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Jan232012

President Obama Welcomes The Bruins To The White House

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins to the White House Monday. The Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals to win their first title in 39 years.

“These Bruins understand that winning the Stanley Cup is more than just men on ice, it’s about the people that stand behind them,” President Obama said.

The team was also honored for their community work off the ice. The Boston Bruins Foundation has donated more than $7 million to various charities throughout New England.

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Monday
Jan232012

Danica Patrick Skipping The Indianapolis 500

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) -- Danica Patrick is putting the Indianapolis 500 in her rearview mirror.

The 29-year-old Patrick announced Monday that she is skipping the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" to run in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. Both races are scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 26th.

“What if there are some issues with qualifying and all of sudden you extend your days?” Patrick said of her decision. "I couldn’t afford the chance to miss a Nationwide race.”

After seven seasons on the IndyCar circuit, Patrick is making the full-time transition to the NASCAR Nationwide series this year. She will be driving for JR Motorsports while also running a limited Sprint Cup schedule for Stewart-Haas Racing.

When Patrick made her IndyCar debut in 2005, she made history by becoming the first female driver to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500. She finished a career-best third in the event in 2009.

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Monday
Jan232012

49ers Kyle Williams Gets Death Threats Via Social Media

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he is getting support from his teammates after his performance in the NFC Championship Game, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams is feeling the heat from the fans in a big way from Twitter and other social media sites. Williams fumbled twice while returning punts, including one late in overtime that led to the New York Giants kicking the game winning field goal.

"@Kyle Williams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it"

-Javier Pasquel

"Jim Harbaugh, please give @Kyle Williams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car."

-Justin Junio

Williams, the son of Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams, has been with the team for the past two seasons after the 49ers drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. During the regular season he caught 20 passes for 241 yards and caught three touchdowns.

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Monday
Jan232012

Oregon's Kelly Turns Down Buccaneers Job

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The search continues for a new coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite early reports that a deal was in place, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will not be jumping ship to the NFL and joining the Bucs.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered," Buccaneers' general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

Why Kelly backed out of the job is still unknown. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Kelly secretly interviewed for the job last week, and had been intrigued by the challenge of coaching in the NFL.

This past season, the Buccaneers went just 4-12 after going 10-6 during the 2010 season. As a result, third-year head coach Raheem Morris was fired and the team has conducted an extensive search to find his replacement. The team have talked to or plan to talk to former coaches such as Brad Childress, Marty Schottenheimer, and Mike Sherman among others.

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Monday
Jan232012

Birk, Rivers, and Tillman Named Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalists

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is regarded as one of the biggest honors an NFL player can achieve in his career, and it has little to do with their on the field production. The award recognizes a players accomplishments in the community as well as their performance on the football field. The finalists for the award have been named: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk, and Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman.

Birk's "Ready, Set, Read!" program advocates children in the Baltimore area to read at home. He is also a big supporter for research into the effects of concussions, including pledging his brain and spinal cord tissue to Boston University's Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Rivers as well as his wife have founded The Rivers of Hope foundation. His program helps abandoned and orphaned children find homes. Rivers has pledged to donate all of his earning off the field towards his foundation.

Tillman founded the Charles Tillman Cornerstone, which tries to improve the well being of critically and chronically ill children.

The winner of the award will be annoucned the night before the Super Bowl. 

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Monday
Jan232012

Pacers Continue to Look Good, Beat Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Pacers center Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds as Indiana edged the Lakers 98-96.

Six Pacers scored double figures in the victory.

The win improves the Pacers record to 11-4, their best start to a season since their 2003-2004 campaign. That year, the Pacers were two wins away from making the NBA finals.

As for the Lakers, they have now lost three straight and four of their last five. 

Kobe Bryant scored 33 points in the defeat.

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Monday
Jan232012

Ray Lewis Will Return for 17th NFL Season

Rob Carr/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, MA) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will return to the Ravens for his 17th NFL season.

Lewis barely had time to wipe the sweat from his forehead after his team's 23-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, before he declared he was staying.

"Is this my last time as a Raven? Absolutely not," Lewis said while addressing reporters in the locker room. "Let me answer that question before somebody asks me. Absolutely not. It's just too much. Life offers too much. Every time you step on this field, it's a true blessing."

Lewis, who will turn 37 this year, had 95 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 7 forced fumbles this season.

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Monday
Jan232012

Andrew Ference Suspended Three Games

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Not only did the Bruins lose the game against the Rangers, they lost their defenseman. Sunday, the NHL suspended Boston defenseman Andrew Ference three games for his hit on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during the Rangers 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday.

The hit came at the 1:50 mark in overtime, sending McDonaugh slamming into the boards. He was seen grabbing his head after the hit, but eventually skated off the ice with Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay in tow.

Ference was assessed a five minute charging major and was slapped with game misconduct. The Rangers ended up capitalizing on the power play and winning the game with just 3.6 seconds left on the clock.

Ference said after the game that he had no intention of injuring McDonagh.

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Monday
Jan232012

Serena Williams Out at Australian Open

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Serena Williams lost her fourth round match-up in the Australian Open to Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-3.

The loss broke Williams' 17-match winning streak at the tournament.

Two weeks ago, Williams sprained her left ankle at a warmup tournament in Brisbane, but Williams didn't blame that for the loss.

"I feel like she played really well, and she deserved to win today," Williams said. "I look forward to our next match. I feel like I could definitely play so much better and that's good. If I feel like I couldn't play better, than that would be a problem."

Serena had 37 unforced errors in the loss.

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Sunday
Jan222012

Tynes Stuns 49ers in Overtime, 20-17, Giants Headed to Super Bowl

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- He did it again.  Lawrence Tynes kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.

The Giants almost let the NFC Championship game slip away but got a huge break when Devon Thomas recovered his second fumble of the game which Jaquian Williams stripped from fill-in return man Kyle Williams in overtime.

"It was one of those situations where I tried to turn it upfield and it just didn't work out," Williams said.

That set up Tynes who nailed a 31-yard field goal that stunned the 49ers, 20-17 in overtime, to send the Giants to Indianapolis.  In 2008, he did the same thing on the road against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

"It's my second NFC championship game, my second game-winner," Tynes said of his kick 7:54 into overtime. "It's amazing. I had dreams about this last night. It was from 42, not 31, but I was so nervous today before the game just anticipating this kind of game. I'm usually pretty cool, but there was something about tonight where I knew I was going to have to make a kick. Hats off to Eli, offense, defense. Great win."

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