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Nov122011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/12/11

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)  -- NCAA Football Top 10:  LSU (10-0) beat Western Kentucky (5-5), 42-9.

Oklahoma State (10-0) ran past Texas Tech (5-5), 66-6.

Oregon (9-1) crushed Stanford (9-1), 53-30.

Alabama (9-1) downed Mississippi State (5-5), 24-7.

TCU (8-2) shocked Boise State (8-1), 36-35.

Arkansas (9-1) popped Tennessee (4-6), 49-7.

Clemson (9-1) topped Wake Forest (5-5), 31-28.

NCAA Top 25 Basketball: Duke (2-0) stormed past Presbyterian (1-1), 96-55.

Syracuse (1-0) cruised past Fordham (0-1), 78-53.

Wisconsin (1-0) pounded Kennesaw State (0-1), 85-31.

NHL: The Hurricanes (6-8-3) got by the Penguins (10-4-3), 5-3.

The Flames (7-8-1) got by the Avalanche (8-8-1), 4-3.

The Canadiens (7-7-2) edged the Predators (8-5-3), in overtime, 2-1.

The Blue Jackets (3-12-1) trimmed the Jets (5-9-3), 2-1.

The Senators (8-9-1) bopped the Maple Leafs (10-6-1), 5-2.

The Devils (8-6-1) were 3-2 winners in a shootout over the Capitals (10-4-1).

The Red Wings (9-5-1) rocked the Stars (11-5-0), 5-2.

The Kings (8-6-3) topped the Wild (8-5-3), 5-2.

The Bruins (8-7-0) bounced the Sabres (10-6-0), 6-2.

The Blues (8-7-1) shut out the Lightning (8-6-2), 3-0.

The Coyotes (8-4-3) blanked the Sharks (9-5-1), 3-0.

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Saturday
Nov122011

Sam Hornish Jr. Wins at Phoenix

Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images(AVONDALE, Ariz) -- Sam Hornish Jr. won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Hornish Jr. moved to NASCAR full-time in 2008. He had a pair of top-five finishes in 2009 and struggled in 2010 when he was moved to a part-time schedule on the Nationwide Series this season, earning four top-10 finishes.

The former three-time IndyCar champion won his first race in Phoenix ten years ago.

"Just so happy these guys have all worked so hard and we've been on and off all year long and it's been a tough year for us for a lot of different reasons," said an emotional Hornish Jr. with ESPN after the race. "Every ten years I get to come to victory lane here for the first time in different kind of cars."

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Saturday
Nov122011

Mike Krzyzewski Ties Bob Knight For Most All-time

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.)  -- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is one win away from being all alone on the most mens wins in Division I basketball after Duke (2-0) beat Presbyterian (1-1), 96-55 on Saturday.

Coach K now is tied with Bob Knight with 902 wins looking to pass his old coach and mentor on Tuesday against Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.

"I share it with coach, we're the best friends and he's had the most influence on me, so it's a happy day.  We just talked this past week and he said, 'Will you get this thing done quickly, I'm getting tired of saying nice things about you'," Krzyzewski told ESPN after the game when asked about his 902nd victory.

Krzyzewski is now 902-284 in his 37th season as a coach during his time at Army and Duke.

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Saturday
Nov122011

Nebraska Edges Penn State 17-14 In Emotional Game

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(COLLEGE PARK, Pa.) -- Amidst the sex scandal that has rocked the campus of Penn State University that led to the firing of longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, there was still a game that needed to be played. The 12th ranked Lions squared off against 19th ranked Nebraska in a critical Big-10 showdown.

Before the team's battled on the football field, they came together on the field for a group prayer and moment of silence dedicated to the alleged victims of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Once the game started though, all the attention was on the field. Despite strong support from their home fans, Nebraska jumped to a 17-0 lead and Penn State couldn't get enough momentum to come back and win the game. They didn't lose from a lack of effort. Penn State fought back to make it 17-14 in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie in the closing minute, but it just wasn't enough.

One of Joe Paterno's sons, Jay, is on the Penn State coaching staff. When asked if he wanted to tell his dad anything, Paterno gave an emotional response while fighting off tears.

"Just how proud of him I am, and Dad, I wish you were here," Paterno said.  "We love you."

This was the first game Penn State played without Joe Paterno as a coach on the team since November of 1949.

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Saturday
Nov122011

Dodgers Ticket Sales Spike Despite Ongoing Sale

Kirby Lee/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) If there was any doubt about the resentment Los Angeles Dodgers' fans have towards team owner Frank McCourt, then look no further at the team's ticket sales since McCourt announced that he would sell the team.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, season ticket sales are already up 30 percent from this time last season and there has been a 50 percent rise in revenue over the first four days of overall ticket sales.

