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News and Notes : Sanchez Out, Vick In, Schaub To Raiders, Mercer Shocks Duke

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Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and Mercer highlight the Friday edition of The InscriberMag : Digital Magazine’s News and Notes.

  • Jets Cut Mark Sanchez, Sign Michael Vick to One-Year, $5 Million Deal : A move long anticipated in the Big Apple, the New York Jets officially made the worst secret in the NFL a reality in cutting former franchise quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez, acquired in a draft-day trade with the Cleveland Browns in 2009, fifth overall, was 33-29 as a starter in his five-year career and led the Jets to two AFC Championship games in his first two. Sanchez, due a $2 million roster bonus March 25, lost his starting job to rookie Geno Smith.  After announcing the release of Sanchez, the Jets would sign former Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback to a one-year five million deal. Vick, once a starter in Philadelphia, lost his starting job to Nick Foles in 2013. In New York, Vick will be re-united with former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
  • Texans Deal QB Matt Schaub To Raiders For Late-Round Pick : After signing free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal, the Houston Texans traded former starter Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round pick. Schaub, 33, was also rumored to be in talks of going to the Cleveland Browns, threw 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. During a five-game stretch, Schaub threw nine interceptions—with an NFL-record four being returned for a touchdown. In Oakland, Schaub is projected to start over Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.
  • Mercer Shocks Duke : In perhaps March Madness’ ultimate bracket-buster, the 14th-seeded Mercer Bears shocked the third-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 78-71. Led by Jakob Gollon’s 20 points and Daniel Coursey’s 17, the Bears were able to withstand a season-high 15 three-pointers from Duke.  Frosh phenom Jabari Parker—in what may have his last game—scored 14 points in 28 minutes.
  • More News and Notes : According to reports, free-agent defensive end, Jared Allen has agreed to a deal with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Steelers Sign Ex-Saints WR Lance Moore to Two-Year Deal : After seeing Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace leave the Steel City in consecutive years via free agency, the Steelers made their first foray into the market in signing former New Orleans Saints wideout, Lance Moore to a two-year deal. Manchester United F Robin van Persie to Miss 4-6 Weeks Due to Knee Injury, after being drawn against defending European champion Bayern Munich on Friday, United received some bad news in Dutch striker Robin van Persie being out four to six weeks with a knee injury. The brilliant—yet brittle and injury-prone striker is expected to miss the first leg of the Champions League and six EPL games for the Red Devils. UCL Draw Announced : UEFA officially announced its quarterfinals draw Friday that will feature the aforementioned defending champions from Bayern vs. United, Athletico Madrid will face Lionel Messi and F.C. Barcelona, 2012 champion Chelsea will square off against Ligue 1 power, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will face off against UCL runner-up Borussia Dortmund.

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