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  • Lefty Bumgarner named Giants opening day starter
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been selected the San Francisco Giants' opening day starter.
    Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Tuesday at spring training that Bumgarner would pitch March 31 at Arizona. This marks Bumgarner's first opening day start. He was the only member of the San Francisco rotation with a winning record last season at 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 31 starts. He made his first NL All-Star team. Righty Matt Cain went Game 1 last season, when the Giants wound up missing the playoffs a year after winning their second World Series title in three years.
    Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross set to retire
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross is saying goodbye to the NFL after 11 seasons.
    Gross, 33, was a first-round pick by Carolina in 2003 and started 167 games — all for the Panthers. He went to his third Pro Bowl this past season as an alternate.
    Gross' contract had expired with the Panthers this offseason, but there was still some question as to his return. He went on vacation with his family last week in Idaho to contemplate whether or not to retire.
    The decision creates a void for the Panthers at left tackle.
    NBA: No serious talks about adapting 4-point line
    NEW YORK — NBA players won't be pulling up for a 4-point shot anytime soon.
    The league denied Tuesday that any serious discussions had been held about that or expanding the court.
    ESPN.com reported that president of operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki Vandeweghe, during an interview at All-Star weekend, said the league had discussed both possibilities. In a statement posted on Twitter, league spokesman Tim Frank says "No one at the NBA, nor the competition committee, has had any serious conversations about increasing the size of the floor or adding a 4-point line." Frank adds "Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe were entertaining a line of questioning about out of the box ideas and ESPN.com chose to make a story that doesn't exist."
    PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Grow, a high school senior with Down syndrome who became an Internet hit with his 3-point shooting, will play next month for the Harlem Globetrotters.
    Grow will suit up for the Globetrotters in the fourth quarter of their March 9 game in Philadelphia. Grow, a devout Globetrotters fan from suburban Philadelphia, was added to the roster Tuesday as their 3-point specialist.
    He signed a ceremonial two-day contract last week with the Philadelphia 76ers. He took part in pregame activities, and received a jersey. The 18-year-old Grow spent four years as team manager of the Bensalem High School boys basketball team. He played in two games, hitting four 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes of his second one, and highlights went viral.
    Compiled from wire reports
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