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Bucks Point Guard Kendall Marshall Out for Season with Torn ACL

Bucks Point Guard Kendall Marshall Out for Season with Torn ACL

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(ST. FRANCIS, Mil.) -- The Milwaukee Bucks continue to lose key players from their lineup. The team announced that reserve point guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Marshall is a big part of the team's bench rotation. The Bucks' bench averages 43.6 points per game, the highest in the NBA.

"He's been great for us," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "It's disappointing. It's an unfortunate accident for a player who was playing well.

"We'll play the 11 that we have and we'll go from there," Kidd added. "Kendall brought a lot to the table for us, being able to anchor that second group, keep the ball moving and post up, too."

In 28 games this season, Marshall was averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 assists per game.

The Bucks are also dealing with the loss of rookie foreard Jabari Parker, also due to a torn ACL, and the suspension of center Larry Sanders.

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Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Bob Levey/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos have found their replacement for John Fox.

Gary Kubiak, former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and Houston Texans head coach, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.

The team is expected to announce the hiring at a press conference Tuesday. The Denver Post first reported the story.

Kubiak, 53, was the backup quarterback to team president John Elway from 1983 to 1991 with the Broncos. The two have a close relationship, and Elway expects Kubiak to implement a similar offensive style that relies on a strong zone running game, which helped the Broncos win their two Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999. 

While head coach of the Houston Texans, Kubiak amassed a record of 61-64, but led the team to their first two playoff victories and two seasons of 10-plus wins. 

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Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

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(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.

The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson's acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, "how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?"

"Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him," Johnson responded. "It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I'd love for Darrelle to come back."

Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, "misspoke" and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to "emphasize those points."

If found in violation of the league's anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.

Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots.  If they decline the option, he will become a free agent. 

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Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Nationals are adding one of baseball's top pitchers to an already solid rotation.

Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal with Washington, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.  The deal is for $180 million according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

He will likely take the ace role in the Nationals rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.

Last season, Scherzer, 30, was 18-5, with a 3.15 ERA while pitching career highs in 220.1 innings and striking out 252 batters. 

Scherzer and Jon Lester were viewed as the top starting pitchers available this offseason. Lester signed with the Cubs for six-years, $155 million. 

 

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Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers are locking up one of the cornerstones of their franchise.

The team has agreed to a six-year deal with defenseman Marc Staal, worth $5.7 million per season, according to ESPN's Craig Custance.

Staal, 28, was the first-round pick of the Rangers in 2005 and ranks second on the team with 29 career goals and 503 games played, and third on the team with 90 assists since joining the team in 2007-2008.

"Marc has been one of the cornerstones of our team since he arrived in New York," general manager Glen Sather said. "His commitment and perseverance to the Rangers, and the game of hockey, has been an inspiration for everyone in the organization, and he has become a role model for young players and veterans alike. We are excited that he will continue to provide that leadership in a Rangers uniform."

Staal returned from injuries in 2011-2013 seasons to play 72 games with the blue shirts last year.

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Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: ‘Will Hurt for a While’

Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: ‘Will Hurt for a While’

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Green Bay Packers let one get away on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay had a 19-7 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game before Russell Wilson, a huge onside kick, and Marshawn Lynch erased that deficit.

Rodgers was seeking his second Super Bowl appearance of his career, the last came in 2012 against the Steelers.

"This one's going to hurt for a while because of the close proximity to feeling that feeling when the clock hits zero when you're ahead," Rodgers said of the stunning loss.  "We gave it away."

Following Wilson's one-yard touchdown run, the Seahawks went with an onside kick that Brandon Bostwick let go through his hands to give them the ball back with 2:13 left in the game, which set up the Lynch 24-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

"Just have to move on I guess," Bostwick said of not recovering the onside kick.  "I don't really know what to say."

"I just reacted and thought I'd make a play on it, but obviously I didn't," Bostwick continued.

Had it not been for Mason Crosby's fifth field goal of the game with 14 seconds left to tie things up, the Packers' season would have ended sooner.

Seattle won the coin toss in overtime and Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown to end the game.

"If I played a really bad game, yeah, it'd eat at me all offseason," Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, who was covering Kearse.  "I don't feel that I played bad at all.  I feel that I played that I played a good game."

"The guy at the end of the game made a play," Williams continued.  "You've got to give him his credibility."

