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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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Dolphins Shutout Chargers, 37-0

Dolphins Shutout Chargers, 37-0

Marc Serota/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins forced four turnovers while Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns en route to a 37-0 trouncing of San Diego on Sunday.

It was the eighth straight home win for Miami (5-3) over the Chargers (5-4), who have not won in South Florida since 1982.

The win was an emotional one for Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, whose father passed away on Friday, causing him to miss two days of practice.

"I really have to give our assistant coaches and our players a ton of credit," said Philbin. "I kind of just showed up for the game."

Miami's defense set the tone, forcing three interceptions and a fumble of Philip Rivers, while Tannehill racked up 288 yards in the win. Tannehill's three touchdown passes were to three different receivers while Lamar Miller also ran for a score in the Dolphins most lopsided win since 1995.

"We're scratching the surface," Philbin said. "We certainly haven't put it all together yet."

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Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD’s Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD’s Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- For the second straight week, Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore 43-23 on Sunday night. Roethlisberger's performance helped set an NFL record for combined touchdown passes in consecutive games, with 12.

"I don't think any of us are surprised by anything he does," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have been looking at it for some time."

Big Ben's night began in the second quarter with a five-yard scoring pass to Le'Veon Bell that tied the game at 7-7. Two minutes later, Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant to take the lead before finding Markus Wheaton for a 47-yard strike to give the Steelers (6-3) a 22-17 halftime lead.

Baltimore (5-4) struggled to keep their composure, committing 10 penalties, while the offense could not catch up to the Steelers. Joe Flacco was sacked four times and intercepted once but did throw two touchdowns for 303 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh quarterback continued his historic stretch with three more touchdown's in the second half, including a second pass to Bryant. His sixth came on a fourth-and-2 play with under two minutes remaining as he connected with Matt Spaeth to set the record.

The Steelers also celebrated one of their greatest ever, retiring former defensive lineman Joe Greene's number 75 at halftime.

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Rams Hold Off Kaepernick and 49ers

Rams Hold Off Kaepernick and 49ers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The Rams (3-5) buckled down on defense late and forced Colin Kaepernick to fumble the ball with seconds remaining at the goal line in their 13-10 win over the 49ers (4-4) on Sunday.

St. Louis was ready for Kaepernick to try and sneak the ball into the end zone, and forced a fumble that was recovered by James Laurinaitis.

The Rams defense sacked Kapernick eight times in their big road victory.

"I just went to kind of meet him head-to-head down there and as I'm going down, I just see the ball sitting there," Laurinaitis said. "Jo-Lonn [Dunbar] did a great job recognizing sneak. You can just kind of tell by a quarterback's mannerisms when they're going to sneak."

The play was reviewed and upheld after officials looked the play, but Kaepernick still disagreed with the call after the game.

"I know I crossed the line. I was looking into the end zone," Kaepernick said.

Greg Zuerlein kicked the go-ahead field goal with 5:25 left in the game.

The Rams have now beaten the 49ers and Seahawks by a combined five points this year.

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Brady Gets Best of Manning Again

Brady Gets Best of Manning Again

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady is now 11-5 against Peyton Manning after the Patriots (7-2) blew out the Broncos (6-2) 43-21 on Sunday.

Brady was 33 for 53 with 333 yards and four touchdown passes in the rout.

"He has always set a real high bar for how to play and I have tried to do the same through my efforts with my team," Brady said. "The only thing I really care about is the respect from my team, going out there and trying to earn it. "

Manning threw for 438 yards with two interceptions and two touchdown passes in the loss.

"Well, I don't usually stink, but I stunk today," Manning said. "I don't make any excuses."

Julian Edelman had an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Brady's touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell put New England up 36-14 before halftime.

"Minitron can do so many things, he's so quick," Brady said of Edelman. "What he did on the punt return was incredible."

The Patriots now own the best record in the AFC.

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Cardinals Defeat Cowboys 28-17

Cardinals Defeat Cowboys 28-17

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, TX) -- As Tony Romo sat out with an injured back, the Cowboys offense came to a grinding halt.

