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Nov152011

Coach K Passes Knight on All-Time Wins List

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski passed his mentor Bob Knight to become the all-time leader in men's Division I wins, as the sixth-ranked Blue Devils defeated unranked Michigan State 74-69 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.

Coach K, who played for Knight during his college career at Army, improved to 903-284 in his 37th season as a college coach.

The Blue Devils (3-0) were led by Andre Dawkins, who scored 14 of his 26 points in the first half. Keith Appling led all Spartans (0-2) with 22 points.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

NBA Cancels Games Through Dec. 15th: Report

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after the locked-out players rejected the NBA's latest CBA proposal, the league has canceled games though December 15th, according to ESPN.com.

Tuesday was supposed to be the first day players were to have received paychecks for the 2011-2012 season.

The lockout began July 1st.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

NFL Week 11 Preview: NY Jets (5-4) @ Denver (4-5) 

Scott Boehm/Getty Images)(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos (4-5) play host to the New York Jets (5-4) this Thursday night in week 11 of NFL action. Denver comes into the showdown riding a two-game winning streak, and is 3-1 since naming Tim Tebow its starting quarterback.

“We are just consistently getting better every week and it sounds cliché, but trying to improve,” Tebow said. “Just every day get a little bit better, find ways to study a little bit more, practice a little bit harder, just get a little bit better.”

In last Sunday's 17-10 victory over Kansas City, the Broncos ran the ball 55 times, while Tebow attempted only eight passes.

“You cannot just go to sleep,” Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “This is a game where it's probably going to be a lot of running. Their running backs are getting a lot of carries and that can kind of allure you to sleep.”

Gang Green will be looking to rebound from Sunday night's crushing 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots, in which first place in the AFC East was on the line.

Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Verlander Wins AL Cy Young Award

Detroit Tigers/MLB(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has unanimously won the American League Cy Young Award.

Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts this season, and also threw a no-hitter.  He helped the Tigers win the American League Central division. The team reached the American League Championship Series before being eliminated by the Texas Rangers.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Tom Bradley Focused On Ohio State Amid Scandal

ABC News(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State visits Ohio State on Saturday afternoon in a matchup of two scandal-wracked Big Ten teams.

Nittany Lyons head coach Tom Bradley said he did not watch NBC's interview with former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year span. "I was working on Ohio State last night. I had other things to do," Bradley told reporters.

Ohio State's football program dealt with a scandal of its own earlier this year, centering on extra benefits.

Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno was fired last week after coming under fire for not acting on the allegations against Sandusky. Bradley, who has not met with Paterno since his exit, was asked about the Big Ten removing Paterno's name from the conference's championship trophy.

"I just think it's another part of a tragedy that's occurring," Bradley said.

Bradley knows his players -- who he says have used practice as an escape from the scandal -- are aware of what is at stake going into Saturday's game: their team sitting in first place in the Big Ten's "Leaders" division.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Shaq On Lockout: Fans "Really Missing Out"

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2011-12 NBA season appears to be in jeopardy after locked-out players rejected the league's latest offer on Monday and vowed to decertify as a union.

Former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal, who retired earlier this year, knows NBA fans are getting impatient.

“They’re the only one that really misses out in this," Shaq told ABC News Radio.  "You know, nobody really knows all the issues but it’s painted as billionaires versus millionaires.  For a regular person, millionaires is a lot, and for a regular person, billionaires is even more, so it depends on how they look at it.  But, you know, we’ve already wasted enough time.”

Shaq admitted he did not know all of the issues surrounding the current work stoppage but said he was "heavily involved" in the last lockout of 1998-99, when the season was shortened to 50 games.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Packers Dominate Vikings 45-7 on 'Monday Night Football'

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers' pursuit of perfection continues after their 45-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. By handlily defeating their NFC North division rival Monday night, the team is now 9-0 -- and is the only undefeated team in the NFL.

It was just another normal game for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: he completed 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards, while also throwing for 4 touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb also added an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown to add insult to injury to a Vikings team that is now 2-7.

"I'm excited about being 9-0. You know we're first place in our division and our goal every year is to win the division, to get a home playoff game here," Rodgers said. "As we saw it last year, we peaked at the right time so it doesn't matter how we're playing right now. We're excited about being undefeated, but it's a long time till December and the playoffs, we need to be peaking then."

After another dominating performance, Rodgers now leads the NFL in passer rating, completion percentage, and touchdowns.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

DeSean Jackson Apologizes for Missing Meeting, Game

NFL via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson claims he overslept on Saturday, which caused him to miss a special team's meeting. As a result from that, Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid not only suspended Jackson for the game, but banished him from the stadium on game day.

Before the season had even started, Jackson let it be known that he wanted a new contract from the team. Jackson is in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Without Jackson, the Eagles ended up losing to the Cardinals 21-17. Jackson though, did apologize to his team.

"I had, you know, some minutes in the team meeting just to adress the team, to adress the coaches, everybody that was in there," Jackson said. "I kind of just explained to them thing i've been going through. Really, me not being myself, just kind of it being hard to come to work and be happy."

Jackson also said that there was no lingering resentment towards Reid or the rest of the Eagles.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Big Ten Conference Removes Paterno's Name from Trophy

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) In wake of the ongoing sex scandal at Penn State, the Big Ten announced that Joe Paterno's name has been removed from the new Big Ten trophy. Instead, the trophy will now be called the Staag Championship Trophy, after Amos Alonzo Staag.

"We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name off the trophy at this time," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial. We believe that it is important to keep the focus on the players and the teams that will be competing in the inaugural championship game."

Coincidentally, if Penn State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) wins the rest of their games, they will reach the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.

Penn State had no comment of the name change on the trophy.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Season Over for Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub: ESPN

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will be out for the remainder of the season due to a Lisfranc injury. Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that the injury occurred late in the second quarter after a quarterback sneak attempt.

This a huge blow to a team with the best record in the AFC (7-3), and are seeking its first playoff appearance in franchise history.

Replacing Schaub as the team's starting quarterback will be former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who's in his second season with the team. Despite not taking a single snap last season, Leinart is confident he can fill in nicely for the injured Schaub.

"That's what I've wanted for a long time, and that's what I've worked hard for every day and prepared for every day," Leinart said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm just excited about the chance."

Leinart will take over a Texans team that is ranked eighth in the NFL in offense at 396.2 yards per game.

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