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L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP Juan Nicasio from Rockies

L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP Juan Nicasio from Rockies

iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Dodgers designated infielder Ryan Jackson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Nicasio.

In 33 games with the Rockies last season, Nicasio went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA. He struck out 63 batters in 93 2/3 innings of work.

The Rockies originally signed Nicasio as an amateur free agent in 2006. In his big league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 28, 2011, he allowed one unearned run across seven frames.

Nicasio is 21-22 over his four-year big league career.

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Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez

Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley RamirezBananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox have made quite the splash early on in free agency. Multiple outlets report that the Boston Red Sox are close to finalizing deals with free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. ESPN reports th...

Saints Owner Tom Benson Makes Record $11M Donation to Football Hall of Fame

Saints Owner Tom Benson Makes Record $11M Donation to Football Hall of FameStacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to pledge $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- it's the largest contribution by any individual in the history of the establishment. $10 million of Ben...

Hornets Guard Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely with Separated Shoulder

Hornets Guard Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely with Separated ShoulderNBA via New Orleans Pelicans(NEW YORK) -- The injury bug has bitten New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon once again after separating his shoulder during Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz. Gordon got tangled up with Jazz guard Alec Burks in the se...

Patriots Silence Lions

Patriots Silence Lions

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving.

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Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Cleveland Browns let a nine point fourth quarter lead slip away, but kicker Billy Cundiff hit another game winning field goal as time expired to give his team a 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw three picks, but found a way to lead his team down the field in the final minute to set up the Cundiff game winner.

Browns Josh Gordon pulled in eight passes for 127 yards in his first game since being suspended for 10 games due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

"I knew the guys weren't going to quit on me," Gordon said. "I definitely wasn't going to quit on them."

Hoyer admitted that he was not happy with his performance even though the Browns came out with the win.

"Nothing to lose, really," Hoyer said when asked about the final drive. "Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point."

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Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title

Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title

Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(MACAU) -- Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri by unanimous decision Saturday to retain his welterweight title.

Pacquiao dominated the fight, throwing 410 punches to Algieri's 212. Pacquiao connected on 187 punches and scored six knockdowns.

Coming off such a dominating performance and now boasting a career record of (56-6-2, 38 KOs) some, such as ESPN's boxing analyst Bernardo Osuna, wonder if he has been impressive enough to fight fellow welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"He needs to look impressive, because when he steps into the negotiating room for a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather in early 2015, he has got to have some leverage," Osuna said.

The final scores from the judges were in favor of Pacquiao, 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103.

 

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Arkansas Blanks No. 8 Ole Miss

Arkansas Blanks No. 8 Ole Miss

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ak.) -- The Arkansas Razorbacks embarrassed the (8) Ole Miss Rebels, Saturday, with a 30-0 shutout.

The Razorbacks forced six turnovers as they earned bowl eligibility with the win. Arkansas's defense harassed Rebels' quarterback Bo Wallace all game, intercepting him twice; including a 100 yard interception return for touchdown by Rohan Gaines.

"The thing I like about our defensive players is that they just shake things off. They make a mistake, and they’ll lineup and play again," said Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema. "Those two turnovers, they let them get all the way down into the end zone and then made the big play." 

Earlier this season, Ole Miss was ranked as the number one team in the country. They have now dropped three of their last four (All losses in the SEC).

Head coach Hugh Freeze was crestfallen and searching for answers after the latest loss.

"I just think we came out probably a little not sharp for sure, and we did some things that you can’t do to be an elite team," Freeze said. "We’ve been a good team this year but we haven’t been elite at times and that’s where we want to get to."

 

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Louis Williams Drops 36 in Beat-down of Cavaliers

Louis Williams Drops 36 in Beat-down of Cavaliers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CLEVELAND,Oh.) -- The Toronto Raptors smacked down the Cleveland Cavaliers as Louis Williams came in off the bench and paced the Raptors to a 110-93 victory, Saturday.

Williams put up 36 points, completing 9 of 19 from the field including three from beyond the arc.

"The thing was that [my teammates] saw that I had a hot hand and they kept coming to me," Williams said. "Just created a spark off the bench."

No shot had as much impact as the three he drained at the first half buzzer that gave Toronto a 56-54 lead.

From there it was all downhill for the Cavaliers according to LeBron James.

"[Williams] changed the game, when he came into the game," James said. "We lost the tempo that we had."

