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Tuesday
Nov222011

Jets' Head Coach Rex Ryan Fined $75,000 for Cursing at Fan

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- This time, Rex Ryan's mouth really cost him. $75,000 to be exact. The NFL handed down the fine to Ryan for his comments towards a fan during halftime of the team's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots.

The fan yelled to Ryan "Rex, (Bill) Belichick is better than you."

Ryan responded with "Shut the f--- up!"

Ryan later apologized, saying he let his emotions get the best of him. Ryan though, is no stranger to fines by the league and the Jets. Back in February of 2010, Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team after he reportedly made an obscene gesture towards a fan at an MMA event.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Rangers Sign Closer Joe Nathan

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The defending American League champions hope that they have killed two birds with one stone after signing former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan.

Texas has signed Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract which also includes a buyout and team option for 2014. The move bolsters an already strong bullpen, and allows the team to transition former closer Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation.

Nathan has been one of baseball's best closers since 2004, as he's closed out 260 games over the past 8 seasons. Nathan though, missed the entire 2010 after recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he saved only 14 games for the Twins last season.

"I love it. I've always been an admirer of Joe Nathan," Rangers Ron Washington said. "He's been in the fire before, so I don't think there could be anything that could happen at the end of a ball game that he already hasn't experienced."

Nathan is the Twins all-time saves leader.

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Monday
Nov212011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/21/11

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (12-6-3) blanked the New York Islanders (5-10-3), 5-0.

The Carolina Hurricanes (8-11-3) blew past the Philadelphia Flyers (11-6-3), 4-2.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (5-13-2) stung the Calgary Flames (8-10-1), 4-1.

The Washington Capitals (11-7-1) one upped the Phoenix Coyotes (10-6-3), 4-3.

The Boston Bruins (12-7-0) blanked the Montreal Canadiens (9-9-3), 1-0.

The Florida Panthers (11-6-3) were 4-3 winners over the New Jersey Devils (10-8-1).

The Dallas Stars (12-8-0) took care of the Edmonton Oilers (10-8-2), 4-1

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Ohio State (4-0) defeated North Florida (1-4), 85-50.

(6) Duke (5-0) took care of Tennessee (2-1), 77-67.

(15) Michigan (4-0) upended (8) Memphis (1-1), 73-61.

(10) Florida (3-1) beat Wright St. (2-2), 78-65.

(14) Kansas (2-1) took down Georgetown (2-1), 67-63

(16) Marquette (5-0) were two points better than Norfolk St. (3-2), 59-57.

(18) Vanderbilt (4-1) edged Oregon State (4-1), 64-62

(21) Missouri (4-0) downed Notre Dame (4-1), 87-58.

(24) Mississippi St. (5-1) were 78-63 winners over Louisiana-Monroe (0-5), 78-63.

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Monday
Nov212011

Arizona Hires Rich Rodriguez

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TUSCON, Ariz.) -- Arizona has hired Rich Rodriguez as their new football coach, replacing Mike Stoops, who was fired last month. Wildcats athletic director Greg Byrne made the announcement via his Twitter page Monday.

Rodriguez takes over a program that has struggled this season, going 2-7 in the Pac-12 and 3-8 overall.

“One thing Rich Rodriguez is going to have to do is hire a good defensive coordinator, a good defensive staff,” ESPN college football insider Joe Schad said. “Arizona had problems defensively, even though Mike Stoops had a defensive background.”

Arizona will hold a news conference Tuesday.

Rodriguez previously coached West Virginia and Michigan.

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Monday
Nov212011

Oklahoma State Holds Memorial Service for Coaches

Brett Deering/Getty Images(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- A memorial service was held at Oklahoma State Monday for women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, and two others who were killed Thursday when their small plane crashed while on a recruiting trip in Arkansas.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin was among those who came to pay their respects.

“Of course this is my alma mater,” Gov. Fallin said. “I also just wanted to lend my support any way I can to the Oklahoma State family, certainly to the families who lost their love ones in this tragedy.”

It's the second time in ten years that tragedy has struck the sports program at Oklahoma State. In January 2001, two members of the Cowboys men's basketball team and eight others were killed when their plane crashed in Colorado.

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Monday
Nov212011

Harbaugh Brothers to Clash on Thanksgiving

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Two brothers are going to be meeting on Thanksgiving, but it won't be around the dinner table. Instead, it will be on the gridiron.

John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens (7-3), is going to welcome his brother, Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers (9-1), to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium Thanksgiving night. It will mark the first time in NFL history that brothers will be opposing each other as head coaches.

‘”This week, my brother is just somebody we are trying to beat,” Jim Harbaugh explained. “I think it will probably be a big deal for my parents but if it is, or isn’t, that’s not relevant what we are trying to accomplish this week.”

Both teams are coming into the showdown riding a wave of momentum, with the Niners on a nine-game winning streak and the Ravens winners of three of their last four games.

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

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Monday
Nov212011

Tigers' Verlander Wins AL MVP Award

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who won the AL Cy Young award last week, has won the American League MVP award.  He is the first pitcher to win the MVP award since Dennis Eckersley won it in 1992 and the first starter to win it since Roger Clemens won in 1986.

Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts this past 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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Monday
Nov212011

SEC Dominates BCS Standings

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Undefeated LSU remains number one in the BCS standings, followed by SEC rivals Alabama and Arkansas.  Alabama and Arkansas moved up after then-number two Oklahoma State, which fell to fourth, lost to Iowa State on Friday night.  LSU hosts Arkansas on Friday and Auburn hosts Alabama on Saturday.

Oklahoma fell from fifth to ninth after losing to Baylor on Saturday night.  Oregon, upset by USC at home on Saturday, tumbled six spots down to tenth.

Virginia Tech moved to up fifth, followed by Stanford, Boise State, and Houston.

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Monday
Nov212011

Mariners Outfielder Halman Slain, Brother Arrested

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman, 24, was stabbed to death Monday morning.  Dutch police said his 22-year-old brother has been arrested in connection with his death.

Halman made his big league debut with Seattle in 2010 and played in 35 games for the Mariners last season. He helped the Dutch team win the gold medal in the 2007 European Championships.

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Monday
Nov212011

Bears' Cutler Has Broken Thumb, Likely Out for 6-8 Weeks

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- At 7-3, the Chicago Bears were getting set to make a deep playoff run and try to make it back to the NFC championship game. Their path back to the playoffs got significantly tougher after the team's win over the San Diego Chargers, however: ESPN has learned that quarterback Jay Cutler broke his thumb on his throwing hand. As a result, Cutler will miss the final six games of the season and will likely end his season.

Replacing Cutler will be likely be backup quarterback Caleb Hanie. Hanie is a four year veteran but has only thrown just 14 passes in the regular season. He did however, replace Cutler in last year's NFC championship game, after Cutler injured his MCL. Cutler ended up going 13-20 for 153 yards.

This could potentially be a big blow for a Bears team that has won five games in a row and trail the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers in the NFC North division standings.

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