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Bruce Arians: We ‘Desperately’ Want Larry Fitzgerald Back

Bruce Arians: We ‘Desperately’ Want Larry Fitzgerald Back

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made his case for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to stay put.

Fitzgerald is due $15 million base salary in 2015 and holds $23.6 million of the Cardinals' salary, but the organization is hoping he'll restructure his deal.

"We definitely, desperately want him to stay," coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via the team's official website. "He knows that. It's really his decision."

Fitzgerald pulled in 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, which was the lowest in his career.

Fitzgerald also had to deal with four different quarterbacks throwing to him this season, because of Carson Palmer going down mid-way through the year with a torn ACL.

Arizona finished 11-5, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

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Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor Listed as Probable for Super Bowl

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor Listed as Probable for Super Bowl

NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor looks like he'll be ready to go on Sunday for Super Bowl 49 after he participated in the team's walk-through practice without favoring his leg, according to the pool report.

Chancellor is listed as probable for their game against the New England Patriots.

Chancellor left Friday's practice with his left knee wrapped, but all signs point towards him making it on the field in Arizona.

"He looked pretty good today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Emily Kaplan, the Super Bowl pool reporter for the Pro Football Writers of America. "We will make sure we test him in pregame, but he remarkably looked great today and so that's all we have to go on."

Chancellor was drafted by Seattle in 2010 and was a member of last year's Super Bowl team.

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Pitt Upsets No. 8 Notre Dame

Pitt Upsets No. 8 Notre DameG Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa.)-- The Pittsburgh Panthers have upset the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. With a last second steal by junior guard James Robinson the Panthers took down the Fighting Irish 76-72 Saturday to end a...

NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season

NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX, Az.)-- The NFL has come full circle on an embarrassing 2014-2015 season. In the annual pre-Super Bowl press conference, held Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell was asked by CNN's Rachel Nichols if the league c...

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Even at age 38, Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos don't know if he'll be lining up behind center next season. Manning says he's still deciding if he wants to come back and play in 2015 or not.

Even though Manning was rated among one of the best at his position in 2014, he is not the same player he once was, and even dealt with injuries throughout the season.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with Coach (Gary) Kubiak and did have a chance (to) see him in person.

"I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach (Kubiak), (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders."

This past season, Manning threw for 4,727 yards and threw 39 touchdowns.

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Grizzlies’ Guard Vince Carter Out at least a Week with Foot Injury

Grizzlies’ Guard Vince Carter Out at least a Week with Foot Injury

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A key member for one of the best teams in the NBA will be out of action at least a week as Memphis Grizzlies reserve guard Vince Carter will undergo evaluation on a tendon injury in his left foot.

Carter left Thursday's game against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter, and an MRI revealed the injury. He'll be re-evaluated next week.

At 34-12, the Grizzlies have the second-best record in the Western Conference, and third-best record in the NBA.

Fortunately for Memphis, while Carter is a valuable role player at this point in his career, the team can rely more on recently-acquired forward Jeff Green. In nine games this season with the Grizzlies, Green is averaging 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds while playing 28.6 minutes per game.

The 38-year-old Carter is a former All-Star and is playing in his 17th NBA season. In 44 games off the bench for Memphis, Carter is averaging a career-low 6.0 points per game.

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Hawks Win their 18th-Straight Game

Hawks Win their 18th-Straight Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Not only have the Atlanta Hawks won 18-straight games, they now own the best record in the NBA.

On Friday, the Hawks improved to 39-8 after rallying past the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-99 victory.

"We're confident in one through 15 here," center Al Horford said. "Guys really put in the time, guys work every day. They just don't get the opportunity because we're so deep."

The Trail Blazers led after each of the first three quarters, but were outscored 36-25 in the fourth quarter.

Atlanta has not lost a game since Dec. 26 when they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"They're good," Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of the Hawks. "We could have played better, but they're good.

Six Hawks scored in double figures on Friday night. They were led by forward Paul Millsap, who scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds, two assists, and three blocks.

Guard Kyle Korver also scored 16 points after hitting four of five 3-point attempts.

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Serena Williams Wins Sixth Australian Open

Serena Williams Wins Sixth Australian Open

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams defeats second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) to win her sixth Australian Open title.

Williams has now won 19 Grand Slams pushing her past Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for second most all-time, and putting her four behind Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22.

Williams, who was battling a cold, breezed through the first set before fending off a pesky Sharapova in the second set.

