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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 58 (19-0)- South Carolina 43 (10-8) 

(6) Wisconsin 69 (18-2) - Michigan 64 (12-8)

Texas Tech 78 (14-4) - (9) Iowa State 73 (14-4)

(11)- Kansas 75 (16-3) - (17) Texas 62 (14-5)

(15) North Carolina 78 (16-4) - Florida State 74 (10-10) 

(18) West Virginia 95 (16-3) - TCU 85 (14-5)

(21) Baylor 69 (15-4) - (19) Oklahoma 58 (12-7)

(23) Dayton 63 (16-3) - Richmond 60 (10-9)

Purdue 67 (12-8) - (25) Iowa 63 (13-7)

Senior Bowl: North 34 - South 13

 

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ESPN: 49ers Name Mangini Defensive Coordinator

ESPN: 49ers Name Mangini Defensive Coordinator

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed Eric Mangini to a three-year contract as their new defensive coordinator, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Mangini served as the 49ers tight ends coach last season, but has experience coaching defenses. He served as the New England Patriots' defensive backs coach from 2000 to 2004 before becoming their defensive coordinator in 2005.Mangini takes over for Vic Fangio, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.Mangini also has five years' experience as a NFL head coach. He spent three seasons with the New York Jets and two with the Cleveland Browns, compiling a 33-47 record while making one playoff appearance.

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Seahawks’ Lane Doesn’t Think Gronkowski’s “That Good”

Seahawks’ Lane Doesn’t Think Gronkowski’s “That Good”

Elsa/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Many people would probably tell you that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of the main reasons the Patriots have been so successful this season, but Seattle Seahawks starting nickleback Jeremy Lane isn't one of them."I actually don't think he's that good," Lane said. "He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls."Gronkowski finished this season with 82 catches, 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, but Lane believes if he hits Gronkowski at the line of scrimmage, the 6-foot-6, 265 pound All-Pro will have problems being productive."It's definitely an issue with him from watching tape," said Lane.The 24-year-old Lane has played in seven games for the Seahawks this season, compiling 23 tackles, three passes defended and one forced fumble.

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U.S. Soccer Suspends Hope Solo for 30 Days

U.S. Soccer Suspends Hope Solo for 30 Days

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U.S. Soccer suspended U.S. women's national team goalie Hope Solo for 30 days Wednesday.U.S. Soccer made the decision based on a situation that happened during training camp but would not specify what happened. The gossip site TMZ is reporting, however, that the penalty came from her allegedly "belligerent" behavior towards cops during Monday morning's DUI arrest of her ex-NFL player husband Jerramy Stevens in California.

Solo has been released from camp, and the suspension is effective immediately."During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," U.S. women's soccer coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."After the 30 days are up, if Ellis and U.S. soccer agree, Solo is eligible to be reinstated.The team is currently training for June's World Cup.

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Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears’ Offensive Coordinator

Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears’ Offensive Coordinator

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gase will take the job as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, the team announced Wednesday.ESPN reports Gase signed a three-year contract.The 36-year-old Gase is reunited with Bears head coach John Fox, with whom he spent the past four seasons in Denver -- the last two as Fox's offensive coordinator.Over the past two regular seasons, Gase commandeered a Broncos offense that led the NFL in scoring offense (34 points per game) and total offense (430.1 yards per game). He was also in charge when the Broncos set an NFL record by scoring 606 points in 2013.Gase now takes over a Bears offense that, despite having weapons such as Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, ranked 23rd in scoring offense last season.

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Report: Eleven of 12 New England Patriots Game Balls Were Under-Inflated

Report: Eleven of 12 New England Patriots Game Balls Were Under-Inflated

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(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship game under-inflated, ESPN reports, citing league sources.

The NFL's spokesman declined to address the report.“We are not commenting at this time,” said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications.According to ESPN’s report, the footballs used by the Patriots were reportedly under-inflated by two pounds per square inch. Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch.A deflated ball could be easier for the quarterback to grip in bad weather, like in Sunday's rain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England won the game 45-7.Each team provides 12 new Wilson Official NFL footballs for referees to check before games, with additional balls available for backup or at the away team’s discretion. The minimum disciplinary action for tampering of a football is a fine of $25,000, according to the NFL’s game operations manual.The controversy around “deflate-gate” has taken attention away from the Super Bowl, which features the Patriots playing against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Astros Sign Colby Rasmus

Astros Sign Colby Rasmus

Major League Baseball(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Astros have added outfielder Colby Rasums into the mix to add a bit of power to their lineup.

The Astros signed Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million deal, Tuesday.

Rasmus, 28, is a talented, yet inconsistent batter.  Last season with the Blue Jays, Rasmus batted .225 with 18 home runs in 376 plate appearances. He also missed 58 games due to a hamstring injury.

After the Astros traded Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, the Astros needed an outfielder and Rasmus seemed like a natural fit. Right-handed batter Jake Marisnick will likely platoon with Rasmus once the season gets under way.

On January 14, the Astros also acquired catcher/outfield Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves.

