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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL teams suffered several notable injuries in Week Six to key members of their team that will likely affect their seasons going forward.

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-22 but the victory came at a price.  After the game it was believed that running back Stevan Ridley suffered a torn ACL. In addition NFL Insider Ian Rappaport reports that linebacker Jerod Mayo has a "significant" knee injury. Furthermore, CSN New England's Tom Curran reports that quarterback Tom Brady suffered a "significant" ankle injury before the game against the Bills, but played through it.

The New York Jets lost to the Broncos but also lost starting cornerback Dee Milliner in what initial reports are claiming is a torn Achilles. Additionally, it is believed that starting guard Brian Winters tore an ACL. In the same game, Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan was helped off the field after suffering a knee injury. 

The Cleveland Browns have lost starting center Alex Mack to a broken leg. 

The New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

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Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants were shut out by the Philadelphia Eagles 27-0 during Sunday night's football game.

That wasn't the worst news as wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered a knee injury on a non-contact play in the third quarter. Cruz immediately grabbed his knee and could be seen fighting off tears.

It is believed that Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

Quarterback Eli Manning was harrassed all night by the Eagles defense, and was sacked six times.  The Giants could not find a rhythm all night as they could only muster 253 yards of total offense.

The Eagles soared as Nick Foles completed two touchdown passes, both to his tight ends; James Casey and Zach Ertz.  Philadelphia also ran over the Giants as LeSean McCoy rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries.

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Flacco Feasts on Bucs Secondary

Flacco Feasts on Bucs Secondary

Rob Carr/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Joe Flacco tossed five touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Baltimore Ravens went on to win 48-17.

Flacco threw four of his touchdowns in the first quarter, putting up a lead that would prove too much for the Bucs to remain competitive. 

"It was very enjoyable. You don't get those too often in this league. ... It was pretty crazy," Flacco said. "It happened so quickly. It was such an awkward situation, but it was definitely fun for us."

On the receiving end of those passes were Torrey Smith, who caught the first two, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith.

Baltimore returns home to host the Atlanta Falcons next week.

 

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Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- Kolten Wong has tied up the NLCS at a game apiece with a ninth inning walk-off solo home run.

The Cardinals second baseman took a Sergio Romo pitch deep to right field in the bottom of the ninth, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory over San Francisco.

"I didn't know if it was going out or not," Wong said to ESPN after the game. "When it finally went out, all emotion came out."

Not all news was good for the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game in the sixth inning with what is described as a strained oblique. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina was undergoing further tests but that the injury, "didn't look real good."

The series resumes Tuesday night in San Francisco as John Lackey takes the hill for the Cardinals. For San Francisco, Tim Hudson will get the nod.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

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

NFL: Dallas Cowboys 30 (5-1) - Seattle Seahawks 23 (3-2)

Green Bay Packers 27 (4-2) - Miami Dolphins 24 (2-3)

Denver Broncos 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-5)

Cleveland Browns 31 (3-2) - Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (3-3)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (3-1-1) - Carolina Panthers 27 (3-2-1) - Tie in Overtime

New England Patriots 37 (4-2) - Buffalo Bills 22 (3-3)

Detroit Lions 17 (4-2) - Minnesota Vikings 3 (2-4)

Baltimore Ravens 48 (4-2) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-5)

San Diego Chargers 31 (5-1) - Oakland Raiders 28 (0-5)

Arizona Cardinals 30 (4-1) - Washington Redskins 20 (1-5)

Chicago Bears 27 (3-3) - Atlanta Falcons 13 (2-4)

Tennessee Titans 16 (2-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-6)

Philadelphia Eagles 27 (5-1) - New York Giants 0 (3-3)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (1-2-0, 2 pts) - New York Rangers 3 (1-2-0, 2pts)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (1-1-1, 3pts) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (1-2-0, 2pts)

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(5) Baylor Scores 24 Straight in Fourth to Rally Past (9) TCU, 61-58

(5) Baylor Scores 24 Straight in Fourth to Rally Past (9) TCU, 61-58

iStockphoto(WACO, Texas) -- Fifth-ranked Baylor scored 24-straight points, erasing a 21 point deficit with 11:38 left to play, to beat ninth-ranked TCU, 61-58 Saturday.

After Baylor tied the game on Bryce Petty's 25-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman, TCU had a chance to win. The Horned Frogs (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) drove it to the Bears 45 but turned it over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-three. Baylor then marched down the field before Chris Callahan delivered the game-winning 28-yard field goal with time expiring.

"I just knew, looking at guys' faces, that we were going to come back in that game," Petty said. "With our offense and the way that we play defense, 21 points isn't a big deal for us."

Petty finishes the game completing 28 of 55 passes for a career-high 510 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) has now won 13-straight home games.

