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Friday
Dec092011

Joe Gibbs Racing Hires Grubb

Phil Cavali/ESPN(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Crew chief Darian Grubb, who helped Tony Stewart win the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup but was still let go at the end of the season, has been hired by Joe Gibbs Racing and will be Denny Hamlin's new crew chief.

"Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our No. 11 FedEx team," Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs said in a statement. "Obviously he has proven the ability to guide a team to a championship and we are excited to have him working with Denny toward achieving that goal here at Joe Gibbs Racing."

Grubb has also worked for Hendrick Motorsports in the past.

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Friday
Dec092011

Rays Snag Top Pitching Prospect

BananaStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Moore, one of the team's top pitching prospects, have agreed to a five-year deal worth $14 million.

Moore, who made his major league debut this past season and also pitched in the playoffs against the Texas Rangers, dominated during his time in the minors in 2011, going 12-3 with a 1.92 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A.

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Friday
Dec092011

David Stern Vetoes Trade that Would Send Paul to the Lakers

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The NBA lockout may be over, but merely hours after the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified, the NBA finds itself in another controversy. NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed a trade that would have sent point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a proposed three-team trade, the Lakers would acquire Paul, the Houston Rockets would acquire Pau Gasol, and the New Orleans Hornets would receive Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first round draft pick.

While that trade appears to be a win for all involved parties, the NBA didn't think so. Stern vetoed the trade because he claimed it was a bad basketball move for the Hornets. Apparently the small market owners were upset that another superstar player would be joining a large market franchise -- which is part of why the lockout happened in the first place. Because the NBA owns the Hornets, they are arguably allowed to do this.

Paul, who is a free agent at the end of the season, let it be known that he would not sign an extension with the team and would pursue other teams in free agency. In an effort to at least get something in return for Paul, the team and general manger Dell Demps worked tirelessly to get fair value for the all-star, but the NBA didnt' see it that way.

Paul is expected to take legal action against the NBA.

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Friday
Dec092011

Reports: Magic Center Dwight Howard Will Ask for Trade to Nets

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The best center in the NBA wants to take his talents to New Jersey. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is prepared to request a trade to the New Jersey Nets.

Representatives for Howard have already told the Nets that Howard prefers to play for them. Howard is a free agent following the upcoming season, and while he has yet to declare he won't resign with Orlando, it is looking more and more obvious by the day he has no intentions of staying with the Magic.

ESPN.com reported last week that the Nets were prepared to make a substantial offer to the Magic to obtain Howard. According to the report, the Nets were prepared to offer the Magic center Brook Lopez, two first round draft picks, and were also willing to take back the contract of forward Hedo Turkgolu, who has 3-years and $34 million left on his contract.

Part of the appeal of joining the Nets would be playing along side all-star point guard Deron Williams, and the team is moving to Brooklyn next season.

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Friday
Dec092011

Angels Sign Pitcher C.J. Wislon

Rob Carr/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- As if getting the best hitter on the free agent market in Albert Pujols wasn't enough, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed the best pitcher on the free agent market as well. The team announced the signing of former Texas Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson to a 5-year $77.5 million deal.

A former reliever, Wilson became a starter just two seasons ago, but flourished as a starting pitcher as evidence by his new deal. This past season, Wilson made his first all-star team, going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. Wilson, a California native, is excited to play for the Angels.

"Being close to home in Anaheim, that was really the only factor that let me make an emotional decision instead of a financial decision," Wilson said.

Wilson's regular season success in the past two seasons hasn't translated to the postseason. He became the first pitcher ever in the same season to have a loss in the division series, championship series, and World Series. In 10 postseason appearances, Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA.

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Friday
Dec092011

Steelers Top Browns 14-3 on 'Thursday Night Football'

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The more injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gets, the better it seems he plays. Despite playing with a leg injury, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a hard-fought win over their division rival Cleveland Browns.

During the second quarter, Roethlisberger took a sack and had to leave the game to get the injury checked out, leaving with the Steelers leading just 7-6. Roethlisberger had feared the leg was broken, but when the doctor informed him there was no break, that was all Big Ben needed to hear.

He returned in the second half without skipping a beat. He completed eight of his next 12 pass attempts in the second half, including a 79-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, which sealed the win.

"It was one of the most painful things I've ever felt," Roethlisberger said after the win. "It felt like the middle of my leg was just, cracked...it felt like my foot was outside of my leg."

Roethlisberger is now 13-1 in his career against the Browns.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/8/11

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) got past the Cleveland Browns (4-9), 14-3

NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers (17-7-3) downed the Pittsburgh Penguins (16-9-4), 3-2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (12-14-2) zapped the New York Rangers (15-6-4) in a shootout, 3-2.

The Chicago Blackhawks (17-8-4) outlasted the New York Islanders (9-11-6) in overtime, 3-2.

The Florida Panthers (16-8-4) tamed the Boston Bruins (17-9-1), 2-0.

The Vancouver Canucks (17-10-1) topped the Montreal Canadiens (11-11-7) in a shootout, 4-3.

The St. Louis Blues (16-9-3) were 4-2 winners over the Anaheim Ducks (8-15-5).

The Nashville Predators (13-11-4) one upped the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-16-4) in overtime, 4-3.

The New Jersey Devils (14-12-1) defeated the Ottawa Senators (13-12-4) in a shootout, 5-4.

The Detroit Red Wings (17-9-1) skated past the Phoenix Coyotes (15-10-3), 5-2.

The Calgary Flames (13-13-2) scorched the Colorado Avalanche (13-15-1), 3-1.

The San Jose Sharks (15-9-1) swam past the Dallas Stars (15-11-1), 5-2.

The Minnesota Wild (19-7-3) handled the Los Angeles Kings (13-10-4), 4-2.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (9) Connecticut (8-1) bounced (25) Harvard (8-1), 67-53.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Packers Continue Pursuit of Perfection

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers pursuit of perfection continues this Sunday afternoon when they welcome the Oakland Raiders to Lambeau field.

The green and gold will be looking to become just the eighth team in NFL history to start the year 13-0.

“We are a playoff team,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Right now we are playing for home field advantage. We know we are going to host at least one playoff game.  We would like to make sure we can get that first round bye for some rest.”

The Packers are on a 18 game-winning-streak which is tied for second longest in NFL history.

“We are ingrain to stay focused on the week at hand,” Rodgers said. “I think that Mike [McCarthy] does a great job with the schedule, making sure we stay on similar schedule with our bodies.”

The 28-year-old Rodgers has been on fire this season, leading the league in touchdowns thrown with 37.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. EST.

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Thursday
Dec082011

NBA Back in Business

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA is back in business.  

Owners and players have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for training camps and free agency to begin Friday. The 10-year deal includes a 50-50 split of basketball-related income, a higher luxury tax with progressive tax rates while keeping the soft salary cap system in place. Either side will be able to opt out of the agreement after six years.

“We think it’s a very good deal and it’s going to withstand the test of time,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said.

The NBA will tip off their 66th season on Christmas Day with five games including the defending champion Dallas Mavericks taking on the Miami Heat.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Greg Oden Returning to Portland

Portland Trailblazers/NBA(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- NBA center Greg Oden, who has spent his entire, injury-filled career with the Portland Trailblazers, will return to Portland on a one-year, $8.9 million deal, according to his agent.

The Blazers selected Oden out of Ohio State with the first pick in the 2007 draft, but he has played in only 82 games since, due to various injuries.

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