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Nov042011

Big East Files Lawsuit Against West Virginia 

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- The Big East Conference filed a lawsuit Friday against West Virginia, less than a week after being sued by the school over its impending move to the Big 12 conference.

At issue is an attempt by the Big East to force West Virginia to honor a conference bylaw calling for a 27-month waiting period before it is able to leave the conference for the Big 12. The suit, filed in Rhode Island Superior Court, alleges the school of breach of contract.

"Today's legal action underscores the Big East conference's stated position that it will vigorously pursue the enforcement of its rights and West Virginia University's obligations under the conference's bylaws, which West Virginia formally agreed to and helped construct," said Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.

The Big East is also seeking damages relating to what it calls an "improper attempted withdrawal in violation of those bylaws."

West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East Monday in an effort to release itself from the conference so it could join the Big 12 for the 2012 season.

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Friday
Nov042011

Francona Reportedly One of Six Candidates to Interview with Cards

G Fiume/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona is expected to interview for the St. Louis Cardinals vacant managerial position, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Cardinals, coming off their eleventh World Series title, are searching for a replacement for Tony La Russa, who announced his retirement from baseball earlier this week. According to a report from Boston sports radio station WEEI, Francona was to interview with the Cardinals Friday but the meeting did not take place.

However, the Cardinals did interview former catcher and current minor-league instructor Mike Matheny for the job. Matheny, who played five seasons in St. Louis, is one of six candidates expected to interview for the position, according to the Dispatch.

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Friday
Nov042011

Sources: NBA Players Discuss Union Decertification

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A group of 50 NBA players -- headlined by All-Stars Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade, and Dwight Howard -- convened over a conference call Thursday with agents and anti-trust lawyers to discuss the notion of decertification, sources told ESPN.com.

According to sources, the nature of the meeting -- the second such call this week -- was to flesh out the ramifications of the decertification process. A source described the meeting as "player-driven" and "player-centric," according to ESPN.com.

Under terms of decertification, at least 30 percent -- approximately 130 players -- must sign a petition in order to trigger a vote, which would then be taken to the National Labor Board for approval. The board would have a window of 45 days to decide the merits of a vote, a period in which negotiations over the current NBA lockout is permitted.

The New York Times reports the group of players intend on pushing its fellow union members on the idea of decertifying if there is no significant progress made between owners and the union during talks scheduled to resume this weekend in New York.

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Friday
Nov042011

Giants' Running Back Bradshaw Has Broken Foot, Still Hopes To Play

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Despite having a cracked bone in his foot, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw still hopes to play this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

The injury occurred last Sunday in the third quarter in the team's win over the Miami Dolphins. Bradshaw ended up coming back into the game and initial X-rays showed no major structural damage, so Bradshaw didn't think it was anything serious. While feels that he should be able to play, Head Coach Tom Coughlin is hoping the team's leading rusher is available against a Patriots team that is ranked ninth in the NFL in run defense.

"In the past he's played with a crack, or whatever you want to call it, a stress crack in his foot, he has played that way in the past," Coughlin said. "I don't know what the determination will be just yet. We will just have to wait and see...what the doctors decide to do."

If Bradshaw is unable to play, Brandon Jacobs is expected to start in his place.

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Friday
Nov042011

Former MLB Outfielder Matty Alou Dies at Age 72

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fomrer major league outfielder Matty Alou died from diabetes complications, according to his former Dominican team, Leones del Escogido.

Alou played for the Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, Athletics, Yankees, and Padres. A two-time all-star, Alou hit .307, 31 home runs, 427 RBIs, 1,777 hits, and 236 doubles in 15 seasons. He also won a batting title back in 1966 with the Pirates, batting .342.

Aside from his career accomplishments, Alou and his brothers Felipe and Jesus made baseball history on September 15, 1963 when they all played in the same outfield together. The three made up the first ever all-brothers outfield in major league history.

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Friday
Nov042011

Predators Lock Up Goalie Rinne with Big Extension

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn) -- The Nashville Predators gave goalie Pekka Rinne a birthday gift he'll never forget. After turning 29 this past Thursday, the team rewarded him with a seven-year, $49 million contract -- the largest in franchise history.

The former Vezina Trophy finalist was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but now Predator fans can take solace knowing they have one of the top goaltenders in the NHL locked up. Rinne is in his sixth season with the Predators and has career win loss record of 101-58-20, a 2.33 goals against average, and a .921 save percentage.

"It's just a big day for me and obviously I couldn't be happier right now," Rinne told The Tennesseean. "It's the organization that drafted me and now I have a chance to play the next seven years here in Nashville. It feels great and I'm so happy right now."

This season, Rinne is 6-4-2, has a 2.28 goals allowed average, a .928 save percentage, and leads the NHL in saves with 307.

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Friday
Nov042011

Michigan Lands Top Power Forward Recruit Mitch McGary

Kelly Kline/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Heading into the season, Brewster Academy power forward Mitch McGary had a hard decision to make. The number two player on the ESPNU 100 list and number one overall power forward was down to three college to play for: Duke, Florida, and Michigan.

Even though both Duke and Florida have won national championships in recent years, McGary decided to attend the University of Michigan. In fact, Duke and Florida's recent championship runs ended up being negatives in McGary's decision process.

"Both Duke and Florida have had established programs for years and have won titles recently," McGary said. "I didn't like that as much as I like the idea of coming in and helping to turn Michigan's program around. That's more of a challenge for me. With lots of help and hard work I hope to make a huge footprint in the program."

McGarty is now the third player on the ESPNU 100 list to commit to Michigan.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/3/11

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers (5-3-3) outlasted the Anaheim Ducks (5-5-3) in a shootout, 2-1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (9-3-1) defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-10-1), 4-1.

The New Jersey Devils (5-5-1) one upped the Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-2) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Winnipeg Jets (5-6-1) flew past the New York Islanders (3-5-2), 3-0.

The Calgary Flames (5-5-1) downed the Detroit Red Wings (5-5-1), 4-1.

The Chicago Blackhawks (8-2-2) tamed the Florida Panthers (6-4-2) in a shootout, 3-2.

The Minnesota Wild (6-3-3) were 5-1 winners over The Vancouver Canucks (6-6-1).

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Thursday
Nov032011

NFL Week 8 Preview: Baltimore (5-2) at Pittsburgh (6-2) 

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Sunday Night Football will feature one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports when The (5-2) Baltimore Ravens travel to the Steel City to take on The (6-2) Pittsburgh Steelers. The contest will showcase the NFL’s top two ranked defenses.

“We expecting a physical football game and this is football,” Ravens all-time sack leader, linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “I guarantee you the NFL, the world will stop for this game. Everybody wants to see it.”

This will be the second meeting between these two teams this season. Back in week one, the Ravens pounded Pittsburgh at home, 35-7.

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

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Thursday
Nov032011

Peyton Manning Recovering From Neck Surgery

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) – Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, speaking with reporters Thursday, says he’s hopeful that he can return to the gridiron  this season, but rehab is not going as quickly as he would like.

“Waiting for the fusion to take place,” Manning said, “I still have some of the same issues I had before the fusion as far as the nerves and the regeneration.”

Manning underwent surgery in early September to repair a damaged nerve that was affecting his ability to throw. Without the 11-time Pro Bowler under center this season the Colts have been a disaster, going winless in their first eight games since 1997.

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