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Browns Cut Ben Tate

Browns Cut Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns signed running back Ben Tate to a two-year, $6.2 million contract this offseason.

Tuesday, the Browns released Tate after he suited up for only ten games.  

The Browns signed Tate away from the Houston Texans to be their feature back in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. Tate proved to offer little in Cleveland.

When playing his old team this past week, Tate carried the ball twice for -9 yards. 

Tate had also complained about sharing carries with fellow running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. 

When asked about the release, General Manager Ray Farmer stated, "With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team. This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward."

 

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Blazers Lose McCollum for One Month

Blazers Lose McCollum for One Month

National Basketball Association(PORTLAND, Or.) -- The Portland Trail Blazers will be without guard C.J. McCollum again after a fracture was discovered in his right index finger.

McCollum suffered the injury Monday in the win over the Pelicans, the team announced.

In the fourth quarter of the game, McCollum was attempting to recover an offensive rebound when he was hit by Pelicans guard Eric Gordon. 

This isn't the first time the Blazers will be without the young guard. Last year, before the season started, he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot -- the same injury he suffered while in college at Lehigh.

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Athletics Sign Butler to Three Year Deal

Athletics Sign Butler to Three Year Deal

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca) -- The Oakland Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

Butler was a 2004 first round selection of the Kansas City Royals. This offseason, the Royals chose to pay Butler $1 million to buyout his contract.

In 2012, Butler was elected to the AL All-Star team when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Those numbers have taken a sharp dive this past season as he hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI. 

Primarily a first basemen when his career began, Butler played 108 games in 2014 for the Royals as a designated hitter. He will likely continue in that role for the As. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 114 (2-9) – Atlanta Hawks 109 (5-5)

Milwaukee Bucks 117 (6-5) – New York Knicks 113 (3-9)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 81 (3-0) – (19) Michigan State 71 (1-1)

(9) Virginia 75 (3-0) – South Carolina State 55 (0-3)

(11) Wichita State 71 (2-0) – Memphis 56 (0-1)

(15) VCU 87 (2-0) – Toledo 78 (1-1)

(16) San Diego State 53 (2-0) – (25) Utah 49 (1-1)

(20) Ohio State 74 (2-0) – Marquette 63 (1-1)

(21) Nebraska 82 (2-0) – Central Arkansas 56 (0-3)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 5 (9-4-5; 23pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 0 (6-11-1; 13pts)

Boston Bruins 2 (12-8-0; 24pts) – St. Louis Blues 0 (12-5-1; 25pts)

New York Islanders 5 (12-6-0; 24pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (13-5-2; 28pts)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (5-13-2; 12pts) – San Jose Sharks 1 (10-9-2; 22pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (13-3-1; 27pts) – Montreal Canadiens 0 (14-5-1; 29pts)

Nashville Predators 9 (12-4-2; 26pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (9-8-2; 20pts) 

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Rockets’ James Harden Sympathizes with Thunder Guard Reggie Jackson

Rockets’ James Harden Sympathizes with Thunder Guard Reggie Jackson

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of having a career-season, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is bound for restricted free agency after turning down an extension from the team. Former Thunder guard and current Houston Rocket James Harden, supports Jackson's decision.

“I fell into the same situation, and that could have been my only contract and I’m sure Reggie feels the same way,” Harden told The Oklahoman. “He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for. It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen.”

Harden spent the first three years of his career with the Thunder, but was traded to Houston after the team realized they could not give into his salary demands as he was approaching free agency.

Jackson's scoring average has increased each year he's been in the NBA. Through eight games this season, Jackson is averaging 21.5 points per game.

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Suns’ Suspend Forward P.J. Tucker

Suns’ Suspend Forward P.J. Tucker

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- After already being suspended once this season, the Phoenix Suns have decided to suspend forward P.J. Tucker for violating team rules.

Tucker was inactive for the team's game on Sunday against the Boston Celtics, and it was later revealed by Suns spokeswoman Julie Fie that Tucker "basically missed the plane" to Boston on Sunday.

