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Tuesday
Dec062011

Packers' Stock Sale Underway

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers have announced more than 1,500 orders for shares of the team were placed within 11 minutes of the start of team's stock sale, which started at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday.

The team, which is selling 250,000 shares for $250 each, will use the money to renovate Lambeau Field, the Packers' home stadium.  It is the fifth time Green Bay has offered stock to the public.

On the field, the defending Super Bowl champion Packers are 12-0 this season.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

NHL Approves Realignment Plan

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) -- The NHL Board of Governors has approved a realignment plan that would give the league four conferences.  Two conferences would have eight teams while the other two would have seven.  The NHL Players' Association still needs to approve the move.

The new realignment plan would cut down the travel time of some West Coast teams.  The changes could be in place as early as next season.  Realignment talk first came up after Atlanta moved to Winnipeg over the summer.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Marlins Make Offer To Pujols

Dilip Vishwanat/ESPN(DALLAS) -- The Miami Marlins have made a contract offer to free agent first baseman Albert Pujols, just days after agreeing to a six-year deal with free agent shortstop Jose Reyes and three-year deal with closer Heath Bell.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Chicago Cubs have also made an offer to Pujols. The St. Louis Cardinals are in the mix to re-sign Pujols, as well. The nine-time All Star has played his entire career in St. Louis.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Sources: Lakers Pursuing Paul and Howard

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- Sources tell ESPN's NBA Insider Chris Broussard that the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to make trades for Orlando Magic all-star center Dwight Howard and New Orleans Hornets all-star guard Chris Paul.

Sources familiar with the situation also said that Los Angeles willing to trade everyone on their roster except for their all-star guard Kobe Bryant.

Broussard says that the Lakers have the financial capacity to pull off acquiring both Howard and Paul.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak spoke to Broussard but would not comment about the Lakers' possibly trading for both players.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Chargers Rout Jaguars, 38-14 on Monday Night

(San Diego Chargers/NFLJACKSONVILLE Fla.) -- The San Diego Chargers (5-7) got back in the win column on Monday night with a 38-14 victory over the Jaguars (3-9) on the road.

Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns in the rout.

His team sits two games back in the AFC West with four left to play. 

"We've won one out of the last seven," said Rivers. "There is four to go, we've been here before. We believe we can do it, so we're going to do our part and see if it's enough."

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Broncos' Petersen Says Everyone Is Tired of the BCS

JupiterImages/Photos.com(NEW YORK) -- Boise State head coach Chris Petersen voiced his frustration on Monday after his Broncos finished in seventh in the BCS standings but were left out of a BCS game.

In an interview on KBOI-TV, Petersen said "everybody is just tired" of the system, which many want to see revised with a playoff-type system like they have in the NFL.

Petersen's team was left out of a BCS game for the fourth time in eight years, despite the team's record. The No. 7 Broncos (11-1) beat by No. 11 Virginia Tech (11-2) and No. 13 Michigan (10-2).

"Everybody's frustrated, nobody really knows what to do anymore," said Petersen.  "It doesn't make sense to anybody.  I don't think anyone is happy anywhere."

Boise State will take on Arizona State (6-6) in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/5/11

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The San Diego Chargers (5-7) defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9), 38-14.

NHL: The Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-2) doubled up the New York Rangers (15-6-3), 4-2.

The Boston Bruins (17-7-1) skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins (16-8-4), 3-1.

The Ottawa Senators (13-11-3) zapped the Tampa Bay Lightning (11-13-2), 4-2.

The Florida Panthers (15-8-4) tamed the Washington Capitals (13-12-1), 5-4.

The Phoenix Coyotes (14-9-3) were 4-3 shootout winners over the Chicago Blackhawks (16-8-4).

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Monday
Dec052011

Miami Marlins Welcome Heath Bell

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Miami Marlins introduced All-Star closer Heath Bell to the media Monday. The 34-year-old Bell signed a three-year deal with the Fish worth $27 million.

“I’m just really excited to be here and hugely honored,” Bell said. “Let’s go play

Bell began his career with the New York Mets, but it wasn't until he went to the San Diego Padres that he developed into one of the top closers in the game.

“There’s just a lot of buzz about the Miami Marlins,” Bell said. “You can see the ownership, they want to go win.”

Another free-agent catch the Marlins have reeled in is shortstop Jose Reyes. The 28-year-old Reyes has agreed to a six-year deal with Miami worth $106 million, according to ESPN.

With Bell and Reyes in the fold, the Marlins are reportedly setting their sights on signing the prize of this year's free-agent class, slugging first baseman Albert Pujols.

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Monday
Dec052011

Heisman Trophy Finalists Announced

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wisconsin running back Monte Ball, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama running back Trent Richardson were announced Monday as the finalists for this year’s Heisman Trophy award.

1995 Heisman Trophy winner and former Ohio State running back Eddie George likes Griffin to take home the trophy.

“Tremendous ballplayer,” George said. “Had signature wins against Oklahoma, Texas, TCU. Blown away by his performances; even in his losses, he was great.”

Griffin has tossed for nearly 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns this season while rushing for 644 yards and nine TDs.

The winner will be announced Saturday night in New York.

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Monday
Dec052011

Bears Confirm Forte Injury

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears have confirmed running back Matt Forte suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee during Sunday's home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.  Bears head coach Lovie Smith would not put a timetable on Forte's return to the field.

"As far as when, I'll just say, you know, we're still evaluating him," Smith told reporters on Monday.  "He looked pretty good this morning, but it is an MCL sprain, he didn't finish the game, so there is concern."

The Bears are already without quarterback Jay Cutler, who had surgery to repair a fractured thumb.  The Bears, 7-5 this season, travel to Denver to take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos on Sunday.

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