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Wednesday
Dec072011

Nets Coach OK with Williams Opt-Out

New Jersey Nets/NBA(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson has no problem with All-Star point guard Deron Williams opting out of his contract after the season.

"He just wanted to really put it to bed in terms of what he was thinking," Johnson told reporters this week.  "It makes sense for him to do exactly what he's doing obviously, with the rule changing a little bit.  But again we're just excited that he's happy to be here."

Under the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, Williams has the opportunity to sign a more lucrative contract if he opts out. Speaking to WFAN radio in New York earlier this week, Williams, who was acquired last season from the Utah Jazz, said there is a "90 percent" chance he will re-sign with the Nets.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Marlins Officially Introduce Reyes

Florida Marlins/MLB(DALLAS) - On Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings, the Miami Marlins officially introduced shortstop Jose Reyes, who has agreed to a six-year deal with the club. The Marlins have also offered free agent first baseman Albert Pujols a contract, and Reyes talked about the possibility of playing with the nine-time All Star.

"Everybody wants to play with Pujols, you know, but I don't make that decision," Reyes told reporters. "We still have a very good first baseman on our team right now.  It's Gabby Sanchez.  He's a very good player.  The other thing, I can't control it."

Reyes, who said he felt wanted by the Marlins, said Miami's new stadium, the weather, and Miami's close proximity to his native Dominican Republic were all factors in the former New York Met's choosing the Marlins.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Packers Linebacker Walden Charged 

NFL(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden, who was arrested the day after Thanksgiving following a fight with his girlfriend, was officially charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and domestic abuse on Wednesday.  Walden's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Walden, who did play in Sunday's win against the New York Giants, has 45 tackles and three sacks for Green Bay this season.  The Packers host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

David Ortiz Will Accept Arbitration, Return To Red Sox: Report

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Big Papi is staying in Beantown. According to ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com, designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to accept salary arbitration from the Boston Red Sox.

Last season, Ortiz earned $12.5 million and could get a 1-year contract worth as much as $15 million in arbitration. According to sources, the team offered Ortiz a 2-year $18 million contract, but pulled the offer prior to offering arbitration to Ortiz.

The 36-year old Ortiz has spent 14 seasons in the major leagues, and has spent the past nine in Boston. Ortiz has been one of the faces of the Red Sox since he joined the organization, and helped lead the team to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. This past season, Ortiz batted .309, hit 29 home runs, and drove in 96 RBIs.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Texans Will Reportedly Sign Quarterback Jeff Garcia

NFL Photos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans will reportedly sign a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback -- and no, it's not Donovan McNabb. After cutting quarterback Kellen Clemens, the team will will sign 41-year old Jeff Garcia according to reports. Garcia last appeared in the NFL back in the 2009 season, but hasn't thrown a pass since the 2008 season.

Garcia will join a Texans team that has had its top two quarterbacks lost to injury, and have had to turn to a rookie to salvage its season. The Texans are desperate for quarterback production, as the team is tied with the best record in the AFC at 9-3.

The team has started three different quarterbacks in its last three games, and perhaps even more surprisingly, the Texans won every game.

Along with Yates, Garcia will join fellow newcomer Jake Delhomme to round out the team's quarterback roster.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Resigning Jimmy Rollins Is the Phillies' Top Priority

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Despite reports the team had focused its attention to third baseman Aramis Ramirez, the Philadelphia Phillies top priority for the rest of the offseason is resigning longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The problem though, is that the 33-year old Rollins reportedly wants a 5-year deal, while the Phillies are reluctant to even go past three years. There have been reports that the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers have also shown interest in Rollins. Rollins' agent, Dan Lozano, has twice met with the Phillies at the winter meetings. The first meeting reportedly didn't go well, but the second was more positive.

"The theme remains the same: Jimmy wants to remain a Phillie, I think," Phillies general Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "The Phillies want Jimmy Rollins to be their shortstop. I think it's just like everything else, we're just working to get there."

