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Mike Babcock Gets 500th Win as Detroit Beats Rangers

Mike Babcock Gets 500th Win as Detroit Beats Rangers

Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) -- Mike Babcock earned his 500th coaching win on Saturday night when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena. The Rangers (11-10-4, 26pts) led 2-0 after the first period, but Detroit (16-6-5, 37pts) took a lead on Darren Helm's wrist-shot in the third.

"That was huge. It showed a lot of character by our guys. A lot of heart," goalie Jimmy Howard said after his 13th win of the year. "We found a way. That's all that matters."

New York jumped on the board when Kevin Klein beat Howard less than ten minutes into the game. Rick Nash followed with his 17th goal of the game just five minutes later. Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening each scored within 61 seconds, tying the game at 2-2 after two periods. That helped set up Helm's heroics in the third, while Howard kept the Rangers from finding an equalizer.

Howard made 27 saves in the win that helped Babcock tie Hall of Famer Toe Blake for 18th all-time. Babcock is the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, leading the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup while also winning two Olympic Gold Medals with Canada.

"When you start in the league you're hoping to coach 82 games. Just hoping to get through and not get fired. I've coached a lot of good players," Babcock said. "I love it as much and maybe more than the day I started and maybe they'll let me keep doing it." 

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Baylor Ends Regular Season with Win Over Kansas State

Baylor Ends Regular Season with Win Over Kansas State

ThinkStock(WACO, Texas) -- The Baylor Bears earned a share of their second straight Big 12 Championship with a 38-27 win over ninth-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win also keeps number six Baylor (11-1) in the running for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

The Bears opened the game with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Bryce Petty and Shock Linwood respectively, that immediately gave them the upper hand. The Wildcats (9-3) got on the board in the second quarter as Charles Jones scored from 1-yard out, but the defense was unable to stop Baylor's high-octane attack. Baylor answered every Kansas State score with a scoring drive of their own, holding a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Baylor added two more touchdowns in the third and went up 38-20 before the Wildcats made a run in the fourth quarter. Jake Waters hit Tyler Lockett for an 8-yard touchdown pass to get Kansas State within 11 put they were unable to get any closer. 

The Bears now hope they are part of the four-team playoff, which currently has TCU in ahead of Baylor, when the final rankings are announced Sunday at noon. Baylor defeated the Horned Frogs in their only head-to-head meeting while TCU clinched a share of the conference crown with a blowout win over Illinois State on Saturday.

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Ohio State Routs Wisconsin, 59-0, for Big Ten Title

Ohio State Routs Wisconsin, 59-0, for Big Ten Title

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- As if the inaugural College Football Playoff didn't need any more potential controversy, fifth-ranked Ohio State throttled number 13 Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten title game on Saturday, only adding to the list of teams vying for a top-four spot. 

I don't think there's any doubt we're one of the top four teams in America," said coach Urban Meyer, who has led the Buckeyes (10-3) to 11 consecutive wins, nine of which have been by double digits.

Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, starting his first ever college game, showed no jitters and threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout. Jones also earned MVP honors, helping Ohio State put up 38 points in the first half alone. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had a strong contribution to the championship, racking up 220 yards on the ground and scoring twice.

What may have been most impressive was the play of the Buckeyes defense. Wisconsin (10-3) running back, and Heisman hopeful, Melvin Gordon was held to just 76 yards on 26 carries and no touchdowns. It was the second lowest rushing total this year for the nation's top back.

It was the first shutout loss for the Bdagers since 1997, and worst since a 59-0 defeat by Ohio State in 1979. Meanwhile, the win was Ohio State's largest over a ranked team in school history.

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Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the third straight year, the Florida State Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference crown, beating Georgia Tech 37-35 on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Seminoles (13-0) completed another perfect regular season, winning their 29th straight game.

It was not an easy romp for Florida State, who actually trailed multiple times in the contest. The Yellow Jackets (10-3) used their impressive running attack to slow the game down and take an early 7-0 lead after their defense forced a punt on the Seminoles opening drive. However, Florida State scored on their next seven possessions and 28-21 lead at halftime.

Number 11 Georgia Tech tied things up with another touchdown run from Synjyn Davis, his third of the game, but three straight field goals from Roberto Aguayo put the game out of reach. Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas rushed for 104 yards and threw for 177 more, but a costly fourth-quarter interception helped give Florida State the win.

