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Thursday
Nov172011

Matt Cassel Has Successful Surgery On Throwing Hand

National Football League(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent successful surgery Monday on his right throwing hand that he injured in Sunday's, 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

For now, Kansas City has not placed him on the injured reserved list and Chiefs head coach Todd Haley still hopes Cassel will be able to return before the season's end.

The Chiefs next game will be on Monday night against the New England Patriots (6-3).  Tyler Palko will be the starting quarterback and Ricky Stanzi will be the backup.

Kansas City (4-5) sits in a three-way tie for second place with the San Diego Chargers (4-5) and Denver Broncos (4-5) trailing Oakland Raiders (5-4) in the AFC Western Division by one game.

Any chances of a playoff birth now hang in the recovery of Cassel's hand.

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Thursday
Nov172011

Long Beach State upsets (9) Pittsburgh, 86-76

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Long Beach State (2-0) upset (9) Pittsburgh (2-1), 86-76, on Wednesday night. 

With the win, Long Beach State became only the second non-Big East team to win at the Petersen Events Center and shock the Panthers.  It was their first victory over a top-10 team since beating then-No. 1 Kansas in 1993.

"They wanted it more than us.  They worked harder.  They ran harder. They got to loose balls.  They executed better than us.  They outsmarted us," said Pittsburgh senior forward Nasir Robinson who put in 19 points in the loss.

"I appreciate Jamie (Dixon) giving us an opportunity to come in here because he knew we were going to be a good team this year.  It's a tough hurdle to get your kids to believe that they can compete in these environments against a team like this, it was very gratifying," said Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson with ESPN after the win.

49ers senior guard Casper Ware contributed 28 points in the victory.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/16/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: Long Beach State (2-0) upended (9) Pittsburgh (2-1), 86-76.

(14) Wisconsin (2-0) defeated Colgate (1-1), 68-41.

(25) Florida State (3-0) bounced Stetson (2-1), 79-66.

NHL: The Montreal Canadiens (8-7-3) blanked the Carolina Hurricanes (6-10-3), 4-0.

The Chicago Blackhawks (12-4-3) cruised past the Vancouver Canucks (9-9-1), 5-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (9-6-3) got by the Anaheim Ducks (6-8-4), in a shootout, 2-1.

The New Jersey Devils (9-7-1) skated past the Buffalo Sabres (11-7-0), 5-3.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

New Mexico Hires Bob Davie

John Atashian/ESPN(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN college football analyst Bob Davie will be introduced Thursday as New Mexico's new head coach. Labos vice president of athletics Paul Krebs announced the hiring Wednesday.

Davie will become the school's 31st coach, replacing Mike Locksley, who was fired earlier this season after going 2-26.

Davie spent five seasons as the head coach of the Fighting Irish, compiling a record of 35-25. He was let go after the 2001 season.

New Mexico is currently 1-9 on the season.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

College Football Preview: (18) USC @ (4) Oregon

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(EUGENE, Ore.) -- (4) Oregon (9-1) will play host to Pac-12 rival (18) USC (8-2) Saturday night. If the Ducks win, they will clinch the Pac-12 North Division title and a spot in the conference championship game. Since losing their season opener to LSU, Oregon is on a nine-game winning streak, including a 53-30 victory over then-No.3 Stanford last Saturday.

“Whoever is the reigning champs, you are the champs to somebody proves you different,” Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin said. “I said that when we got here. If you are the conference champs, you got to beat them or else you’re not top of the conference.”

Even though the Trojans come into the showdown leading the Pac-12 South Division, they are ineligible to play in the conference title game because of a two-year postseason ban for giving improper benefits to former running back Reggie Bush.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Maddon, Gibson Are MLB Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was named the American League manager of the year, and Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson won the honor for the National League.

Maddon guided the Rays on an improbable run to the playoffs this year, overtaking the Boston Red Sox on the final day of the season before being eliminated in the Divisional Series by the Texas Rangers.

Gibson led the surprising D-Backs to the National League West title this season, though Arizona lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Divisional Series.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

NBA Players Miss First Paychecks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA players missed their first set of paychecks on Tuesday as the lockout drags on. Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, which expired when the lockout began July 1, players would have received 1/12 of their salary on November 15 of each year.

While most of the league's star players will be financially stable during the lockout, other players on the lower rungs of the pay scale may have to start looking for other work.  Some players have already headed overseas to play professionally.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Vick Misses Practice, Status for Sunday Unclear

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who broke two ribs during Sunday's home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, did not practice on Wednesday, and it is still unclear if he will be available for Sunday night's game against the 6-3 New York Giants.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Vick, who was hurt early in the game Sunday but played through the pain, is still sore.

The Eagles, 3-6 on the season, need a win on Sunday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Texans' Andre Johnson Expected Back After Bye

Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- After missing the past six games, Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to return to the team's lineup after their upcoming bye-week. Johnson suffered a hamstring injury back in week four's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnson's return couldn't come at a better time. The team just lost starting quarterback Matt Schaub to a leg injury that will keep him out the rest of the season. Former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart -- who hasn't even thrown a pass since 2009 -- will take over for Schaub.

"It's a great offense to be a part of," Leinart said. "And now we get the best receiver in the NFL back, which is awesome to have. That's going to be great."

Despite Johnson's absence, the Texans are 7-3, boasting the best record in the AFC. The offense hasn't missed a beat either, as the Texans rank third in the NFL in total points

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Steelers' Roethlisberger Has Fractured Thumb, Hopes Not To Miss Any Time

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers bye-week comes at a perfect time for the team, specifically quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger fractured his right thumb at an unknown point during the team's 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but despite the injury during the game, Roethlisberger didn't miss a single play under center for the first place Steelers.

Roethlisberger has played with a similar injury before. Back in 2005 Big Ben had a thumb injury, but it didn't keep the team from winning the Super Bowl that season.

Luckily for Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers, the has the next week off before they take to the field on November 27th against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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