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Islanders Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Night

Islanders Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Night

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) -- For the second straight night the New York Islanders have defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In a home-and-home series, the Islanders took a 5-4 shootout win in Pittsburgh Friday, then beat the Penguins in New York Saturday 4-1.  The Islanders are now tied with the Penguins in the Metro division at 28 points.

The Penguins took the lead late in the first on an Evgeni Malkin goal.  The Islanders matched it at 1:59 in the second when Matt Martin backhanded a rebound past Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss.

The third period opened and the Islanders came out firing. Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and John Tavares each scored a goal as New York blew open the game and sealed the victory. 

"We're understanding what's bringing us success,” said Tavares. "We have a talented hockey club when everyone's committed to doing the right things and doing their job."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 122 (8-5) - Philadelphia 76ers 96 (0-12) Orlando Magic 105 (6-8) - Charlotte Hornets 100 (4-9) Atlanta Hawks 99 (5-5) - Detroit Pistons 89 (3-9) Toronto Raptors 124 (10-2) - Milwaukee Bucks 83 (7-6) Me...

Tim Howard Named US Male Soccer Player of the Year

Tim Howard Named US Male Soccer Player of the Year

Stock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Tim Howard, goalkeeper of the United States Men's National Soccer Team, was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

It is the second time in his career that Howard has received the honor, first winning it in 2008.

The award, revealed on ESPN's SportsCenter, is given to the top performer from the United States National Team.

"It's pretty special to have my name up there with the greats," Howard said on SportsCenter.

Howard beat out five of his teammates to take the accolade, helping the U.S. reach the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this past summer. Among the others on the ballot were Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, and Jermaine Jones.

His most memorable performance was a World Cup record 15 saves in the Round of 16 against Belgium. Howard helped to keep the match scoreless until extra time when Belgium came away with a 2-1 victory, eliminating the Americans. 

Howard has started eight consecutive matches for the U.S., earning a 3-3-1 record in 2014. This year, he became the all-time leader for starts as a goalkeeper as well as the American's all-time leader in wins with 55. 

Votes were collected from current U.S. coaches, players and staff, MLS and NASL head coaches, select media members, and former players and administrators.

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Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The California Golden Bears opened up a 12-point halftime lead, maintaining the advantage all the way until the final buzzer for a 73-59 upset win over 23rd-raked Syracuse on Thursday night.

With the victory, Cal (3-0) moves on to the finals of the annual 2K Classic against Texas on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

"We lost to them the past two years, and with guys that were returning it plays on your mind," said first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. "But I thought our guys did a great job of accepting the challenge."

The Bears hit four consecutive three pointers late in the first half, holding a 34-22 advantage at the break. Jordan Matthews helped keep the game in control by scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Meanwhile, the defense was strong against Rakeem Christmas, the leading scorer for Syracuse (2-1), holding him to just eight points before the big man fouled out. 

It was a sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded for those associated with Cal. In each of the last two seasons, the Orange (2-1) have found ways to beat the Bears. The first came in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight while the second was part of the Maui invitational during the 2013-14 campaign.

Both Kaleb Joseph and Michael Gbinije scored 13 points to pace Syracuse while Matthews poured in a game-high 22.

Cal will take on No. 10 Texas, who beat Iowa 71-57, in the championship game on Friday night.

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NHL Postpones Buffalo Sabres Game

NHL Postpones Buffalo Sabres Game

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The NHL announced on Thursday that the Buffalo Sabres home game on Friday night has been postponed due to severe lake-effect snowstorms in the area. Buffalo was scheduled to host the New York Rangers and a make-up date has not been announced.

More than five feet of snow has fallen across parts of Western New York, and as many as three more is projected to fall by Friday night. This has left many residents in and around Buffalo incapable of leaving their homes -- and has also accounted for multiple deaths.

Buffalo hosted San Jose on Tuesday night, one day after the first storm. An estimated crowd of just 6,200 was able to attend the 4-1 victory.

