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Dec292011

Nadal To Take Extended Break

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates) -- Tennis star Rafael Nadal, who has won 10 Grand Slam titles, will take an extended break after the Australian Open to recover from a shoulder injury.

Nadal, who is in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition tournament, said he suffered the injury in November.  The Spaniard won the French Open this year and also helped Spain win the Davis Cup.

The Australian Open begins January 16.

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Thursday
Dec292011

Alex Rodriguez Sees German Doctor for Treatment

Nick Laham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has taken a page from Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and headed overseas for medical treatment. The New York Post first reported that Rodriguez traveled to Germany so he could receive Orthokine therapy on his right knee and left shoulder. Rodriguez made the trip after Bryant recommended the treatment to the 36-year old Rodriguez.

The treatment Rodriguez went through uses the patient's own blood, which is drawn from the arm and is then placed in a centrifuge in order to separate a certain protein. That mix with the protein is then injected into the problem area.

Major League Baseball has approved the procedure, and it is even performed in the United States, but Rodriguez went to Germany because the doctor there was at the top of his respective field.

Rodriguez struggled with injuries for much of last season, as he played in just 99 games. He still has six years left on his ten-year, $275 million contract.

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Thursday
Dec292011

Penguins Sidney Crosby Still Experiencing Concussion Symptoms

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby's return to the ice is still unclear. According to head coach Dan Bylsma, Crosby is still experiencing concussion related symptoms after being sidelined earlier this month; he suffered another concussion in a hard hit last season as well.

Crosby hasn't played since December 5 when collided with Boston Bruins center David Krejci. Only one day after the collision, Crosby developed a headache, and has been recovering ever since.

The 24-year old Crosby initially hurt himself last January when he suffered concussions in consecutive games. He didn't return until mid-November. In eight games played this season, Crosby totaled 12 points.

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Thursday
Dec292011

Titans' Munchak 'Flattered' but Not Interested in Penn State Job

NFL via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- As scandal-wracked Penn State University tries to replace former longtime head coach Joe Paterno, the school was hoping they could do so with former lineman and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. But he's not interested.

"You all know Penn State means a lot to me. I obviously went to school there and I'm real concerned for what they've gone through the last couple months. I'm flattered that people think I'd be a great fit for the coach there," Munchak said on Wednesday.

"They have not contacted me in any way or talked to me about the possibility of working there. I have not reached out to them. I have a job that I enjoy quite a bit."

Munchak is in his first season as the Titans head coach, and has led them to a 8-7 record so far this season. He played for Paterno at Penn State from 1979-1981.

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Thursday
Dec292011

Terrell Owens Wants Back on the 49ers

MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers recently placed wide receiver Braylon Edwards on waivers, ending his brief stint with the team. Since the team has an open spot for a wide receiver now, one of the greatest 49ers wide receivers of all time would like a reunion. No, not Jerry Rice -- Terrell Owens.

Owens spent his first eight seasons with the team, but his tenure ended rather tumultuously, to put it nicely. Even though its been nearly eight years since he put on a 49ers uniform, Owens wouldn't mind a putting on a 49ers uniform one more time.

"Let em kno if they need me, I'm ready homie!! I'm ready to take em deep!!" Owens said in a tweet directed towards 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who played with Owens in Buffalo.

Whitner responded to Owens, saying he would vouch that Owens was a great teammate in Buffalo. Owens has yet to play for anyone this season after suffering a torn ACL during the summer. The 38-year old seems to have no plans on retiring yet.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/28/11

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (3-0) one upped the Charlotte Bobcats (1-1), 96-95.

The Philadelphia 76ers (1-1) scorched the Phoenix Suns (0-2), 103-83.

The Golden State Warriors (2-1) put away the New York Knicks (1-1), 92-78

The Denver Nuggets (2-0) silenced the Utah Jazz (0-2), 117-100.

