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Austin Rivers Traded to Clippers, Will Play for Dad

Austin Rivers Traded to Clippers, Will Play for Dad

Brian A. Weterholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As part of a three-team deal Thursday, guard Austin Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers where he will play for his father, Doc.The deal involved the Clippers, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns. The Celtics traded Rivers to the Clippers and received swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and a 2017 second-round draft pick. The C's also get forward Shavlik Randolph from the Suns -- all of that creating a $2.4 million trade exception. According to ESPN.com, the Clippers will waive guard Jordan Farmar to create the roster room needed for the deal. Rivers was traded to the Celtics on Monday as part of the deal that sent Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies. ESPN reports the Celtics told Rivers he didn't need to report to Boston, and they would find a way to trade him to the Clippers.Rivers will become the first son to play for his dad in league history when he takes the court for the Clippers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.The 22-year-old Rivers has played in 35 games this season, averaging 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/15/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/15/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Milwaukee Bucks 95 (21-19) – New York Knicks 79 (5-36) from London

Houston Rockets 112 (28-12) – Oklahoma City Thunder 101 (18-20)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (24-15-6; 54pts) – New York Rangers 0 (24-13-4; 52pts)

Minnesota Wild 7 (19-19-5; 43pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (14-28-3; 31pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (24-15-3; 51pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (17-21-7; 41pts)

Ottawa Senators 4 (18-17-8; 44pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (27-13-3; 57pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (28-14-4; 60pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (10-26-9; 29pts)

Colorado Avalanche 4 (19-17-9; 47pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (20-13-9; 49pts)

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Cardinals & RHP Lance Lynn Agree to Three-Year Contract

Cardinals & RHP Lance Lynn Agree to Three-Year Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals and starting pitcher Lance Lynn have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year contract, the team announced on Thursday. The deal is worth $22 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lynn was selected out of Mississippi by the Cardinals with the 39th overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft. In 119 career games, he has compiled a record of 49-28 with a 3.46 ERA.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Lance,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “His performance has led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization, and we look forward to his continued growth as both a pitcher and team leader.”

Lynn’s 48 wins since 2012 are the third-highest among National League pitchers, following only teammate Adam Wainwright (53) and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (51). He won a World Series in 2011 and was named to the National League All-Star team in 2012.

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Bill Belichick: Andrew Luck Has ‘No Weakness’ in His Game

Bill Belichick: Andrew Luck Has ‘No Weakness’ in His Game

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass) -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knows it won't be easy on Sunday against the Colts in the AFC Championship game.

Belichick is getting his defense ready for one of the best quarterbacks in the league -- Andrew Luck, who has tossed three touchdowns and thrown for 641 yards in the postseason so far.

"He's got a lot of strengths, no weaknesses," Belichick said Wednesday.

"He's got a great future in front of him," Belichick continued. "He's already done a lot in the time that he's been in the league, and I'm sure by the time he gets done he can pass a lot of guys by."

"Luck's hard to bring down," Belichick added. "He runs very well. He's athletic. He can get outside and make yards with his legs. They also use him on some keep-type plays, you know, the one he scored on for example in the Denver game last week."

Luck and the Colts are coming off beating the Broncos in Denver last weekend.

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Braves Trade Gattis to Astros

Braves Trade Gattis to Astros

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Braves announced Wednesday night that they have traded utility man Evan Gattis and minor league pitcher James Hoyt to the Houston Astros for three minor league prospects: pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman, and third baseman Rio Ruiz.The 28-year-old Gattis can play first base, catcher, and left field. He hit .263 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 108 games last season. Gattis joins Jason Heyward and Justin Upton as the latest Braves to be traded away this offseason.Gattis joins an Astros' lineup that includes second baseman Jose Altuve, designated hitter Chris Carter, and youngsters Jon Singleton and George Springer.

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Promoted: Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach

Promoted: Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers named Jim Tomsula as their new head coach on Wednesday.The 46-year-old Tomsula spent the last nine seasons as the 49ers defensive line coach. He also was the team's interim coach for one game in 2010, after Mike Singletary was fired.