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Raiders Notch Year’s First Win, Upset Chiefs 24-20

Raiders Notch Year’s First Win, Upset Chiefs 24-20

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Derek Carr threw only one touchdown pass Thursday night, but it was the most important one for the Oakland Raiders. With 1:42 remaining in regulation, Carr connected with James Jones on a 9-yard scoring play that put the Raiders ahead for good as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20.

It was the first win of the year for Oakland (1-10) who snapped a 16-game losing streak that dated back to last season. Led by a dominant run game, the Raiders racked up 179 yards on the ground while the defense held the Chiefs to just one touchdown on three redzone trips. 

"That was really hard-fought, they are a great team obviously, they will probably go to the playoffs and do some great things," Carr said. "I can't wait to see my teammates' smiles."

The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs from Latavius Murray in the first half. Kansas City (7-4) eventually clawed back, tying the game at 17-17 in the four quarter when Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles connected for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The Chiefs then took the lead on a Cairo Santos field goal with nine minutes to play.

Over the next seven minutes, Carr orchestrated a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ended with the Raiders earning their first victory since Nov. 17, 2013, when they defeated Houston.

Meanwhile, Kansas City had their five-game win streak snapped and fell half a game behind Denver for first place in the AFC West.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Baksetball: (10) Texas 71 (3-0) - Iowa 57 (2-1) 

(12) Villanova 72 (3-0) - Bucknell 65 (1-2)

(15) VCU 106 (3-0) - MD-E Shore 66 (1-3)

(17) Connecticut 65 (2-0) - College of Charleston 57 (1-2)

Indiana 74 (3-0) - (22) SMU 68 (1-2)

California 73 (3-0) - (23) Syracuse 59 (2-1)

(24) Michigan 71 (3-0) - Detroit 62 (1-2)

NFL: Oakland Raiders 24 (1-10) - Kansas City Chiefs 20 (7-4)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 110 (7-4) - Miami Heat 93 (6-6)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-5-1, 29pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (12-5-1, 25pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (10-8-2, 22pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (13-6-2, 28pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (9-5-4, 22pts) - Nashville Predators 2 (12-5-2, 26pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (9-4-5, 25pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (10-8-3, 23pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (11-7-0, 22pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (7-9-2, 16pts)

Dallas Stars 3 (7-9-4, 18pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (8-10-2, 18pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (9-7-3, 17pts) - Colorado Avalanche 2 (6-9-5, 17pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (11-7-1, 23pts) - Calgary Flames 3 (12-7-2, 26pts)

Top 25 College Football: (12) Kansas State 26 (8-2) - West Virginia 20 (6-5)

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Blount Is a Patriot Again

Blount Is a Patriot Again

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back LeGarrette Blount is a New England Patriot again.After being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Blount signed with the Patriots Thursday, the team he played for last season.ESPN reports the deal is for two years, is worth the veteran's minimum, and comes with incentives.The 27-year-old Blount was released by the Steelers the day after he left the field -- before the team's Monday night game versus the Titans ended. Reportedly Blount was mad because he didn't receive any carries in the game. He then went unclaimed on waivers.Blount played a big role in the Patriots making the AFC Championship game last season. He ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the team's AFC Divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.Blount has played in 10 games this season rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns.The Patriots released defensive lineman Casey Walker to open up a roster spot for Blount.

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NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Due to the extreme blizzard that's hit the Buffalo area, the NFL announced Thursday that the Sunday's Bills game against the New York Jets would be moved to another city.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Buffalo area has been hammered with at least six feet of snow which has stopped the Bills from holding practice Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Bills' officials, every foot of snow that falls in and around the teams' stadium takes three days to remove. It is estimated that the stadium currently has four feet of snow in it -- and another two feet is expected to fall before it's all over.

