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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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Elliott Runs Ohio State Past Alabama and into the National Title Game

Elliott Runs Ohio State Past Alabama and into the National Title Game

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl-Record 230 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 4 Ohio State upset top-ranked Alabama 42-35 Thursday, to advance to the National Title game.

"He's probably the most underrated back in the United States," Coach Urban Meyer said of Elliott.

Alabama (12-2) took an 21-6 lead early in the second quarter when T.J. Yeldon ran for a two-yard touchdown. But Ohio State never lost its composure, scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the quarter and headed into halftime down one.

The Buckeyes started off the second half the way they ended the first with Cardale Jones connecting with Devin Smith on a 47-yard touchdown bomb to take the lead.

Ohio State looked like it finished off the game when Elliott dashed for an 85-yard touchdown run with 3:24 to play. But Alabama answered right back when Blake Sims connected with Amari Cooper on a six-yard touchdown making the score 42-35 with 1:59 to go. The Crimson Tide defense then proceeded to force the Buckeyes into a three-and-out to get the ball back with 1:33 remaining. But their hope for victory was dashed when Tyvis Powell intercepted Sims' pass with time expiring to seal the game.

"I'm proud of this team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "They excelled all year long and kept Alabama at the forefront of college football."

Ohio State (13-1) will now take on No. 2 Oregon (13-1) on Jan. 12 for the National Championship.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/1/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/1/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Rose Bowl: (2) - Oregon 59 (13-1) -   (3) Florida State 20 (13-1)  Sugar Bowl: (4) Ohio State 42 (13-1) - (1) Alabama 35 (12-2) Cotton Bowl: (8) Michigan State 42 (11-2) - (5) Bay...

Oregon Dominates Rose Bowl

Oregon Dominates Rose BowlThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca) -- The Oregon Ducks are heading to the National Championship after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 59-20. The game was 25-20 at halftime, but Oregon's high tempo offense was too much for Florida Sta...

LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks

LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' season struggles may escalate as they are about to lost their best player.

LeBron James will miss the next two weeks with knee and back pain, according to an announcement from the team via Twitter on Thursday. 

James, who has missed the previous two games, re-injured his knee on Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, when he jumped over courtside seats.

"I've been playing with it, and it goes away and comes back," he said. "So, the one in Miami kind of reaggravated it when I came out of the game in the third quarter."

This couldn't come at a worse time for the Cavaliers as they have already lost Anderson Verajao for the season to an Achilles tear and Kevin Love has been battling routine aches and pains.

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Panthers Agree with Bjugstad on Six-Year Deal

Panthers Agree with Bjugstad on Six-Year Deal

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Florida Panthers agreed on a six-year contract with center Nick Bjugstad Wednesday. 

According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Bjugstad will earn $2.85 million for the 2015-16 season, $3.35 million in 2016-17, $3.85 million in 2017-18, $4.3 million in 2018-19, $5 million in 2019-20 and $5.25 million in 2020-21.

“We are very pleased to have agreed to a long-term contract with Nick,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. “He is a big, strong and skilled forward who will play an important role on our club for the next several seasons. Nick, along with Alexsander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson and Johnathan Huberdeau are all part of our club’s growing nucleus of young and talented players that will lead our team to future success.”

The 22-year-old Bjugstad leads the Panthers in goals (13), points (21), and game-winning goals (3) this season. 

Bjugstad was selected by Florida with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Since then he's played in 121 games for the big club compiling 30 goals and 30 assists. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/31/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: (6) TCU 42 (12-1) - (9) Ole Miss 3 (9-4)

Vizio Fiesta Bowl: (20) Boise State 38 (12-2) - (10) Arizona 30 (10-4) 

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (2) Duke 84 (12-0) - Wofford 55 (9-4)

(4) Wisconsin 89 (13-1) - Penn State 72 (12-2) 

(6) Villanova 67 (13-0) - Butler 55 (10-4)

(9) Iowa State 83 (10-1) - Miss Valley State 33 (1-12) 

Seton Hall 78 (11-2) - (15) St. John's 67 (11-2)

(16) Wichita State 66 (11-2) - Drake 58 (3-10)

(18) Oklahoma 61 (9-3) - George Mason 43 (5-7) 

NBA: Boston Celtics 106 (11-18) - Sacramento Kings 84 (13-19)

Indiana Pacers 106 (12-21) - Miami Heat 95 (14-19)

San Antonio Spurs 95 (20-14) - New Orleans Pelicans 93 (16-16) - OT

Milwaukee Bucks 96 (17-16) - Cleveland Cavaliers 80 (18-14) 

Houston Rockets 102 (22-9) - Charlotte Hornets 83 (10-23) 

Los Angeles Clippers 99 (22-11) - New York Knicks 78 (5-29)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 3 (20-9-9, 49pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (13-19-7, 33pts) 

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (23-9-5, 51pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (10-23-4, 24pts) 

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (16-16-3, 35pts) - Minnesota Wild 1 (17-14-4, 38pts) 

New York Rangers 5 (20-11-4, 44pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (16-10-9, 41pts) 

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (21-14-3, 45pts) - Boston Bruins 3 (19-15-4, 42pts) - SO

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (24-11-4, 52pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-21-3, 31pts) 

New York Islanders 5 (25-11-1, 51pts) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (19-12-7, 45pts) 

Dallas Stars 6 (16-14-5, 37pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (14-18-4, 32pts) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (20-13-5, 45pts) - Dallas Stars 0 (24-9-6, 54pts) 

 

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Redskins and DC Haslett Part Ways

Redskins and DC Haslett Part Ways

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va) -- The Washington Redskins have agreed to mutually part ways with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

The team announced Tuesday that Haslett, who was held over by current head coach Jay Gruden from the previous regime, would not return next season.

The Redskins, 4-12, tied for third worst, allowing 27.4 points per game and ranked 20th allowing 357 yards per game. 

"Jim and I have had discussions over the last few days and have decided that it's best for everyone that we have a new defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins," Gruden said in a team statement. "I wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Haslett had been with the team since 2010 before previously serving in the same role with the St. Louis Rams.

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Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.

Cabrera, 29, signed for around $8 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Last season Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals from the Cleveland Indians, with whom he has spent the previous seven seasons.

Cabrera has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season with both the Nationals and Indians, he hit .241, had an OBP of .307 and 108 strikeouts.

This has been the latest move for a Rays franchise undergoing a major overhaul.  After manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman left the franchise, the team has traded away Wil Myers, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce, Joel Peralta and Sean Rodriguez.

Cabrera joins Ernesto Frieri and Michael Kohn as additions to the big league roster.

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