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Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca) -- The biggest pitching prize in baseball signed with the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday.

According to FoxSports.com and ESPN, Jon Lester has agreed to a 6 year, $155 million contract as part of a new look, new attitude club that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years.

Lester joins new Chicago manager Joe Maddon, who recently came over from the Tampa Bay Rays, in what many are expecting to be an aggressive push towards contending in 2015.

The Cubs have also recently signed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, as well as catcher Miguel Montero.

"We have a nice ball club," Maddon said. "The pitching staff needed to be solidified, Jason Hammel helped do that. Now all of a sudden you get Jon Lester in there, beyond his pitching ability, what it does within the clubhouse among the other guys, when you talk about playoffs and World Series', it becomes more believable."

While the big name, high-priced acquisitions are capturing the headlines, the Cubs future is dependent upon the young talent the team has been developing. The list of players soon to join The Show include infielder Addison Russell, who the team acquired from the A's last season in the Jeff Samardzija deal, slugger Javier Baez, third basemen Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler.

"Primarily, I think every young Cub, sitting wherever they are sitting tonight, has a stronger believability in what we are doing next year," said Maddon to ESPN after the announcement of the Lester signing.

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Texans’ Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Texans’ Clowney Undergoes Microfracture Surgery

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The enormous hype that surrounded the top pick in 2014's NFL draft has fallen flat. Texan's defensive end Jadeveon Clowney underwent microfracture knee surgery Monday, according to a statement from the Houston Texans.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the recovery time for Clowney will be around nine months.  His return will likely be after the 2015 pre-season. 

It is possible he could start the season on the team's physically unable to perform list.

"We expect a full recovery," Texans general manager Rick Smith told ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli.

Clowney entered the league with enormous attention and promise for his ability to rush the passer. Since being drafted, his season has been injury-plagued. He suffered a concussion in an August practice with Denver. He then suffered a lateral meniscus tear in the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

"This guy's a football player. He wants to play football, he wants to be good. He was disappointed," Head Coach Bill O'Brien said via Twitter.

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Chicago Cubs Acquire Montero from Diamondbacks

Chicago Cubs Acquire Montero from Diamondbacks

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The Chicago Cubs have made the latest move in the MLB offseason, trading for catcher Miguel Montero.

The Cubs traded two prospects to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday to acquire what many within baseball consider the top catcher at framing pitches.

"It really gives us a solid presence in the catching position," manager Joe Maddon said.

In addition, Chicago will assume most of the $40 million left on the remaining three years of Montero's contract.

"I want to say thank you to the Diamondbacks for 14 years in the organization. I made a lot of great friends and I’m going to miss them all. Excited for the next chapter in my career with a team with so much history and a bright future. See you soon Windy City!" Montero tweeted after the trade was announced.

Montero, 31, has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season he batted .243 with an OBP of .329. The Cubs will hope he can return to his 2011 form when he was an All-Star, who batted .286 with 15 home runs and 88 RBI.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 105 (13-7) – Toronto Raptors 101 (16-6)

Portland Trail Blazers 98 (17-4) – Detroit Pistons 85 (3-19)

Memphis Grizzlies 114 (17-4) – Dallas Mavericks 105 (16-7)

New Orleans Pelicans 104 (10-10) – New York Knicks 93 (4-19)

Oklahoma City Thunder 114 (8-13) – Milwaukee Bucks 101 (11-12)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (7) Villanova 73 (9-0) – Illinois 59 (7-2)

(11) Wichita State 77 (6-1) – Seton Hall 68 (7-1)

(14) Iowa State 73 (6-1) – Missouri-Kansas City 56 (3-7)

(25) Notre Dame 93 (9-1) – Mount St. Mary’s 67 (2-5)

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 3 (19-8-1; 39pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (11-13-5; 27pts) SO

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (10-15-2; 22pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (9-13-5; 23pts) OT

Buffalo Sabres 1 (10-16-2; 22pts) – Los Angeles Kings 0 (14-9-5; 33pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (15-9-3; 33pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (17-10-2; 36pts)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (18-10-2; 38pts) – Vancouver Canucks 1 (18-9-2; 38pts)

Washington Capitals 5 (13-10-4; 30pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (18-8-3; 39tps)

Minnesota Wild 5 (15-10-1; 31pts) – New York Islanders 4 (19-9-0; 38pts) 

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NHL Fines NY Islanders F Anders Lee

NHL Fines NY Islanders F Anders Lee

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NHL fined New York Islanders forward Anders Lee, $2,286.29 on Tuesday for elbowing St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson during the second period of Saturday night's game.

