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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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Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension

Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite coming off a 7-6 season, Arkansas has rewarded head football coach Bret Bielema with a two-year extension as well as a raise.

Bielema's new deal will be a six-year deal that will run through the 2020 season, and will earn $4 million or more throughout the rest of his new deal. Bielema will now be eligible for athletic and academic achievement incentives totaling up to $1 million per year.

"Coach Bret Bielema is not only one of the best college football coaches in the nation, he is an outstanding leader," Arkansas vice chancellor and athletics director Jeff Long said. "What Coach Bielema and his coaching staff have done for our young men, on and off the field, is something that has dramatically changed the course of our program and most importantly positively impacted the lives of our football student-athletes. He is building a championship program in a way that all Arkansans can be proud of. We look forward to his continued leadership of our football program and the many successes yet to come."

Arkansas went just 3-9 in his first season with university, but they showed significant improvement in 2014.

He had sent the prevous seven seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin.

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Report: Reggie Bush Accused Of Spiking Women’s Drinks

Report: Reggie Bush Accused Of Spiking Women’s Drinks

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(NEW ORLEANS, La.) -- Amid Darren Sharper's legal proceedings for rape accusations a former teammate has been accused of spiking drinks.

Sharper's former New Orleans teammate Reggie Bush has been implicated by a co-defendant for dropping ecstasy in women's drinks in a Las Vegas nightclub several years ago.

Brandon Liccardi, who is also being charged with multiple counts of rape, says he witnessed Bush, now a member of the Detroit Lions, drug multiple women, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

According to the indictment Liccardi stated:

“OK, um, I was in Vegas about three years ago and um, Reggie Bush put Molly in Champagne. He was handing out 'Molly' on the dance floor to girls. Handing it out. Like giving it to them,” Licciardi said.

“And how do you know that?” asked James O’Hern, an investigator for the DA’s Office.

“[Because] I saw it with my own eyes,” Licciardi responded.

Sharper and his co-defendants face charges across multiple states, including Arizona and California.

Bush denies the allegations.

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Evander Kane Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Evander Kane Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Friday.Kane has reportedly been playing with this injury for an extended period of time.Before the announcement, Kane hadn't been in the best of graces with the team. The 23-year-old was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against Vancouver, and it was later found out that he had violated team dress code by wearing a track suit rather than a dress suit when showing up for a team meeting earlier that day.According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane's clothes into a cold tub to teach him a lesson. That reportedly upset Kane, who could not be reached by the team before Tuesday's game.Kane has played in 37 games this season, scoring 10 goals and dishing out 12 assists.

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Hawks Edge Warriors in Battle of NBA’s Top-Two Teams

Hawks Edge Warriors in Battle of NBA’s Top-Two Teams

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 55 points but it couldn't offset seven Atlanta Hawks scoring in double figures, as the Hawks topped the Golden State Warriors 124-116 Friday, in the battle of the NBA's two best teams.

While the Hawks won, this game was tight till the finish. The score was tied at halftime and Atlanta led by only four with six minutes to play. But Atlanta hit 12 free throws down the stretch to once again take over the best record in the NBA.

"They were good," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "They were better than us. We broke down defensively. They had a lot to do with that because of the way they stretch you out."

Atlanta (42-9) shot 49 percent from the field and hit 15 of 27 3-pointers in the win.

The Warriors (39-9) had their three-game win streak snapped.

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Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie Referee

Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie RefereeBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Paul and the Clippers received five technical fouls in Los Angeles' 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. All-star point guard Chris Paul's technical foul came with 10:17 left in t...

Canadiens’ P.K. Subban Fined for Diving

Canadiens’ P.K. Subban Fined for Diving

Mark Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment.The infraction happened in the Canadiens' game against the New York Rangers on Jan. 29. Subban was arguing with Rangers forward Chris Kreider when Kreider gave him a slight bump with the shaft of his stick, after which Subban immediately dropped to the ice. The play led to Subban receiving a two-minute minor for embellishment.The diving rule is new this season and was made to seriously penalize players who dive/embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.The 25-year-old Subban previously received a warning by the NHL after a play that occurred in the Canadiens' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 6.Subban becomes the fifth player this season to be fined under the new rule.

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Woods Withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open

Woods Withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open

Chris Merritt/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Tiger Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Thursday due to a back injury.Woods played 11 holes but had to quit after making it to the green on the 12th hole.Woods dealt with back problems all of last year.

During Thursday's tourney, he said his back started to tighten up on him after having to wait out a fog delay that caused him to start his round more than two hours past his scheduled tee time."It's frustrating that it started shutting down like that,'' Woods said. "I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around. Then we stood out here and I got cold, and everything started deactivating again. And it's frustrating that I just can't stay activated. That's just kind of the way it is.''Woods finishes two over for the day. It's the third time in his last nine tournaments that Woods has had to withdraw due to a back injury.

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All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Hawks were rewarded for being the first team in NBA history to go 17-0 in a month as all five starters were selected as Eastern Conference players of the month for January.

All-Stars Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap were honored by the league, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.  Each starter averaged double digit points during the win-streak, however, none of them averaged more than 20 points per game. Atlanta outscored each opponent by an average of 11.9 points per game.

"We appreciate the recognition of our starters' play during this past month.  It is reflective of all the work our entire team and organization has put in," head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We place a strong emphasis on having the right approach every day and making daily improvement. Collectively, we know that we have a lot more work to do this season and look forward to continue growing as a team." 

According to the Hawks, it is the first time in NBA history all five starters from one team were named players of the month.  

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