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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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Report: Gurley Tore ACL

Report: Gurley Tore ACL

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATHENS, Ga.) -- Georgia running back Todd Gurley appears to have suffered a torn ACL, according to Bryant McFadden of 120 Sports.

McFadden reports that an MRI revealed that Gurley suffered no damage to the MCL in the left knee he injured in a non-contact play in Georgia's 34-7 win over Auburn.

Gurley returned to the field Saturday after serving a four game suspension while being investigated for illegally receiving payment for his autograph. Gurley was alleged to received at least $3,000 over two years as compensation for the autographed items.

He was considered a Heisman favorite this season, as he had run for 911 yards and had nine rushing touchdowns before his suspension. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 24 (7-3) – Seattle Seahawks 20 (6-4)

Atlanta Falcons 19 (4-6) – Carolina Panthers 17 (3-7-1)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (6-3-1) – New Orleans Saints 10 (4-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (2-8) – Washington Redskins 7 (3-7)

St. Louis Rams 22 (4-6) – Denver Broncos 7 (7-3)

San Francisco 49ers 16 (6-4) – New York Giants 10 (3-7)

Chicago Bears 21 (4-6) – Minnesota Vikings 13 (4-6)

Houston Texans 23 (5-5) – Cleveland Browns 7 (6-4)

Arizona Cardinals 14 (9-1) - Detroit Lions 6 (7-3)

Green Bay Packers 53 (7-3) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (7-3)

San Diego Chargers 13 (6-4) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-10)

NBA: New York Knicks 109 (3-8) – Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5) – Miami Heat 84 (5-5)

Houston Rockets 69 (9-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8)

NHL: San Jose Sharks 2 (10-8-2; 22pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (5-9-3; 13pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (10-7-0; 20pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-7-3; 21pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (10-7-1; 21pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (6-8-4; 16pts)

Florida Panthers 6 (6-4-5; 17pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-4-4; 26pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-4-1; 29pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (8-4-5; 21pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky 71 (2-0) – Buffalo 52 (1-1)

(2) Arizona 86 (2-0) - CS Northridge 68 (0-2)

(3) Wisconsin 89 (2-0) – Chattanooga 45 (1-1)

(6) North Carolina 103 (2-0) – Robert Morris 59 (0-2)

(9) Virginia 67 (2-0) – Norfolk State 39 (1-1)

(10) Texas 85 (2-0) - Alcorn State 53 (0-2)

(19) Oklahoma 78 (1-0) – Southeastern Louisiana 53 (0-2)

(21) Nebraska 80 (1-0) – Northern Kentucky 61 (0-2)

(23) Syracuse 65 (2-0) – Hampton 47 (0-2)

Holy Cross 58 (1-0) – (25) Harvard 57 (1-1)

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick captured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

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Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans Win

Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans WinScott Halleran/Getty Images(Cleveland, Oh.) -- Defensive end J.J. Watt is making a case to be the MVP of the league. Sunday, the Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-7 and J.J. Watt scored his fourth touchdown of the season.   Ryan Mallet was m...

(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- For the third time in its last four games Florida State found itself down at halftime, and as it did every other time, FSU won.

Dalvin Cook ran for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining in the game, giving FSU its first lead of the contest and the No. 3 Seminoles held on from there as they avoid the upset and beat rival Miami, 30-26 Saturday night.

"They love each other and it gets down to that," Florida State head coach Jeff Fisher said. "They play for each other. They don't panic. This is a heck of a Miami football team. Give them credit ... but our kids just execute when they have to."

Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) came to play. It scored twice in the first quarter and got a field goal early in the second quarter to put them up 16-0 before Florida State did anything. The Seminoles would end up scoring on a 44-yard run by Cook but the Hurricanes answered right back when true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a 61-yard touchdown to Clive Walford. Roberto Aguayo would hit the first of his three field goals before the end of the quarter to go into halftime with Miami up by 13.

The second half was a different story.

This time it was Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC) that played the aggressor outscoring the Hurricanes 20-3 in route to its 26th-straight victory.

Miami was still alive with 39 seconds to play. It had the ball on the Florida State 43 but Kaaya's pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey to seal the Seminoles fifth-straight win over the Hurricanes.

