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Clemson Prepares for Wake Forest

Clemson Prepares for Wake Forest

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Clemson Tigers (6-2) will travel to Wake Forest (2-6) on Thursday in a quest for their sixth straight victory.

Clemson will rely on backup quarterback Cole Stoudt as freshman starter Deshaun Watson remains questionable with a broken finger.

"We keep finding ways," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.  "This is a battle-tested group. They're tough-minded."

Clemson's defense continues to impress this season and is only giving up 18.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Wake Forest is averaging 14.8 points a game.

"We've got a lot of things to clean up. We're early in this process and if we can establish effort as a starting point then we are headed in the right direction," Wake Forest first-year coach Dave Clawson said.

Wake Forest is 0-4 in their ACC matchups this year.

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Dodgers Set to Hire Zaidi as GM

Dodgers Set to Hire Zaidi as GM

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to hire Oakland Athletics executive Farhan Zaidi as their next general manager, according to ESPN. The move is expected to be made official later this week.

Zaidi will work under the Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who was hired away from the Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 15.

Zaidi had been with the Athletics for the past ten years, where he served in various roles including assistant general manager and director of baseball operations. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

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Molina Leads List of Gold Glove Winners

Molina Leads List of Gold Glove Winners

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina led the list of Tuesday's Gold Glove award winners.For the seventh straight season, Molina won a Gold Glove, making him the third catcher to win at least seven in a row. The other two are Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench, both of whom won 10.Molina played in 110 games and led all N.L. catchers by throwing out 47% of potential base stealers.Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left fielder Alex Gordon, and first baseman Eric Hosmer were all repeat winners for Kansas City.The Baltimore Orioles also had three Gold Glovers, two of them having won the previous season as well. Shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones were the repeat winners, while right fielder Nick Markakis won the second Gold Glove of his career.Other American League winners include Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.In the National League, Colorado Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and third baseman Nolan Arenado were winners. The Los Angeles Dodgers also had two selections: pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.Other N.L. winners include Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich and New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares.

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Bengals’ Still Will Have Daughter In Attendance for First Time

Bengals’ Still Will Have Daughter In Attendance for First Time

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CINCINNATTI, OH) -- Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still has had to deal with more adversity than most NFL players will ever experience.

This Thursday, he will likely experience an unrivaled type of joy, as his daughter will be able to attend her first NFL game to see her father play.

In June, Leah Sari Still was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer. In late August, Devon was cut from the team.  The Bengals re-signed him to their practice squad the next day to help him pay for the medical costs.

On September 10, the Bengals signed Devon to their active roster.

This week Leah Sari has recovered enough from her surgery that she will be able to travel to Cincinnati to see her father and the Bengals challenge the Browns on Thursday Night Football.

"This is the first time she has been able to travel," Devon said. "I know she is excited to come to Cincinnati and see what Cincinnati has to offer her."

Life on the road and being on an active roster has been tough for Devon, as he has been away from his daughter.

"I know it will be different for me because I'll be able to see my daughter, I'll be able to touch her, I'll be able to hug her, which is totally different than being able to FaceTime her,"  Devon said.  I can't wait until she shows up here Wednesday and is able to go to her first game this year."

Devon has greatly appreciated the support fans and other teams have shown this season.  A couple of weeks ago, when the Bengals traveled to New England, the Patriots cheerleaders wore Still's jersey in support.  Patriots owner Robert Kraft also donated $25,000 to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Leah's name.

This week, Devon thinks the crowd reaction will be special.

"I think the crowd will go crazy," Devon said. "They've been supporting her the whole time with her being all the way in Philadelphia. I know her being here in Cincinnati and them having the chance to see her, it's going to get the crowd kind of hyped." 

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WNBA Star Griner Injured by Knife Attack in China

WNBA Star Griner Injured by Knife Attack in China

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was injured in China on Monday when a drunk man cut her on the elbow with a knife.

Griner's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, said that Griner sustained the cut when the man attempted to board the team bus after practice. Griner did not require stiches and did not need to go to the hospital. 

Colas also stated that one of Griner's teammates was stabbed by the man but was not injured because she was wearing two jackets. 

Griner was named the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year and was the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 by the Phoenix Mercury. 

Griner averaged 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season as she helped lead the Mercury to the 2014 WNBA title.  

