to just take a trip to Washington," Smith said Tuesday during a telephone interview.

YANKEES: Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has had a chance to play against the best in baseball, too.

Florida State's quarterback in the fall, Winston entered the Seminoles' exhibition game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday in the fifth inning as the left fielder. He then grounded out to second base in the sixth inning while facing minor leaguer Shane Greene.




Winston took two called strikes from Greene before getting a loud cheer when he shattered his bat on a grounder that went foul. On the next pitch, Winston hit a groundball to second.

Winston led the Florida State football team to the 2013 national championship in a 34-31 victory over Auburn on January 6.

The 6-foot-4, 230 pound sophomore has allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in three games as the Seminoles' closer this season.

He played in the field twice previously this year, getting a hit in his lone at-bat.

OLYMPICS

Saranac Lake, Lake Placid Planning Parades

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Parades are being planned for the Adirondack Mountain villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to honor local Olympic athletes after they return home.

Kelly Morgan of the Women's Civic Chamber says she's been reaching out to the athletes and figures the Saranac Lake festivities will be at the end of March.

Some of the athletes are attending World Cup events in Norway, while others have been invited to visit the White House.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall also says it's too early to set a concrete date for the Olympic village's event.

Both towns also hosted parades four years ago after the Vancouver Games.

Among the athletes to be feted is Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht (WHY-brekt), who captured a silver medal in the super-G.

NBA

Knicks' Raymond Felton Arrested on Gun Charges

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested Tuesday on weapons charges after a lawyer for Felton's wife turned in a loaded gun allegedly belonging to the basketball star, saying she didn't want it in her home, police said.

Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, not long after the Knicks-Mavericks game.

Before the game, Ariane Raymondo-Felton arrived at a Manhattan police precinct with a FN Herstal pistol, police said. Raymondo-Felton later went to the precinct that night and made a statement to detectives.

Felton made no statement after he arrived at the precinct with a lawyer, police said. He was expected to be arraigned later Tuesday on three charges of criminal possession of a weapon. Police said the charges don't stem from Felton using the firearm in a menacing manner but from possessing an unregistered gun.

A student at the Fordham University School of Law, Raymondo-Felton filed for divorce from Felton last week.

THUNDER: Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins will miss six weeks after a medical procedure on his left groin. The Thunder said the procedure was successful.

Perkins was injured Feb. 20 against Miami. The former Celtic has averaged 3.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 54 starts. Steven Adams, a rookie, has started all three games Perkins has missed this season.

BULLS 107, HAWKS 103: In Atlanta, Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, including six free throws in the final 44 seconds. The Bulls have won six of seven.

Jeff Teague had 26 points but made two costly turnovers late in the game for the Hawks, who have lost nine of 10. Shelvin Mack had 17 points.

The Bulls led most of the second half but never pushed the advantage to double figures.

With 43.2 seconds remaining, officials reviewed and confirmed a questionable foul called on DeMarre Carroll on Hinrich's 3-point attempt. Hinrich made the three free throws to give Chicago a 104-103 lead.

PACERS 118, LAKERS 98: In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana improved its league-leading record to 43-13.

Kent Bazemore finished with a career-high 23 points and Jodie Meeks added 15 for the Lakers (19-38), who have the worst record in the West. The loss also ended Los Angeles' three-game winning streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Lakers stayed closer than expected through the first 2½ quarters and trailed just 59-58 early in the third.

But George then scored 10 points in a decisive 14-5 spurt that gave Indiana an 80-68 lead with 2:58 to go in the period.

George had seven rebounds and six assists despite spending the entire fourth quarter on the bench with most of Indiana's starters.







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