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Nov282011

Norv Turner on the Hot Seat in San Diego

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers are in a tailspin, losers of their last six games. The latest defeat came this past Sunday: a 16-13 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. The Bolts had a chance to snap out of their funk, but kicker Nick Novak missed a 53-yard, game-winning field goal late in overtime. The Chargers (4-7) are now tied for last place in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I’m not oblivious to any of that,” Chargers head coach Norv Turner said of fans calling for his ouster. “But it’s not something that is going to be an issue for me and I’m not going to talk about it over the next five weeks.”

San Diego’s six-game losing streak is their longest in a decade.

Up next on the Chargers schedule: a Monday-night showdown in Jacksonville against the Jaguars next week.

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Monday
Nov282011

LSU, Alabama Set For Rematch?

iStockPhoto/Thinkstoc(NEW YORK) -- LSU and Alabama remained first and second respectively in the latest BCS standings. Oklahoma State is ranked third, followed by Stanford and Virginia Tech.

If LSU beats Georgia in the SEC title, they will clinch their spot in the BCS national championship game.  Alabama's regular season is over, but it will be tough for Oklahoma State to pass them in the standings even if they beat Oklahoma on Saturday due to the gap in the BCS averages of the two teams.

Unless Oklahoma State can make up that ground in the standings, LSU and Alabama will most likely face each other in the national championship game.  LSU beat the Crimson Tide 9-6 earlier this season.

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Monday
Nov282011

Capitals Fire Head Coach Boudreau

Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Capitals have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.  Former Capitals captain Dale Hunter will take his place.

Washington, which started the season with seven straight wins, has slumped badly since.  Over the weekend, they lost to the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.

Under Boudreau, the capitals made the playoffs easily in each of the past two seasons but crashed out early both times.  As the top seed in 2009, they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and were knocked out by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round last season.

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Monday
Nov282011

Meyer Accepts Ohio State Job

File Photo/ESPN(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Former Florida head football coach Urban Meyer, who won two national titles in Gainesville before stepping down after the 2010 season, has accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State.  Meyer will replace Luke Fickell, who was named head coach after Jim Tressel resigned in May amid an extra benefits scandal involving his players.

The Buckeyes finished the 2011 season with a 6-6 record.  On Saturday, they lost their first game in seven years to arch-rivals Michigan.

Meyer worked as a college football analyst for ESPN after leaving Florida.

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Monday
Nov282011

Texans Lose Another Quarterback, Leinart Likely Done for Season

NFL via Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- It was bad enough that the Houston Texans' playoff hopes had to lie in the hands of backup quarterback Matt Leinart; now the team is down to its third-string quarterback. During the Texans' 20-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Texans quarterback Matt Leinart says he suffered a broken collar bone -- and he'll likely miss the rest of the season.

Leinart joins fellow quarterback Matt Schaub on the injured list. Schaub, who suffered a foot injury two weeks ago, was also sidelined for the season. This leaves the first place Texans dangerously thin at quarterback, and for now, have to rely on rookie T.J. Yates. Yates saw his first NFL action in relief of Leinart.

"I feel for Matt. He was playing good," Yates said. "If there's one thing that this team knows how to do, it's deal with adversity. We've taken an injury almost every game of the year and the team has rallied around each other and found a way to win."

Yates will try and lead the Texans to their first playoff appearance in franchise history.

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Monday
Nov282011

Report: NBA Jersey Sales Dropped During Lockout

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- The NBA lockout may be nearing its end, but its effects can already been seen. According to a report by the New York Post, NBA jersey sales are down a staggering 38%.

As a result of the drop, many online retailers are being forced to offer jerseys at a 15-20 percent discount to make up for lost sales. Last year, total NBA product sales reached nearly $3 billion. As a result of the lockout, this year's sales number could drop all the way to $1 billion.

It remains to be seen how much the handshake agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement will have, if any, on the current jersey sales for the NBA.

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Monday
Nov282011

Kansas Fires Head Coach Turner Gill

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- After a 10-game losing streak, the University of Kansas had seen enough of head coach Turner Gill. University officials have announced they've fired the second-year head coach after a 2-10 season.

