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ESPN: Martinez Agrees to 4-Year Deal with Tigers

ESPN: Martinez Agrees to 4-Year Deal with Tigers

Leon Halip/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Tigers and Victor Martinez have agreed to a four-year deal that comes with an average annual salary of $17 million, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.The Tigers originally offered Martinez a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer that the veteran designated hitter rejected. But Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski proceeded to declare re-signing Martinez was the team's top priority.The 35-year-old switch-hitting Martinez has been with Detroit since 2011 and missed the 2012 season with a knee injury. In his his three seasons on the field, Martinez hit .321 with a .381 on-base percentage, 58 home runs, and 289 RBIs.Martinez arguably had his best offensive season in 2014, hitting .335 with 32 home runs, 103 RBIs, and an American League-leading .409 on-base percentage.

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Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber were named, respectively, the National League and American League Cy Young Award winners Wednesday.Kershaw has now won the award three times in the last four seasons, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Jim Palmer, and Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers to achieve that feat.The 26-year-old Kershaw was dominating after missing the first part of the season with a back injury. He threw his first career no-hitter and led the majors in wins (21), ERA (1.77), and WHIP (0.86), while striking out 239 batters in 198.1 innings.Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes that were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto came in second and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright came in third.As for Kluber, he narrowly beat out Seattle's Felix Hernandez for the award. Kluber finished with 169 points, while Hernandez received 159 points.The 28-year-old Kluber, who was only in his second full season as a starter, pitched 235 2/3 innings, striking out 269 batters, while compiling an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.095 WHIP.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Washington Wizards 107 (6-2) – Detroit Pistons 103 (2-6)

Atlanta Hawks 100 (4-3) – Utah Jazz 97 (3-6)

Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (3-6) – Boston Celtics 94 (3-4)

Indiana Pacers 81 (3-6) – Miami Heat 75 (5-3)

Orlando Magic 97 (3-6) – New York Knicks 95 (2-7)

New Orleans Pelicans 109 (4-3) – Los Angeles Lakers 102 (1-7)

Phoenix Suns 112 (5-3) - Brooklyn Nets 104 (4-3)

Portland Trail Blazers 130 (6-3) - Denver Nuggets 113 (1-6)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (9-5-2; 20pts) – Boston Bruins 1 (10-7-0; 20pts) 

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NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

BananaStock(MIAMI) -- Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick will battle it out for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship this Sunday afternoon in the running of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None of the four drivers have previously capture the Cup.

On the season, Logano has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-ten finishes. Meanwhile, Harvick has four wins, 13 top-five finishes and 19 top-ten finishes.

“We need to stay on course and try to treat this just like we have every other race this year and try not to really put any extra pressure on go down there and do the same things we've been doing.

Hamlin has won one race this year, at Talladega back in May, while Newman is still in search of his first checkered flag.

Sunday’s green flag is set to drop at 3:15 p.m. Eastern.

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Nowitzki Passes Hakeem Olajuwon on All-Time Scoring List

Nowitzki Passes Hakeem Olajuwon on All-Time Scoring List

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) -- Dirk Nowitzki moved past Hakeem Olajuwon into ninth place on the all-time scoring list on Tuesday night, making him the only international player in the top-ten

Nowitzki finished with 23 points in their 106-98 victory over the Kings to give him 26,953 in his career.

"It's an honor," Nowitzki said. "To do it at home, it was even more special. Getting a standing ovation, it was great."

"Hakeem, to me, was one of the greatest," Nowitzki continued. "I grew up watching him in the 90s. His footwork, his touch, was next to no other. I'm really humbled to keep climbing the ladder, blessed to stay healthy, and play at a semi-high level, I guess."

The 12-time All-Star had his longtime short doctor and mentor, Holger Geschwindner, in the crowd to see it as well.

"It's great for him to be here and see it," Nowitzki said. "He meant so much to me in my career and he still does. I'm 36 years old and we still work on my game like I'm 21 years old. It's fair to say that without him I wouldn't be sitting at number 9 right now."

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TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The TCU Horned Frogs moved to No. 4 in the latest Colllege Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.

While the Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0) still are sitting at No. 1, TCU (8-1) is followed by Florida State (9-0) and Oregon (9-1) with the Crimson Tide ranking No. 5 in the playoffs.

"For the third consecutive week, the committee looked at the overall body of work, their strength of schedule, and looked at the number of top 25 wins," committee chairman Jeff Long said.

"TCU has two top 25 wins and Baylor has one. And TCU's loss is a top-10 loss. When you put all those factors together, we still think at this time TCU has a better resume and was voted that way ahead of Baylor," he continued.

"I think that our rankings will send the message," Long added. "We as a committee are not charged with sending messages to coaches and ADs about scheduling, but I think it's likely that they will see the factors that we take into account and will take a message from that. But we're not trying to send a message about that. We've said from the beginning, strength of schedule, total body of work, complete resume, all of those are factored into this decision to get to the best four teams and rank our 25."

