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Browns agree to terms with lineman Paul McQuistan
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM


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CLEVELAND — The Browns added flexibility and playoff experience to their offensive line.

The club agreed to a contract Monday with free agent Paul McQuistan, who started 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

McQuistan, who was in Cleveland for a visit last week, was previously with the Browns as a backup in 2010. The 30-year-old lineman may slide into the open spot at right guard after the Browns lost starter Shawn Lauvao in free agency to Washington.

The 6-6, 315-pound McQuistan played nine games at left tackle and five at left guard for Seattle last season.

Goodell, union to meet on workplace environment
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will meet on April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment.

In the wake of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, league representatives have met with some 40 players in the last three months, as well as with the Dolphins and outside organizations, Goodell said Monday at the NFL owners meetings. The league is trying to get "as much input as possible. It's more about people understanding the importance of a proper workplace."

Goodell added the focus is on medical evaluations of the players involved, including tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins in the middle of last season, saying he was harassed by guard Richie Incognito. Martin was traded to the 49ers earlier this month.

An NFL investigation determined Incognito and two other Miami Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin. Incognito was then suspended and missed the final eight games last season and he became a free agent when his contract with the Dolphins expired.

NBA Glance
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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Atlantic Division

W L Pct GB

Toronto 39 30 .565 —

Brooklyn 37 32 .536 2

New York 29 41 .414 10½

Boston 23 47 .329 16½

Philadelphia 15 56 .211 25

Southeast Division

W L Pct GB

x-Miami 48 21 .696 —

Washington 36 34 .514 12½

Charlotte 34 37 .479 15

Atlanta 31 38 .449 17

Orlando 19 52 .268 30

Central Division

W L Pct GB

x-Indiana 51 20 .718 —

Chicago 40 31 .563 11

Cleveland 27 44 .380 24

Detroit 25 44 .362 25

Milwaukee 13 57 .186 37½


Southwest Division

W L Pct GB

x-San Antonio 54 16 .771 —

Houston 48 22 .686 6

Memphis 42 28 .600 12

Dallas 42 29 .592 12½

New Orleans 30 40 .429 24

Northwest Division

W L Pct GB

Oklahoma City 52 18 .743 —

Portland 45 26 .634 7½

Minnesota 34 35 .493 17½

Denver 32 39 .451 20½

Utah 23 47 .329 29

Pacific Division

W L Pct GB

L.A. Clippers 49 21 .700 —

Golden State 44 27 .620 5½

Phoenix 42 29 .592 7½

Sacramento 25 45 .357 24

L.A. Lakers 23 46 .333 25½

x-clinched playoff spot

Woods: 'Still too soon' to know if fit for Masters
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM


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WASHINGTON — Tiger Woods is not sure whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the Masters, which is two weeks away.

"For Augusta, it's actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you," Woods said Monday at a news conference to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his golf tournament. "That's kind of the frustrating thing about this."

The Masters is the only major tournament the 38-year-old Woods has never missed. Four of his 14 major championships came at Augusta National, including his first in 1997. He last won the green jacket in 2005.

This year's Masters is April 10-13.

NCAA Women's Tournament Capsules
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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DURHAM, N.C. — Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6). They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by hitting 14 3-pointers and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.

DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points and seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-4 seed to lose in the tournament.

The Blue Devils — who made four straight appearances in the regional finals — became the first No. 2 seed to lose this early since Xavier lost to Louisville in 2011.