Packers QB Rodgers Calf Injury

rodgers gbQuarterback Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice on Wednesday with a left calf injury as the Green Bay Packers prepare for Seattle in the NFC title game. Rodgers says he was able to do a little more than last week, when he missed the first day of practice preparing for the Dallas Cowboys. Rodgers has played well despite the injury that has bothered him for the past month.

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Oregon DE Deforest Buckner To Stay

Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner will stay with the Ducks for his senior year. Buckner announced his decision Wednesday. In a statement posted on the team's website, Buckner said he wanted to finish his degree. He also believes that another year of experience will help his development for the pros. Buckner has started 23 straight games. He had 81 total tackles and a team-high 13 tackles for loss this season. Oregon (13-2) beat Florida State in the Rose Bowl to advance to the national championship game against Ohio State in college football's first playoffs. The Ducks fell to the Buckeyes 42-20 on Monday. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota announced his decision to declare early for the NFL draft on Wednesday, and defensive lineman Arik Armstead also announced that he would forgo his senior season. EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – January 15, 2015

Seattle Acquires LHP Kickham From Cubs For Minor Leaguer

The Seattle Mariners have acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor-league pitcher Lars Huijer. Seattle and Chicago finalized the trade Wednesday. Seattle designated for assignment Anthony Fernandez to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old Kickham spent his entire career in the San Francisco Giants organization before being claimed off waivers by Chicago in late December. He was designated for assignment earlier this month when the Cubs signed outfielder Chris Denorfia. Kickham was 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA last season at Triple-A Fresno. He made 27 starts and was fourth in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts. Kickham had limited experience with the Giants, going 0-3 with a 10.98 ERA making 14 appearances over two seasons. Huijer did not pitch above Single-A last season in the Mariners organization. SEATTLE (AP) – January 15, 2015

Heisman Winner Marcus Mariota Says He's Going To The NFL

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The Ducks quarterback announced on Oregon's website on Wednesday that he would forgo his senior season. The school said he filed paperwork on Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline. Mariota was the humble leader of Oregon's high-flying offense. The 13-2 Ducks defeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl in college football's first playoffs, but fell 42-20 to Ohio State in Monday night's national championship game. Mariota won every major award he qualified for, starting with the Heisman Trophy, as well as AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He set a conference record for most touchdowns in a single season with 58. (AP) – January 15, 2015

Oregon DE Arik Armstead Declares For NFL Draft

Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The school's website announced that Armstead filed paperwork to make in official Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior said in a statement that he's ready to test himself at the next level. Armstead started all 13 games he appeared in this season for the Ducks, and was second on the team with 5 ½ tackles for loss. In Monday's national championship loss to Ohio State, he had a career-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble by Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones that led to a third-quarter field goal. Armstead is the first Oregon player with eligibility left to declare for the draft, scheduled to start April 30. Other Oregon players who were considering leaving early for the pros include quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back Byron Marshall. EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – January 15, 2015