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March 28, 2014

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Titans agree to multiyear deal with LB Phillips

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear deal with linebacker Shaun Phillips.

The Titans announced the deal Thursday.

The 10-year veteran out of Purdue ranks ninth with 79½ sacks over the past decade in the NFL. He also has forced 22 forced fumbles in 152 career games with his first nine seasons in San Diego. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound linebacker played all 16 games for Denver last season with 10 sacks, 36 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles.

General manager Ruston Webster says Phillips is a flexible linebacker who adds to the Titans’ pass rush with his play and experience.

Phillips has missed only eight games in his career. He becomes the second linebacker Tennessee has signed this month who played for Denver last season, joining Wesley Woodyard.

Reds’ Cueto to start opening day in Cincy

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Johnny Cueto is set to start on opening day for the Cincinnati Reds for the third straight season.

First-year manager Bryan Price said Thursday that Cueto will pitch Monday at home against St. Louis.

Price had to sort through a series of minor injuries, including Cueto’s tender right shoulder, before making the final determination. Cueto missed a turn this spring because of soreness.

Tony Cingrani will pitch the second game. He was the only starter in the rotation without an injury issue this spring.

Homer Bailey was skipped with a sore right groin and Mike Leake had slight pain in his abdomen. Either Bailey or Leake will start the third game.

Mat Latos will miss at least one start after minor elbow and knee surgery. Alfredo Simon will start the fifth game in New York against the Mets.

 

 

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