Goodell Considering Canceling the Pro Bowl

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This year's NFL Pro Bowl has been criticized by fans and even players this year because of the poor and uninspiring play. The fans who saw the game live in Hawaii even booed the player's effort early on. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell heard those boos, and will consider doing away with the annual game.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes, or even consider eliminating the game if that's the kind of quality of game we're going to provide," Goodell said.

Even though the Pro Bowl has come under fire in recent years, most notably this year, the Pro Bowl was still the highest rated sporting event of that weekend.

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Patriots Release Wide Receiver Tiquan Underwood

NFL Media(INDIANAPOLIS) -- On the eve of the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to make room for defensive lineman Alex Silvestro. The move was not discipline-based, according to ESPN.

Underwood will still receive $88,000 if the Patriots win the game or $44,000 if they lose. He will also be entitled to a Super Bowl ring if New England wins.

The third-year receiver played in six games during the regular season, finishing with three receptions for 30 yards.

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Aaron Rodgers Wins NFL MVP Award

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Saturday night.

Rodgers captured 48 of the 50 votes, with Saints quarterback Drew Brees receiving the other two. He is the first Packer to be named MVP since Brett Favre won three in the mid-1990s.

Rodgers had a stellar year on the gridiron, tossing 4,643 yards along with 45 touchdowns against only six interceptions.

Green Bay finished the regular season 15-1, losing to the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

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Gordon Preparing For 21st Season In NASCAR

John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Entering his 21st season on NASCAR's top circuit, Jeff Gordon has done it all.

The driver of the number 24 has won four NASCAR cup championships, captured the checkered flag at the Brickyard 400 four times and cruised to victory lane at the Daytona 500 three times.

Last year, the 40-year-old Gordon finished eighth in the point’s standings with three victories, 13-top-five and 18 top-ten finishes.

“It was awesome to be able to win three races last year and be in the Chase,” Gordon said. “Going into the Chase, I thought we were in really good shape but obviously the chasing didn’t go our way. We are looking to turning that around and making a big difference when it comes time at the end of the season.”

Gordon made his Cup debut for Hendrick Motorsports in the final race of the 1992 season at Atlanta. The following year, he drove away with Rookie of the Year honors, finishing 14th in the points standings.

The green flag drops on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Feb. 26 with the running of the Daytona 500.

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2012 NFL Hall of Fame Class Announced

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There were six new players announced into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. 

Leading the class was running back for the Jets and Patriots for 11 seasons, Curtis Martin.

"When I get awarded something like the Hall of Fame, it's almost foreign to me," said Martin, the NFL's No. 4 career rusher. "This wasn't something I planned on doing. Football is something I did so I didn't end up jailed or dead."

The other five included in the class were defensive end Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, tackle Willie Roaf, center Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection defensive back Jack Butler.

Cris Carter, Jerome Bettis, and Bill Parcells were among the finalists who will have to wait another year to see if they get the call.

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Scoreboard Roundup 2/4/12

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL:  The Vancouver Canucks (32-15-5) edged the Colorado Avalanche (26-25-3) in a shootout, 3-2.

The Washington Capitals (27-20-4) shut out the Montreal Canadiens (19-24-9), 3-0.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (30-18-4) sliced the Boston Bruins (32-16-2), 2-1.

The New Jersey Devils (29-19-3) bounced the Philadelphia Flyers (30-15-6), 6-4.

The Carolina Hurricanes (20-25-9) crowned the Los Angeles Kings (25-18-10), 2-1.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (23-23-5) doubled up the Florida Panthers (24-16-11), 6-3.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (27-19-6) blanked the Ottawa Senators (27-21-7), 5-0.

The Buffalo Sabres (22-24-6) stopped the New York Islanders (21-22-8) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Nashville Predators (32-17-4) topped the St. Louis Blues (30-14-7), 3-1.

The Phoenix Coyotes (23-21-8) caged the San Jose Sharks (29-15-6), 5-3.

The Dallas Stars (27-22-2) popped the Minnesota Wild (25-19-8) in a shootout, 2-1.

The Edmonton Oilers (21-26-5) edged the Detroit Red Wings (35-16-2) in a shootout, 5-4.

NBA:  The Los Angeles Clippers (14-7) rocked the Washington Wizards (4-20), 107-81.

The Philadelphia 76ers (17-7) downed the Atlanta Hawks (16-8), 98-87.

The Orlando Magic (15-9) got by the Indiana Pacers (16-7), 85-81.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (9-13) stunned the Dallas Mavericks (14-11), 91-88.

The New York Knicks (9-15) clipped the New Jersey Nets (8-17), 99-92.

