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Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team's new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro announced Thursday.ESPN.com reports it's a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor."I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person," D'Alessandro said in a statement. "He's a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward."Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with third baseman Casey McGehee. The deal allows the Giants to avoid arbitration with him.McGehee joined the Giants in December, when he was traded by the Miami Marlins for two minor league pitchers. Last season, McGehee played in 160 games, hitting .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, and a .355 on-base percentage. He helps fill the void created when Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox this offseason.McGehee was the Giants' last player in arbitration.

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Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said in an interview with ESPN Radio Thursday that it is "very likely" he will shut it down for the season after the All-Star Game."It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony said to Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo on ESPN Radio. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it."Anthony has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months, and is playing for a Knicks team that has the worst record in the NBA.Although he is hurt, Anthony expects to play in Sunday's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. It's the first time New York City has hosted the game since 1998."Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave," Anthony said. "I don't think the fans deserve (seeing me miss the game). They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game."The 30-year-old Anthony has played in 40 games this season, averaging 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 0-13 with Anthony out of the lineup.

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Evgeni Nabokov Announces Retirement

Evgeni Nabokov Announces Retirement

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(SAN JOSE, Ca.) -- Two days after being traded to the San Jose Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov has announced he will retire from professional hockey.

The 15-year veteran was traded Monday to the San Jose Sharks, the team that drafted the goalie in 1994, from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

"It means a lot that this circle is coming to an end and I'm happy I will retire as a Shark," Nabokov said.

Nabokov, 39, played ten seasons for the Sharks. He was taken in the ninth round with the 219th pick. He eventually won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2001. 

He was a major part of the Sharks first conference finals appearance in 2004, where they would lose to the Calgary Flames.  The team would again reach the finals in 2010 before being swept by the Chicago Blackhawks. Both losses still both bother him to this day.

"I'm really disappointed that we were never able to win the Stanley Cup and deliver that extra save that we needed in the conference finals," Nabokov said.

After the 2009-2010 season he moved on to play three years with the New York Islanders. He played this season with the Lightning until his recent trade.

Nabokov is the Sharks all-time leader in several categories with 293 wins, 50 shutouts and 563 games played.  He is also one of 11 goalies in NHL history to score a goal.

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Anthony Davis to Skip All-Star Game

Anthony Davis to Skip All-Star Game

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(NEW YORK) -- New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis will be the latest player to drop out of the NBA All-Star game.

The former first overall pick announced Wednesday that he will skip this weekend’s event thanks to a right shoulder sprain. He's missed the last two games with the Pelicans as well.

In his third season, the 6'10" Davis is averaging 24.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.  

 For the NBA All-Star game, coach Steve Kerr will replace Davis with a three guard lineup. He has chosen Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson to start in Davis' place. James Harden and Steph Curry were already slated to start at both guard positions.

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Report: Mariners Sign Rickie Weeks

Report: Mariners Sign Rickie Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SEATTLE, Wa.) -- The Seattle Mariners are adding depth to their infield. The team will sign Rickie Weeks to a one-year, $2 million deal, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN. 

The 32-year-old Weeks spent his entire ten year career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed a four year extension with the team in 2011, but the team declined an $11.5 million option after his production at the plate slipped in the past few years.

Weeks will likely spell Robinson Cano on days of rest. Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million deal last season with the Mariners. In his first season with the Mariners, Cano batted .314, smacked 14 home runs and drove in 82 RBI.

In 2011, Weeks was named to his only All-Star game where he batted .269, hit 20 home runs and drove in 49 RBI.

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Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

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(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- One year after signing Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tossed the quarterback off the port bow.

The team announced Wednesday that they released McCown the year after they agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract.

McCown started 11 games for Tampa Bay, completing 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. 

The Buccaneers had hoped that McCown would show a similar flair to that of his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears, when found success throwing to the towering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In Tampa, McCown couldn't find a similar rhythm with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

Currently, Mike Glennon is the only quarterback on Bucs' roster who has regular season experience. According to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds, the team may be willing to trade Glennon for a fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay possesses the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and a report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests the team will take Florida State's Jameis Winston.

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Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

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(DENVER, Co.) -- After twelve years of professional football, Wes Welker is considering walking away from the game.

