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(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

(14) Kansas State Holds Off (11) Oklahoma

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- A blocked extra point and a pair of missed field goals helped the 14th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats knock off number 11 Oklahoma, 31-30, on Saturday. Sooners kicker Michael Hunnicutt missed a field goal that would have given Oklahoma the lead with less than four minutes to play.

"I feel for Michael," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "He's been an excellent kicker for us and a great young man. We all love him. I feel that for him, because unfortunately, the kicker, that just kind of sticks out."

"The youngster that missed the field goal, he will go another hundred years without missing another field goal," said Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. "So we were just lucky. That happens."

The contest went back-and-forth throughout, with the Wildcats (5-1) taking a 21-17 lead into halftime. Hunnicutt's first missed field goal, a 32-yard try that went wide left, came at the end of the first half. Kansas State come out of the locker room and added to their lead, a 27-yard field goal to make it 24-17.

Both squads traded touchdowns in the third quarter, giving Kansas State a 31-24 lead heading into the final period. Oklahoma (5-2) was able to drive the ball and score Trevor Knight touchdown pass to Durron Neal. However, Hunnicutt's extra point was blocked by Travis Britz.

The Sooners eventually got the ball back and reached the Kansas State 1-yard line. After not being able to put the ball in the end zone for the win, Hunnicutt's 19-yard chip shot missed and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.

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(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

(7) Alabama Rolls (21) Texas A&M

Football Texture/iStockphoto(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide scored 35 points in the second quarter on their way to a rout over 21st-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday, 59-0. The seventh-ranked team in the country put up 602 total yards while keeping the Aggies from even attempting a field goal.

"I think this is as close as we can get to the Alabama football that we want to try to get from our players in terms of effort, toughness, emotional excitement and execution that we got throughout the game," said head coach Nick Saban.

Alabama (6-1) scored on ever possession in the first half, opening up the scoring on an Adam Griffith field goal in the first quarter. The first touchdown came a few minutes later when T.J. Yeldon scampered in from nine yards out. Yeldon finished the game with two running touchdowns and 114 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Blake Sims through for 268 yards, three touchdowns and ran for another score. Reserve Jake Coker also threw a touchdown pass late for the Crimson Tide. Both Amari Cooper and Derrick Henry had a pair of receiving touchdowns in the blowout.

While the offense dismantled Texas A&M (5-3), the defense was as impressive. The Aggies only managed 172 total yards en route to their third straight loss.

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Terry Labonte to Retire After Talledega

Terry Labonte to Retire After TalledegaBananaStock(TALLEDEGA, AL) -- Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will compete in his final race at Talledega Superspeedway this Sunday. Labonte has zoomed around the track for 26 full seasons at the NASCAR level and run on a partial schedule for th...

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: West Virginia 41 (5-2) - (4) Baylor 27 (6-1)

(7) Alabama 59 (6-1) - (21) Texas A&M 0 (5-3)

(8) Michigan State 56 (6-1) - Indiana 17 (3-3)

(10) Georgia 45 (6-1) - Arkansas 32 (3-4)

(12) TCU 42 (5-1) - (15) Oklahoma State 9 (5-2)

(13) Ohio State 56 (5-1) - Rutgers 17 (5-2)

(14) Kansas State 31 (5-1) - (11) Oklahoma 30 (5-2)

(24) Clemson 17 (5-2) - Boston College 13 (4-3)

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West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Baylor

West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Bayloristockphoto(MORGANTOWN, WV) -- The Baylor Bears' college football playoff chances took a major blow today after losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers 41-27. Mountaineers quarterback Clint Tricket led the West Virginia aerial attack, completing 23 of...

Milan Lucic Apologizes for Obscene Gesture

Milan Lucic Apologizes for Obscene GestureChristian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON, MA) -- Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic lost his cool Thursday in a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens and made an obscene gesture towards the fans. Friday, the NHL fined him $5,000 and today he apologized to B...

Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture, the team announced Thursday.Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks; he's expected to miss six to eight weeks."Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to okc. Move em," Durant tweeted Thursday.The team became aware of Durant's problem after practice Saturday when the reigning league MVP said his foot was "aching." The Thunder then announced Sunday that Durant had endured the Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, and that surgery would probably be necessary.The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 26-year-old Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.

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Ishikawa’s Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Ishikawa’s Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS Thursday to send the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, and into the World Series.  

The Giants head to the Fall Classic, where they'll meet the Kansas City Royals.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the ninth when the Cardinals sent Michael Wacha to the mound for the first time this postseason. It proved to be a bad decision. Wacha allowed a lead-off single to Pablo Sandoval and walked Brandon Belt before Ishikawa blasted the Giants to their third World Series in five seasons. 

"These guys have been through it," Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said. "They have been battle-tested and they know how to handle themselves on this type of stage, and then add to that the kids that we brought up, and then Ishikawa. I mean, what a great story."

