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Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then ever

Giants Victor Cruz Vows to Return better then everNFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite suffering a a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that ended his season, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is confident this is only a setback and that he'll be able to continue his NFL career. Cruz ...

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers front office has undergone a shake up, manager Don Mattingly will be with the team next season. In his introductory press conference, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers newly-named ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/17/14

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (3-1-0, 6pts)- Calgary Flames 2 (3-3-0, 6pts) 

Florida Panthers 1 (1-2-1, 3pts) - Buffalo Sabres 0 (1-4-0, 2pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (2-1-1, 5pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (2-3-0, 4pts)

Nashville Predators 2 (3-0-1, 7pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-3-0, 2pts)

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Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Armed with one of the best records in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly begun contract talks with starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

"I won't get into specific points of the negotiations, but we've had some dialogue with [Palmer's agent] Dave Dunn," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told the Arizona Republic. "[Palmer] has done a great job for us."

The 34-year-old Palmer is in his second season of a three-year contract with the Cardinals, and 11th NFL season overall. His contract will pay him $9 million this season.

Palmer has played much better since coming over to Arizona after playing for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons. The Cardinals have seen enough from Palmer to determine they want him leading the franchise for the foreseeable future. The team has gone 12-6 with Palmer as the starting quarterback.

In 2013, he threw for a career-high 4,274 yards and became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season with three different teams.

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Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets fans are holding their breath as center Brook Lopez will miss the next 10-14 days to deal with a "soft tissue" injury in his surgically repaired right foot.

The team will give him some time off to recover, but his status for the start of the season is in question now.

"X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries," Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement. "Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."

Lopez' health will go a long way in determining just how good the Nets can be this season.

When healthy, Lopez is one of the more offensively skilled centers in the NBA. In his six-year career, the 26-year-old Lopez is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

He's battled injuries in recent years though. He played in just 17 games last season and played in just five games three seasons ago. He's missed 134 games over the last three seasons.

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Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- In a game that ended closer than some had previously predicted, the New England Patriots look to be back on track after narrowly defeating the New York Jets 27-25 on Thursday Night Football.

With time expiring, Jets kicker Nick Folk lined up for a 58-yard field goal but it was blocked by defensive tackle Chris Jones.

"It's good to feel that ball hitting my hand and it's good to get the win," Jones said. "I just played it legally and did all that I could."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was solid on Thursday night as he completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Running back Shane Vereen was the leading rusher and receiver for the Patriots as he racked up 43 yards one the ground, had 71 receiving yards, and caught two touchdowns.

After a tough start to the season, the Patriots find themselves at 5-2 through seven weeks of the regular season and are in first place in the AFC East.

The Jets meanwhile fell to 1-6 on the season.

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Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture, the team announced Thursday.Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks; he's expected to miss six to eight weeks."Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to okc. Move em," Durant tweeted Thursday.The team became aware of Durant's problem after practice Saturday when the reigning league MVP said his foot was "aching." The Thunder then announced Sunday that Durant had endured the Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, and that surgery would probably be necessary.The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 26-year-old Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.

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Ishikawa’s Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Ishikawa’s Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS Thursday to send the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, and into the World Series.  

The Giants head to the Fall Classic, where they'll meet the Kansas City Royals.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the ninth when the Cardinals sent Michael Wacha to the mound for the first time this postseason. It proved to be a bad decision. Wacha allowed a lead-off single to Pablo Sandoval and walked Brandon Belt before Ishikawa blasted the Giants to their third World Series in five seasons. 

"These guys have been through it," Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said. "They have been battle-tested and they know how to handle themselves on this type of stage, and then add to that the kids that we brought up, and then Ishikawa. I mean, what a great story."

Madison Bumgarner pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out five in the win. He was named the NLCS MVP.

The World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City. It will be the first time two teams that didn't win 90 regular-season games meet in the Fall Classic.

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Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Joe Flacco: Still Have to Put the Work In

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will have the spotlight to themselves after the Orioles were knocked out of the ALCS by the Royals on Wednesday.

Fresh off throwing five touchdown passes, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is making sure his team does everything they can to prepare the right way after blowing out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.

Flacco said the biggest challenge the team will face after an easy win is "coming in here and reminding yourself and everybody to put the work in. I think that comes naturally for us, it's something we're good at doing, once you get out there on Sunday everything takes care of itself."

Concerning Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Flacco said: "We were in the same class. As long as you're still talking about us, we're somewhat relevant, so I guess that's a good thing.  It's nice to see that we are still relevant."

