Aug. 6, 2011
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The Sharks whirlwind courtship of the Minnesota Wild continued Saturday with the acquisition of one-time first-round pick James Sheppard, a 6-2, 210-pound centerman who missed the 2011 season with a knee injury.
The Sharks sent a 2013 third-round pick to Minnesota for Sheppard, who fractured his patella in a four-wheeler accident in Colorado while doing high-altitude training with a number of other NHL players, including Sidney Crosby. He was suspended by the team due to a no-ATV riding clause listed in his contract.
Sheppard was drafted ninth overall in 2006, and played three years in Minnesota, filling in for injured players to get 78 games his first year, and then getting increased ice time in his second and third years. He has 11 career goals in 224 games.
On Friday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted on The Warriors Insider Podcast with Monte Poole that he tried marijuana twice during the last year and half to try to relieve the chronic back pain he was experiencing after two surgeries.
A day later, the NBA issued the following statement regarding Kerr's revelation:
"All of our coaches are drug tested each season. Marijuana is included on our banned substances list. There are medical exceptions to our policy but, in this case, it's not relevant because Steve said he did not find marijuana to be helpful in relieving his back pain."
To listen to Kerr's full interview on The Warriors Insider Podcast, CLICK HERE.
The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.
Rzepczynski's deal is fo $11 million over two years. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first reported details of the contract.
The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.
The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season. He then pitched three times in the NL playoffs for the Nationals.
Rzepczynski has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three years. He's also pitched for Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego in an eight-season career.
The 33-year-old Fien was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 39 games for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 27-year-old Kiekhefer made his major league debut last season and pitched 26 times in relief for the Cardinals. Seattle claimed him off waivers from St. Louis last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.