Madison Bumgarner pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out five in the win. He was named the NLCS MVP.

The World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City. It will be the first time two teams that didn't win 90 regular-season games meet in the Fall Classic.

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ESPN: Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25K

ESPN: Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25K

David Lee/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton in Sunday's game between the two teams, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

Werder also reports that Burfict has been told he's considered a repeat offender, and any future incident identical to this will result with a trip to the league office.

"He's got to continue to play within the rules," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. "And he got called for a penalty last week that was, again, not necessarily a penalty. ...Football's changing, and we're trying to really coach the head out of football. And that's been the mission of the league for the last two or three years, and that continues daily. And we've got to do that, we're teaching young guys new habits...Sometimes when that ball goes in the air it's difficult to do all the time."

The 24-year-old Burfict has played in three games this season recording 18 tackles, two passes defended, and one forced fumble. 

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Posey Propels Giants to 3-1 NLCS Lead

Posey Propels Giants to 3-1 NLCS Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Buster Posey drove in three runs, including the final run of a three-run sixth inning, to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series Wednesday night. The Giants now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. St. Louis took an early 4-1 lead in the third, when Kolten Wong blasted a home run. The Giants climbed back into the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs -- the final two coming on a Hunter Pence single to center. Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller was taken out with two outs in the fourth inning and relieved by Randy Choate, who got Joe Panik to ground out to end the inning. In the sixth, the Giants scored three off Marco Gonzales (L, 0-1, B, 1) to take the lead for good. Yusmeiro Petit (W, 1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The Giants will try to close out the series Thursday in San Francisco. They'll send Madison Bumgarner to mound to square off against Adam Wainwright. The winner of this series advances to the World Series where they'll meet the AL Champion Kansas City Royals.

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Royals One Game Away From World Series

Royals One Game Away From World Series

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings of one-run ball, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, as the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Baltimore got on the board first in the second inning when shortstop J.J. Hardy's double drove in teammate Steve Pearce. The score stayed that way until the fourth inning, when the Royals loaded the bases, before Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to score Lorenzo Cain.The Royals took the lead for good in the sixth when Dyson scored on Billy Butler's sac fly.Jason Frasor (W, 1-0), Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland (S, 3) all pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Royals.Wei-Yin Chen took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out four.The Royals can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1985 on Wednesday. Kansas City sends Jason Vargas to the mound. He will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez.

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Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Randy Choate's throwing error in the bottom of the tenth allowed Brandon Crawford to score and give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) on Tuesday. With the victory, the Giants now hold a 2-1 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

San Francisco had to battle for the win despite putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run double off Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey, giving the Giants the early 4-0 advantage. St. Louis' veteran righty would settle down and wait as his team found a way to get back into the game.

The rally began in the top of the fourth when Kolton Wong tripled off the right field wall, plating both John Jay and Matt Holliday. San Francisco's Tim Hudson would get out of the inning but gave up another run on Jhonny Peralta's RBI single in the sixth, making it a 4-3 Giants lead.

Hudson, making the first LCS start in his 16-year career, got the first out of the seventh before Randal Grichuk homered to tie the game. That chased Hudson from the game and left it in the hands of the bullpen.

After St. Louis stranded the go-ahead run on base in the top of the tenth, Crawford worked a leadoff walk from the newly inserted Choate (0-1) in the bottom of the frame. Juan Perez then singled to put runners and first and second with nobody out.

That would bring up Gregor Blanco, who dropped a bunt down just the third-base side of the mound. As Choate went to field the ball, the lefty's throw went up the right field line, allowing Crawford to score the game-winning run. Sergio Romo (1-0) got the win by getting the final out in the top of the tenth inning.

Both teams meet in Game 4 on Wednesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET in San Francisco. Shelby Miller (0-0, 3.18 ERA) takes the ball for St. Louis while the Giants turn to Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.59).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: San Francisco Giants 5 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 in 10 Innings (Giants Lead Series, 2-1)

NHL: New York Islanders 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - New York Rangers 3 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (3-1-0, 6 points) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (0-2-2, 2 points) Shootout

San Jose Sharks 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Washington Capitals 5 (1-0-2, 4 points) Shootout

Dallas Stars 4 (1-1-1, 3 points) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (2-1-0, 4 points)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (2-2-0, 4 points) - Colorado Avalance 2 (1-2-1, 3 points) Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (2-1-1, 5 points)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (1-3-0, 2 points) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-1, 1 point) Shootout

 

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Keselowski, Stewart Fined for Postrace Altercation

Keselowski, Stewart Fined for Postrace Altercation

BannanaStock(NEW YORK) -- Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart were fined on Tuesday for their altercation following Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Charlotte.

