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Fiancée of Aaron Hernandez Granted Immunity

Fiancée of Aaron Hernandez Granted Immunity

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The case against Aaron Hernandez potentially gained its strongest witness.

Shayanna Jenkins, the mother of Hernandez's 2-year-old daughter, was granted immunity by Judge E. Susan Garsh Tuesday, as the former New England Patriots tight end stands trial for allegedly fatally shooting the boyfriend of Jenkins's sister.

During the trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, prosecutors have alleged that Jenkins aided the former football player by disposing of the murder weapon the day after the June 2013 killing. 

In spite of the immunity, there has been no indication that Jenkins will testify against her fiancée. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/10/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/10/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Detroit Pistons 106 (21-32) – Charlotte Hornets 78 (22-30)

Chicago Bulls 104 (33-20) – Sacramento Kings 86 (18-33)

Memphis Grizzlies 95 (39-13) – Brooklyn Nets 86 (21-31)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 71 (24-0) – LSU 69 (17-7)

(10) Notre Dame 60 (22-4) – Clemson 58 (14-10)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 2 (21-22-9; 51pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (16-36-3; 35pts)

New York Islanders 3 (35-18-1; 71pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (15-31-9; 39pts)

Dallas Stars 5 (25-21-8; 58pts) – Boston Bruins 3 (28-19-7; 63pts)

New York Rangers 5 (31-16-5; 67pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (23-28-4; 50pts)

Montreal Canadiens 2 (35-15-3; 73pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (23-22-9; 55pts) OT

Florida Panthers 6 (24-17-11; 59pts) – Anaheim Ducks 2 (34-14-7; 75pts)

St. Louis Blues 2 (35-15-4; 74pts) – Arizona Coyotes 1 (20-28-7; 47pts)

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Report: L.A. Angels Avoid Arbitration with OF Matt Joyce

Report: L.A. Angels Avoid Arbitration with OF Matt Joyce

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Matt Joyce avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $4.75 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Angels acquired Joyce from the Rays on Dec. 16 for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. In 140 games with Tampa Bay last season, he batted .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs. The 30-year-old also scored 51 runs and had an on-base percentage of .349.

Joyce was selected out of Florida Southern College by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He made his major league debut with Detroit in 2008.

Joyce was named to the American League All-Star team in 2011.

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Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams Transfers to Oregon

Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams Transfers to Oregon

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oregon Ducks may have found their heir apparent to Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams has announced he will transfer to the school.

Adams spent three years at Eastern Washington and was a prolific player while a part of an FCS school. Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns with 31 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He has also been named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year twice during his time with the school.

"I am very thankful for everything Vernon has done for Eastern and our football program these past four seasons," Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said in a statement. "I wish him nothing but the best in his senior season. We are very confident in the quarterbacks in our program, and our expectations and goals are the same for what we are capable of accomplishing in the 2015 season."

If Adams does open the season as the Ducks' starter, he'll feel right at home as Oregon will open the season September 5 against Eastern Washington.

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Mets’ Matt Harvey Ready to Pick up Where He Left Off in 2013

Mets’ Matt Harvey Ready to Pick up Where He Left Off in 2013

Norm Hall/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- It may be cold in New York, but the sight of starting pitcher Matt Harvey reporting for spring training has likely warmed the hearts of New York Mets fans.

After taking the baseball world by storm in 2013, Harvey needed to undergo Tommy John Surgery, and missed the entire 2014 season. After a full offseason of working out and getting into shape, Harvey is ready to go.

"Just the way the ball's coming out, I'm pretty on point with my accuracy right now, which is surprising," he said. "Obviously hearing from guys [who came back from Tommy John surgery], that was kind of the last thing that sometimes comes. I couldn't be happier with the way things feel."

In 2013, Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 178.1 innings pitched while making 26 starts.