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Report: MLB Proposes Shorter Inning Breaks

Report: MLB Proposes Shorter Inning Breaks

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball is seeking to shorten the length of games.

The MLB has submitted a proposal that would require pitchers to, "finish their warm-up pitches and be ready to make their first pitch of an inning 30 seconds before the end of all between-inning commercial breaks," according to ESPN's Jayson Stark. Hitters would also be required to be ready sooner as well.

Complaints have increased over the past decade over the length of games, as game times have consistently been over three hours. In the same period of time, ratings have seen a consistent decline.

"The average time of a Major League Baseball game this year was 12 minutes longer than just four years ago," Stark said. "So they are looking for ways to pick up the pace."

Before any changes will be made, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's Association will explore other measures to speed up games. Pitch clocks will be installed at Double-A and Triple-A parks as a trial study, but will not be used in Major League parks. 

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New York Jets Hire Chan Gailey to Run Offense

New York Jets Hire Chan Gailey to Run Offense

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(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets are overhauling their team. Tuesday, the Jets have officially hired Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator.

Gailey, 63, most recently served as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2010 through 2012.  The offensive-minded coach formerly led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Dallas Cowboys.  He was also the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

"He understands football and is a very good communicator and teacher with players," said former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher to NewYorkJets.com. "He understands the strengths of players and puts players in positions where they will succeed."

Gailey joins newly hired head coach Todd Bowles as the Jets try to rebound from a 4-12 season.  Bowles took the head position after serving as the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

"Chan has been a head coach as well and the other thing I think he gives Todd is a voice of reason." Cowher said. "A guy that Todd can go to about the numerous amount of elements of being a head coach that are going to be new to Todd."

Former players have great respect for Gailey, both as a coach and a professional. Bills running back C.J. Spiller, an impending free agent, told the New York Daily News he believed it would be a "perfect match" to re-join Gailey and that "he’s going to treat you like you’re a grown man. He’s going to give you respect."

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Report: Bruins to Host 2016 Winter Classic

Report: Bruins to Host 2016 Winter Classic

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The NHL's Winter Classic has a set destination for 2016.

The Boston Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens in Gillette Stadium, according to WEEI.com. Gillete Stadium is home to the New England Patriots. 

The Bruins previously hosted the Winter Classic in 2010 at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

The 2015 Winter Classic was held in Nationals Park between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks, which Washington won 3-2. Capitals winger Troy Brouwer won the game with 13 seconds to go on a power play goal in the third period.

The news is expected to be officially announced at the NHL All Star game this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Blackhawks Forward Carcillo Suspended for Cross Checking

Blackhawks Forward Carcillo Suspended for Cross Checking

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(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Chicago Blackhawks perennial troublemaker Daniel Carcillo has been suspended six games by the NHL for cross checking.

Carcillo took his stick to the arm to Jets forward Mathieu Perrault, while he wasn't looking, during the second period of Friday night’s game against Winnipeg. 

The NHL Department of player safety classified Carcillo as a repeat offender. Carcillo has had eleven prior incidents, according to the NHL, including three stick related infractions. 

Normally, cross checking is punished with an in-game penalty, but according to the NHL, supplemental discipline was required with Carcillo because the play was already whistled dead, Perrault was not expecting to be hit after the whistle had blown and was injured as a result. Finally, Carcillo, "hit Perrault in an unprotected spot on his arm; below the shoulder pad and above the elbow pad." 

Carcillo will be eligible to return when Chicago plays the Minnesota Wild on February 3. The Blackhawks will then play the Jets in their next game on the 6th.

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Patriots Wilfork Rescues Motorist After Sunday’s Game

Patriots Wilfork Rescues Motorist After Sunday’s Game

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Ma.) -- New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has had a few moments this season that have been defined as heroic.

After Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts, Wilfork had a truly heroic moment when he helped pull a woman out of her car after it overturned on Route 1 outside of Gillete Stadium.

"Some good times and I was just lucky to help, that was it," Wilfork said. "I don't want anything from it. If I saw it a million times, I'd do it a million times."

The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Monday morning when Wilfork and his wife noticed the overturned car.  After calling for police assistance, Wilfork climbed onto the car and pulled the woman out with one arm.

Police then arrested the woman for driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a vehicle.

Teammates of Wilfork found out about the story through news reports Monday afternoon.

“You’re not really surprised with a guy like Vince,” wide receiver Matthew Slater said. “He’s been a pillar here in this franchise and a character guy, and really when you get to know the man, he’s all about giving back. He has such a big heart, and he cares about the people in this community.”

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Report: Rangers Acquire Gallardo from Brewers

Report: Rangers Acquire Gallardo from Brewers

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tx.) -- The Texas Rangers are taking steps to correct their starting rotation this season.

The Rangers acquired Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three prospects, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. 

The Brewers acquired second baseman Luis Sardinas, relief pitcher Corey Knebel, and Marcos Diplan, an 18-year-old prospect.  In addition, the Brewers cleared $13 million off their payroll by shipping off Gallardo.

Earlier this offseason, the Rangers acquired Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers. 

Gallardo, 28, has an 89-64 career record over eight seasons, with a 3.69 ERA.

