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Sunday
Oct302011

No. 4 Stanford Defeats No. 20 USC in Triple Overtime, 56-48

(iStockPhoto/ThinkstockLOS ANGELES) -- Stanford (4) defeated USC (20) in triple-overtime Saturday night, 56-48, to extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The Trojans had the lead with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter but couldn't keep Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor out of the end zone. In the third overtime, Taylor scored the go-ahead touchdown from five yards out.

"Unbelievable. Just the characteristic of this team. Don't stop, never quit. So proud to be part of this team. Unbelievable," Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck told ABC after the game.

USC had a chance to score in the third overtime, but tailback Curtis McNeal fumbled to end the game.

Stanford improves to 8-0 while USC drops to 6-2.

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Saturday
Oct292011

Joe Paterno makes NCAA History

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State head coach Joe Paterno got his 409th career win, breaking the Division I record previously held by Eddie Robinson on Saturday against Illinois in dramatic fashion.

The team trailed the entire game up until Silas Redd's three yard touchdown run put them ahead with 1:08 to go in the fourth quarter.  Illinois drove down the field to set up Derek Dimke for a game tying 42 yard field goal which hit off the right upright as time expired.  This gave Penn State a 10-7 win over Illinois in Happy Valley.

The win improved the Nittany Lions record to (8-1) but more importantly put their head coach Joe Paterno who called the plays from press box in a snowy Beaver Stadium in the history books.

"To do something like this means an awful lot to me."

Paterno thought Dimke was going to make the field goal but instead the sign on the scoreboard in Happy Valley read "Congratulations Coach Paterno, Winningest Coach in Division I College Football."

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Saturday
Oct292011

LeGrand Leads Rutgers Onto Field 

American Football Field Yard Lines iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) -- Former Rutgers defensive tackle, Eric LeGrand led his team out onto the field on Saturday before their game against West Virginia.  This was his first time on the field in Rutgers 41-31 loss to West Virginia.

Last October in a game against Army he was paralyzed from the neck down after a violent collision.  On Saturday he led the team out in his motorized wheelchair with an axe on his lap, which is a symbol of head coach Greg Schiano's theme, "Keep Chopping".

"Leading them out on the field was a great opportunity and it really was a great time. It was a very special moment. I can't even explain it -- it was a very emotional moment," said LeGrand.

LeGrand has been doing analyst work for the Rutgers Radio Network all season and had a chance to visit the ABC TV booth on Saturday for some more color.

"I've actually really enjoyed it.  This something I always wanted to do and since I couldn't go to the NFL right away now, I can start broadcasting and I really enjoy doing this kind of stuff, just speak about the game I love," said LeGrand after he was asked about his Radio and occasional TV experience on SNY.

After his injury last October, doctors said LeGrand would never be able to breathe without a ventilator, but he is now standing for 40 minutes at a time in therapy, and LeGrand predicts he will walk again.

The theme for LeGrand since the tragic incident occured has been "Believe", each day he continues to make strides towards walking again. 

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Friday
Oct282011

St. Louis Cardinals Win World Series With 6-2 Win Over Texas

Michael Heiman/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday in Game 7 of the World Series. This is the Cardinals’ 11th World Series title, second to only the Yankees, who have won 27 titles.

Story developing...


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Friday
Oct282011

NBA Cancels More Games Through November 30th

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After what started out as a day full of optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement might be reached, instead more games have been lost for the 2011-2012 NBA season.

After three straight days of meetings, the NBA Player's Union and Owners were unable to reach a deal despite progress made. As a result, NBA Commissioner David Stern has canceled the rest of the games scheduled to be played in November. There was hope that if a new deal was reached soon, a compacted 82-game schedule was still a realistic goal, but Stern squashed any hope of that.

"It's not practical, possible, or prudent to have a full season right now," said Stern.

The major issue still remaining is the revenue sharing between the players and owners. The Owners offered a 50-50 split of all basketball revenue, but NBA Player's Union President Derek Fisher and NBA Player's Union Executive Director Billy Hunter have stated they won't accept anything less than getting 52.5 percent, meaning they are about $100 million apart annually.

