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Wednesday
Feb222012

Brady Quinn Criticizes Tim Tebow, then Clarifies Comments

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow rose from third-string quarterback to playoff hero during the season, but in doing so he may have rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Broncos backup quarterback Brady Quinn vented over "Tebowmania" and all that came with it during this past season.

"I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that," Quinn said regarding Tebow taking over as the starting quarterback. "Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I don't have any billboards. That would have been nice."

"If you look at it as a whole, there's a lot of things that just didn't seem very humble to me. When I get that opportunity, I'll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and playing but by praying with my teammates, you know?"

Quinn later retracted his comments that could have come off as overly critical.

"The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos," Quinn tweeted. "Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I'm happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate. The story was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments."

Since joining the Broncos before the 2010 season, Quinn has yet to take a snap in a regular season game with the team.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Quarterback Guru Tom Martinez Dead at 66

iStockPhot​o/Thinksto​ck(NEW YORK) -- Tom Martinez, the man who helped mold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady into the player he is today, died Tuesday -- on his 66th birthday.

Martinez, who worked with Brady as recently during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, reportedly died from a heart attack he suffered during a dialysis session.

"He's obviously a great friend of mine and a great friend of my family's, and has been for a long time," Brady said of Martinez before the Super Bowl. "He taught me how to throw the football at a young age. I'm forever indebted to him."

"Talk about a perfectionist, he's a perfectionist and he doesn't let anything slide with me. I owe so much to him. I love him. I love his family. He's got a great family, and I enjoy being with him and working with him."

Last summer, Martinez was given just months to live but managed to fight on; he suffered from kidney and heart problems.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Matt Kemp Wouldn't Accept MVP if Braun Loses Appeal

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- If Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun loses his appeal for an alleged positive test for performance enhancing drugs, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp wouldn't want the award. 

The 27-year old Kemp -- who placed second in the ratings -- had a tremendous season in 2011. He hit .324 with 39 homers, drove in 126 runs, stole 40 bases, and scored 115 runs. Despite Kemp's individual success on the field, the Dodgers missed the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Braun hit .332 with 33 home runs, drove in 111 runs, and scored 109 runs. Unlike Kemp, Braun's team won their division and made it to the playoffs.

"I feel like that would be by default," Kemp said if he was given the title if it's somehow stripped from Braun. "I wish I would've won it just by them voting me and me being the MVP. That would special. But hopefully, I will have the same type of year or even better and win it straight up this year, with us making the playoffs."

The Baseball Writers' Association of America, who are the ones who handed out the award, have already said that even if Braun loses his appeal, his award will not be revoked.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Kansas State Stuns Missouri, 78-68

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- For the second time this season, the Kansas State Wildcats (19-8) upset the No. 3 Missouri Tigers (25-3) on Tuesday night, 78-68.

Rodney McGruder scored 24 points to lead his Wildcats past the Tigers and another win over a top ranked team in less than a week.

"We had a lot of confidence," McGruder said. "And we felt like, 'Why not come in here and get a victory?'"

Head coach Frank Martin could not be happier of his team's performance over the last week.

"A week ago, I was trying to find a building that's more than six stories height-wise so I could jump," Martin joked after the game, although he wasn't smiling. "And these guys, they gave me energy to come in and coach them in practice because they were so positive even though we had just lost two tough games at Texas and [against] Kansas. They've been awesome, and I couldn't be happier that they've been rewarded these last two games."

Jordan Henriquez put the game away with an alley-oop dunk with 2:21 left in the game to give Kansas State a six point edge.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Wade Comes Up Big for Miami

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) -- Dwyane Wade had a huge night for Miami.  Wade torched the Sacramento Kings (10-22) for 30 points and 10 assists in Miami's 120-108 win on Tuesday night.

"It was a good game for me, just trying to be aggressive and was able to get my teammates some shots," said Wade, who tied his career-best with 11 straight games of shooting 50 percent or better, matching a run from his rookie season. "And I was also able to continue do what I've been doing the last couple games, just taking high-percentage shots and making them."

Chris Bosh also provided a spark with 20 points and 10 rebounds of his own in the victory.

LeBron James chipped in 18 points to round out a total of 68 for Miami's Big Three.

This is now the seventh straight win for Miami and sit atop the NBA with a league best 26-7 record.

Next up for Miami will be the New York Knicks and league sensation Jeremy Lin on Thursday.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Darvish' First Day of Spring Training

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- Let the Darvish mania begin.  The Texas Rangers arrived at Spring Training on Tuesday along with their Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish in Arizona.

As Darvish approached the mound for his first session, the Japanese media flashed their cameras but were not able to get a word with him.

