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Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 21-point second quarter helped the 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to a 49-37 win over Big 10 rival Michigan State on Saturday night. Quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Buckeyes upset the 8th-rated Spartans.

After Michigan State (7-2) went up 7-0 early, Barrett capped off a 4-play, 71-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run to knot the score. He would do the same early in the second quarter, rushing in from one yard out to make it a 14-14 contest. The Spartans would eventually regain the lead on Jeremy Langford's touchdown run, but Barrett connected with Michael Thomas on a 79-yard scoring pass on the following play. The Buckeyes (8-1) would get another big play before the half when Barrett found Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown strike, giving Ohio State a 28-21 lead at halftime.

The second half was more of the same as the Buckeyes offense rolled over one of the top defenses in the country. After a Michigan State field goal cut the deficit to 28-24, Ohio State scored 14 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Although the Spartans were able to get a quick touchdown, cutting the lead to 42-31, the Buckeyes marched right down the field for another score just two minutes later.

With the win, Ohio State avenges a loss to the Spartans in last year's Big 10 Championship Game while also re-affirming their spot as the dominant team in the conference.

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Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Az) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 55-31, Saturday, in a victory that will push them one step closer into consideration for the college football National Championship final four.

Taking advantage of five Notre Dame turnovers, Arizona State scored 28 points off of those takeaways.

Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson accounted for all five turnovers and still brought Notre Dame within three points of Arizona State, closing the score to 34-31.

Arizona State responded with a 75 yard touchdown drive and sealed the game with a Lloyd Carrington pick six off Everett Golson on the next Notre Dame drive.

With the win Arizona State moves to 8-1 and enters the National Championship playoff selection discussion.

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No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma

No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma

ThinkStock(NORMAN, Ok) -- Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears continued to showcase their dominance this season as they beat down Oklahoma Saturday. 

The Bears trailed the Sooners 14-3 after the first quarter. By the end of the fourth quarter Baylor had flipped the scoreboard as they defeated Oklahoma 48-14.

Petty picked apart the Sooners secondary by tossing for 387 yards and one touchdown, completing 32 of 42 passes. 

Baylor did its real damage on the ground as their running game gashed the Sooners for five rushing touchdowns. Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin each had a pair of scores and Corey Coleman added another of his own.

Coleman did his real damage through the air as he was on the receiving end of 15 of Petty's passes. He racked up 224 yards receiving and caught the team's lone passing touchdown.

A scary moment occurred in the waning moments of the fourth quarter as Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight attempted to avoid a sack.  He was being pulled down by his jersey when two other Baylor defended attempted to bring him down and piled him into the ground.  Knight lay motionless as medical personnel rushed to his side.  He was put on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital.

 

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Fan Dies at Trail Blazers Game After Collapsing in Stands

Fan Dies at Trail Blazers Game After Collapsing in Stands

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Or) -- Tragedy struck the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers last night as a female fan collapsed during the fourth quarter and later died.

Sandra Zickefoose, 67, received immediate medical attention after she fell unconscious in the lower bowl of the arena and was soon rushed to a local hospital. 

Zickefoose and her husband had been season ticket holders of the Trail Blazers since 2011, according to the team.

The Trail Blazers released a statement after hearing the news of Zickefoose's death:

"The Portland Trail Blazers, our players and Rose Quarter staff are saddened to learn of Ms. Zickefoose's death, and extend our deepest condolences to her husband Michael Cowan, and their family. We are grateful to all on-site medical personnel, other first responders and the medical professionals seated near Ms. Zickefoose who administered treatment and assistance during last night's emergency. We also thank Trail Blazers fans for their tremendous outpouring of support and concern."

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Dodgers Introduce General Manager Farhan Zaidi

Dodgers Introduce General Manager Farhan Zaidi

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though they've won the NL West the past two seasons, the Los Angles Dodgers are hoping that new general manager Farhan Zaidi will help take the franchise back to the World Series.

The Dodgers have completely overhauled their front office in recent months, including the hiring of former Rays general manager Andrew Friedman to become the team's new president of baseball operations.

Zaidi broke into Major League Baseball back in 2005 with the Oakland Athletics. He was assistant general manager/director of baseball operations before accepting his new role with the Dodgers.