The Cavaliers began the season as the favorites to win it all. Hyped up as the new Big 3; which includes, James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers currently sit at 5-7. 

"We're a very fragile team right now, we were a fragile team from the beginning," James said. "Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up."

 

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Islanders Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Night

Islanders Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Night

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) -- For the second straight night the New York Islanders have defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In a home-and-home series, the Islanders took a 5-4 shootout win in Pittsburgh Friday, then beat the Penguins in New York Saturday 4-1.  The Islanders are now tied with the Penguins in the Metro division at 28 points.

The Penguins took the lead late in the first on an Evgeni Malkin goal.  The Islanders matched it at 1:59 in the second when Matt Martin backhanded a rebound past Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss.

The third period opened and the Islanders came out firing. Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and John Tavares each scored a goal as New York blew open the game and sealed the victory. 

"We're understanding what's bringing us success,” said Tavares. "We have a talented hockey club when everyone's committed to doing the right things and doing their job."

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Oklahoma’s Perine Breaks Gordon’s Single-Game Rushing Record

Oklahoma’s Perine Breaks Gordon’s Single-Game Rushing Record

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Sooners running back Samaje Perine holds the new single-game rushing record after breaking Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon's record in Oklahoma's 44-7 win over Kansas on Saturday.

Perine finished the day with 427 rushing yards on 34 carries and five touchdowns in four quarters of work.

Gordon set the record in last week's win in the third quarter, but sat following setting the record.

Oklahoma finished with 510 total yards on the ground and quarterback Cody Thomas was 3 for 13 with 39 yards in the air.

Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings threw a pick and finished 8 for 22 with 89 yards in the loss.

Kansas only touchdown of the day came on an 11-yard fumble return.

The Sooners improved to 5-3 in the Big 12 and Kansas fell to 1-7 in their conference.

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Georgia Pounds Charleston-Southern, 55-3

Georgia Pounds Charleston-Southern, 55-3

BananaStock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- (9) Georgia (9-2) cruised past Charleston-Southern (8-4) 55-3 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on the first three snaps including running back Nick Chubb's 83-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and never looked back.

Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason tossed three touchdown passes and had 187 yards in the first half and sat the rest of the game.

Brice Ramsey replaced Hutson and threw a touchdown pass and an interception in the second half, but the game was already over.

Georgia rushed for 270 yards on Charleston-Southern and their defense allowed 211 total yards with only one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Todd Gurley, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury, was in attendance on the sidelines with a brace and crutches.

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Ohio State Cruises Past Indiana, Clinches Big Ten Title Berth

Ohio State Cruises Past Indiana, Clinches Big Ten Title Berth

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- (6) Ohio State clinched a Big Ten title berth in their 42-27 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Buckeyes running back Jalin Marshall scored four second-half touchdowns, including a 54-yard punt return in the third quarter.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Marshall for the other three touchdowns and finished with four touchdown passes of his own and 302 yards.

"We're conference division champions, we've won a bunch of games (nine) in a row," said Meyer. "We have some work to do. Sometimes in college football, things don't go exactly as scripted."

Ohio State will wait on the winner of Minnesota and Wisconsin next week to decide their opponent for the title.  

In the meantime, the win could increase their chances of getting one of the top spots in the College Football Playoff rankings that will be released on Tuesday.

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Jay Gruden Puts the Pressure on Robert Griffin III

Jay Gruden Puts the Pressure on Robert Griffin III

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jay Gruden's first year as the head coach of the Washington Redskins isn't going as smoothly as he had hoped, and now he's speaking out against his quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

In four starts this season, Griffin has yet to resemble the same player who electrified the NFL during his rookie year in 2012 as he's dealt with various injuries and ineffectiveness.

The Redskins won the NFC East in 2012, but have gone just 6-20 since. Gruden is putting the heat on Griffin to step up and perform like the player the franchise drafted him to be.

"He's auditioned long enough," Gruden told NFL.com. "Clock's ticking. He's gotta play.

"We'll see. ... We want Robert to excel, we really do. But the last two games, it hasn't been very good, anywhere. We gotta play better around him. And the biggest thing for us as playcallers, and for him, we just have to come together and jell with plays he's comfortable with. That takes time. But we don't have a lot of time."

Griffin has thrown just two touchdown this season to go along with four turnovers.