The fine is the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In 21 games this season, Lee has five goals and one assist for a total of six points. During his career, Lee has 15 goals and seven assists for 22 points in 45 regular season games.

In his first season with the Blues, Gunnarsson has four assists. He spent the previous five seasons suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The money from the fine will go into the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Report: Ravens Bring in CB Antoine Cason

Report: Ravens Bring in CB Antoine Cason

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(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens are bringing in free agent cornerback Antoine Cason to add depth to the secondary, according to the Baltimore Sun. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Ravens have lost five players in the secondary to injury this season, and two others were cut because of poor performance. Cason entered the season as the starting cornerback for the Carolina Panthers. The seven-year NFL veteran was released last week after being benched for the second time this season. He has 58 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games this season. The Ravens rank 15th overall in the NFL on defense. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

 

Heisman Finalists Announced

Heisman Finalists Announced

Kelly Kline/Heisman Trophy Trust via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three of college football's top players will soon travel to New York as part of the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Alabama's Amari Cooper, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Oregon's Marcus Mariota were named finalists Monday for college football's top honor. 

Mariota is considered the favorite to win the award after leading a Ducks team to a 12-1 record and a Pac 12 title. He has completed 68.7% of his passes for 3,783 yards with 38 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. Mariota also has run for 14 touchdowns.

Gordon, who broke the single-game rushing record against Nebraska with 408 yards, has totaled 2,336 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns. The record was broken the following week by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, who ran for 427 yards. If Gordon is able to run for 293 yards against Auburn in the Outback Bowl, he will eclipse Barry Sander's single-season record of 2,628 yards, set in 1988.  

Cooper led a rejuvenated Crimson Tide passing attack with 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns, as Alabama captured the No.1 seed in college football's playoff.

The Heisman Trophy will be presented on December 13.

 

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Chiefs’ Berry Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Chiefs’ Berry Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs' safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma on Monday.

According to his doctor, Dr. Christopher Flowers, Berry will undergo treatment with the possibility of a full recovery.

"This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," Flowers said, through a statement released through the Chiefs. "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."

After a Nov. 20 game against the Oakland Raiders, Berry, 25, began to experience discomfort in his chest. Tests discovered a large mass that was initially diagnosed as lymphoma. 

Hodgkins Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the body's white blood cells, known as lymphocytes. The main difference between Hodgkins Lymphoma and non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is the determination of what abnormal cells are present, which a doctor can determine under a microscope. Other differences include age of those affected and treatment regimens.

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White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

White Sox Land Samardzija and Robertson

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO, Il) -- The Chicago White Sox brought their pots and pans to MLB's Hot Stove.

The White Sox traded for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and signed free agent closer David Robertson to the up-and-coming team. Samardzija owned a 2.99 ERA last season as a member of both the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.

Samardzija was acquired from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Marcus Semien and pitcher Chris Bassit, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Robertson, a free agent from the New York Yankees, signed with the White Sox for a four-year, $46 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The White Sox will now boast a formidable rotation including ace Chris Sale, Samardzija, and 25-year-old left-hander Jose Quintana, who posted a 3.32 ERA last season. Robertson will resume his role as a closer to shore up a bullpen that put up a poor 4.28 ERA last season.

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Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Packers Stay Strong at Home Against Falcons

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wi.) -- The Green Bay Packers maintained home dominance with a 43-37 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued his MVP-like season, completing 24 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. 

The Packers also leaned on their running game to keep the Falcons off balance.  Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a touchdown and combined for 148 yards on 23 carries. 

The Falcons fell behind early, surrendering a 24 point lead at halftime. Julio Jones helped lead an Atlanta rally, catching a career best 259 yards on 11 catches, including a 22-yard touchdown that contributed to a 20 point Falcons fourth quarter.

Green Bay (10-3) has won all seven of their home games so far this season, scoring at least 38 points in four of their last five games in Lambeau. Their final home game will be in week 17 against the Detroit Lions, who are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North at 9-4. 