Green Bay is now 3-3 in NFC Championship games.  They have five Super Bowl titles in franchise history.

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Seahawks Stun Packers in OT, 28-22, Will Defend Super Bowl Title

Seahawks Stun Packers in OT, 28-22, Will Defend Super Bowl Title

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks are headed back to defend their Super Bowl title on Feb. 1 after they came back from 19-7 down to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a career-high four interceptions, but pulled them within five on a rushing touchdown with 2:09 left in the game.

Following the score, Seattle went with an onside kick that Chris Matthews recovered, which set up Marshawn Lynch's 24-yard rushing touchdown with 1:25 left in the game.  Wilson would hit Luke Wilson in the end zone for the two-point conversion to take a three point lead.

Mason Crosby's 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left tied the game up before Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to end the game.

Lynch rushed for 157 yards in the victory to go along with the touchdown.  Wilson finished the game with 209 yards, the rushing touchdown, and game winning pass to Kearse.

The Packers offense failed to convert on offense early in the first quarter and settled for two field goals.

Aaron Rodgers finished with two picks, a touchdown, and threw for 178 yards in the loss.

Seattle has now won nine in a row at Century Link in the postseason and are the first team to repeat as conference champions since the New England Patriots ten years ago.

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Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

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(FORT WASHINGTON, Md) -- Another step has been taken towards reforming the treatment of student-athletes in college athletics.

A panel of 80 -- 15 student-athletes, and 65 universities -- voted 79-1 to pass the full cost of attendance issue that will provide athletes compensation outside of athletic scholarships.

Boston College was the lone dissenting vote according to tabulations.

Schools will provide stipends that could range from $2,000 to $5,000, determined by the universities, while under federally mandated guidelines, to cover cost of living expenses.

Other issues that will be reformed include Universities no longer having the ability to revoke scholarships solely based on athletic performance. Athletes will also be able to borrow from a discretionary student assistance fund against future earnings and the establishment of a concussion safety protocol.

These are the latest changes that include reforming how much food players are allowed to eat, not provided by the school.  In 2014, the University of Oklahoma self-reported a violation in which three football players ate too much pasta at a graduation banquet.  The players had to donate $3.83 to charities of their choice to repay the cost of the pasta.

While at the University of Connecticut, Shabazz Napier spoke to the issue:

"We do have hungry nights that we don't have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don't think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing, because a lot of times guys don't know how to handle themselves with money. I feel like a student athlete. Sometimes, there's hungry nights where I'm not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities."

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NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA analyst Greg Anthony has been suspended from his duties with CBS after being arrested Friday night.

Both Turner Sports and CBS announced after the arrest that Anthony will not appear on-air for an indefinite period of time. CBS released a statement: "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season."

Anthony was arrested in Washington, DC and charged with soliciting a prostitute according to police records. He was arrested in a DoubleTree Hotel as part of an undercover sting targeting prostitution.

"I made a mistake,'' Anthony said. "With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself. I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.''

 Anthony played 11 seasons, with six teams, amassing 5,497 points and 2,997 steals. 

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Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team

Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team

Al Bello/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma.) -- The end of the line is nearing for Trent Richardson with the Indianapolis Colts.

One week after being a healthy inactive for the Colts divisional win over the Denver Broncos, Richardson did not travel to New England, for "personal reasons," the team announced Saturday.

"[Being inactive] will never happen to me again," Richardson said Thursday. "Anybody can quote me, today, because it's never going to happen again."

Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.  The Cleveland Browns changed their front office a year later and shipped him to the Colts.

"It was such a bold and aggressive move and so forth, but really from a football standpoint, we needed a starting running back," General manager Ryan Grigson said one year ago. "Trent was made available. ...I'm glad we have him for the long haul. It was very economically wise as a franchise to make the move given where we're going with the run game."

