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Nov052011

Kyle Busch Parked For Remainder of Texas Speedway

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Tex.) -- After Friday night's deliberate hit on Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Nascar Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch has been parked for the remainder of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races this weekend.

"The responsibility that over the past two or three seasons we've given back to the drivers came I think with a very clear understanding that there could be a line that got crossed.  As annoying as the comments that I've made personally in the past about we'll know it when we see it, might of been we saw it last night," said Nascar President Mike Helton on Saturday.

Busch's Joe Gibbs racing teammate, Denny Hamlin will drive the No. 18 car on Saturday in the Nationwide race and Michael McDowell will race the No. 18 Toyota Cup car on Sunday.

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Friday
Nov042011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/4/11

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Washington Capitals (9-2-0) downed the Carolina Hurricanes (5-5-3), 5-1.

The Montreal Canadiens (4-5-2) edged the Ottawa Senators (7-6-0), 2-1.

The Buffalo Sabres (7-5-0) topped the Calgary Flames (5-6-1), 2-1.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (6-5-2) zapped the Chicago Blackhawks (8-2-3) in overtime, 5-4.

The St. Louis Blues (6-6-0) slipped by the Vancouver Canucks (6-7-1), 3-2.

The Dallas Stars (9-3-0) got by the Colorado Avalanche (7-5-1), in overtime, 7-6.

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Friday
Nov042011

Former Cardinals Pitcher Bob Forsch passes away at 61

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsh passed away at the age of 61 on Thursday according to team spokesman Brian Bartow.

Forsh who just recently threw out the first pitch of Game 7 of the World Series was the third-winningest pitcher in franchise history.  His wife, Janice, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

Forsch was the stand-in last week for his longtime manager, Whitey Herzog, who was scheduled to throw out the first pitch, Herzog is still recovering from a fall that left him in a hospital for more than three weeks.

The right-hander played for three World Series teams under Herzog. 

Forsch won 20 games in 1977 and twice was a 15-game winner, and had a career record of 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA.

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Bob Forsch," chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said.

He leaves behind his wife and two daughters.

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Friday
Nov042011

Danica Patrick Excited for Cup Debut

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(FORT WORTH, Tex.) -- Danica Patrick announced on Friday that she will be competing in 10 Sprint Cup races next season, including the season opener at Daytona.

The number on her new Go-daddy.com car will also be 10 for Stewart Haas Racing.

"Ten is my favorite number, it's the number I used when I was racing go karts as a kid," Patrick said.

Along with Daytona, Patrick will also race Cup events at Darlington on May 12, the Bristol night race on August 25, Atlanta on September 2 and four Chase races.  Two other cup races will be determined at a later date.

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Friday
Nov042011

Big East Files Lawsuit Against West Virginia 

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- The Big East Conference filed a lawsuit Friday against West Virginia, less than a week after being sued by the school over its impending move to the Big 12 conference.

At issue is an attempt by the Big East to force West Virginia to honor a conference bylaw calling for a 27-month waiting period before it is able to leave the conference for the Big 12. The suit, filed in Rhode Island Superior Court, alleges the school of breach of contract.

"Today's legal action underscores the Big East conference's stated position that it will vigorously pursue the enforcement of its rights and West Virginia University's obligations under the conference's bylaws, which West Virginia formally agreed to and helped construct," said Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.

The Big East is also seeking damages relating to what it calls an "improper attempted withdrawal in violation of those bylaws."

West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East Monday in an effort to release itself from the conference so it could join the Big 12 for the 2012 season.

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Friday
Nov042011

Francona Reportedly One of Six Candidates to Interview with Cards

G Fiume/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona is expected to interview for the St. Louis Cardinals vacant managerial position, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Cardinals, coming off their eleventh World Series title, are searching for a replacement for Tony La Russa, who announced his retirement from baseball earlier this week. According to a report from Boston sports radio station WEEI, Francona was to interview with the Cardinals Friday but the meeting did not take place.

However, the Cardinals did interview former catcher and current minor-league instructor Mike Matheny for the job. Matheny, who played five seasons in St. Louis, is one of six candidates expected to interview for the position, according to the Dispatch.

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Friday
Nov042011

Sources: NBA Players Discuss Union Decertification

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A group of 50 NBA players -- headlined by All-Stars Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade, and Dwight Howard -- convened over a conference call Thursday with agents and anti-trust lawyers to discuss the notion of decertification, sources told ESPN.com.

According to sources, the nature of the meeting -- the second such call this week -- was to flesh out the ramifications of the decertification process. A source described the meeting as "player-driven" and "player-centric," according to ESPN.com.

Under terms of decertification, at least 30 percent -- approximately 130 players -- must sign a petition in order to trigger a vote, which would then be taken to the National Labor Board for approval. The board would have a window of 45 days to decide the merits of a vote, a period in which negotiations over the current NBA lockout is permitted.

The New York Times reports the group of players intend on pushing its fellow union members on the idea of decertifying if there is no significant progress made between owners and the union during talks scheduled to resume this weekend in New York.

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Friday
Nov042011

Giants' Running Back Bradshaw Has Broken Foot, Still Hopes To Play

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Despite having a cracked bone in his foot, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw still hopes to play this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

The injury occurred last Sunday in the third quarter in the team's win over the Miami Dolphins. Bradshaw ended up coming back into the game and initial X-rays showed no major structural damage, so Bradshaw didn't think it was anything serious. While feels that he should be able to play, Head Coach Tom Coughlin is hoping the team's leading rusher is available against a Patriots team that is ranked ninth in the NFL in run defense.

"In the past he's played with a crack, or whatever you want to call it, a stress crack in his foot, he has played that way in the past," Coughlin said. "I don't know what the determination will be just yet. We will just have to wait and see...what the doctors decide to do."

If Bradshaw is unable to play, Brandon Jacobs is expected to start in his place.

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Friday
Nov042011

Former MLB Outfielder Matty Alou Dies at Age 72

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fomrer major league outfielder Matty Alou died from diabetes complications, according to his former Dominican team, Leones del Escogido.

Alou played for the Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, Athletics, Yankees, and Padres. A two-time all-star, Alou hit .307, 31 home runs, 427 RBIs, 1,777 hits, and 236 doubles in 15 seasons. He also won a batting title back in 1966 with the Pirates, batting .342.

Aside from his career accomplishments, Alou and his brothers Felipe and Jesus made baseball history on September 15, 1963 when they all played in the same outfield together. The three made up the first ever all-brothers outfield in major league history.

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Friday
Nov042011

Predators Lock Up Goalie Rinne with Big Extension

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn) -- The Nashville Predators gave goalie Pekka Rinne a birthday gift he'll never forget. After turning 29 this past Thursday, the team rewarded him with a seven-year, $49 million contract -- the largest in franchise history.

The former Vezina Trophy finalist was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but now Predator fans can take solace knowing they have one of the top goaltenders in the NHL locked up. Rinne is in his sixth season with the Predators and has career win loss record of 101-58-20, a 2.33 goals against average, and a .921 save percentage.

"It's just a big day for me and obviously I couldn't be happier right now," Rinne told The Tennesseean. "It's the organization that drafted me and now I have a chance to play the next seven years here in Nashville. It feels great and I'm so happy right now."

This season, Rinne is 6-4-2, has a 2.28 goals allowed average, a .928 save percentage, and leads the NHL in saves with 307.

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