Jameis Winston tossed three touchdowns, while throwing for 309 yards, hoping for a spot in the first ever College Football Playoff to have a chance to defend their national championship. 

"We can't control what other people think," Winston said.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/6/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football Top-25: (1) Alabama 42 (12-1) - (16) Missouri 13 (10-3)

(3) TCU 55 (11-1) - Iowa State 3 (2-10)

Oklahoma State 38 (6-6) - (20) Oklahoma 35 (8-4)

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 108 (2-18) - Detroit Pistons 101 (3-17)

Golden State Warriors 112 (17-2) - Chicago Bulls 102 (12-8)

Houston Rockets 110 (16-4) - Phoenix Suns 105 (12-9)

San Antonio Spurs 123 (15-5) - Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (4-15)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (18-6-2) - Ottawa Senators 2 (10-11-5)

St. Louis Blues 6 (17-8-2) - New York Islanders 4 (19-8-0)

Philadelphia Flyers 2 (8-13-4) - Los Angeles Kings (14-7-5)

Florida Panthers 3 (11-7-7) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (9-16-2)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (14-9-3) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (18-8-1)

Dallas Stars 4 (10-12-5) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (17-10-2)

Detroit Red Wings 3 (16-6-5) - New York Rangers 2 (11-10-4)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (9-15-2) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (18-7-3)

Washington Capitals 4 (12-10-4) - New Jersey Devils 1 (10-13-4)

Chicago Blackhawks 3 (18-8-1) - Nashville Predators 1 (17-7-2)

Boston Bruins 5 (15-12-1) - Phoenix Coyotes 2 (10-15-3)

NCAAB: (2) Wisconsin 49 (8-1) - Marquette 38 (4-4)

(3) Arizona 66 (8-0) - (9) Gonzaga 63 (7-1)

(7) Virginia 74 (9-0) - VCU 57 (5-3)

(8) Wichita State 81 (5-1) - Saint Louis 52 (5-3)

(10) Villanova 74 (8-0) - Saint Joseph's 46 (4-4)

(14) Ohio State 70 (6-1) - Colgate 50 (1-7)

Green Bay 68 (6-2) - (15) Miami 55 (8-1)

N.J.I.T 72 (3-5) - (17) Michigan 70 (6-2)

(19) Michigan State 85 (6-3) - AR-Pine Bluff 52 (1-7)

(21) Maryland 82 (8-1) - Winthrop 62 (8-4)

(23) Butler 65 (7-1) - Northwestern 56 (5-3)

(24) Illinois  70 (7-1) - American U 55 (5-4)

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No. 1 Alabama Rocks No. 16 Missouri, Wins SEC Title

No. 1 Alabama Rocks No. 16 Missouri, Wins SEC TitleAmerican Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(ATLANTA, Ga) -- The Crimson Tide rolled over the Missouri Tigers to cinch another SEC Title. Saturday, No. 1 Alabama (12-1) was led by their ground game as T.J. Yeldon and Derick Henry pounded ...

Buccaneers Part Ways with Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford

Buccaneers Part Ways with Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jeff Tedford's short tenure as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator has come to an end as he and the Buccaneers have parted ways.

Tedford was hired in January by first-year Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, but had been on an indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons and was released from his contract over the weekend to "pursue other opportunities."

After having heart surgery prior to the start of preseason, Tedford hasn't called a play for the called a play for the team since the third preseason game.

"When my health issues arose, I simply tried to ignore them, and then I made the mistake of twice trying to come back too early," Tedford said in a statement. "At that point, the organization proposed, and I agreed, that an indefinite leave of absence would allow me the proper amount of time to rest and rehabilitate myself. I am happy to state that I'm healthy now and feeling great."

Without Tedford, the Buccaneers have the 26th ranked offense in the NFL.

Tedford was the head coach at California from 2002-12.

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Georgia Tech Agrees on Contract Extension with Paul Johnson

Georgia Tech Agrees on Contract Extension with Paul Johnson

Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of one of their best season in years, Georgia Tech announced a contract extension with head football coach Paul Johnson on Saturday.

ESPN is reporting that Johnson's extension will be for four years.

"I'm pleased to announce an extension of Paul Johnson's contract," Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said. "This extension reflects our confidence in the solid foundation Coach Johnson has built for the future success of our program, which reaches beyond the field and includes increasingly strong academic achievement.