"Derek and I made it clear that we could not take the 50-50 deal to our membership. Not with all the concessions that we granted," Hunter said.

As of now there are no further talks have been scheduled.

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Friday
Oct282011

Ryan Fitzpatrick Agrees To Contract Extension With Bills

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick has gone from journeyman to a franchise quarterback. The former 2005 7th round draft pick from Harvard has agreed to a six-year, $59 million extension with $24 million guaranteed according to ESPN. This is quite the raise for Fitzpatrick, as he is in the last year of a 3-year $7.405 million contract he signed with Buffalo back in 2009.

Even though Fitzpatrick is just 13-15 with the Bills as the starting quarterback, he is the face of a revitalized Buffalo franchise that is in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt. Fitzpatrick is a big reason for the team's surprising success this year; he's currently fifth in the NFL in touchdown passes, fourth in completion percentage, and eighth in quarterback rating.

"It's been a long road. There's been a lot of hurdles on obstacles that I've had to overcome," Fitzpatrick said. "I think we've got this thing headed in the right direction. So to be a part of that, and to be able to continue to be part of that for years to come, I'm really excited about it."

Fitzpatrick's road to stardom was certainly the path less taken. Taken 250th overall, Fitzpatrick originally played for the Rams for two seasons but barely played. He then signed with the Cincinnati where he sparingly played for two seasons before signing with Buffalo. Fitzpatrick took over the team in week 6 of last season, replacing Trent Edwards and has held the starting job ever since.

Fitzpatrick is the first Bills starting quarterback to sign a contract extension with the team since Doug Flutie back in 1999.

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Friday
Oct282011

Angels Set to Introduce DiPoto as New GM: Report

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly set to announce Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto as the team's new general manager.

According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, DiPoto will be introduced as the club's new GM during a press conference Saturday at 12 p.m. local time. Major League Baseball discourages major announcements during the World Series.

DiPoto, 43, is a former big league pitcher who played for the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies from 1993 to 2000. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2006 after scouting for the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and 2004.

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Friday
Oct282011

Fox Scores Big Ratings with Dramatic Game 6

Doug Pensinger/​Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- No Yankees, no problem.

Thursday night's Game 6 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals had the highest ratings for a World Series game not featuring the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox since 2005, according to The Daily.

Fox earned a 13.8 overnight Nielson rating, according to The Daily, which is the highest for a World Series game since the finale of the 2005 Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros series. Overall, the Series is averaging a 10.2 rating through six games -- an increase of four percent from last year's San Francisco Giants/Texas Rangers matchup.

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Friday
Oct282011

West Virginia Joining Big 12

Mitchell Layton/Get​ty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- West Virginia became the latest school to switch conferences Friday, after it announced it is leaving the Big East to accept an invitation to join the Big 12.

Under terms of its departure from the Big East, West Virginia must pay the conference $5 million and is not eligible to join the Big 12 until it completes a 27-month waiting period. The announcement ends days of speculation.

“This move by West Virginia does not come as a surprise,” Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.

West Virginia, a founding member of the Big East's football conference, will be the 10th member of the Big 12, pending Missouri's expected departure to the Southeastern Conference.

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Friday
Oct282011

Houston's Keenum Throws Nine Touchdowns, Breaks FBS Record

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Case Keenum needed to throw five touchdowns against Rice on Thursday to break the Football Bowl Subdivision career record. He did just that and added four more for good measure.

Keenum's nine touchdown passes led the No. 17 Houston Cougars to a 73-34 victory over the Owls at home. He threw career touchdown passes 131-139 along the way, shattering the record set by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell in 2008.

The record-breaking pass came in the third quarter on a 41-yard toss to Charles Sims. Keenum completed 24 of 37 pass attempts for 534 yards.

The closest active quarterback to Keenum's record is No. 5 Boise State's Kellen Moore, in fourth place with 123 touchdown passes.

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