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Woods Withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open

Woods Withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open

Chris Merritt/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Tiger Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Thursday due to a back injury.Woods played 11 holes but had to quit after making it to the green on the 12th hole.Woods dealt with back problems all of last year.

During Thursday's tourney, he said his back started to tighten up on him after having to wait out a fog delay that caused him to start his round more than two hours past his scheduled tee time."It's frustrating that it started shutting down like that,'' Woods said. "I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around. Then we stood out here and I got cold, and everything started deactivating again. And it's frustrating that I just can't stay activated. That's just kind of the way it is.''Woods finishes two over for the day. It's the third time in his last nine tournaments that Woods has had to withdraw due to a back injury.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/5/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 105 (31-20) – Los Angeles Clippers 94 (33-17)

Charlotte Hornets 94 (22-27) – Washington Wizards 87 (31-20)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3 (34-13-4; 72pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (15-34-3; 33pts)

New York Islanders 3 (33-17-1; 67pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (22-22-8; 52pts)

Washington Capitals 2 (27-15-10; 64pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (20-21-9; 49pts)

Florida Panthers 3 (23-17-10; 56pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (21-18-12; 54pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (32-15-5; 69pts) – Dallas Stars 3 (23-19-8; 54pts)

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Red Sox Agree to 3-Year Contract with LHP Wade Miley

Red Sox Agree to 3-Year Contract with LHP Wade Miley

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox and left-handed pitcher Wade Miley agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2018 season, the team announced on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Red Sox acquired Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Dec. 12 for right-handed pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and minor league infielder Raymel Flores.

Last season with the D-Backs, the 28-year-old Miley went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA. He struck out 183 batters and walked 75 in 201 1-3 innings of work.

In 2012, Miley was named to the National League All-Star team and finished second to Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for Rookie of the Year.

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All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Hawks were rewarded for being the first team in NBA history to go 17-0 in a month as all five starters were selected as Eastern Conference players of the month for January.

All-Stars Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap were honored by the league, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.  Each starter averaged double digit points during the win-streak, however, none of them averaged more than 20 points per game. Atlanta outscored each opponent by an average of 11.9 points per game.

"We appreciate the recognition of our starters' play during this past month.  It is reflective of all the work our entire team and organization has put in," head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We place a strong emphasis on having the right approach every day and making daily improvement. Collectively, we know that we have a lot more work to do this season and look forward to continue growing as a team." 

According to the Hawks, it is the first time in NBA history all five starters from one team were named players of the month.  

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Patriots’ LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt

Patriots’ LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW ENGLAND) -- During the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade in Boston, running back LeGarrette Blount was seen holding up a t-shirt mocking Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch.

Pictures went viral of Blount holding up a shirt that read "B***h Mode" with the No. 24.  

Blount took to Twitter to explain his actions.

"About this shirt...Just so ppl know, I have 100% respect for @MoneyLynch and how he plays the game. There's a reason he's called #BeastMode," he wrote.

In the Patriots win over the Seahawks, Blount carried the ball 14 times for 40 yards.

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Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting

Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The black cloud looming over the Cleveland Browns is turning into an outright thunderstorm.

As the Browns offseason continues to spiral into the abyss, general manager Ray Farmer could face a possible suspension and the organization a loss of a draft pick and a steep fine as a result of texts being sent to the sidelines mid-game during the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com.

First reported by Cleveland.com, the Browns, specifically Farmer, was reported to have texted with former quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggins, who sat in the press pox and additionally sent messages to former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan down on the sideline.

Sending communications via text during a game is illegal under NFL rules. It is believed that Farmer was not sending information regarding strategy but commenting about the use of quarterbacks and play calling.

Shanahan resigned and Loggins was fired. According to ESPN reports, Shanahan felt that the front office was interfering with the team decisions on-field and the text messages were another form of influencing coaching decisions.

This offseason has not been productive for the Browns as wide receiver Josh Gordon faces at least a one-year ban, quarterback Johnny Manziel enters rehab, the teams two top offensive minds need to be replaced and according to CBS' Jason La Canfora, starting tight end Jordan Cameron, who is a free agent, has said he is "not interested" in re-signing with the team.

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Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Stephen Curry had a night for the ages in the Golden State Warriors 128-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Curry put up 51 points, converting 10 three-point shots Wednesday night as he helped rally the Warriors from a 22-point deficit early in the first quarter.

"Sometimes Steph plays his best when we're down big and he just senses that he has to put the Superman cape on," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "And he's so good at it. He loves the freedom of being down and saying, 'All right. I'm going to let it fly and bring us back.' And that's what he did."

At one point Curry was so locked in he converted six straight three-point attempts, spanning the second and third quarters. 

"Be aggressive, that's what we do" Curry said. "Shots are going to fall as long as we got defensive stops and kept ourselves in the game, we have enough talent on the team to turn the tides."

The early season inconsistencies that troubled Curry appear to be in the rear-view mirror.  Curry is averaging 30.2 ppg over the team’s last five games and he averaged 23.5 ppg in the month of January.