The San Antonio Spurs(2-0) took care of the Los Angeles Clippers (1-1), 115-90.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (3-0) edged the Memphis Grizzlies (0-2), 98-95.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) hammered the Detroit Pistons (0-2), 105-89.

The Indiana Pacers (2-0) outpaced the Toronto Raptors (1-1), 90-85.

The Atlanta Hawks (2-0) zapped the Washington Wizards (0-2), 101-83.

The New Orleans Hornets (2-0) stung the Boston Celtics (0-3), 97-78.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) Syracuse (14-0) defeated Seton Hall (11-2), 75-49.

(2) Ohio State (13-1) crushed Northwestern (10-3), 87-54.

(3) Kentucky (12-1) took care of Lamar (8-5), 86-64.

(6) Baylor (13-0) edged (15) Mississippi State (12-2), 54-52

(9) Connecticut (11-1) got past South Florida (7-7), 60-57.

(12) Georgetown (11-1) upended (4) Louisville (12-1), 71-68.

(16) Michigan State (12-2) bounced Indiana (12-1), 80-65.

(19) UNLV (14-2) hammered Central Arkansas (5-7), 124-75.

Missouri State (7-5) upset (21) Creighton (10-1), 77-65

NHL: The Washington Capitals (18-15-2) topped the New York Rangers (22-9-4), 4-1.

The New Jersey Devils (20-15-1) tamed the Buffalo Sabres (17-16-3), 3-1.

The Vancouver Canucks (23-12-2) edged the San Jose Sharks (19-11-4), 3-2 in overtime.

The Boston Bruins (24-9-1) got past the Phoenix Coyotes (18-15-4), 2-1 in a shootout.

The Nashville Predators (19-14-4) put away the Minnesota Wild (20-12-6), 2-1 in a shootout.

The Los Angeles Kings (18-14-5) shut out the Chicago Blackhawks (23-10-4), 2-0.

College Football Bowl Action: Toledo (9-4) beat Air Force (7-6) in the Military Bowl, 42-41.

Texas (8-5) put away California (7-6), 21-10.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Brady & New England Looking for Home Field Advantage

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Mass.) -- Tom Brady's pursuit for his fourth Super Bowl title continues this Sunday afternoon in Foxboro, when the New England Patriots (12-3) take on their AFC East division rivals, the Buffalo Bills (6-9). If the Pats win or tie, they will clinch home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

“Got a big game this week and could put ourselves in a really good position if we win it,” Brady said. “It’s a team we lost to before, and we got to go out and play well.”

These two teams last met back in Week 3, when Buffalo defeated New England on a last-second Rian Lindell field goal.

Brady needs only 103 passing yards to reach 5,000 on the season. He trails Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the league lead by 190 yards. Brees has already broken Dan Marino's single season record of 5,084 passing yards.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Closer Andrew Bailey Dealt To The Red Sox

Oakland Athletics/MLB(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have acquired closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the Oakland Athletics in-exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick, third baseman Miles Head and right-handed pitcher Raul Alcantara.

Bailey will take over the closing duties for Jonathan Papelbon, who left via free agency this off-season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 27-year old Bailey is a two-time all-star, having complied 75 saves and 174 strikeouts during his three-year career. He was named the AL Rookie of the Year in 2009.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Jason Taylor Reportedly Set to Retire

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- ESPN and The Miami Herald both reported Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor will retire after the team's season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Taylor has recorded 139.5 sacks over his 15-year career, which is the most among active players and sixth-most of all time.  He spent the majority of his career with the Dolphins but did spend the 2008 season with the Washington Redskins and played for the Jets in 2010.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

New-Look SEC Releases Football Schedule

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- The Southeastern Conference, which will have 14 teams next season after adding Missouri and Texas A&M, has released its 2012 football schedule.  Missouri will host Georgia in its opener on September 8, and A&M will host Florida on the same day.

LSU and Alabama, who will face off in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national title game on January 9, will play each other on November 3.

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