The Denver Broncos wide receiver is undecided about his future after a season in which he suffered his latest concussion and saw a significant decline in his on-field production, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

Welker was suspended two games after a positive drug test revealed amphetamines in his system. 

In the preseason, Welker suffered his third known concussion and his role was reduced after free agent signee Emmanuel Sanders flourished with the Broncos. 

Last season Welker caught 49 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games. Through his career with the Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos, Welker has totaled 890 catches for 9,922 yards and 50 touchdowns.

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Hornets Acquire Mo Williams from Minnesota

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams from Minnesota

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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Charlotte Hornets are adding significant scoring potential to their backcourt.

The team traded Gary Neal and a second round pick Tuesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for point guard Mo Williams. The Hornets will also acquire Troy Daniels.

"We are excited to be adding two quality players to our organization," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "Mo Williams is a proven NBA player who gives us additional versatility and depth in the backcourt, both while Kemba Walker is out and after Kemba returns."

This season the 32-year-old Williams has averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 assists per game for the lowly Timberwolves. He was named NBA Western conference player of the month for January that was highlighted by a 52-point performance against Indiana.

When Walker returns, the team is expected to utilize Williams versatility by playing them both on the court, with Williams serving as the shooting guard.

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Richard Sherman Opts Against Elbow Surgery

Richard Sherman Opts Against Elbow Surgery

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE, Wa.) -- The provocative and talented cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks has opted against undergoing elbow surgery.

Richard Sherman suffered an elbow injury against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game: he awkwardly bent his arm between Packers running back James Starks and Seahawks defensive back Kam Chancellor.

Sherman played the rest of the of the game, but it was believed the injury would require Tommy John surgery.

He also played with a brace during the Seahawks 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Sherman confirmed the decisicion to skip the operation to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Fiancée of Aaron Hernandez Granted Immunity

Fiancée of Aaron Hernandez Granted Immunity

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The case against Aaron Hernandez potentially gained its strongest witness.

Shayanna Jenkins, the mother of Hernandez's 2-year-old daughter, was granted immunity by Judge E. Susan Garsh Tuesday, as the former New England Patriots tight end stands trial for allegedly fatally shooting the boyfriend of Jenkins's sister.

During the trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, prosecutors have alleged that Jenkins aided the former football player by disposing of the murder weapon the day after the June 2013 killing. 

In spite of the immunity, there has been no indication that Jenkins will testify against her fiancée. 

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Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players.

Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach.

Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy.

Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly.

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Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Ca.) -- At a time when basketball coaches are reaching the millennium mark for victories, the Sacramento Kings are looking to hire a man who has already achieved it.

The Kings gave George Karl a contract to become the head coach of the team, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report.

Karl, 63, has a career record of 1,131 wins and 756 losses in 25 seasons. He has been the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and the Seattle Supersonics -- whom he led to the NBA Finals in the 1995-1996 season.

Tyrone Corbin has been serving as interim head coach of the team since Mike Malone was fired in December when the team began the season 11-13. Corbin is expected to coach the team for at least the next pair of games into the All-Star break, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. 

Karl previously served as head coach of the Denver Nuggets for eight seasons, compiling a record of 423-257 before being fired in 2013.

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Ed Sabol, Founder of NFL Films, Passes Away

Ed Sabol, Founder of NFL Films, Passes Away

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films, passed away at 98 years old.

Sabol died in his home Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the NFL.

NFL Films was created by Sabol in 1962 originally under the name Blair Motion Pictures, named for his daughter Blair. Sabol won the rights to film the 1962 NFL championship game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was so impressed by Sabol's film that he asked the owners to buy the motion picture company. After initial hesitation, the owners agreed to buy the company after rebranding it NFL Films.

Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. In his speech he said, "I dreamt a dream, the impossible dream. I dreamt the impossible dream and I'm living it right this minute."

Football fans were introduced to John Facenda, often referred to as "The Voice of God," through Sabol's work. NFL Films provided an innovative look at pro football, through unique narration, an underscore and alternate camera angles. 

Sabol and his son Steve, who later became president of NFL films in 1985, created many of the popular programs such as Football Follies, Hard Knocks and The Lost Treasures.

Steve Sabol passed away in 2012 from brain cancer at the age of 69.

Ed Sabol is survived by his wife of 74 years, Audrey, his daughter, Blair, and grandson, Casey.

