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While the basketball tourney rages on (and every local team advances) the NFL free agency period is still live. The Browns look to sign Dwayne Bowe who could be the number one option in Cleveland.

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Cincinnati Forces Overtime With Last Gasp Layup
I—and everybody else, surely—was screaming "SHOOT THE DAMN BALL ALREADY" at Cincinnati's Troy Caupain as he seemingly took an eternity to attempt and tie the ballgame. But Caupain's internal clock had Swiss watchmaker-like accuracy, and by golly he was going to use up 7.3 of the 7.4 seconds he had to get off the perfect shot.

Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell Bloodied By Elbow To The Face
Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell took an elbow to the face courtesy of VCU's Doug Brooks while going up for a rebound. Brooks got hit with a flagrant one foul; Russell needed to be cleaned up, but kept playing after the injury.

NFL Notes: WR Dwayne Bowe to sign with Browns | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has agreed to contract terms with the Cleveland Browns. Bowe, who spent the past eight seasons with Kansas City, is expected to sign the deal on Thursday, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not confirmed the agreement.

Notes: McCarron aiming for his shot; Still, Ghee return
As free-agency begins its inevitable transition to a trickle, what’s becoming plainer and plainer is that A.J. McCarron is going to have a great shot at winning the No. 2 job behind quarterback Andy Dalton. Jason Campbell, last year’s backup, is still unsigned. With Colt McCoy headed to Washington, the veteran crop is so picked over that the Bengals may be content to find that No. 3 quarterback in the later rounds of the April 30-May 2 NFL Draft. The Bengals seem to be encouraged with the state of McCarron’s throwing shoulder, as well as his approach to the offseason that includes three scheduled visits with Dr. Tom House, the noted quarterback guru working at USC.

Bengals bring back CB Brandon Ghee
The Bengals are brining back another 2014 free agent. Five days after bringing back defensive end Michael Johnson following a year away Cincinnati did the same with cornerback Brandon Ghee. The 2010 third-round pick of the Bengals bolted as a free agent for San Diego last year, was cut in preseason and played six games with Tennessee before being released Dec. 3. He logged one interception and three tackles.

Devon Still rejoins Cincinnati Bengals as good week continues - ESPN
A good week just got even better for Devon Still and his family. The defensive tackle re-signed Thursday morning with the Cincinnati Bengals. The news of his renewed deal comes two days after Still reported progress in his 4-year-old daughter Leah's fight with a rare pediatric cancer. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted out the news before the team later confirmed the move.

Steve Young sees impact of concussions as 'awful ... scary’ - San Francisco Chronicle
In a conversation about Chris Borland’s surprise retirement from football at age 24, Young said his own health is good but he is tortured by what he sees happening to many of the men he played with and against.

Patrick Willis says there’s zero chance he’ll return to NFL | ProFootballTalk
In the wake of the surprise retirement of 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, some have wondered whether he'll be back in a year or two.  Willis says it won't happen, ever.