The Cardinals dominated the Cowboys on Sunday 28-17, as Romo's replacement, Brandon Weeden, provided little threat through the air. Dallas did not score their first offensive touchdown until there was almost one minute left in the game. Weeden finished 18-33 for 183 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Without much of a threat from the passing game, star running back DeMarco Murray could not find much of a groove, as he ran for only 79 yards -- his first game this season in which he did not surpass 100 yads on the ground.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was on point for most of the day. Outside of an early first-quarter pick-six by Cowboys defensive back Tyler Patmon, Palmer found his targets. He was 22-34 for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cardinals are now 7-1 and are in sole possession of the best record in the NFC.

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Sanchez Leads Eagles In Relief of Injured Foles

Sanchez Leads Eagles In Relief of Injured Foles

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(HOUSTON, TX) -- Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Nick Foles injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter against the Houston Texans.

Mark Sanchez took over and led the Eagles to a high-flying 31-21 victory over the Texans.

Sanchez entered the game and immediately led the Eagles on a scoring drive.  On his first play he connected with Jeremy Maclin for a 52-yard gain.  A few plays later he found rookie Jordan Matthews for his first touchdown pass since December 2012.

The former first-round pick of the New York Jets finished the day 15-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Aiding the effort was the Eagles defense, as they harassed Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, sacking him four times and intecepting him once.

The Eagles are now 6-2 with an upcoming matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.

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Vikings Defeat Redskins 29-26 in Griffin’s Return

Vikings Defeat Redskins 29-26 in Griffin’s Return

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) -- Sunday marked the return of Robert Griffin III as quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings were not impressed, as they beat up the Redskins 29-26 at home.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve as he led four scoring drives, three of which were capped by Matt Asiata touchdown runs.  Bridgewater finished the day 26-42 for 268 yards and one touchdown pass.

Griffin had a good day, but it wasn't good enough. He was 18-28 for 251 yards and one touchdown, but was also sacked five times and threw an inteception. There were good signs, though, for the former second overall pick, who had missed the last six weeks with a dislocated ankle.

The Vikings now move to 4-5 as they continue to play hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer.  The loss sends the Redskins to 3-6.  

 

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Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

ThinkStock(MORGANTOWN, W. Va.) -- Jaden Oberkrom's 37-yard field goal as time expired helped number seven Texas Christian University (TCU) erase a 13-point deficit and defeat 20th ranked West Virginia 31-30 on Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs (7-1) forced five turnovers to help in the comeback effort.

It was the first time this year that TCU played outside the state of Texas and they struggled to start the game. West Virginia (6-3) led 13-0 with less that four minutes to play in the first quarter before Deante' Gray caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to put the Horned Frogs on the board.

Following a scoreless second quarter, TCU took the lead five minutes into the third when Boykin scampered into the end zone for a 14-13 lead. The Mountaineers were able to regain their 13-point lead though, scoring twice in 25 seconds. After Dreamius Smith's five-yard touchdown run, Terrell Chestnut picked up a fumble and ran 35-yards for another touchdown and a 27-14 West Virginia lead.

Once again, the Horned Frogs found a way to get back into the game. Trailing 30-21 early in the fourth quarter, TCU drove down the field before B.J. Catalon ran in from six yards out to get within one possession. TCU then forced a West Virginia punt with 2:07 to play and reached the Mountaineers 25-yard line to set up Oberkrom's heroics.

Despite the win, the Horned Frogs were held to a season-low 389 yards of offense one week after putting up 82 points in a win over Texas Tech.

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(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

iStockphoto(PITTSBURGH) -- It took double overtime but the 24th-ranked Duke Blue Devils kept their spot atop the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division with a 51-48 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. 

"We were resilient, continued to fight and believed down until the very end," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

The winning score came from backup quarterback Thomas Sirk, who rushed in from five yards out after the Duke defense held Pitt to a field goal. The Panthers (4-5) had a chance to win the game in regulation, driving inside the Duke 10-yard line. However, kicker Chris Blewitt missed a 26-yard field goal attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

"I have a ton of faith in him," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said of his kicker, who missed from with 30 yards for just the second time in his career. "We're going to need him again."

Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime before Pittsburgh took the lead on Blewitt's field goal in the second overtime. The Blue Devils (7-1) then went 25 yards in four plays, culminating in Sirk's five yard run to win it.

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(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

Banana Stock/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers lost star running back Ameer Abdullah to a knee injury early, but the 15th-ranked team in the country pieced together a 35-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The victory put Nebraska (8-1) in sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten West.

"We're very optimistic," coach Bo Pelini said when asked about the immediate future of his tailback.

Without Abdullah, Imani Cross carried the majority of the load and scored on two rushing touchdowns while quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. added another score on the ground. Armstrong also threw for a touchdown, finding De'Morney Pierson-El to open the scoring in the first quarter.

After Purdue (3-6) tied the game early in the second frame, the Huskers scored 21 unanswered points to put it out of reach. Cross book ended the three scores with his two rushing touchdowns while Terrell Newby scampered for a seven-yard score late in regulation.

It was not a very clean game for either squad. Nebraska committed three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from Armstrong, while Purdue's Austin Appleby also threw two picks.

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Options Declined on Butler, Markakis, Weeks

Options Declined on Butler, Markakis, Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three prominent names in baseball will be looking for work this offseason as Billy Butler, Nick Markakis and Rickie Weeks had

contract options declined by their teams.

Coming off a heartbreaking game 7 World Series loss, the Kansas City Royals turned down a $12 million option on Butler, their designated hitter and a fan favorite. Butler was a 2012 All-Star when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Those numbers have took a sharp dive this season as he hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI. 

The Baltimore Orioles chose to buyout the remaining year on outfielder Nick Markakis's contract, choosing to pay him $2 million instead of the full $17.5 million he would have made this coming season. 

Markakis had stated that would like to stay in Baltimore and the Orioles would like him to return according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.

"Nick is a dependable player and the Orioles would like to continue a relationship with him," said executive vice president Dan Duquette in a text message.

The Milwaukee Brewers also chose to save some money by declining the option of second baseman Rickie Weeks that would have seen him earn $14.5 million.

Weeks has spent his entire 11-year career with the Brewers but was becoming a part-time player as he has missed at least 40 games in three of the last four seasons for the Brew Crew. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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Maryland Shuts Up Penn State with a 20-19 Victory

Maryland Shuts Up Penn State with a 20-19 Victory

Banana Stock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa) -- The University of Maryland football team came into Beaver Stadium with a chip on their shoulder.

With 56 seconds on the clock, trailing 19-17, Terrapins kicker Brad Craddock lined up for a 43 yard field goal. Craddock measured his kick and snuck it inside the left upright.  Teammates swarmed onto the field congratulating the leaping special teamer. 

Though the real drama of the game started before the opening kickoff.

When both team's captains arrived at the center of the field for the coin toss, Penn State players extended their arms to shake hands - Maryland's players refused.  A fight then broke out between several players from both teams.

Back in May, Penn State head coach James Franklin said he intended to recruit all the best players from the Maryland-DC area and said “I know there are other schools around here, but you might as well shut them down.”

As if there wasn't enough emotion with being a new comer to the Big Ten as well as being a border state rival, Franklin's comments obviously resonated with the Terrapins.

After the game Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall apologized for the handshake incident. 

The win pushes Maryland's record to 6-3 and they are now bowl eligible. 

 

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Indiana Basketball Player Injured After Being Struck by Car

Indiana Basketball Player Injured After Being Struck by Car

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, In) -- Sophomore foward Devin Davis is in serious condition after being hit by a teammate's car early Saturday morning.

Davis was taken to IU Bloomington Health Hospital while teammate, freshman Emmit Holt, has been cited for operating a vehicle while under the influence. Holt registered a 0.025 blood alchohol content.  The legal limit for BAC in Indiana is 0.08, but if the person is under the age of 21 - as is the case with Holt - the limit is 0.02.

Police discovered Davis unconscious with a head wound just off of IU campus. He was treated by on site by EMT's and transported to the hospital.

According to police officials Holt's vehicle was discovered with damage to the passenger side, front fender and windshield. 

The hospital has not provided an update on Davis's condition.

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