Mississippi State will travel to Alabama (8-1) on Saturday.

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Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring.The 29-year-old was placed on the season-ending injured reserve Tuesday; he suffered the injury during the team's win Sunday over the New York Giants.Mebane has been dominant for a Seahawks team that ranks fourth in rushing yards allowed per game.“There is nobody like Mebane,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point — most consistent, best factor — so that’s a big hit to take.”Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel, and Jordan Hill will take Mebane's place on the line.The Seahawks signed tight end RaShaun Allen from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to take Mebane's roster spot.

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Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.The Pittsburgh Pirates' Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by the San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy.In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Toronto Raptors 104 (7-1) – Orlando Magic 100 (2-6)

Memphis Grizzlies 107 (7-1) – Los Angeles Lakers 102 (1-6)

Milwaukee Bucks 85 (4-4) – Oklahoma City Thunder 78 (2-6)

Dallas Mavericks 106 (5-3) – Sacramento Kings 98 (5-3)

NHL:  New Jersey Devils 3 (7-7-2; 16pts) – Minnesota Wild 1 (7-7-0; 14pts)

New York Islanders 6 (10-5-0; 20pts) – Colorado Avalanche 0 (4-8-5; 13pts)

New York Rangers 5 (7-6-2; 16pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (10-3-1; 21pts)

Washington Capitals 4 (7-5-3; 17pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-10-1; 9pts)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (11-4-1; 23pts) – Winnipeg Jets 0 (8-6-2; 18pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (5-4-4; 14pts) – San Jose Sharks 1 (8-7-2; 18pts)

St. Louis Blues 6 (10-4-1; 21pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (3-12-2; 8pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (10-3-2; 22pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (6-9-1; 13pts) 

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Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver Allen Robinson on the injured reserve list Tuesday because of a broken right foot. He suffered the injury during Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in London.

The Jaguars selected Robinson out of Penn State in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. In his rookie campaign, he had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.

With Robinson out, the Jaguars are expected to rely heavily on veterans Cecil Shorts III as well as rookies Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee.

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Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team

Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team

G. Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball season tipping off on Friday, after scrimmaging against top ranked Kentucky, Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs came away very impressed.

"Those guys are unreal," Briggs told reporters. "I told the guys in the locker room, [the Wildcats] could have beaten some NBA teams tonight. There's no question in my mind."

The Wildcats are expected to be among college basketball's elite this season with players like Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, and others set for big seasons.

Despite the praise from Briggs, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was quick to dismiss his claims.

"I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY," Calipari tweeted on Monday night.

Kentucky went 29-11 last season, but ultimately lost to UCONN in the National Title game. They open the season Friday against Grand Canyon.

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Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.  

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

"Just an outstanding performance by all three phases," Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

"We've got to do things better," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we're going to do it together as a team."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 118 (3-3) – New Orleans Pelicans 111 (3-3)

Indiana Pacers 97 (2-6) – Utah Jazz 86 (3-5)

Atlanta Hawks 91 (3-3) – New York Knicks 85 (2-6)

Chicago Bulls 102 (6-2) – Detroit Pistons 91 (2-5)

NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (10-6-0; 20pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (6-7-2; 14pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (5-6-3; 13pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (9-6-2; 20pts) 

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Ichiro Not Ready to Retire

Ichiro Not Ready to Retire

Rich Schulz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even at age 41, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has no plans to retire and even hopes to play in 2015.

“I have every intention of playing in the Major Leagues next year,” Ichiro said during an MLB Network interview. “Where will that be? I cannot tell you because baseball is not an individual sport and so it’s not just up to my feeling that I want to play. Somebody has to feel that they want to give me the opportunity to play. But I have every intention of playing.”

Last season while primarily serving as a fourth outfielder, Ichiro hit .284 with 42 runs scored and 15 stolen basses.

While he may not be the dominant hitter he once was, Ichiro is still a solid outfielder who is just 156 hits away from 3,000 for his Major League career. In 14 Major League seasons, Ichiro has batted .317 while averaging 203 hits per season.

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Lakers Pick Up First Win of the Season

Lakers Pick Up First Win of the Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is finally over. The Los Angeles Lakers won their first game of the season on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets.

The Lakers had been 0-5, the worst start in the team's Kobe Bryant-era. The team also avoided losing six straight to open a season for the first time since 1957-58, when the team played in Minneapolis.

"We got to start somewhere," Bryant said after the win.

Bryant and Jeremy Lin led the way for the Lakers as they each scored 21 points. Carlos Boozer also chipped in 16 points.

"Guys weren't just looking to get the ball to Kobe and step out of the way," Lakers head coach Byron Scott said of the win. "I talked to Jeremy before the game about being more assertive on both ends of the floor."

After their win on Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves as the only winless team left in the NBA. On Sunday, they lost to the Toronto Raptors and fell to 0-7 in the season.

