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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) -- Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

"Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don't have to worry too much and we are going to move up," said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski's second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Hundley Goes Down But Neuheisal Steps Up to Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Hundley Goes Down But Neuheisal Steps Up to Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Football Texture/iStock Photo(ARLINGTON, Texas) --When star quarterback Brett Hundley left the game in the first quarter with a injured left elbow it was easy to think UCLA was in trouble. But backup Jerry Neuheisal put all doubts to rest by completing 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner with three minutes to play, as the No. 12 Bruins nip Texas 20-17 Saturday.

With UCLA down by four with just over three minutes to play, Neuheisal, who is the son of former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisal, completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton to seal the win.

"My first thought was excitement for Jerry Neuheisel. This kid is everything that's right about college football and about UCLA," UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. "I just thought, `Wow. You couldn't write a better script than this right here. His dad was a great player here. For him to come to Texas and bringing his team from behind to get a win. It's incredible. It's awesome."

Tyrone Swoopes completed 24 of 34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Texas (1-2).

Paul Perkins rushed for 126 yards to help UCLA improve to 3-0 as it heads into conference play.

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(4) Oklahoma’s Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

(4) Oklahoma’s Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images (NORMAN, Okla.) -- Oklahoma's defense created three turnovers and held Tennessee to 313 total yards to lead the No. 11 Sooners past the Volunteers 34-10 Saturday night. Oklahoma is now 3-0 as it heads into Big 12 play.

"I don't feel that we've done much yet," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "I've got all the respect in the world for Tennessee. I'm just saying it's only three games. We've got a long year. We've got to keep getting better." Oklahoma jumped out to an early 13-0 lead before Tennessee scored on a Justin Worley 40-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith. But Keith Ford ran in an 11-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter to give the Sooners a 20-7 lead at halftime. Cornerback Julian Wilson essentially sealed the game for Oklahoma in the fourth quarter when he intercepted a Worley pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight accounted for two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, while completing 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards.

Worley completed 21 of 40 passes for 201 yards, but threw two interceptions and fumbled once for Tennessee (2-1) in the loss.

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Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Everett Golson threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead (11) Notre Dame past Purdue 30-14 Saturday.The 6-foot-1, 200 pound senior quarterback accounted for at least three touchdowns for the third-straight game, and scored on a 15-yard dash at the end of the second quarter to erase the Fighting Irish's first deficit of the season, and give them the lead heading into halftime.

"He just understands the game," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said of Golson. "The game is slower for him than it was when he was here in his first year. The game has slowed down. He sees the field better. He can see it better. He's not there yet. We missed some things tonight that would have changed the complexion of the game." Notre Dame (3-0) would outscore Purdue (1-2) 13-0 in the second half, giving the Irish its seventh-straight victory over the Boilermakers. The two teams, which have played each other every year since 1946, will now take a five year break before resuming their rivalry in 2020.

The Fighting Irish have won their first three games of the season for the second time in three years -- they last did that in 1987 when they did it in four-straight seasons.

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Greg Norman Injured in Chainsaw Incident

Greg Norman Injured in Chainsaw Incident

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Professional golfer Greg Norman was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after being injured by a chainsaw. The news came via a post to his Instagram account that showed the 59-year-old in a hospital bed.

"Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected," the post said, accompanying the photo. "I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand."

Norman has previously posted pictures of him using a chainsaw to trim trees on his property. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian native is recovering in a U.S. hospital.

Affectionately called "the Shark", Norman owns 20 PGA Tour victories, including a pair of majors.

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Mayweather Stays Perfect, Beats Maidana Again

Mayweather Stays Perfect, Beats Maidana Again

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- In a rematch of one of the toughest fights in his professional career, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. controlled from the opening bell, beating Marcos Maidana in a unanimous decision on Saturday to retain his welterweight and junior middleweight world titles. Mayweather had previously defeated Maidana by majority decision in May.

Mayweather was able to avoid the heavy hands of Maidana this time around, winning the fight 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112, upping his unblemished record to an impressive 47-0 (26 KOs). 

"I think the difference was I didn't stay on the ropes and I did a lot of movement and turning," Mayweather said. "I felt sharper in the first fight. My rhythm was a little off. I gave myself a C, C-minus. I thought I could have done a lot better. I got hit with some shots I shouldn't have."

Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) did pin the champion against the ropes in the fifth round, connecting on a couple of right hands before Mayweather escaped. Following a clinch in the eighth round, Mayweather jumped back and complained to referee Kenny Bayless, later saying that Maidana bit three of his fingers on his left hand.

The bite didn't hurt the pound-for-pound king, at least not on the stat sheet. Mayweather connected on 51 percent of his punches, landing 166 of the 326 punches thrown. After the fight, Mayweather said he has not ruled out a potential "superfight" with Manny Pacquiao. 

"I'm gonna go and talk to my team and see what the future holds," Mayweather said. "I don't know who I'm fighting in May but I expect to fight in May. Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy in front of him. Once he gets past him, he can look to the future. If the Pacquiao fight presents itself let's make it happen."

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Boston College Knocks Off (9) USC

Boston College Knocks Off (9) USC

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.) -- An emotional night for Boston College ended with a historic upset over No. 9 USC on Saturday night. The Eagles honored former lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by wearing red bandanas and toppling the Trojans, 37-31, at home.

"The red bandanna game meant a lot. We talked a lot about Welles Crowther; we talked a lot about who he was and what it takes to be a BC man," said head coach Steve Addazio. "Our guys dug deep on this. This was a great win."

The Trojans (2-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter and eventually led 17-6 just one minute into the second. However, the Eagles (2-1) scored the next 24 points, pounding out multiple big plays on the ground. Sherman Alston's 54-yard run late in the half gave Boston College a 20-17 halftime advantage.

Senior quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 191 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth that sealed the deal. In total, Boston College rushed for 452 yards against the Trojans. It was the first time since 2002, and the fifth time overall, that the Eagles beat a top-10 opponent while being unranked themselves.

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White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A less than impressive season for Chicago saw a bright spot on Saturday. The White Sox swept a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins at home, winning Game 1, 5-1, before a walk-off homer in Game 2 notched a 7-6 victory.

Jose Quintana paced the White Sox (68-80) in the opener with 13 strikeouts while Alexei Ramirez homered in the third to open the scoring. His 15th long ball of the year gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the team tacked on three more in the eighth. Meanwhile, Quintana (8-10) walked just two batters in seven innings of work.

The nightcap was a little more stressful for the White Sox as Minnesota (62-86) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Trevoe Plouffe's RBI single started the scoring, Oswaldo Arcia slammed a three-run shot off Logan Darnell.

Chicago did battle back though, Avisail Garcia's three-run blast in the bottom of the first made it a one run game before rookie Jose Abreu tied things up with his 34th homer of the year. The White Sox rallied again in the seventh, tying the game on a Conor Gillaspie single, before the Twins took the lead in the ninth.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Jake Petricka to give Minnesota a 6-5 lead, and seemingly the win. However, Abreu worked a 15-pitch walk from closer Glen Perkins, starting a rally. Pinch runner Jordan Danks was retired on a fielder's choice from Garcia, but Dayan Vicideo launched a walk-off, two-run homer to left for the victory.

Chicago has now won four straight games for just the second time all season, the first since May 4-7.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (2) Oregon 48 (3-0) - Wyoming 13 (2-1)

(3) Alabama 52 (3-0) - Southern Miss 12 (1-2)

(4) Oklahoma 34 (3-0) - Tennessee 10 (2-1)

(24) South Carolina 38 (2-1) - (6) Georgia 35 (1-1)

(7) Texas A&M 38 (3-0) - Rice 10 (0-2)

Boston College 37 (2-1) - (9) USC 31 (2-1)

(10) LSU 31 (3-0) - UL Monroe 0 (2-1)

(11) Notre Dame 30 (3-0) - Purdue 14 (1-2)

(12) UCLA 20 (3-0) - Texas 17 (2-1)

(14) Ole Miss 56 (3-0) - LA-Lafayette 15 (1-2)

(15) Stanford 35 (2-1) - Army 0 (1-1)

(16) Arizona State 38 (3-0) - Colorado 24 (1-2)

East Carolina 28 (2-1) - (17) Virginia Tech 21 (2-1)

(20) Missouri 28 (3-0) - UCF 10 (0-2)

Virginia 23 (2-1) - (21) Louisville 21 (2-1)

(22) Ohio State 66 (2-1) - Kent State 0 (0-3)

MLB: New York Yankees 3 (76-71) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (88-60)