While speaking to the media, Zaidi said he'd look to model what the San Francisco Giants, their NL West rival, have built as they've won three World Series titles the past five seasons.

"I think any time a team has that kind of success, you really have to study them hard and see what lessons there are to learn," said Zaidi, who was introduced as the team's new GM on Friday at Dodger Stadium. "I'm sure that's something we'll look at. It's a fair question. I don't think you can win three World Series in five years just by being lucky. I think that's maybe stating the obvious."

Zaidi earned a bachelor's degree from MIT in 1998 and his Ph.D. in 2011.

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Byron Scott wants Lakers to Stop Deferring to Kobe Bryant so much

Byron Scott wants Lakers to Stop Deferring to Kobe Bryant so much

Chris Chamber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Heading into Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring, but head coach Byron Scott wants the team to stop relying on him so heavily during the course of the game.

The 36-year-old Bryant, who's in his 19th NBA season, is averaging 27.6 points per game. Despite the scoring, Bryant is shooting only .402% from the field.

Also going against Bryant is that he's averaging 24.4 field goal attempts per game, which by far leads the NBA.

‘I know how great this guy is, but you guys have got to play basketball,'” Scott told the team after practice Thursday. “‘You can’t look at him every single time and try to give him the ball. You’ve got to take shots that are there. You can’t pass up shots."

“They can’t be afraid to fail,” Scott said of the team regarding playing with Bryant. “That’s the biggest thing. You’ve just got to be able to go out there and play.”

The Lakers and 76ers are the only team's in the NBA without a win this season.

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LeBron Powers Cleveland to Win Over Nuggets

LeBron Powers Cleveland to Win Over Nuggets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Behind a near triple-double from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a brief two-game skid with a 110-101 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday. James scored a team-high 22 points while also dishing out 11 assists and pulling in seven rebounds.

Cleveland (2-3) led by 18 after the first quarter, which included nine total assists. The Cavs had just six assists in the their last game, a 100-102 loss to Utah. Despite only scoring two points in the period, James did have six assists by himself. As a team, the Cavaliers dished out 25 assists in the win.

"We were in tune defensively from the beginning and ... sharing the ball," James said. "We were locked in. I was very pleased with that."

Cleveland led by as many as 21 points in the second half, but the Nuggets (1-4) were able to claw their way back into the game. Randy Foye, who led Denver with 28 points, hit a layup with six minutes left in regulation to cut the deficit to 96-88. Less than 90 seconds later, it was a six point game.

Dion Waiters then stole a pass from Wilson Chandler and dunked it home at the other end, stopping the Denver momentum and giving the Cavaliers a 100-92 lead. Despite being outshot from the floor, Cleveland was 24-of-33 at the foul line while the Nuggets went just 10-of-15.

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Stephenson’s Three Downs Hawks in Double Overtime

Stephenson’s Three Downs Hawks in Double Overtime

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Lance Stephenson hit a three at the buzzer to give the Charlotte Hornets a 122-119 double overtime win over Atlanta on Firday night. It was the first three-point attempt of the year for Stephenson and the first game-winning shot of his career.

"For me to hit that big shot, there was a lot of emotion that came out," Stephenson said. "I got real hyped."

With 2.7 seconds left in the second overtime, Stephenson begged coach Steve Clifford to draw up a play for him. Clifford did and Stephenson proceeded to inbound the ball Marvin Williams before getting it back on a handoff. The 24-year-old's shot banked off the glass and in for the win, prompting Stephenson to leap onto the scorer's table in celebration.

Charlotte (3-3) had a shot at victory in regulation, but Al Jefferson missed a free throw with 9.9 seconds. The Hornets also blew a six point lead in the first overtime and almost gave away the game in the second extra session. As Kemba Walker drove to the basket, he lost his balance and threw up a wild shot that resulted in a 24-second violation. Fortunately for the Hornets, Kyle Korver was called for an illegal screen on the inbound, giving the ball right back.

Jefferson finished the game with 34 points while Al Horford led the Hawks (1-3) with 24 points.

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Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year while Miami's Casey McGehee third baseman earned the award in the National League as announced on Friday.

