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


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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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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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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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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Phillies Reportedly Agree To Deal With Closer Jonathan Paplebon

Chris McGrath/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Long-time Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Paplebon is heading to the city of brotherly love. According to reports, the former all-star closer has agreed to a four-year $50 million contract with the Phillies pending a physical next week.

When the deal becomes finalized, it will be the largest total package ever signed a relief pitcher. Paplebon's deal would be larger than the contract B.J. Ryan signed with the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2005 for five-years, $47 million. His $12.5 million annual income would be tied the second largest annual salary for a relief pitcher as well.

The deal comes after the Phillies were unable to reach an agreement with former closer Ryan Madson. It was reported the two sides had agreed to a four-year $44 million deal, but talks fell through and the Phillies turned their sights to Paplebon.

Last season for the Red Sox, Paplebon saved 31 games, had 2.93 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP.

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NFL Preview: Giants (6-2) @ 49ers (7-1)

JupiterImages/ YORK) -- The NFC East-leading New York Giants (6-2) will travel to Candlestick Park to take on the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers (7-1) on Sunday afternoon. 

New York comes into the game three games ahead of the Dallas Cowboys (4-4) and are 3-1 on the road so far in the 2011 season.

Even with the successful first half of the season for New York, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is thinking big picture.

"Nobody's going to remember what we did in November," Tuck said. "Nobody's going to remember what we did in December. It's about getting back to that Super Bowl and winning that."

The 49ers have won six games in a row, are 3-1 at home, and could clinch their division by the end of the month with a commanding five game lead over both the Seattle Seahawks (2-6) and the Arizona Cardinals (2-6).

Much of San Francisco's success can be attributed to quarterback Alex Smith, who is having his best season since being drafted in 2005.

"He's every bit the elite quarterback as there is playing in the game right now," head coach Jim Harbaugh said of Smith's progress.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

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NBA Union Looking Over Latest Offer

(NEW YORK) -- NBA commissioner David Stern offered his locked-out players a 72-game season that would start Dec. 15 before talks broke off Thursday night.

But despite the latest offer and after almost 24 hours of talks this week, the players according to sources were still not happy with the financial inducements.  Union leaders were expecting more after they made a commitment earlier in the week to accept a 50/50 split of annual basketball-related income.

"I don't have a crystal ball, I just have the ability to hope that it will come to that and that our players will accept the latest proposal from the NBA," Stern said about the possibility of the players accepting the latest offer.

NBAPA executive director Billy Hunter wasn't thrilled with the latest offer.

"It's not the greatest proposal in the world but I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership and that's what we are going to do," Hunter said.


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Palmer Leads Raiders Past Chargers to Claim First Place

Harry How/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The Oakland Raiders (5-4) took care of the San Diego Chargers (4-5) on Thursday night, 24-17.

With the win, they now sit in first place in the AFC Western Division. 

In his second game as the Raiders quarterback, Carson Palmer passed for 299 yards and tossed two touchdown passes to Denarius Moore in the win.

"I'm not as good of shape as I normally would be but I'm not banged up as I normally would be.  I feel like we just got started, I don't know the difference, these guys have been playing a long time since training camp started, I'm just getting rolling," said Palmer when asked how he felt in his second game in the silver and black.

Raiders head coach Hue Jackson likes what he's seen in only two games from the veteran.

"Carson, he finally got a win as a Raider. I'll tell you there are some plays that he'd go, 'Oh my gosh he wish he had back', but again I'm going to tell you for a guy that's coming off the couch, I think what he's doing is phenomenal," Jackson said.

Raiders running back Michael Bush carried the load for the injured Darren McFadden with 157 yards and a touchdown run in the victory.

San Diego has now lost four games in a row.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship Headed to Network TV This Weekend

Alex Stone/ABC News Radio(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The people who live in Los Angeles become accustomed to seeing celebrities in the streets but there is one man who is getting attention these days by even the non-star struck.

His name is Dana White.  You may have never heard of him but he’s becoming huge in a controversial sport.

White is the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship -- a sport that consists of mixed martial arts and fighting in a cage without boxing gloves.  It is growing incredibly quickly, and has fans around the world, as well as its critics.  White claims the critics are ill-informed. 

“We are the most regulated sport on Earth,” White tells ABC News Radio.  “We are regulated by the government which comes in and oversees what we do from drug testing to making sure the fighters are medically cleared.”

As White battles his critics, he is also celebrating because his sport is set to air live on network television for the first time this weekend.  The match-up between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and UFC heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos could be the official coming out for a sport that is over a decade old.

White could not be more excited, and he proclaims the UFC is about to go mainstream.

“We will finally be on the same level as the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, Nascar,” he said.

White believes getting the UFC on network television is the first step in the popularity of his sport exploding. 

The fighters in this weekend’s match, which will be held in Anaheim, Calif., know the pressure is on them to have a good fight in order to draw national attention, but dos Santos says he also just has to go in and have fun.

“I’m feeling really, really excited for this fight, you know, but I’m feeling the same pressure I felt in my last fights,” says dos Santos.  “You know it’s huge for me and I just want to enjoy everything.”

This weekend’s event is the start of a multi-year deal to put UFC fights on network television.  White says if you don’t know the Ultimate Fighting Championship now, you will soon.

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Theo Fleury Offers Support to Penn State Victims

Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In 2009, former NHL player Theo Fleury admitted he was sexually abused at the age of 14 by his junior hockey coach Graham James in his autobiography, Playing With Fire.

Speaking to ESPN on Thursday, Fleury spoke about the ongoing allegations surrounding former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with molesting eight boys over a 15-year period.

"Every single person that knew about it needs to grab a microphone and a bunch of media people and stand in front and say, 'I enabled exactly what was going on and I didn't say anything about it.  It's the biggest regret I have in my life and for now on I'm dedicating myself to the cause of sexual abuse and I will do everything in my power to change people's ways of how they deal with the situation.'"

Fleury said he is living proof that you can get through the tough times in life and offered to help each victim if they needed advice.

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