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Syracuse Self-Imposes Postseason Ban

Syracuse Self-Imposes Postseason BanRich Barnes/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- The Syracuse Orange will have to watch March Madness on television this season. The university announced Wednesday that it is self-imposing a post season ban for the men's basketball team in relation to an NC...

Kurt Busch’s Ex Accused of Perjury in Closing Arguments

Kurt Busch’s Ex Accused of Perjury in Closing Arguments

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(WILDMINGTON, De.) -- To say that the breakup between Kurt Busch and his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is ugly would be an insult to ugly breakups.

In their closing arguments, Busch's attorney Rusty Hardin accused Driscoll of fabricating stories to ruin the reputation of the NASCAR driver. 

"We respectfully request that the Court not reward her perjury and scorched-earth approach of destruction by granting her a protective order," his attorney Rusty Hardin wrote in his closing arguments. "There is only one person in this duo that needs protection, and it is not Patricia Driscoll -- it is Kurt Busch."

Driscoll, who owns her own defense company and runs the Armed Forces Foundation, accused Busch of slamming her head into the wall of their trailer after a qualifying run in Dover last September.

Busch recently claimed in court that Driscoll was a trained assassin who worked as a mercenary, killing people in foreign countries. 

In an emailed statement to the media, Driscoll responded calling the allegations ludicrous and an attempt to ruin her credibility.

"If I was this assassin Kurt has claimed me to be, and he feared me the way he claims, then why did he per his testimony physically come across me multiple times and put his hands on me while naked," Driscoll said in an e-mailed statement. "If I was the 'badass' he claims me to be why didn't I beat him up after he strangled me and slammed my head into the wall multiple times?"

Kent County (Del.) Family Court Commissioner David Jones is expected to make a ruling on the matter in a few days. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 114 (18-32) – Detroit Pistons 109 (19-31)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (41-9) – Washington Wizards 96 (31-19)

Boston Celtics 104 (18-30) – Denver Nuggets 100 (19-31)

Brooklyn Nets 109 (20-28) – Toronto Raptors 93 (33-17)

Houston Rockets 101 (34-15) – Chicago Bulls 90 (30-20)

Milwaukee Bucks 113 (27-22) – Los Angeles Lakers 105 (13-36)

Minnesota Timberwolves 102 (9-40) – Miami Heat 101 (21-28)

Oklahoma City Thunder 102 (25-24) – New Orleans Pelicans 91 (26-23)

San Antonio Spurs 110 (31-18) – Orlando Magic 103 (15-37)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 72 (19-3) – Georgia Tech 66 (10-12)

(7) Villanova 70 (20-2) – Marquette 52 (10-12)

(10) Notre Dame 71 (21-3) – Boston College 63 (9-12)

(16) Wichita State 62 (20-3) – Bradley 59 (7-17)

(17) Maryland 64 (19-4) – Penn State 58 (14-9)

(18) VCU 72 (18-4) – George Mason 60 (7-14)

(19) Baylor 77 (17-5) – TCU 57 (14-8)

Purdue 60 (15-8) – (20) Ohio State 58 (17-6)

Oklahoma State 65 (15-7) – (25) Texas 63 (14-8) OT

NHL: New York Rangers 3 (30-15-4; 64pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (27-17-7; 61pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (29-14-8; 66pts) – Edmonton Oilers 0 (14-29-9; 37pts)

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Rangers Sign OF Ryan Ludwick to Minor-League Contract

Rangers Sign OF Ryan Ludwick to Minor-League Contract

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers agreed to a minor-league contract with outfielder Ryan Ludwick with an invitation to spring training, the club announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The 36-year-old Ludwick began his career with the Rangers, where he played from 2002-2003. In 31 games, he batted .215 with one home run and nine RBIs.

During his 12-year big-league career, Ludwick has suited up for the Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates. He owns a career .260 batting average with 154 homers and 587 RBIs.

Ludwick was named to the National League All-Star team in 2008.

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Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested

Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was arrested and charged with assault after arguing over a parking spot in Washington, D.C. 

Jackson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge on Tuesday after allegedly punching a man in the face, according to the police report.

"The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D'Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in DC with a count of simple assault. When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement," the team said in a statement.

Jackson signed a four-year, $22 million contract last year with the Colts.

Jackson had 140 tackles and 4 sacks this past season.

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Missouri Stays Close to Home, Recruits Terry Beckner Jr.

Missouri Stays Close to Home, Recruits Terry Beckner Jr.

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The No. 2 recruit in the country is headed to Missouri.  Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. decided to stay close to home and sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.

The East St. Louis (Ill.) High School was emotional after he made his announcement in which he chose the Tigers over Ohio State, Auburn, and Florida State.

"I just followed where my heart told me to go," he said after the announcement.

Beckner Jr. said that he is "excited" to play under head coach Gary Pinkel next year.

The Tigers are known for great defensive lineman that include Sheldon Richardson, Michael Sam, and Aldon Smith.

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Auburn Gets No. 1 Recruit D.E. Byron Cowart

Auburn Gets No. 1 Recruit D.E. Byron Cowart

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The No. 1 player in the country is headed to Auburn.  Defensive end Byron Cowart chose the Tigers over the Florida Gators on Wednesday during National Signing Day.

