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UFC Champion Jon Jones Enters Rehab

UFC Champion Jon Jones Enters Rehab

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

Jones (21-1 MMA), who is considered the best fighter in UFC, announced Tuesday that he will enter a rehab facility. 

On December 4, Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, with a World Anti-Doping Agency approved lab in Salt Lake City.

This comes three days after Jones defeated Daniel Cormier to successfully defend his title for the eighth straight time.  The result from the January 3 fight will stand because the positive test came "out-of competition."

"I'm proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility," said UFC Owner Dana White in a statement. "I'm confident that he will emerge from this program like the champion he truly is."

 Jones, 27, was cited with a DUI in 2012 after crashing his car into a telephone pole in New York.

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Report: Rams Owner Will Move Team Without Permission

Report: Rams Owner Will Move Team Without Permission

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is buying land in Los Angeles and is intent on using it.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Kroenke will move the Rams from St. Louis with or without NFL approval.  To move, a team needs 24 (or three fourths of the other owners) votes of approval.

Kroenke recently purchased 60 acres of land next to the Forum in Los Angeles and joined the owners of Hollywood Park to build an 80,000 seat stadium.

ProFootballTalk also reports that Kroenke has informed the mayor of Inglewood that his team will be moving to the area. 

It is possible that Kroenke could enter into a legal dispute with the NFL if enough owners intend to block the move.

The Raiders, under the ownership of Al Davis, were the last team to sue the league in an effort to move, ironically to Los Angeles. Davis, filed an anti-trust lawsuit and in 1982 a district court ruled in the Raiders favor. They then moved to Los Angeles. 

 

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Dolphins Hire Mike Tannenbaum as Head of Football Operations

Dolphins Hire Mike Tannenbaum as Head of Football Operations

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(MIAMI, FL.) -- The Miami Dolphins have named Mike Tannenbaum the Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Tannenbaum, 45, spent six seasons with the New York Jets as their General Manager.  He initially joined the team in 1997 as Director of Player Contract Negotiations."

"Football's in my blood. I spent two years away from it, and I missed it dearly," Tannenbaum said via a conference call. "I missed the competition. I missed getting in a foxhole with a bunch of people that are committed to a cause. At the end of the day, I was very comfortable with that's who I am."

Tannenbaum was hired as a consultant last year by team owner Stephen Ross.  Simultaneously, Tannenbaum worked for Priority Sports as an agent for professional coaches, such as Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn. Upon being hired for his new role, Tannenbaum will no longer represent coaches.

Last season the Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey, a long time personnel expert, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their General Manager.  Hickey was brought in to replace Jeff Ireland. 

In an interesting power structure, Hickey will report to Tannenbaum, however Coach Joe Philbin will report directly to Ross.

Tannenbaum said that Hickey will maintain final say over the team's draft but managing the team will be "a collaborative effort." 

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Yankees Re-Sign Stephen Drew

Yankees Re-Sign Stephen Drew

NY Yankees/MLB(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees are bringing Stephen Drew back in a one-year deal.

Drew will earn $5 million this season, according to David Lennon of Newsday, and can earn $1.5 million in incentives, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal -- making the potential total value of the deal $6.5 million.

Last season, Drew sat out the first month and a half, hoping to earn a multi-year contract. He signed with the Red Sox in May for $10.2 million and was traded to the Yankees at the July deadline.

Viewed more for his defense (.986% fielding in 2014), Drew batted .162 with a .237 OBP in 89 games last season. 

A natural shortstop, Drew will return to second base after the Yankees acquired Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks last month. 

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Nowitzki Moves to 7th on Scoring List in Mavericks Win

Nowitzki Moves to 7th on Scoring List in Mavericks Win

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS, Tx.) -- With a three-point shot, Dirk Nowitski put away the Brooklyn Nets and passed Moses Malone for seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Nowitski drained the three with 34.8 seconds left in overtime of Monday Night's 96-88 win over the Nets.

"Yeah, it's been insane, crazy ride in Year No. 17, and Moses was obviously an unbelievable player," Nowitzki said. "So it has been a humbling experience to pass all these all-time greats. It's a tribute to obviously the hard work, but all the great coaches and teammates that have gotten me to this point, and obviously staying healthy is a big part. I am proud of it but I am more proud that we got the win."

Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth in November and now trails -- in order -- Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O'Neal. 

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Former Giants Coach Sherman Passes Away at 91

Former Giants Coach Sherman Passes Away at 91

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Allie Sherman, one of the most successful coaches in New York Giants franchise history, has passed away at 91 years of age.

Sherman, who led New York to three championship games, died Saturday in his home in Manhattan.

Before becoming a head coach, Sherman played four seasons;  in 1943 with the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles, a two-team merger as a result of World War II, then the remaining three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a two-way player, at both quarterback and defensive back.

Upon taking the advice of Hall of Fame coach Earl Neale, Sherman entered into coaching, getting his start with New Jersey's Paterson Panthers. The next season he joined the Giants as a defensive backs coach and then spent several seasons as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.  

