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Florida Prepares for Florida State

Florida Prepares for Florida State

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) -- Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

"[They're a] really good football team. [I've] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he's done and his staff," Muschamp said. "They've won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They've done a outstanding job."

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

"We're going into battle," Fisher said. "These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose."

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year.  The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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Curry Drops 40 on Heat

Curry Drops 40 on Heat

NBA via Golden State Warriors(MIAMI, Fl.) -- Stephen Curry lit up the Miami Heat Tuesday night as he led the Golden State Warriors to a 114-97 victory.

Curry finished the night shooting 12 of 19 from the floor, draining eight 3-pointers. 

There had been some concern in the past couple days with Curry's shooting as he was 8 of 24 in his previous two games. Curry steadied those worries by finding open looks with the help of his teammates. 

"Everything feels in rhythm," Curry said. "My bigs, Draymon Green, Mo Speights, Andrew Bogut set some great screens for me and I got a lot of space. When you see your first two or three go down, your confidence is at a high. Shots just appear and you have confidence to knock them down."

Heat forward Chris Bosh was utterly perplexed by the end result.  With 6:45 left in the fourth, his team was leading by two.

"We got to the end, we're in the bonus, you know 93-95 and we don't score anymore," Bosh said. "We just forget our offense and I don't know why."

The Warriors have now won six straight and are 11-2 on the season.

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Redskins Bench RGIII for McCoy

Redskins Bench RGIII for McCoy

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va) -- Push has come to shove as the Redskins have decided to bench Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy this Sunday when Washington will face Indianapolis.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Griffin will not play this weekend, but remains a part of the team's long term plans. 

Griffin has struggled this season. He has missed six games after suffering a dislocated ankle in week 2. In the five games he has started, Griffin has completed 69.7% of his passes for 869 yards while throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions. Additionally, he has been sacked 16 times. The team is 1-4 in those five starts.

McCoy made his only start of the season against the Dallas Cowboys on October 27. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards with one interception and a rushing touchdown in a game that saw the Redskins defeat the Cowboys 20-17.

 

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Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Delayed

Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Delayed

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(MASSACHUSETTS) -- Aaron Hernandez has had his trial for a 2012 double murder delayed so his lawyers could prepare for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez is charged with the 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The fallen star is alleged to have killed the two men after one of them spilled a drink on him at a Boston nightclub.

Lawyers for Hernandez say they are reviewing more than 500,000 pieces of evidence and more than 300 names turned over by the district attorney's office.

The judge in the case, Jeffery Locke, has agreed to delay the case but did not set a new trial date. Locke stated that he would like to see how long the trial in Lloyd's murder takes before making a decision. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Atlanta Hawks 106 (7-5) - Washington Wizards 102 (9-4)

Golden State Warriors 114 (11-2) - Miami Heat 97 (8-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 98 (8-7) - Detroit Pistons 86 (3-11)

Sacramento Kings 99 (9-5) - New Orleans Pelicans 89 (7-6)

Denver Nuggets 114 (7-7) - Chicago Bulls 109 (9-6)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 3 (10-7-4) - St. Louis Blues 2 (14-6-2) - Shootout

Nashville Predators 4 (14-5-2) - Los Angeles Kings 3 (11-6-5) - Shootout

Dallas Stars 3 (9-9-4) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (6-14-2)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (11-9-3) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (11-9-3)

Colorado Avalanche (7-9-5, 19 pts) - Arizona Coyotes (9-11-2, 20 pts) - Overtime

NCAAB Top-25: (1) Kentucky 92 (6-0) - TX-Arlington 44 (3-2)

(3) Arizona 72 (5-0) - Kansas State 62 (3-2)

(7) Texas 78 (5-0) - St. Francis (PA) 46 (2-3)

(8) Virginia 79 (5-0) - Tenn State 36 (2-3)

Maryland 72 (5-0) - (13) Iowa State 63 (3-1)

(14) VCU 77 (4-1) - Oregon 63 (3-2)

(17) Miami (FL) 77 (6-0) - Charlotte 74 (3-2)

(23) Creighton75 (5-0) - E Illinois 53 (1-4)

(25) Arkansas 78 (4-0) - SMU 72 (2-3)

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Bills Will Play in Buffalo on Sunday

Bills Will Play in Buffalo on SundayTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a temporary hiatus from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills are fully planning on playing in front of their home crowd this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Bills' scheduled game this past Su...

Broncos Release Kicker Brandon McManus, Sign Connor Barth to Replace Him

Broncos Release Kicker Brandon McManus, Sign Connor Barth to Replace HimNational Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- Frustrated by the lack of consistency in their kicking game, the Denver Broncos have cut kicker Brandon McManus and replaced him with Connor Barth. The Broncos had worked out kickers Jay Feely and Barth thi...

Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama is hoping to avoid another shocking defeat to Auburn this year in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

In the final play of last year's game, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Alabama for a 100-yard touchdown run, stunning top-ranked Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban said Monday that this is what the game is all about.

"We all kind of remember what happened," he added. "I think that it was very disappointing to all of us here, not just the last play, but the last five minutes of the game, that we never finished the game like we needed to and it was a tough way to lose a game."

"The Iron Bowl is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and means a lot to people in the state, regardless of which side you're on," Saban continued.  "As a competitor it's a great opportunity because this game has had a lot of significance over the last few years."

Alabama currently sits in the number one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Meanwhile, Auburn is 4-3 in their SEC matchups this year and are 8-3.

"Their offense is one of the most productive in the country," Saban said. "They got a very good scheme. [Auburn quarterback] Nick Marshall does a fantastic job of executing that on the field."

Marshall has tossed 15 touchdowns this year and thrown for 1,859 yards.

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2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot was released and features 44 players, including 27 newcomers. 

Three of the best pitchers of their era highlight the list of first-timers up for induction. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz join a bevy of others looking to be enshrined among the games greats in Cooperstown next summer.

Martinez owns the sixth-best win percentage of all-time at .687, while Johnson became the last 300-game winner in his final season of 2009. Smoltz, who racked up 231 wins and 121 saves in 21 seasons, will be looking to join former Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine who were selected to the Hall in 2014.

Carlos Delgado, Nomar Garciappara, Gary Sheffield and Tony Clark, the current head of the players' association, are also among those appearing on the ballot for the first time. 

Among the 17 players making a return to the ballot, Craig Biggio seems to be a favorite for enshrinement. The former Houston Astros infielder missed induction by two votes last year, receiving 74.8 percent of the vote.

Also on the list are Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens. Piazza, who earned 62.2 percent of the 75 percent needed, has hit more home runs than any other catcher ever (396). Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell are among the others back on the ballot while Don Mattingly enters his 15th, and final, year of eligibility.

In order to be inducted, a player must receive 75% of the vote on a ballot. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) are only allowed to put 10 names on a singular ballot. Enshrined along with those from the BBWAA ballot is anyone elected by the 16-person Golden Era Committee, which will make its announcement on Dec. 8. Results of the BBWAA ballot will be revealed on Jan. 6, 2015.

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Cavs Snap Skid with Win over Orlando

Cavs Snap Skid with Win over Orlando

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James scored 29 points -- 16 in the first quarter -- as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Orlando Magic 106-74 on Monday night.

Prior to the game, James called himself out by telling reporters "I stink" and taking responsibility for the team's lackluster performance.

"I'm my biggest critic," James said. "I wasn't happy with my play the last week. No one puts any more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you just don't talk about it, you show it too."

The veteran took his own advice and came out strong, scoring as many points in the first quarter as the Magic (6-10) did. James finished the day by shooting 9-for-17 and pushing the lead to the point where he did not play in the fourth quarter. As a team, Cleveland (6-7) controlled the game defensively with 14 steals and nine blocks, forcing 21 turnovers.

"He's a great player and that's what great players do," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of James. "They lead their team and make plays at both ends of the floor." 

Orlando struggled offensively as well, shooting 36.3 percent (29-of-80) from the floor. The Magic, who had won consecutive road games, were playing without leading rebounder and scorer Tobias Harris for the second straight night. Victor Oladipo picked up the scoring, racking up 22 points in the loss.

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One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

om Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) -- Even though snow stranded members of the team and forced them to play their home game at Detroit's Ford Field a day later, the Buffalo Bills throttled the New York Giants, 38-3 on Monday night.

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes in the win, despite Buffalo (6-5) having a shortened practice week.

"We probably had the easy part of it, and back home they had the tough part," Orton said. "[We're] excited to get here and get a big win for us, and hopefully this will propel us forward."

With many of their fans still snowed in across Western New York, the Bills put together an impressive showcase in all three phases. Five different players scored touchdowns on offense, including a pair of passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. When Chandler pulled in his catch, the tight end mimicked a shoveling motion for those back in Buffalo.

"It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo," Chandler said. "You want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, we're behind you."

The Bills also dominated on defense, holding the Jets (2-9) to just 218 total yards and only 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Manny Lawson had possibly the biggest play of the game, recovering a blocked punt in the end zone to give Buffalo a 24-3 advantage in the third quarter.

Orton finished the game with two touchdown passes and 230 yards while Michael Vick through for just 76 yards and an interception, ultimately leaving the game with an injury.

