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Jan122012

Texas A&M Quarterback Tannehill Breaks Foot, Will Miss Senior Bowl

Darren Carroll/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With quarterbacks such as USC's Matt Barkley and Oklahoma's Landry Jones deciding to stay in school for another year, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill has an opportunity to establish himself as a top quarterback prospect. He just won't be able to show his skills at the Senior Bowl.

According to Tannehill's agent, Pay Dye, his client broke his foot during training and as a result will be unable to showcase his skills at the annual Senior Bowl, which is an event where numerous NFL scouts and coaches attend. Tannehill broke a fifth metatarsal, which might require surgery.

Even if he does indeed have surgery and has to also miss the NFL scouting combine, he is still expected to throw in March before the draft takes place. ESPN has ranked Tannehill as the third best quarterback prospect in this year's draft.

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Thursday
Jan122012

Crosby Set to Skate on Penguins' Road Trip

Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed that the team's captain Sidney Crosby will skate during the team’s current road trip.

Crosby was in the press box during Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday night.

‘Sid the kid’ has been out due to lingering concussion symptoms and hasn’t played since Dec. 5. Before that, he was sidelined for nearly 11 months because of the same concussion.

“I’ll certainly be glad to see him on the ice,” said Bylsma.

Thursday
Jan122012

Ramirez Looking for Second Chance

J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an exclusive interview with ESPN, former major league slugger Manny Ramirez said that he wants a second chance at the game he loves.

Ramirez reitred from baseball last season after a second violation of baseball's performance-enhancing drug rules.  He walked away instead of serving the 100-game suspension.

He is hoping to land with a team for spring training; after being reinstated from voluntary retirement, he must still serve a suspension of 50 games.  

"I want to show people that Manny can change, that he can do the right thing," Ramirez told ESPN's Pedro Gomez in an interview. "And to show people that I still can play. I don't want to leave the game like I did. I also want to show my kids that if you make a mistake, don't quit. Just go back and fix it. And if you're going to leave, leave the right way."

Ramirez, 39, has a .312 career batting average and 555 home runs to his name.

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Thursday
Jan122012

Kobe's 40 leads LA Past Utah in OT

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(SALT LAKE CITY) -- How does back-to-back 40 point nights sound on an injured right wrist? Obviously for Kobe Bryant, pretty good.

The Los Angeles Lakers (8-4) and Kobe Bryant got by the Utah Jazz (6-4) on Wednesday night in overtime, 90-87.  For Bryant, this was his second straight night of 40 points or more.  Against the Suns on Tuesday night, he shot a season high with 48. Wednesday he cooled off a little, scoring a still-impressive 40.

"It felt good to get a road win here," Bryant said. "It's a very tough place to play and it was a huge test for us."

The big play in the game came with seconds remaining in overtime, when Lakers' center Andew Bynum tipped in a Bryant missed shot to make it 88-85. Then Bynum blocked Al Jefferson's shot with 1.9 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

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Thursday
Jan122012

Paul Leads Clippers' Past Heat

Los Angeles Clippers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers (5-3) needed an extra quarter to take care of the Miami Heat (8-3) on Thursday but they got it done.

The Clippers got 27 points from their new guard Chris Paul and beat the Heat in overtime, 95-89.  With the loss, Miami dropped back-to-back overtime games on the road, they had an opportunities to win both.

"It's a good team we just beat," said Paul with ESPN after the game.  "It's a really good win for our team."

Despite 23 points and 13 rebounds from LeBron James, even he couldn't close the game out down the stretch at the foul line.

"We played Miami Heat basketball, we defended, gave ourself a chance to win," said James.  "We don't like to lose but we aren't going to hang our heads by this one."

Clippers forward Blake Griffin contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/11/12

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Dallas Mavericks (6-5) defeated the Boston Celtics (4-5), 90-85.

The New York Knicks (6-4) beat the Philadelphia 76ers (7-3), 85-79.

The Sacramento Kings (4-7) topped the Toronto Raptors (4-7), 98-91.

The Indiana Pacers (7-3) outpaced the Atlanta Hawks (7-4), 96-84.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (10-2) stung the New Orleans Hornets (3-7), 95-85.