Florida State will try to keep its undefeated record intact next Saturday when it hosts Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC).


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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/15/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 11/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF Top-25: (4) TCU 34 (9-1) - Kansas 30 (3-7)

(5) Alabama 25 (9-1) - (1) Mississippi State 20 (9-1)

(8) Ohio State 31 (9-1) - (25) Minnesota 24 (7-3)

(14) Arizona 27 (8-2) - Washington 26 (6-5)

(15) Georgia 34 (7-2) - (9) Auburn 7 (7-2)

Arkansas 17 (5-5) - (17) LSU 0 (7-4)

Northwestern 43 (4-6) - (18) Notre Dame 40 (7-3)

(20) Wisconsin 59 (8-2) - (16) Nebraska 24 (8-2)

Virginia Tech 17 (5-5) - (21) Duke 16 (8-2)

(22) Georgia Tech 28 (9-2) - (19) 6 (7-3)

(23) Utah 20 (7-3) - Stanford 17 (5-5)

NCAAB Top-25: (4) Duke 109 (2-0) - Fairfield 59 (1-1)

(24) Michigan 92 (1-0) - Hillsdale 68

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (5-3) - Atlanta Hawks 94 (5-4)

Toronto Raptors 111 (8-2) - Utah Jazz 93 (4-7)

Washington Wizards 98 (7-2) - Orlando Magic 93 (4-7)

Memphis Grizzlies 95 (9-1) - Detroit Pistons 88 (3-7) 

Indiana Pacers 99 (4-7) - Chicago Bulls 90 (7-3)

Dallas Mavericks 131 (7-3) - Minnesota Timberwovles 117 (2-7)

NHL: Boston Bruins 2 (11-8-0) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (5-8-3)

Minnesota Wild 2 (9-7-0) - Dallas Stars 1 (6-7-4)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (8-5-4) - Anaheim Ducks  2 (11-3-3) - Overtime

Buffalo Sabres 6 (4-13-2) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (9-7-2)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (13-4-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (7-7-2)

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (12-4-2) - New York Islanders 2 (11-6-0)

Colorado Avalanche 3 (6-8-5) - New Jersey Devils 2 (8-8-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (12-3-1) - New York Rangers 2 (7-6-4) - Shootout 

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (6-10-1) - San Jose Sharks 1 (9-8-2)

Nashville Predators 2 (11-4-2) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (9-7-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (12-4-1) - Washington Capitals 1 (7-7-3)

NASCAR: Matt Kenseth wins the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300

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Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

Crimson Tide Dash Bulldogs Undefeated Hopes

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Alabama handed Mississippi State their first loss of the season Saturday as the Crimson Tide won a tight one 25-20.

Alabama confused and stymied Dak Prescott all game as they contained the dual threat quarterback and forced him into costly mistakes.

Prescott threw three interceptions on the day, none more costly than a pick thrown late in the third quarter.  The Bulldogs had marched down to the Alabama 15 yard line, trailing by 13. Prescott forced a pass to his left and Crimson Tide corner Cyrus Jones was waiting on the pass: stealing possession of the ball.

Alabama's offense was methodical. The Tide ran for 124 yards and threw for 211 yards; 88 of which were caught by star wide receiver Amari Cooper. He also added a touchdown reception.  T.J. Yeldon ground out 72 yards on 16 carries and punched in a touchdown. 

The loss certainly comes at a bad time for Mississippi State as the college football regular season winds down and four teams will be selected for college football's inaugural playoff. The win will boost Alabama's chances of contending once again for the grand prize of collegiate football.



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Diamondbacks Acquire Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays

Diamondbacks Acquire Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Dave Stewart's first major move as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks is official as he has acquired starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the Diamondbacks are sending two minor league prospects, infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams.

"I'm definitely excited to get over there to Arizona and get back to the pitcher I was," Hellickson told the Tampa Bay Times. "I'd heard enough rumors so you kind of expect something, but I'm definitely kind of shocked. I'm definitely going to miss a lot of people over there."

This ends Hellickson's tenure with the only team he's ever known during his five-year Major League career. He started off great as he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2010. Despite his initial success, he's struggled to regain his ROY form the past two seasons.

In 2013, he posted a 5.17 ERA while going 12-10. He spent time on the disabled list in 2014 while going 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA.