Catcher Luis Martinez was the first to get a look at the Rangers' new star on the mound who threw 30 pitches.

"I was excited and happy to catch him," said Martinez, who admitted that it was "a bit overwhelming," too. "He had a bunch of pitches, great stuff and stayed down in the zone. He threw curveballs, sliders, changeup, splits. He did really well."

One person who did get to chat with Darvish was pitcher Derek Holland. 

"He's practicing it," Holland said of Darvish's English vocabulary. "He said, 'Please teach me English.' I told him I'm not the best guy to be teaching English. We were joking. He was getting a feel for it."

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Lakers Have Players-Only Meeting

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(NEW YORK) -- After the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night, players decided to hold a players only meeting minutes after the victory, according to team sources.

With trade rumors surrounding Lakers' forward Pau Gasol, both Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant wanted to get the following message out to the rest of the Lakers' clubhouse: no rumors or feelings matter, stay together and focused as a team and they will have a chance to get to the finals.

Kobe Bryant has voiced his frustration with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak regarding the ongoing Gasol trade rumors, and Kupchak responded Tuesday.

"To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage," Kupchak said. "Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans."

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/21/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (26-7) pounded the Sacramento Kings (10-22), 120-108.

The Indiana Pacers (20-12) outlasted the New Orleans Hornets (7-25) in overtime, 117-108.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (13-17) were one point better than the Detroit Pistons (11-23), 101-100.

The Memphis Grizzlies (19-15) took care of the Philadelphia 76ers (20-13), 89-76.

The Portland Trail Blazers (18-16) crushed the San Antonio Spurs (23-10), 137-97.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) Kentucky (27-1) got by Mississippi State (19-9), 73-64.

Kansas St. (19-8) stunned (3) Missouri (25-3), 78-68.

(7) North Carolina (24-4) outpaced North Carolina State (18-10), 86-74.

(8) Ohio State (23-5) bounced Illinois (16-12), 83-67.

Seton Hall (19-9) destroyed (9) Georgetown (20-6), 73-55.

(11) Michigan (21-7) beat Northwestern (16-11) in overtime, 67-55.

(12) Florida (22-6) defeated Auburn (14-13), 63-47.

Colorado State (17-9) topped (18) New Mexico (22-5), 71-63.

(25) Virginia (21-6) slipped by Virginia Tech (15-13), 61-59.

NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks (33-21-7) slowed down the Detroit Red Wings (41-18-2), 2-1.

The Nashville Predators (35-19-6) skated past the Vancouver Canucks (38-16-6), 3-1.

The New Jersey Devils (35-20-4) topped the Toronto Maple Leafs (29-24-7) in overtime, 4-3.

The Buffalo Sabres (26-27-7) tamed the New York Islanders (25-27-8), 2-1.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (34-21-5) blanked the New York Rangers (38-15-5), 2-0.

The Philadelphia Flyers (33-19-7) dropped the Winnipeg Jets (29-26-7) in overtime, 5-4.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (27-26-6) zapped the Anaheim Ducks (25-25-10), 3-2.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (18-35-7) doubled up the San Jose Sharks (31-20-7), 6-3.

The  Dallas Stars (30-26-4) shutdown the Montreal Canadiens (24-27-10), 3-0.

The Edmonton Oilers (23-30-6) cruised past the Calgary Flames (28-23-9), 6-1.

The Phoenix Coyotes (30-21-9) edged the Los Angeles Kings (27-21-12) in a shootout, 5-4.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Jenkins And Eagles Restructure Contract

Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins has agreed to restructure his contract with the team.

After spending his first seven seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, the 31-year-old Jenkins signed a five-year deal with the Eagles last off-season worth $25 million. 

The new structure of the deal will let Jenkins keep his $5 million dollar roster bonus due to him in March, but he will have his base pay cut from $2.5 million to $820,000, according to the National Football Post.

“It’s a great team, great atmosphere,” Jenkins said on a conference call Tuesday. “I’m not one of those types of players that just bounce around and try to get much as he can get. I wanted some security. I wanted to be somewhere that I like and that liked me. The opportunity presented itself here.”

Jenkins had 61 total tackles for Philadelphia last season, including 5.5 sacks.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Marlins' Morrison To Pay Tribute To Late Father

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will pay tribute to his late father this season by wearing the No. 5.

Morrison’s father, Tom, passed away in 2010 from lung cancer. He was a fan of Hall of Famer George Brett, who wore No. 5 during his playing days with the Kansas City Royals.

The No. 5 has never been worn by a Marlin, having been retired in honor of former team president Carl Barger before the team’s first franchise game in 1993. Barger, whose favorite player, Joe DiMaggio, wore No. 5, passed away in 1992.

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