Sherman would gain the top job for the Giants in 1961 and led the team to the title game three straight years, losing to the Green Bay Packers in '61 and '62, then to the Bears in 1963. 

After his coaching career, Sherman worked alongside Chris Berman at ESPN as an analyst in 1987.

Sherman was born in Brooklyn in 1923.

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Cavs, Knicks, Thunder Complete Three Team Trade

Cavs, Knicks, Thunder Complete Three Team Trade

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Thunder have completed a three-team trade headlined by Dion Waiters, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith.

In the deal completed late Monday night, the Cavaliers will obtain Smith and Shumpert from the Knicks, who in turn will receive three players with non-guaranteed contracts -- Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavaliers and Lance Thomas from the Thunder. Oklahoma City will receive Dion Waiters from Cleveland.

Before the deal was completed, Cleveland officials spoke with LeBron James about his willingness to play alongside Smith, according to ESPN.

The Cavaliers are also receiving a 2015 protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City. 

The Knicks are receiving the Cavaliers' 2019 second round pick, though the motivation for the move was more about financial flexibility: By trading Smith, the Knicks no longer face his $6.4 million option next season, and may have more than $30 million in cap space for free agency.

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Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida State

Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida StateStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- Jameis Winston appears to be leaning towards playing another season of Seminoles football. Winston seems intent on leading Florida State to another National Championship after a beat down at the hands of...

Report: Rams Owner Seeking to Build Stadium in Los Angeles

Report: Rams Owner Seeking to Build Stadium in Los Angeles

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The St. Louis Rams may soon be returning to the City of Angels.

Stan Kroenke, who last year purchased 60 acres next to the Forum and Hollywood Park, recently joined the owners of Hollywood Park to build an NFL stadium, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kronke also is "negotiating to purchase" the 300-acre defunct horse racing track that resides on Hollywood Park.

The current owners of the land, Stockbridge Capital Group, already plan to build a mixed-use community that now includes an 80,000-seat stadium.

The lease on the Edward Jones Dome, where the Rams currently play in St. Louis, expires at the end of this season.  The team is reportedly negotiating a year-to-year lease with the city.

The Rams previously resided in L.A. from 1946 through 1994.

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Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Ex-Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel will transfer from the University of Florida to Louisiana Tech, according to 247Sports.com.

The University of Florida granted Driskel's release from scholarship after head coach Will Muschamp was fired and replaced by Jim McElwain.

Driskel will be eligible to play next season with the Bulldogs as he has already graduated from the University of Florida.

In 2011, Driskel was the No. 1 quarterback recruit and signed with Florida. He took over as the starter in 2012 and led the team to an 11-2 season. The Gators lost the Sugar Bowl to the Teddy Bridgewater-led Louisville Cardinals 33-23.

Freshman Treon Harris took the starting job from Driskel this past season as the former No. 1 recruit struggled to complete 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

National Basketball Association(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are not off to the start everyone expected.

After acquiring LeBron James and Kevin Love this offseason to team with young point guard Kyrie Irving, Cleveland was looked at as the best team in the Eastern Conference. Still, the Cavaliers are currently 19-15.

The narrative is shifting to seek a scapegoat and first-year head coach David Blatt has become the target.

General Manager David Griffin is not happy, accusing some in the media of purposely driving a story of a divide within the team.

"This narrative of our coaching situation is truly ridiculous," Griffin told reporters on Sunday. "It's a non-story, it's a non-narrative. Coach Blatt is our coach, he's going to remain our coach. Do not write that as a vote of confidence. He never needed one. It was never a question. So don't write it that way."

What really seemed to irk Griffin was when members of the media ignored comments by James that were in support of the team.

"I heard the entire audio file of LeBron James' comments. No more than three different times he said, 'We are growing together every day. The team grows together every day and I am happy with who we have at the helm,'" Griffin stated. "But that wasn't a sexy pull quote, so we kept looking for something else, until we could pull something negative."

Griffin emphatically denied the idea of Blatt being removed as head coach, saying "No change is being made. Period."

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Doug Marrone “Stormed Out” over Watkins Trade

Doug Marrone “Stormed Out” over Watkins Trade

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was reportedly so upset about the Bills trading up for Sammy Watkins in last April's NFL draft that he stormed out of the team's war room.

Multiple accounts surfaced Sunday revealing more of the discord that went on behind the scenes in Orchard Park between Marrone and the Bills front office.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Marrone was unhappy about a trade that involved such high draft picks for a non-quarterback.

Marrone opted out of his contract with the Bills last week, after a contractual clause allowed him to leave in the event of a change of ownership.  The founder of the team, Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away in March and the team was sold to former Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula in October.

In a September practice, Marrone had a loud verbal altercation with Buffalo player personnel director Jim Monos in front of players and media. The two had to be separated by General Manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.

The Bills traded the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft -- as well as a 2015 first-round pick and 2015 fourth-round pick -- to the Cleveland Browns in order to select Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick.

 

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Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.

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Panthers Run Over Cardinals

Panthers Run Over Cardinals

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will continue roolling along into the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

The Panthers (8-8-1) dominated the Cardinals 27-16 Saturday, holding Arizona to 77 total yards of offense.