"I look forward to Paul Johnson's continued leadership of our football program and am excited about the possibilities in the years ahead."

Johnson is 58-34 in seven seasons at Georgia Tech, and was named the 2014 ACC Coach of the Year earlier this week.

"I am excited that we were able to work out a contract extension," Johnson said. "I appreciate the support of our fans, students and alumni during my time here. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of Georgia Tech for a long time."

Johnson is now under contract through the 2020 season.

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TCU Throttles Iowa State

TCU Throttles Iowa State

iStockphoto(FORT WORTH, Tx.) -- TCU made its final case why it should be involved in the inaugural college football playoff.

Trevone Boykin pushed the needle as he tossed four more touchdowns in TCU's 55-3 beat down of Iowa State, Saturday. Boykin finished the day completing 30 of 41 passes with 460 yards through the air.  He also caught a 55 yard touchdown pass from David Porter to give the Horned Frogs their first score of the game.

TCU finishes the season with an 11-1 record and is currently ranked third in the college football playoff selection committee’s poll.  The dominating win should solidify their position as they compete for a national title.

Barring any changes or upsets in the top four, the Horned Frogs will likely face the Oregon Ducks, who are coming off a 51-13 victory over Arizona in the Pac-12 title game.

With an 8-1 record in the Big 12, TCU will at least own a share of the conference title.

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NJIT Stuns No. 17 Michigan

NJIT Stuns No. 17 Michigan

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mi.) -- New Jersey Insitute of Technology upset No. 17 Michigan, Saturday with a thrilling 72-70 victory.

The Highlanders (3-5) were clutch from the three-point line as they drained 11 of 17 shots and nailed 58.7% of their attempts from the floor. 

Guard Damon Lynn stole the show as he contributed 20 points and dropped a crucial three pointer with 2:38 remaining in the game that would give the Highlanders a 68-64 lead. 

The Wolverines (6-2) would mount a comeback attempt as Caris Levert would knockdown two free throws and drain a three pointer after a layup from Highlanders guard Ky Howard that would close the score to 70-69. That was as close as Michigan would draw as NJIT would bleed the clock and hit a pair of Daquan Holiday free throws with :04 seconds to go.

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Andy Dalton: ‘A lot You’re Playing for in December’

Andy Dalton: ‘A lot You’re Playing for in December’

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Bengals are preparing for a tough divisional game against the Steelers on Sunday.

Cincinnati sits atop the AFC North and quarterback Andy Dalton is expecting one of the toughest games of the season against Pittsburgh.

"There's a lot you're playing for in December," Dalton said.  "December usually decides a lot of things, that's when you have to be playing well."

The Steelers are averaging 26.7 points this season and giving up 24.8.

"These games are always really physical," Dalton said of the matchup.  "These are important games because it's a division game, its Pittsburgh, and it's the rivalry.  Everybody gets up for these."

The Bengals are 4-1-1 at home this year and Pittsburgh is 3-3 on the road.

"Really good defense," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.  "Their secondary is playing as good as any secondary in the NFL right now."

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Brandon Marshall Out for Season With Rib Injury

Brandon Marshall Out for Season With Rib Injury

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- On Thursday, Brandon Marshall was taken to an area hospital after taking a knee to the back during a 41-28 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Chicago Bears wide receiver was still there on Friday with two fractured ribs and a lung injury, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

Sources close to the team told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday that Marshall will miss the remaining three games of the 2014 slate, though the team has yet to confirm it. A team official would only say that the wide out will not dress for the team's contest against the New Orleans Saints next Monday.

Marshall was injured midway through the second quarter after catching a fourth-down pass. After securing the football, Dallas' Barry Church came up to make a tackle, placing his knee into the lower back area. The 30-year-old eventually walked off the field under his own power before going into the locker, and eventually was taken to the hospital.

A nine-year veteran, Marshall had made three catches for 61 yards prior to the injury. So far in 2014 he amassed 721 yards, 61 receptions, and eight touchdowns.

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(1) Kentucky Runs Past (6) Texas in Second Half

(1) Kentucky Runs Past (6) Texas in Second Half

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- After entering the second half tied at 26 apiece, the Kentucky Wildcats flexed their muscle and pulled away from sixth-ranked Texas, ultimately beating the Longhorns (7-1) 63-51 on Friday night. Willie Cauley-Stein had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the top-ranked Wildcats (8-0), who shot just 1-for-12 from three-point land.

