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Jan312012

Astros Sign Livan Hernandez To Minor League Deal

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros and right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

The 36-year-old Hernandez pitched for the Washington Nationals last season, going 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts.

The two-time All-Star is a former World Series MVP who helped the Florida Marlins win a championship in 1997.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Peyton Manning Confident About His Playing Future

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Aside from the Super Bowl, the football world is buzzing over the future of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Will he play for the Colts next season? Will he be traded? Will he retire?

These are all questions that cannot be easily answered, as Manning missed the entire 2011 season after recovering from multiple neck surgeries. However, Manning offered some clarity on his future in an interview with ESPN.

"I really feel good. I continue to make progress every day," he said. "Everything that the doctors have told me has been on point, which is encouraging to me. I just had a great day today with rehab, just got back from the facility, and that's what we continue to do. Just keep trying to get better. So far I have. That's the plan from here on out."

There are several factors that could keep Manning from playing with the Colts again. The team holds the number-one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and are expected to select former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Manning is also due a roster bonus of $28 million in March, which can only be avoided if he is cut by then. Lastly, despite Manning's optimism on his health, there are those who feel no matter what Manning says, his health will continue to be an issue and that he's played his last NFL game.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Rob Gronkowski Gives An Update On His Injured Ankle

NFL Media(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Outside of the game itself, one of the biggest story lines going into Super Bowl 46 is the injured ankle of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain during the AFC Championship Game less than ten days ago. Even though the injury can sometimes take over a month to recover from, Gronkowski is going to do whatever he can to make sure he gets to play in his first Super Bowl.

"I don't know yet, we're going day to day," Gronkowski told reporters. "We're making new steps every day and feeling better every single day. You just want to keep going in the right direction. I want to be out there with my team, obviously."

The Patriots are known for their use of their tight ends, including Aaron Hernandez, and Gronkowski is a big part of that. During the regular season the 22-year old caught 90 passes while also scoring 17 touchdowns.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Giants Remain Confident On Media Day

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- While there are many questions heading into Super Bowl 46, one thing that is for certain is the confidence of the New York Giants.

Despite beginning the season 7-7, the rolled into the playoffs after narrowly winning their division. Once the playoffs started, the team resembled the 2007 Super Bowl Giants squad that beat the Patriots. Big Blue has made no secret of the fact that they have confidence in themselves as they take on the Patriots once again in the Super Bowl.

"Our confidence has always been there," Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said. "We always believe and thought that we were making plays and getting to where we are today."

The Patriots had the number-two overall offense during the regular season, but that doesn't seem to bother Giants safety Antrel Rolle.

"We possess a different kind of reads in our secondary that other teams don't really possess," Rolle said. "We're a hands-on defensive back unit and I think once we put our hands on guys its very hard for them to beat us."

The Giants may also have the psychological advantage over the Patriots; during Week 9 of the regular season, the Giants went to New England and defeated the Patriots 24-20.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Mizzou Escapes Texas With a Win

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(AUSTIN, TX) -- Missouri guard Michael Dixon gave the Tigers the lead with 31 seconds left in regulation, to give the fourth ranked Tigers a 67-66 win over Texas.

"They did a good job of denying the wings," Dixon said after the game. "I could see I couldn't get the ball to Phil or Marcus. I was making plays all game, so I just went and made a play."

The win improves Missouri's record to 7-2 in the Big 12, and 20-2 overall.

Dixon finished the game with a game high 21 points, going 9 for 10 from the field including 2 for 2 from three point range.

Next up for Mizzou, a visit from the eighth ranked Jayhawks on Saturday.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Magic Lose Fourth Straight

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Things are getting troublesome in Orlando. After winning five straight, the Magic have know lost 6 of 8, including their fifth straight loss Monday night to the 76ers.

Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy, seemed very frustrated when he addressed the media after the game.

"Right now I wish I had your guys jobs, because you get to coach after the fact." Van Gundy said. "There has been so many other games where you guys have asked, 'why did you guys quit going to Dwight? You know he wasn't getting the ball enough.' So now he gets the ball and he takes five straight shots and goes one for five, and know we're going to him too much."

Howard finished the game with 17 points and 11 boards, shooting 6 for 17 from the floor.

The Magic will get a chance to break the losing streak Wednesday, when they take on the Wizards.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Chiarelli Says Bruins not Looking to Trade Thomas

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in an email to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, that he is not trading all-star goaltender Tim Thomas.

Thomas has come under fire recently for declining an invitation to the White House. The invitation was given to him and his teammates for winning the Stanley Cup.

Thomas was one a key component in the Bruins winning the cup, saving 94 percent of the shots he faced while posting a 1.98 goals against average.

So far this season, Thomas has 20 wins with .933 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average in 31 games.

Thomas was also the winning goalie for Team Chara in Sunday's All-Star Game.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Gleason Gets Four Year Extension with the Hurricanes

Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images(RALEIGH, NC)  -- The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a four year contract extension with defenseman Tim Gleason Monday.

The deal will pay Gleason $3.5 million for the 2012-13 season, $4.5 million for the 2013-14 season and $3.5 million for the 2014-15 season.

The 29 year old defenseman, is in his sixth season with Carolina. This year, he leads all team defensemen with 87 hits and has contributed one goal and 13 assists.

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Monday
Jan302012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/30/12

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Philadelphia 76ers (15-6) defeated the Orlando Magic (12-9), 74-69.

The Chicago Bulls (18-5) zapped the Washington Wizards (4-17), 98-88.

The Miami Heat (16-5) scorched the New Orleans Hornets (4-17), 109-95.

The San Antonio Spurs (13-9) bounced the Memphis Grizzlies (10-10), 83-73.

The Milwaukee Bucks (9-11) stopped the Detroit Pistons (4-18), 103-82.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (10-11) beat the Houston Rockets (12-9), 120-108.

The Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) downed the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-4), 112-100.

The Utah Jazz (12-7) overwhelmed the Portland Trail Blazers (12-9), 93-89.

The Dallas Mavericks (14-8) dumped the Phoenix Suns (7-13), 122-99.


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Monday
Jan302012

Raiders Welcome Allen To Oakland

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders introduced Dennis Allen as their new head coach Monday.

The 39-year-old Allen was previously with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator. He will be taking over for Hue Jackson, who was fired by new general manager Reggie McKenzie.

“We are going to put a team out there that is going to play with passion, that is going to play with emotion, that is going to play with discipline, that is going to play the game the right way,” Allen said.

Allen is the Raiders' seventh head coach since 2003. During that span, the silver and black has gone 45-99, failing to qualify for the postseason each season.

Allen is inheriting a defense that finished 29th in the league, having giving up 31 touchdown passes and 6,021 total yards -- both franchise records.

The Raiders last won the Super Bowl back in 1983, with a 38-9 victory over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl 18.

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