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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Chicago Bulls 102 (12-7) – Charlotte Hornets 95 (4-15)

Washington Wizards 111 (12-5) – Los Angeles Lakers 95 (5-14)

Boston Celtics 109 (5-11) – Detroit Pistons 102 (3-16) OT

Brooklyn Nets 95 (8-9) – San Antonio Spurs 93 (13-5) OT

Atlanta Hawks 112 (11-6) – Miami Heat 102 (9-9)

Houston Rockets 105 (14-4) – Memphis Grizzlies 96 (15-3)

Dallas Mavericks 107 (15-5) – Milwaukee Bucks 105 (10-10)

Philadelphia 76ers 85 (1-17) – Minnesota Timberwolves 77 (4-13)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (10) Villanova 84 (7-0) – La Salle 70 (4-3)

Iowa 60 (6-2) – (12) North Carolina 55 (5-2)

Notre Dame 79 (7-1) – Michigan State 78 (5-3) OT

(23) Butler 77 (6-1) – Indiana State 54 (3-4)

NHL:  Chicago Blackhawks 4 (16-8-1; 33pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (16-7-2; 34pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (14-9-1; 29pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (17-8-2; 36pts)

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Free Agent Reliever Jim Johnson Signs with Braves

Free Agent Reliever Jim Johnson Signs with Braves

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with free agent reliever Jim Johnson on a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal is for $1.6 million with the potential for Johnson to earn another $900,000 in performance bonuses, according to ESPN.

Johnson was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round of the 2001 draft. From 2006-2013, he saved 122 games and had an ERA of 3.11. Johnson led the American League in saves in 2012 and 2013.

Last season in 54 appearances with the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers, Johnson went 5-2 with a 7.09 ERA.

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SEC Championship Game Preview

SEC Championship Game Preview

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- Top-ranked Alabama will take on the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide remain in the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, and head coach Nick Saban wants his team to remain focused.

"This is a new season," Saban said on Monday. "We look forward to the challenges of the future, what we need to do to get ready to play a very good team in the SEC Championship game."

"The SEC Championship game is a great opportunity for our players," Saban continued.  "It's a great competitive venue, one of the most exciting games that I've had the opportunity to compete in."

The Tigers are averaging 28.6 points per game and Alabama is only giving up 16.9.

Head coach Gary Pinkel knows it'll be a challenge against the Crimson Tide offense, especially since Missouri is 7-1 in their SEC games this year.

"Alabama's got a very good football team," Pinkel said. "Nick's done a great job with that program and we're going to play a very potent offensive team and obviously a very good defensive team."

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Helfrich on Arizona: ‘They’re Very Well Coached’

Helfrich on Arizona: ‘They’re Very Well Coached’

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Second-ranked Oregon will go up against seventh-ranked Arizona on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game.

Oregon leads the all-time series 24-16 and has won 16 of the last 21 meetings. Meanwhile, Arizona’s current two-game winning streak in the series is its longest since back-to-back victories in 2006-07.

"They're very well coached up front in terms of the d-line recognizing blocks and scheme," Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich said on Tuesday.

Arizona running back Nick Wilson has 15 touchdowns this season and rushed for 1,263 yards.

"They've got a little bit of a two-headed monster at tail-back as well, very productive," Helfrich said of the Wildcats running game that includes Terris Jones-Grigsby.

The Heisman Trophy finalists will be announced next week and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota could be one of the favorites to win it.

"I wouldn't be in this position without my teammates," Mariota said on Tuesday.  "Hopefully in the end whatever the outcome is the invitation itself is just an honor."