According to Harvey, he'll be ready to go for the team's first game against the Washington Nationals on April 6, but will likely make his first start on April 13 for the team's home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Gregg Popovich Wins 1,000th Game as Spurs Head Coach

Gregg Popovich Wins 1,000th Game as Spurs Head Coach

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(INDIANAPOLIS) -- San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich further etched his name in the history books. On Monday night he won his 1,000th game with the team.

The Spurs rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers, 95-93.

"I've been here a long time and I've had good players. That's the formula," Popovich said. "Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess."

Only Phil Jackson and Pat Riley won 1,000 games faster than Popovich. Former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is the only other coach to win 1,000 with just one team.

"A thousand wins, that's a lot of wins and I feel very lucky that I've been with him for a lot of them," said point guard Tony Parker.

Popovich has a career record of 1,000-462. His .685 winning percentage is second all-time to Phil Jackson.

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Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players.

Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach.

Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy.

Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly.

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Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Ca.) -- At a time when basketball coaches are reaching the millennium mark for victories, the Sacramento Kings are looking to hire a man who has already achieved it.

The Kings gave George Karl a contract to become the head coach of the team, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report.

Karl, 63, has a career record of 1,131 wins and 756 losses in 25 seasons. He has been the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and the Seattle Supersonics -- whom he led to the NBA Finals in the 1995-1996 season.

Tyrone Corbin has been serving as interim head coach of the team since Mike Malone was fired in December when the team began the season 11-13. Corbin is expected to coach the team for at least the next pair of games into the All-Star break, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. 

Karl previously served as head coach of the Denver Nuggets for eight seasons, compiling a record of 423-257 before being fired in 2013.

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Ed Sabol, Founder of NFL Films, Passes Away

Ed Sabol, Founder of NFL Films, Passes Away

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films, passed away at 98 years old.

Sabol died in his home Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the NFL.

NFL Films was created by Sabol in 1962 originally under the name Blair Motion Pictures, named for his daughter Blair. Sabol won the rights to film the 1962 NFL championship game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was so impressed by Sabol's film that he asked the owners to buy the motion picture company. After initial hesitation, the owners agreed to buy the company after rebranding it NFL Films.

Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. In his speech he said, "I dreamt a dream, the impossible dream. I dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right this minute."

Football fans were introduced to John Facenda, often referred to as "The Voice of God," through Sabol's work. NFL Films provided an innovative look at pro football, through unique narration, an underscore and alternate camera angles. 

Sabol and his son Steve, who later became president of NFL films in 1985, created many of the popular programs such as Football Follies, Hard Knocks and The Lost Treasures.

Steve Sabol passed away in 2012 from brain cancer at the age of 69.

Ed Sabol is survived by his wife of 74 years, Audrey, his daughter, Blair, and grandson, Casey.

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New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- The New Jersey Devils entered Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. It was the Oilers (15-30-9, 39 pts) who turned up the heat however, as they extinguished the Devils 2-1.

The Devils (21-24-9, 51 pts) began the night honoring Patrik Elias for scoring his 1,000th career point -- achieved last month against Buffalo. 

Elias promptly put the Devils ahead when he crushed the puck over the glove side shoulder of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 5:47 into the first period.

The team would hold the lead until the Oilers' Oscar Klefborn beat Cory Schneider with under a minute to go in the first. Nail Yakupov would seize the lead for Edmonton in the second on a power play goal.

"We all have to look ourselves in the mirror and I need to find a way to be one better," Schneider said. "That's our recipe for success -- keep it at one or two -- tonight I couldn't come up with that one save we needed and we weren't able to pull this one out of the fire."

General manager Lou Lamoriello wouldn't put any of the blame on Schneider's shoulders, instead blaming the energy of the team on the ice and the inconsistency shooting on scoring chances.

"Cory has been that way consistently, each and every night," Lamoriello said. "Goaltending is not the issue."

