SPORTS BRIEFS: Launch date announced for SiriusXM SEC Radio


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SiriusXM SEC Radio announced the release date for a 24/7 channel dedicated to SEC sports on Thursday.

The channel (374) will launch March 5, 2018, and will provide SEC fans with "in-depth and comprehensive access to SEC-focused sports talk and news, plus an extensive schedule of SEC games," according to a press release.

Peter Burns and former LSU All-American Marcus Spears will host "SEC This Morning" every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. while Chris Childers and Florida Hall of Fame wide receiver Chris Doering will host an afternoon drive time show. A replay of the The Paul Finebaum Show will air every weekday from 5 to 9 p.m. on the new channel.

Former Georgia football standouts Aaron Murray and Matt Stinchcomb, as well as former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, are among other notable hosts through and analysts participating in the channel's lineup of entertainment.

Subscribers to SiriusXM SEC Radio will be able to tune in to games throughout the conference's men's basketball tournament.

The games will also be available on ESPNU Radio (channel 84).

Wainwright a bit wild in spring debut

Adam Wainwright tossed a pair of scoreless innings but walked three batters in the Cardinals' 3-3 tie against the Twins on Thursday.

The 36-year-old right-hander tossed just 55 percent of his pitches for strikes and allowed two hits while striking out three.

Newly acquired outfielder Marcell Ozuna launched his first home run of the spring campaign. Oscar Mercado collected three hits and stole a base.

Soler goes deep in Royals' win

Jorge Soler delivered a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Royals beat the Mariners 4-3 in spring training action.

Soler's blast was his third of the exhibition season.

Right-hander Brad Keller picked up the win and Heath Fillmyer locked down the save. Each struck out a pair of batters.

Browns willing to take calls about No. 1 pick

John Dorsey might make a deal for the top pick in this year's NFL draft — if the price is the right.

At the league's scouting combine on Thursday, the Cleveland Browns general manager took his sales pitch public.

"There are a lot of things we can do at No. 1 and not just get a quarterback," Dorsey said. "If someone wants to come up and make a trade, I'd make a trade, too. Just give me a call and see what's up."

Cleveland's constant quest to find the right quarterback has become perhaps the most-watched show in the league.

They've used 28 different starters since 1999, and it's unclear if they'll cast aside yet another youngster, DeShone Kizer, after he led the league in interceptions and went 0-15 as the starter.

And with a deep quarterback class and two of the top four picks in April, some think this could finally be the time.

But if a quarterback-needy team is willing to make a quality offer, Dorsey could spend all of those precious picks on putting a better supporting cast around Kizer.

Hall of Fame QB Kelly says tests show return of oral cancer

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly he has once again been diagnosed with oral cancer.

Kelly released a statement Thursday through his publicist saying he is "shocked and deeply saddened" by the news, and vows to once again to fight to overcome the disease. He did not go into specifics on the diagnoses except to say the cancer was discovered following a test.

Kelly had been cancer-free since September 2014, but had been required to undergo follow-up testing every six months.

Kelly's battle with cancer began in June 2013, when he had surgery to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw.

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