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TCU Joins the Top 4 in New CFB Rankings

TCU Joins the Top 4 in New CFB Rankings

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- TCU moved into the top four of the new College Football Playoff rankings that were announced Tuesday night.TCU, which routed Texas 48-10 on Thursday, was vaulted into the three spot while undefeated Florida State dropped to No. 4.Alabama and Oregon remained No. 1 and 2 respectively.Baylor, which beat TCU earlier in the season, came in sixth while Ohio State finished fifth.All of the top-six teams will play either Friday or Saturday before the final CFB rankings are revealed. Alabama and No. 16 Missouri play in the SEC championship game. Oregon and No. 7 Arizona square off in the Pac-12 championship Friday. TCU will take on Iowa State (2-9). Florida State gets No. 11 Georgia Tech in the ACC championship. Ohio State plays No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship and Baylor hosts No. 9 Kansas State (9-2).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 111 (9-7) – Milwaukee Bucks 108 (10-9)

Atlanta Hawks 109 (10-6) – Boston Celtics 105 (4-11)

Los Angeles Lakers 106 (5-13) – Detroit Pistons 96 (3-15)

Brooklyn Nets 98 (7-9) – New York Knicks 93 (4-15)

New Orleans Pelicans 112 (8-8) – Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (5-13)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (6) Texas 63 (7-0) – Texas-Arlington 53 (3-4)

(17) Michigan 68 (6-1) – Syracuse 65 (5-2)

(20) Iowa State 96 (4-1) – Lamar 59 (2-5)

NHL:  New York Islanders 3 (18-7-0; 36pts) – Ottawa Senators 2 (10-9-5; 25pts) OT

Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (17-5-2; 36pts) – New Jersey Devils 0 (9-12-4; 22pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (17-7-1; 35pts) – Washington Capitals 3 (10-10-4; 24pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (8-13-3; 19pts) – Nashville Predators 1 (16-6-2; 34pts)

Buffalo Sabres 2 (9-14-2; 20pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (17-6-3; 37pts) SO

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (13-8-3; 29pts) – Dallas Stars 3 (9-11-5; 23pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (10-7-6; 26pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (14-6-5; 33pts) 

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Carolina Panthers Waive Carson & Williams

Carolina Panthers Waive Carson & Williams

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers waived starting cornerback Antonie Carson and linebacker Jason Williams on Tuesday, and promoted cornerback Carrington Byndom and linebacker Horace Miller from the practice squad.

Carson was benched for the second time this season during Sunday's 31-13 loss at Minnesota, after allowing a 17-yard touchdown catch to Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings with 16 seconds left in the second quarter. The seven-year NFL veteran had 58 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games this season.

Williams was in his fifth season with Carolina, where he had four tackles in 11 games.

The Panthers signed Byndom this past offseason as an undrafted rookie out of Texas. In college, he had 189 tackles and five interceptions, with two of them returned for touchdowns. 

Miller signed with Carolina on Oct. 1 after spending the preseason with the Seattle Seahawks. While at Texas-El Paso, he had 120 tackles and 12 sacks.

After finishing the 2013 season winning the NFC South with a 12-4 record, the Panthers are 3-8-1 this year.

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Ole Miss Agrees on Contract Extension with Hugh Freeze

Ole Miss Agrees on Contract Extension with Hugh Freeze

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of his most successful season at Ole Miss, the university has agreed on a contract extension with head football coach Hugh Freeze.

"Very blessed to be at THE University of Miss & work for and with great people and fans! REBELNATION, say it with me, I AM AN OLE MISS REBEL," Freeze tweeted on Tuesday morning.

"Proud that we have @CoachHughFreeze leading our program & young men for a long time to come. Agreement is in place & future is bright!" Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork tweeted Tuesday morning.

ESPN reports that Freeze's new deal will raise his salary to $4 million per season over the next four seasons.

Freeze was hired prior to the 2012 season, and the team has improved every season since he took over. Ole Miss went 7-6 in 2012, 8-5 in 2013, and now sit at 9-3 so far in 2014. Ole Miss has also defeated two top-five teams in a single season for the first time since 1969.

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Nuggets Forward Kenneth Faried Critical of His Play This Season

Nuggets Forward Kenneth Faried Critical of His Play This Season

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Denver Nuggets are rebounding from a tough start to the season, forward Kenneth Faried has been disappointed by his own play so far.

During the offseason, Faried signed a four-year extension with the team worth $50 million. So far, according to himself, he hasn't lived up to his new deal.

“Awful…I just haven’t been playing my game,” Faried told the Denver Post. “I know it. My teammates know it. My coaches know it. Hopefully, this month of December, I turn everything around. But for me, it’s awful."

