Lamar Odom Traded to the Mavericks

NBA/Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Lakers made a trade, but it isn't for who you may think.  The Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday for a first-round pick in the 2012 draft. 

Speculation is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year was moved to make cap room to eventually acquire Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard.

Odom is owed $8.9 million this year and could make close to that next year.

Odom is currently 32 years old. This will be his fourth team in thirteen NBA seasons.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/11/11

Scot Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Denver Broncos (8-5) bruised up the Chicago Bears (7-6) in overtime, 13-10.

The New England Patriots (10-3) rattled the Washington Redskins (4-9), 34-27.

The Houston Texans (10-3) locked up their first playoff birth ever, beating the Cincinnati Bengals (7-6), 20-19.

The Detroit Lions (8-5) eeked out a win over the Minnesota Vikings (2-11), 34-28.

The New Orleans Saints (10-3) toppled the Tennessee Titans (7-6), 22-17.

The Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) man-handled the Miami Dolphins (4-9), 26-10.

The New York Jets (8-5) crushed the Kansas City Chiefs (5-8), 37-10.

The Atlanta Falcons (8-5) kept there playoff hopes alive beating Carolina (4-9) 31-23.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) thwarted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9), 41-14.

The Baltimore Ravens (10-3) kept the Indianapolis Colts (0-13) winless, 24-10.

The Arizona Cardinals (6-7) knocked off the San FranCisco 49ers (10-3), 21-19.

The Greenbay Packers (13-0) stayed perfect by beating the Oakland Raiders 46-16.

NCAA Men's Top 25 Basketball: Murray State (10-0) beat (21) Memphis (5-3), 76-72.

(16) Alabama (8-2) held off Detroit (6-7). 62-54.

(24) Illinois (10-0) romped Coppin State (3-5), 80-63.

NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks (18-8-4) took out San Jose (15-10-2) in overtime, 3-2.

The New York Rangers(17-6-4) light up the scoreboard and take out the Florida Panthers (16-9-5), 6-1.

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Chandler Arrives In New York

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks welcomed Tyson Chandler to the Big Apple Saturday. The Knicks acquired the 7-foot-1 center in a sign and trade deal that involved the Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards. Chandler's signed a $56 million, four-year deal with the knickerbockers.

In 2010, Chandler played an integral part of the Dallas Mavericks earning the NBA Championship.

“To be able to come here to New York City and play along with guys like Amare’ (Stoduemire) and Carmelo (Anthony) and the rest of the guys, it’s unbelievable,” Chandler said.

This will be Chandler's sixth team as he enters his 11th season in the association. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft.  

The Knicks open the 2011-12 season on Christmas Day at home against Boston.

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Howard Wants Out Of Orlando

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- It's the decision the Orlando Magic fans didn't want to hear: superstar Dwight Howard has formally requested a trade out of Central Florida.

The Magic have granted Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, permission to speak with the Los Angeles Lakers, the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks about a possible deal.

The 6-foot-11 center can opt out of his contract at the end of this upcoming season and enter the free agent market.

“For me, I have to always do what’s best for me,” Howard said of his request. “People can say that’s selfish, but you only get one time around the track. You have to live your life to the best of your ability or do what you think is right.”

The Magic selected Howard out of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy with the overall number one pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

In seven seasons in Orlando, Howard has been named to four NBA-All Star teams, and has won the NBA Defensive Player of the year award twice.

The Magic said there is no timetable or deadline for a deal.

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NFL Preview: Rams (2-10) @ Seahawks (5-7) Preview

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks (5-7) will play host to the St. Louis Rams (2-10) Monday night in Week 14 of NFL action. This will be the second meeting between these two clubs this season. Back in Week 11, Seattle defeated St. Louis, 24-7.

“It’s important that we take each game independently,” Carroll said. “We know them somewhat because it’s only a couple of weeks ago but they know us.”

In franchise history, the Rams own a 27-28 record on Monday Night Football while the Seahawks are 16-8 under the lights on Monday Night.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch comes into the contest with more than 850 rushing yards on the season and 8 touchdowns.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Baylor's Griffin Takes Home Heisman Trophy

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Baylor has a Heisman.  Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III, won the 77th annual Heisman trophy in New York Saturday night.

