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Friday
Jan272012

Bucks' Bogut Out 8-12 Weeks

Milwaukee Bucks/NBA(MILWAUKEE) -- Andrew Bogut is unlucky when it comes to staying healthy. For the third straight season Bogut will miss a significant amount of time due to an injury. This time it is a fractured left ankle that will sideline him anywhere between 8-12 weeks. 

Bogut was hurt during the Bucks win over the Rockets Wednesday night, when he landed on Rocket point guard Kyle Lowry's foot.

Bogut has averaged 11.3 points, 8.3 boards and 2 blocks a game this year.

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Friday
Jan272012

Phillies Sign Pence to One Year Deal

Major League Baseball(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies agreed on a one year $10.4 million dollar deal with outfielder Hunter Pence on Friday.

The 28 year-old Pence is entering his sixth major league season.

Last year, Pence hit .314 with 22 homers and 97 RBIs playing in both Houston and Philly. 

Pence's contract is full of incentives. He can earn $50,000 dollars for making the All-star team, winning a gold glove, receiving a silver slugger or being the league championship series MVP. He would also receive $100,000 dollars if he won either the NL MVP or the World Series MVP.

 

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Friday
Jan272012

Massachusetts Governor Critical Of Thomas' No Show At White House

Alex Wong/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Earlier this week, the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins visited the White House to celebrate their championship. Despite the celebration, goalie Tim Thomas (one of the key members of their Stanley Cup run) decided not to attend. He did so for political reasons, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he isn't to pleased with Thomas' decision.

"He's a phenomenal hockey player and he's entitled to his views," Patrick said on WTKK-FM. "It just feels like we are losing in this country basic courtesy and grace."

"I believe the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the rights, liberties, and property of the people," Thomas said on his Facebook page.

Thomas was the Stanley Cup finals MVP for the Bruins, so his absence was easily noticeable. Despite the criticism Thomas has received from the incident, Thomas has come out and said the team supports his decision not to attend the ceremony.

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Friday
Jan272012

Roethlisberger Wants Answers Regarding the Steelers Offense

George Gojkovich/​Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Under offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Ben Roethlisberger flourished as he had one of his most productive seasons this past year after throwing for over 4,000 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Unfortunately for Big Ben, Arians will not be back with the team after he claimed that team president Art Rooney II forced him out. Roethlisberger wasn't too pleased over that decision, and he's not holding back on his feelings.

"When I get back, I'm going to go up to Mr. Rooney's office and ask him what he wants from me, what he wants from the offense, because I think that's a viable question for him," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's our owner and our boss, so I would really like to know kind of what he wants and where he sees our offense going because I'd like to tell him where I see us going."

Reports are coming out that Rooney II wants the team go back to the more run-oriented offense that has become synonymous with the team during their history. This season saw a shift towards a more pass-oriented offense. The Steelers ranked tenth in the NFL in passing yards per game, and fourteenth in running yards per game.

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Friday
Jan272012

Dolphins Coaching Staff Taking Shape

National Football League(MIAMI) -- New Miami Dolphin's head coach Joe Philbin is filling his biggest openings on his coaching staff in speedy fashion. According to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, the team has hired former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman to become their new defensive coordinator. Miami has also hired Kevin Coyle to become their new offensive coordinator.

Sherman and Philbin have a history together that extends outside of the NFL. Sherman taught Philbin in prep school. The two also worked together when Sherman was the head coach for the Green Bay Packers and Philbin was an assistant coach. Since Philbin has stated that he won't be calling plays on game day, Sherman can aid him with that.

Meanwhile, Coyle was previously the secondary coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. He had been part of the Bengals coaching staff for the past nine seasons. Even though Coyle has 35 years of coaching experience, this will be his first coordinator job at the NFL level.

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Friday
Jan272012

Parcells Sounds off on Coughlin and Belichick

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ESPN Radio on Thursday, former NFL head coach Bill Parcells spoke about his two former understudies who will be meeting again in Super Bowl 46.

Both New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick came from the Parcells' coaching class.

"They do have a lot in common but I think the persona is just a little different on the part of each of them," said Parcells.  "Both of them were straight football guys, intense competitors, very thorough, and quite intense in their preparation."

Parcells coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 1990. He did not indicate who he was rooting for in Indianapolis.

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Friday
Jan272012

Forte Cleared to Play in Pro Bowl

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(HAWAII) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been cleared to play in this weekend's Pro Bowl in Hawaii after coming off a season-ending MCL sprain.

Forte is looking forward to getting back on the field since being sidelined on Dec. 4.

"I've been pretty good for a couple weeks now. My leg has been healed up for a while. I've been running and catching balls, doing all kinds of stuff just to make sure I was good," said Forte in an interview with ESPN. "I feel good, so I wanted to be out here for my first Pro Bowl."

Despite Forte's enthusiasm to play on Sunday, Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer played devils-advocate.

"There's always a concern," Spencer said about the chance of Forte tweaking the knee. "But he's nine weeks past that. And he probably could have played a couple weeks prior to now. Matt's a smart individual. He knows his body. And from what I've seen -- and I've seen him at the facility -- he looks pretty darn good. He's looks like he's ready to play football.”

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Friday
Jan272012

Clippers Hold On, Beat Memphis 98-91

Los Angeles Clippers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) found a way to hold off back to back a loss at the Staples Center on Thursday.  They beat the Memphis Grizzlies (10-8) 98-91 with help from Blake Griffin.

The Clippers were coming off a loss on Wednesday night to their Staples Center big brothers, the Lakers.

Griffin scored a team high of 20 points and Chris Paul added 18 with seven assists.

Memphis did make a late run but Mo Williams hit a jumper late to give them a 86-80 lead followed by a DeAndre Jordan alley-oop from Paul to make it 89-80.

"That's how we have to execute down the stretch," Griffin said. "It's a good win against a great team. We shouldn't be down on this win at all. They're not all going to be pretty."

The Clippers improved to 9-2 at home.

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Friday
Jan272012

Celtics Top Magic in Huge Second Half Run, 91-83

Boston Celtics/NBA(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Boston Celtics pulled off one of the biggest comebacks of this early NBA season on Thursday night.

After beating the 12-6 Magic earlier this week in Boston by 31 points, the Celts erased a 27-point deficit to shock them at home, 91-83.

Paul Pierce had 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 10 assists.

"This team decided to stand up and fight," said Pierce

Orlando's Dwight Howard did the best he could do with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

"We thought it was going to be easy after the first two quarters," Howard said. "We can't allow that to happen. We've got to change. We have to change what we do, and guys have to know their roles and do it. That's just the bottom line."

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Thursday
Jan262012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/26/12

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Boston Celtics (8-9) defeated the Orlando Magic (12-6), 91-83.

The Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) edged the Memphis Grizzlies (10-8), 98-91.

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (7) North Carolina (17-3) blew past North Carolina State (15-6), 74-55.

(14) Florida (16-4) bounced Mississippi (13-7), 64-60.

(19) Virginia (16-3) took care of Boston College (7-13), 66-49.

(21) Saint Mary's (20-2) got by Loyola Mary (12-9), 71-64.

(25) Wisconsin (17-5) upended (16) Indiana (16-5), 57-50.

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