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Manning Tosses Five TDs, Broncos Stomp Raiders

Manning Tosses Five TDs, Broncos Stomp Raiders

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- After a disappointing loss to New England last week, the Denver Broncos righted the ship with a 41-17 trouncing over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Peyton Manning tossed five touchdowns for the Broncos (7-2) while the defense held Oakland (0-9) to less than 250 total yards of offense.

The game did not start off that well for Manning and the Broncos. A pair of early interceptions saw Denver trailing 10-6 with 11 minutes to play in the second quarter. That all changed when C.J. Anderson caught a screen pass and scampered 51 yards for a touchdown, giving Denver a 13-10 advantage.

That scoring play started a string of five touchdown passes on five possessions for Manning, turning a brief upset scare into another rout. The Raiders were held scoreless for almost the entire second half, scoring a garbage touchdown with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

It was the ninth time in Manning's career that he threw for at least five touchdowns, breaking a tie with Drew Brees for the most in NFL history. The 38-year-old also extended his own league mark of most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes to 15 games. Both Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders each caught a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Derek Carr threw two touchdowns in the loss, but also threw a pair of interceptions.

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Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals improved to an NFL-best 8-1 on the season with a 31-14 win over St. Louis on Sunday. However, team officials are fearful that quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter and could be out for the rest of the year.

Arizona was trailing the 3 and 6 Rams 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, but were driving when Palmer went down. The 34-year-old was carted off the field after clutching the same left knee that was surgically repaired in 2006 after tearing his ACL and MCL in a playoff game against Pittsburgh.

"We don't know anything about Carson's injury or the length, whatever it is yet," coach Bruce Arians said. "He will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything and we will know something by tomorrow and hopefully by Tuesday."

With their leader sidelined, and the scoreboard not in their favor, the Cardinals turned to Drew Stanton and immediately took control. Stanton found Josh Brown on a 48-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-10 lead before the defense sealed the deal. Patrick Peterson picked off an Austin Davis pass and ran it back 30 yards before Antonio Cromartie recovered a fumble and scored, putting the game out of reach for St. Louis.

Davis threw two interceptions for the Rams, who were held to 244 total yards of offense. Prior to the injury, Palmer was 25-for-36 for 241 yards and an interception. 

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Harvick Wins at Phoenix, Qualifies for Miami

Harvick Wins at Phoenix, Qualifies for Miami

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(AVONDALE, Ariz.) -- Kevin Harvick dominated the field on Sunday afternoon, winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix Motor Speedway and clinching a spot in NASCAR's final round of the new Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

"Coming over here and racing this year has given me new life," Harvick said. "It's like a dream. You lay it all out on paper and you say, 'This is what we want to do, and we want to race for wins and championships,' and all of a sudden you're a week away from everything that you talk about and dream about."

Harvick was one of eight drivers still "alive" in the new playoff format entering the race. None of those eight had won a race in the Eliminator Round and earned the automatic berth into the Championship finale. The 38-year-old led 264 of 312 laps and will now have a chance to win his first title after 13 years in NASCAR's premier circuit.

Joining Harvick in the final race of the year at Homestead-Miami International Speedway next week are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman. All four drivers will be seeking their first points championship. The winner of the Sprint Cup Championship will be decided by finishing order next week.

Eliminated from title contention was Jeff Gordon, who finished second, Matt Kenseth, who took third, Brad Keselowski, the fourth-place finisher, and Carl Edwards.

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Rodgers Ties NFL Record in Packers Rout

Rodgers Ties NFL Record in Packers Rout

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY Wisc.) -- Aaron Rodgers tied an NFL record by throwing six touchdowns in the first half as Green Bay walloped the Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers (6-3) jumped out to a 45-0 lead before Chicago (3-6) finally got on the board in the third quarter.

"We just kind of got things going our way," Rodgers said. "The line did a good job of giving me time to extend plays. If you extend plays, you look down the field and there's Jordy Nelson. He made some nice catches."

Nelson had six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Rodgers' six touchdown passes tied the Green Bay record for most scoring tosses in a game, while also tying Daryle Lamonica's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a half, which he set in 1969 while playing for Oakland.

All six of the Packers' scores in the first half came from a Rodgers pass. It began with a 1-yard strike to Brandon Bostick in the first and included scoring plays of 73, 56, and 40-yards. Chicago finally found the end zone when Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 45-yard touchdown in the first half. 

Rodgers finished the day with 325 passing yards in the win while Cutler tossed one touchdown for 272 yards to go along with two interceptions. Cutler's second interception was returned 82 yards by Casey Hayward for a touchdown.

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Yankees Re-Sign Chris Young

Yankees Re-Sign Chris Young

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees re-signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year deal, the team announced Sunday.ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney reports the deal is worth $2.5 million plus incentives.Young, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last season after he was released by the New York Mets in August. He played in 23 games for the Bronx Bombers, hitting .282 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and a .354 on-base percentage.Young is expected to be the Yankees' fourth outfielder behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner.Young has played nine MLB seasons. During that time he's hit .234 with 155 home runs, 486 RBIs and 130 stolen bases.

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