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: New Jersey Devils 2 (11-13-4, 26pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-16-3, 19pts)

New York Rangers 4 (12-10-4, 28pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (18-6-3, 39pts) - OT

NBA: Atlanta Hawks 108 (14-6) - Indiana Pacers 92 (7-14)

Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (12-7) - Brooklyn Nets 88 (8-11)

Toronto Raptors 112 (16-5) - Denver Nuggets 107 (9-12) - OT

Washington Wizards 133 (14-6) - Boston Celtics 132 (7-12) - 2OT

Golden State Warriors 102 (18-2) - Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (4-16)

Top 25 College Basketball: (15) Butler 93 (8-1) - Kennesaw St. 51 (3-7)

(20) Miami 70 (9-1) - Savannah State 39 (3-7)

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Cardinals Place Andre Ellington on IR

Cardinals Place Andre Ellington on IR

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals have lost another offensive weapon.Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that running back Andre Ellington will have surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia. Ellington has been placed on the injured reserve.The news of Ellington's injury comes just weeks after the team lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season with a torn ACL.Ellington played in 12 games this season, gaining 1,055 all-purpose yards while scoring five touchdowns.Second-year back Kerwynn Williams is expected to get the bulk of the carries with Ellington out.

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Senators Fire Paul MacLean

Senators Fire Paul MacLean

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Ottawa Senators fired head coach Paul MacLean Monday.The Senators made the announcement on the team's Twitter account. Assistant Dave Cameron was named the new head coach.

MacLean, who is just two seasons removed from winning the Jack Adams Award, which is given annually to the best coach of the year, led the Senators to an 11-11-5 record this year before being let go.

"We continue to be a big turnover team in our zone," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said during a news conference Monday. "Our goaltending has been, to say the least, outstanding most nights to give us a chance to win hockey games. The chances against our team are, some nights, atrocious. I think there's an obligation for a lot of people, the players included, to perform better than that. But the leader of the pack always is the coach."MacLean coached 238 regular season games during his four seasons with Ottawa, posting a 114-90-45 record.

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Tennessee Extends Butch Jones

Tennessee Extends Butch Jones

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Vols rewarded head coach Butch Jones with a contract extension through the 2020 season on Monday.

Jones will get $3.6 million per season after being targeted by Michigan, according to reports.

"It is my belief that you should reward people for performance, not whether you think others are coming after him," Athletic Director Dave Hart said.

Jones is 61-40 as a head coach and has the Vols in their first bowl game since Lane Kiffin in 2009.

"I am very honored and grateful to be the head football coach at the University of Tennessee, and I understand what this program represents," said Jones. "This has been a complete team effort as we continue to rebuild and restore the Tennessee football program to the standards and expectations that we all have. I'm extremely appreciative to Dave Hart, Chancellor Cheek, and our entire administration for all the support they have given us, and I am also thankful for the loyal support from the best and most passionate fan base in the nation."

"Butch Jones is our coach and going to be our coach for a long time," Hart said. "When building a program, you have plenty of challenges in changing a culture. We have the right man in Butch Jones. He possesses a very unique skill set. I value our relationship personally and professionally."

Tennessee will play Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Cubs Nearing Deal with Jason Hammel

Cubs Nearing Deal with Jason Hammel

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The Cubs are close to bringing back pitcher Jason Hammel, a source told MLB.com on Monday.

Hammel went 8-5 in 17 starts with Chicago last year before being traded to the Oakland Athletics at the trading deadline.

Hammel is seeking a multi-year deal and struck out 104 over 108 2/3 innings.

The Cubs are also interested in free agent pitcher Jon Lester, who is weighing his options.

Red Sox owner John Henry met with Lester over the weekend, ESPN.com reports.

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Derek Carr on the Win: ‘We Just Went Out and Did Our Job’

Derek Carr on the Win: ‘We Just Went Out and Did Our Job’

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders picked up their second win of the season after they surprised the San Francisco 49ers (7-6) and handed them a 24-13 defeat on Sunday.

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr led the offense to their first back-to-back touchdown drives of the season in the victory.

"I know the kind of talent we have, I know the kind of team we have," Carr said on Sunday.  "Like I said before, we haven’t put it together, obviously, throughout the season, we’re young, we’re continuing to work hard and listen to our coaches and the game plan and knowing it in and out."

Oakland is 2-11 and headed towards another high draft pick, but Carr wants to make the most out of their final three games.

"Obviously there are still mistakes, but I think that there was just so much attention to the detail that we just went out and did our job," Carr continued. "That’s all you have to do is go out and do your job, they’ll win some plays, we’ll win some plays, but hopefully we can just execute at a higher level. I think we finally did that to obviously the best we have."