The 7-foot junior was a key part to the second half dominance, helping spark a 16-2 run that opened the period. Cauley-Stein also provided valuable defense down the stretch as Texas closed the gap to just five before he converted on a free throw and dunk to regain momentum.

"I was more confident," said Cauley-Stein. "I've been working on my game and I had confidence. That was the biggest thing, doing it. It paid off."

Cauley-Stein's performance was even more valuable as twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison combined to shoot just 3-for-17 in the contest. Jonathan Holmes scored 14 points for the Longhorns, who outrebounded Kentucky 42-31. Although they consistently battled, Texas could only close to 56-51 with 1:44 left and no closer.

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LeBron Leads Cleveland to Sixth Straight Win

LeBron Leads Cleveland to Sixth Straight Win

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- LeBron James had 24 points and a season-high 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Eastern Conference-leading Toronto 105-91 on Friday. It was the sixth straight win for the Cavaliers (11-7), who avenged an earlier home loss to the Raptors (15-5).

"I feel really good with where I am but I feel even greater as far as where our team is right now," said James. 

The Cavaliers held Toronto to 40.7 percent shooting (35-of-86) while picking up seven steals in the win. Cleveland also out-rebounded the Raptors 48 to 40 as Kevin Love controlled the glass with a game-high 13 boards. The Cavs led 30-21 despite 12 points from Amir Johnson, who finished with a game-high 27 points for Toronto.

Cleveland eventually held a 51-44 advantage at the break but the Raptors took their first lead on Kyle Lowrie's three-pointer with 7:14 to play in the third, a 58-57 edge. The Cavaliers quickly regained control, going on a 16-2 run and never looked back. It was the third loss in five games for Toronto.

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(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Marcus Mariota scored five total touchdowns while the Oregon defense held Arizona scoreless in the first half, helping the second-ranked Ducks (12-1) to a 51-13 win in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. The win avenges a regular-season loss to the Wildcats (10-3) which continues to be the only blemish on Oregon's record.

"There are a bunch of big smiles, and I'm proud of that," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. It was the first conference title for Oregon since 2011.

The Ducks were forced to settle for a pair of field goals in the first quarter before the offense began to open up. Mariota rushed for one of his three touchdowns on the ground, giving Oregon a 13-0 lead. The Heisman hopeful ran in from 4-yards out six minutes later for another score as the Ducks led 23-0 at halftime.

"This is a huge accomplishment for us," Mariota said. "Now we need to continue to improve and get better for whoever comes next."

Mariota opened the second half with a passing touchdown, connecting with Devon Allen for a 4-yard score before the Wildcats finally got on the board. A 69-yard pass from Jesse Scroggins to Cayleb Jones helped Arizona avoid a shutout, trimming the lead to 30-7, but Oregon answered with 14 straight points. 

In the fourth quarter, Kenny Bassett scored on a 19-yard run before the Ducks gave up a touchdown run as time expired. Royce Freeman dominated on the ground for Oregon, rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries despite not reaching the end zone.

Oregon has all but guaranteed themselves a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff, with the final rankings being announced on Sunday.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/5/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 103 (6-13) - Philadelphia 76ers 91 (1-18)

Charlotte Hornets 103 (5-15) - New York Knicks 102 (4-17)

Washington Wizards 119 (13-5) - Denver Nuggets 89 (9-10)

Boston Celtics 113 (6-11) - Los Angeles Lakers 96 (5-15)

Atlanta Hawks 98 (12-6) - Brooklyn Nets 75 (8-10)

Cleveland Cavaliers 105 (11-7) - Toronto Raptors 91 (15-5)

San Antonio Spurs 107 (14-5) - Memphis Grizzlies 101 (15-4)

Houston Rockets 114 (15-4) - Minnesota Timberwovles 112 (4-14) - Overtime

Phoenix Suns 118 (12-8) - Dallas Mavericks 106 (15-6)

Milwaukee Bucks 109 (11-10) - Miami Heat 85 (9-10)

Orlando Magic 98 (8-14) - Utah Jazz 93 (5-15)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (17-6-5) - Minnesota Wild 4 (14-10-1)

Winnipeg Jets 6 (14-9-4) - Colorado Avalanche 2 (9-12-6)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (17-8-1) - Montreal Canadiens  3 (17-9-2)

NCAAB Top-25: (1) Kentucky 63 (8-0) - (6) Texas 51 (7-1)

(5) Louisville 82 (7-0) - FIU 57 (5-4)

(11) Kansas 71 (6-1) - Florida 65 (3-4)

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Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees have taken a major step, or make that steps, in making them a playoff contender again. On Friday, the team signed ace reliever Andrew Miller while also acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

Miller's deal with the Yankees for four years and will pay him $36 million.