The Junior Quarterback received 1,687 points 280 points more than runner-up Andrew Luck.

Griffin finished the year completing 79% of his passes for 3,998 yards and 36 passing touchdowns.  He also rushed for just under 650 yards and 9 touchdowns. 

Griffin holds 46 school records and still hasn’t decided if he will return to Waco for his final season.

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Sources: Brewers' Braun Test Positive for Steroids

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  After winning the 2011 National League MVP and leading the Milwaukee Brewers to the NL Central title, all-star outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN.

Braun is disputing the findings and claims full innocence.  If Braun is found guilty he faces a 50-game suspension.  

In his five years with the Brewers, the 28-year old Braun has averaged just over 32 homeruns and 106 RBIs per season.  

In April, he signed a five-year $105 million dollar contract extension that would keep him in Milwaukee until 2020.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/10/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Top 10 Basketball: Indiana (9-0) upset (1) Kentucky (8-1), 73-72.

(13) Kansas (7-2) topped (2) Ohio State (8-1), 78-67.

(3) Syracuse(10-0) blew out George Washington (4-5), 85-50.

(4) North Carolina (8-2) topped Long Beach State (4-5), 84-78.

(5) Louisville (9-0) crushed Fairlegh Dickinson (1-8), 80-58.

(7) Duke (9-1) slipped by Washington (4-4), 86-80.

(8) Xavier (8-0) ran past Cincinnati (5-3), 76-53.

(10) Missouri (9-0) pounded Navy (3-8), 84-59.

NHL: The St. Louis Blues (17-9-3) shut out the San Jose Sharks (15-10-1), 1-0.

The Montreal Canadiens (12-11-7) edged the New Jersey Devils (14-13-1), 2-1.

The Vancouver Canucks (18-10-1) skated past the Ottawa Senators (13-13-4), 4-1.

The Detroit Red Wings (18-9-1) demolished the Winnipeg Jets (13-12-4), 7-1.

The Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3) downed the Tampa Bay Lightning (12-15-2), 5-2.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (17-9-4) doubled up the New York Islanders (9-12-6), 6-3.

The Boston Bruins (18-9-1) got by the Columbus Blue Jackets (8-17-4), 5-3.

The New York Rangers (16-6-4) popped the Buffalo Sabres (15-12-2), 4-1.

The Minnesota Wild (20-7-3) took care of the Phoenix Coyotes (15-11-3), 4-1.

The Nashville Predators (14-11-4) sliced the Anaheim Ducks (8-16-5), 4-1.

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Sources: Manny Ramirez Reinsated By Major League Baseball

J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- We may not have seen the last of Manny Ramierz after all. According to ESPN, Ramirez has officially been reinstated by Major League Baseball from the voluntary reitrement list.

It gets even better for Ramirez. Instead of serving out his 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance enhancing drugs, his punishment has been reduced to 50 games. His first suspension came during the 2009 season while he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers where he was forced to sit out 50-games.

We last saw the 39-year Ramierz in a major leauge unifom this past season when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. He time with the Rays was brief to say the least. He signed a one-year $2 million contract with the team but appeared in just five games and managed only one single in 17 plate appearances. He was suspended by Major League Baseball and decided to retire instead of serving out his supsension.

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UCLA To Hire Jim Mora Jr. As Head Football Coach

NFL Photos(LOS ANGELES) -- After going 21-29 over the past four seasons, the UCLA Bruins are hoping Jim Mora Jr. can turn the team's fortunes around. The university is on the verge of hiring of Mora, who will replace the recently fired Rick Neuheisal.

Mora has very little coaching at the college level but has had success at the NFL level. Mora was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006, and took the team to the NFC Championship game in his first season with the team, but was later fired after going 8-8 and 7-9 the following two seasons.

His last head coaching job came in 2009 when he was the coach for the Seattle Seahawks after serving as an assistant for the team the previous two seasons. He lasted only one season as the head coach after leading the team to a record of just 5-11.

Mora's only coaching experience in college was back in 1984 when he served as a graduate assistant at Washington.

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