This latest suspension comes fresh off Tucker's three-game suspension that came earlier this season after he pleaded guilty to "super extreme" driving while intoxicated.

Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .222 back on May 10 when he was arrested by police. The legal limit in Arizona is .08.

Now in his fourth NBA season, Tucker signed a three-year contract with the Suns over the summer worth $16.5 million.

The 29-year-old Tucker has gotten off to a slow start this year. In seven games this season, he's averaging 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL ruled Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the rest of the 2014 season without pay.

Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015 due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter. "When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.'"

"These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future," Goodell continued.

The NFLPA said in a statement: "The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian's legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding."

Peterson had missed the last nine games due to being placed on the Commissioner's exempt list.

Peterson is in his eighth NFL season, all with the Vikings, and has the third-most career rushing yards among active players.

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Browns’ Gordon Returns from Suspension

Browns’ Gordon Returns from SuspensionMatt Sullivan/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Cleveland Browns superstar wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL after serving a 10 game suspension. Gordon was suspended by the league after testing positive for marijuana. It was his th...

Lakers Forward Kelly Tears Hamstring

Lakers Forward Kelly Tears Hamstring

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers continue to receive bad news in 2014.

Forward Ryan Kelly tore his hamstring in Sunday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors.  Kelly is expected to miss at least six weeks.

The 2014 season has started about as poorly as it could.  The team currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 1-9 record.

The Lakers also lost first round selection Julius Randle for the season on opening night when he broke his right tibia.

Kelly is averaging 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 8.2 minutes this season. 

 

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Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from 11 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Monday Night Football. 

Coming off an upset loss to the New York Jets last week the Steelers continued to show signs of playing down to their opponent.  With an opportunity to put the Titans in hole with less than one minute to in the first half, Ben Roethlisberger tossed an interception to defensive back Jason McCourty. Tennessee immediately capitalized when rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger found a wide open Nate Washington streaking upfield for an 80 yard touchdown strike.

The Titans would enter halftime leading 17-13 and would assume a lead of 24-13 when late in the third quarter, Mettenberger connected with tight end Chase Coffman for a short touchdown. 

The Steelers would regroup as their defense remained firm and Roethlisberger began to find a groove connecting with his receivers on short and intermediate passes. Running back LeVeon Bell also carried the load as he rushed for 204 yards on 33 carries and added a touchdown. 

The Steelers are now 7-4 as they head into their bye week.

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Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS, La.) -- The struggling New Orleans Saints suffered another setback, as first round rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks will be out for at least a month with a broken thumb. 

Cooks' agent, Jeff Sperbeck, announced that his client underwent successful surgery to repair the break on the thumb on his right hand. 

When the injury occurred is not clear, but Cooks was seen grabbing his right hand after being tackled when returning a punt in last weeks loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

 Cooks has 53 catches and 550 yards with four total touchdowns this season, following being drafted out of Oregon State. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Dallas Mavericks 107 (8-3) - Charlotte Hornets 80 (4-7)

Denver Nuggets 106 (3-7) - Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (5-4)

Orlando Magic 107 (5-7) - Detroit Pistons 93 (3-8)

Phoenix Suns 118 (5-5) - Boston Celtics 114 (3-5)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (13-4-2, 26pts)   - New York Rangers 1 (7-7-4, 18pts)

Top-25 College Basketball: (7) Louisville 88 (2-0) - Jacksonville State 39 (0-2)

Miami 69 (2-0) - (8) Florida 67 (1-1)

(12) Villanova 81 (2-0) - Maryland-Eastern Shore 44 (0-2)

(24) Michigan 77 (2-0) - Bucknell 53 (1-1)

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Report: Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin

Report: Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin agreed to a five-year deal worth $82 million on Monday, pending a physical, reports ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney.

Martin is coming off a season in which he batted .290 with 11 homers and 67 RBIs, while being one of the key reasons for the Pirates' postseason berth.

Martin, 31, threw out 37 attempted base stealers this year, and Toronto was hoping to add a veteran at the catching position.

The Pirates gave Martin a one-year qualifying offer for $15 million next season, but he rejected it.