With two tough games coming up for the Devils in Chicago and Nashville, it's now or never for their season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/9/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/9/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA: San Antonio Spurs 95 (33-19) – Indiana Pacers 93 (20-33)

Golden State Warriors 89 (41-9) – Philadelphia 76ers 84 (12-41)

Washington Wizards 96 (33-20) – Orlando Magic 80 (16-39)

Miami Heat 109 (22-29) – New York Knicks 95 (10-42)

Milwaukee Bucks 103 (29-23) – Brooklyn Nets 97 (21-30)

Atlanta Hawks 117 (43-10) – Minnesota Timberwolves 105 (11-41)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 73 (21-3) – Florida State 70 (13-12)

NHL: Edmonton Oilers 2 (15-30-9; 39pts) – New Jersey Devils 1 (21-24-9; 51pts)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (23-18-12; 58pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (23-26-3; 49pts)

Minnesota Wild 5 (26-20-6; 58pts) – Vancouver Canucks 3 (29-20-3; 61pts)

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Domestic Violence Charges Against Panthers’ DE Greg Hardy Dismissed

Domestic Violence Charges Against Panthers’ DE Greg Hardy Dismissed

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed after his accuser did not make herself available to help with the case.

Hardy's appeal was set to begin on Monday, but his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, was a no-show for the hearing.

"Without her testimony, in this particular instance, the State could not proceed," the district attorney's office said.

Hardy played just one game for the Panthers in 2014 after he was placed on the inactive roster. He was then placed on the commissioner's exempt list before Week 3 until his case was resolved.

Despite appearing in just one game last season, the Panthers still paid Hardy $13.1 million after the team used the franchise tag on him during the 2013 offseason.

ESPN.com reports that the Panthers will not pursue Hardy as he is now set to hit the free agent market.

Had he been found guilty, Hardy would have been subject to a minimum six-week suspension by the NFL under the league's new code of conduct policy.

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ESPN: Padres Sign Free Agent Pitcher James Shields

ESPN: Padres Sign Free Agent Pitcher James Shields

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Diego Padres incredible offseason continues as ESPN and other outlets are reporting that the team has signed free agent starting pitcher James Shields.

While financial details have not been officially released, it is believed Shields' deal is worth around $75 million over four years, and also includes a fifth-year option.

The 33-year-old Shields is one of the more durable workhorse starting pitchers in baseball. According to Baseball Reference, Shields ranks first among MLB pitchers with 1,785 2/3 innings pitched since 2007.

This past season with the Kansas City Royals, "Big Game James" went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA while pitching 227.0 innings pitched.

Shields has pitched more than 200 innings in every season since 2007.

Shields is the latest addition to the Padres as they've remade their team this offseason. Along with Shields, they've added Wil Myers, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, and Will Middlebrooks.

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Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Third-ranked Virginia is having a great season, but a major injury could make it difficult to keep it up.Cavaliers' second leading scorer Justin Anderson will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a finger on his shooting hand.The junior guard was injured in the first half of the team's win over No. 9 Louisville Saturday. Virginia (21-1, 9-1 ACC) currently leads the ACC by one game over Notre Dame. Anderson is a big reason for that, averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and two assists per game while shooting 48% from 3-point land this season.Anderson is likely out for the rest of the regular season, but could be back for the NCAA tournament in the middle of March.

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Jason Day Survives Four-Man Playoff to Win Farmers Insurance Open

Jason Day Survives Four-Man Playoff to Win Farmers Insurance Open

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Jason Day came out on top of a four-man playoff to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday.After saving par on the par-5 18th, Day waited with Scott Stallings for J.B. Holmes and Harris English to finish out their rounds. The four then headed into a playoff. On the first hole, Holmes and Day made birdie while Stallings and English parred the hole, resulting in their elimination. On the second hole, Day hit his first shot 15 feet from the pin while Holmes sent his over the green. Holmes then chipped his ball 15 feet from the cup but missed his par putt. Day 2-putted for par to earn his third PGA tour victory."It's an amazing feeling," Day said. "I've been working so hard for this. I was visualizing myself holding the trophy, just like I did at the Match Play. I'm really proud of myself to hang in there and grind it out."The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach on Thursday for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Lob City will be without a little bit of its glamour.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.  The injury is expected to sideline him through the All-Star Break.