Rollins has spent his entire 11 year career with the Phillies, and won the National League MVP trophy during his 2007 season.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Brett Favre Not Playing for Bears -- Or Any Team -- This Season

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Number four won't be suiting up this season, no matter how many starting quarterbacks go down. Despite speculation, quarterback Brett Favre will not come out of retirement this season under any circumstances.

There were reports that Favre would be interested in playing for the Bears, who would replace injured quarterback Jay Cutler. Favre apparently had said that if the Bears called him, he would listen. That call won't be coming. Despite the reports, Favre is enjoying retirement.

"Inspite of reports about playing with various teams, I'm enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football," Favre said in a statement Tuesday night.

Speculation began over Favre's possible return to the field since the Bears have gone 0-2 without Cutler. Since Favre won't be coming to the Windy City, Caleb Hanie will remain the team's starting quarterback. Hanie has completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes, and has a quarterback rating of just 40.8.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/6/11

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Columbus Blue Jackets (8-16-3) stung the Montreal Canadiens (11-11-6) in a shootout, 3-2.

The St. Louis Blues (15-9-3) downed the Detroit Red Wings (16-9-1), 3-2.

The New Jersey Devils (13-12-1) outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-3) in overtime, 3-2.

The New York Islanders (9-11-5) zapped the Tampa Bay Lightning (11-14-2), 5-1.

The Winnipeg Jets (12-11-4) one upped the Boston Bruins (17-8-1), 2-1.

The Phoenix Coyotes (15-9-3) tamed the Nashville Predators (12-11-4), 3-2.

The Calgary Flames (12-13-2) edged the Carolina Hurricanes (8-17-4), 7-6.

The Anaheim Ducks (8-14-5) got past the Los Angeles Kings (13-10-4), 3-2.

The Vancouver Canucks (16-10-1) pounded the Colorado Avalanche (13-14-1), 6-0.

The Minnesota Wild (18-7-3) skated past the San Jose Sharks (14-9-1), 2-1.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Syracuse (9-0) bounced Marshall (5-2), 62-56.

(4) North Carolina (7-2) pounded Evansville (3-4), 97-48.

(10) Missouri (8-0) defeated Villanova (5-3), 81-71.

(11) Marquette (8-0) topped Washington (4-3), 79-77.

(13) Kansas (6-2) outlasted Long Beach St. (4-4), 88-80.

(15) Pittsburgh (8-1) beat Virginia Military (3-5), 97-70.

(21) Memphis (4-2) took care of Miami (5-2), 71-54.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Washington St. Introduces New Head Coach Mike Leach

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(PULLMAN, Wash.) -- Washington State introduced new head coach Mike Leach to the media Tuesday.  

The 50-year-old Leach previously spent 10 seasons roaming the sidelines as head coach of Texas Tech. During his time in Lubbock, Leach compiled a record of 84-43, leading the Red Raiders to 10 bowl appearances. He was fired before the 2009 season after allegations surfaced that he mistreated a player that was dealing with a concussion.

“Whether you are the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker, I think it’s important to be excited about what you are doing, and be the best at doing your job,” Leach said. “We are going to try to enhance our skills and advance that direction.”

Leach is replacing Paul Wulff, who was axed after going 9-40 in four seasons in Pullman.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

NFL Week 14 Preview: Browns (4-8) @ Steelers (9-3)

Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Cleveland Browns (4-8) travel to the Steel City Thursday night to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3), in a Week 14 AFC North divisional showdown.

The Steelers have dominated the Browns of late, winning 14 of their last 15 meetings, including seven in a row at Heinz Field.

“We understand the significance of this game,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “We understand all the elements at play. We are comfortable with our schedule and our plan.”

Cleveland enters the contest 30th in total offense, facing a Steelers defense that is ranked number one in the league.

Browns quarterback Colt McCoy will be playing with a right knee sprain. He suffered the injury this past Sunday after getting hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Rhodes.

Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. Eastern.

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