Chicago White Sox 5 (67-80) - Minnesota Twins 1 (62-85)

Chicago White Sox 7 (68-80) - Minnesota Twins 6 (62-86)

Texas Rangers 3 (56-92) - Atlanta Braves 2 (75-73)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (77-70) - Tampa Bay Rays 3 (71-78)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (69-79) - Miami Marlins 1 (71-76)

Kansas City Royals 7 (81-66) - Boston Red Sox 1 (65-84)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (71-78) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (77-72)

Chicago Cubs 6 (65-83) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (78-70)

Washington Nationals 10 (84-63) - New York Mets 3 (72-77)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (82-67) - Colorado Rockies 4 (59-89)

Detroit Tigers 5 (82-66) - Cleveland Indians 4 (76-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (60-88) - San Diego Padres 4 (68-79)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (93-55) - Houston Astros 2 (65-83)

Oakland Athletics 3 (82-66) - Seattle Mariners 2 (80-67) 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 17 (84-64) - San Francisco Giants 0 (82-66) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR Nationwide Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 at Chicago

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Lucas Oil 225

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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:

"No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

"Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world.  I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them.  Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize."

There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.

"My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing," Koonin said in a statement.                                                                                                                                        

Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.

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NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL Players Association approved a league proposal to change its drug policy.

Some of the areas the new policy will affect are marijuana procedures, HGH testing and amphetamines. The threshold for marijuana testing has been raised from 15 to 35 nanograms per milliliter. As for amphetamines, a first time positive test during the offseason will now be evaluated under the Substances of Abuse Policy. During the season, violations will still be viewed under the Performance Enhancing Drug Policy. Finally, human growth hormone testing has been approved for the 2014 season. The changes will have an immediate effect on the status of a few players. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Broncos receiver Wes Welker and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will be allowed to rejoin their teams. Schefter also reports, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has had his yearlong suspension reduced to 10 games.

"This is an historic moment for our Players and our League," NFLPA President Eric Winston said. "We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency. Players should be proud of their union for standing up for what was best for the game."

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Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant has been issued for Peterson's arrest and he will reportedly turn himself in.

Peterson is accused of using a switch, a flexible tree branch used to swat a child across the backside, on his four-year-old son last May. When the child returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor where multiple lacerations, cuts, and bruises where found across his thighs, buttocks, and hands.

A police report says the son told doctors his father hit him with a branch from a tree. It also quotes one doctor as saying the wounds were "child abuse" while another deemed the cuts "excessive".

The Vikings released a statement early Friday evening saying they were in the process of gathering information regarding the All-Pro's legal situation. Minnesota has since deactived the running back for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. 

"This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter.  Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," said his attorney, Rusty Hardin, in a statement. "He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.  Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning.  It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Peterson is in his eighth season in the NFL, all with Minnesota, amassing more than 10,000 yards in his career.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Minnesota Twins (62-84) - Chicago White Sox (66-80) Postponed

Baltimore Orioles 2 (87-59) - New York Yankees 1 (75-70) 11 Innings - Game 1

Baltimore Orioles 5 (88-59) - New York Yankees 0 (75-71) Game 2

Detroit Tigers 7 (81-66) - Cleveland Indians 2 (76-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (68-79) - Miami Marlins 1 (71-75) 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (71-77) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (76-70)

New York Mets 4 (72-76) - Washington Mets 3 (83-63)

Boston Red Sox 4 (65-83) - Kansas City Royals 2 (80-66)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (81-67) - Colorado Rockies 1 (59-88)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (77-71) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (70-78)

Texas Rangers 2 (55-92) - Atlanta Braves 1 (75-72)

San Diego Padres 6 (68-78) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-88)

Seattle Mariners 4 (80-66) - Oakland Athletics 2 (81-66)

San Francisco Giants 9 (82-65) - Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (83-64)

Pittsbugh Pirates 7 (78-69) - Chicago Cubs 3 (64-83)

College Football: (8) Baylor 63 (3-0) - Buffalo 21 (1-2)

WNBA: Championship Series: Phoenix Mercury 87 - Chicago Sky 82 (Mercury win series, 3-0)

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Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league's drug policy. Davis tested positive for amphetamines and immediately accepted the suspension.

"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,'' Davis said in a statement. ""I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately."