Griffin had fluid drained from his elbow on February 2, while the team was in New York. This is not atypical for Griffin as he has dealt with bursitis for most of his career that required fluid to be drained. 

When the team arrived in Oklahoma City Saturday, team trainer Jasen Powel noticed something was wrong and ordered Griffin to the Hospital

"You could tell when something is infected. You can just look at it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "With a bursa sac, it could just be that too, but it just didn't look right."

The timetable for recovery is currently up in the air.

"It could be serious. It shouldn't be, but you have to be very careful with that injury," Rivers said. "It's the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they're infections, and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it."

Spencer Hawes is expected to get the start in Griffin's place.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/8/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/8/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 131 (26-25) - Los Angeles Clippers 108 (33-19)

Cleveland Cavaliers 120 (32-21) - Los Angeles Lakers 105 (13-38)

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 4 (33-18-2, 68 pts) - St. Louis Blues 2 (34-15-4, 72 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (35-12-6, 76 pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (23-17-11, 57 pts) (F/OT)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (23-22-8, 54 pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (28-16-10, 66 pts)

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Todd Frazier Agrees To Two Year Deal With Reds

Todd Frazier Agrees To Two Year Deal With Reds

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CINCINATTI, Oh) -- Third baseman Todd Frazier will man the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds for another pair of seasons.

The Reds and the 28-year-old Frazier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $12 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com. 

Last season Frazier batted .273, with 29 home runs and 80 RBI for the Reds who finished fourth in the NL Central at 76-86. Frazier was named to his first All-Star game last season.

Aroldis Chapman is the only player left with pending arbitration for the Reds.

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Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension

Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite coming off a 7-6 season, Arkansas has rewarded head football coach Bret Bielema with a two-year extension as well as a raise.

Bielema's new deal will be a six-year deal that will run through the 2020 season, and will earn $4 million or more throughout the rest of his new deal. Bielema will now be eligible for athletic and academic achievement incentives totaling up to $1 million per year.

"Coach Bret Bielema is not only one of the best college football coaches in the nation, he is an outstanding leader," Arkansas vice chancellor and athletics director Jeff Long said. "What Coach Bielema and his coaching staff have done for our young men, on and off the field, is something that has dramatically changed the course of our program and most importantly positively impacted the lives of our football student-athletes. He is building a championship program in a way that all Arkansans can be proud of. We look forward to his continued leadership of our football program and the many successes yet to come."

Arkansas went just 3-9 in his first season with university, but they showed significant improvement in 2014.

He had sent the prevous seven seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin.

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Report: Bills Sign Guard Richie Incognito

Report: Bills Sign Guard Richie Incognito

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Richie Incognito is back in the NFL.

According to various reports, the former Miami Dolphins guard has agreed on a deal to play for the Buffalo Bills this upcoming season.

At his introductory press conference, new Bills head coach Rex Ryan stated he wanted to build a bully in Buffalo. It appears he's taken that philosophy quite literally.

Incognito has been out of the NFL since he was the central figure of the bullying scandal that rocked the Dolphins and the NFL during the middle of the 2013 season.

Fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin felt compelled to leave the team mid-season as a result of the torment inflicted by Incognito and others.

Attitude aside, the addition of Incognito is actually a boost to the offensive line unit for the Bills. Pro Football Focus rated Bills' guards Kraig Urbik, Cyril Richardson, and Erik Pears among the bottom-third in the NFL this past season.

The 31-year-old Incognito is an eight-year NFL veteran who has played for the St. Louis Rams and Dolphins during his career.

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