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Jan052012

ESPN: Marlins Acquire Pitcher Zambrano From Cubs

Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ESPN is reporting that the Carlos Zambrano era is finally over in Chicago. According to reports, the team has traded the embattled Zambrano to the Miami Marlins pending physicals. In return, the Marlins will send Cubs pitcher Chris Volstad, but the Cubs will have to pay $15 million of Zambrano's $18 million salary for the upcoming 2012 season.

Zambrano is the latest addition to the revamped Marlins. He joins free agent additions Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle. The team formerly known as the Florida Marlins, is moving into their new ball park this upcoming season, and are hoping their numerous off-season additions will help get fans to come out to the games.

The 30-year old Zambrano made two all-star teams with the Cubs, as recently as the 2008 season, but its been all downhill since then. The team has had several incidents with Zambrano over his 11-year tenure in the Windy City. He was twice suspended by the team for detrimental conduct, including in this most recent season.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Grizzlies' Randolph Out 6-8 Weeks with MCL Tear

National Basketball Association(MINNEAPOLIS) -- If the Memphis Grizzlies want to build off last year's playoff success and show they're a legitimate threat in the Western Conference this season, they'll have to do it without a key member of their team for an extended period of time. Power forward Zach Randolph tore his right MCL and as a result will miss at least six to eight weeks.

Randolph suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team's game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. This is a huge blow to the Grizzlies on and off the court. Aside from being the team's second leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, the veteran has become their emotional leader. The Grizzlies were expected to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference, but that may change without Randolph getting on the court for the foreseeable future.

To help replace Randolph, the team has traded for center Mareese Speights in a three-team trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Hornets.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Rangers' Tortorella Fined $30,000 for Post-Classic Comments

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite winning the NHL's annual Winter Classic, New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella made some very critical comments about the game's officiating. As a result, he's a little lighter in his wallet. After the team's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Tortorella wondered aloud if some the NHL and NBC were conspiring to take the game into overtime. For his comments, Tortorella has been fined $30,000.

"There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials, or its broadcast partners," said NHL Senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.

"I tainted the Winter Classic with my mouth and I shouldn't have," Tortorella said. "So I apologize to everyone involved."

Tortorella also admitted that he had met with Campbell and the two plan to meet again.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/4/12

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Chicago Bulls (6-1) trampled the Detroit Pistons (2-4), 99-83.

The Miami Heat (6-1) scorched the Indiana Pacers (4-2), 118-83.

The Boston Celtics (4-3) bounced the New Jersey Nets (1-6), 89-70.

The Toronto Raptors (3-3) defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3), 92-77.

The Orlando Magic (5-2) vanquished the Washington Wizards (0-6), 103-85.

The Charlotte Bobcats (2-4) beat the New York Knicks (2-4), 118-110.

The Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) stung the New Orleans Hornets (2-4), 101-93.

The Memphis Grizzlies (3-3) tamed the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-4), 90-86.

The Denver Nuggets (5-2) dethroned the Sacramento Kings (2-5), 110-83.

The San Antonio Spurs (4-2) got past the Golden State Warriors (2-4), 101-95.

The Dallas Mavericks (3-4) scorched the Phoenix Suns (2-4), 98-89.

The Los Angeles Clippers (3-2) dominated the Houston Rockets (2-4), 117-89.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) Syracuse (16-0) took down Providence (11-5), 87-73.

Temple (10-3) upended (5) Duke (12-2), 78-73.

(9) Georgetown (13-1) topped (20) Marquette (12-3), 73-70.

(14) Kansas (11-3) buzzed (23) Kansas State (11-2), 67-49.

(19) Murray State (15-0) were 76-67 winners over Eastern Kentucky (9-7).

NHL: The Boston Bruins (25-10-1) skated past the New Jersey Devils (21-16-2), 6-1.

The Montreal Canadiens (15-18-7) pounded the Winnipeg Jets (19-15-5), 7-3.

The San Jose Sharks (21-11-4) swam past the Anaheim Ducks (10-22-6), 3-1.

The Vancouver Canucks (25-13-3) shut out the Minnesota Wild (21-14-6), 3-0.