"You’ve got to be able to look at yourself, look at the man in the mirror and say that to yourself. And be able to correct yourself,” he continued.

Through 17 games, the 25-year-old Faried is averaging 11.4 rebounds and 7.0 rebounds per game. Last season, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

At 9-8, the Nuggets are fifth in the NBA in scoring at 105.4 points per game but are 26th in points allowed at 105.2 per game.

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New Athletic Brett Lawrie Blames Toronto’s Rogers Centre Turf for Struggles

New Athletic Brett Lawrie Blames Toronto’s Rogers Centre Turf for Struggles

Abelimages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Newly acquired Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie never quite lived up to the hype when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Lawrie, it was the artificial turf at Toronto's Rogers Centre that caused many of his problems.

"It treats my body kind of silly and throws it off," Lawrie said. "I just want to go out and be healthy, and I feel like this getting off the turf is a big step forward for me."

The Canadian-born Lawrie was expected to be the next big thing for the Blue Jays, but injuries and inconsistent play plagued his career with the team.

The most games he's played in a season was 125 back in 2012. He missed 92 games this past season, hitting .247 with 12 home runs, but feels a change of scenery will do wonders for him.

"Give me 550 at-bats. These are things I haven't had yet in the big leagues," Lawrie said. "Hopefully, getting off that turf will do my body wonders, and I really think that it will. I feel I will show my true talents."

The 24-year-old Lawrie was the centerpiece in the Blue Jays acquiring All-Star Josh Donaldson from Oakland.

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Jim Harbaugh Not Concerned with Future

Jim Harbaugh Not Concerned with FutureRalph Freso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumors have swirled regarding the future of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and they only escalated on Thursday with a 19-3 loss to Seattle. The one person who does not seem to be concerned with those...

Tiger Excited to Return to Golf

Tiger Excited to Return to Golf

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods, winner of 14 Majors, says he is excited and ready to return to competitive play in 2015.

"I feel great," Woods said Monday during an appearance on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. "I feel really, really good. It's great to be back out here competing again. I've missed it quite a bit."

Woods has been recovering from back injuries that kept him off the course since August. He played just eight times in 2014, missing both the Masters and U.S. Open due to surgery, before completely shutting it down after he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

The 38-year-old announced two weeks ago that Chris Como has been working with him on his swing as he prepares for the Hero World Challenge this week.

"I can finally log in the time, log in the minutes, and really delve into a good practice session and really get a lot out of it," he said. "And that's something that I hadn't been able to do in quite some time."

Woods has not won a Major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open. The Hero World Challenge is an 18-man field of top-50 players that helps raise funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

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Wizards Soar Past Heat, 107-86

Wizards Soar Past Heat, 107-86

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Wizards hit 10 3-pointers and shot 54.2 percent (39-of-72) to beat the Miami Heat 107-86 on Monday night. The Wizards (11-5) led by 15 points at halftime, 64-49, and held Miami (9-8) to 0-of-12 shooting from distance in the second half.

"We did a good job of staying home and getting a hand in their face," Washington head coach Randy Wittman said. "They missed some, too. It wasn't all us. They had some pretty good looks they missed."

John Wall had 18 points and 13 assists in the win while Rasual Butler paced the team with 23 points. The Wizards never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 25, and saw four players score in double figures. 

Meanwhile, Miami got 21 points from Chris Bosh and 20 from Dwayne Wade. The Heat's shooting woes only escalated at the charity stripe as the team was just 18-for-30 (60 percent) on free-throw attempts.

"I don't think we've gotten to the defense we've wanted all year," said Wade, who was playing in his second game back following a hamstring injury. "We're still fairly new; a lot of the guys are still confused at what we're trying to do."

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Dolphins Rally to Beat Jets, 16-13

Dolphins Rally to Beat Jets, 16-13

Marc Serota/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Jets held a 13-6 lead going into the fourth quarter and looked to be in complete control over Miami. However, the Dolphins rallied for 10 points in the final frame, beating the Jets 16-13 on Monday night. 

