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Feb112012

49ers Reward GM Baalke With A Three-Year Extension

NFL via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- After a 13-3 season including a trip to the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers have decided to give general manager Trent Baalke a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2016 season.

After the team went just 6-10 in 2010, Baalke made numerous key moves that led to their recent run of success. He hired NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh, signed All-Pro kicker David Akers, signed cornerback Carlos Rodgers, brought in safety Donte Whitner, and re-signed safety Dashon Goldson.

"Trent has distinguished himself as the man to direct our football operations for years to come," 49ers CEO Jed York said. "Since taking over as general manager last January, we have made great strides on the football field under Trent's leadership."

Baalke has been a part of the 49ers organization since 2005.

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Saturday
Feb112012

Ozzie Guillen: Dunn's Struggles Last Season Came As No Surprise

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Around this time last season, the Chicago White Sox signed slugging first baseman Adam Dunn to a four-year $56 million contract, hoping they were adding a premier offensive player to their lineup. That didn't happen as Dunn batted just .159 while hitting 11 home runs, and drove in only 42 runs. If you ask former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, he saw it coming in spring training.

"I looked at his swing and I told [bench coach] Joey Cora going home, 'We've got a big problem,' " Guillen said while on "The Wadle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000.

"It was painful to see Adam Dunn every at-bat and walk behind me [in the dugout] with a long face [after] striking out," Guillen went onto say.

Even though Dunn is a career .243 hitter, his power was never called into question before signing with the White Sox. In 2010 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals, Dunn belted 38 home runs and drove in 103 runs. He had hit at least 38 home runs in seven consecutive seasons before joining the White Sox.

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Friday
Feb102012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/10/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  The Toronto Raptors (9-19) bumped the Boston Celtics (14-12), 86-74.

The Atlanta Hawks (18-9) squeezed by the Orlando Magic (16-11) in overtime, 89-87.

The Los Angeles Clippers (16-8) clipped the Philadelphia 76ers (18-9), 78-77.

The Milwaukee Bucks (12-14) defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-15) in overtime, 113-112.

The Chicago Bulls (23-6) toppled the Charlotte Bobcats (3-23), 95-64.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-6) stopped the Utah Jazz (13-12), 101-87.

The Dallas Mavericks (16-11) defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-14), 104-97.

The Detroit Pistons (8-20) knocked off the New Jersey Nets (8-20), 109-92.

The Miami Heat (20-7) bullied the Washington Wizards (5-22), 106-89.

The Memphis Grizzlies (14-13) edged the Indiana Pacers (17-9), 98-92.

The New York Knicks (12-15) out dueled the Los Angeles Lakers (15-12), 92-85.

The Portland Trail Blazers (15-12) popped the New Orleans Hornets (4-23), 94-86.

NHL:  The San Jose Sharks (30-16-6)  bumped the Chicago Blackhawks (29-19-7), 5-3.

 The Colorado Avalanche (28-25-3) one upped  the Carolina Hurricanes (20-25-11) in overtime, 4-3.

The Detroit Red Wings (37-17-2) won their nineteenth straight home game beating the Anaheim Ducks (21-24-9) in shootouts, 2-1.

The Buffalo Sabres (24-24-6) burned the Dallas Stars (28-23-3) in shootouts, 3-2.

Men’s Top 25 College Basketball:  (25) Harvard (21-2) defeated Pennsylvania (12-11), 56-50.

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Friday
Feb102012

Indians Agree on One-Year Contract with Cabrera

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration and signed their all-star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $4.55 million dollar contract Saturday.

The 26-year old hit .273 with 25 homers and 92 RBIs last season. His 25 homers broke the record for most homers by an Indians shortstop.

Cabrera originally asked for $5.2 million to which the Indians countered with $3.75 million.

By agreeing to a contract, Cleveland continued its streak of 21 straight years of avoiding arbitration.

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Friday
Feb102012

Bengals Maualuga Charged with Assault

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Ray Maualuga has been charged with misdemeanor assault for punching a man in a Cincinnati bar Sunday morning.

This isn't the 25-year olds first issue with the law. In 2010, Maualuga pleaded guilty to a DUI charge he received in Kentucky. The incident resulted in Maualuga being fined two game checks and part of his signing bonus.

Maualuga's arraignment is scheduled for February 17th.

 

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Friday
Feb102012

Source: Rob Gronkowski Has Ankle Surgery

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday, according to ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The recovery time expected for this surgery is 10 weeks.  He suffered the injury during the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Despite the injury, Gronkowski was still able to play in Super Bowl 46 and dance around after the Patriots lost to the Giants at an after party.

"The one thing I do know is the guy absolutely is 100 percent a passionate, passionate competitor when it comes to football. He loves football. He wants to win," said Patriots president Jonathan Kraftt on the after party situation on Friday. "He wants to get better. He doesn't like losing. ...He's an ultimate competitor; we're excited he's on our football team."

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Friday
Feb102012

Lakers to Retire Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man with too many nicknames to count -- Shaq, Superman, The Big Shaqtus and The Big Daddy among others -- will have his No. 34 jersey retired and lifted into the rafters of the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that former center Shaquille O'Neal will have his number retired sometime next season, but a specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.

After a 19-year Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career, O’Neal will have to think of another nickname for his jersey's retirement.

During O’Neal’s eight seasons in Los Angeles (1996-2004), the Lakers made the Finals four times, winning three championships. He also led the league in scoring while being named regular season MVP in 1999-00.

He’ll be the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West (No. 44), James Worthy (No. 42), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), and Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13).

It wasn’t always a perfect relationship for O’Neal with former teammate Kobe Bryant during his days in Los Angeles, but Bryant said after the Lakers Thursday night win in Boston that this was well deserved.

Only one question remains, what will the next nickname be for O’Neal? “The Big Rafter”?

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Friday
Feb102012

Gasol Comes Up Big Against Boston

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(BOSTON) -- It came down to the wire at TD Garden on Thursday night between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

In fact, it needed an extra quarter just to decide a winner. The Lakers (15-11) team can thank Pau Gasol for his last second block on Ray Allen in overtime for their 88-87 victory over Boston. Allen's shot came right after Paul Pierce's shot rimmed out, which landed in Allen's hands.

Boston (14-11) did have a chance to win the game in regulation, but Pierce couldn't find an open man and tossed it to Mickael Pietrus who launched a three-pointer wide left. 

Gasol had 25 points, 14 rebounds in the win.

"I've been in situations before in my career where you freeze...catch yourself looking at the ball and end up losing the game," said Gasol on the last second shot by Allen.

"I was in the perfect position," Allen said, "and he came out of nowhere."

Kobe Bryant chipped in 27 points of his own and Andrew Bynum added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers.

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Friday
Feb102012

NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The NBA announced the reserves for the All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 26.

Eastern Conference: Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams.

Western Conference: Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

Notable omissions include San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who wasn't chosen for the All-Star Game after 13 straight selections and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who wasn't chosen after being chosen for 14 straight seasons.

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Friday
Feb102012

New York Giants' Victor Cruz Wants a Raise

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(New Rochelle, N.Y.) -- Fresh off helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, wide receiver Victor Cruz, who just completed his first NFL season, is already thinking about the future.

Cruz burst onto the scene this season, catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his production this season, Cruz is set to earn only $490,000 this upcoming season and he wants a raise.

"Honestly, with what I did this year, statistically and the records and everything like that, obviously I feel like just looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I feel like naturally there should be an increase in pay," Cruz said.

Cruz' 1,536 receiving yards were third in the NFL this past season.

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