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Monday
Feb272012

Francona: Bad Move By Red Sox Banning Alcohol

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona who spent eight seasons in the clubhouse with his players said on Monday that the recent move by Boston to ban alcohol in the clubhouse was not a good move.

"I think it's a PR move," Francona said on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show. "I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one. You know, it's kind of the old rule ... If your coach in football says no hard liquor on the plane -- I mean, you serve beer and wine -- somebody's going to sneak liquor on the plane.  If you furnish a little bit, it almost keeps it to a minimum."

On Saturday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced the new policy, saying beer consumption would also be cut off on the last leg of road trips.

"I don't think it's a surprise that they put this in effect, or the fact they announced it," Francona said of the alcohol ban. "It's probably more of a PR move just because, you know, the Red Sox [took] such a beating at the end of the year."

Francona managed the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, but watched his team give up a nine-game wild-card lead last September resulting in his firing.

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Monday
Feb272012

Robert Griffin III Runs Fastest Time at NFL Combine

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Baylor quarterback and this year's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL combines on Sunday with an official time of 4.41.

Griffin became the only other quarterback to earn the honor besides Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick who ran a 4.4 during his NFL combine, according to ESPN Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is projected to be the No.1 pick in this year's draft, ran an official time of 4.67.

Griffin and Luck both skipped Sunday's throwing drills as planned, both choosing to do that when their Pro Day comes in March with familiar receivers.

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Monday
Feb272012

Indians' Closer Chris Perez Out 4-6 Weeks

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(GOODYEAR, AZ) -- Cleveland Indians' All-Star closer Chris Perez will miss 4 to 6 weeks thanks to a strained left oblique. Perez was about 30 pitches into his first mound session of the year when he thought he felt a cramp.

Still, Perez hopes to return for opening day.

"Opening Day is not out of the question for me," Perez said. "Four to six weeks is on the long side of when I want to be back out there. Obviously, I have to listen to my body. Now, it's just go out and bang out my rehab."

Perez converted 36 of his 40 save opportunities for the Indians last season.

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Monday
Feb272012

Kobe Bryant Fractures Nose At All-Star Game

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- Not only did Kobe Bryant break a record at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, he also broke his nose.

Bryant was injured when Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade applied a hard foul on Bryant in the third quarter. Bryant stayed in the game for a while before exiting for a CT scan.

Bryant broke Michael Jordan's all-time All-Star game scoring record of 262 points, on a dunk in the third quarter. Bryant finished the game with 27 points, and now has 271 career all-star game points.

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Monday
Feb272012

Mahan Outduels McIlroy to Win Match Play Championship

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(MARANA, AZ) -- It was supposed to be Rory McIlroys day. A win and he would secure the world number one ranking. Instead Hunter Mahan stormed to a quick lead on the front nine and never looked back, beating McIlroy 2-and-1, to win the Accenture Match Play Championship.

"Deep down, you wanted to postpone that crowning of the No. 1 player in the world for Rory," Mahan said. "He'll get there. I mean, he's phenomenal. He's really talented. He'll be No. 1 eventually. But yeah, when you're a player, and I listen to Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo and all those guys, they had him picked to win. And that's what everybody was talking about."

The win is Mahans second match play championship of his career.

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Monday
Feb272012

Durant Leads Western Conference All-Stars to Victory

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 36 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists, leading the Western Conference All-Stars to a 152-149 victory over the Eastern Conference. 

Durant was named MVP.

"I was just being myself," Durant said. "It's my third year, but I feel like I belong now. Everybody was out there feeding me the ball. It's not just me. These guys here, they sacrifice some shots for guys in this all-star game. It feels good to become the MVP."

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had a big night as well. He scored 27 points, which vaulted him past Michael Jordan as the all-time scoring leader in All-Star Game history.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Scoreboard Roundup 2-26-12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA:

The Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 152-149 in the NBA All-Start Game.

NHL:

The Tampa Bay Lightning (28-28-6) shocked the New Jersey Devils(35-22-4), 4-3.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (36-21-5) topped the Columbus Blue Jackets (18-37-7), 4-2.

The Dallas Stars (33-26-4) shined past the Vancouver Canucks (40-16-7), 3-2 in overtime.

The Ottawa Senators (33-23-8) defeated the New York Islanders (26-28-8), 5-2.

The Florida Panthers (29-20-12) put away the Montreal Canadiens (24-29-10), 4-2.

The Minnesota Wild (28-25-9) beat the San Jose Sharks (32-22-7), 4-3.

The Anaheim Ducks (27-25-10) got past the Chicago Blackhawks (33-24-7), 3-1.

College Basketball Top-25:

(15) Wisconsin (21-8) upset (9) Ohio State (23-6), 63-60.

Miami (FL) (17-10) upset (16) Florida State (19-9), 78-62.

(17) Louisville (22-7) got past Pittsburgh (15-14), 57-54.

(24) Indiana (22-7) defeated Minnesota (17-12), 69-50.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Daytona 500 Postponed Due to Rain

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(Daytona Beach, Fla.) -- History was made Sunday in Daytona, but not the kind that race fans were hoping for. For the first time in the 54-year history of the race, the Daytona 500 has been postponed because of rain.

The race is now scheduled to begin this Monday at noon. Officials had waited over four hours for a window to get the track dried off, but it never happened. Another weather problem could be brewing again as the forecast on Monday calls for more rain. NASCAR officials are trying to avoid a Tuesday race at all costs though.

"The longer runway we have tomorrow to get in the Daytona 500, the greater the likihood for us to start and finish the event on Monday," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "There are certainly a lot of considerations that go into the start time decision, and we believe scheduling it for noon gives us the best opportunity for us to get in the race tomorrow."

Eight previous Daytona 500s have endured rain delays, most recently in 2009.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Nationals Extend Zimmerman's Contract Six-Years, $100 Million

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Washington Nationals have young up-and-coming players like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, the team has made it clear that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be the face the of franchise for years to come. The team has signed Zimmerman to a six-year $100 million contract extension that will run through the 2020 season if he option is exercised.

"I love pressure. I don't think people get these kind of contracts that don't want to be in pressure situations," Zimmerman said. "Ever since I've been here, I wanted to be the guy that's up last in the ninth inning. I've wanted to be the guy that everyone looks to. I've wanted to be the so-called leader. I relish being that guy. I love it. I wouldn't have it any other way."

Zimmerman is about to enter his eighth season in Major League Baseball, all with the Nationals. He won the National League's Silver Slugger award in 2009 and 2010, and won a gold glove during the 2009 season. Despite missing 61 games last season, the 27-year old Zimmerman hit .289 while hitting 12 home runs and driving in 49 runs.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Evans Wins NBA's Slam Dunk Competition

Utah Jazz/NBA(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans put on a show during the NBA’s Slam Dunk competition Saturday night, winning the event with an array of creative shots.

Evans won the contest with 29 percent of the vote, edging out Houston Rockets small forward Chad Budinger, Indiana Pacers guard-forward Paul George and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams.

Evans' assortment of dunks included wearing a Karl Malone jersey and dunking over comedian Kevin Hart, who was dressed as a mailman.

The 24 year old has played in only 16 games this season, averaging 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds.

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