Over the past two seasons, Miller has emerged as one of more dominant relievers in the American League with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

In 2014, Miller posted a 5-5 record with a 2.02 ERA to go along with 103 strikeouts in 62.1 innings pitched. His strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio of 14.87 was second to only Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, Gregorius could very well be the replacement to longtime shortstop Derek Jeter. While he's not known for his bat, he's known as being a great defender at his position.

In order to get Gregorius, the Yankees sent pitcher Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers while the Diamondbacks acquired pitcher Robbie Ray and infielder Domingo Leyba.

In 2014, the Yankees missed out on the playoffs for the second-consecutive season after finishing 84-78.

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Rays Hire Kevin Cash as their New Manger

Rays Hire Kevin Cash as their New Manger

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Replacing former manager Joe Maddon won't be easy, but the Tampa Bay Rays are confident that Kevin Cash is the right man for the job as they announced the hiring of their fifth manager in franchise history on Friday.

Cash is a first-time manager who was previously the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians and also served time as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

"His energy and dynamic personality will fit seamlessly with our clubhouse," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "We are fortunate to have such a talented individual, and Tampa Bay native, to lead our club as we strive to achieve new heights as a team and organization."

Cash will turn 37 on Saturday, and will become the youngest manager in all over Major League Baseball. He is also a Tampa native.

Maddon left the team earlier in the offseason to become the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Along with Cash, the Rays also considered Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez.

He also played eight seasons as a catcher with Toronto, Tampa Bay, Boston, the New York Yankees and Houston from 2002 to 2010.

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Mountain West Championship Preview

Mountain West Championship Preview

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- No. 22 Boise State (10-2) will host Fresno State (6-6) on Saturday for the Mountain West Championship.

The Broncos can clinch a major bowl berth as well and head coach Bryan Harsin said his team knows what a victory will do for the program.

"We're aware of it," Harsin said. "But the only thing we know for a fact is that we get to play on Saturday night for a championship. All the speculation of where we could go for a bowl game, that doesn't really matter right now."

"We've done a good job of focusing on our opponent. Guys would be nuts if they're not focused on [Fresno State]," he added.

The Bulldogs are 5-3 in their Mountain West matchups this year.

"The only people that believed we were going to be here were our players and our coaching staff," Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter said this week.  

DeRuyter admit he's concerned about playing at Boise State.

"Boise's field has some kind of mystique and I think our guys realize it's about their players executing and our players executing," DeRuyter said.  "I'm sure it's going to be loud, it just makes it that much more fun when you get a chance to win on the road."

Defense will be key in this game if Fresno State will be able to pull off the upset; the Broncos are averaging 40.8 points per game this year.

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Daniel Alfredsson Calls It a Career

Daniel Alfredsson Calls It a Career

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Daniel Alfredsson is officially retired.The 41-year-old Alfredsson signed a ceremonial contract with the Ottawa Senators Thursday, so he could retire a member of the team he played with for 17 NHL seasons."One evening nearly 20 years ago a young man in a small town in Sweden got a phone call that would change his life," Alfredsson said during a press conference. "We began an incredible new chapter of our lives in your town starting in August 1995. Our marvelous boys were born here, and we grew from youngsters into aging parents. You made your town our town."Alfredsson made six All-Star teams while playing for Ottawa and owns the franchise record for goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). He also scored 14 goals in the team's run to the Stanley Cup final in 2007 and served as team captain for 13 seasons. "Without question, Daniel has been the greatest player that this city has ever seen in many, many different ways," Senators owner, governor and chairman Eugene Melnyk said. "As a player on the ice, as a leader on the ice, as someone who interacted with the fans any time. He was always available. For any charitable work, he was always available. For media, he was always there. That's a rare commodity to have in an organization like ours. Being the longest-serving captain in what is really an infant franchise is phenomenal, for 13 years being our captain."

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