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Nov152011

DeSean Jackson Apologizes for Missing Meeting, Game

NFL via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson claims he overslept on Saturday, which caused him to miss a special team's meeting. As a result from that, Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid not only suspended Jackson for the game, but banished him from the stadium on game day.

Before the season had even started, Jackson let it be known that he wanted a new contract from the team. Jackson is in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Without Jackson, the Eagles ended up losing to the Cardinals 21-17. Jackson though, did apologize to his team.

"I had, you know, some minutes in the team meeting just to adress the team, to adress the coaches, everybody that was in there," Jackson said. "I kind of just explained to them thing i've been going through. Really, me not being myself, just kind of it being hard to come to work and be happy."

Jackson also said that there was no lingering resentment towards Reid or the rest of the Eagles.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Big Ten Conference Removes Paterno's Name from Trophy

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) In wake of the ongoing sex scandal at Penn State, the Big Ten announced that Joe Paterno's name has been removed from the new Big Ten trophy. Instead, the trophy will now be called the Staag Championship Trophy, after Amos Alonzo Staag.

"We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name off the trophy at this time," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial. We believe that it is important to keep the focus on the players and the teams that will be competing in the inaugural championship game."

Coincidentally, if Penn State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) wins the rest of their games, they will reach the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.

Penn State had no comment of the name change on the trophy.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Season Over for Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub: ESPN

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will be out for the remainder of the season due to a Lisfranc injury. Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that the injury occurred late in the second quarter after a quarterback sneak attempt.

This a huge blow to a team with the best record in the AFC (7-3), and are seeking its first playoff appearance in franchise history.

Replacing Schaub as the team's starting quarterback will be former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who's in his second season with the team. Despite not taking a single snap last season, Leinart is confident he can fill in nicely for the injured Schaub.

"That's what I've wanted for a long time, and that's what I've worked hard for every day and prepared for every day," Leinart said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm just excited about the chance."

Leinart will take over a Texans team that is ranked eighth in the NFL in offense at 396.2 yards per game.

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Monday
Nov142011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/14/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers (11-6-0) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (7-7-3), 5-3.

The Winnipeg Jets (8-9-3) flew past the Tampa Bay Lightning (8-7-2), 5-2

The Buffalo Sabers (10-4-3) outlasted the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout (6-9-3), 3-2.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (4) Connecticut (2-0) bounced Wagner (1-1), 78-66.

(5) Syracuse (2-0) beat Manhattan (1-1), 92-56.

(16) Alabama (2-0) downed Oakland (0-1), 74-57.

(17) Michigan (2-0) waxed Towson (0-2), 64-47.

(21) Marquette (2-0) were 99-68 winners over Norfolk State (0-1).

(24) Missouri (2-0) topped Mercer (1-1), 81-63.

(23) Gonzaga (2-0) got past Washington State (0-1), 89-81

(25) Florida State (2-0) took care of UCF (1-1), 73-50.

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Monday
Nov142011

Craig Kimbrel, Jeremy Hellickson Named Rookies of the Year

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson have been named the league's top rookies, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday.

The 23-year-old Kimbrel won the National League Rookie of the Year award by unanimous vote after saving a rookie-record 46 games for Atlanta in 2011. He also struck out 127 batters over 77 innings of work.

“The goals I’d set for myself are just to help the team,” Kimbrel said. “Do whatever I have to do to help the team and I’ll be happy.”

Hellickson took home American League honors after the 24-year-old helped play a pivotal role in Tampa Bay's winning the AL Wild Card this season, going 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA.

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Monday
Nov142011

Boxing World Remembers Joe Frazier

Chris Smith/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A private funeral was held in Philadelphia Monday for former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. The 67-year-old Frazier passed away on Nov. 7 after a brief battle with liver cancer.

Among those who came to pay their respects included longtime adversary Muhammad Ali, former sparring partner Larry Holmes and promoter Don King.

“Frazier is one of the greatest fighters of all time,” Holmes said. “There’s only a few guys who you can even put in the category, but Joe Frazier was one of the true fighters. Like he said, he go down, he get back up. Joe Frazier had nothing but fight in him.”

Frazier captured the heavyweight title from Jimmy Ellis at Madison Square Garden in 1970. He successfully defended the title four times before losing to George Foreman in 1973.

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Monday
Nov142011

NBA Players Reject Offer, Seek Decertification

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Locked-out NBA players have rejected the league's latest offer and will seek to decertify after meeting for four hours on Monday.

"We want to still make it clear to our fans that this is not something that, although we chose this today, we have not chosen to be in this position," National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher said at a press conference. "A lockout continues to be something that is imposed upon us by the league and by owners. This is not a strike."

The two sides have struggled to figure out how to split up all basketball related income.  The lockout began July 1.

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Monday
Nov142011

Oregon, Fourth in BCS, Back in National Title Hunt

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Oregon moved up from seventh to fourth in the BCS standings after a huge 53-30 win at Stanford Saturday night.  LSU is still number one, followed by Oklahoma State and Alabama.  Oklahoma, ranked sixth last week, moved up to fifth, despite not playing over the weekend.

Stanford and Boise State, which also lost on Saturday to TCU, fell to ninth and tenth in the standings, respectively.

Arkansas, ranked sixth, number seven Clemson, and eighth-ranked Virginia Tech all moved up two spots.

TCU, ranked 19th, and number 25 Florida State, were newcomers to the BCS standings this week.

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Monday
Nov142011

Michael Vick Has Broken Ribs

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced on Monday quarterback Michael Vick has two broken ribs.  Vick suffered the injury during the Eagles' 21-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.  Vick completed less than fifty percent of his passes in the game and threw two interceptions.  Philadelphia fell to 3-6 with the loss.

Reid said it was too early to determine if Vick would be able to play against the New York Giants on Sunday night.

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Monday
Nov142011

Tim Tebow Now 3-1 as the Broncos' Starting Quarterback

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- They may not have been pretty, but the first four games of the Tim Tebow era in Denver this season have been a success. Just try not to be too critical of the statistics.

After the team's 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos improved to 4-5 on the season, and 3-1 with Tebow under center. Kyle Orton, the quarterback Tebow replaced, was just 1-4 for the team when he was the starting quarterback.

Tebow completed just two passes in eight attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown. Tebow had more carries than pass attempts. He made nine carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

"I play this game, and you're on a team to win games and that's it, however we can do that," Tebow said. "You know, I'm a football player first before quarterback, and [will do] whatever we can do to win games."

With the Broncos' win, they are just one game behind the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West division.

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