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Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama

Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA,Al.) -- After revolutionizing the Crimson Tide passing attack in 2014, Lane Kiffin will return as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2015.

The University announced Saturday that Kiffin would return after leading the Crimson Tide to the 9th ranked offense in the country. Kiffin had been a top candidate for the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us," coach Nick Saban said via Twitter. "He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country. He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team."

Alabama's offensive skill players exploded under Kiffin's guidance. Wide receiver Amari Cooper was a Heisman Trophy finalist after catching 124 passes for 1,727 and 16 touchdowns. 

“After being here for a year, I can see why this is such a special place in terms of the history, tradition, and how much football means to everyone at Alabama," Kiffin said. "I also have learned so much in the time I’ve spent with Coach Saban and really have a better understanding of what makes him the great coach that he is. I think the more time I can spend learning from him, the better coach I will be in the future.”

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Marlins Sign Ichiro

Marlins Sign Ichiro

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(MIAMI, Fl.) -- Ichiro Suzuki will give it another go in Major League Baseball.

The Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro to a one-year deal.  The deal is for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ichiro, 41, has played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He needs 156 hits to reach the milestone of 3,000 for his career.

The Marlins outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Ichiro will likely be utilized in a platoon and defensive replacement role. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 58 (19-0)- South Carolina 43 (10-8) 

(6) Wisconsin 69 (18-2) - Michigan 64 (12-8)

Texas Tech 78 (14-4) - (9) Iowa State 73 (14-4)

(11)- Kansas 75 (16-3) - (17) Texas 62 (14-5)

(15) North Carolina 78 (16-4) - Florida State 74 (10-10) 

(18) West Virginia 95 (16-3) - TCU 85 (14-5)

(21) Baylor 69 (15-4) - (19) Oklahoma 58 (12-7)

(23) Dayton 63 (16-3) - Richmond 60 (10-9)

Purdue 67 (12-8) - (25) Iowa 63 (13-7)

Senior Bowl: North 34 - South 13

 

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Duke Center Marshall Plumlee to Enter U.S. Army

Duke Center Marshall Plumlee to Enter U.S. Army

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke Blue Devils center Marshall Plumlee will trade one uniform for another.

A member of Duke's ROTC program, Plumlee took part in a contracting ceremony on Friday, serving as his swearing-in to the U.S. Army.

As long as Plumlee completes his ROTC requirements by his graduation in 2016, he will become an official Army officer.

Marshall is the younger brother of Miles and Mason Plumlee, who both play in the NBA and are also former Blue Devils.

A 7-footer, Plumlee is exactly four inches taller than the maxiumum height allowed to become a member of the Army, but a special exception was made for him.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski as well as teammates Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson were in attendance for the ceremony.

Now a junior at Duke, Plumlee is averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Duke.

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Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL

Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL

Brian A. Wsterholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia 76ers will have an even harder time winning games this season as leading scorer Tony Wroten will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn ACL.

“During our game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, Tony Wroten suffered an injury to his right knee," The team announced in a statement. "Over the past week, we have worked closely with Tony, our medical and sports performance teams, his representatives, and renowned specialists in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and provide him with the best possible care."

In his third NBA season, the 21-year-old Wroten was having the best season of his young career. In 30 games he averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while coming off the bench and starting for the team.

“I don’t think there is anybody else who can do what he did,” Brown said. “He was such a kamikaze, fearless competitor that this city fell in love with — they loved his energy.”

Wroten originally was selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

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Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- It was a night that Klay Thompson won't soon forget as he set an NBA record Friday night, scoring 37 points in the third quarter of the team's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Thompson broke the record shared by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin as made all 13 shots he took in the quarter, including nine from the 3-point line. He wound up finishing the game with 52 points.

"It was kind of a blur. I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast," Thompson said.

During the quarter, Thompson's teammates kept feeding him the ball, even passing up their own open looks just to see if Thompson could keep his historic streak going.

"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."

With the win, the Warriors improved to 35-6, the best record in the NBA.

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Hall of Famer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks Dies at 83

Hall of Famer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks Dies at 83

Chicago Cubs/MLB(NEW YORK) -- Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks died on Friday night, just days before his 84th birthday, the Cubs confirmed. 

Banks was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 after 19 seasons playing in Wrigley Field.

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team. "He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known.

"Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie's life in the days ahead."

Banks made his debut for the Cubs in 1953, as the team's first black player, and hit 512 homers, had 1,636 RBI's, with 2,583 hits during his 19-year run with the club.

Banks ranks first in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009) and total bases (4,706); second in home runs (512), RBI (1,636) and hits (2,583); third in doubles (407); fifth in runs scored (1,305); seventh in triples (90); and eighth in walks (763). 