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Forsett Powers Ravens to Win over New Orleans

Forsett Powers Ravens to Win over New Orleans

Scott Boehem/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

It was Forsett's second touchdown of the night that helped the Ravens (7-4) pull away while on the road.

"The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me," Forsett said. "I just tried to seize the moment."

The game took on a competitive mood from the start, before ultimately turning combative late. Baltimore opened the scoring in the first quarter when Joe Flacco and Steve Smith, Sr. connected for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

New Orleans (4-7) countered with a scoring drive of their own, capped off by Drew Brees' 10-yard strike to Jimmy Graham.

After Forsett's first touchdown scamper gave the Ravens another lead, the Saints scored 10 straight points to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.

However, Baltimore received the second half kickoff and promptly tied the game on Justin Tucker's 31-yard field goal. The game then took a turn as Brees was picked off by Will Hill, who returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, allowing the Ravens to regain the lead.

A Shayne Graham field goal got New Orleans within one possession, but Forsett broke a 20-yard run off the left side to make it a 34-20 lead with less than three minutes to play. The Baltimore defense would hold strong, only allowing a last minute touchdown pass from Brees. 

Both teams remained at, or near, the top of their division standings. The Ravens are a half game behind Cincinnati (7-3-1) in the AFC North while New Orleans is tied with the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) in the NFC South.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 12: Buffalo Bills 38 (6-5) – New York Jets 3 (2-9)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 113 (8-5) – Charlotte Hornets 92 (4-11)

Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (6-7) – Orlando Magic 74 (6-10)

Portland Trail Blazers 114 (11-3) – Philadelphia 76ers 104 (0-14)

Toronto Raptors 104 (12-2) – Phoenix Suns 100 (9-6)

Houston Rockets 91 (11-3) – New York Knicks 86 (4-11)

Indiana Pacers 111 (6-8) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (10-5)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (14-4-2; 30pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (13-9-1; 27pts) OT

New York Islanders 1 (15-6-0; 30pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (8-9-3; 19pts) SO

Detroit Red Wings 4 (11-5-5; 27pts) – Ottawa Senators 3 (9-7-4; 22pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (12-8-0; 24pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (7-6-6; 20pts)

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L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP Juan Nicasio from Rockies

L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP Juan Nicasio from Rockies

iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Dodgers designated infielder Ryan Jackson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Nicasio.

In 33 games with the Rockies last season, Nicasio went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA. He struck out 63 batters in 93 2/3 innings of work.

The Rockies originally signed Nicasio as an amateur free agent in 2006. In his big league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 28, 2011, he allowed one unearned run across seven frames.

Nicasio is 21-22 over his four-year big league career.

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Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez

Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley RamirezBananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox have made quite the splash early on in free agency. Multiple outlets report that the Boston Red Sox are close to finalizing deals with free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. ESPN reports th...

Saints Owner Tom Benson Makes Record $11M Donation to Football Hall of Fame

Saints Owner Tom Benson Makes Record $11M Donation to Football Hall of FameStacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to pledge $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- it's the largest contribution by any individual in the history of the establishment. $10 million of Ben...

Hornets Guard Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely with Separated Shoulder

Hornets Guard Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely with Separated ShoulderNBA via New Orleans Pelicans(NEW YORK) -- The injury bug has bitten New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon once again after separating his shoulder during Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. Gordon got tangled up with Jazz guard Alec Burks in the se...

Patriots Silence Lions

Patriots Silence Lions

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving.

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Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Cleveland Browns let a nine point fourth quarter lead slip away, but kicker Billy Cundiff hit another game winning field goal as time expired to give his team a 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw three picks, but found a way to lead his team down the field in the final minute to set up the Cundiff game winner.

Browns Josh Gordon pulled in eight passes for 127 yards in his first game since being suspended for 10 games due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

"I knew the guys weren't going to quit on me," Gordon said. "I definitely wasn't going to quit on them."

Hoyer admitted that he was not happy with his performance even though the Browns came out with the win.

"Nothing to lose, really," Hoyer said when asked about the final drive. "Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point."

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Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title

Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title

Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(MACAU) -- Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri by unanimous decision Saturday to retain his welterweight title.

Pacquiao dominated the fight, throwing 410 punches to Algieri's 212. Pacquiao connected on 187 punches and scored six knockdowns.

Coming off such a dominating performance and now boasting a career record of (56-6-2, 38 KOs) some, such as ESPN's boxing analyst Bernardo Osuna, wonder if he has been impressive enough to fight fellow welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"He needs to look impressive, because when he steps into the negotiating room for a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather in early 2015, he has got to have some leverage," Osuna said.

The final scores from the judges were in favor of Pacquiao, 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103.

 

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