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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/23/11

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Washington Capitals (12-7-1) outlasted the Winnipeg Jets (8-9-4) in overtime, 4-3.

The New Jersey Devils (11-8-1) took care of the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-13-3) in a shootout, 2-1.

The Detroit Red Wings (12-7-1) rolled past the Calgary Flames (8-11-1), 5-3.

The St. Louis Blues (11-8-2) one upped the Pittsburgh Penguins (12-6-4) in overtime, 3-2.

The Florida Panthers (12-6-3) tamed the New York Rangers (10-5-3), 2-1.

The Dallas Stars (13-8-0) edged the Los Angeles Kings (11-7-4) in overtime, 3-2.

The Vancouver Canucks (11-9-1) blanked the Colorado Avalanche (9-12-1), 3-0.

The Phoenix Coyotes (11-6-3) doubled up the Anaheim Ducks (6-11-4), 4-2.

The San Jose Sharks (13-5-1) shut out the Chicago Blackhawks (12-7-3), 1-0.

The Boston Bruins (13-7-0) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (12-8-1) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Philadelphia Flyers (12-6-3) beat the New York Islanders (5-10-4) in overtime, 4-3.

The Montreal Canadiens (10-9-3) blew by the Carolina Hurricanes (8-11-4) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Minnesota Wild (13-5-3) were 3-2 winners over the Nashville Predators (10-7-4).

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (2) Kentucky (5-0) pounded Radford (3-4), 88-40.

(3) Ohio State (5-0) bypassed V-M-I (3-2), 107-74.

(5) Syracuse (5-0) downed Virginia Tech (3-1), 69-58.

(6) Duke (7-0) popped (14) Kansas, 68-61.

Georgetown (4-1) upended (8) Memphis (2-2) in overtime, 91-88.

(10) Baylor (5-0) took care of Texas-Arlington (3-1), 75-65.

(13) Alabama (6-0) destroyed Alabama A&M (2-2), 82-45.

(15) Michigan (5-1) defeated UCLA (1-4), 79-63.

San Diego State (6-1) beat (23) Arizona (4-2), 61-57.

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Sizemore Staying in Cleveland

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Three-time All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $9 million.

The deal includes a base pay of $5 million and another $4 million in incentives based on plate appearances.

Sizemore has had trouble staying on the field the past three seasons, playing in only 210 games. He has undergone five surgeries over the last two years.

The Indians are hoping Sizemore can resemble the player he was from 2005-2008, when he slugged 97 home runs and won two Gold Glove awards.

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Nov232011

Report: Kansas City Chiefs Claim Kyle Orton

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed quarterback Kyle Orton on waivers Wednesday, a source told ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter.

Orton, a seven-year veteran, was placed on waivers Tuesday by the Denver Broncos.

The Chiefs lost starting quarterback Matt Cassel for the season after he broke his throwing hand during a 17-10 loss to Denver in Week 10.  The injury forced Kansas City to turn to backup quarterback Tyler Palko, who threw three interceptions in his first start against New England last Monday night.

So, when can fans expect Orton to take the field for Kansas City?

"As long as he wants to show up and if he shows up, I would imagine by next week he could be the starting quarterback," ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton said. "It’s probably too quickly to put him out there this week."

With the move, Kansas City is responsible for around $2.5 million currently remaining on Orton’s contract.

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Rex Won't Bench Sanchez

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets, who are 5-5 on the season and trying to keep their playoff hopes alive, host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.  Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has received a lot of the blame for his team's recent struggles, but head coach Rex Ryan says he is sticking with his third-year player.

"I'm not going to take him out. He's our quarterback," Ryan told reporters this week when asked if he would be willing to bench Sanchez. "But don't even write that. Let him think it. You know what I mean?" Ryan joked.

Ryan did give backup quarterback Mark Brunell some first team snaps this week, something that angered Sanchez last season when Ryan did the same thing.  Sanchez told reporters it did not bother him this time around.

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Cowboys Not Taking Dolphins Lightly

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys, winners of three straight, host the 3-7 Miami Dolphins, who are also on a three-game win streak, on Thanksgiving Day.  Despite Miami's losing record, the Cowboys are still wary of the Dolphins.

"They're playing better," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters this week.  "They've played some good games early on in the season where they didn't win against good opponents, but also they're just playing better in all three phases of their team."

Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said he is familiar with Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, who James said used to "light us up" during practice when Moore attended Cowboys training camp in 2007.

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Meyer Denies Report He's Accepted Ohio State Job

File Photo/ESPN(NEW YORK) -- Former Florida, Utah, and Bowling Green head coach Urban Meyer, now a college football analyst for ESPN, has denied a report saying he has accepted an offer to become the next head coach at Ohio State.

WKMG-TV in Orlando reported Meyer accepted a 7-year, $40 million dollar deal to coach the Buckeyes.

"I have not been offered any job nor is there a deal in place," Meyer said in a statement. "I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my family and will not comment on this any further."

Meyer, who left Florida after the 2010, won two national championships in Gainesville.

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Sources: Besiktas Eying Odom

(NEW YORK) -- According to sources familiar with negotiations, the Turkish team Besiktas is pursuing Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

Odom told the sources that he is giving the deal a serious consideration as the NBA has now canceled games through December 15.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love turned down an offer from Besiktas over the weekend.

The team already has New Jersey Nets star Deron Williams under contract.

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Man Charged with Robbery After Breaking into White Sox GM's House

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- On Monday, Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams returned home from the GM and Owners meetings in Milwaukee to find that his house had been broken into.

Williams then called the police and reported the burglary and said that he had found a hospital bracelet with a person's name on it.

Just as police were about to conduct a fingerprint search, they saw a man peeking into Williams' house and confronted the person, who identified himself as Wayne L. Field.  The same name that was on the hospital bracelet that Williams reported.

Police then arrested Field and took him into custody.

Williams did not think to check if his 2005 World Series ring was still around and when he did, he could not find it.  Williams then approached Field after he had been put in handcuffs and Field not only had the ring but was wearing it and a wristwatch of Williams'.

Field also treated himself to some beer, pizza, a leftover lobster dinner in the Williams' household.

Williams declined to talk about the subject on Tuesday.

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Report: Big East Still Searching, BYU out

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A source familiar with talks told the Associated Press that the Big East and BYU have broken off talks.

One of the biggest factors going into negotiations were television rights. The source also says BYU wanted to retain the rights to their home football games and the Big East was unable to meet their demands.

So the search will continue for the 12th team to join the conference.

CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that San Diego State of the Mountain West is the Big East's next western target.

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Lions (7-3) Host Packers (10-0) on Thanksgiving

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions (7-3) will host the Green Bay Packers (10-0) in the first of three NFL games on Thanksgiving in Detroit.

For once, NFL fans will be getting an important game between the two on Thanksgiving due to the recent resurgence of the Lions.

"It's special, when you wake up downtown and they're setting up for the parade, it's not just a normal day," said Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, "Thanksgiving in Detroit is different than other citiies, we wanted to respect that tradition and we wanted to respect it by playing well on Thanksgiving."

Green Bay enters the Motor City as the first undefeated team to play on Thanksgiving in 50 years.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was frustrated with his performance in their week 11 win over the Buccaneers and realizes that the Lions defense will be extra hungry to get to him on Thursday.

"They've got as good a front four that you're going to see, it's going to be important for us to be able to control them," said Rodgers.  "They've got a good rush up the middle, so it's going to be important for the up the middle guys to be stout."

Kickoff is set for 12:30 PM Eastern Time.

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