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Miwaukee Bucks 87 (2-2) - Indiana Pacers 81 (1-3)

Houston Rockets 108 (5-0) – Miami Heat  91 (3-1)

Washington Wizards 98 (3-1) – New York Knicks 83 (2-2)

Toronto Raptors 100 (3-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 88 (1-4) 

New Orleans Pelicans 100 (2-2) – Charlotte Hornets 91 (1-3)

Chicago Bulls 98 (3-1) - Orlando Magic 90 (0-4) 

NHL: Boston Bruins 2 (8-6-0, 16 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (4-2-4, 12 pts) (F/OT)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (5-5-2, 11 pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (4-7-1, 9 pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (3-6-2, 8 pts)– Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-8-0, 8 pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (8-4-2, 18 pts) -  Washington Capitals 3 (4-5-3, 11 pts)  (F/OT)

St. Louis Blues 1 (8-3-1, 17 pts) - New Jersey Devils 0 (6-4-2, 14 pts)  

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (7-5-1, 15 pts)– Montreal Canadiens 0 (8-3-1, 17 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (6-3-2, 14 pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (6-2-3, 15 pts)

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Indians Reward Manager Terry Francona with Extension

Indians Reward Manager Terry Francona with Extension

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since taking over the Cleveland Indians, manager Terry Francona has helped turned the Indians around to a competitive team in the American League Central. That is why the team has agreed on an extension with their skipper.

Francona's new deal will keep him in an Indians uniform through the 2018 season. It also includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In his first season with the Indians back in 2013, Francona guided the Indians to a 92-win season, which was the most wins in a single season since 2007.

That year the Indians also made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, while Francona won the American League Manager of the Year Award.

This past season, the Indians took a slight step back, but still finished 85-77.

In 14 seasons as a Major League manager with the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Indians, Francona has 1,206 wins, which is the fourth-most among active managers.

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Giants’ Cornerback Prince Amukamara Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Giants’ Cornerback Prince Amukamara Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants defense has taken another hit as cornerback Prince Amukamara could miss the rest of the season after suffering a biceps injury.

Amukamara had to leave the game in the second quarter of the team's loss against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

"Normally that's surgery," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said.

"There is a lot of concern," Coughlin continued. "We've lost a player or two in each game, it seems like. That's not a good one. Prince was playing well. He did a very nice job tonight, and that was a blow to lose him."

Now in his fourth NFL season, Amukamara was playing some of the best football of his career this season prior to the injury. In eight games this season, Amukamara has 45 tackles and three interceptions.

With the Giants defense already among the NFL's worst, this is a big loss for the team. The Giants are tied for 20th in the NFL in total defense, while ranking 28th in the league in pass defense.

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49ers Reward Running Back Kendall Hunter with One-Year Extension

49ers Reward Running Back Kendall Hunter with One-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he won't see the field for a single snap this season, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a one-year extension with running back Kendall Hunter.

Hunter is in his fourth NFL season, all with the 49ers, and his new deal will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.

Back in July, Hunter suffered a torn ACL, ending his season before it ever began. He is expected to recover by the summer when camp opens up.

Hunter was drafted by the team in fourth round back in 2011 and has proven to be a dependable player in limited snaps. Overall he has 1,202 rushing yards on 262 carries, good for a 4.6 average to go along with seven touchdowns.

With age a growing concern as well as impending free agency with starting running back Frank Gore and the possible retirement of Marcus Lattimore, Hunter's role with the team could expand if given the right opportunity.

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Sandoval Given $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer

Sandoval Given $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The World Champion San Francisco Giants made the first step in retaining third baseman Pablo Sandoval, extending him a qualifying offer on Monday. The Giants issued a $15.3 million offer to Sandoval, one he has seven days to accept or decline.

The 28-year-old hit .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 2014 for San Francisco and also caught the final out of the World Series. In seven years with the Giants, Sandoval has helped the team to three World Series titles by belting 106 homers, driving in 462 runs and hitting at a .294 clip.

During the postseason, "Kung Fu Panda" has been even better, hitting .344 with six homers and 20 RBI in 39 playoff games.

Sandoval had previously rejected a three-year, $40 million contract extension in March and earned $8.25 million this past season. 

Sandoval was one of 12 different Major Leaguers that had qualifying offers issued on Monday. All will have until Nov. 10 to decide, but none of the 22 offers extended in the last two years have been accepted.

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Sources: Indiana Suspends Two Players for Failed Drug Tests

Sources: Indiana Suspends Two Players for Failed Drug Tests

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Indiana men's basketball team has yet to play a game this season, but the Hoosiers have already suffered some key losses. Days after sophomore forward Devin Davis was hospitalized following a car accident, two more players have been suspended for failing a drug test, sources say.