Young was 12-9 in 2014 with a 3.65 earned run average in 30 appearances for the Mariners, including 29 starts. The 35-year-old pitcher missed almost all of 2013 with injuries and made just nine minor league starts. His 12 victories marked the first time since 2006 he posted double-digit wins. 

After a year playing in Japan, McGehee hit .287 with four home runs and 76 RBIs for the Marlins. The 32-year-old was fourth in the NL in hits with 177, a career high, while also hitting 29 doubles in his first year with the club.

Both awards were voted on by beat writers from all 30 Major League teams on MLB.com, each of whom selected one candidate in each league.

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Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart was carted off the court Friday night after injuring his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Boston's 101-98 win over Indiana.

The rookie appeared to step on the Pacers Lavoy Allen and immediately went to the floor, clutching his left ankle. Team doctors rushed to his side before calling for a stretcher. His leg was immobilized and he was carted off the court, giving a thumbs up as he departed.

"It was really scary and then, obviously, he was writhing in pain, so that makes it even more scary," coach Brad Stevens said. "We're hoping it's a sprain, but we don't know that. So obviously a great deal of concern for him, No. 1. And hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later because he's really playing great basketball."

Smart was the 6th overall pick by the Celtics in this year's NBA draft and was averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the first four games of the season. Five players scored in double figures for Boston who improved to 2-3 while the Pacers dropped to 1-5 on the young season.

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Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) -- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is under investigation by the Dover Police Department for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Patricia Driscoll claims that Busch smashed her head into the wall of a motorhome at a race. The last time a NASCAR race was held in Dover was during the weekend of September 26-28. 

Driscoll is the president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit for United States Veterans. She is also an executive for a defense consulting firm based in Washington D.C. 

Busch is the 2004 Sprint Cup Champion. He is known among the racing community as the "The Outlaw," for his run-ins with other drivers; both on the track and off. Busch has also had altercations with non-drivers. In 2011 a fan recorded Busch verbally abusing an ESPN reporter. NASCAR fined him $50,000 and suspended him for one race. 

Driscoll has also filed for a restraining order to keep Busch away from her and her son Houston. Driscoll claims that Busch was upset after a poor qualifying run on the night of September 26, leading to the incident in question. Driscoll has requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to the documents, Driscoll states that Busch "was verbally abusive to her and said he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself."

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Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a three-year extension worth $50 million.

Palmer was set to become a free agent after this season and has won all five games he's played this year, after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

"Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team's success," general manager Steve Keim said. "When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way."

The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Raiders in 2013 in a deal in which Arizona swapped its 2013 sixth round pick for Oakland's seventh rounder in the same draft. The Cardinals also surrendered a seventh rounder in the 2014 draft after Palmer started at least 13 games for the Cardinals in 2013.

Palmer has won 15 of his 21 starts for Arizona.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 118 (5-1) – Philadelphia 76ers 115 (0-6)

 

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Arizona State Prepares for Notre Dame

Arizona State Prepares for Notre Dame

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-1) will get one of their biggest challenges this season when Notre Dame (7-1) comes to town on Saturday.

"This is arguably the best football team we've seen all year and with that comes great opportunity," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "I don't have to give our players any motivational speeches this week; they're going to be pretty fired up to play."

Arizona State is 3-1 at home this year and is averaging 34.4 points a game.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame has given up 30 or more points for three straight games. Arizona State is hoping to take advantage of their defense.

"I think it'd be silly to say it's like any other game," Graham said.  "It's the kind of games you want to coach in.  It's a kind of game our players want to play in and our fans want to see.  I'm looking forward to seeing a packed house and creating a memory."  

Notre Dame will be relying on their offense to spark the team on the road. The Irish are 1-1 on the road this season.

"It's an aggressive scheme," Irish head coach Brian Kelly said of the Sun Devils defense.  "One that is going to try and take away the run, but also try and get the ball away from you."

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Wild’s Parise Out with a Concussion

Wild’s Parise Out with a Concussion

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise is out indefinitely due to a concussion.Parise suffered the injury during the team's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday and did not travel with the team on its three game road trip."I just know something came on during the course of the game and luckily he was talking to our trainers and the trainers took the appropriate steps to make sure he met with the doctors. It's a tough blow," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said.Thomas Vanek will take Parise's place on the first line.The 30-year-old Parise has played in 11 games this season, scoring four goals while dishing out six assists.

