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Nov032011

Tiger Woods Feeling Healthy, Confident

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SINGAPORE) -- Tiger Woods, who has not won a tournament since 2009 and is now ranked 56th in the world, says he is feeling healthy and good about his golf game.

"I've been playing a ton of golf at home when I have played, minimum of 36 holes, getting my playing instincts back, something I had not done all summer because obviously I've been injured," Woods said during an event in Singapore.  "Now I'm having the opportunity to get out there and play and get my feel back."

Woods is set to play in the Australian Open from November 10-13.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Red Sox Interview Dale Sveum

Milwaukee Brewers/MLB(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox, searching for a new manager after Terry Francona left the team, have interviewed Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who was Boston's third base coach in 2004 and 2005.

"Whenever you're ever in an interview like that and you know the people in there, especially the general manager, you know, it's refreshing," Sveum told reporters in Boston after the interview.  "You feel a lot more comfortable, I think, than with people that you don't really know or haven't been around."

The Red Sox interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for the job on Monday.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Brady Focused On Sunday, Not Super Bowl Loss

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots host the New York Giants on Sunday in a match-up of 5-2 teams.  The last time the two teams met, the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.  It was the Patriots' only loss of the season.

For Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, there is no point at looking back at the game, which was played nearly four years ago.

"There's not much you can take from that," Brady told reporters this week.  "This is an entirely different team that we have and that they have, and there's so many players on our team that, you know, obviously were not a part of that game or any game against the Giants."

Brady also said he is well aware of the Giants' vaunted pass rush.  New York leads the league in sacks.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Multiple Groups Interested In Buying Dodgers

Kirby Lee/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Got a billion dollars? Then you could own the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dodger fans don't yet know who will replace Frank McCourt as team owner, but some notable names are being bandied about. Former Dodger greats Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser are the heads of one investment group interested in purchasing the team in bankruptcy court.

Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley told the Los Angeles Times that he also would be interested in putting a bid on the team. He would be interested in leading an investment group to purchase the team and re-install him as the Dodgers' chief executive.

Among others interested in acquiring the team includes former agent Dennis Gilbert and Dallas Mavericks owner, billionaire Mark Cuban.

The team is expected to be sold from anywhere from $800 million to $1 billion and up.

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Thursday
Nov032011

NFL Wants Referees To Monitor Head Injuries

Larry French/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to raise player safety awareness even higher, the NFL Injury and Safety Panel has asked referees to become better educated on concussions and concussion-related symptoms.

When the NFL holds its annual officiating clinic, the league plans on having doctors speak out on the issues of concussions and head injuries.

"We're not trying to train the officials to be doctors, but we're asking them to treat it like other injuries that may make it necessary to stop the game and get them medical attention, either on the field or by getting them off the field," said NFL Vice President Of Public Relations Greg Aiello.

Over the past year, the NFL has made numerous efforts to prevent injuries and ensure player saftety, specifically concerning concussions.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Is a Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Finally in the Works?

JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The dream boxing match-up between WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and WBO champion Manny Pacquiao could actually take place.

Boxing advisor Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com that Mayweather is eyeing his next fight to take place on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. While Mayweather's opponent has yet to be confirmed, Ellerbe gave boxing fans a pretty good idea as to who it might be.

"We're looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella."

Ellerbe was likely talking about the short-statured Pacquiao. The fighter and Mayweather are considered the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport of boxing, and fight fans have been craving this dream match-up for years. The two have tried to make this happen before, but nothing ever came to fruition.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Browns' Peyton Hillis Feeling Heat After Missing Kids Charity Party

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Is it too early to proclaim another victim of the "Madden Curse?" Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is taking a lot of criticism in Cleveland after he missed a Halloween party for kids at a Boys and Girls Club.

Hillis claims that he never came because of series of miscommunications, and it was not intentional. The damage though, has been done.

This is just another hit to the image and reputation of Hillis, who this time a year ago, was a rising star and icon for the Browns and the city of Cleveland. Hillis was on his way to being the poster boy for Cleveland sports, he was even voted to appear on this years cover of "Madden 2011," but like many pros who've graced the cover of the bestselling game, his performance has started to suffer.

Since the beginning of the season, he publicly came out recently saying he wanted a new contract from the Browns front office. Then, he missed the team's week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins because of strep throat. Hillis came out and said his agent was the one who advised him not to play. Hillis has played in just 4 out of a possible 7 games and has just 211 rushing yards an only two touchdowns. His 3.5 yards per carry is the 44th worst in the NFL.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/2/11

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs (8-3-1) defeated The New Jersey Devils (4-5-1), 5-3.

The Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-1) edged past The Buffalo Sabres (6-5-0), 3-2.

The Phoenix Coyotes (6-3-2) rocked The Colorado Avalanche (7-5-0), 4-1.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

Quade Out as Cubs Manager

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein fired manager Mike Quade Wednesday. The 54-year-old Quade led the Cubs to a dismal 71-91 record in 2011, his first full season as a big league manager.

ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney reports that Epstein has reached out to Cubs Hall of Famer and Phillies minor league manager Ryne Sandberg to inform him he will not be a candidate for the position.  

“I would not be surprised if Theo at some point interviewed Pete Mackanin, who was interview by the Red Sox earlier this week,” Olney said. “Pete Mackanin was one of the candidates that Theo was considering as a Terry Francona replacement before he took the Cubs job.”

The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908 -- when Teddy Roosevelt was president.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

NASCAR Texas 500 Preview

Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCA(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- NASCAR heads to the Texas Motor Speedway Sunday for the running of the AAA Texas 500. Just three races remain in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Carl Edwards currently leads in the standings, eight points ahead of Tony Stewart.

“It’s not natural to me to stay calm and try keep moving forward. My natural reaction is always, to get really excited,” Edwards said. “But I think through some of the bad times we’ve had and frustrations we’ve had, I think all those things have help me to realize that the goal right now is to win the championship.”

Stewart has been on fire since the green flag dropped on the Chase, winning three of the seven races, including last week at Martinsville.

The race is set to begin at 3:16 p.m. Eastern time.

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