Penguin's Sidney Crosby Set To Return Tonight

(Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesPITTSBURGH) -- After being out of action for nearly a year, Pittsbugh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is set to make his season debut tonight against the New York Islanders.

Crosby suffered a concussion during the team's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning back on January 5th. No one knew if or when Crosby would even come back, as rumors had it at one point that Crosby was going to retire due to concussion-related symptoms.

Since his time in the NHL, the 24-yeard old Crosby is one of the league's marquee players. Before he was injured last season, Crosby was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career; in 41 games he scored 32 goals and had 34 assits.

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Los Angeles Galaxy Win MLS Cup

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The David Beckham era was a success after all for the Los Angeles Galaxy. After a 1-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo, the Galaxy won the MLS cup by the slim margin 1-0. Landon Donovan scored the lone goal of the game after Beckham helped set up the eventual game deciding goal in the 72nd minute.

Beckham joined the Galaxy back in 2007 and the results had been mixed before their MLS Cup Run. Many felt that Beckham, who's contract expired after the win, hadn't been able to justify the team's large financial investment in him. That all changed after the team's MLS Cup.

Beckham feels good knowing he proved some his doubters wrong. "It doesn't matter what happens at the end of the season, people were talking aobut if I didn't win tonight it was going to be a disappointment and not a success for five years," Beckham said. "Its quieted a few people which is always nice."

This is the third MLS Cup for the Galaxy.

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Dr. J Nets over $3.5 Million in Memorabilia Auction

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(PHILADELPHIA) -- Julius Erving did pretty well for himself after auctioning off some his personal items. According to SCP Auctions, more than 140 items owned by Erving were auctioned off, including Dr. J's New Jersey Nets ABA championship ring from 1974, his Philadelphia 76ers championship ring from back in 1983, and other trophys/game-worn gear. 

Dr. J netted over $3.5 million for his items that he sold.

According to the SCP, Erving's Nets championship ring sold for $406,471, which was the highest price a championship ring has ever fetched.

Among the other items that were sold at the auction that were not Erving related were: Lou Gehrig's bat used to hit his last home run with the New York Yankees, and Muhammad Ali's fight-worn trunks from his match against Joe Frazier in the "Fight Of the Century."

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Packers Remain Undefeated

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers (10-0) continue to roll through the 2011 season.  Dating back to last year the men from Lambeau are now (16-0).

They took care of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6), 35-26 on Sunday. 

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn't perfect but found a way to lead his team past the Buccaneers when it counted.  He connected with his wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a 40 yard touchdown pass with 2:55 left in the game to put the Packers up eight.

He did throw for 299 yards with three touchdowns but still felt he could be better in certain spots.

"I'm just frustrated," Rodgers said. "I didn't throw the ball very well. I'm not trying to be ridiculously humble right now, I'm just frustrated. The ball wasn't coming out the way I wanted it to today."

The Packers will head to Detroit to take on the Lions (7-3) on Thanksgiving.

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Tony Stewart Wins Sprint Cup Championship

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Tony Stewart edged out Carl Edwards to take the 2011 Sprint Cup championship at the Ford 400 in Homestead.

This is now Stewart's third career Sprint Cup championship.  He overcame a hole in the grill of his number 14 car and a rain delay to take the checkered flag.

The Stewart-Haas driver won the championship over Carl Edwards by viture of a tiebreaker, more wins (5-1) in the 10-race Chase.

"If this doesn't go down as one of the greatest championship battles in history, I don't know what is."

"This night is about Tony Stewart. Those guys rose to the occasion, and they beat us fair and square," the disappointed Carl Edwards said. "That is all I had. We came here and sat on the pole, led the most laps and Tony still managed. That's it. That's all I got at the end. That's as hard as I can drive."

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Scoreboard Roundup 11-20-11

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) got past the New York Giants (6-4), 17-10.

The Green Bay Packers (10-0) dashed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6), 35-26.

The Chicago Bears (7-3) downed the San Diego Chargers (4-6), 30-21.

The Dallas Cowboys (6-4) edged out the Washington Redskins (3-7) in overtime, 27-24.

The Oakland Raiders (6-4) put away the Minnesota Vikings (2-8), 27-21.

The San Francisco 49ers (9-1) flew past the Arizona Cardinals (3-7), 23-7.

The Baltimore Ravens (7-3) popped the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4), 31-24.

The Atlanta Falcons (6-4) ko'ed the Tennessee Titans (5-5), 23-17.

The Seattle Seahawks (4-6) got by the St. Louis Rams (2-8), 24-7.

The Miami Dolphins (3-7) blew out the Buffalo Bills (5-5), 35-8.

The Detroit Lions (7-3) outlasted the Carolina Panthers (2-8), 49-35.

