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Wednesday
Dec282011

LSU Lands Top Quarterback Prospect Kiel

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The rich have got even richer as top-ranked LSU has landed one of the top recruits in the country -- and even better, he's a quarterback. Indiana Prep quarterback Gunner Kiel has committed to the number one-ranked Tigers.

Kiel is the second tier among quarterbacks, and ranked twentieth nationally on the ESPNU 150 list. Kiel decided to attend LSU after weighing other offers from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. He had originally committed to Indiana, but there was growing friction between Kiel's parents and the university, resulting in Kiel to decommit on October 20.

"When I went to Louisiana, it was just awesome," Kiel told MyIndianaFootball.com. "Friday I woke up and I told my parents, 'I'm ready to commit. I want to go to LSU and this is the best place for me.'"

Kiel was named the Gatorade State Player Of the Year in Indiana.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/27/11

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) – NBA: The Miami Heat (2-0) handled the Boston Celtics (0-2), 115-107.

The Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) dominated the Utah Jazz (0-1), 96-71.

The Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) edged the Minnesota Timberwolves (0-2), 98-95.

The Portland Trail Blazers (2-0) put away the Sacramento Kings (1-1), 101-79

The Atlanta Hawks (1-0) clobbered the New Jersey Nets (1-1), 106-70.


Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (11) Wisconsin (12-2) beat Nebraska (8-4), 64-40.

Notre Dame (9-5) upended (22) Pittsburgh (11-3), 72-59.

(23) Virginia (11-1) outshot Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-10), 69-42.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-4) doubled up the Carolina Hurricanes (12-20-6), 4-2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (15-17-3) zapped the Philadelphia Flyers (21-10-4), 5-1.

The Detroit Red Wings (23-12-1) skated past the St. Louis Blues (21-11-4), 3-2.

The Calgary Flames (18-15-4) outlasted the Columbus Blue Jackets (9-22-5) in a shootout, 2-1.

The Montreal Canadiens (14-16-7) topped the Ottawa Senators (17-15-5), 6-2.

The Winnipeg Jets (17-14-5) flew past the Colorado Avalanche (19-18-1), 4-1.

The Florida Panthers (19-11-7) clawed the Toronto Maple Leafs (18-14-4), 5-3.

College Football: Purdue (7-6) defeated Western Michigan (7-6) in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, 37-32.

North Carolina State (8-5) got past Louisville (7-6), 31-24 in the BELK Bowl.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Pitino Done With Coaching In 2017

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- The end of the coaching road is near for Louisville head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. Speaking at a pre-game news conference on Tuesday, the 59-year-old Pitino said he does not plan on coaching beyond his current contract, which ends after the 2016-2017 season.

“When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left,” Pitino said. “My contract’s going to run out in 2017. Not coaching any more after that.”

Pitino is in his 11th season at Louisville, having led the Cardinals to a Final Four appearance in 2005. Before that, he coached at Kentucky from 1989-1997, leading the Wildcats to a national championship in 1996.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Kyle Orton Returns To Denver

Kansas City Chiefs/NFL(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton returns to the Mile High City this Sunday afternoon for the first time since Denver waived him in late November.

Orton was named the starting QB during Broncos training camp, but soon found himself on the bench in favor of Tim Tebow after a 1-4 start. Denver later released the 29-year-old, saving $2.6 million in the process.

Now Orton has a chance to derail the Broncos' playoff hopes by playing spoiler, something he says he's not concerned about.

“I think you got to worry about yourself,” Orton told reporters Tuesday. “There’s still plenty of things to play for just of your group of 53 and I think that’s the approach you got to take.”

Kansas City comes into the showdown with a record of 6-9, while Denver is 8-7. A victory by the Broncos would clinch the AFC West division crown for Denver.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Trial Date Set for Packers' Walden

NFL via Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden, who was arrested the day after Thanksgiving following a fight with his girlfriend and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and domestic abuse, will stand trial on February 16.  Walden has pleaded not guilty.

Walden has played in every game this season and has 57 tackles and three sacks.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Edwards Says 49ers Cut Him

NFL(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Wide receiver Braylon Edwards posted a message on his official website saying he has been waived by the San Francisco 49ers.

"I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense," Edwards said. "I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans."

Edwards had 15 catches for 181 yards this season.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Knicks Claim Guard Lin off Waivers

Houston Rockets/NBA(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks have claimed guard Jeremy Lin off waivers.  Lin, who was released by the Rockets on Sunday and played for the Warriors last season as a rookie, played his college ball at Harvard and is the first Asian American in the NBA since 1947.

The Knicks needed to add guard depth after rookie Iman Shumpert sprained his knee during New York's Christmas Day win over the Boston Celtics.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Missouri Crushes North Carolina, 41-24; Win Independence Bowl

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SHREVEPORT, La.) -- The Missouri Tigers (8-5) ended their 2011 season on a high note.  They took care of the North Carolina Tar Heels' (7-6) 41-24 on Monday night in the Independence Bowl.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the rout.  He also won the MVP award.

Franklin and the rest of the returning Tigers' will be headed to the Southern Eastern Conference next season. 

As for the trophy the Tigers' were going to receive; Missouri's mascot, Truman the Tiger, shattered the Independence Bowl trophy before the game started in a pre-game accident.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Sources: Cowboys Not Looking To Add Quarterback

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS) --  Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder that the Dallas Cowboys will not pursue a quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Giants.

Romo who went down after suffering a bruised hand when he struck Jason Babin's helmet in Saturday's 20-7 loss to the Eagles should be capable of playing, according to sources.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett addressed the injury on Monday and said the team hopes that Romo will be able to practice on Wednesday.

"He needs to play as well as he can play and we're excited again about the opportunity," Garrett said. "He's a tough guy. He's played through injury this year. He's a great competitor. He's excited about the chance to be a part of this thing."

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Mavericks Drop Two Straight

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks (0-2) dropped their second straight game at home on Monday night against the Denver Nuggets (1-0), 115-93. 

Not exactly what Mavericks fans envisioned with their new-look team.

Dallas gave up 20 straight points in the second quarter and had a stretch of 14 straight missed shots during a 9:52 drought between baskets. 

In the third quarter, it got worse.  They trailed by 33, a day after being down 35 to the Heat.

"It's on all of us, but it's on me more than anybody," said Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle.  "I got to have these guys ready to play."

They'll travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Thursday.

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