The Rangers will team Gallardo with top pitchers Yu Darvish and Derek Holland as Texas tries to rebound from an injury-riddled season that saw the team finish last in the AL West, at 67-95. 

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Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Bob Levey/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos have found their replacement for John Fox.

Gary Kubiak, former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and Houston Texans head coach, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.

The team is expected to announce the hiring at a press conference Tuesday. The Denver Post first reported the story.

Kubiak, 53, was the backup quarterback to team president John Elway from 1983 to 1991 with the Broncos. The two have a close relationship, and Elway expects Kubiak to implement a similar offensive style that relies on a strong zone running game, which helped the Broncos win their two Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999. 

While head coach of the Houston Texans, Kubiak amassed a record of 61-64, but led the team to their first two playoff victories and two seasons of 10-plus wins. 

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Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

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(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.

The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson's acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, "how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?"

"Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him," Johnson responded. "It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I'd love for Darrelle to come back."

Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, "misspoke" and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to "emphasize those points."

If found in violation of the league's anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.

Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots.  If they decline the option, he will become a free agent. 

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Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Nationals are adding one of baseball's top pitchers to an already solid rotation.

Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal with Washington, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.  The deal is for $180 million according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

He will likely take the ace role in the Nationals rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.

Last season, Scherzer, 30, was 18-5, with a 3.15 ERA while pitching career highs in 220.1 innings and striking out 252 batters. 

Scherzer and Jon Lester were viewed as the top starting pitchers available this offseason. Lester signed with the Cubs for six-years, $155 million. 

 

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Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers are locking up one of the cornerstones of their franchise.

The team has agreed to a six-year deal with defenseman Marc Staal, worth $5.7 million per season, according to ESPN's Craig Custance.

Staal, 28, was the first-round pick of the Rangers in 2005 and ranks second on the team with 29 career goals and 503 games played, and third on the team with 90 assists since joining the team in 2007-2008.

"Marc has been one of the cornerstones of our team since he arrived in New York," general manager Glen Sather said. "His commitment and perseverance to the Rangers, and the game of hockey, has been an inspiration for everyone in the organization, and he has become a role model for young players and veterans alike. We are excited that he will continue to provide that leadership in a Rangers uniform."

Staal returned from injuries in 2011-2013 seasons to play 72 games with the blue shirts last year.

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Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

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(FORT WASHINGTON, Md) -- Another step has been taken towards reforming the treatment of student-athletes in college athletics.

A panel of 80 -- 15 student-athletes, and 65 universities -- voted 79-1 to pass the full cost of attendance issue that will provide athletes compensation outside of athletic scholarships.

Boston College was the lone dissenting vote according to tabulations.

Schools will provide stipends that could range from $2,000 to $5,000, determined by the universities, while under federally mandated guidelines, to cover cost of living expenses.

Other issues that will be reformed include Universities no longer having the ability to revoke scholarships solely based on athletic performance. Athletes will also be able to borrow from a discretionary student assistance fund against future earnings and the establishment of a concussion safety protocol.

These are the latest changes that include reforming how much food players are allowed to eat, not provided by the school.  In 2014, the University of Oklahoma self-reported a violation in which three football players ate too much pasta at a graduation banquet.  The players had to donate $3.83 to charities of their choice to repay the cost of the pasta.

While at the University of Connecticut, Shabazz Napier spoke to the issue:

"We do have hungry nights that we don't have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don't think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing, because a lot of times guys don't know how to handle themselves with money. I feel like a student athlete. Sometimes, there's hungry nights where I'm not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities."

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NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

NBA Analyst Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA analyst Greg Anthony has been suspended from his duties with CBS after being arrested Friday night.

Both Turner Sports and CBS announced after the arrest that Anthony will not appear on-air for an indefinite period of time. CBS released a statement: "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season."

Anthony was arrested in Washington, DC and charged with soliciting a prostitute according to police records. He was arrested in a DoubleTree Hotel as part of an undercover sting targeting prostitution.

"I made a mistake,'' Anthony said. "With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself. I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.''

 Anthony played 11 seasons, with six teams, amassing 5,497 points and 2,997 steals. 

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Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team

Colt’s Richardson Does Not Travel With Team

Al Bello/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Ma.) -- The end of the line is nearing for Trent Richardson with the Indianapolis Colts.

One week after being a healthy inactive for the Colts divisional win over the Denver Broncos, Richardson did not travel to New England, for "personal reasons," the team announced Saturday.

"[Being inactive] will never happen to me again," Richardson said Thursday. "Anybody can quote me, today, because it's never going to happen again."

Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.  The Cleveland Browns changed their front office a year later and shipped him to the Colts.

"It was such a bold and aggressive move and so forth, but really from a football standpoint, we needed a starting running back," General manager Ryan Grigson said one year ago. "Trent was made available. ...I'm glad we have him for the long haul. It was very economically wise as a franchise to make the move given where we're going with the run game."

Indianapolis traded a 2013 first round pick for Richardson to the Cleveland Browns. In 29 games with the Colts, he has amassed just 977 rushing yards.

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