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Jeff Gordon Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Jeff Gordon Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- In his last season as a full-time driver, Jeff Gordon will start up front at the Daytona 500 next Sunday.

The fourt-time Sprint Cup champion had the fastest qualifying time with a speed of 201.293 miles an hour on Sunday.

Gordon announced last month that this will be his final full-time season, and Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500 will most likely be the final one of his career.

In Sunday's qualifying session, Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson locked down the front row, and it's the first time that's been done in the knockout round in 57 years. 

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Stars Place Seguin on IR

Stars Place Seguin on IR

Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(DENVER) -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Star's general manager Jim Nill announced Seguin will miss three to six weeks.The 23-year-old Seguin was injured during the team's win over the Florida Panthers Friday night after getting hit low by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov was ejected from the game, and Seguin had to be helped off the ice."It's a play that I don't like," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday. "It's a dirty, low play that I don't like. The league doesn't like it, and I want to see the league deal with it."Seguin began Saturday third in the NHL in points (58).The Stars also lost forwards Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves to injury Friday night. Like Seguin, Eaves was also placed on the injured reserve.Dallas recalled forwards Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the AHL.

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Aldridge Will Start in Place of Davis in Sunday’s All-Star Game

Aldridge Will Start in Place of Davis in Sunday’s All-Star Game

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a surprise move, the head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, Steve Kerr, named Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge a starter for Sunday's All-Star Game instead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.Kerr originally said Durant would start in place of the injured Anthony Davis but changed his mind on Saturday.Durant wasn't going to play much anyways because of nagging injuries. The reigning MVP has missed 27 games this season due to injury. In the 26 games he has played, Durant is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists per game.Earlier this season, Aldridge tore a ligament in his thumb and was supposed to have surgery, but instead he missed only two games before deciding to put off the operation and play out the rest of the season.Aldridge has played in 47 games this season, averaging 23.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced

2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Basketball Hall of Fame announced a group of 12 finalists for its 2015 class Saturday at Madison Square Garden.The class is headed by Kentucky coach John Calipari, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo."I'm at a loss for words," said Calipari who has reached the Final Four five times. "I want to thank the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee for even considering me. The process is by no means over -- I'm just a finalist at this point -- but to even be mentioned as a finalist among these worthy candidates is an unbelievable honor. I am absolutely humbled by this."NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and highschool coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews are also finalists.The Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2015 on April 6.

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Brogdon Helps No. 2 Virginia Steal Victory from Wake Forest

Brogdon Helps No. 2 Virginia Steal Victory from Wake Forest

G Fiume/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Wake Forest's Codi Miller-McIntyre had a chance to give his team an upset win over No. 2 Virginia, but Malcolm Brogdon had other thoughts.With the Demon Deacons down by one with seconds to play, Miller-McIntyre tried driving to the hoop, but Brogdon stole the ball to secure the Cavaliers a 61-60 victory."I knew he wanted to get by me," Brogdon said. "He's not a shooter. He's a slasher. I knew he was going to try to get into my body and I just tried to square him up and stay in front of him, and he coughed up the ball."Virginia led by seven with 4:07 to go after Anthony Gill slammed home two of his game-high 19 points, but Konstantinos Mitoglou proceeded to make two clutch 3-pointers, the second putting Wake Forest down by one with 40 seconds to play.Miller-McIntyre had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 17 seconds remaining but missed the second attempt, resulting in the Demon Deacons needing one final bucket.Mitoglou led Wake Forest (12-14, 4-9 ACC) with 18 points.Brogdon had 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block in the win.Virginia (23-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) remains two games ahead of Notre Dame in the loss column for first place in the ACC.

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Steph Curry Wins NBA Three Point Contest

Steph Curry Wins NBA Three Point Contest

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(NEW YORK) -- With a flurry of treys, the hottest shooter in the NBA destroyed the three point contest in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry won Saturday's Three Point Crown with a score of 27.

Fellow Warrior Klay Thompson gave a valiant effort in the final round but fell well short with only 14 conversions from beyond the arc. 

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the third finals contestant and managed second place with 17 threes. 

