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In the NFL there is bad news on the injury front for the New England Patriots as they face up to the prospect of losing a key man for the beginning of the 2015 season. Meanwhile in MLB David Ortiz has spoken up about PED-use rumors.
In basketball four teams, including number one overall seed Kentucky, have secured their passage to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, whilst the Rockets are awaiting news from a specialist regarding one of their starters.
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We begin in the NFL where the New England Patriots are facing the prospect of being without one of their top defensive talents for the start of the 2015 season.
Linebacker Donta Hightower is set to be ruled out for between six to seven months after surgery on a shoulder injury, reports revealed today.
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The Alabama product picked up the shoulder issue back in Week 14 of the 2014 season and played through the pain for the remainder of the Patriots' Super Bowl run - making this incredible stop in the showcase game.
Hightower underwent surgery at the tale end of February but, as reported by the Boston Globe, the Patriots are bracing themselves for the player potentially missing several early season games if the worst case scenario pans out.
With fellow defensive talents Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner having left the franchise this offseason the Patriots will be cursing their luck at another man on D going down.
Across to college basketball and the latest round of March Madness games took place last night.
All four of the higher seeds won out to progress to the Elite Eight, with overall number one seed Kentucky routing West Virginia 78-39.
Meanwhile in the pros, Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley may be done for the season.
The team’s starting point guard is set to see specialists with a view to surgery on his wrist. With the Rockets in such a strong position, and having just welcomed back Dwight Howard after a long injury lay off, it would certainly be a blow to lose another starter at this stage.
And finally, in baseball David Ortiz has again denied that he has ever knowingly used steroids.The Boston Red Sox star has faced suspicion ever since 2003 reports that he had failed a PED test.
""Let me tell you something. Say whatever you want about me -- love me, hate me," Ortiz said in a piece on the Players Tribune.
"But I'm no bulls------. I never knowingly took any steroids. If I tested positive for anything, it was for something in pills I bought at the damn mall."