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Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Jamie Squire/ Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Kevin Harvick won the second race in the Sprint Cup Contender round at Charlotte Motor Speedway, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Eliminator round.

While Harvick was the winner, former champion Brad Keselowski's championship hopes took a huge blow.  Keselowski traded paint with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin under a late yellow flag and the dust up spilled into the pits. 

After the race, Hamlin threw a towel at Keselowski.  Kenseth, however took things to a personal level.  In between the racer's trailers Kenseth charged after Keselowski and put him in a headlock.  The two racers traded fists until officials and crew members could restrain the two. 

"The race is over -- come back to pit road," Kenseth said of Keselowski "If you want to talk about it like a man, go do that. But if you want to wreck somebody on the racetrack with people standing around, that's just inexcusable."

Hamlin shared a similar sentiment, calling Keselowski desperate to save his title hopes and claiming "He's just out of control."

Keselowski saw things differently, stating that the other two were the instigators.

"I figured, if we're going to play car wars under yellow and after the race, I'll join, too," Keselowski said. "Those guys can dish it out, but they can't take it. I gave it back to them, and now they want to fight."

The final race of the Contender round wraps up next week at Talledega. 

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Bumgarner Dominant as Giants Take Game 1

Bumgarner Dominant as Giants Take Game 1

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Giants have struck first, taking game one from the Cardinals with a 3-0 victory in St. Louis. 

Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings allowing four hits while fanning seven.  

Bumgarner continues to stymie opposing lineups as he set a major league postseason record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

His start wasn't without a little controversy. In the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on second and third Tony Cruz at the plate for the Cardinals, Bumgarner stepped off the mound after being in the set position. Cruz and the Cardinals screamed for a balk but no call came. With the next pitch, Bumgarner struck Cruz out.

Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt each had and RBI for the Giants. Gregor Blanco drove in Hunter Pence on a throwing error from Matt Carpenter in the top of the second.

Game 2 starts Sunday as Jake Peavy will take the rubber for the Giants facing off against Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. 

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Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals put the Baltimore Orioles behind the eight ball with a 6-4 victory in Camden Yards.

Following the trend of his teammates late inning heroics, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar broke a 4-4 tie when he hit a double to drive in pinch runner Terrance Gore from second.  Escobar would soon score when Lorenzo Cain singled to left.

With a 6-4 lead, closer Greg Holland once again took to the mound to seal away a victory. 

Mike Moustakas continued his playoff tear as he hit another home run, his fourth of the postseason, and as many in the last five games. 

Yordano Ventura went 5 2/3 innings for the Royals allowing four earned runs on five hits.  Orioles pitcher Bud Norris was knocked out after only 4 1/3 innings after allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

The Royals now take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS as they head home for game 3 Tuesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals in Kansas City, while Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for the Orioles.

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Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

iStockphoto(STARKSVILLE, MI) -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to lead thier charge towards the college football playoffs after defeating Auburn with a convincing 38-23 victory.

Quarterback Dak Prescott continued to carry the Bulldogs on his shoulders rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 246 yards and one touchdown pass. 

Auburn quickly fell behind commiting several turnovers early on. After the first quarter the Tigers were trailing by 21 points. They would mount a rally, pulling withing eight points in the third quarter, but Mississippi State continued to pound away and eventually sealed the victory.

After the victory Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen was beaming.  While holding his daughter, Breelyn, he stated "Every time we needed to make a play, a guy stepped up and made a play. We always wondered how to take the next step in this league ... that's it." 

 

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Royals Take Game 1 Over Orioles 8-6

Royals Take Game 1 Over Orioles 8-6

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals have struck first, taking game one of the ALCS from the Baltimore Orioles, 8-6.

Powered by tenth inning home runs from Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas the Royals continued their extra inning success.  The Royals now have four wins this postseason in games that have gone longer than nine innings.

Gordon spoke about the sudden power outburst. "We know we're capable of hitting home runs,"Gordon said, "We didn't do it during the regular season, but it doesn't really matter."

Greg Holland earned the save in the tenth, though not without some drama. After earning the first two outs, Holland gave up a single to Ryan Flaherty and a walk to Jimmy Paredes. Delmon Young smacked a single to center driving in Flaherty making the score 8-6. Holland locked it down with the next batter as he forced Nick Markakis to groundout to second, ending the game.

In game two, Bud Norris will take the hill for the Orioles and Yordano Ventura will get the nod for the Royals.

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Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight

Colts Hold Off Texans, Win 4th Straight Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 33-28 win over the Houston Texans Thursday night.                                                                                                      

The Colts (4-2) offense was on fire from the get-go, scoring on its first four offensive drives.

"We realized with the recent history of Thursday night games, teams who are going on the road are struggling, and we didn't want to do that," Luck said. "We were lucky enough to get off on that fast start. It takes focus, and you almost have to trick yourself into it."