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Charlotte’s Jeff Taylor Suspended 24 Games

Charlotte’s Jeff Taylor Suspended 24 Games

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The NBA announced Wednesday that Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor would be suspended for 24 games without pay after pleading guilty to misdemeanor physical assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month.

The 25-year-old will be credited the first 11 games of the season, which he sat out, and be forced to miss the next 13 as well. In total, the suspension will cost Taylor $119,689 of his $915,000 salary. As of Wednesday night, both Taylor and his officials were working with union officials to go over their options.

"This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's confidence in it," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release. "Mr. Taylor's conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA."

Taylor was arrested on Sept. 25 at a hotel in East Lansing, Mich. after an altercation with a woman with whom he was reportedly having a romantic relationship. An NBA release stated that the two had been drinking heavily when an argument ensued, resulting in Taylor shoving the woman into the hallway, where she fell and struck her head. The statement also noted that Taylor punched a hole in the wall near his room.

Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty in October. He also must complete 26 weeks of a domestic violence intervention program.

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Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Trailing at halftime, the Creighton Bluejays rallied from 18 points down to knock off 18th-ranked Oklahoma 65-63 Wednesday night. The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run in the second half to turn the tide on the Sooners (1-1).

Playing without the 2014 Player of the Year in Doug McDermott, now in the NBA, Creighton opened the game shooting just 6-of-25 (24%) in the first half. That allowed Oklahoma to build up a 35-24 lead at the break as the Sooners return their three top scorers from a year ago.

The run began with consecutive three-pointers from Isaiah Zierden and Austin Chatman and sparked a 13-0 run that cut the deficit to 44-40 with 13:57 left in regulation. It was another Zierden triple that put Creighton ahead for the first time, with a 48-46 advantage. Both squads battled back and forth with Oklahoma eventually holding a 61-57 lead with less than four minutes to play.

Creighton then rattled off six straight points, taking the lead on Zach Hanson's layup with 49 seconds to play. Chatman would sink a pair of free throws to give the Bluejays a four-point advantage, before ultimately holding on by two.

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield led all scorers with 21 points, while Chatman paced the Bluejays with 17.

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Lakers Win Consecutive Games for First Time This Year

Lakers Win Consecutive Games for First Time This Year

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- For the first time in the 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games with a 98-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant led the way with 29 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Lakers (3-9).

"Look, we had a bad start," Bryant said. "Are we a 3-9 team? No. We're a much better team than that. We got off to a really bad start, but we'll (get better)."

Trailing by four with less than a minute to play, Los Angeles used a 7-1 run to take a 94-92 lead and pick up the victory. Nick Young scored 16 points in just his second game of the season, scoring 17 in Tuesday night's win. Young added a pair of free throws late to seal the win.

The Rockets (9-3) were playing without center Dwight Howard who missed the game with a knee injury. James Harden paced Houston with 24 points while three other players scored in double figures. Despite shooting 15-of-38 from beyond the arc, the Rockets turned the ball over 17 times and were out-rebounded 47-38 in the loss.

It was the first meeting between the Western Conference foes after Houston's opening night win in Los Angeles. That contest featured a small spat between Howard and Bryant, heightening the drama going into Wednesday's game. 

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Bucks Outlast Brooklyn in Triple Overtime

Bucks Outlast Brooklyn in Triple Overtime

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In his first trip back to the Barclays Center since leaving the team, Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 122-118 in triple overtime on Wednesday. The Bucks (7-5) trailed by eight at halftime but rallied to force extra play.

In the first overtime, Milwaukee actually had a chance to win the game. With the game tied at 105, Brandon Knight picked off a pass from Joe Johnson with 2.9 seconds remaining. Knight then sprinted the length of the court and missed a wide-open layup to send the game into the second overtime.

However, that memory did not stay with Knight long. The guard would end up hitting a game-tying three late in the second overtime, and the game-clinching free throws in the third. Knight finished with 18 points and eight assists in the win. 

"My teammates trusted me to make the next shot to force a third overtime, so that's really what it's all about," Knight said, "and we stuck through it as a team."