The Dodgers are one of the most marketable and prestigious teams in baseball, but they have fallen on hard times as of late. Attendance has drastically dropped in recent years. Back in 2009, the Dodgers were number one in baseball in home attendance with an average of 46,440 fans per home game, and were third in attendance for the 2010 season. But this past season, the team's attendance plummeted all the way to eleventh with an average of 36,236 fans per game.

The Dodgers' on the field product has also taken a hit in recent years. The team reached the National League Championship Series during the 2008 and 2009 season, but have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

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Saturday
Nov122011

Louisville's Rick Pitino Gets 600th Career Win

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino celebrated his 600th win as a head coach after his team's 83-48 win over Tennessee-Martin. Pitino becomes just the 26th Division I coach to reach the accomplishment.

The 59-year-old Pitino's first full season as a head coach began in 1978 when he coached at Boston University. Since then, he has made stops at Providence, Kentucky, and now Louisville. He even coached in the NBA. Pitino was the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1987-1989 and the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001.

Pitino's first season with Louisville was in 2001. Since becoming the team's head coach, Pitino has a win-loss record of 246-96. He is the only coach to take three different schools to the Final Four

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Saturday
Nov122011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/11/11

Thomas Northcut/Digital VisionCollege Basketball Top 10:

North Carolina (1-0) handled Michigan State (0-1) 67-55

Kentucky (1-0) cruised past Marist (0-1) 108-58

Ohio State (1-0) got past Wright State (0-1) 73-42

Connecticut (1-0) put away Columbia (0-1) 70-57

Duke (1-0) escaped with a 77-76 win over Belmont (0-1)

Vanderbilt (1-0) defeated Oregon (0-1) 78-64

Louisville (1-0) was victorious over Tenn-Martin (0-1) 83-48

Florida (1-0) routed Jackson St. (0-1) 99-59

NHL:

The Capitals (10-4-0) handled the Devils (7-6-1) 3-1

The Rangers (9-3-3) routed the Hurricanes (5-8-3) 5-1

The Penguins (10-3-3) defeated the Stars (11-4-0) 3-1

The Sabres (10-5-0) cruised past the Senators (7-9-1) 5-1

The Red Wings (8-5-1) shut out the Oilers (9-5-2) 3-0

The Blackhawks (10-4-3) took care of the Flames (6-8-1) 4-1

The Ducks (6-7-3) edged the Canucks (8-8-1) 4-3

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Saturday
Nov122011

North Carolina Tops Michigan State In First-Ever 'Carrier Classic'

U.S. Navy/Handout/Getty Images(CORONADO, Calif.) -- North Carolina and Michigan State wanted to honor the troops on Veteran's Day, and they did so in grand fashion.

Both teams took part in the first ever Carrier Classic. The game was played on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The Carl Vinson conducted Osama Bin Laden's burial at sea after being killed by U.S. Navy Seals. President Obama was even in attendance, as he is a huge basketball fan.

Once the game started though it was all North Carolina. Even though the score may not indicate it, the game was never close as number one ranked North Carolina cruised past Michigan State for a 67-55 victory.

"I absolutely loved it," North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams said. "We had some scary moments. We were worried about the weather from the last week, but it worked and I thought it was great."

 All-American Harrison Barnes led the Tar Heels with 17 points and also pulled down five rebounds.

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Friday
Nov112011

Penn State's Mike McQueary Placed On Administrative Leave

Chris Gardner/Getty ImagesSTATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State Receivers Coach, Mike McQueary, has been placed on administrative leave.  That according to interim Penn State President Rodney Erickson.

McQueary is a key witness in the child sex abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State's campus. McQueary allegedly witnessed former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assault a boy in the Penn State football team's showers back in 2002.

"It became clear that coach McQueary could not function in this role under these circumstances," Erickson said.

McQueary's leave is expected to last the regular season. Penn State originally said McQueary would not be present at the team's game this Saturday against Nebraska due to death threats and concerns over his personal safety.

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Friday
Nov112011

Update On Kindnapping of Wilson Ramos

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Venezuelan authorities are confident that they will solve the kidnapping case of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.

Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint this past Wednesday in front of his Venezuelan home. According to the authorities, the SUV used by the kidnappers to abduct Ramos has been found in a nearby town. Police are searching the surrounding area for further clues.

According to Venezuelan officials, the kidnappers have yet to make any contact with Ramos' family despite the abduction occurring nearly 48 hours ago. There are over 300 officers searching for Ramos.

The number of kidnapping cases has risen drastically over the past decade in Venezuela. In 1998 the number of reported kidnappings was at 52. In 2009 there were 618 kidnappings reported.

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