Indianapolis traded a 2013 first round pick for Richardson to the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with the Colts, he has amassed just 977 rushing yards.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/17/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 70 (17-0) - Alabama 48 (12-5)

(2) Virginia 66 (17-0) - Boston College 51 (8-8)

(3) Gonzaga 72 (18-1) - Loyola Marymount 55 (5-14)

(4) Duke 63 (15-2) - (6) Louisville 52 (15-3)

(12) Notre Dame 75 (17-2) - Miami (FL) 70 (12-5)

(13) Wichita State 61 (16-2) - Evansville 41 (13-5)

(14) Maryland 75 (17-2) - Michigan State 59 (12-6)

(17) VCU (15-3) - Duquesne 64 (6-10)

Kansas State 63 (11-7) - (22) Baylor 61 (13-4)

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(12) Notre Dame Edges Miami (FL), 75-70

(12) Notre Dame Edges Miami (FL), 75-70

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- Led by guard Jerian Grant, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to rally past the Miami Hurricanes 75-70.

Now at 17-2, the Irish have equaled their best start through 19 games, matching the 1978-79 team.

Miami opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take its largest lead. The Irish offense proceeded to turn it on in the second half. Making just two of their first 16 3-point tries, Notre Dame proceeded to hit seven of their next nine 3-point attempts.

Grant led the rally as he scored 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor to go along with eight assists. Guard Pat Connaughton had a double-double in the game, scoring ten points while pulling down 11 rebounds.

Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes with 17 points while Ja'Quan Newton came off the bench to chip in 16 points and five assists in the loss.

Notre Dame picked up a much needed win as they now sit at third in the ACC behind Virginia and Syracuse. Miami (FL) now sits at 8th in the conference.

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(2) Virginia Tops Boston College, 66-51

(2) Virginia Tops Boston College, 66-51

Lance King/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Virginia Cavaliers remained undefeated after their 66-51 win over Boston College on Saturday.

Virgina is off to their best start since Ralph Sampson led them to a 23-0 start during the 1980-1981. They've also won their first five ACC games for the first time since that same season.

Guard Malcolm Brogdon led the game with 20 points, while forward Anthony Gill was the only other Cavalier to score in double figures on the day.

Even though Virginia shot just under 43% from the floor, they held to Eagles to just under 39% shooting.

It was an impressive offensive performance by Virginia considering Boston College entered the game allowing the fewest points in the nation at 50.6 points per game.

Despite the win, it was anything but easy for Virginia on Saturday. They trailed by three points after halftime, and were outscored 14-6 by Boston College to start the second half.

Virginia leads Syracuse for the top spot in the ACC.

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Shane Vereen: Can’t ‘Lay an Egg’ Against Colts

Shane Vereen: Can’t ‘Lay an Egg’ Against Colts

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots are making their third straight AFC Championship game appearance on Sunday when they host the Colts.

Patriots running back Shane Vereen stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start and making sure they do everything they can to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 49.

"If we go out there and lay an egg then it really doesn't matter if we've been here before or not," Vereen said on Friday.  "Each year is something different, each team each year is a different animal, and we have our hands full this Sunday."

New England joined the San Francisco 49ers to become the first teams since the Eagles (2001-04) to go to at least three straight Conference championships after they beat Baltimore on Saturday.

"Unfortunately since I've been here we kind of got stopped a little quicker then we wanted to," linebacker Dont'a Hightower said on Friday.  "You kind of want to leave those things in the past.  I definitely feel throughout this week, we've all been kind of approaching it as doing as much as you can each day."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won five AFC title games out of eight appearances, which puts him in a tie with Hall of Famer John Elway for the most conference titles in NFL history during the Super Bowl era.

"As you get older experience is definitely good as long as you play well," said Brady, who has three Super Bowl rings.  "It's a game like all the other games.  We're very fortunate to be in this position."

The Patriots last Super Bowl appearance was in 2012 when they fell to the Giants, 21-17.  Their last Super Bowl title came against the Eagles in 2005.

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California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win

California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win

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(SAN BERNADINO, Ca.) -- A California girls high school basketball coach has been suspended two games after being accused of running up the score. 

Michael Anderson of Arroyo Valley High led his team to a 161-2 victory over last week over Bloomington High.

Bloomington High head coach Dale Chung had spoken with Anderson before the game.  Anderson had requested that his team be able to play all-out in the first half in preparation for their next game.  By half time, Arroyo Valley led 104-1.

"The game just got away from me," Anderson told the San Bernardino Sun on Friday. "I didn't play any starters in the second half. I didn't expect them to be that bad. I'm not trying to embarrass anybody."

Anderson announced that he was suspended by his school after the game.

His son Nick coached the next game, leading Arroyo Valley to an 80-19 victory over San Bernardino Indian Springs.