The Detroit Pistons (6-20) held off the New Orleans Hornets (4-20), 89-87.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12) ripped the Houston Rockets (13-11), 100-91.

The Chicago Bulls (20-6) cruised past the Milwaukee Bucks (10-13), 113-90.

The San Antonio Spurs (16-9) bolted the Oklahoma City Thunder (18-5), 107-96.

The Phoenix Suns (9-14) bopped the Charlotte Bobcats (3-21), 95-89.

The Utah Jazz (13-9) lassoed the Los Angeles Lakers (14-10), 96-87.

The Portland Trail Blazers (14-10) blew by the Denver Nuggets (15-9), 117-97.

The Sacramento Kings (8-15) surprised the Golden State Warriors (8-13) in overtime, 114-106.

Top 10 Men's Basketball:  (1) Kentucky (23-1) blew out South Carolina (9-13), 86-52.

(2) Syracuse (23-1) popped St. John's (10-13), 95-70.

(3) Ohio State (20-3) slipped past (19) Wisconsin (18-6), 58-52.

(4) Missouri (21-2) downed (8) Kansas (18-5), 74-71.

(5) North Carolina (20-3) ko'ed Maryland (13-9), 83-74.

(6) Baylor (21-2) got by Oklahoma State (11-12), 64-60.

(10) Murray State (23-0) beat Tennessee-Martin (3-22), 65-58.

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Syracuse Rout St. Johns, 95-70

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim tied Dean Smith for third place on the victory list with win No. 879 on Saturday after his team took care of St. John's, 95-70.

Fab Melo returned to the court as well after his three-game absence while resolving academic issues, scoring a career high of 14 points.

Syracuse (23-1) lead 41-27 at halftime at Madison Square Garden.

"I had fun. It felt good to be back on the court with my teammates," Melo said. "I felt a little rusty and I wanted to do everything at once but Coach told me to slow down and I did."

With No. 879 out of the way, Boeheim trails only Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski (919) and Bob Knight (902) on the career wins list.

"I can't even see him," Boeheim said when asked about Krzyzewski.   "Dean Smith was an unbelievable coach, one of, I think, the four best ever in college basketball. But we have a long way to go this season."

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Nationals Trying To Keep Phillies Fans Away From Their Ballpark

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you've ever attended a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park or watched one on TV, you may notice that there is alwasy plenty of red in the crowd. only problem there is usually more Phillies red in the stands than people supporting the hometown Nationals.

The Nationals are tired of having Phillies fans invade their park, and they're being proactive about it. The Nationals are implementing the "Take Back the Park" campaign. This weekend, single-game tickets for the May 4-6 series against the Phillies are only available to season-ticket holders and fans who live in the Washington, Virginia, or Maryland area.

"For several years now, our fans, everybody, have been screaming about the number of Phillies fans that invade our park when we have a series here at Nationals Park," Nationals' COO Andy Feffer said. "Frankly, I'm tired of seeing Phillies fans in our ballpark in Washington more than anything.

Despite the high number of Phillies fans at Nationals Ballpark last season, Philadelphia went just 4-5 when they played in Washington last season.

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Sanchez And Holmes Trying To Mend Their Fractured Relationship

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Towards the end of the 2011 season, the New York Jets offense was struggling, and it was evident that quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes were not on the same page.

There was friction between the two players for most of the season, and it was reported that Holmes refused to attend Sanchez' quarterbacks-receivers meetings during the last week of the regular season. Holmes was even benched during that same game because he reportedly was upset he hadn't recorded a catch yet in the game.

According to Jets head coach Rex Ryan though, the two are trying to repair their relationship. Ryan says the two have talked on the phone and may even be planning a trip together in order to grow closer with each other.

"I think they're actually going to get together," Ryan said. "Look, we were all disappointed at the way the season went. That's one thing we have in common. We also have a burning desire to win, right the ship. The previous season, they had great chemistry. There's enough common ground to bring them back."

After making the AFC Championship Game the previous two season, the Jets went just 8-8 in 2011 and missed the playoffs.

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ESPN: Manny Ramirez Deciding Between Three Teams

J. Meric/Gett​y Images(NEW YORK) -- It looks like Manny Ramriez will in fact make his return to Major League Baseball.

Enrique Rojas of reports that the former all-star has some options for his return to the diamond. He is reportedly choosing between the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics are the only team who have publicly expressed interested in the 39-year old Ramirez.

Ramirez played in just five games last season for the Tampa Bay Rays after he was suspended 100 games by Major League Baseball for a second-career positive test for performance enhancing drugs. Instead of serving out his suspension, Ramirez decided that he'd rather retire. Major League Baseball has come out and said that Ramirez will only have to serve 50 games of his suspension if he is signed by a team this season.

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