The Nets (4-7), who lost their fifth straight, were led by a season-high 26 points from Brook Lopez. 

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Browns Cut Ben Tate

Browns Cut Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns signed running back Ben Tate to a two-year, $6.2 million contract this offseason.

Tuesday, the Browns released Tate after he suited up for only ten games.  

The Browns signed Tate away from the Houston Texans to be their feature back in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. Tate proved to offer little in Cleveland.

When playing his old team this past week, Tate carried the ball twice for -9 yards. 

Tate had also complained about sharing carries with fellow running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. 

When asked about the release, General Manager Ray Farmer stated, "With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team. This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward."

 

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Blazers Lose McCollum for One Month

Blazers Lose McCollum for One Month

National Basketball Association(PORTLAND, Or.) -- The Portland Trail Blazers will be without guard C.J. McCollum again after a fracture was discovered in his right index finger.

McCollum suffered the injury Monday in the win over the Pelicans, the team announced.

In the fourth quarter of the game, McCollum was attempting to recover an offensive rebound when he was hit by Pelicans guard Eric Gordon. 

This isn't the first time the Blazers will be without the young guard. Last year, before the season started, he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot -- the same injury he suffered while in college at Lehigh.

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Athletics Sign Butler to Three Year Deal

Athletics Sign Butler to Three Year Deal

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca) -- The Oakland Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

Butler was a 2004 first round selection of the Kansas City Royals. This offseason, the Royals chose to pay Butler $1 million to buyout his contract.

In 2012, Butler was elected to the AL All-Star team when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Those numbers have taken a sharp dive this past season as he hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI. 

Primarily a first basemen when his career began, Butler played 108 games in 2014 for the Royals as a designated hitter. He will likely continue in that role for the As. 

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Browns’ Gordon Returns from Suspension

Browns’ Gordon Returns from SuspensionMatt Sullivan/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Cleveland Browns superstar wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL after serving a 10 game suspension. Gordon was suspended by the league after testing positive for marijuana. It was his th...

Lakers Forward Kelly Tears Hamstring

Lakers Forward Kelly Tears Hamstring

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers continue to receive bad news in 2014.

Forward Ryan Kelly tore his hamstring in Sunday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors.  Kelly is expected to miss at least six weeks.

The 2014 season has started about as poorly as it could.  The team currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 1-9 record.

The Lakers also lost first round selection Julius Randle for the season on opening night when he broke his right tibia.

Kelly is averaging 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 8.2 minutes this season. 

 

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Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from 11 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Monday Night Football. 

Coming off an upset loss to the New York Jets last week the Steelers continued to show signs of playing down to their opponent.  With an opportunity to put the Titans in hole with less than one minute to in the first half, Ben Roethlisberger tossed an interception to defensive back Jason McCourty. Tennessee immediately capitalized when rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger found a wide open Nate Washington streaking upfield for an 80 yard touchdown strike.

The Titans would enter halftime leading 17-13 and would assume a lead of 24-13 when late in the third quarter, Mettenberger connected with tight end Chase Coffman for a short touchdown. 

The Steelers would regroup as their defense remained firm and Roethlisberger began to find a groove connecting with his receivers on short and intermediate passes. Running back LeVeon Bell also carried the load as he rushed for 204 yards on 33 carries and added a touchdown. 

The Steelers are now 7-4 as they head into their bye week.

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Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS, La.) -- The struggling New Orleans Saints suffered another setback, as first round rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks will be out for at least a month with a broken thumb. 

Cooks' agent, Jeff Sperbeck, announced that his client underwent successful surgery to repair the break on the thumb on his right hand. 

When the injury occurred is not clear, but Cooks was seen grabbing his right hand after being tackled when returning a punt in last weeks loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

 Cooks has 53 catches and 550 yards with four total touchdowns this season, following being drafted out of Oregon State. 

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