"Our organization is excited to have Jim Tomsula leading this football team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons. He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team."The 49ers had interviewed their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Mike Shanahan, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now-Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan, Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and the Jets' brand-new head coach Todd Bowles.Next up for the Niners is finding an offensive coordinator to replace Greg Roman, who left for the same job with Buffalo.

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Bills Welcome Rex Ryan to Buffalo

Bills Welcome Rex Ryan to Buffalo

dehooks/iStock/Thinkstock(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills introduced Rex Ryan as their new head coach on Wednesday. He's replacing Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on New Year’s Eve.

“We are going to be tough,” Ryan said at a news conference. “We are going to be loyal to our fans as they are to us. We are going to earn that loyalty and that trust. One thing you are going to see come September, this team will be ready, period."

Ryan signed a five-year deal with an average salary of $5.5 million per year on Monday. He spent the last six seasons roaming the sidelines of the New York Jets. During his tenure, he compiled a record of 46-50, leading Gang Green to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game.

The Jets fired Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Dec. 29 after they finished the 2014 campaign with a 4-12 record.  It was fourth straight year New York has failed to make the postseason.

Ryan will take over a Bills defense that led the NFL with 54 sacks this past season.

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Celtics Ship Jameer Nelson to Denver for Nate Robinson

Celtics Ship Jameer Nelson to Denver for Nate Robinson

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Denver Nuggets traded Jameer Nelson to Boston for Nate Robinson on Tuesday.

Robinson is expected to seek a buyout in his contract so he can sign on with a playoff contender, but will head to the Celtics for the time being.

If Robinson can get a buyout, the Clippers and Cavaliers could be one of the teams interested, reports ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst.

Nelson, who was acquired in the deal that Boston made with the Mavericks for Rajon Rondo, is averaging a career low 6.8 points through 29 games.

Nelson also has a player option in his contract for next season for $2.8 million.

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Report: Raiders Close to Hiring Jack Del Rio

Report: Raiders Close to Hiring Jack Del Rio

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders are closing in on Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their next head coach, reports ESPN.

Del Rio interviewed for the job on Tuesday night with owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie, and former Raiders coach John Madden, ESPN also reports.

Del Rio was the head coach at Jacksonville from 2003 to 2011 and guided the Jaguars to two postseason appearances during that time.

Tony Sparano, their current interim head coach, is also a finalist for the job.  Sparano took over the team after they fired Dennis Allen earlier this year.

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season.

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Kurt Busch Characterizes Ex-Girlfriend as ‘Trained Assassin’

Kurt Busch Characterizes Ex-Girlfriend as ‘Trained Assassin’

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The dispute between NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is going full throttle.

In a court hearing Tuesday in which Busch took the stand regarding a no-contact order Driscoll filed against him, he testified that his former girlfriend was a trained assassin.

Driscoll filed the order against Busch after she alleges that he slammed her head into the wall of a motor home after a qualifying run in Dover, Delaware on September 26 of last year.

Busch claims in his testimony that Driscoll told him many times that she was a "trained assassin" and that her work took her on missions in Central and South America as well as Africa.

His testimony continued detailing a rather graphic description in which Driscoll, "left in camouflage gear only to return later wearing a trench coat over an evening gown covered with blood."

He stated that a day earlier she told him that she earned a living as a mercenary killing people even showing him pictures of dead bodies. 

Driscoll called the allegations "ludicrous" and said Busch got this idea from a screenplay she had been working on for about eight years.

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Jets Tap MacCagnan as General Manager

Jets Tap MacCagnan as General Manager

New York Jets(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets have found a "football guy" to lead their team. Gang Green tapped Mike Maccagnan, former Houston Texans director of college scouting, to be their new general manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Owner Woody Johnson relied on the help of former NFL executives Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to aid in his search for new leadership of the franchise.  

“I want to thank Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf for their contributions during this search. Their experience, guidance and expertise have been invaluable. We are proud to welcome Mike to the organization and I am confident that he will help us build a winning team,” Johnson said.

While general manager of the Redskins, Casserly discovered MacCagnan and gave him his first chance in the NFL with Washington in 1999. When Casserly moved on as general manager of the Houston Texans in 2000, he brought MacCagnan along as a pro scout. 

MacCagnan replaces former general manager John Idzik, who was fired along with head coach Rex Ryan on December 29.