The 33-year-old Williams has now beaten Sharapova 16-straight times.

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Tiger Shoots Worst Round of Career, Misses Cut

Tiger Shoots Worst Round of Career, Misses Cut

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- Tiger Woods shot a professional worst 82 during second round play at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday.Woods missed the cut and failed to break 80 for just the second time in his professional career."We all have days like this," Woods. "Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum, a public setting. We all have days like this. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is even on bad days like this, just keep fighting, because on the good days you've got to keep fighting, as well."Woods had six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey Friday. This was Woods' first event of 2015. He is expected to play at next week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 103 (10-37) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (8-38)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (39-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 99 (32-15)

Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (28-20) - Sacramento Kings 90 (16-29)

Houston Rockets 93 (33-14) - Boston Celtics 87 (16-29)

Toronto Raptors 127 (32-15) - Brooklyn Nets 122 (18-28)

Dallas Mavericks 93 (31-17) - Miami Heat 72 (20-26) 

New Orleans Pelicans 108 (25-22) - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (31-15)

Utah Jazz 110 (17-30) - Golden State Warriors 100 (36-8)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3  (31-13-4, 66pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2  (17-25-6, 40pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (28-13-8, 64pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (18-22-9, 45pts) - Overtime

Colorado Avalanche 3 (21-18-11, 53pts) - Nashville Predators 0 (31-11-6, 68pts)

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NFL: Fewer Concussions Suffered in 2014 Season

NFL: Fewer Concussions Suffered in 2014 Season

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The NFL announced that concussions were down during the 2014 season as well as other injury findings.

According to the league, the number of recorded concussions dropped 25 percent during the regular season.

"Players are changing the way they're tackling," NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game."

There were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season. That number was down from 148 in 2013 and 173 in 2012. That equates to a 36 percent drop over that three-year span.

"It would have been nice if we had started this in 1930, but we didn't," said San Francisco 49ers chairman John York, who leads the owners' health and safety committee. "And as things came to our attention, we took more interest in looking at these questions."

Miller also went on to say that the drop in concussions has not resulted in more knee injuries.

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Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M

Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M

Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas A&M football fans and coaches can breathe a sigh of relief as Kyler Murray, the Gatorade National Player of the Year as well as the No. 1-ranked quarterback, has decided to commit to Texas A&M.

Murray was considering other options, and even visited with the Texas Longhorns last week, but decided College Station was the best fit for him.

"Texas A&M is where my heart is at," Murray said late Thursday night. "Coach [Charlie] Strong and Texas is a great opportunity, but I felt that A&M was the place for me. Not because of my dad having played there, but just the right place for me."

"It went well," Murray said when asked about a recent meeting with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. "All my questions were answered. I just can't wait to get this all over with and get back to playing ball."

Murray was ranked 13th overall in the ESPN 300. As the starting quarterback at Allen High, Murray won his third straight state championship in Texas' highest classification in December.

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Bucks Sign Forward Kenyon Martin for the Rest of the Season

Bucks Sign Forward Kenyon Martin for the Rest of the Season

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are keeping Kenyon Martin around. The team announced they've signed the veteran forward through the rest of the season.

Martin had originally signed a 10-day contract with the team.

Now in his 15th NBA season, the 37-year-old Martin has added a big boost to the young Bucks. While his impact may not be felt on the stat-sheet, he's provided some much-needed veteran leadership to the team. He's also added solid front court depth after the injury to rookie Jabari Parker and the suspension of Larry Sanders.

Martin also has a connection with head coach Jason Kidd. The two were teammates when the New Jersey Nets made two back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. They also reunited when they both played for the New York Knicks during the 2012-2013 season.

A former number one overall pick, Martin has averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In nine games this season, Martin is averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

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NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night, the NBA announced the final players that were selected to play in the 64th NBA All-Star Game that will be held Feb. 15 in New York City.The Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks led the way with three selections: Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford.Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Golden State's Clay Thompson were both selected for the first time.  Despite playing in only 21 of the Thunder's first 46 games, Kevin Durant earned a spot on the West squad. He will be joined in the front court by Portland's LeMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio's Tim Duncan.Rounding out the West reserves are the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, and Houston's James Harden.The East squad also includes Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and Miami's Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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Duke Dismisses Guard Rasheed Sulaimon