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CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --  University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters was dismissed from the team, head coach Chris Petersen announced Thursday.

The dismissal comes after Peters got into another argument with assistant coaches during practice Wednesday. Despite being kicked off the team, Peters will still have a scholarship to complete his education.

"These are not decisions that are taken lightly," Petersen said. "We have high standards for players in our program and they are held accountable when those standards are not met. I wish Marcus the best in the completion of his education and in achieving his football goals."

This isn't the first time Peters has had problems with Washington's coaching staff. He was suspended one game earlier this season after having a sideline tantrum following a personal foul call in the team's game against Eastern Washington.

Peters was playing in his third season for Washington. This year he has 30 tackles and three interceptions. He was rated as ESPN's Mel Kiper's No. 22 prospect on his current Big Board. Freshmen Sidney Jones and Naijiel Hale will start at cornerback Saturday when the Huskies host No. 18 UCLA.

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Browns Win the Battle of Ohio

Browns Win the Battle of Ohio

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Three Cleveland Browns running backs scored touchdowns to lead the team past the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 on Thursday night.

The win snaps the Browns 17-game road losing streak within their division and ends the Bengals' streak of 14 consecutive regular season home games without a loss.

"A huge boost for our guys," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. "Just look at the streaks we ended. Not many people gave us a chance."

The Browns (6-3) are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC North.

Linebacker Craig Robertson intercepted Andy Dalton's pass on the Bengal's first drive of the game, giving Cleveland the ball on Cincinnati's 18 yard line. It took the Browns only 5 plays to score from there -- the final being a Ben Tate four-yard rush up the middle for a touchdown.The Bengals would add a field goal, but the Browns would answer, scoring early in the second quarter, this time on an Isaiah Crowell two-yard touchdown run.Terrance West's one-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter gave the Brown's a 24-3 lead, putting the game out of reach for the Bengals.

Andy Dalton had a horrible game for Cincinnati completing 10-of-33 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions.

While the Bengals' fans didn't have much to cheer for when it came to their team, they had a lot to be happy for after the first quarter: The Bengals held a ceremony honoring four-year-old Leah Still, who is battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer and is the daughter of Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still.

Leah was on the field as the Bengals announced a $1.3 million donation to Cincinnati's Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name.

It was also the first time Leah was able to watch her father play since 2012.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup 11/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Cleveland Browns 24 (6-3) - Cincinnati Bengals 3 (5-3-1)

NCAAF: (21) Clemson 34 (7-2) - Wake Forest 20 (2-7)

NBA: Houston Rockets 98 (6-0) - San Antonio Spurs 81 (2-2)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 4 (6-5-2) - Florida Panthers 1 (4-3-4)

Boston Bruins 5 (9-6-0) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (4-8-1)

Ottawa Senators 3 (7-3-2) - Minnesota Wild 0 (7-5-0)

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (9-3-1) - Calgary Flames 2 (8-5-2)

St. Louis Blues 4 (9-3-1) - New Jersey Devils 3 (6-5-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (9-2-1) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (7-5-2)

Nashville Predators 3 (8-3-2) - Dallas Stars 2 (4-5-4)

Colorado Avalanche 4 (4-6-5) - Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (6-5-2) - Shootout

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Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It is no secret that Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will be one of the hottest commodities next June when the NBA Draft rolls around, which is why Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he will likely play just one season in Durham.

"We won't have him long," Krzyzewski said. "We'll have him this year and then he'll be one of the top [NBA] picks."

Many NBA draft experts have already penciled in Okafor as a top pick, if not the best prospect coming out of college this year.

"He's really one of the great kids," Krzyzewski said. "He's 6-10, about 265. He has huge hands. So the ball is small in his hands. Part of that hurts him some because he's accustomed to rebounding with one hand, and rebounding is better with two hands. But scoring-wise he's able to do it. He's got incredible touch and really good feet."

Some recent "one and done" Duke players include Kyrie Irving (drafted first overall in 2011), Austin Rivers (drafted tenth overall in 2012), and Jabari Parker (drafted second overall in 2014).

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