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Tuesday
Feb142012

C-USA and MWC Will Form New Conference

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With so many teams being purged from their conferences, the Mountain West and Conference USA decided to form their own. The new conference could start as early as 2013-14.

It would likely contain between 18 and 24 teams.

"This is an exciting development that will stabilize the current conferences and create the first truly national conference with members in five time zones and television viewership from coast to coast," UNLV president Neal Smatresk said in a statement. "This partnership brings together like-minded institutions to improve the integrity and stability of intercollegiate athletics.

Both conferences have lost some big name tems recently. Conference USA lost Memphis, SMU, Houston and Central Florida, while the Mountain West lost Boise State and San Diego State.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Carmelo Has No Problem with 'Linsanity'

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) --  Carmelo Anthony has no clue why there has been speculation he can't play with the new sensation that is Jeremy Lin.

"I can play with anybody," Anthony said. "People said, could I play with Amare when I first got here?  People say can I play with Jeremy Lin right now? It's funny to me. I accept it...I embrace it. When I get back it will be that much more fun for myself."

The Knicks have won their last three games without Carmelo in the lineup and are currently on a five game winning streak.

Carmelo is expected to return to the court later in the week.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Syracuse Wins a Nail Biter over Louisville

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, KY) -- Syracuse was due for a win. After losing to Louisville the last seven meetings, Syracuse finally was able to pull off the victory beating them 52-52 Monday night in Louisville (20-6). 

Sophomore forward C.J. Fair scored the go-ahead basket with 2:11 left in the game.

"Louisville had our number for the past few years," Fair said, "It feels good to Get Scoop (Jardine) and Kris Joseph a win. Our seniors haven't beat Louisville and it feels good."

The win means the Syracuse (26-1) is still in the running for the overall number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

No Structural Damage to Rose's Back

Chicago Bulls/NBA(CHICAGO)  --  Good and bad news for Bulls fans. The good news: Derrick Rose had a back specialist confirm there is no structural damage to his back. The bad news is there is no timetable set for his return.

"I think he (Derrick) realizes that until he's back to 100 percent that he needs to get his rest and continue with therapy to try to get him back where he's healthy," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "We're always cautious with any injury, and we want to evaluate all the information and have our medical staff keep tabs with what's going on."

The league's reigning MVP has missed Chicago's last two games with what is being called back spasms.

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Monday
Feb132012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/13/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (22-7) scorched the Milwaukee Bucks (12-16), 114-96.

The Philadelphia 76ers (20-9) defeated the Charlotte Bobcats (3-25), 98-89.

The Orlando Magic (18-11) vanquished the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-16), 102-89,

The New Orleans Hornets (5-23) buzzed the Utah Jazz (14-13), 86-80.

The Dallas Mavericks (18-11) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (17-9), 96-92.

The Golden State Warriors (11-14) defeated the Phoenix Suns (12-16), 102-96.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (2) Syracuse (26-1) one upped (19) Louisville (20-6), 52-51.

(4) Kansas (21-5) beat their interstate rival Kansas State (17-8), 59-53.

(9) Baylor (22-4) bounced Iowa State (18-8), 79-64.

NHL: The San Jose Sharks (31-17-6) skated past the Washington Capitals (28-23-5), 5-3.

The Carolina Hurricanes (21-25-11) downed the Montreal Canadiens (23-25-9), 5-3.

The Vancouver Canucks (35-15-6) edged the Phoenix Coyotes (27-21-9) in shootouts, 2-1.

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Monday
Feb132012

Garland Signs Minor League Deal With Cleveland

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Free-agent starting pitcher Jon Garland has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical next week, when the Indians begin spring training.

Garland spent his first eight big league seasons with the White Sox, winning 18 games twice while helping Chicago end their 88-year World Series title drought in 2005. He later went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers twice.

The Indians will give Garland the opportunity to battle for the fifth spot in the rotation along with Kevin Slowey, David Huff, Zach McAllister and Jeanmar Gomez.

The former All-Star owns a career record of 131-119 with a 4.32 ERA in 330 starts.

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Monday
Feb132012

A's Land Yoenis Cespedes

Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a four-year contract worth $36 million with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. He will earn $6.5 million this season, $8.5 million next year and $10.5 million in 2014 and 2015.

The 26-year-old outfielder played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, batting .458 in six games.

Cespedes played eight seasons in Cuba, where he belted a record 33 homers in 2011.

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Monday
Feb132012

Randy Moss Plans on Returning to the NFL

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the greatest wide receivers to put on an NFL uniform wants to come back to the gridiron. Former All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss wants to make a return to the NFL after sitting out last season and announcing his retirement.

"I just wanna go to a team and play some football," Moss said on a Ustream.tv live video.

"Faith, family, and football, that's my M.O., bro," Moss went on to say. "Your boy be back for the upcoming season."

The 35-year Moss last played in 2010 but struggled to maintain the high level of play football to which fans were accustomed. He started the season with the New England Patriots, was later traded to the Minnesota Vikings, was then waived by Minnesota, and was picked up by the Tennessee Titans. He wound up catching just 28 passes for 393 yards while scoring five touchdowns.

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Monday
Feb132012

Red Sox and David Ortiz Avoid Arbitration, Settle on One-Year Contract

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Big Papi will be staying in bean town for at least one more season. Designated hitter David Ortiz has agreed to a one-year contract worth $14.575 million.

The agreement came just before a scheduled arbitration hearing between the two sides. Ortiz was asking for $16.5 million, but the Red Sox were offering $12.65 million, so they decided to meet down the middle. Ortiz made $12.5 million last season with Boston.

The 36-year-old slugger enjoyed one of his better seasons in recent years in 2011. He batted .309, hit 29 home runs, and drove in 96 runs. He has spent the past nine seasons with the Red Sox, winning the World Series with the team back in 2004 and 2007.

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Monday
Feb132012

Report: Eagles Will Franchise Tag Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If the Philadelphia Eagles want to move on from the DeSean Jackson era, they won't do it without something in return. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the team plans on placing the franchise tag on Jackson.

Jackson, who was picked in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Eagles in 2008, just finished up the last season of his rookie contract. Before the season began, he made it known that he wanted a significant raise and even held out of training camp at one point in protest. Jackson wound up playing the season without a new deal and at times struggled to show why he was a Pro Bowl player the season before.

If Jackson agrees to the franchise tag, he will agree to a one-year deal that will pay him around $9.4 million guaranteed. The Eagles have until March 5 to sign Jackson to a long-term deal. Philadelphia also has the option of trading Jackson as well. Last season Jackson caught 58 passes for 961 yards while also scoring four touchdowns.

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