Head coach Tom Crean said on his radio show Monday night that Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams have both been suspended for four games after failing their second drug test.

"We also had a couple of other bad choices made this summer. We're not a program that waits for this or that," Crean said on his radio show. "They made those bad choices. The rules say they sit a certain amount, well I say they sit more. Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, they're also going to sit for four games."

Williams started all 32 games last season for Indiana, averaging 7.3 points per game. The 6'7" forward was expected to be a heavy contributor for the Hoosiers.

Robinson, however, played just nine games and averaged 6.4 points per contest.

Crean also announced that Emmitt Holt, the freshman who was driving the car that struck Davis, will also be suspended for four games.

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Brook Lopez Returns, Nets Dominate Thunder

Brook Lopez Returns, Nets Dominate Thunder

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in nearly a year, Brook Lopez stepped on the court in an NBA game. The Brooklyn center scored 18 points and pulled in six rebounds as the Nets beat Oklahoma City 116-85 in their home opener on Monday night.

"I can't put it in words," said Lopez, who broke his foot last December and was forced to miss the rest of the season. "It was great to be back out there. I've missed it for a long time and our team definitely took care of business tonight. Our guys make it easy."

Lopez was 6-for-10 from the floor in 24 minutes as the Nets (2-1) notched their biggest home-opening win ever. The center's 18 points was tied for the team-high, with Alan Anderson also pouring in 18 off the bench. Deron Williams added 17 points and nine assists as Brooklyn opened up a 32-19 lead after the first quarter, due in large part to going 5-for-7 from three-point land.

"It was just good to see him have that bounce, explosion," Kevin Garnett said of Lopez's return. "We know he's having foot problems. He's playing through a lot, man. And like I've said, if we're going to be anything, we're going to need the big fellow."

The Thunder (1-3) have been suffering their own injury issues with both Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand) unavailable. Reggie Jackson did make his season debut for Oklahoma City after missing the first three games, and scored a game-high 23 points in the loss.

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Colts Trample Giants Behind Luck’s Four Touchdowns

Colts Trample Giants Behind Luck’s Four Touchdowns

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to go along with 354 passing yards as the Indianapolis Colts rolled over the New York Giants, 40-24, on Monday night. It was the seventh straight game that Luck tossed for more than 300 yards, a franchise record.

The scoring started off slow for Luck and the Colts (6-3), settling for a solitary Adam Vinatieri field goal in the first quarter. Indy's offense got going in the second when Luck found Coby Fleener for a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it a 10-0 game.

Three of Luck's scoring throws went for more than 30 yards, with all four going to a different receiver.

While the offense was firing on all cylinders, the Colts' defense kept New York (3-5) off-balance all night, sending them to their third straight loss. The Giants struggled to find a rhythm, scoring only a field goal in the first half. They were able to cut the lead to 23-10 on an Andre Williams 1-yard touchdown run, but the Colts responded with 17 straight points to put the game out of reach.

Manning finished the day with 359 passing yards and two touchdowns, although both scoring throws came late in the fourth quarter. Luck used nine different receivers during the game, with Fleener catching four passes for a team-high 77 yards.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Houston Rockets 104 (4-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (0-4)

Brooklyn Nets 116 (2-1) – Oklahoma City Thunder 85 (1-3)

Memphis Grizzlies 93 (4-0) – New Orleans Pelicans 81 (1-2)

Dallas Mavericks 118 (3-1) – Boston Celtics 113 (1-2)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 4 (7-3-1; 15pts) – New York Rangers 3 (5-4-2; 12pts) SO

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Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

iStock/Thinkstock(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy have agreed to a contract extension, the team announced on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In nine seasons at the helm of the Packers, McCarthy has compiled an overall record of 93-53, winning four division titles, an NFC championship and a Super Bowl title in the 2010 season.

His 93 wins rank third in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau, with 212, and Vince Lombardi, with 98.

“We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “Over the past nine years, he’s provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He’s a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach.”

Before joining the Packers in 2006, McCarthy served as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005).

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ESPN: Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles Has Broken Collarbone

ESPN: Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles Has Broken Collarbone

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If the Philadelphia Eagles hope to win their second-consecutive NFC East crown, it'll have to be on the shoulders of backup quarterback Mark Sanchez. ESPN reports quarterback Nick Foles has suffered a broken collarbone and is out indefinitely.

Foles suffered the injury on Sunday during the team's win over the Houston Texans when he was taken down by linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

Last season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered the same injury and missed seven games.

