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Dec012011

USC's Barkley Files NFL Paperwork

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley has filed paperwork with the NFL in order to be evaluated and determine where he could possibly end up in next year's NFL draft.  The filing does not mean Barkley has entered the draft.

Barkley threw for over 3,500 yards this season with 39 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.  He led USC to a 10-2 record.

Players have until January 15 to enter their name into the draft, and January 18 is the deadline to withdraw.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Ducks Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle, Hire Bruce Boudreau

Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Boudreau only had to wait two days before he found a new head coaching job. The Anaheim Ducks announced that they have fired coach Randy Carlyle, and have hired Boudreau as the team's new head coach. Boudreau was fired by the Washington Capitals on Monday.

Carlye, who is the team's all-time wins leader, had been with the Ducks since the 2005-2006 season, and led the team to the franchise's only Stanley Cup title during the 2006-2007 season. According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the team fired Carlyle following the team's 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

The recent firing notwithstanding, Boudreau is considered one the better coaches in the NHL. He spent four and a half seasons with the Capitals, going 201-88-40. He reached the 200-win mark faster than any coach in the modern NHL era. He also won four consecutive division titles. Despite his regular season success, he never took the Capitals past the second round in the playoffs.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Washington State Hires Mike Leach as Head Coach

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- Washington State football just got a lot more interesting. The university announced that they have hired former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to become the team's new head coach. Leach signed a 5-year deal worth a base salary of $2 million per season.

Leach was with Texas Tech for 10 seasons from 2000-2009. He went 83-43 and took his teams to 10 bowl games. Leach will take over for former coach Paul Wulff, who led the team to just a 4-8 record this season.

"I have always admired the tradition of Washington State," Leach said in a statement. "It's a unversity on the move that is experiencing growth. I'm excited about what they are doing with the facilities and it's a team that has battled through some hard times and shows great promise in the future."

Leach though, was fired from Texas Tech during the 2009 season after he allegedly mistreated a player with a concussion.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Buccaneers' Josh Freeman Will Stop Shooting During Season

Marc Serota/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- It looks like Tampa Bay Bucaneers quarterback Josh Freeman's issues with his right throwing thumb can be linked back to, in part, his love for guns. Freeman originally suffered a sprained thumb during the team's week seven game against the Chicago Bears. During the team's bye week following that game, Freeman cut the same thumb while shooting at a local firing range.

"In hindsight, it wasn't the smartest decision," Freeman said on Wednesday. "Gotta learn from it. No more shooting guns in season."

Even though Freeman says the injury hasn't affected him, the 23-year old quarterback is not having the kind of season for which Buccaneer fans were hoping. He's tied for nineteenth in the NFL with 12 passing touchdowns, and second in the NFL with 16 interceptions. The Buccaneers are just 4-7 this season and third in the NFC South Division.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Giants' Umenyiora Out at Least Two Weeks

NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Things just keep getting worse for the New York Giants. The team has lost three games in a row, and will now reportedly be without defensive end Osi Umenyiora when the team takes on the undefeated Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

The New York Daily News notes Umenyiora will be out for at least two weeks with a badly sprained ankle. Unmenyiora suffered the injury during the team's 49-24 loss at the hand of the New Orleans Saints.

Umenyiora also missed three games earlier this season with a knee injury. Despite missing time this season, Umenyiora is still second on the team with seven sacks.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/30/11

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL:

The Detroit Red Wings (15-7-1) skated past the Tampa Bay Lightning (11-11-2), 4-2.

The Boston Bruins (15-7-1) doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-2), 6-3.

The Colorado Avalanche (11-13-1) rolled over the New Jersey Devils (12-10-1), 6-1.

The Minnesota Wild (15-7-3) clawed their way to a win over Edmonton Oilers (12-10-3), 3-2 in overtime.

The Anaheim Ducks (7-13-4) beat the Montreal Canadiens (10-11-4), 4-1


Top 25 Men's College Basketball:

(5) North Carolina (6-1) edged (7) Wisconsin (6-1), 60-57

(15) Kansas (4-2) defeated Florida Atlantic (3-5), 77-54.

(17) Pittsburgh (6-1) bounced Duquesne (4-3), 80-69.

(18) Gonzaga (5-0) handled Notre Dame (5-3) , 73-53.

(20) UNLV (8-0) got past UC Santa Barbara (4-2), 94-88

(22) Creighton (6-0) took down San Diego State (7-2), 85-83

(25) Texas A&M (5-1) were 56-44 winners over Alcorn. St (1-5).

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Packers Continue Pursuit of Perfection Sun. Against Giants

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers' pursuit of perfection continues Sunday afternoon when they visit East Rutherford, New Jersey, to take on the reeling New York Giants. The green and gold are the 15th team in NFL history to begin the season 11-0.

“We are focused on 12-0 because it puts us in position to potentially win the division this week,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “I laid out the goals, time and time again from the first day we came together in training camp and it hasn’t changed. It’s about winning the division and once we accomplish that we’ll move onto the next one and that’s home-field advantage.”

The Packers are on a 17-game winning streak, their longest in franchise history.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Steve Johnson Reportedly Fined $10,000

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- The NFL has fined Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson $10,000 for his touchdown celebration during last Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, according to ESPN.

Johnson celebrated his first-half score by mimicking shooting himself in the thigh, a reference to Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who accidentally shot himself in a New York City nightclub in 2008 and later served time behind bars.

 “I’m not really worried about a fine right now,” Johnson said Wednesday. “It’s part of the game. People get fined. But we’ve still got a football game on Sunday. That’s what I’m worried about.”

Johnson was fined twice last season for a total of $15,000.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Four-Time Pro Bowler McGlockton Dead at 42

Allen Kee/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Former NFL defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowler who was working as an assistant coach at Stanford, died Wednesday morning.  He was 42.

Stanford head coach David Shaw released the following statement:

"Everyone in the Stanford football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton.  For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chester's wife, Zina, and their two children."

McGlockton was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1992.  His final season came in 2003 with the New York Jets.

A cause of death was not immediately made public.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Cubs Sign DeJesus, Show Pujols Interest

Chicago Cubs/MLB)(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Cubs have announced the signing of outfielder David DeJesus to a two-year deal.  DeJesus, who has been in the big leagues since 2003, is a career .284 hitter.  He spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals before playing for the Oakland A's last season.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has also reached out to free agent first baseman Albert Pujols, who has spent his entire career with the Cubs' division rival, the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

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