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Tuesday
Oct252011

Phillies Decline Options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge

L Redkoles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they will not pick up the options on pitchers Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge.

In doing so, the team will save $25 million. Oswalt received a $2 million buyout as opposed to $16 million next season, while Lidge got a $1.5 million buyout instead of $12.5 next season. As a result, both veteran pitchers will be eligible for free agency.

This past season, Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts for the team while also dealing with a back injury. He was acquired during the 2010 season in a trade with the Houston Astros.

Lidge went 0-2 with a 1.40 ERA in 25 appearances this season with the Phillies. Lidge, who was also acquired in a trade from the Houston Astros before the 2008 season, spent four seasons with the Phils, going 3-11 with a 3.73 ERA and 100 saves. He was a key component in the Phillies 2008 World Series team, saving 41 games in 41 opportunities in the regular season and 7 games in 7 opportunities in the playoffs.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not rule out bringing either player back to the team next season.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Ben Cherington On Deck for Red Sox GM

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- With former general manager Theo Epstein recently leaving the Boston Red Sox to join the Chicago Cubs, the team didn't have to look far to find his replacement. The Sox are set to name former co-GM Ben Cherington as Epstein's replacement on the team that failed to reach the postseason -- despite having one of highest payrolls in baseball.

Cherington started his Major League Baseball career back in 1998 as the video advanced scout for the Cleveland Indians. Only a year later, Cherington was hired by the Red Sox to be the team's mid-Atlantic area scout. Since then he has steadily risen up the Red Sox front office ranks.

Cherington, along with Jed Hoyer, served as Boston's co-GM for a short period during the 2005 off-season, when Epstein walked away briefly from the team's general manager position.

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Monday
Oct242011

Rex Ryan Channels Inner Anchorman

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- After Sunday's 27-21 win over the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan went "Anchorman" on the Chargers on Monday.  "Stay classy, San Diego," said Ryan, taking a line from Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's character in the movie Anchorman.

This came in response to Chargers tight end Randy McMichael saying the Chargers beat themselves by taking their foot off the gas pedal.

Instead of responding to McMichael's statements, Ryan instead praised his defensive backs, Darrelle Revis and Kyle Wilson.  Revis' interception set up the go-ahead Plaxico Burress touchdown and Wilson's sealed the deal.

The Jets will now have a bye week in preparation for a Week 9 showdown with the Buffalo Bills.

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Monday
Oct242011

Closed-Door Meeting on Safety in Wake of Dan Wheldon Death 

HEMERA/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- In wake of the tragic passing of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, a group of about 20 current drivers met at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday with series management to discuss safety.

They met for three hours. Talks were called "preliminary" but "constructive" by IndyCar drivers.  Dario Franchitti, who is serving as one of the unofficial leaders in the talks, said, "How we react to this is critical and I'm very encouraged by what I saw today."

Franchitti is scheduled to participate in manufacturer tests on the 2012 Dallara Indy car next week at Sebring International Raceway with fellow IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.

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Monday
Oct242011

Redskins Lose Hightower, Moss to Injury 

NFL/Washington Redskins(ASHBURN, Va) -- Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower will be out for the season after tearing his ACL in his left knee, and on top of that wide receiver Santana Moss will now miss 5-7 weeks of action with a broken bone in his left hand.

Moss was hurt during the first half and Hightower went down during the third quarter of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Panthers.

This is now a total of five offensive starters who have been sidelined for Washington with significant injuries in the last two weeks.  Before Moss and Hightower suffered the injury bug, they lost tight end Chris Cooley, left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.

They'll travel to Buffalo this week for a showdown with the Bills.

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Monday
Oct242011

Holland Shuts Out Cardinals in Game 4 of World Series

(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Derek Holland pitched the game of his life on Saturday, throwing 8.1 shutout innings in the Texas Rangers' 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the World Series. The win ties the series at two games each.

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to put a stamp on the win. Outfielder Josh Hamilton hit an RBI double in the first for Texas.

Game five is set for Monday night at 8 p.m. The Cardinals will send their ace, Chris Carpenter, to the mound. Texas counters with C.J. Wilson.

Sunday
Oct232011

Tim Tebow Wins First Start of Season

(MIAMI) -- Tim Tebow was shaky at best in his first start of 2011 for the Denver Broncos. However, he was able to work some last-minute magic and force the game into overtime, where Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal to win.

Tebow completed 13 of 27 pass attempts for 161 yards. Most of that came during the final three minutes of the game. He threw two touchdowns and ran for the game-tying two point conversion.

Denver moves to 2-4 with the win.

Sunday
Oct232011

Bowyer Wins at Talladega

(Talladega, Ala.) -- Clint Bowyer picked up his first win of the 2011 season, passing Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton on the final lap of the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Coming out of a caution with two laps left, Bowyer pushed Burton away from the pack. That move gave Bowyer a chance to slingshot his way to victory in the final stretch of the race.

Carl Edwards remains in first place in the Sprint Cup standings, finishing in 11th at Talladega. Matt Kenseth is 14 points out of the lead. Brad Keselowski jumped up three spots to third place.

Sunday
Oct232011

Texas Tech Downs Oklahoma (DRAFT)

OKLAHOMA -- Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma's 39 game winning streak at home after their 41 to 38 win in Norman.  The last team to beat the Sooners team at home was TCU in 2005.

"They really whipped us in every part of the game, I told the players we were definitely outcoached and outplayed," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops after the loss.

The Red Raiders improved their record to five and two and the Sooners fall to six and one.

Sunday
Oct232011

Michigan State Stuns Wisconsin (DRAFT)

MICHIGAN -- It was holy Saturday for Michigan State fans on Saturday Night.  The Spartans stunned Wisconsin with a game winning hail mary. 

The game was tied at 31 a piece until Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins launched a 44 yard pass in the air into the endzone that landed in wide receiver Keith Nichol's hands.  The play was reviewed and called a touchdown.

"I don't think you could write a better script, it's pretty special," said Cousins.

Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema said the coaches and players will always remember that play.

Both teams are now six and one for the season.







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