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Dec082011

Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Blackmon Ready for the NFL

Erich Schlegel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the biggest playmakers in college football is likely making the jump to the NFL next season. Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon indicated that this season will be his last at the school, and will in all likelihood declare for this April's NFL draft.

"I just think it's time," Blackmon told ESPN.com. "I came back last year to win a Big 12 championship, set us up for a BCS bowl, and I think we did that."

According to Scouts Inc., Blackmon is currently the number one rated wide receiver prospect and the ninth rated prospect overall. This season, Blackmon had 113 receptions, 1,336 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns for the number three ranked Cowboys.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Houston Astros Hire Jeff Luhnow as New General Manager

Major League Baseball(DALLAS) -- The Houston Astros are making an effort to improve their team coming off the worst season in the history of the franchise. According to the team's Twitter feed, the team has hired Jeff Luhnow as the team's new general manger, replacing the recently fired Ed Wade.

During his time previously with the St. Louis Cardinals, Luhnow wore many hats for the franchise. He was the team's vice president since 2003, oversaw numerous drafts, had been in charge of the team's Latin American scouting and development since 2004, and since 2006 he was part of player development.

"We are very pleased to have Jeff as the new General Manager of the Houston Astros," Astros CEO George Postolos said in a statement. "Jeff is the perfect fit for the Astros because of his track record in scouting and player development during his eight-plus seasons with the Cardinals."

Last season, the Astros finished the season with a dismal 56-106 record, which is not only the worst record for the franchise, but the worst record in all of Major League Baseball.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Sidney Crosby Will Sit Out Two Games As a Precaution

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that center Sidney Crosby will not play in the team's next two games as a precaution, after he took a hard hit during the team's game against the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Until making his season debut in November, Crosby had been out of action since last January with concussion related symptoms.

"Sidney took a hard hit during our game against Boston Monday night and wasn't feeling 100 percent," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said in a statement. "He saw Dr. Mickey Collins of UPMC today and took an ImPACT test, which showed no problems. However we all think it's best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution."

At one point during the summer it was feared that Crosby would have to retire from his head injuries.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Rockies Trade Closer Huston Street to Padres

Marc Piscotty/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The San Diego Padres didn't have to look very far to find their new closer. The team recently announced that they have acquired closer Huston Street from their division rival Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later and cash.

The Padres now fill the void at closer after their former all-star closer Heath Bell signed a 3-year contract with the Miami Marlins. Last season, Street was 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA and had 29 saves. Street may benefit the most from this trade, as he moves from Coors Field in Colorado to the pitcher-friendly Petco Park in San Diego. Street has a 4.11 ERA in his career at Coors field, while he has never allowed an earned run at Petco Park.

This trade will help the Rockies financially as well. The Padres will pay a majority of Street's $7.5 million salary in 2012 and will allow the team to pursue more starting pitchers available on the free agent market.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/7/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (5) Louisville (8-0) blew out I-U-P-U-I (2-8), 90-60.

(7) Duke (8-1) made short work of Colorado St. (5-4), 87-64.

(8) Xavier (7-0) handled Butler (4-5), 73-61

(12) Florida (6-2) outlasted Arizona (6-3) in overtime, 78-72.

(14) Wisconsin (7-2) bounced Green Bay (4-5), 70-42.

Dayton (6-3) upended (16) Alabama (7-2), 74-62.

(22) Texas A&M (7-1) lassoed Sam Houston St. (3-6), 64-37.

(24) Illinois (9-0) got past St. Bonaventure (3-4), 48-43

NHL: The Washington Capitals (14-12-1) defeated the Ottawa Senators (13-12-3), 5-3.

The Philadelphia Flyers (16-7-3) skated past the Buffalo Sabres (14-11-2) in overtime, 5-4.

The Carolina Hurricanes (9-17-4) stormed past the Edmonton Oilers (13-12-3), 5-3

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Tebow Enjoying Success In Denver

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is riding a wave of momentum in the Mile High City.

Since taking over for Kyle Orton under center earlier this season, the 24-year-old Tebow is 6-1 as a starter with 9 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing TDs.  In his first 10 career NFL starts, the former Florida Gator has five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.

“I honestly don’t care necessarily too much of how we got to do it, or how many times we throw it or all the rest of the statistics,” Tebow said. “The way we look at it, is a win is a win.”

Critics question whether the former Heisman Trophy winner can maintain his success, despite not being a prototypical NFL quarterback. Tebow says he's not bothered by those who question his playmaking ability.

“The great thing is I don’t have to listen to what other people say,” Tebow explained. “That’s something I learned a long time ago.”

Tebow and the Broncos will welcome the Chicago Bears to Denver this Sunday afternoon in a Week 14 showdown.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Buehrle Signs With Miami Marlins: Report

BananaStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Miami Marlins continued their free agent shopping spree Wednesday, signing four-time All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle to a four-year deal worth $58 million, according to ESPN.

The 32-year-old Buehrle comes over from the Chicago White Sox, where he has won 10 games or more in each of the last 11 seasons. He will reunite with former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, now the new skipper of the Marlins.

“When I talked to them about my contract, they were saying, we are going to build a great ballclub,” Guillen said. “Lot of people, when we come to the (baseball’s winter) meeting, they thought it was kind of fake. Now they show people it’s for real and I’m very excited.”

Buehrle becomes the third marquee free agent to sign with the Marlins this offseason, joining shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Nets Coach OK with Williams Opt-Out

New Jersey Nets/NBA(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson has no problem with All-Star point guard Deron Williams opting out of his contract after the season.

"He just wanted to really put it to bed in terms of what he was thinking," Johnson told reporters this week.  "It makes sense for him to do exactly what he's doing obviously, with the rule changing a little bit.  But again we're just excited that he's happy to be here."

Under the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, Williams has the opportunity to sign a more lucrative contract if he opts out. Speaking to WFAN radio in New York earlier this week, Williams, who was acquired last season from the Utah Jazz, said there is a "90 percent" chance he will re-sign with the Nets.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Marlins Officially Introduce Reyes

Florida Marlins/MLB(DALLAS) - On Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings, the Miami Marlins officially introduced shortstop Jose Reyes, who has agreed to a six-year deal with the club. The Marlins have also offered free agent first baseman Albert Pujols a contract, and Reyes talked about the possibility of playing with the nine-time All Star.

"Everybody wants to play with Pujols, you know, but I don't make that decision," Reyes told reporters. "We still have a very good first baseman on our team right now.  It's Gabby Sanchez.  He's a very good player.  The other thing, I can't control it."

Reyes, who said he felt wanted by the Marlins, said Miami's new stadium, the weather, and Miami's close proximity to his native Dominican Republic were all factors in the former New York Met's choosing the Marlins.

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Packers Linebacker Walden Charged 

NFL(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden, who was arrested the day after Thanksgiving following a fight with his girlfriend, was officially charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and domestic abuse on Wednesday.  Walden's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Walden, who did play in Sunday's win against the New York Giants, has 45 tackles and three sacks for Green Bay this season.  The Packers host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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