The 28-year-old slugger launched 26 home runs in 2014 but holds a major league-worst .194 batting average for the Orioles, who hold a 10 1/2 game lead in the American League East with 17 games to play. Davis' suspension will carry into the postseason, under the terms of the league's drug policy.

Baltimore is already without catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado, who both have undergone season-ending surgery. 

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Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- If the Baltimore Ravens were distracted by the controversy surrounding former teammate Ray Rice, they didn't show it Thursday night. Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts as the Ravens pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6. Raven players fielded questions all week about former teammate Ray Rice, who was released by the team and then indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic violence. A video was released by TMZ Sports Monday showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer during a dispute.

The Ravens showed quickly that they were ready to play Thursday when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for a two yard touchdown pass on their first drive of the game. The next time the Ravens received the ball, they drove it 65 yards before Justin Tucker hit a 30 yard field goal. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked twice and completed 22-of-37 passes for 217 yards and an interception for Pittsburgh (1-1) in the loss.

 

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Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham has taken a leave of absence and told his coach Bruce Arians that he's losing his desire to play football.The 36-year-old Abraham, who is the NFL's all-time active sacks leader (133.5), left the team's win over the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter Monday with a concussion. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Abraham has dealt with severe memory loss for more than a year.

"I think when you get to that age, and for whatever reason, if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn't have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing," Arians said. "That's basically what he reflected to me. He said, 'There were times in that game I wasn't in it, and that's not fair to my teammates. I've got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.'"

Abraham was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He's played in 192 games since then recording 547 tackles, 47 forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 10 (86-59) – Boston Red Sox 6 (63-83)

Atlanta Braves 6 (75-71) – Washington Nationals 2 (82-62)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (76-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (67-78)

New York Yankees 8 (74-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (70-76)

Toronto Blue Jays 11 (76-69) – Chicago Cubs 1 (64-82)

New York Mets 2 (71-75) – Colorado Rockies 0 (59-87)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (69-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (80-66)

Houston Astros 5 (65-81) – Seattle Mariners 2 (79-66)

Chicago White Sox 2 (65-80) – Oakland Athletics 1 (81-64)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (90-55) – Texas Rangers 1 (54-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (83-63) – San Diego Padres 0 (67-78)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (75-71) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-73)

Kansas City Royals 3 (80-64) – Detroit Tigers 0 (80-66)

San Francisco Giants 5 (80-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (59-86)

Minnesota Twins (62-82) @ Cleveland Indians (74-69) (postponed due to rain)

 

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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me," Billups told Yahoo! Sports. "I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."

Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, including playing for the Detroit Pistons from 2002-08 and winning a title in 2004.

The 37-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game throughout his career. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1997, Billups also played for the Pistons, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Billups rejoined the Pistons this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in only 19 games.

Detroit announced in June that they would not be picking up his option for the 2014-15 season.

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Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

David Banks/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Max Scherzer gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Detroit (80-65) within percentage points of the Royals (79-64) atop the American League Central.

Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez both homered in the game, as Detroit took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kansas City made an attempt at a comeback in the fifth on an RBI single by Omar Infante, but could not complete the big inning against Scherzer.

Last year's Cy Young winner only gave up seven hits and four walks, but did strike out six to improve to 16-5 on the year. Closer Joe Nathan almost gave up the lead, allowing a pair of infield singles in the ninth, but finished the job to earn his 30th save of the year.

The Tigers, who had been scuffling in August, have stayed in the pennant race thanks to impressive play against Kansas City. Detroit is 11-4 this season against the Royals and can sweep their division rivals on Wednesday.

Both teams did leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot on Tuesday, thanks to Seattle's 2-1 loss to Houston.

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Mayweather Planning to Retire in 2015

Mayweather Planning to Retire in 2015

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- Prior to his welterweight title fight against Marcos Maidana this weekend, defending world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is planning to retire at the end of his current six-fight contract.

The fourth bout of that deal is this Saturday, meaning the conclusion of the contract could come in September 2015.

"I only got two more fights left and after the next two fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand," Mayweather said.

"I'll still work with my stable of fighters, still build the Mayweather Promotions brand," he said. "We have young fighters that we work with."

The 37-year-old is 46-0 in his professional career with 26 knockouts while holding the claim as boxing's pound-for-pound king.

This past May, Mayweather beat Maidana by majority decision.

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