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Nov142011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/14/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers (11-6-0) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (7-7-3), 5-3.

The Winnipeg Jets (8-9-3) flew past the Tampa Bay Lightning (8-7-2), 5-2

The Buffalo Sabers (10-4-3) outlasted the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout (6-9-3), 3-2.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (4) Connecticut (2-0) bounced Wagner (1-1), 78-66.

(5) Syracuse (2-0) beat Manhattan (1-1), 92-56.

(16) Alabama (2-0) downed Oakland (0-1), 74-57.

(17) Michigan (2-0) waxed Towson (0-2), 64-47.

(21) Marquette (2-0) were 99-68 winners over Norfolk State (0-1).

(24) Missouri (2-0) topped Mercer (1-1), 81-63.

(23) Gonzaga (2-0) got past Washington State (0-1), 89-81

(25) Florida State (2-0) took care of UCF (1-1), 73-50.

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Monday
Nov142011

Craig Kimbrel, Jeremy Hellickson Named Rookies of the Year

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson have been named the league's top rookies, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday.

The 23-year-old Kimbrel won the National League Rookie of the Year award by unanimous vote after saving a rookie-record 46 games for Atlanta in 2011. He also struck out 127 batters over 77 innings of work.

“The goals I’d set for myself are just to help the team,” Kimbrel said. “Do whatever I have to do to help the team and I’ll be happy.”

Hellickson took home American League honors after the 24-year-old helped play a pivotal role in Tampa Bay's winning the AL Wild Card this season, going 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA.

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Monday
Nov142011

Boxing World Remembers Joe Frazier

Chris Smith/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A private funeral was held in Philadelphia Monday for former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. The 67-year-old Frazier passed away on Nov. 7 after a brief battle with liver cancer.

Among those who came to pay their respects included longtime adversary Muhammad Ali, former sparring partner Larry Holmes and promoter Don King.

“Frazier is one of the greatest fighters of all time,” Holmes said. “There’s only a few guys who you can even put in the category, but Joe Frazier was one of the true fighters. Like he said, he go down, he get back up. Joe Frazier had nothing but fight in him.”

Frazier captured the heavyweight title from Jimmy Ellis at Madison Square Garden in 1970. He successfully defended the title four times before losing to George Foreman in 1973.

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Monday
Nov142011

NBA Players Reject Offer, Seek Decertification

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Locked-out NBA players have rejected the league's latest offer and will seek to decertify after meeting for four hours on Monday.

"We want to still make it clear to our fans that this is not something that, although we chose this today, we have not chosen to be in this position," National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher said at a press conference. "A lockout continues to be something that is imposed upon us by the league and by owners. This is not a strike."

The two sides have struggled to figure out how to split up all basketball related income.  The lockout began July 1.

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Nov142011

Oregon, Fourth in BCS, Back in National Title Hunt

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Oregon moved up from seventh to fourth in the BCS standings after a huge 53-30 win at Stanford Saturday night.  LSU is still number one, followed by Oklahoma State and Alabama.  Oklahoma, ranked sixth last week, moved up to fifth, despite not playing over the weekend.

Stanford and Boise State, which also lost on Saturday to TCU, fell to ninth and tenth in the standings, respectively.

Arkansas, ranked sixth, number seven Clemson, and eighth-ranked Virginia Tech all moved up two spots.

TCU, ranked 19th, and number 25 Florida State, were newcomers to the BCS standings this week.

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Monday
Nov142011

Michael Vick Has Broken Ribs

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced on Monday quarterback Michael Vick has two broken ribs.  Vick suffered the injury during the Eagles' 21-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.  Vick completed less than fifty percent of his passes in the game and threw two interceptions.  Philadelphia fell to 3-6 with the loss.

Reid said it was too early to determine if Vick would be able to play against the New York Giants on Sunday night.

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Monday
Nov142011

Tim Tebow Now 3-1 as the Broncos' Starting Quarterback

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- They may not have been pretty, but the first four games of the Tim Tebow era in Denver this season have been a success. Just try not to be too critical of the statistics.

After the team's 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos improved to 4-5 on the season, and 3-1 with Tebow under center. Kyle Orton, the quarterback Tebow replaced, was just 1-4 for the team when he was the starting quarterback.

Tebow completed just two passes in eight attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown. Tebow had more carries than pass attempts. He made nine carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

"I play this game, and you're on a team to win games and that's it, however we can do that," Tebow said. "You know, I'm a football player first before quarterback, and [will do] whatever we can do to win games."

With the Broncos' win, they are just one game behind the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West division.

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Monday
Nov142011

Cardinals Hire Former Catcher Mike Matheny as Manager

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- When former St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa retired after this past season, he did so with 2,728 career wins in the major leagues. The man who will replace him has a grand total of zero career wins -- at least as a manager. The team will hire former catcher Mike Matheny to succeed La Russa as manager of a team that is fresh off a World Series championship.

Matheny's baseball resume on the field is certainly one to be proud of. He spent 13 seasons in the major leagues where he played for the Brewers, Cardinals, and Giants. Matheny spent six seasons with the Cardinals. During his time with the team (2000-2004), Matheny won three of his four career Gold Glove awards and was part of a Cardinals team in 2004 that reached the World Series.

While Matheny's on the field resume isn't in question, there are concerns over his managerial resume -- principally, because it doesn't exist. Despite the inexperience, the team is confident Matheny will bring the same leadership qualities that he brought to the field as a player.

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Monday
Nov142011

Dodgers Could Sell for $1 Billion, Economists Say

Kirby Lee/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt isn't thrilled about selling the team due to financial issues, he may feel a little better when the offers start rolling in.

According to a study by economists, the Dodgers should be expected to sell for $1 billion. Part of the reason for the high price tag has to do with all of the underdeveloped land by Dodger Stadium. Surrounding the Stadium is 275 acres of of land that may be used to create an entertainment complex for the stadium.

"If you're talking about the asset value of the Dodgers franchise, the stadium, the parking lots and the surrounding acreage, I think a number in the neighborhood of $1 billion is reasonable," Said Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College.

Two years ago, the Chicago Cubs were sold for a record $845 million. I remains to be seen just how high the bids will be for the Dodgers.

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Monday
Nov142011

Diamondbacks Reportedly Re-Sign Second Baseman Aaron Hill

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and second baseman Aaron Hill reportedly have agreed on a 2-year, $11 million deal.

Last season, in 104 games, Hill was hitting just .225 for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was eventually traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks and looked like different player in the desert: he hit .315 in 33 games with the Diamondbacks. He also hit .278 for the team in the National League Divisional Series.

Hill made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays in 2005, after being drafted 13th overall back in the 2003 draft.

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