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New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- The New Jersey Devils entered Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. It was the Oilers (15-30-9, 39 pts) who turned up the heat however, as they extinguished the Devils 2-1.

The Devils (21-24-9, 51 pts) began the night honoring Patrik Elias for scoring his 1,000th career point -- achieved last month against Buffalo. 

Elias promptly put the Devils ahead when he crushed the puck over the glove side shoulder of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 5:47 into the first period.

The team would hold the lead until the Oilers' Oscar Klefborn beat Cory Schneider with under a minute to go in the first. Nail Yakupov would seize the lead for Edmonton in the second on a power play goal.

"We all have to look ourselves in the mirror and I need to find a way to be one better," Schneider said. "That's our recipe for success -- keep it at one or two -- tonight I couldn't come up with that one save we needed and we weren't able to pull this one out of the fire."

General manager Lou Lamoriello wouldn't put any of the blame on Schneider's shoulders, instead blaming the energy of the team on the ice and the inconsistency shooting on scoring chances.

"Cory has been that way consistently, each and every night," Lamoriello said. "Goaltending is not the issue."

With two tough games coming up for the Devils in Chicago and Nashville, it's now or never for their season.

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Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Third-ranked Virginia is having a great season, but a major injury could make it difficult to keep it up.Cavaliers' second leading scorer Justin Anderson will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a finger on his shooting hand.The junior guard was injured in the first half of the team's win over No. 9 Louisville Saturday. Virginia (21-1, 9-1 ACC) currently leads the ACC by one game over Notre Dame. Anderson is a big reason for that, averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and two assists per game while shooting 48% from 3-point land this season.Anderson is likely out for the rest of the regular season, but could be back for the NCAA tournament in the middle of March.

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Jason Day Survives Four-Man Playoff to Win Farmers Insurance Open

Jason Day Survives Four-Man Playoff to Win Farmers Insurance Open

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Jason Day came out on top of a four-man playoff to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday.After saving par on the par-5 18th, Day waited with Scott Stallings for J.B. Holmes and Harris English to finish out their rounds. The four then headed into a playoff. On the first hole, Holmes and Day made birdie while Stallings and English parred the hole, resulting in their elimination. On the second hole, Day hit his first shot 15 feet from the pin while Holmes sent his over the green. Holmes then chipped his ball 15 feet from the cup but missed his par putt. Day 2-putted for par to earn his third PGA tour victory."It's an amazing feeling," Day said. "I've been working so hard for this. I was visualizing myself holding the trophy, just like I did at the Match Play. I'm really proud of myself to hang in there and grind it out."The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach on Thursday for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Lob City will be without a little bit of its glamour.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.  The injury is expected to sideline him through the All-Star Break.

Griffin had fluid drained from his elbow on February 2, while the team was in New York. This is not atypical for Griffin as he has dealt with bursitis for most of his career that required fluid to be drained. 

When the team arrived in Oklahoma City Saturday, team trainer Jasen Powel noticed something was wrong and ordered Griffin to the Hospital

"You could tell when something is infected. You can just look at it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "With a bursa sac, it could just be that too, but it just didn't look right."

The timetable for recovery is currently up in the air.

"It could be serious. It shouldn't be, but you have to be very careful with that injury," Rivers said. "It's the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they're infections, and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it."

Spencer Hawes is expected to get the start in Griffin's place.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/8/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/8/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 131 (26-25) - Los Angeles Clippers 108 (33-19)

Cleveland Cavaliers 120 (32-21) - Los Angeles Lakers 105 (13-38)

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 4 (33-18-2, 68 pts) - St. Louis Blues 2 (34-15-4, 72 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (35-12-6, 76 pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (23-17-11, 57 pts) (F/OT)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (23-22-8, 54 pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (28-16-10, 66 pts)

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Todd Frazier Agrees To Two Year Deal With Reds

Todd Frazier Agrees To Two Year Deal With Reds

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CINCINATTI, Oh) -- Third baseman Todd Frazier will man the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds for another pair of seasons.

The Reds and the 28-year-old Frazier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $12 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com. 

Last season Frazier batted .273, with 29 home runs and 80 RBI for the Reds who finished fourth in the NL Central at 76-86. Frazier was named to his first All-Star game last season.

Aroldis Chapman is the only player left with pending arbitration for the Reds.

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