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Tuesday
Oct252011

Cubs Officially Introduce Epstein as Team President

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Theo Epstein was introduced today as the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

Epstein, who spent the last ten seasons in the Red Sox's front office, helped deliver two World Series titles to Boston and hopes to do the same with a team that has not won the Fall Classic since 1908.

The Cubs finished the 2011 season with 71-91 record, and Epstein knows success will not come overnight.

"Over time, and together, we will build a solid foundation that delivers sustained success for the Cubs," Epstein told reporters during his introductory press conference.

That foundation, Esptein believes, begins with strong scouting and player development.  Epstein also plans to meet with Cubs manager Mike Quade in the coming days.

Epstein thanked the Red Sox and their fans for their support over the years, and said he was pleased Cubs fans welcomed him with open arms.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Rangers Top Cardinals 4-2 in Game 5 of World Series; Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Can you hear me now? Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa might be asking that after a phone call may have cost his team a World Series title.

With the game tied at 2 in the eighth inning, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead RBI double off Cardinals reliever Mark Rzepczynski to take a 4-2 lead. The problem though was that Rzepczynski was never supposed to face the red-hot Napoli in the first place. La Russa earlier had called bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist because he wanted pitcher Jason Motte to face Napoli. Lilliquist thought he heard "Lynn," as in relief pitcher Matt Lynn. Lynn was not supposed to pitch that night, and with Motte not ready to go into the game, La Russa was forced to keep Rzepczynski in -- and the team paid for it.

When asked about the miscommuniation between he and the bullpen, La Russa blamed the incident on crowd noise.

"I mean, it's loud down there and sometimes you call down there and you have to wait until the crowd and a guy gets up late. I mean, this is not unusual," La Russa said.

Regardless of how or why it happened, the Rangers are now just one win away from their first World Series title in franchise history. Game 6 will be played Wednesday night in St. Louis.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Jaguars Defeat Ravens on 'Monday Night Football'

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- If your a fan of offense, then Monday night's matchup between the Jaguars and the Ravens wasn't for you.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had only 205 total yards of offense, but it was good enough to upset the heavily favored Baltimore Ravens 12-7. Jacksonville rode the leg of kicker Josh Scobee, who hit four field goals, including three from over 50 yards -- tying an NFL record -- and that was all the team needed. With the win, Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was the 10th overall pick in this past year's draft, won his first NFL game.

As bad as the Jaguars offense was, they looked like the New England Patriots compared to the Ravens offense. The Ravens could only manage 146 total yards on offense, and the Jaguars didn't allow the Ravens to get a first down until the 5:26 mark of the third quarter. The lone offensive bright spot for the Ravens was a five-yard Anquan Boldin touchdown reception with 2:02 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Jaguars improved to 2-5 on the season, while the Ravens fell to 4-2.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Phillies Decline Options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge

L Redkoles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they will not pick up the options on pitchers Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge.

In doing so, the team will save $25 million. Oswalt received a $2 million buyout as opposed to $16 million next season, while Lidge got a $1.5 million buyout instead of $12.5 next season. As a result, both veteran pitchers will be eligible for free agency.

This past season, Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the team while also dealing with a back injury. He was acquired during the 2010 season in a trade with the Houston Astros.

Lidge went 0-2 with a 1.40 ERA in 25 appearances this season with the Phillies. Lidge, who was also acquired in a trade from the Houston Astros before the 2008 season, spent four seasons with the Phils, going 3-11 with a 3.73 ERA and 100 saves. He was a key component in the Phillies 2008 World Series team, saving 41 games in 41 opportunities in the regular season and 7 games in 7 opportunities in the playoffs.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not rule out bringing either player back to the team next season.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Ben Cherington On Deck for Red Sox GM

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- With former general manager Theo Epstein recently leaving the Boston Red Sox to join the Chicago Cubs, the team didn't have to look far to find his replacement. The Sox are set to name former co-GM Ben Cherington as Epstein's replacement on the team that failed to reach the postseason -- despite having one of highest payrolls in baseball.

Cherington started his Major League Baseball career back in 1998 as the video advanced scout for the Cleveland Indians. Only a year later, Cherington was hired by the Red Sox to be the team's mid-Atlantic area scout. Since then he has steadily risen up the Red Sox front office ranks.

Cherington, along with Jed Hoyer, served as Boston's co-GM for a short period during the 2005 off-season, when Epstein walked away briefly from the team's general manager position.

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Monday
Oct242011

Rex Ryan Channels Inner Anchorman

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- After Sunday's 27-21 win over the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan went "Anchorman" on the Chargers on Monday.  "Stay classy, San Diego," said Ryan, taking a line from Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's character in the movie Anchorman.

This came in response to Chargers tight end Randy McMichael saying the Chargers beat themselves by taking their foot off the gas pedal.

Instead of responding to McMichael's statements, Ryan instead praised his defensive backs, Darrelle Revis and Kyle Wilson.  Revis' interception set up the go-ahead Plaxico Burress touchdown and Wilson's sealed the deal.

The Jets will now have a bye week in preparation for a Week 9 showdown with the Buffalo Bills.

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Monday
Oct242011

Closed-Door Meeting on Safety in Wake of Dan Wheldon Death 

HEMERA/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- In wake of the tragic passing of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, a group of about 20 current drivers met at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday with series management to discuss safety.

They met for three hours. Talks were called "preliminary" but "constructive" by IndyCar drivers.  Dario Franchitti, who is serving as one of the unofficial leaders in the talks, said, "How we react to this is critical and I'm very encouraged by what I saw today."

Franchitti is scheduled to participate in manufacturer tests on the 2012 Dallara Indy car next week at Sebring International Raceway with fellow IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.

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Monday
Oct242011

Redskins Lose Hightower, Moss to Injury 

NFL/Washington Redskins(ASHBURN, Va) -- Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower will be out for the season after tearing his ACL in his left knee, and on top of that wide receiver Santana Moss will now miss 5-7 weeks of action with a broken bone in his left hand.

Moss was hurt during the first half and Hightower went down during the third quarter of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Panthers.

This is now a total of five offensive starters who have been sidelined for Washington with significant injuries in the last two weeks.  Before Moss and Hightower suffered the injury bug, they lost tight end Chris Cooley, left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.

They'll travel to Buffalo this week for a showdown with the Bills.

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Monday
Oct242011

Holland Shuts Out Cardinals in Game 4 of World Series

(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Derek Holland pitched the game of his life on Saturday, throwing 8.1 shutout innings in the Texas Rangers' 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the World Series. The win ties the series at two games each.

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to put a stamp on the win. Outfielder Josh Hamilton hit an RBI double in the first for Texas.

Game five is set for Monday night at 8 p.m. The Cardinals will send their ace, Chris Carpenter, to the mound. Texas counters with C.J. Wilson.

Sunday
Oct232011

Tim Tebow Wins First Start of Season

(MIAMI) -- Tim Tebow was shaky at best in his first start of 2011 for the Denver Broncos. However, he was able to work some last-minute magic and force the game into overtime, where Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal to win.

Tebow completed 13 of 27 pass attempts for 161 yards. Most of that came during the final three minutes of the game. He threw two touchdowns and ran for the game-tying two point conversion.

Denver moves to 2-4 with the win.







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