Stewart was fined $25,000 while Keselowski was hit with a $50,000 penalty. NASCAR issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the fines were "about maintaining a safe environment following the race."

Keselowski was involved in a pair of incidents on Saturday after the checkered flag, including a skirmish with Denny Hamlin.

After hitting Matt Kenseth on pit road, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion inadvertently bumped into Stewart's car. Stewart retaliated by putting his car into reverse and backing into Keselowski.

Hamlin later followed Keselowski into the pits and was held back from confronting him, while Kenseth jumped Keselowski from behind. Members of both pit crews eventually broke up the ordeal.

Neither Hamlin nor Kenseth were disciplined.

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Stamkos Hat Trick Leads Rout of Canadiens

Stamkos Hat Trick Leads Rout of Canadiens

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Steven Stamkos led an offensive onslaught over the Montreal Canadiens that spearheaded a 7-1 Tampa Bay Lightning win at Amalie Arena.

Stamkos recorded a hat trick, the eighth of his career. His third goal came with 1:46 remaining in the second period, when he fired a shot from the right circle that gave the Lightning a 4-1 lead.  

"I've learned over the years that if you stick with it, usually the floodgates open," Stamkos said.

Stamkos is now tied with Martin St. Louis for franchise record in hat tricks.

The Lightning are 2-0-1 on the season. 

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Chip Hale Named Manager of Diamondbacks

Chip Hale Named Manager of Diamondbacks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have named Chip Hale as the new manager of their baseball franchise.

After finishing 64-98 last season under Kirk Gibson, who was fired with three games remaining in the season, the Diamondbacks tabbed the 49-year-old Hale to lead the team.  Hale spent the least three seasons as the third base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

In May, Arizona named Tony La Russa as the chief baseball officer.  After the season, the Diamondbacks fired GM Kevin Towers and named Dave Stewart as his replacement.

"When you walk into a room like that and you sit down to talk baseball you know this is the place you want to be." Hale said, in reference to working with La Russa, Stewart and special assistant to the team president Luiz Gonzalez.

Under the leadership of Towers and Gibson the Diamondbacks were 353-375.  While the team has promising players such as Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt, La Russa, Hale and Stewart will have work to do bringing in players that fit Arizona's style of play.

"We wanted a guy that would give us our best chance to communicate with the players that we have in our clubhouse," Stewart said of Hale. "The chemisty in our clubhouse is important and the guy that leads that chemistry is important."

 

 

 

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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call. 

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

"For me, it hasn’t been," Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. "I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

"I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans -- we always have a really good game plan going in -- and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media." 

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

 

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49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Rams came out fast taking a a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the 49ers dominated the other three quarters to win 31-17.

Colin Kaepernick took San Francisco on his shoulders and threw three touchdowns to push the 49ers record to 4-2.  Midway through the second quarter, Brandon Lloyd burned Janoris Jenkins in man coverage and Kaepernick threw it to him in stride. Lloyd outran Jenkins for an 80-yard touchdown that narrowed St. Louis's lead to 14-10. 

"We had Brandon Lloyd on a double move," Kaepernick said. "We liked the matchup. He did an amazing job."

Kaepernick and the 49ers came out in the second half on a mission.  The 49ers marched 80 yards down the field on a twelve-play drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown grab by Anquan Boldin from Kaepernick. 

"Our receivers did a great job today," Kaepernick said. "Our offensive line did a great job, protecting us and giving us time."

The Rams were again held without a sack.  What was hyped in the offseason as one of the best four-man defensive fronts in the NFL has continued to struggle to generate a pass rush. 

The 49ers will now travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday night.

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Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Florida State University compliance department is investigating how an authentication site received more than 340 items reportedly signed by quarterback Jameis Winston. 

Head coach Jimbo Fisher apporached Winston after the team's 38-20 win at Syracuse and asked if the quarterback was paid for his signatures. Winston reportedly denied that he received any money and his head coach expressed no concern in a postgame press conference.

Of the items that have been authenticated, many include the Florida State logo. According to reports, 75 mini helmets, over 50 jerseys and more than 76 Florida State logo footballs are among the pieces of memorabilia listed for sale.

The website, James Spence Authentication, also received over 500 items signed by University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. The school suspended Gurley indefinitely as it conducts its own investigation.

Winston is already facing a disciplinary hearing from the university regarding his alleged 2012 sexual assault case. The second-ranked Seminoles host fifth-ranked Notre Dame this weekend in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Game Three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was postponed Monday night due to rain in Kansas City. The Royals currently lead the Baltimore Orioles two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie will get the start for Kansas City while Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork said the decision was made, in part, with the players and fans in mind.

"We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans," noted Woodfork.

This change in schedule also shifts Game 4 to Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, to Thursday. The final two games of the series, if needed, will be played in Baltimore on Friday (Game 6) and Saturday (Game 7).

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