Banks was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Toronto Raptors 91 (28-15) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (8-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 (24-20) - Charlotte Hornets 90 (18-26)

Atlanta Hawks 103 (36-8) - Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (22-21)

New York Knicks 113 (8-36) - Orlando Magic 106 (15-31)

Miami Heat 89 (19-24) - Indiana Pacers 87 (15-30)

Chicago Bulls 102 (29-16) - Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 92 (22-21) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-35)

San Antonio Spurs 99 (28-17) - Los Angeles Lakers 85 (12-32)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (16) VCU 63 (16-3) - Saint Louis 61 (9-10)

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Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant's season is over after he suffered a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday night's loss to New Orleans, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports.

Bryant met with doctors in Los Angeles on Friday and team doctor Steven Lombardo found a significant tear in Bryant's right shoulder.

It's a tough blow for Bryant and the Lakers, who have struggled to see him on the court over the last two seasons.

Bryant was sidelined due to a torn Achilles injury and a knee injury that allowed him to play six games last year.

Bryant will take the weekend to decide whether he'll undergo surgery and has an appointment with team doctor Neal ElAttrache on Monday. 

Bryant was voted to his 17th consecutive All-Star game after averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this year.

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Andreas Seppi Ousts Roger Federer at Australian Open

Andreas Seppi Ousts Roger Federer at Australian Open

Comstock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- For the first time in over 12 years, Roger Federer will not be playing in the Australian Open semifinals after being upset by unseeded Andreas Seppi on Friday.

Federer didn't look like the dominant player we've grown accustomed to seeing as he fell 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5).

"The way he hits it you think, 'This can't possibly land in.' You kind of go and you're there and you're like, 'No, I'm going to let it go,'" the second-seeded Federer said. "As you're telling yourself that, you look behind you and you already know it's done."

The 43rd ranked Seppi advanced beyond the second round of the Australian Open just once in the previous nine years.

"I just tried to enjoy to play on the center court again, so I just tried to do my best," Seppi said. "It was one of my best matches, for sure, or else I couldn't win against Roger. It was fun to play in front of a full stadium."

This was Federer's earliest exit in Australia since 2001.

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NBA All-Stars Announced

NBA All-Stars Announced

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new era has arrived in the NBA as young stars are taking over the league. On Thursday night, the NBA released the All-Star Game starters.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry passed Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James as the overall leading vote-getter for the event.

"This means a lot; it's something that I don't take for granted," Curry said in a statement. "To have support of fans not only in the Bay Area but across the nation and across the world, supporting not only myself but our team, it means a lot."

Here are the Eastern Conference starters: Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Here are the Western Conference starters: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

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Braves Agree on One-Year Deal with Outfielder Jonny Gomes

Braves Agree on One-Year Deal with Outfielder Jonny Gomes

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes to a one-year deal.

ESPN.com reports the deal is worth $4 million.

The 34-year-old Gomes spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. In 112 games, Gomes hit .234 with six home runs and 37 RBIs.

During his 12-year career, Gomes has hit .244 with 155 home runs and 500 RBIs with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Athletics, and Red Sox.

Gomes is expected to be in a platoon in left field with Zoilo Almonte. The rest of the outfield will be made up of Nick Markakis and B.J. Upton.

The Braves have remade their outfield this offseason. They traded outfielder Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres and Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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ESPN: 49ers Name Mangini Defensive Coordinator

ESPN: 49ers Name Mangini Defensive Coordinator

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed Eric Mangini to a three-year contract as their new defensive coordinator, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Mangini served as the 49ers tight ends coach last season, but has experience coaching defenses. He served as the New England Patriots' defensive backs coach from 2000 to 2004 before becoming their defensive coordinator in 2005.Mangini takes over for Vic Fangio, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.Mangini also has five years' experience as a NFL head coach. He spent three seasons with the New York Jets and two with the Cleveland Browns, compiling a 33-47 record while making one playoff appearance.

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Seahawks’ Lane Doesn’t Think Gronkowski’s “That Good”

Seahawks’ Lane Doesn’t Think Gronkowski’s “That Good”

Elsa/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Many people would probably tell you that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of the main reasons the Patriots have been so successful this season, but Seattle Seahawks starting nickleback Jeremy Lane isn't one of them."I actually don't think he's that good," Lane said. "He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls."Gronkowski finished this season with 82 catches, 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, but Lane believes if he hits Gronkowski at the line of scrimmage, the 6-foot-6, 265 pound All-Pro will have problems being productive."It's definitely an issue with him from watching tape," said Lane.The 24-year-old Lane has played in seven games for the Seahawks this season, compiling 23 tackles, three passes defended and one forced fumble.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/22/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/22/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 104 (28-16) – San Antonio Spurs 81 (27-17)

Utah Jazz 101 (15-28) – Milwaukee Bucks 99 (21-21)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Virginia 57 (18-0) – Georgia Tech 28 (9-9)

(8) Notre Dame 85 (18-2) – Virginia Tech 60 (8-10)

DePaul 64 (11-9) – (24) Seton Hall 60 (13-5)

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L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Has Torn Rotator Cuff

L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Has Torn Rotator Cuff

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a tear in his right rotator cuff, the team announced on Thursday. The 16-time All-Star will return to Los Angeles from San Antonio and be examined by team doctors on Friday.