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Jordan Spieth Breaks Tigers’ Record at Hero World Challenge

Jordan Spieth Breaks Tigers’ Record at Hero World Challenge

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(WINDERMERE, Fla.) -- Jordan Spieth broke two records as he cruised to victory in the Hero World Challenge on Sunday. The second-year pro shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to finish 10 strokes better than second place Henrik Stenson.

"Whether my emotions showed it or not I'm not sure, but inside we were really very pleased with the year and how it came to a close," Spieth said. "This caps off the best golfing year that I've ever had."

Already holding a seven-stroke lead, Spieth converted three straight birdies to open his round and led by 11 after the first nine holes.

He finished the tournament at 26-under par 262, breaking the tournament record of 266 set by Tiger Woods in 2007 and Davis Love III in 2000. His 10-stroke win broke another tournament record, largest margin of victory, also previously held by Woods.

"He's playing some pretty special golf right now," said Woods, who hosted the 18-man tournament.

Spieth moved into the Top-10 in the world rankings, sitting ninth, as he picked up his second win of the season.

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Galaxy Win MLS Cup, Donovan Retires a Champion

Galaxy Win MLS Cup, Donovan Retires a Champion

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(CARSON, Calif.) -- Robbie Keane scored in the 111th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 advantage and lift them to a victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup Final.

The win marks the fifth straight MLS Cup for the Galaxy as well as the final professional game of American soccer icon Landon Donovan. 

After a scoreless first half, Los Angeles scored in the 52nd minute when Gyasi Zardes found the back of the net. Donovan had a chance to extend the lead a few moments later, but instead Keane kept possession and was unable to score again. 

The Revolution were fortunate to find an equalizer in the 72nd minute as Patrick Mullins fed Chris Tierney, who buried the ball past Jaime Penedo. Tierney had another opportunity to put his team ahead in overtime but his left-footed shot was saved by Penedo.

That opened the door for Keane's heroics.

It was the first Championship for the Galaxy since the 2012 season. Meanwhile, New England lost in the title game for the fifth time in franchise history.

Donovan ends his professional career as the leading scorer in US Men's National Team history with 57 goals, along with owning the most goals in MLS history at 136. He is a four-time MLS Cup champion and national team Player of the Year, as well as earning the MLS Most Valuable Player award in 2009.

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Rams Defeat Washington 24-0 for Second Straight Shutout

Rams Defeat Washington 24-0 for Second Straight Shutout

Leon Halip/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) -- For the second straight week the St. Louis Rams shutout an opponent, the first time since 1945 that the Rams (6-7) have performed that feat. On Sunday, St. Louis beat the Washington Redskins 24-0, one week after trouncing Oakland 52-0.

After a scoreless first quarter, Shaun Hill connected with Jared Cook on a 35-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Despite a missed extra point, the defense prevented the Redskins (3-10) from doing anything productive on offense.

It wasn't until the third quarter that St. Louis began to put the game well out of reach. The Rams scored 18 points in the period, including another scoring catch from Cook and a 78-yard punt return to the house by Tavon Austin. Hill finished the game with 213 yards in the air and a pair of touchdown passes.

St. Louis' defense totaled seven sacks in the win and held the Redskins to just 27 rushing yards.

Washington's Colt McCoy was intercepted twice, completing 20-of-32 passes for 199 yards. Previously benched quarterback Robert Griffin, III made a late appearance and was 3-of-4 passing.

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Patriots Keep AFC’s Top Spot with Win over San Diego

Patriots Keep AFC’s Top Spot with Win over San Diego

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The New England Patriots scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while holding San Diego scoreless in the second half to come away with a 23-14 win on Sunday night. With the win, New England (10-3) keeps the top spot in the AFC as they hold the tie-breaker with Denver.

The deciding play came halfway through the fourth quarter when Julian Edelman caught a short pass from Tom Brady and ran an extra 55 yards to the end zone, extending the Patriots lead.

New England trailed 14-6 in the second quarter before a blocked punt and Rob Gronkowski's 10th touchdown catch of the year brought them within a point.

Gronkowski became the first tight end in NFL history with four seasons of double-digit touchdown catches. 

The Chargers (8-5) struggled to respond despite leading 14-13 at the half. It was a stark contrast from the first half when San Diego scored twice in a span of 2 minutes and 33 seconds. Quarterback Philip Rivers only threw for 189 yards and one touchdown, tossing a second half interception that halted a potential scoring drive. 

Brady finished the day with 317 passing yards and two touchdowns in the comeback win. New England also notched their 12th straight 10-win season.

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