Luck finishes the game completing 25 of 44 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a fumble.T.Y. Hilton caught nine balls for a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown in the win.The Texans (3-3) attempted to make a late comeback. Defensive end J.J. Watt recovered a Luck fumble and ran it 45 yards for a touchdown to cut the Colts lead to five with 10:46 remaining in the game. With the score the same and two minutes to play Houston had the ball on its own 21 yard line, but quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was stripped by Bjoern Werner and D'Qwell Jackson recovered the ball to seal the game for the Colts.

Arian Foster ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, as Indianapolis takes over sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Drives New Social Responsibilities

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Drives New Social Responsibilities

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Wednesday to promote the new efforts the league is taking to promote social responsibility and curb domestic violence.

In recent months, the NFL has suffered a few bumps and bruises as well as a couple black eyes as prominent players such as Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice have had run-ins with the law.

Goodell stated that he had spoken with all 32 team owners as well as prominent executives across the league to outline what changes and policies the league plans to implement. Among them, providing aid to the victims of abuse.

"There was a great deal of focus too, on what support services we can provide to the family," Goodell stated. "Particularly in the cases, obviously, of domestic violence."

The Commissioner wants to provide clear and concise guidelines so that any member of the NFL knows what the repercussions will be if they step afoul of the law.

"We are obviously trying to focus on our policies, our education, what we can do to prevent it from happening and when it happens, deal with it, so it's clear the consequences," Goodell said.

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A.J. Green Carted Off Practice Field

A.J. Green Carted Off Practice Field

National Football League(CINCINNATI) -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green aggravated a previous injury to his big right toe during practice Wednesday, causing the three-time Pro Bowler to be carted off the field.Green first injured the toe in the team's season opener versus the Baltimore Ravens.As for Green's status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson isn't convinced the wideout won't take the field."In my mind, he is going to be able to play until somebody tells me he's not," Jackson said. "I don't look at it like that until I have to. So I'm not worried about that right now. The guys that are out there, we have a game plan that we're installing and putting in for a team that we're playing and we'll get everybody ready to play."In four games this season, Green has 17 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns.

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Blue Jackets Lose Dubinsky for at Least 6 Weeks

Blue Jackets Lose Dubinsky for at Least 6 Weeks

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is expected to miss six weeks after having surgery Wednesday to repair an abdominal injury.“It’s a big blow, but again, I feel good about this group,” Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said.“I’d like to have Brandon in the lineup, but everyone deals with injuries at different parts of the season, and we just have to deal with it now. Other players are going to get great opportunities, because Brandon is a guy that plays an important role and logs a lot of ice time, penalty kill, power play, 5-on-5 and key situations. It’s just more opportunities now for other players.”Dubinsky, who scored 16 goals and dished out 34 assists last season, was injured during practice Monday. He was first listed as day-to-day, but the team's medical staff determined surgery was the best option.Dubinsky joins a lengthy list of injured Blue Jackets that includes Nathan Horton (back), Ryan Murray (knee) and Boone Jenner (hand).

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Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Zoonar/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Clayton Kershaw was on fire until the seventh inning.The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace had only allowed three base runners before giving up back-to-back singles and then a three-run home run to Matt Adams, which was enough to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Dodgers 3-2, sending the Birds into their fourth straight NL Championship Series.Kershaw, who was pitching on three days rest, finished the day allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks, and nine strikeouts, as he falls to 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three playoff games.Cardinals starter Shelby Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out four.Trevor Rosenthal allowed two base runners in the ninth but got Carl Crawford to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game, earning his third save of the series.St. Louis will now take on the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Game 1 is Saturday night in St. Louis.

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Nationals Avoid Elimination, Top Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of NLDS

Nationals Avoid Elimination, Top Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of NLDS

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner's throwing error in the seventh inning led to the Washington Nationals scoring two runs, while two more -- the last coming on a Bryce Harper solo home run in the ninth -- led the team to avoid elimination and top the San Francisco Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of their NLDS Monday.

The Giants' 10-game postseason winning streak is over, but they still lead the series 2-1.  

Both Bumgarner and Doug Fister pitched brilliantly. Fister allowed four hits, walked three, while striking out three in the win. Bumgarner pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, one walk, while striking out six in the loss -- he hadn't allowed a run in 21 straight postseason innings until the seventh inning.

Wilson Ramos put down a sacrifice bunt that rolled between the mound and the first-base line. Bumgarner fielded the ball and tried to get the runner out at third, but his throw went wide of Pablo Sandoval's glove, allowing Ian Desmond and Harper to score. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit an RBI single to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

San Francisco attempted to rally in the ninth, but Nationals' pitcher Drew Storen settled down after that, allowing only one run to score to force a Game 4, which will take place Tuesday in San Francisco. Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for Washington and will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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