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Rangers Reward GM Jon Daniels with Contract Extension

Rangers Reward GM Jon Daniels with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite a rough 2014 season, the Texas Rangers have agreed on a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels as well as assistant general manager Thad Levine.

ESPN is reporting both deal will run through the 2018 season.

The Rangers lost 95 games in 2014, their worst mark since 2008, and was also the last time the club finished a season with a losing record.

"I think it's really a tremendous statement by ownership for all of our people, players they want to keep the group together," Daniels said in a conference call. "Thad and I are in the press release but there are a lot of other people that are going to be impacted positively through this process."

Daniels has been with the Rangers since 2005, and was named Baseball America's Major League Executive of the Year in 2010. Levin has also been with the team since 2005.

The Rangers made it to the World Series in 2010 as well as 2011.

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Adam Silver Calls for Legalized Sports Betting

Adam Silver Calls for Legalized Sports Betting


(NEW YORK) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes it is time for society to embrace sports gambling.

Silver wrote an op-ed on the New York Times website calling for the United States government to embrace placing bets on professional sports in a heavily legislated manner; similar to the manner in which Europe runs its betting market.

From the New York Times article, Silver writes:

"...despite legal restrictions, sports betting is widespread. It is a thriving underground business that operates free from regulation or oversight. Because there are few legal options available, those who wish to bet resort to illicit bookmaking operations and shady offshore websites. There is no solid data on the volume of illegal sports betting activity in the United States, but some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year."

A New Jersey judge is expected to make a ruling on the legality of the state accepting bets on sporting events.  The NBA, as well as the other major sports leagues have filed an injunction to ban the state from accepting such wagers. 

When asked to comment on the article, Tim Frank, VP of Communications at the NBA told ABC Radio that, "the article speaks for itself and we don't have any additional comments to make on it."


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Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson skipped a meeting Friday with the NFL that had been scheduled in regards to potential disciplinary action.

Peterson had previously agreed to meet with the NFL even though he has been uncooperative in supplying the information the NFL has requested related to the accusations of excessive corporal punishment towards his son. 

This meeting was to determine if Peterson would face further discipline from the league aside from the eight game paid suspension he had already served while resolving his court case.

According to ESPN, a league official told them that the meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but the NFLPA would not be able to attend the meeting that day.

"We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate," a league official told ESPN. "We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.

"We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us."

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Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

Matt Crafton Wins Second Camping World Truck Series Title

BananaStock(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Matt Crafton finished in ninth place at Friday's final Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead, but that was enough to take home his second title in a row.

Crafton had to finish 21st or better to pull it off and Darrell Wallace Jr. won the race.

"To say I made history is definitely very, very cool, but it's all about the guys that are behind me," Crafton said. "Without them, I'm just an average race car driver at best."

The 38-year-old veteran played it safe on his way to the second title.

"I wanted to race so much harder tonight," Crafton said. "I kept asking, I was just waiting for them to say that there were like 20 trucks running at that point and then I could go. When it was five [laps] to go and I had asked again how many trucks were still in, and there were 22 on the lead lap, I said I couldn't take any chances. I know I could have went further forward, but I said it is what it is."

No other driver has won back-to-back titles in the history of the Truck Series.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAB: (4) Duke Blue Devils 113 (1-0) - Presbyterian Blue Hose 44 (0-1)

 (7) Florida Gators 68 (1-0) - William & Mary Tribe 45 (1-0)

(9) Virginia Cavaliers 79 (1-0) – James Madison Dukes 51 (0-1)

(17) Connecticut Huskies 66 (1-0) – Bryant Bears 53 (0-1)

(20) Ohio State Buckeyes 92 (1-0)  – Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks 55 (0-1)

(23) Syracuse Orange 89 (1-0) – Kennesaw State 42 (0-1)

(25) Harvard Crimson 73 (1-0)  – MIT Engineers 52 (0-1)

NBA: Denver Nuggets 108 (2-6) - Indiana Pacers 87 (3-7)

Orlando Magic 101 (4-6) - Milwaukee Bucks 85 (4-5


NHL: New Jersey Devils 1 (7-7-2) - Washington Capitals 0 (7-5-3) 

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (5-10-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (7-6-2) 

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