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Mayweather/Pacquiao Closer to Reality

Mayweather/Pacquiao Closer to Reality

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The dream title fight between the two most popular and successful welterweight fighters may finally become a reality.

According to Yahoo Sports, promoter Bob Arum told the site that Manny Pacquiao has "agreed to the terms" for a May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather.

ESPN's Dan Rafael reports that Arum has been working with Les Moonves, CEO of CBS -- with whom Mayweather has a contract to fight -- to negotiate the terms of the bout. However, Mayweather has not yet agreed to the terms.

Mayweather is scheduled to make at least $30 million for each of the two remaining fights left on his contract with CBS. However, Rafael noted if Mayweather did fight Pacquiao, "he would make way, way more than that."

The matchup has been discussed since late 2009 and almost was agreed upon, until Pacquiao disagreed with the drug testing terms that Mayweather requested at the time.

If the fight is indeed on, it will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

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Report: Jets Will Name Todd Bowles Head Coach

Report: Jets Will Name Todd Bowles Head Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The Jets have found their replacement for Rex Ryan: Todd Bowles. 

ESPN's Josina Anderson was informed by Bowles via text message that he will take the head coaching position with New York. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is for four years.

Bowles comes over from the Arizona Cardinals where he served as defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Previously, he served in the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 and was the assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011. Bowles was also the interim head coach of the Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season.

This season, the Cardinals finished 11-5, carried largely by their defense, especially after starting quarterback Carson Palmer was injured in week 10.  Arizona finished 5th in points allowed (18.7 ppg).

Bowles, 51, is New Jersey native who grew up in Elizabeth and attended Temple University. He played 8 seasons in the NFL: seven with the Washington Redskins (1986-1990, 1992-93) and one with the San Francisco 49ers (1991).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/13/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/13/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves 110 (6-31) – Indiana Pacers 101 (15-25)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (30-8) – Philadelphia 76ers 87 (7-30)

Washington Wizards 101 (26-12) – San Antonio Spurs 93 (23-16)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 86 (16-0) – Missouri 37 (7-9)

(2) Virginia 65 (16-0) – Clemson 42 (9-7)

Miami 90 (12-4) - (4) Duke 74 (14-2)

(6) Louisville 78 (15-2) – Virginia Tech 63 (8-8)

(9) Kansas 67 (14-2) – (24) Oklahoma St. 57 (12-4)

(16) West Virginia 86 (15-2) – (18) Oklahoma 65 (11-5)

(17) VCU 65 (14-3) – Rhode Island 60 (11-4)

Tennessee 74 (10-5) – (19) Arkansas 69 (13-3)

Butler 79 (13-5) – (21) Seton Hall 75 (13-4)

(23) Northern Iowa 63 (15-2) – Bradley 52 (6-12)

NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (23-15-6; 52pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (27-14-4; 58pts)

Detroit Red Wings 3 (23-11-9; 55pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-27-3; 31pts)

New York Islanders 3 (29-13-1; 59pts) – New York Rangers 0 (24-12-4; 52pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 7 (26-10-6; 58pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (18-19-5; 41pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (14-24-5; 33pts) – Colorado Avalanche 2 (18-17-9; 45pts) SO

Winnipeg Jets 8 (22-14-8; 52pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (20-12-9; 49pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (27-13-3; 57pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (10-25-9; 29pts)

Nashville Predators 5 (29-9-4; 62pts) – Vancouver Canucks 1 (23-15-3; 49pts)

Dallas Stars 5 (19-16-7; 45pts) – Ottawa Senators 4 (17-17-8; 42pts)

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Elway Explains Why Fox Is Out as Broncos Head Coach

Elway Explains Why Fox Is Out as Broncos Head Coach

Football Texture/iStockphoto(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway said on Tuesday that the decision to mutually part ways with head coach John Fox was the result of the team not ending the season “kicking and screaming.”

Fox left the organization on Monday, a day after the Broncos were eliminated from the postseason by the Indianapolis Colts, 24-13.

“The main thing between John and I is we disagreed how to get to the next level,” Elway said. “Because we accomplished so much, four AFC West championships, but I think the biggest miss between us was how we are going to take that next step and what it was going to take to get to that next step.”