The Chicago Bulls (10-2) downed the Washington Wizards (1-9), 78-64.

The San Antonio Spurs (7-4) ko'ed the Houston Rockets (3-7) in overtime, 101-95.

The Los Angeles Lakers (8-4) topped the Utah Jazz (6-4) in overtime, 90-87.

The Denver Nuggets (7-4) outlasted the New Jersey Nets (2-9), 123-115.

The Orlando Magic (7-3) sliced the Portland Trail Blazers (7-3), 107-104.

The Los Angeles Clippers (5-3) downed the Miami Heat (8-3) in overtime, 95-89.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball:
(1) Syracuse (18-0) bounced Villanova (8-9), 79-66.

(2) Kentucky (16-1) crowned Auburn (10-6), 68-52.

(9) Missouri (15-1) waxed Iowa State (12-4), 76-69.

(10) Kansas (13-3) rolled past Texas Tech (7-8), 81-46.

(13) Michigan (14-3) outlasted Northwestern (11-5) in overtime, 66-64.

(25) Marquette (13-4) pounded St. John's (8-8), 83-64.

NHL: The Washington Capitals (22-17-2) blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-17-4), 1-0.

The New Jersey Devils (24-17-2) edged the Edmonton Oilers (16-22-4) in overtime, 2-1.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

NFL Divisional Playoff Preview: Saints @ 49ers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers will play host to the New Orleans Saints Saturday afternoon in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

The Saints come into the contest with the NFL's number-one ranked offense. They will be facing a Niners defense that's tops in the NFC.

“They big, they're physical, they're tough, they don’t miss tackles,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of San Francisco’s defense. “If you give them an opportunity to take the ball away, they are going to take the ball away. I mean they are doing everything defensively that you would preach to your guys.”

San Francisco finished the season 13-3, winning the NFC West division crown and earning a first-round bye.  They will be making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2002 season.

New Orleans enters the game winners of nine straight, including last week's 45-28 wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions. In that game, Brees tossed for 466 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 400-yard passing games in the playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

Baylor's Griffin III Officially Declares for NFL Draft

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(WACO, Texas) -- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III announced Wednesday that he is forgoing his senior season and entering the upcoming NFL Draft.

RG3 won the Heisman Trophy award this season after tossing for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He also rushed for 699 yards and 10 TDs.

“Just a tough decision, because I love these people at this university,” Griffin said at a news conference Wednesday. “I love my coach for giving me the chance to be a quarterback and do the things that we have done.”

Griffin led the Bears to a 10-3 record this season, capping off the year with a 67-56 victory over Washington in the Alamo Bowl.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

Anonymous Jets Rip Mark Sanchez

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets may not be in the playoffs this year, but they're not letting that keep them out of the news. While quarterback Mark Sanchez has been feeling the heat from the fans and media, apparently some of his teammates feel the same way. The New York Daily News had spoken to several prominent Jets players, and while they wouldn't give their names, they didn't hold back their feelings on Sanchez.

"We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice," said one player. "He's lazy and content because he knows he's not going to be benched."

"How can we when he's not improving at all?" said one player when asked if Sanchez can lead the team to a Super Bowl. "He thinks he is, but he's not. He has shown us what he's capable of."

"So many games, he looked defeated before he even took the field," another player told the newspaper.

In his third year as the Jets quarterback, Sanchez threw for 3,474 yards, 26 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, and completed just 56.7% of his passes.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

Colts Hire Ryan Grigson as New General Manager

National Football League(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts have several major decisions to make during the upcoming off-season. They have found the man to make those tough calls, as the team has hired former Philadelphia Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson as the team's new general manager. Grigson will replace the recently fired Chris Polain.

Grigson is very familiar with the Colts, as he is an Indiana native, and was also the captain at Purdue in the mid-90s. He broke into the NFL front office ranks with St. Louis Rams in 1999 as a national scout before joining the Eagles back in 2004.

Grigson will step right into the fire as he must make some crucial decisions in the upcoming months. He must decide on the future of head coach Jim Caldwell, what to do with the number one pick in upcoming draft in April, and what he will do regarding the future of quarterback Peyton Manning, who is due a $28 million bonus in March.

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