The Cleveland Browns (4-6) slipped by the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7), 14-10.

NHL:  The Carolina Hurricanes (7-11-3) edged the Toronto Maple Leafs (11-8-2), 3-2.

The San Jose Sharks (12-5-1) skated past the Colorado Avalanche (9-11-1), 4-1.

The Detroit Red Wings (11-7-1) doubled up the Anaheim Ducks (6-10-4), 4-2.

The Vancouver Canucks (10-9-1) sliced the Ottawa Senators (10-9-2) in overtime, 2-1.

Soccer:  The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo, 1-0 and won the MLS championship.

NCAAB Top 10: (1) North Carolina (3-0) downed Mississippi Valley State (0-3), 101-75.

(2) Kentucky (4-0) topped Old Dominion (3-2), 62-52.

(4) Connecticut (4-0) took care of Coppin State (1-3), 87-70.

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U.S. Wins Fourth Straight Presidents Cup

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- For the fourth straight time, The United States has won the Presidents Cup, beating the International team, 19-15. Tiger Woods sealed the victory for the Americans with a 4-3 victory over Aaron Baddeley.

“I played well this week and very pleased with the progress I made so far,” Woods said of his performance. “This is an unbelievable team. I been on a variety of different teams over the years and this is been a great atmosphere to be around.”

Playing at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, the International team couldn't kick it into second gear. Entering play on Sunday,  they were trailing the Americans, 13-9, a deficit which proved to be to huge to overcome.

U.S. golfer Jim Furyk was perfect during the event, becoming just the fourth-player in cup history to go 5-0.

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Stenhouse Jr. Wins NASCAR Nationwide Title

Chris Graythen, Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) -- Sweet Victory! In just his third year on NASCAR's Nationwide circuit, 24-year-old Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the season title, edging out Elliott Sadler by 45 points.

Stenhouse secured the championship early during Saturday's race at Homestead, when six cars pulled from the event.  

“A total team effort,” Stenhouse said. “Just really working, not making mistakes on pit road and not making mistakes as a driver or a crew chief. I think at the end of the year, we really limited the mistakes we made in the first half of the year.”

Going into Saturday's race, Stenhouse needed to finish 37th or better to capture the Nationwide title. He wound up finishing second to Brad Keselowski.

This was the first year in which Sprint Cup drivers were ineligible to compete for the Nationwide title.

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NFL Week 11 Preview: KC Chiefs (4-5) @ Patriots (6-3)

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts Monday night to take on the New England Patriots (6-3) in Week 11 of NFL Action.

The Chiefs will be without their starting quarterback Matt Cassel, who is out with an injured throwing hand. Tyler Palko will get the nod in his place.

“We feel good about Tyler or he wouldn’t be here, he wouldn’t be our number two,” Kansas City head coach Todd Haley said. “I have belief in Tyler.”

Palko will be making his first NFL start, having thrown just 13 passes during his two-year-career.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11-19-11

Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesCollege Football Top 10:

(1) LSU (11-0) took care of Ole Miss (2-9), 52-3

(3) Alabama handled Georgia Southern (9-2), 45-21

USC (9-2) upset (4) Oregon (9-2), 38-35

(25) Baylor (7-3) upset (5) Oklahoma (8-2), 45-38

(6) Arkansas (10-1) defeated Mississippi State (5-6), 44-17

NC State (6-5) upset (7) Clemson (9-2), 37-13

(8) Stanford (10-1) edged California (6-5) 31-28

(10) Boise State (9-1) cruised past San Diego State 6-4), 52-35

College Basketball Top 10:

(2) Kentucky (3-1) defeated Penn State (3-1), 85-47
(5) Syracuse (4-0) took care of Colgate (1-2), 92-47)

(8) Louisville (3-0) got past Butler (1-2), 69-53


The Red Wings (10-7-1) beat the Kings (10-7-3), 4-1

The Jets (8-9-3) flew past the Flyers (11-5-3), 6-4

The Maple Leafs (11-7-2) hammered the Capitals (10-7-1), 7-1

The Canadiens (9-8-3) shut out the Rangers (10-4-3), 4-0

The Coyotes (10-5-3) defeated the Sabres (12-8-0), 4-2

The Bruins (11-7-0) shut out the Islanders (5-9-3), 6-0

The Devils (10-7-1) got past the Lightning (9-8-2), 4-2

The Oilers (10-7-2) dominated the Blackhawks (12-6-3), 9-2

The Panthers (10-6-3) edged the Penguins (11-6-3), 3-2

The Wild (12-5-3) got past the Blues (10-7-2), 3-2 in a shootout

The Blue Jackets (4-13-2) beat the Predators (10-5-4), 4-3 in overtime

The Sharks (11-5-1) swam past the Stars (11-8-0), 4-1


Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford 300

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship

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