Toronto started four catchers in 2014, and finished in third place in the AL East, behind the Yankees and Orioles.

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Braves Trade Jason Heyward for Cardinals’ Shelby Miller

Braves Trade Jason Heyward for Cardinals’ Shelby Miller

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Braves parted ways with outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden on Monday in return for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor leaguer.

Heyward is coming off a season in which he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.

Heyward, 27, is due $7.8 million next season and then will be a free agent at the end of the year.

Newly hired Braves general manager John Hart is looking to bolster up on young pitching, just like the Braves did with Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux in the early '90s.

The Cardinals were looking for outfield help after the tragic death of their outfielder Oscar Tavares last month.

Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA for the Cardinals this year and was one of the reasons St. Louis made it all the way to the NLCS.  He was 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in his rookie year in 2013.

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Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the SeahawksChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ever since the summer, there have been rumblings that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was entering his final season with the team. After the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Lynch v...

Magic Rookie Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely with Foot Fracture

Magic Rookie Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely with Foot FractureChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just as he was starting to settle into the NBA style of play, Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon is out indefinitely after fracturing a bone in his left foot. Gordon injured his foot Saturday night d...

ESPN: Colts Fear Ahmad Bradshaw Has a Broken Leg

ESPN: Colts Fear Ahmad Bradshaw Has a Broken LegJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not only did the Indianapolis Colts lose to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, they also may have lost starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a broken ankle. ESPN reports that the Colts are worried that Bra...

Rams Bulldoze Broncos 22-7

Rams Bulldoze Broncos 22-7

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Kenny Britt hauled in four catches for 128 yards and a touchdown to help the St. Louis Rams upset the Denver Broncos 22-7 Sunday.Shaun Hill returned to the field to complete 20 of 29 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in his first start for the Rams (4-6) since Week 1."It's a constant process to stay up, especially as a backup, it's tough," Hill said. "But it's something you've got to do."Greg Zuerlein kicked five field goals, including two from over 50 yards, and the Rams' defense picked off Peyton Manning twice as the Broncos lose for only the third time this season."We didn't execute very well and I just think I didn't play very well," Manning said. "No excuses. I have to play better and we have to score more points than seven."Denver (7-3) attempted to get into the game before halftime when Manning threw a 42-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders, moving the Broncos within 6 points. That was the last time Manning would find the end zone, as his streak of 15 consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes was snapped.Denver did have some unfortunate luck as well. The Broncos lost Julius Thomas (ankle), Montee Ball (groin) and Sanders (concussion) to injuries.Rams running back Tre Mason had 29 carries for 113 yards in the win.

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Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Kevin Harvick won NASCAR's last race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to win his first Sprint Cup Title.Harvick grabbed the lead with seven laps to go and then out-raced Ryan Newman after one final caution to win the championship.Harvick takes the first title of his career, beating out Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to win in the first year of NASCAR's new championship format. Newman finished second, Hamlin finished seventh, and Logano came in 16th.Harvick gets the win for Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he left Richard Childress Racing for this season.

"Been trying for 13 years," Harvick said. "This week ate me up. If it wasn't for Jimmie Johnson (friend) and Tony Stewart (co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing), I would have been in bad trouble this week. Those guys really helped me get through the week. After every practice, Jimmie was in there, and in our team debriefs Tony was constantly telling me just to go race and that it's just another race."

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Will Muschamp Out as Florida Head Coach at End of Season

Will Muschamp Out as Florida Head Coach at End of Season

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.)  -- The University of Florida announced Sunday that Will Muschamp will not return as head coach of the football team when the season is over.

Coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina, the Gators' record fell to 5-4, with all four losses coming in the SEC.

Muschamp is 27-20 in his tenure at Florida since taking over for Urban Meyer in 2011.  Muschamp was a hot head coaching prospect while the defensive coordinator at the University of Texas. Florida chose to sign Muschamp away from Texas as their own defensive coordinator and heir to Meyer.

"Upon evaluation of our football program, we are not where the program needs to be and should be. I've always said that our goal at the University of Florida is to compete for championships on a regular basis," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.

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