Cowart had 11 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss in his senior year and will help a Auburn defense that finished 92nd in the FBS this year.

The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Cowart also carries around a Chucky doll from the horror movie series that reportedly reminds him to be fierce on the field.

"Cowart is an athletic, physical and -- at times -- very explosive defender who should enhance his stock depending on physical development and improved awareness skills," his scouting report reads. "A player with a lot of physical tools to develop. Could be a defensive tackle candidate as well."

It's Auburn's first top recruit since ESPN began keeping player ratings in 2006.

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Angels’ Hamilton to Have Shoulder Surgery

Angels’ Hamilton to Have Shoulder Surgery

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Hamilton, 33, will undergo a procedure to repair an AC joint in his right shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

The former All-Star appeared in just 89 games last season as he struggled through shoulder and other injuries.

Since joining the Angels in 2013 after reviving his career with the Texas Rangers, Hamilton has battled injuries and other inconsistencies. The 2010 Home Run Derby Champion has managed just 31 long balls in L.A. while batting no higher than .263 and striking out 266 times over two seasons.

Hamilton signed a 5-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in 2013.

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Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeau

Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeauScott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau has found a new home. LeBeau will join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff this Thursday, according to ESPN.com. "Onward and upward," LeBeau said. "Coaching's been ...

UFC’s Anderson Silva Tests Positive for Steroids

UFC’s Anderson Silva Tests Positive for Steroids

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Several days after his most recent fight, Anderson Silva has failed a drug test.

Silva, who is widely considered the best mixed martial arts fighter ever, tested positive for two anabolic steroids, drostanolone and androstane. The test was administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a random out-of-competition screening.

In an interesting note, his most recent opponent Nick Diaz also failed a drug test, after marijuana metabolites were found in his system. 

The former UFC middleweight champion Silva failed a test that was conducted on January 9, but was allowed to compete because the results were not returned until Tuesday. 

The fight against Diaz was Silva's first fight after a 13-month recovery from an in-ring broken leg. Silva won by unanimous decision. 

The UFC released a statement after the positive test:

"On Feb. 3, 2015, the UFC organization was notified by the NSAC that Anderson Silva tested positive for drostanolone metabolites on his Jan. 9 out of competition drug test. UFC's understanding is that further testing will be conducted by the commission to confirm these preliminary results.

"Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results."

This was Diaz's third positive test for marijuana.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/3/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/3/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 105 (11-39) – Denver Nuggets 98 (19-30)

Detroit Pistons 108 (19-30) – Miami Heat 91 (21-27)

Boston Celtics 108 (17-30) – New York Knicks 97 (10-39)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 69 (22-0) – Georgia 58 (14-7)

(5) Wisconsin 92 (20-2) – Indiana 78 (16-7)

(9) Louisville 63 (19-3) – Miami 55 (14-8)

(14) Northern Iowa 61 (21-2) – Indiana State 51 (11-12)

(21) Oklahoma 71 (15-7) – (15) West Virginia 52 (18-4)

(22) Butler 85 (17-6) – St. John’s 62 (14-8)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 2 (20-22-9; 49pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (20-20-9; 49pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (22-17-10; 54pts) – New York Islanders 2 (32-17-1; 65pts)

Washington Capitals 4 (26-15-10; 62pts) – Los Angeles Kings 0 (21-17-12; 54pts)

Arizona Coyotes 4 (19-26-6; 44pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (21-25-3; 45pts)

Buffalo Sabres 3 (15-33-3; 33pts) – Montreal Canadiens 2 (32-15-3; 67pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (24-20-6; 54pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 0 (31-18-2; 64pts)

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Rockies Agree to Minor League Contract with RHP John Axford

Rockies Agree to Minor League Contract with RHP John Axford

iStockphoto(DENVER) -- The Colorado Rockies agreed to a minor league contract with reliever John Axford with an invitation to spring training, the team announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 62 games with the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Axford went 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA. He struck out 63 and walked 36 in 54 2-3 innings.

Axford’s best season came in 2011 while serving as closer for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 74 appearances, he had 46 saves along with an ERA of 1.95. He also fanned 86 batters in 73 2-3 innings of work.

The Rockies finished the 2014 campaign with a 66-96 record.

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Blues Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Undergo Abdominal Surgery

Blues Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Undergo Abdominal Surgery

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of having a career-season, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be out indefinitely after needing to undergo abdominal surgery.

Shattenkirk suffered the injury when he collided with Washington Capital Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Sunday’s game.

The Blues announced that Shattenkirk will have the procedure in the next seven to 10 days. It is unknown just how long he'll be out of action.

Now in his fifth NHL season, Shattenkirk has been one of the best scoring defenseman in the NHL this season. In 49 games, he has 40 points, second-most by an NHL defenseman this season. He also leads defenseman in assists with 32.

With 68 points, the Blues are third in the Western Conference. They trail the Nashville Preadators and Anaheim Ducks by two points for the top spot.

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