College Football: (23) West Virginia (10-3) pounded (15) Clemson (10-4), 70-33.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

NFL Wild Card Preview: Falcons @ Giants

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants will welcome the Atlanta Falcons to East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sunday afternoon in an NFC wild-card showdown.

Big Blue's defense will look to stop a Falcons offense that is ranked 10th overall in the league behind quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Michael Turner and wide receiver Roddy White.  

"They have that quote-unquote reputation," the Giants' Justin Tuck said about the Falcons offensive line. "But in a way it kind of is exciting. Most people, you would call them dirtbags. But it is what it is. We just got to make sure we do our job. If we are doing our job well, then they will be upset and they will be trying to do things to get us off our game and we got to take that as a compliment. But in the same sense you got to protect yourself.”

Falcons center Todd McClure responded that they play within the rules.

“We like to get on the field and protect our guys that have the ball and if that’s considering being a dirtbag, then that’s what we are.” McClure said.

New York qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the regular season when they defeated Dallas to win the NFC East title. It will be Tom Coughlin's fifth postseason appearance as Giants head coach, tying him with Bill Parcells for the franchise mark.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Tampa Bay Rays Sign Fernando Rodney

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free-agent reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract worth $2 million. The deal also includes an option for 2013 worth $2.5 million or a buyout of $250,000.

Playing with the Los Angeles Angels last season, the 34-year-old Rodney went 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 39 relief appearances. He spent 35 games on the disabled list with a strained upper back, and pitched in just two of the Halos' final 29 games of the season.

“Fernando’s pure stuff is top-notch and can beat hitters both in and out of the strike zone,” said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. “We feel he will be able to maximize his ability with us to further strengthen our bullpen.”

In his nine-year major league career, Rodney is 22-39 with a 4.29 ERA and 87 saves. He saved 37 games for Detroit in 2009.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Serena Williams Injured, Withdraws from Tournament

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(BRISBANE, Australia) -- 13-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams sprained her left ankle during her second round match at the Brisbane International.  Williams was able to finish the match, beating Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in straight sets, but withdrew from the tournament afterwards.

Williams is in Australia preparing for the Australian Open, which begins on January 16.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Almirola Will Drive No. 43 Car for RPM

Phil Cavali/ESPN(CONCORD, N.C.) -- Richard Petty Motorsports has announced Aric Almirola will drive the team's No. 43 car in the Sprint Cup Series next season.

"One of the things I am most excited about is to have the chance to drive a car as iconic as the No. 43," Almirola said in a statement. "There is so much history surrounding that number and to have my name above the door will be really special for me."

Almirola, who raced in the Nationwide Series last season, last participated in a Sprint Cup race in 2010.  He is replacing AJ Allmendinger, who is now with Penske Racing.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Torre Quits MLB Job, Wants to Buy Dodgers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former MLB player and manager Joe Torre has quit his job as executive vice president of operations for Major League Baseball and will now focus on trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I am so appreciative of the chance the commissioner (Bud Selig) gave me to see the game from a different perspective by working for Major League Baseball, especially during such a great time for our sport," Torre said in a statement. "I have made this decision because of a unique chance to join a group that plans to bid for the Dodgers. After leaving the field, this job was an incredible experience, one that I enjoyed very much. I want to thank the commissioner and all of my colleagues over the last year, particularly the members of the baseball operations group and the major league umpires."

Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-2010 after winning four World Series titles in twelve seasons with the New York Yankees.  Cash-strapped Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has been forced to sell the team.

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Wednesday
Jan042012

Bryant's 37 puts Lakers past Rockets, 108-99

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Lakers (4-3) have now won four out of their last five games after they took care of the Houston Rockets (2-3), 108-99, on Tuesday night.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was dominant down the stretch of the game and contributed 37 points in the win.  Asked after the game about his injured right wrist, Bryant said, "Sometimes when I follow through, it just catches.  Other times it doesn't. Just kind of had to figure out how to make it consistently not catch."

Lakers center Andrew Bynum recorded his first ever 20-20 game with 21 points and 22 rebounds in the win.

"I'm getting a lot more touches so it's easier to be confident," said Bynum.  The Lakers center added, "I just went out and played hard.  Some boards just fell into my hand, my 20th board I challenged a shot and it went off the backboard kind of rolled on the floor and I picked it up."

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