Jonathan Stewart took advantage of a Cardinals defense that has lost its edge over the past few weeks to the tune of 123 yards on 24 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the first quarter. 

The Cardinals (11-6) limped into the playoffs after losing starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton to knee injuries. Ryan Lindley, who was forced into the starting role the past three weeks, committed two crucial interceptions.

The Cardinals defense could no longer carry the team as missed tackles proved to be Arizona's undoing. The Panthers kept the Cardinals off balance with power runs and quick passes to the backs and receivers in the seam on the way to racking up 386 yards of total offense. 

The Panthers will play at Seattle next weekend if Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday. Green Bay will host Carolina if the Lions win.

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A.J. Green Out for Bengals Playoff Game

A.J. Green Out for Bengals Playoff Game

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will be without star wide receiver A.J. Green for Sunday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bengals ruled Green out Saturday with a concussion that he suffered in the fourth quarter of Week 17's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Cincinnati lost to Indianapolis 27-0 in Week 7 earlier this season.  Green missed that game as well. 

Green has struggled with injuries this season, missing four games due to a toe injury and was limited in a game against Denver with an arm injury.

In spite of this he led the Bengals with 69 catches, 1,041 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

This is Cincinnati’s fourth straight appearance in the Wild Card Playoffs, but they have lost the last three.

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Seton Hall Shocks (6) Villanova

Seton Hall Shocks (6) Villanova

Tom Maguire/BIG EAST Conference/Collegiate Images/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Seton Hall is rising back to prominence in the Big East.

Tied at 58 after regulation the Pirates and Wildcats traded points until Seton Hall freshman Khadeen Carrington drove for a crucial layup.  The Pirates would be up 62-61 when Carrington was fouled and he would hit both free throws. Sophomore Jaren Sina would also add a pair of free throw to seal the win 66-61.

"Anybody who loves the game wants the ball," Carrington said. "I try to make big plays and that play they started cutting off my left, so I started spinning right and it was wide open."

This is the second time this week that Seton Hall (12-2) has upset another member of the Big East.  The Pirates defeated No.15 St. Johns Wednesday 59-50.

Sterling Gibbs led the Pirates with 20 points, shooting 8 of 20 from the field and Desi Rodriguez dominated the boards with 11 rebounds. 

"I'm so proud of this young group," said Steon Hall head coach Kevin Willard. "They deserve this, they battled."

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Rondo Shines in Return to Boston

Rondo Shines in Return to Boston

NBA via Boston Celtics(BOSTON) -- Rajon Rondo hit a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 29 points in his return to Boston Friday night to help the Dallas Mavericks top the Celtics 119-101.Rondo, who was traded to Dallas last month, also had six rebounds and five assists for the Mavericks (24-10) which have now won four straight.

Rondo received a standing ovation from the Boston fans before the game. Then the Celtics played a video tribute to the point guard after the first quarter that ended with a picture of Rondo hugging the Larry O'Brien Trophy from when the Celtics won the 2008 Championship, along with the caption, " Thank You Rajon!"

"Obviously, it was a special day," Rondo said. "I'm emotionally tired. I'm physically tired, and I'm drained."Monta Ellis scored 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and seven rebounds in the win.Avery Bradley led the Celtics (11-19) with 22 points.

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Spartans Score 21 Unanswered in Fourth Quarter to Shock Baylor

Spartans Score 21 Unanswered in Fourth Quarter to Shock BayloriStockPhoto/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Connor Cook led scoring drives of 71, 60, and 81 yards in the fourth quarter, the final ending with a go-ahead touchdown to Keith Mumphery with 17 seconds remaining, as No. 8 Michigan State rallies to beat No...

Arians Names Lindley Starter for Playoff Game Vs. Panthers

Arians Names Lindley Starter for Playoff Game Vs. Panthers

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced after Thursday's practice that Ryan Lindley will start the team's playoff game Saturday against the Carolina Panthers. "Ryan will start at quarterback. Drew (Stanton) is not going to be able to play," Arians said. Lindley is 0-2 this season as a starter and is 1-5 during his career. Stanton is out for his third straight game due to a right knee injury. Only seven quarterbacks since 1970 have started a playoff game with one or fewer regular season wins as a starter. The last one of those to win a game was the Houston Oilers Gifford Nielson in 1979. In the three games Lindley has participated in this season, he's completed 45 of 93 passes for 562 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Capitals Clip Blackhawks in Winter Classic

Capitals Clip Blackhawks in Winter Classic

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal with 12.9 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Capitals over the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the Winter Classic Thursday. Alex Ovechkin scored his 18th goal of the season in the win. "We start talking about Winter Classic since we started the season, and this is it," Ovechkin said. "I remember Brouwie said it's a good time to show up and make a show. And he did." The Capitals (19-11-7, 45 pts) raced to a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period when Ovechkin knocked in a rebound. The Blackhawks (25-11-2, 52 pts) fought back and tied the game in the second period, when Brandon Saad scored on a pass from Jonathan Toews. Nationals Park had a turnout of 42,832 people to watch the seventh Winter Classic.

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