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Tuesday
Jan242012

Report: Hornets' Gordon Waiting on Stern's Approval for Extension

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- Here we go again. According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon is in a position to receive a contract extension by the team, but it would have to be approved by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Gordon was the key piece in the infamous Chris Paul trade that sent the former Hornets point guard to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The deadline to extend players from the 2008 draft (Gordon was drafted seventh overall) is on Wednesday afternoon, so some sort of resolution to the issue will happen quickly. This is all happening because the NBA currently owns the Hornets franchise and any activity by the team must be approved by Stern. Gordon was told of the sticking point by team general manager Dell Demps.

"In terms of my contract extension, Dell Demps indicated that it's out of his control and NBA commissioner David Stern has the last determination on the contract extension," Gordon told Yahoo! Sports.

If Gordon is not tenured an extension, he will become a restricted free agent.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Alex Ovechkin Suspended Three Games

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has been suspended three games by the NHL for a hit he made on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

The 26-year-old star launched himself at Michalek during overtime of the Capitals game against the Penguins Sunday.  Ovechkin did not receive a penalty for the hit.

This is the third time in three years Ovechkin has been suspended for an action of this kind.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Jorge Posada to Retire

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Long-time New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will retire Tuesday, according to the Yankees.

The 40-year-old Posada played all 17 of his Major League seasons with the Bronx Bombers.

Last year, he hit .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs.

A five-time All-Star, Posada was part of five World Series championship teams and is second all-time in playoff games played.

He finishes his career with a .273 batting average, 275 home runs, and 1,065 RBIs.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Tiger Admits Money Played Role in Starting Season Overseas

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates) -- Tiger Woods said that the appearance fee he receives for playing in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship factored into his decision on where he would start his 2012 season.

Woods isn't the only golfer participating in the event. The tournament boasts the top four players in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Woods decision to play in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship means he will miss the chance to play at the Farmers Insurance event at Torrey Pines, a tournament he has won six times.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Injuries Can't Stop the Celtics from Destroying the Magic

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  The Boston Celtics haven't played very well this season. That is just one of the reasons that makes the C's ability to hold the Orlando Magic to a franchise worst 56 points during an 87-56 victory so surprising.

Boston was also playing without starters Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo and three bench players. That is when you need your captain to step up, and Paul Pierce did, scoring 19 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out seven assists in the victory.

The Magic will get a chance to exact some revenge on the Celtics, when they face off again on Thursday, in Orlando.

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Monday
Jan232012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/23/12

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Boston Celtics (7-9) shut down the Orlando Magic (11-5), 87-56.

The Philadelphia 76ers (12-5) vanquished the Washington Wizards (2-15), 103-83.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (14-3) zapped the Detroit Pistons (4-14), 99-79.

The Atlanta Hawks (13-5) stopped the Milwaukee Bucks (6-10), 97-92.

The Houston Rockets (10-7) rocked the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-10), 107-92.

The Chicago Bulls (16-3) beat the New Jersey Nets (5-13), 110-95.

The San Antonio Spurs (11-7) were two points better than the New Orleans Hornets (3-14), 104-102.

The Dallas Mavericks (11-7) dumped the Phoenix Suns (6-10), 93-87.

The Portland Trail Blazers (10-7) stopped the Sacramento Kings (6-12), 101-89.

The Memphis Grizzlies (10-6) came back and beat the Golden State Warriors (5-11), 91-90.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Syracuse (21-1) defeated Cincinnati (15-6), 60-53.

(5) Kentucky (17-3) topped Texas A&M (11-8), 64-54.

NHL: The Carolina Hurricanes (18-24-9) skated past the Winnipeg Jets (22-21-6), 2-1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (24-19-5) blanked the New York Islanders (19-22-6), 3-0.

The Detroit Red Wings (33-15-1) downed the St. Louis Blues (29-13-6), 3-1.

The Nashville Predators (29-16-4) stung the Columbus Blue Jackets (13-29-6), 4-1.

The Edmonton Oilers (18-26-4) stunned the San Jose Sharks (26-14-6) in shootouts, 2-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (24-16-10) crowned the Ottawa Senators (27-18-6), 4-1.

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Monday
Jan232012

President Obama Welcomes The Bruins To The White House

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins to the White House Monday. The Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals to win their first title in 39 years.

“These Bruins understand that winning the Stanley Cup is more than just men on ice, it’s about the people that stand behind them,” President Obama said.

The team was also honored for their community work off the ice. The Boston Bruins Foundation has donated more than $7 million to various charities throughout New England.

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Monday
Jan232012

Danica Patrick Skipping The Indianapolis 500

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) -- Danica Patrick is putting the Indianapolis 500 in her rearview mirror.

The 29-year-old Patrick announced Monday that she is skipping the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" to run in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. Both races are scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 26th.

“What if there are some issues with qualifying and all of sudden you extend your days?” Patrick said of her decision. "I couldn’t afford the chance to miss a Nationwide race.”

After seven seasons on the IndyCar circuit, Patrick is making the full-time transition to the NASCAR Nationwide series this year. She will be driving for JR Motorsports while also running a limited Sprint Cup schedule for Stewart-Haas Racing.

When Patrick made her IndyCar debut in 2005, she made history by becoming the first female driver to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500. She finished a career-best third in the event in 2009.

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Monday
Jan232012

49ers Kyle Williams Gets Death Threats Via Social Media

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he is getting support from his teammates after his performance in the NFC Championship Game, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams is feeling the heat from the fans in a big way from Twitter and other social media sites. Williams fumbled twice while returning punts, including one late in overtime that led to the New York Giants kicking the game winning field goal.

"@Kyle Williams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it"

-Javier Pasquel

"Jim Harbaugh, please give @Kyle Williams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car."

-Justin Junio

Williams, the son of Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams, has been with the team for the past two seasons after the 49ers drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. During the regular season he caught 20 passes for 241 yards and caught three touchdowns.

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Monday
Jan232012

Oregon's Kelly Turns Down Buccaneers Job

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The search continues for a new coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite early reports that a deal was in place, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will not be jumping ship to the NFL and joining the Bucs.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered," Buccaneers' general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

Why Kelly backed out of the job is still unknown. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Kelly secretly interviewed for the job last week, and had been intrigued by the challenge of coaching in the NFL.

This past season, the Buccaneers went just 4-12 after going 10-6 during the 2010 season. As a result, third-year head coach Raheem Morris was fired and the team has conducted an extensive search to find his replacement. The team have talked to or plan to talk to former coaches such as Brad Childress, Marty Schottenheimer, and Mike Sherman among others.

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