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Dec022011

Suh's Appeal Upheld

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's two-game appeal after stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith has been denied by Art Shell.

He will now miss Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints and Dec. 11 against the Minnesota Vikings.  He'll be able to return to practice on Dec. 12.

Lions president Tom Lewand issued a statement saying the club respects the disciplinary process and added "obviously, today's ruling does not impact our preparations for this week's game. We remain exclusively focused on the New Orleans Saints."

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Friday
Dec022011

Boeheim Apologizes for Initial Statements

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim apologized on Friday after his team's 72-68 victory over (10) Florida (5-2) for his initial statements about the sexual abuse case that his former associate coach Bernie Fine is involved in.

"The Penn State thing came out, and the kid behind this is trying to get money," Boeheim said of accuser Bobby Davis in an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard when the news just came out.  "If he gets this, he's going to sue the university and Bernie. What do you think is going to happen at Penn State? You know how much money is going to be involved in civil suits? I'd say about $50 million. That's what this is about. Money."

Since that statement, advocates for sexual abuse have been calling for Boeheim to be fired as head basketball coach.  Fine was fired last Sunday.

"I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made," an emotional Boeheim said in a postgame press conference Friday. "I shouldn't have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that, and I regret any harm that I caused."

Boeheim also said he visited the McMahon Ryan House for child abuse in Syracuse this week and stressed the awareness of this serious issue.

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Friday
Dec022011

Manning Making Progress, Will Increase Training

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who had his third neck surgery in a year and a half in September and has missed the entire season, told reporters on Friday his neck is stable and he is making progress.

"Throwing will be part of this next progression," Manning said. "That is somewhat critical to my job," he joked, "So yeah, I will be throwing and have been doing some throwing, you know, we got to ramp that up a little bit and answer some more questions about where we are."

The Colts, 0-11 on the season, visit the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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Friday
Dec022011

Eagles Coach Reid Defends Jackson, Rips NFL Network

NFL via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, speaking to reporters a day after his team lost 31-14 to the Seattle Seahawks, criticized the NFL Network, which aired the game, for portraying Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson as disinterested on the sidelines.

"Very disappointed in the NFL Network.  Very, very disappointed in the way they portrayed that," Reid said.  "DeSean was all in in that game.  He had a great attitude during that game.  You can take a camera and you can make things look any way you want to make them look."

Jackson had four catches for 34 yards in the loss.  The Eagles fell to 4-8 on the season.

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Friday
Dec022011

NBA Announces Christmas Schedule

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA has officially announced its schedule for its lockout-delayed opening day, which will take place on Christmas.

In the first game, the New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics, followed by Miami at the Mavericks, the Lakers hosting the Bulls, Oklahoma City hosting the Orlando Magic, and the Clippers visiting the Golden State Warriors.

The defending champion Mavericks, who beat the Heat in the Finals last season, will receive their championship rings before their opener.

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Friday
Dec022011

Seahawks Embarrass Eagles 31-14

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Things just keep getting worse for the Philadelphia Eagles. A team that had such high expectations from themselves, the fans, and media heading into the season, is now just 4-8 afer their 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It was bad from the start for the Eagles, as quarterback Vince Young threw an interception on his very first pass of the game. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran all over the Eagles' defense, as he rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, it was another ugly game for Young, who made his third straight start in place of the injured Michael Vick. Young threw a career high four interceptions, and has 8 interceptions in those three starts.

"This has been happening since the beginning of the season, there's nothing really to say," Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said following the loss. "Each time we lose it always lack of concentration, penalties, turnovers, and I could really go on forever."

With the loss, the Eagles clinched just their fourth non-winning season in the 13 years under head coach Andy Reid.

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Friday
Dec022011

Marlins Sign Closer Heath Bell

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have reportedly made their first-ever big free agency signing. According to ESPN.com, the team has signed all-star and now former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell to a three-year contract, pending a physical. The deal is believed to valued at around $9 million per year.

Formerly known as the Florida Marlins, the team has made it their goal to improve the team before they open up their new stadium for the 2012 season.

Over the past few seasons, Bell has arguably been the best closer in all of baseball. Bell had 43 saves last season while posting a 2.44 ERA, and he's the only closer in baseball who has saved 40-plus games over the past three seasons. Bell has only been a full-time closer for the past three seasons; he primarily served as a set-up man during his first two years with the Padres.

Bell has 132 saves over the past three seasons.

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Friday
Dec022011

Texas A&M Fires Mike Sherman

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a 25-25 record after four seasons, Texas A&M has decided to end the Mike Sherman era. The university announced that it will not bring back Sherman following the team's 6-6 record this season.

Sherman's only winning season with the team came last year when the Aggies went 9-4. Coming into this season, the team was ranked in the preseason top-10 and was expected to contend for the Big 12 championship, but the team underachieved, and that led to Sherman's demise.

"I appreciate coach Sherman's selfless service to Texas A&M as our head football coach and his tireless efforts in building leaders of character," Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said in a statement. "He is truly one of the great offensive minds in football, both collegiate and professional, and I know that he has much to offer the game of football in the future."

According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Houston's Kevin Sumlin is the school's top choice to replace Sherman.

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Friday
Dec022011

Bulls Circling Wizards' Young

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bulls are trying to get reigning MVP Derrick Rose some help. The team has talked to the representative for Washington Wizards guard Nick Young.

Young averaged a career high 17.4 points per game last season, and is entering his fifth year in the NBA. Because Young is a restricted free agent, the Wizards have the right to match any offer Young would receive.

"You're always looking for guys that can create shot and break defenses down, particularly in the playoffs," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And hopefully that's something that everybody improves upon."

Last season, the Bulls went an NBA best 62-20.

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Friday
Dec022011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/1/11

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Seattle Seahawks (5-7) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (4-8), 31-14.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-7-4) one upped the Washington Capitals (12-11-1), 2-1.

The New York Rangers (14-5-3) skated past the Carolina Hurricanes (8-15-4), 5-3.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (7-15-3) outlasted the Calgary Flames (10-12-2) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Winnipeg Jets (10-11-4) blanked the Phoenix Coyotes (13-8-3), 1-0.

The Dallas Stars (15-9-1) lassoed the Ottawa Senators (12-11-2), 3-2.

The Nashville Predators (12-9-4) clawed their way a win over the Vancouver Canucks(14-10-1), 6-5

The Los Angeles Kings (13-8-4) edged the Florida Panthers (13-8-4), 2-1

The San Jose Sharks (14-7-1) swam past the Montreal Canadiens 10-11-5), 4-3 in a shootout

Top 25 College Football: (22) West Virginia 30 (9-3) edged out South Florida (5-7), 30-27.

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky (7-0) bounced St. John’s (4-4), 81-59.

Georgetown (6-1) upended (12) Alabama (7-1), 57-55.

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