Stricker Wins Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Think Stock(KAPALUA, Hawaii) -- Steve Stricker said aloha to the 2012 season in a big way, by winning the PGA Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. 

It was the kickoff to a new PGA Tour season and Stricker held on to a three-shot victory over Martin Laird, who closed with a 67.

"It feels really special and really good," said Stricker who struggled up until the fourth round.  "It was a tough last couple of days, the holes shrunk on me a little bit.  I had a lot of patience and just hung in there.  It feels really good to get a win early in the season like this."

Stricker birdied his last hole for a 4-under-par 69 for his 12th career win, which moved him to No. 5 in the world ranking.

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Scott Arniel Ousted in Columbus

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets (11-25-5) fired second-year coach Scott Arniel on Monday after his team has given up big leads and been crushed by opposing teams all season.

Assistant coach Todd Richards takes over on an interim basis until the end of the season, the team announced Monday.

The Blue Jackets currently have the worst record in the NHL.  Arniel was hired as the fifth head coach in Blue Jackets history on June 8, 2010, and was 45-60-18 in 123 games.

Richards will coach in his first game tonight against the Blackhawks in Chicago.

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Source: Tebow Earned $250,000 Bonus for Playoff Win

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow earned $250,000 for beating the Pittsburgh Steelers' in overtime on Sunday.

Reason for it?  Tebow has an escalator of $250,000 in his contract for each playoff victory assuming he participated in at least 70 percent of Denver's plays during the requisite season, according to an NFL source.

He beat that 70 percent by three, playing in 73 percent of the Broncos' plays this season.  After he tossed the 80-yard touchdown pass that stunned Pittsburgh and made Denver 29-23 winners in overtime, he cashed in as well.

That 80-yard overtime winner, according to Twitter, brought in a record 9,420 tweets per second.

The New England Patriots' will be Tebow's next chance of adding another $250,000 to his bank on Saturday night.

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Alabama Wins The BCS National Championship

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) – (2) Alabama (12-1) defeated (1) LSU (13-1) in the BCS Title game Monday night, 21-0, to win their 14th national championship in school history.

Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley hit 5 of 7 field goals.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/9/12

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- College Football:  (2) Alabama (12-1) shut out (1) LSU (13-1) in the BCS National Title Game, 21-0.

NBA: The New York Knicks (5-4) tamed the Charlotte Bobcats (2-7), 91-87.

The Atlanta Hawks (7-3) beat the New Jersey Nets (2-8),106-101.

The Philadelphia 76ers (6-2) bounced the Indiana Pacers (6-3), 96-86.

The Toronto Raptors (4-5) trampled the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-6), 97-87.

The Chicago Bulls (8-2) took care of the Detroit Pistons (2-7), 92-68.

The New Orleans Hornets (3-6) got by the Denver Nuggets (6-4), 94-81.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (17) Connecticut (13-3) topped West Virginia (12-5), 64-57.

Cincinnati (13-4) downed (11) Georgetown (13-3), 68-64.

NHL: The Florida Panthers (21-13-8) skated past the Vancouver Canucks (26-14-3), 2-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (21-15-7) popped the Washington Capitals (21-17-2), 5-2.

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Report: Howard Still Wants Out of Orlando

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Magic center Dwight Howard still wants out of Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The five-time NBA All-Star told the newspaper that "nothing has changed" in regards to his trade request.  

So which team does Howard has his sights set on?

“His first choice is New Jersey-slash-Brooklyn,” ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard said. “He loves the business opportunities that Brooklyn will provide when they go there next season. He loves Deron Williams. They want to play together. They’ve been talking. But he also realizes that just Deron and himself in New Jersey, that team isn’t probably any better than the one he’s on in Orlando right now.”

In nine games this season, Howard has averaged 18.6 points, 14.6 rebounds and two assists.

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Barry Larkin Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

John Reid III/MLB Photos via Getty Images/NBHOF(NEW YORK) -- Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Larkin, 47, a 12-time All-Star, nine-time Silver Slugger and three-time Gold Glove award winner, appeared on 86 percent of the votes, considerably more than the 75 percent required.

Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Larkin admitted he was "shocked" to recieve the news of his election.

"I was absolutely shocked," Larkin said on Sportscenter. "It's such a phenomenal, phenomenal thing -- an honor to even be considered."

"I was just absolutely floored," Larkin continued, before adding, "I'm just so, so proud."

"It's baseball immortality. It's the pinnacle. It's like winning the World Series," Larkin told ESPN.

Asked who he has to thank for the honor, Larkin credited his teammates, fans, and "all the guys who have helped me in my career."

"This is certainly a personal and an individual award, but it's a culmination of people helping me to get me to this level," he said.

Larkin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 22 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, who was posthumously elected to the Hall by the Golden Era Committee last month. Santo passed away in December 2010.

Mark McGwire, whose home run accomplishments were sullied by alleged steroid usage, received only 19 percent of votes cast, his lowest total yet. This is the fifth year McGwire has been denied entry. 

Other notables include: Jack Morris (66.7 percent), Jeff Bagwell (56 percent), Lee Smith (50.6 percent) Tim Raines (48.7 percent), Alan Trammell (36.8 percent), Edgar Martinez (36.5 percent), Don Mattingly (17.8 percent), Dale Murphy (14.5 percent), Rafael Palmeiro (12.6 percent), Bernie Williams (9.6 percent).

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(NEW YORK) -- Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Larkin appeared on 86 percent of the votes, considerably more than the required 75 percent.

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Crennel Agrees to Three-Year Deal as Chiefs Head Coach

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  After going 2-1 while serving as the team's interim head coach, The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed on a three-year contract with Romeo Crennel to become the team's new head coach.

Under recently fired head coach Todd Haley, the team went 5-8, and 19-26 overall during his tenure.

After the team's defense had struggled for most of the season, Crennel took over the team.

"We're going to work very hard, day in and day out to make the fans of the Chiefs proud," said Crennel during his introduction press conference.  "It's important that the players understand that the team is important to me."

Under his watch, they gave up an average of just 11 points per game, including a victory over the then-undefeated Green Bay Packers.

"We are very excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs," Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a prepared statement. "In 30 years as a coach in the National Football Leauge, Romeo has established an outstanding track record of success, and we believe his experience and proven ability make him the best person to help us reach our goal of consistently competing for championships."

Crennel has been a head coach before.  From 2005-2008, he served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, but went just 24-40 over that span.

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Wizards Rashard Lewis Fights with Coach, Refuses To Play

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- $21,136,631 just doesn't buy you what it used to. That would be the salary of Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis. Lewis is one of the few veterans on the 0-8 Wizards, but he isn't acting like it.

According to, Lewis got into a pregame fight with assistant coach Sam Cassell before the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. As a result, he refused to play in the game, and his team lost.

Lewis was not on the Wizards bench, but the team is claiming that he was not there simply becasue of a sore knee. The 32-year old Lewis is in his second season with the Wizards, and he's averaging just 8.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He is in the fifth year of a six-year, $118,000 per year contract that he signed with the Orlando Magic.

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Kings Dustin Penner Injured -- by Pancakes

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hockey is a rough sport, so news that Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Penner had been injured might not come as a surprise -- but how he was hurt definitely is: eating pancakes.

Penner had been dealing with back spasms as of late, but he further aggravated the injury while eating breakfast.

"Apparently it's one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing," Penner said in a interview with L.A. Kings insider Rich Hammond. "I just leaned over to dip some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It's just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes...So it was disappointing. Hopefully it's just an isolated injury, and not something that's going to become chronic."

Penner has just two goals and six assists in 30 games played this season with the Kings.

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