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Red Sox Avoid Arbitration with Porcello

Red Sox Avoid Arbitration with Porcello

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello avoided arbitration with a one-year $12.5 million contract. 

Porcello,26 was acquired by the Red Sox in December in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.  The Red Sox acquired Cespedes last season in a trade that saw Boston send ace pitcher Jon Lester to the Oakland A's.

Last season with the Tigers, Porcello went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA over 204.2 innings, allowing 18 home runs while striking out 129 batters. Porcello also led the American League with 

The Red Sox also re-signed reliever Junichi Tazawa to a one-year $2.25 million deal.

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Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) -- Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended at least 10 games for a second violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy. 

Sanders, who is suspended effective Monday when the Bucks play the Raptors, will not be eligible to return until he has completed the league's treatment program.

Milwaukee had been without Sanders since December 23 when rumors began to circulate that he would walk away from basketball. 

Sanders spoke to the media after a January 6th game saying that he did not intend to leave the game but needed personal time.

"Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do," Sanders said at the time. 

In 27 games this season, Sanders is averaging 21.7 minutes per game with 7.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG.

Since signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension before the 2013-2014 season, Sanders has played in 50 games with Milwaukee.  

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Tigers, Price, Agree to One-Year, $19.75 Million

Tigers, Price, Agree to One-Year, $19.75 Million

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT, Mi) -- The Detroit Tigers and starting pitcher David Price avoid arbitration with a record breaking contract.

Price, 29, and the Tigers set a new high for a player in their arbitration year with a one-year $19.75 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com

The Tigers acquired Price from the Tampa Bay Rays last season as part of a three team trade that included the Seattle Mariners. The Tigers sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle, who sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay and in return Detroit obtained Price. 

The four-time All Star and the 2012 Cy Young Award winner posted a 15-12 record with a 3.26 ERA.  Price also hit career highs with 248.1 innings pitched, 25 home runs allowed and 271 strike outs in 2014 with the Rays and Tigers.

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ABC Scoreboard 1/16/15

ABC Scoreboard 1/16/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 96 (8-31) - New Orleans Pelicans 81 (19-20)

Detroit Pistons 98 (15-25) - Indiana Pacers 96 (15-26)

Memphis Grizzlies 106 (28-11) - Orlando Magic 96 (15-28)

Brooklyn Nets 102 (17-23) - Washington Wizards 80 (23-17)

Chicago Bulls 119 (27-14) - Boston Celtics 103 (13-25)

Atlanta Hawks 110 (32-8) - Toronto Raptors 89 (26-13)

Oklahoma City Thunder 127 (19-20) - Golden State Warriors 115 (31-6)

Dallas Mavericks 97 (28-13) - Denver Nuggets 89 (18-21)

San Antonio Spurs 110 (25-16) - Portland Trail Blazers 96 (30-10)

Phoenix Suns 110 (24-18) - Minnesota Timberwolves 99 (6-32)

NHL: New York Islanders 6 (30-13-1) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (26-11-6)

New York Rangers 2 (25-13-4) - Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (18-21-3)

Vancouver Canucks 3 (25-15-3) - Carolina Hurricanes 0 (14-25-5)

Nashville Predators 4 (30-9-4) - Washington Capitals 3 (24-12-8)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (24-14-8) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (24-14-2)

Utah Jazz 94 (14-26) - Los Angeles Clippers 85 (12-29)

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NCAA Restores 111 Victories taken away from Joe Paterno

NCAA Restores 111 Victories taken away from Joe Paterno

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Joe Paterno is the NCAA's all-time winningest football coach once again as the NCAA agreed with Penn State to restore the 112 wins taken away following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Also part of the agreement will have the university pay a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania to resolve that lawsuit.

"We are not at all admitting that we didn't have the authority to impose the penalties," NCAA president Mark Emmert said.

"This was, in all ways, an extraordinary circumstance. We all hope that we never find ourselves in a position like this."

The agreement added 111 wins back onto Paterno's career record, and one victory they took away once Paterno left the school after the scandal.

With Paterno's career-wins mark restored to 409, former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden now sits at second on the list at 357 wins once again.

Back in September, the NCAA announced the end of the school's ban on postseason play and restored their full slate of football scholarships earlier than scheduled.

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