Back before the 2010 season, the university hired Gill from the University of Buffalo to a five-year, $10 million deal. Despite being fired, the school still owes Gill about $6 million over the next three years. He was supposed to help Kansas become a relevant and successful program. Instead, he went just 5-19 in his time with Kansas.  

"After a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to place us on the path toward competing for championships in the Big 12 Conference," Kansas Athletic Director Sheanon Zenger said in a statement. "I come to the conclusion reluctantly, because I have the utmost respect for Turner Gill as a quality individual who wants only the best for the young men he coaches."

No word yet on who the university is looking at to replace Gill.

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Monday
Nov282011

Gretzky Passes on Winter Classic Alumni Game

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "The Great One" has made it official: he will not take part in the alumni game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers prior to the NHL's Winter Classic. Gretzky told ESPN.com that despite the team's offer, he has declined the Rangers invitation to take part in the game.

The Winter Classic is the NHL's biggest and most popular regular season game. What makes the game so popular is the unique setting in which the game is played: since 2008, the NHL has held the contest on New Year's Day at an outside area in the city of the home team. This year, the New York Rangers will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers; the event will be held at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The was some hope among Ranger fans that Gretzky would lace up the skates again, but his announcement dashed those hopes. Among the Rangers alumni scheduled to take part, however, are Brian Leetch, Ron Greschner, Ron Duguay, and Mike Gartner

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Sunday
Nov272011

Scoreboard Roundup 11-27-11

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL:  The New York Jets (6-5) got by the Buffalo Bills (5-6), 28-24.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) edged the Kansas City Chiefs (4-7), 13-9

The Oakland Raiders (7-4) topped the Chicago Bears (7-4), 25-20.

The Denver Broncos (6-5) edged the San Diego Chargers (4-7) in overtime, 16-13.

The New England Patriots (8-3) bounced the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7), 38-20.

The Houston Texans (8-3) got past the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8), 20-13.

The Atlanta Falcons (7-4) flew past the Minnesota Vikings (2-9), 24-14.

The Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) downed the Cleveland Browns (4-7), 23-20.

The Tennessee Titans (6-5) popped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7), 23-17.

The Carolina Panthers (3-8) ko'ed the Indianapolis Colts (0-11), 27-19.

The Arizona Cardinals (4-7) trimmed the St. Louis Rams (2-9), 23-20.

The Washington Redskins (4-7) tomahawked Seattle Seahawks (4-7), 23-17.

NHL: The Ottawa Senators (11-10-2) sliced Carolina Hurricanes (8-13-4), 4-3.

The Calgary Flames (9-12-1) popped the Minnesota Wild (13-7-3), 5-2.

The St. Louis Blues (13-8-2) edged the Columbus Blue Jackets (6-14-3), 2-1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (14-8-2) handled the Anaheim Ducks (6-13-4), 5-2

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (17) Pittsburgh (5-1) downed Robert Morris (4-2), 81-71.

(21) Missouri (6-0) blew out Binghamton (0-5), 88-59.

(24) Mississippi State (7-1) crushed North Texas (1-3), 82-59.

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Sunday
Nov272011

Bernie Fine Fired by Syracuse

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University has fired associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine on Sunday due to his ongoing child sexual molestation case.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement Sunday.

ESPN's Outside The Lines obtained new audio of a 2002 phone conversation between Laurie Fine, the wife of Bernie Fine, and Bobby Davis, a former ball boy who claims he was sexually abused by Bernie Fine.  In the phone conversation, Laurie Fine says she had concerns her husband had sexually molested him when he was a team ball boy but felt powerless to stop the alleged abuse.

A third accuser has also come forward in the case.  Twenty-three-year-old Zach Tomaselli of Maine says Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.  Tomaselli himself also faces sexual assault charges involving a 14-year-old boy.

Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim issued a statement via WSYR-TV in Syracuse:

"The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

Fine's firing ends his 36-year tenure with Syracuse University.

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