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Saturday
Dec172011

Sources: Jimmy Rollins Reaches 3-Year Deal with Phillies

(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies and free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins have reached a three-year deal worth $33 million, according to a baseball source.

The contract also contains a vesting option for a fourth year according to the source.

On his personal twitter account, Rollins confirmed the deal by writing, "I see you all know by now. Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!"

Rollins has been in the organization since 1996 when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the amateur draft.

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Saturday
Dec172011

Canadiens Fire Jacques Martin

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The Montreal Canadiens fired their head coach Jacques Martin on Saturday.

The Canadiens (13-12-7) are eight games behind in the Northeast Division leaders, the Boston Bruins and the teams recent bad play at home hasn't made things any easier.

Taking over for Martin will be assistant head coach Randy Cunneyworth who will serve as the interim head coach the rest of the season.

"The primary reason is the team wasn't performing as well as it should be in our minds," general manager Pierre Gauthier said during a news conference.

Martin was in his third season with Montreal and 17th in the NHL.

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Friday
Dec162011

Barry Bonds Appeals Judge's Sentence

Paul Morris/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- On Friday, a federal judge gave former MLB superstar Barry Bonds a sentence of 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for providing a misleading testimony before a grand jury. 

The sentence will be delayed due to an appeal by Bonds.

The former baseball slugger declined to speak in court. After the trial, some people hugged Bonds and cheered him as he left the courthouse.

Bonds is a 7 time National League MVP and is currently the Major League Baseball homerun king. 

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Friday
Dec162011

Erik Spoelstra Signs Contract Extension with the Heat.

Miami Heat/NBA(Miami) -- Eric Spoelstra is going nowhere.  The Miami Heat signed Spoelstra to a contract extension after taking the Heat to the NBA Finals last year. 

Spoelstra was entering the last year of his deal.  Details of the extension have not been realeased.

Heat President Pat Riley commented on the matter saying, "We have one of the great young coaches in the league and (he) is an absolute member of this family. He's the perfect coach for this team now. The reason why we did it was to extend him and keep him in the family and (not) have somebody come steal him away from us."

Spoelstra started his career with the Heat 17 years ago working in the video room.

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Friday
Dec162011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/16/11

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Buffalo Sabres (16-12-3) toppled the the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-3), 5-4.

The Ottawa Senators (15-14-4) punish the Pittsburgh Penguins (17-11-4), 6-4.

The Florida Panthers (17-9-6) conquered the Calgary Flames (14-14-4) in shootouts, 3-2.

The New Jersey Devils (18-12-1) doubled up the Dallas Stars (18-12-1), 6-3.

The Chicago Blackhawks (20-8-4) battered the Anaheim Ducks (9-17-5), 4-1.

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Friday
Dec162011

USC's Kalil to Enter NFL Draft

Jeff Golden/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- USC All-American offensive lineman Matt Kalil will skip his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL draft.

Kalil did not allow a sack the entire 2011 season.

The 6-foot-7 Kalil, who was a two-year starter for the Trojans, is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil, who also played his college ball at USC.

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Friday
Dec162011

James Harrison's Suspension Upheld

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- The one-game suspension for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been upheld by the NFL.

Harrison was penalized for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday.  Harrison, who has been punished five times by the league for illegal hits, is the first player to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Harrison will miss Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Friday
Dec162011

Flyers Captain Pronger Done for Season

L Redkoles/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs with severe post-concussion symptoms.

The team made the decision after meeting with concussion specialists. 

Pronger, 37, had been sidelined since Nov. 19 and played in only 13 games this season.  He is an 18-year veteran who won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and also won two Olympic gold medals with Canada.

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Friday
Dec162011

Lakers React to Chris Paul Trade

National Basketball Association(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Lakers tried to snatch newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul away from the Hornets but NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the three-team trade that would have landed CP3 in a Lakers uniform.

"We haven't even played yet, it's 16 championships," Lakers center Adrew Bynum said, reacting to the deal. "I don't think they have one."

But will L.A. become a Clippers town once the season gets started?

"It's either a Lakers town or a Dodgers town depending on who you ask," Lakers guard Derek Fisher said when asked about Paul. "We'll find out if it becomes Clipper nation."

Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant voiced his frustration with the team, saying he didn't know what direction the team was going in.

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Friday
Dec162011

Falcons Crush Jaguars 41-14 Thursday Night

Falcons Jaguars/NFL(ATLANTA) -- It was a blowout within a blink of an eye Thursday night, when the Atlanta Falcons (9-5) beat the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10), 41-14.

At halftime, the score was 27-0 and Atlanta had a 41-0 lead until the Jaguars scored on a blocked punt in the third quarter.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 224 yards and had three touchdowns in the game.

"For four quarters we played good football," said Ryan.  "We wanted to carry over the momentum from the second half of last week into this week, we started off fast and didn't look back from there."

With two games remaining, Atlanta currently sits in the fifth seed in the NFC playoff bracket.

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