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Thursday
Jan192012

Indians' Carmona Arrested in Dominican Republic

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested by authorities in the Dominican Republic.

He is accused of using a false identity to try to obtain a U.S. visa, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Colonel Maximo Aybar Baez, a spokeman for the Dominican police, said on his Twitter account that Carmona’s actual name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. Furthermore, authorities say the pitcher is 31 years old and not 28 years old, as he has claimed.

"This arrest is part of the measures taken by the National Police (NP), in coordination with the American Consulate. The NP invited Dominican prospects not to be misled by those who sell fake illusions based on illegality," Baez said on Twitter.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Westbrook Signs Extension with Thunder

National Basketball Association(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- According to Yahoo! Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will be staying with the team for quite some time.

On Thursday, he signed a five-year, $80 million extension. 

"They wanted to wrap him up," said ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein.  "Russell Westbrook wants to stay in Oklahoma City, that's a big factor."

Oklahoma City has the best record (12-3) in the Western Conference, with Westbrook averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds. He was chosen as an All-Star for the first time last season.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Owens Headed to Indoor Football League

MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens will be back in football -- just not the NFL, for now.

Owens will be headed to the Indoor Football League.  Yes, the IFL.

He announced on Twitter, via a video, that he will play for and also be the part-owner of the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.

"Uh-oh, it's official. It just went down. I'm headed back to Texas. That's right. IFL, here I come. Allen, Texas, here I come. I'm gonna be me." said Owens.  "Allen, Texas, I'll see you in the end zone."

Get your popcorn ready.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Beckham Signs Two Year Deal with Galaxy

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images(CARSON, CA) -- David Beckham signed a two year contract to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the Galaxy.

It will be announced publicly at a 2 p.m. PT news conference held at the Staples Center. 

Beckham, now 36, has spent the last five seasons with the Galaxy, helping the team win a championship last year and raising the profile of soccer in the States nearly singlehandedely--or singlefootedly.

He was courted by clubs in Italy, England, Brazil and the Middle East.

According to sources close to the process, a big part of what lured Beckham back to LA was the teams willingness to let Beckham play for the English Olympic Team if he is chosen.

During his previous five years with the Galaxy, Beckham has scored 11 goals and tallied 31 assists.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Flacco On Reed's Comments: Not that Big of a Deal

Rob Carr/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, MD) --If Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was bothered by teammate Ed Reed's critical comments of him, he is being careful not to talk about it.

Baltimore safety Ed Reed made comments after the Ravens victory over the Texans saying that Flacco seemed rattled by Houston's defense, and that he didn't have a hold on the offense.

"I talked to Ed about it," said Flacco. "It was a little funny to me, a little caught off guard, but it is what it is. We talked about it. It's not really that big of a deal."

Reed later said it was a motivational ploy.

Despite the criticism, Flacco has a 5-3 record as a starter in the playoffs.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Giants' Manning Leaves Practice with Stomach Bug

Elsa/Getty Images(East Rutherford, NJ) -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had to leave practice Wednesday because he felt sick.

"Eli started the practice but didn't finish it," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. "He has a stomach bug. Hopefully it's just a 24 hour deal and he'll feel better tomorrow."

Manning is having a career season this year.  He threw for 4,993 yards and 29 touchdowns during the regular season. So far this postseason, Eli has three touchdown passes in both playoff victories over the Falcons and Packers.

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Thursday
Jan192012

'Mr. Big Shot' Does it Again as Clippers Clip Mavs

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- No Chris Paul, no problem. Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups lived up to his nickname once again. "Mr. Big Shot" hit a three with one second left on the clock, securing the Clippers a 91-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

"It was a great play that we drew up," said Billups. "I was going to throw it to Blake, and I was going to come off a really tight handoff. If I had room to get it, he was going to give it to me. If not, fake it and he'll make a play. They trailed me and I was able to make a good shot."