Replacing Foles as the starting quarterback is former New York Jet Mark Sanchez, who in relief of Foles completed 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"Since Day 1 here, you know what type of professional [Sanchez] is. ...We were fortunate when Nick did go down, we were able to bring Mark in," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. "I don't think we missed a beat."

Fortunately for the Eagles, they are 6-2 and are in first place in the NFC East.

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ESPN: Twins Set to Hire Paul Molitor as New Manager

ESPN: Twins Set to Hire Paul Molitor as New Manager

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since 2001, someone other than Ron Gardenhire will manage the Minnesota Twins full-time as ESPN reports that the team is set to hire former player Paul Molitor as their new manager.

The Twins and Molitor are reportedly hammering out the final details on a deal that will bring him back to the Twin Cities.

Molitor will replace Gardenhire, who managed the team for 13 seasons, but piled up 383 losses over the past four seasons.

While this will be his first time he's helmed a big league team, Molitor has been involved with the Twins' coaching staff since 2005 when he served as a minor league base running and infield coordinator. In 2013, the Twins hired him to supervise the team's baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning as well as assistance with in-game strategy. In July, he became the team's first-base coach.

A Hall of Famer since 2004, Molitor enjoyed a stellar 21-year career and spent the final three seasons of his career with the Twins from 1996-1998.

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ESPN: 49ers Running Back Marcus Lattimore Could Retire

ESPN: 49ers Running Back Marcus Lattimore Could Retire

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore's NFL career could be over before it truly begins. According to ESPN, the 23-year-old is considering retirement due to knee issues.

While at South Carolina, Lattimore was a dynamic talent, but suffered serious knee injuries in 2011 and 2013 that caused him to miss extended time.

It looked that he had fully regained his form during his last collegiate season, but he tore every ligament in his right knee and dislocated the kneecap.

Despite his injury troubles, the 49ers rolled the dice and drafted Lattimore in the fourth round of the draft in 2013. Many draft experts believed if he was in better health, he would've been a first round pick.

He spent the entire 2013 season on the non-football injury list, and is still currently on that list.

Lattimore scored 38 touchdowns during his time at South Carolina.

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Bruins Extend Head Coach Julien

Bruins Extend Head Coach Julien

Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Bruins have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with head coach Claude Julien, the team announced Sunday.

"We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching."

While the Bruins have never released the terms of Julien's contract during his tenure, reports say the 54-year-old agreed to a three-year extension on Sunday morning. This is the third extension during his time in Boston, the second was just before the lockout-shortened season.

Julien is in his eighth season as Bruins coach, taking the team to seven straight playoff appearances. Boston has been to two Stanley Cup finals under Julien, winning the championship in 2011. 

The Bruins are 317-171-65 since Julien took over prior to the 2007-08 season. Julien is the second-longest tenured coach in the National Hockey League behind Detroit's Mike Babcock, who is in his 10th season.

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Johnson Wins at Texas, Keselowski and Gordon Brawl

Johnson Wins at Texas, Keselowski and Gordon Brawl

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Jimmie Johnson won the Texas AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, but the biggest story came from the fight that broke out on pit row between Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon.

The brawl stemmed from late contact between the two drivers. Gordon, who entered the race third in the championship standings, was leading at the start of a green-white-checkered. Keselowski, who is no longer eligible for the Sprint Cup Championship, attempted to squeeze between Gordon and Johnson but made contact with Gordon's car and cut his left rear tire, causing the number 24 car to spin out.

"The way he races, I don't know how he ever won a championship. This is why everyone is fighting with him," Gordon said. "There wasn't any conversation. You can't have a conversation with him. There's big consequences. To me, it's just a bunch of crap. The kid is just doing stuff way over his head."

Gordon confronted Keselowski in pit row after the game and after some yelling and shoving, a melee between the drivers and their crews ensued with multiple punches being thrown. Keselowski's lip was bleeding once order was restored while Gordon had a cut on his chin.

"We were just racing for the win. I didn't wreck him and just raced him hard. He left a hole. Everything you watch in racing, you leave a hole, you're supposed to go for it," Keselowski said. "I don't want to ruin anyone's day. I wanted to win the race and that was the opportunity."

Gordon finished 29th and fell to fourth in the points standings. Kevin Harvick finished second and was the highest finisher among championship contenders. He also played a roll in the fracas, giving Keselowski a shove before the fight began.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup turns to Phoenix where four of the eight remaining contenders will be eliminated. None of the current drivers have cemented their spot into the final round as Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin sit atop the standings. All eight drivers are separated by just 18 points with only six points between fourth and eighth place.

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