In four seasons roaming the sidelines for the Broncos, Fox went 46-18 (.719) in the regular season and 3-4 (.429) in the postseason. He led Denver to four consecutive AFC West division titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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K.C. Royals & Manager Ned Yost Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension

K.C. Royals & Manager Ned Yost Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension

iStockphoto(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals and manager Ned Yost agreed to a one-year contract extension on Tuesday, which will keep him on the bench through the 2016 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This past season, Yost led the Royals to their first World Series appearance since 1985, where they fell to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

Yost took over as manager of the Royals in May 2010 for Trey Hillman. During his tenure in Kansas City, he has posted a record of 373-402.

He previously led the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-2008, where he went 457-502.

Yost has the third-most wins in Royals history, trailing only Whitey Herzog (410) and Dick Howser (404).

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Report: Garrett & Cowboys Agree to New Contract

Report: Garrett & Cowboys Agree to New Contract

dehooks/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys and head coach Jason Garrett have agreed to a new five-year contract, according to ESPN.

Garrett, in the final year of his contract, led the Cowboys to the NFC East division title this season with a 12-4 record. They defeated the Detroit Lions, 24-20, in the NFC Wild Card round, but fell to the Green Bay Packers, 26-21, in the NFC Divisional round on Sunday.

Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in Week 10 of the 2010 season. During his tenure in Dallas, he has gone 41-31.

The Cowboys also agreed to a three-year contract with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, according to ESPN.

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Orioles Re-Sign Reliever Tommy Hunter to a One-Year Deal

Orioles Re-Sign Reliever Tommy Hunter to a One-Year Deal

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Despite a rocky 2014 season, the Baltimore Orioles have brought back reliever Tommy Hunter on a one-year deal worth $4.65 million.

By agreeing to the deal, Hunter avoids arbitration with the club.

Hunter started out last season as the Orioles' closer, but after blowing six saves, the team turned to Zach Britton and he flourished in the role.

The 28-year-old Hunter still had a productive season despite his struggles closing out games. In 60 appearances, Hunter went 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA.

In Hunter's first two season with the Orioles, he posted ERAs over 5.00, but over the past two seasons he's posted ERAs under 3.00.

In seven seasons in Major League Baseball, Hunter is 42-31 with a 4.32 ERA to go along with 15 saves and 34 holds.

Hunter was acquired by the team back in 2011 along with first baseman Chris Davis from the Texas Rangers.

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Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad Out with Strained Oblique

Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad Out with Strained Oblique

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Shabazz Muhammad has been one of the few bright spots for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, but unfortunately he will miss the next couple weeks, if not longer, with an oblique strain.

Muhammad has improved drastically this season after a rough rookie year. After averaging just 3.9 points while playing 7.8 minutes per game, Muhammad has looked like a different player this season. Now playing over 23 minutes per game, he's averaging 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds on 49 percent shooting.

He along with prized rookie Andrew Wiggins brought stability to the team's offense.

Still, this is just the latest injury to a young Timberwolves team struggling to find wins. They also have point guard Ricky Rubio, guard Kevin Martin, and center Nikola Pekovic on the shelf. The team is hopeful all three will return in the near future.

The Timberwolves have the second-worst record in the NBA this season.

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Simon Gagne Will Not Return This Season After Father’s Death

Simon Gagne Will Not Return This Season After Father’s Death

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Veteran forward Simon Gagne has decided he will not return to the team this season due to personal reasons. With the recent death of his father, Gagne will sit out the rest of the season, leaving the rest of his career in doubt.

"The last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing," Gagne said in a statement released by the team. "To play in the NHL you have to be 100 percent mentally, emotionally and physically committed to the game. At this time I know that I cannot be close to those levels. The Bruins organization and my teammates have been great to my family and I during this time."

Gagne is now considered a suspended player so that the Bruins can maintain a full roster.

The 34-year-old Gagne is in his first season with the Bruins, and it could be his last. He has three goals and one assist in 23 games this season.

Gagne is a former All-Star from his years with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he's had trouble staying on the ice in recent years due to injuries. He's played in over 60 games just once since the 2009-2010 season.

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