Billups is known around the league as "Mr. Big Shot," a name he acquired during his days as a Piston, for making so many clutch shots.

Billups and the Clippers will look to keep the momentum alive when the take on the Timberwolves Friday night.

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Wednesday
Jan182012

Scoreboard Roundup 1-18-12

Thomas Northcut/D​igital VisionNBA:

The San Antonio Spurs (10-5) edged the Orlando Magic (10-4), 85-83 in overtime.

The Denver Nuggets (10-5) got past Philadelphia 76ers (10-4),108-104 in overtime.

The Washington Wizards (2-12) stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-3), 105-105.

The Boston Celtics (5-8) routed the Toronto Raptors (4-11), 96-73.

The New Jersey Nets (4-11) topped the Golden State Warriors (5-9), 107-100.

The Phoenix Suns (5-9) got by the New York Knicks (6-8), 91-88.

The Memphis Grizzlies (7-6) stung the New Orleans Hornets (3-11), 93-87.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (6-8) cooled the Detroit Pistons (3-12), 93-85.

The Atlanta Hawks (11-4) defeated the Portland Trail Blazers (8-6), 92-89.

The Sacramento Kings (5-10) stopped the Indiana Pacers (9-4), 92-88.

The Los Angeles Clippers (8-4) nipped the Dallas Mavericks (8-7), 91-89.

 

NHL:

The Washington Capitals (25-18-2) shut out the Montreal Canadiens (17-21-8), 3-0.

The Chicago Blackhawks (28-13-6) dominated the Buffalo Sabres (19-22-5), 6-2.

The Colorado Avalanche (25-21-2) got by the Florida Panthers (21-14-10), 4-3.

The Anaheim Ducks (16-22-7) dumped the Phoenix Coyotes (21-19-7), 6-2.

College Basketball Top 25:

Nebraska (10-8) upset (11) Indiana (15-4), 70-69.

(12) Murray State (19-0) topped Morehead State (9-11), 66-60.

Cincinnati (15-4) upset (13) UCONN (14-4), 70-67.

(19) Creighton (17-2) edged Missouri State (11-9), 66-5

Ole Miss (12-6) upset (18) Mississippi State (15-4), 75-68.

(14) UNLV (17-3) crushed TCU (10-7), 101-78.

(16) San Diego State (16-2) defeated New Mexico (15-3), 75-70.

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Wednesday
Jan182012

Rangers Sign Pitcher Yu Darvish To Six-Year Deal

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- After losing top-of-the-rotation starters Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson in consecutive seasons, the Texas Rangers decided it was time to bring in a quality starting pitcher. The team has agreed to a six-year, $60 million contract with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.

The Rangers had until Wednesday to sign the 25-year-old pitcher, 30 days after the team put up a $51.7 million posting bid just to negotiate a contract for him. In total, the Rangers spent $111 million for Darvish, more than the Boston Red Sox spent when they signed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2007. He will be in Arlington on Friday for a press conference.

"We saw a guy who we felt was built to pitch innings and has a classic pitcher's build," Rangers general manager John Daniels said. "He has a real commitment to his conditioning and work ethic. We think he can pitch innings at a high caliber for a large amount of time."

Last season in Japan, Darvish went 18-6 with a league-best 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts. He also walked just 36 batters he faced in 232 innings.

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Wednesday
Jan182012

Rockies Sign Pitcher Jamie Moyer To Minor League Deal

Chris McGrath/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jamie Moyer has taken the term "veteran pitcher" to a whole new level. The now-49-year-old Moyer has agreed to a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies, according to John Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

Moyer's deal includes an invitation to spring training, and he will have a chance to join the Rockies' five-man starting rotation. Along with his age, Moyer is coming off Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, which kept him out all of this past season. In 2010, as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Moyer went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts, including two complete games and one shutout.

Moyer would be entering his 25th season in Major League Baseball. He made his debut during the 1986 season as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Overall, Moyer has a career record of 267-204 with a 4.24 ERA.

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