The 36-year-old Bryant injured his shoulder during the second half of the Lakers' 96-80 loss to the Pelicans Wednesday night in New Orleans when he went for a two-handed slam dunk.

In 35 games this season, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Last season, he played in just six games because of injuries to his knee and Achilles.

Bryant has won five NBA championships during his 19-year career with the Lakers.

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Jeff Gordon Set to Retire from Full-Time Racing After 2015

Jeff Gordon Set to Retire from Full-Time Racing After 2015

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jeff Gordon will retire as a full-time driver following the 2015 season, he announced on Thursday.

Gordon has raced in the Sprint Cup series for 22 years and made the announcement at the No. 24 team at Hendrick Motorsports' headquarters.

"As a race car driver, much of what I've done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions," Gordon said in a release. "I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the offseason, and I've decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship.

"I won't use the 'R-word' because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there's always the possibility I'll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that," he added

"I don't foresee a day when I'll ever step away from racing. I'm a fan of all forms of motor sports, but particularly NASCAR. We have a tremendous product, and I'm passionate about the business and its future success," Gordon continued. "As an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports, I'm a partner with Rick [Hendrick] and will remain heavily involved with the company for many years to come."

Gordon has four Sprint Cup titles and 92 wins during his career. He sits in third in all-time victories behind Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

Hendrick, the team's owner, reacted to the news in a statement: "There's simply no way to quantify Jeff's impact. He's one of the biggest sports stars of a generation, and his contributions to the success and growth of NASCAR are unsurpassed."

NASCAR's Sprint Cup season kicks off on Sunday Feb. 22 at the Daytona 500.

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Deflate-gate: Patriots Coach Says He Has ‘No Explanation’ for Under-Inflated Balls

Deflate-gate: Patriots Coach Says He Has ‘No Explanation’ for Under-Inflated Balls

Leon Halip/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Thursday that he was "shocked" when he heard that the NFL found 11 of 12 footballs deflated that were used in their 45-7 AFC Championship game win over the Colts on Sunday.

Belichick said that the organization is still cooperating with the NFL as the investigation continues.

"When I came in Monday morning I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the footballs," Belichick said.  "I had no knowledge whatsoever of the situation until Monday morning."

"I would say I've learned a lot more about this process than I knew or talked about it in the last 40 years," Belichick continued.  

Belichick said that when the team practices, he makes sure that they play with the worst footballs.

"We never use the condition of the footballs as an excuse," Belichick said.  "We play with whatever or kick with whatever we have to use and that's the way it is."

Belichick said that the team would take the steps to avoid footballs being below the NFL standard.

Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch.

"The National Football league is investigating the situation," Belichick said.  "We have cooperated fully, quickly, and completely with every request they have made."

The Patriots are preparing for a Super Bowl showdown with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. 

Chicago Bears equipment manager Tony Medlin will organize the football process for the Super Bowl.

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U.S. Soccer Suspends Hope Solo for 30 Days

U.S. Soccer Suspends Hope Solo for 30 Days

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U.S. Soccer suspended U.S. women's national team goalie Hope Solo for 30 days Wednesday.U.S. Soccer made the decision based on a situation that happened during training camp but would not specify what happened. The gossip site TMZ is reporting, however, that the penalty came from her allegedly "belligerent" behavior towards cops during Monday morning's DUI arrest of her ex-NFL player husband Jerramy Stevens in California.

Solo has been released from camp, and the suspension is effective immediately."During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," U.S. women's soccer coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."After the 30 days are up, if Ellis and U.S. soccer agree, Solo is eligible to be reinstated.The team is currently training for June's World Cup.

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Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears’ Offensive Coordinator

Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears’ Offensive Coordinator

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gase will take the job as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, the team announced Wednesday.ESPN reports Gase signed a three-year contract.The 36-year-old Gase is reunited with Bears head coach John Fox, with whom he spent the past four seasons in Denver -- the last two as Fox's offensive coordinator.Over the past two regular seasons, Gase commandeered a Broncos offense that led the NFL in scoring offense (34 points per game) and total offense (430.1 yards per game). He was also in charge when the Broncos set an NFL record by scoring 606 points in 2013.Gase now takes over a Bears offense that, despite having weapons such as Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, ranked 23rd in scoring offense last season.

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