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Bulls Forward Taj Gibson Suffers Sprained Ankle

Bulls Forward Taj Gibson Suffers Sprained Ankle

NBA via Chicago Bulls(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The Chicago Bulls have to deal with another injured player as power forward Taj Gibson is out with a sprained ankle.

Midway through the third quarter of the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, and have to be carried off the floor by a pair of teammates.

X-rays wound up coming back negative, which is good news considering Gibson has dealt with issues in that same ankle in the past.

"It's the same lingering injury," Gibson said. "Just keep trying to play through it, trying to be there for my teammates. Just push through. All summer I was trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up. I keep having these little bum ankle turns. And I just took some time off from it and tried to rush back and this thing happened again. I'm just frustrated."

The 29-year-old Gibson is a key reserve for the Bulls. In 12 games this season, he's averaging 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 122 (8-5) - Philadelphia 76ers 96 (0-12) Orlando Magic 105 (6-8) - Charlotte Hornets 100 (4-9) Atlanta Hawks 99 (5-5) - Detroit Pistons 89 (3-9) Toronto Raptors 124 (10-2) - Milwaukee Bucks 83 (7-6) Me...

Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson Files for Bankruptcy, Claims Parents Are Responsible

Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson Files for Bankruptcy, Claims Parents Are Responsible

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite over $30 million in earnings during his career, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming his parents are responsible for his financial troubles.

According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, prior to signing a seven-year, $30.5 million deal in 2011, Johnson granted power of attorney to his mother, and gave her full control of his finances.

Johnson claims his mother, Tina Johnson, purchased a house in Manhattan Beach, California with his money but he never had knowledge of the transaction. Johnson also alleges his parents borrowed $15 million against his future earnings. Many of the loans carried high interest rates.

"I'd say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path," Johnson told The Dispatch last week. "I've got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It's something I should have done a long time ago."

ESPN.com reports that documents were filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District Court of Ohio that show that Johnson has very little left of the millions he's made during his career, and his future earnings are compromised because of debt and interest rates.

The 27-year-old Johnson was a first round pick in 2005 and has three years left on his current deal.

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Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since 2007, running back Adrian Peterson has been the face of the Minnesota Vikings franchise, but after a recent child abuse scandal, Peterson knows it might be best to move on.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Peterson said “maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” Peterson said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

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.

Earlier this week, the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season. He had missed the previous nine games after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. 

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Pirated Designate Ike Davis for Assignment

Pirated Designate Ike Davis for Assignment

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- Once seen as a potential All-Star caliber player, first baseman Ike Davis' fall continues as the Pittsburgh Pirates have decided to designate him for assignment.

The Pirates now have 10 days to trade or release Davis.

Davis was acquired by the Pirates back in April from the New York Mets. After struggling in recent years, some felt a chance of scenery was necessary for him.

Despite the new team, Davis' struggles continued. In 131 games with the Pirates, Davis hit .235 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs.

During his first two seasons in Major League Baseball in 2010 and 2011, Davis showed flashes of being a power-hitting player who could also hit for average. Injuries and a bout with valley fever in 2012 wound up having more long-term damage then he had hoped. He hit 32 home runs in 2012, but has only hit 19 the past two seasons combined.

Former number two overall pick Jameson Taillon was added to the 40-man roster to replace Davis.

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Tim Howard Named US Male Soccer Player of the Year

Tim Howard Named US Male Soccer Player of the Year

Stock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Tim Howard, goalkeeper of the United States Men's National Soccer Team, was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

It is the second time in his career that Howard has received the honor, first winning it in 2008.

The award, revealed on ESPN's SportsCenter, is given to the top performer from the United States National Team.

"It's pretty special to have my name up there with the greats," Howard said on SportsCenter.

Howard beat out five of his teammates to take the accolade, helping the U.S. reach the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this past summer. Among the others on the ballot were Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, and Jermaine Jones.

His most memorable performance was a World Cup record 15 saves in the Round of 16 against Belgium. Howard helped to keep the match scoreless until extra time when Belgium came away with a 2-1 victory, eliminating the Americans. 

Howard has started eight consecutive matches for the U.S., earning a 3-3-1 record in 2014. This year, he became the all-time leader for starts as a goalkeeper as well as the American's all-time leader in wins with 55. 

Votes were collected from current U.S. coaches, players and staff, MLS and NASL head coaches, select media members, and former players and administrators.

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