Caleb Sturgis' third field goal of the night, a 26-yarder, was the go-ahead score for the Dolphins (7-5) while the game was sealed when Geno Smith threw an interception with less than a minute to play.

It was the second straight loss for the Jets (2-10) who dominated in the first half and put on an impressive running display, racking up 277 yards on the ground.

"We had to draw a line in the dirt. No more," Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said after his team gave up 210 rushing yards in the first half. "We came out in the second half scheme-wise the same, but guys played the way they're supposed to play."

New York ran just 13 pass plays, with Smith completing seven, while running the ball 49 times as part of a concerted effort to control the game. It was a game plan that worked until Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins marched down the field in the fourth. A holding penalty helped Miami extend the drive and Lamar Miller rushed in from 4-yards out to tie the game. 

That was one of many mistakes the Jets made, including a pair of missed field goals from Nick Folk. New York had a chance to take the lead back after Miami tied it up, entering field goal range before a sack of Smith forced them to punt. 

With the win, Miami remains in a wild card spot with four games left to play.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 109 (13-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 103 (0-17)

Washington Wizards 107 (11-5) – Miami Heat 86 (9-8)

NHL:  Tampa Bay Lightning 6 (17-6-2; 36pts) – New York Rangers 3 (11-9-4; 26pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (7-15-2; 16pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (9-7-6; 24pts) 

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Report: Nelson Cruz Agrees to Multi-Year Deal with the Mariners

Report: Nelson Cruz Agrees to Multi-Year Deal with the MarinersBrian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In desperate need of offense, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports that the Seattle Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz to a multi-year deal. Rojas reports Cruz and the Mariners have agreed on a four...

Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson

Auburn Fires Defensive Coordinator Ellis JohnsoniStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a 55-point loss to arch rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Auburn has decided to let go of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "At this time I felt it was best for our program to make a change with our defensive coor...

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Makes NBA History

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Makes NBA HistoryChris Graythen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The accolades continue to pour in for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. On Sunday, Bryant became the first player in NBA history to score over 30,000 points and have over 6,000 assists. Bryant recorded hi...

St. Louis Police Officers Angered by Rams Players Protest

St. Louis Police Officers Angered by Rams Players Protest

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- As the Rams began their player introductions Sunday against the Raiders, five players on St. Louis' squad drew the ire of the local police for raising their arms in support of the protests that have swept Ferguson, Missouri. 

Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens were seen on CBS with the "hands up, don't shoot" pose as they ran onto the field.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association issued a statement with a harsh criticism of the players' statement, demanding punishment be issued by the league and the team:

"...now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson's account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again."

"All week long, the Rams and the NFL were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department asking for assurances that the players and the fans would be kept safe from the violent protesters who had rioted, looted, and burned buildings in Ferguson. Our officers have been working 12 hour shifts for over a week, they had days off including Thanksgiving cancelled so that they could defend this community from those on the streets that perpetuate this myth that Michael Brown was executed by a brother police officer and then, as the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis's finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance," Roorda said.

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization's displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, "I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I've got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I'd remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser's products. It's cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it's not the NFL and the Rams, then it'll be cops and their supporters."

This comes after the announcement last week from St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCullough that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown. 

 

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Texans Dominate Titans

Texans Dominate Titans

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick returned as the starting quarterback for the Texans Sunday, when Houston hosted the Tennessee Titans.

He took out his frustrations of being benched on the Titans, as he threw for six touchdowns in the Texans' 45-21 victory. Fitzpatrick finished the day completing 24 of 33 passes for 358 yards. 

"I didn't know if I'd ever have a chance to play again," Fitzpatrick said. "It was eye-opening for me not to take it for granted and to embrace it."

Fitzpatrick had been benched for poor performance two weeks ago in favor of Ryan Mallett. He returned to the starting lineup after Mallett was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. 

DeAndre Hopkins was his prime target as he reeled in nine catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns. 

Another touchdown pass went to defensive end J.J. Watt.  Watt now has five touchdowns on the season. This was his third receiving score on the season to go with two defensive touchdowns (one fumble return, one interception return).

The Texans move to 6-6 and travel to face the Jaguars next weekend.

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