Curry is tied with the Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver and Portland Trailblazers Wesley Matthews for the NBA lead in three point conversions with 161.

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(1) Kentucky Dominates South Carolina, 77-43

(1) Kentucky Dominates South Carolina, 77-43G. Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Kentucky Wildcats showed again why they're the top ranked team in the nation after taking care of South Carolina 77-43 on Saturday. With the win, Kentucky improved to 25-0, matching the program's record from 1953-...

Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Jets Decline Option On Chris Johnson

Leon Halip/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets will part ways with running back Chris Johnson after one underwhelming season.

The team declined a second year option worth $500,000. A decision was required on Monday.

Last season Johnson was signed by former general manager John Idzik to a two-year, $8 million deal in the expectation that he would create an aggressive running attack. The running back formerly known as "CJ2K" ran for a career low 663 yards on 155 carries. 

Johnson had hoped to revive his career with New York after being released by the Titans after the 2013 season.  Initially he was to provide a speed compliment to Chris Ivory, but by the end of season he saw his carries eclipsed by the Ivory and Bilal Powell.

Johnson, 30 was one of seven running backs in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. In 2009 he ran for 2,006 yards.  

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Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Jim Harbaugh: 49ers Left Me

Ralph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told "The TK Show," a San Jose Mercury News podcast on Friday that he wanted to return as the 49ers head coach, but it was their choice to move on.

Harbaugh led the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance during his time in San Francisco.

"I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh said. "And then ... you can call it 'mutual,' I mean, I wasn't going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn't want anymore."

"But that's the truth of it," Harbaugh continued.  "I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."

Harbaugh was 49-22-1 in four seasons and he admitted in the podcast that others inside the organization began treating him differently.

"I wasn't reading anything that was on the Internet, I was really focused on doing my job, but definitely walk down the halls and people look away or they look at you and you know something's going on," Harbaugh said.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/13/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/13/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (24-26-3, 51pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (23-22-10, 5 pts) - Overtime

Chicago Blackhawks 3 (34-18-4, 72pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (21-25-9, 51pts)

Dallas Stars 3 (26-21-8, 60pts) - Florida Panthers 0 (24-19-11, 59pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (29-20-8, 66pts) - Arizona Coyotes 2 (20-29-7, 47pts)

College Basketball Top-25: (7) Arizona 86 (21-3) - Washington 62 (14-10)

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Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players Association

Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players AssociationChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron James has been named the first Vice President of the NBA Players Association.   Chris Paul was elected the President of the NBPA back in August, overtaking now Kn...

Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Peyton Manning tells the Broncos he is ready to return to the team next season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen, Manning is close to being ready to announce his return.

“I would be surprised if we don’t have some type of word next week some time,” Mortensen said. “That’s when I would expect that we would have word, officially, that Peyton is going to play football.”

Mortensen also said, “Manning has got his heart, his mind, his spirit and his body ready to play in 2015.”

If Manning passes a physical, it seems like he's likely to be the Broncos' quarterback next season.

 

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Ex-Seahawk Says Marshawn Lynch Weighing Retirement

Ex-Seahawk Says Marshawn Lynch Weighing Retirement

Leon Halip/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Former Seattle Seahawks fullback, Michael Robinson spoke to Marshawn Lynch about possible retirement, and he confirmed that Lynch isn't sure if he will continue to play next season.

"My bet would be that he plays next year in Seattle," Robinson said Thursday during a 710 ESPN Seattle radio interview. "I don't think Marshawn knows yet. I don't know what the timeline is. It's probably going to be a feel thing, and we'll just see like everybody else."

After speaking with Lynch, Robinson also said Lynch is contemplating retirement due to the fact of eight years of being in the NFL, and the beating Lynch has taken on his body because of his physical style of running the football.

Lynch held out of the beginning of training camp last year for eight days, before Lynch and the Seahawks agreed to changes in his contract.

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Walt “Clyde” Frazier: If Melo’s Shut Down Other Knicks Will Get Opportunity

Walt “Clyde” Frazier: If Melo’s Shut Down Other Knicks Will Get Opportunity

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier believes that other Knicks players will step up and do their best to compete if Carmelo Anthony is shut down after the All-Star break.