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh knows the Falcons will be hungry for a win after losing three in a row.

"Atlanta's good. They're going to be on turf, so they're going to be fast," Harbaugh said. "They've got big, fast receivers. They've got fast running backs, and they got a quarterback that drives the whole thing. That's an explosive football team, and we've got to be ready for them."

The Ravens will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are 0-3 on the road this season.

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Hugh Freeze: Team Needs to ‘Stay in the Moment’

Hugh Freeze: Team Needs to ‘Stay in the Moment’

University of Mississippi/Getty Images(OXFORD, MS.) -- Third ranked Ole Miss (6-0) will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) in an SEC matchup on Saturday.

Ole Miss comes into the game 3-0 in their conference and head coach Hugh Freeze doesn't want his team looking past the Volunteers.

Freeze said he wants the team to "stay in the moment [and] prepare for this game Saturday. It's the only one we should be worried or concerned about.  The other ones are in the trash; this is the only one that matters."

Mississippi is averaging 35.7 points per game, but the Tennessee defense is only giving up 19.2 this season.

"They're very active up front," Freeze said. "They're downhill players are very aggressive, they're going to commit people to stopping the run, [which is] very difficult to run the football on."

Tennessee is 0-2 on the road this year and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is looking forward to the task of handing Ole Miss their first loss.

"[Facing Ole Miss] is definitely a big opportunity," Reeves-Maybin said. "Everyone's been talking about their defense, but we're going to let everybody know that Tennessee's defense is here and we're going to make a statement."

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Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Talladega Superspeedway Preview

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(TALLADEGA, Ala.) -- The Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The final stage of the contender round will take place in the Geico 500 and Denny Hamlin is looking forward to another shot after winning at the track in May.

"My guess is that [Brad Keselowski] will probably try to wreck everyone -- that's his only shot," Hamlin said this week. "He'll just be out of control like normal. We'll do what we have to do to get in and that's the big picture."

Keselowski was fined $50,000 on Tuesday for a post-race altercation with Tony Stewart at Charlotte.

Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with six Talladega victories, but still isn't looking forward to the race.

"Nobody wants to deal with Talladega," Gordon said this week.  "Everybody would like to take the weekend off there if they could. Two guys [Contender Round winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano] in some ways get to, and the rest of us are going to have to go race there. We've got a little bit of a cushion but not near enough to be comfortable by any means."

"We'll go and race the way we normally do there, which is just try to be smart, try to stay out of the mess and then put ourselves in a good position to get a good finish [and] hope it works out," he continued.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories at Talladega and won a record four straight from 2001-2003. Unlike Gordon, he's looking forward to the track.

"[We just have to] go out there and win it. We can do it. We have won there a lot of times," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I know what we need to do. We will just have to build a fast car and hope that we don't have any gremlins and try to go out there and win it."

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ESPN: Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25K

ESPN: Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25K

David Lee/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton in Sunday's game between the two teams, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

Werder also reports that Burfict has been told he's considered a repeat offender, and any future incident identical to this will result with a trip to the league office.

"He's got to continue to play within the rules," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. "And he got called for a penalty last week that was, again, not necessarily a penalty. ...Football's changing, and we're trying to really coach the head out of football. And that's been the mission of the league for the last two or three years, and that continues daily. And we've got to do that, we're teaching young guys new habits...Sometimes when that ball goes in the air it's difficult to do all the time."

The 24-year-old Burfict has played in three games this season recording 18 tackles, two passes defended, and one forced fumble. 

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Posey Propels Giants to 3-1 NLCS Lead

Posey Propels Giants to 3-1 NLCS Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Buster Posey drove in three runs, including the final run of a three-run sixth inning, to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series Wednesday night. The Giants now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. St. Louis took an early 4-1 lead in the third, when Kolten Wong blasted a home run. The Giants climbed back into the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs -- the final two coming on a Hunter Pence single to center. Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller was taken out with two outs in the fourth inning and relieved by Randy Choate, who got Joe Panik to ground out to end the inning. In the sixth, the Giants scored three off Marco Gonzales (L, 0-1, B, 1) to take the lead for good. Yusmeiro Petit (W, 1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The Giants will try to close out the series Thursday in San Francisco. They'll send Madison Bumgarner to mound to square off against Adam Wainwright. The winner of this series advances to the World Series where they'll meet the AL Champion Kansas City Royals.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB American League Championship Series – Game 4: Kansas City Royals 2 – Baltimore Orioles 1 (Royals win series, 4-0)

National League Championship Series - Game 4: San Francisco Giants 6 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (2-3-0; 4pts) – Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-1; 3pts) SO

Calgary Flames 2 (3-2-0; 6pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (2-0-1; 5pts) OT

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K.C. Royals Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS

K.C. Royals Sweep the Orioles in the ALCS

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals are the kings of the American League.

The Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

Royals starter Jason Vargas along with relievers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland held the Orioles to just four hits. Kansas City pushed across two runs in the first inning on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the ALCS MVP after going 8-for-15 (.555), with two doubles and five runs scored.

The Royals will play the winner of the San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals NLCS matchup in the World Series.

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Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets are hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking for their sixth consecutive regular season home victory over the Jets.

There has been much criticism over head coach Rex Ryan going with second year starter Geno Smith instead of veteran Michael Vick, but Ryan has faith he'll turn it around.

"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said. "That's why I'm comfortable saying he will be our starter."

Ryan said this week that the team doesn't need any extra motivation and believes in his team.

"It's going to be there. Both teams don't like each other," Ryan said.  "There's respect for each other, but I don't think you really like each other. We know we have to be at our very best."

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Pistons’ Jodie Meeks Out 8 Weeks

Pistons’ Jodie Meeks Out 8 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will be out eight weeks due to a stress fraction in his lower back, the team announced on Tuesday.

The injury was discovered following a CAT scan conducted on Monday by team medical personnel, the Pistons said.

Detroit gave Meeks a three-year deal worth $19.5 million this offseason and he will be re-evaluated on a regular basis as the season progresses.

Meeks has a career averages of 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.3 minutes in 355 games with 194 starts.

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Royals One Game Away From World Series

Royals One Game Away From World Series

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings of one-run ball, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, as the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Baltimore got on the board first in the second inning when shortstop J.J. Hardy's double drove in teammate Steve Pearce. The score stayed that way until the fourth inning, when the Royals loaded the bases, before Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to score Lorenzo Cain.The Royals took the lead for good in the sixth when Dyson scored on Billy Butler's sac fly.Jason Frasor (W, 1-0), Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland (S, 3) all pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Royals.Wei-Yin Chen took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out four.The Royals can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1985 on Wednesday. Kansas City sends Jason Vargas to the mound. He will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez.

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Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Randy Choate's throwing error in the bottom of the tenth allowed Brandon Crawford to score and give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) on Tuesday. With the victory, the Giants now hold a 2-1 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

San Francisco had to battle for the win despite putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run double off Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey, giving the Giants the early 4-0 advantage. St. Louis' veteran righty would settle down and wait as his team found a way to get back into the game.

The rally began in the top of the fourth when Kolton Wong tripled off the right field wall, plating both John Jay and Matt Holliday. San Francisco's Tim Hudson would get out of the inning but gave up another run on Jhonny Peralta's RBI single in the sixth, making it a 4-3 Giants lead.

Hudson, making the first LCS start in his 16-year career, got the first out of the seventh before Randal Grichuk homered to tie the game. That chased Hudson from the game and left it in the hands of the bullpen.

After St. Louis stranded the go-ahead run on base in the top of the tenth, Crawford worked a leadoff walk from the newly inserted Choate (0-1) in the bottom of the frame. Juan Perez then singled to put runners and first and second with nobody out.

That would bring up Gregor Blanco, who dropped a bunt down just the third-base side of the mound. As Choate went to field the ball, the lefty's throw went up the right field line, allowing Crawford to score the game-winning run. Sergio Romo (1-0) got the win by getting the final out in the top of the tenth inning.

Both teams meet in Game 4 on Wednesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET in San Francisco. Shelby Miller (0-0, 3.18 ERA) takes the ball for St. Louis while the Giants turn to Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.59).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: San Francisco Giants 5 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 in 10 Innings (Giants Lead Series, 2-1)

NHL: New York Islanders 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - New York Rangers 3 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (3-1-0, 6 points) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (0-2-2, 2 points) Shootout

San Jose Sharks 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Washington Capitals 5 (1-0-2, 4 points) Shootout

Dallas Stars 4 (1-1-1, 3 points) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (2-1-0, 4 points)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (2-2-0, 4 points) - Colorado Avalance 2 (1-2-1, 3 points) Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (2-1-1, 5 points)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (1-3-0, 2 points) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-1, 1 point) Shootout

 

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