Duke Dismisses Guard Rasheed Sulaimon

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon from the basketball program Thursday."Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release. "It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program."The news comes as a surprise considering Sulaimon wasn't publicly disciplined all season.The 20-year-old from Houston started 50 games during his first two seasons with Duke but became a bench player this season when the blue devils brought in freshmen Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.Sulaimon played in all 20 of the team's games this season, averaging 7.5 points, two rebounds and 1.8 assists.Sulaimon becomes the first player to be dismissed from Duke's basketball program since Krzyzewski took over as head coach.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/29/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/29/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 103 (17-31) – New York Knicks 82 (9-38)

Memphis Grizzlies 99 (34-12) – Denver Nuggets 69 (19-28)

Milwaukee Bucks 115 (24-22) – Orlando Magic 100 (15-34)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 69 (20-0) - Missouri 53 (7-13)

(3) Gonzaga 64 (21-1) – Portland 46 (12-10)

Ohio State 80 (17-5) – (16) Maryland 56 (18-4)

NHL: Boston Bruins 5 (26-16-7; 59pts) – New York Islanders 2 (32-15-1; 65pts)

Montreal Canadiens 1 (31-13-3; 65pts) – New York Rangers 0 (27-15-4; 58pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 5 (21-22-7; 49pts) – Winnipeg Jets 2 (26-16-8; 60pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (17-25-6; 40pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (22-24-4; 48pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (31-15-4; 66pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (28-12-9; 65pts)

Dallas Stars 6 (22-19-7; 51pts) – Ottawa Senators 3 (19-19-9; 47pts)

Florida Panthers 3 (21-15-10; 52pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (21-23-3; 45pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (30-13-4; 64pts) – Nashville Predators 4 (31-10-6; 68pts) SO

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Browns WR Josh Gordon Speaks Out About Off-The-Field Issues

Browns WR Josh Gordon Speaks Out About Off-The-Field Issues

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- After another failed drug test, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon wrote a first-person letter posted on Medium.com, telling his own story of his most recent incidents with the law. 

Gordon directs the letter to his critics, including Charles Barkley, and ESPN analysts Stephen A. Smith, and Cris Carter, all who have expressed concern for Gordon’s future in professional football, and his well-being off-the-field.

In the letter, Gordon explained his failed alcohol test, which came after a flight he took with teammates and former receivers coach, Mike McDaniel on Jan. 2.  He also discussed his 10-game suspension this past NFL season and his reduced four-game suspension for a DWI charge last year. 

Gordon says he just made a bad decision at the wrong time. However, after discussing his current instances, Gordon took full accountability for his actions, saying, “the only person to blame is me.”

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St. Louis Blues Goaltender Martin Brodeur Retires from NHL

St. Louis Blues Goaltender Martin Brodeur Retires from NHL

christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Thursday. He will join the team’s front office as a senior adviser to the general manager.

“I know I can play,” said Brodeur. “I know I still can have fun with this game.”

The 42-year-old Brodeur, who spent the previous 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, signed with St. Louis on Dec. 2, 2014. In seven games with the Blues, he went 3-3 with a .287 goals against average.

During Brodeur's illustrious career, he won the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's best goaltender, four times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008), and has finished in the top five in voting for the league's MVP seven times.

Brodeur compiled a record of 691-397-176, along with a 2.24 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts, in 1,266 career regular season games. Last year with the Devils, he finished with a 19-14-6 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

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J.R. Smith Credits Leaving New York City Night Life for Resurgence in Cleveland

J.R. Smith Credits Leaving New York City Night Life for Resurgence in ClevelandJim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since being traded from the New York Knicks to Cleveland Cavaliers, guard J.R. Smith has played much better as of late. According to Smith the reason is because he's away from the New York City night life. Smith wa...

Nets’ Doctors Expect Mirza Teletovic to Make Full Recovery from Blood Clots

Nets’ Doctors Expect Mirza Teletovic to Make Full Recovery from Blood Clots

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- About a week after learning he had multiple blood clots in his lungs, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic expects to make a full recovery.

It was unclear if or when the second-year forward would get back onto the court, but doctors say Teletovic will be back eventually.

“Mirza was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the appropriate medications for this condition," Nets Team Physician Dr. Michael Farber said. "Diagnostic testing was arranged and he was then observed until testing showed that he reached the expected therapeutic range. We are pleased to say that he reports no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today.”

“This was a true collaborative effort between our medical team and training staff and the local physicians at the Los Angeles hospital where Mirza was treated," Farber continued. "I am really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary.”

“I expect Mirza to make a full recovery,” he added.

In 40 games this season, Teletovic was averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench for the Nets.

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