Frazier, who is a member of the Knicks MSG broadcast, knows it will be a tough decision for Anthony, but is confident the rest of the team won't pack it in for first-year head coach Derek Fisher.

"Once they know that [Anthony] is done, it's going to dawn on the players, this is an opportunity for me," Frazier told ABC Sports Radio on Friday. "These guys get paid too, just like Melo. I think the players are really going to be galvanized by that."

"When Melo has been out sometimes the team has played better without him," Frazier continued. "Everybody thinks now I have a better chance to score."

Frazier will also be a judge in the Sprite NBA All-Star dunk contest on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

"Everyone likes to come here because this is the stage," Frazier said of the bright lights of New York. "It always brings out the best in players."

So what is Frazier looking for in crowning the best dunker? "You've got to be very creative," he said. "The wow factor has to be the captivating thing."

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Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice issued an apology to fans in a letter issued to The Baltimore Sun on Friday.

Rice was suspended by the NFL after punching his then-fiancée in an elevator and is trying to find his way back onto an NFL team this season. 

"The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives," Rice said in the letter. "From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you've shown my family and I throughout my football career. We'll always be grateful for the love we've received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl."

"To all the kids who looked up to me, I'm truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it's helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare," the letter continued. "There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people's lives by raising awareness of this issue."

The Sun reported that Rice plans on moving to New York while he waits for the NFL team to come calling.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team's new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro announced Thursday.ESPN.com reports it's a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor."I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person," D'Alessandro said in a statement. "He's a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward."Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with third baseman Casey McGehee. The deal allows the Giants to avoid arbitration with him.McGehee joined the Giants in December, when he was traded by the Miami Marlins for two minor league pitchers. Last season, McGehee played in 160 games, hitting .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, and a .355 on-base percentage. He helps fill the void created when Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox this offseason.McGehee was the Giants' last player in arbitration.

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Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said in an interview with ESPN Radio Thursday that it is "very likely" he will shut it down for the season after the All-Star Game."It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony said to Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo on ESPN Radio. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it."Anthony has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months, and is playing for a Knicks team that has the worst record in the NBA.Although he is hurt, Anthony expects to play in Sunday's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. It's the first time New York City has hosted the game since 1998."Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave," Anthony said. "I don't think the fans deserve (seeing me miss the game). They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game."The 30-year-old Anthony has played in 40 games this season, averaging 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 0-13 with Anthony out of the lineup.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/12/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/12/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 113 (34-20) – Cleveland Cavaliers 98 (33-22)

NHL:  Anaheim Ducks 2 (35-14-7; 77pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (19-27-7; 45pts)

New York Islanders 3 (36-18-1; 73pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (23-29-4; 50pts)

Edmonton Oilers 4 (16-31-9; 41pts) – Montreal Canadiens 3 (35-15-4; 74pts) OT

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (32-15-8; 72pts) – Ottawa Senators 4 (21-22-10; 52pts) SO

St. Louis Blues 6 (36-15-4; 76pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (34-17-6; 74pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (27-20-7; 61pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (24-18-11; 59pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (37-12-6; 80pts) – Winnipeg Jets 1 (28-19-10; 66pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 80 (25-1) - Loyola Marymount 51 (8-18)

(11) Utah 75 (19-4) – Stanford 59 (16-8)

(25) SMU 75 (20-5) – Houston 69 (9-14)

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Astros Sign RHP Roberto Hernandez to Minor-League Contract

Astros Sign RHP Roberto Hernandez to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros signed right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last season, the 34-year-old Hernandez went 8-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.  He struck out 105 batters and walked 73 in 164 2-3 innings of work.

Hernandez originally came up with the Cleveland Indians in 2006, where he was known as Fausto Carmona. In nine big-league seasons, with the Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Dodgers and Phillies, he's compiled a record of 67-93 with an ERA of 4.60.

Hernandez was named to the American League All-Star team in 2010.

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