Scoreboard Roundup 1-7-12

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The Houston Texans (1-0) put away the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), 31-10.

The New Oreleans Saints (1-0) rolled over the Detroit Lions (0-1), 45-28.


The Atlanta Hawks (6-3) handled the Chicago Bulls (7-2), 109-94.

The Indiana Pacers (6-2) took care of the Charlotte Bobcats (2-6), 99-77.

The New York Knicks (4-4) dominated the Detroit Pistons (2-6), 103-80.

The Miami Heat (8-1) put away the New Jersey Nets (2-7), 101-90.

The Thunder (7-2) got past the Rockets (2-6), 98-95.

The 76ers (5-2) pounded the Toronto Raptors (3-5), 97-62.

The Los Angeles (4-2) Clippers topped the Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) 92-86.

The Utah Jazz (5-3) edged the Golden State Warriors (2-6), 88-87.

The Dallas Mavericks (4-5) cruised past the New Orleans Hornets (2-6), 96-81.

The San Antonio Spurs (6-2) edged the Denver Nuggets (6-3), 121-117.


The Philadelphia Flyers (24-11-4) edged the Ottawa Senators (21-15-6), 3-2 in overtime.

The Vancouver Canucks (26-13-3) got past the Boston Bruins (26-11-1), 4-3.

The Dallas Stars (23-16-1) shined past the Edmonton Oilers (16-22-3), 4-1.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (11-24-5) shut out the Los Angeles Kings (20-15-7), 1-0.

The Winnipeg Jets (20-16-5) flew past the Buffalo Sabres (18-18-5), 2-1 in overtime.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (21-15-5) defeated the Detroit Red Wings 25-14-1), 4-3.

The Montreal Canadiens (16-18-7) zapped the Tampa Bay Lightning(17-20-3), 3-1.

The New Jersey Devils (23-16-2) skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-15-4), 3-1.

The St. Louis Blues (24-12-5) rolled over the Colorado Avalanche (23-19-1), 4-0.

The San Jose Sharks (23-11-4) swam past the Washington Capitals (21-16-2), 5-2.

The Calgary Flames (19-19-5) torched the Minnesota Wild (21-15-6), 3-1.

The Nashville Predators (22-15-4) handled the Carolina Hurricanes (14-22-7), 5-2.

The Phoenix Coyotes (20-17-5) put away the New York Islanders (14-19-6), 5-1

College Basketball Top 10:

(1) Syracuse (17-0) got past (20) Marquette (12-4), 73-66.

(2) Kentucky (15-1) put away South Carolina(8-7), 79-64

(3) Duke (13-2) defeated Georgia Tech (7-8), 81-74.

(4) North Carolina (14-2) handled Boston College(5-10), 83-60.

(5) Baylor (15-0) cruised past Texas Tech (7-7), 73-60.

(22) Kansas State (12-2) upset (6) Missouri(14-1), 75-59.

(7)Ohio State (15-2) dominated Iowa (10-7), 76-47.

Rutgers (9-7) upset (8) UCONN (12-3), 67-60.

West Virginia (12-4) upset (9) Georgetown (13-2), 74-62.

Notre Dame (10-6) Upset (10) Louisville (13-3), 67-65 in double overtime.

College Football:

SMU (8-5) defeated Pittsburgh (6-7), 28-6 in the BBVA Compass Bowl


Saints Top Lions 45-28

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- This is starting to get routine for the New Orleans Saints. The team had 626 total yards on offense as the rolled past the Detroit Lions 45-28.

Saint quarterback Drew Brees had another terrific game, passing for 466 yards (regulation playoff game record) while also tossing three touchdowns. Running back Pierre Thomas led the team with 66 rushing yards while also adding a touchdown. Detroit led at the half 14-10, but the rest of the game belonged to New Orleans as they out scored Detroit 35-14 after halftime.

"We were pulling out all the stops," Brees said following the game."We play aggressive. We're not going to apologize for that. That gives guys in the huddle a lot of confidence. We're not going to pull the reins back. It's pedal to the medal."

The Saints will go on to face the San Francisco 49ers next week.

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Texans Win First Playoff Game In Franchise History

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- This is truly a season to remember so far for the Houston Texans and their fans. For the first time in franchise history, the team made the playoffs. Now, they also have their first playoff victory after the team's 31-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Houston rookie quarterback T.J. Yates, who started the season as the team's third-string quarterback, threw for 159 with a touchdown while running back Arian Foster ran for 153 yards while scoring two touchdowns. While Foster had a big game on offense, rookie defensive end J.J. Watt made his presence felt on defense. Watt intercepted Dalton in the second quarter for a touchdown, and also added a sack later on.

"He's been exceptional, I mean he's played like a four or five year player," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said referring to Watt's touchdown. "That was a huge play because it gave us a lot of momentum going in at halftime then we came out in the second half and played good football.

The Texans will move on to face the Baltimore Ravens next week.

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Bears Promote Tice to Offensive Coordinator

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears have promoted Mike Tice from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator.

"I'm excited to have Mike move into our offensive coordinator role," head coach Lovie Smith said in a statement. "He has been a valuable member of our staff over the past two years and has an excellent track record in the NFL. He was very impressive in his job interview yesterday and shares the same vision I have for our offense moving forward. We want to be a strong running team with a big-play pass attack. Mike will call plays for us and continue to have an active role with our offensive line."

Tice has been with the Bears since January of 2010.  Before that, he served as the Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends coach for three years, and was also the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for a little more than four seasons.

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First Baseman Rizzo Back With Epstein

Chicago Cubs (Chicago Cubs/MLB)(CHICAGO) -- He traded him away in Boston, and now his team traded for him in Chicago.

Theo Epstein is once again reunited with talented first baseman Anthony Rizzo, after the Cubs received him in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

The Cubs also received pitcher Zach Cates.

The 22 year-old Rizzo hit .331 with 26 home runs and 101 RBIs in 93 Triple-A games last year.

Epstein, now the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, actually traded Rizzo to the Padres as part of the Adrian Gonzalez deal, last season. 

What makes this deal even more ironic, is that current Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was the Padres GM at that time.

In return, the Padres received 25 year-old pitcher Andrew Cashner and minor league outfielder Kyung-Min Na.


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Barry Sanders Son Chooses Stanford

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Barry J. Sanders, son of all-time NFL great Barry Sanders, has chosen to attend Stanford to play football.

He chose the school over his fathers alma marter Oklahoma State.

ESPNU ranked Sanders the 78th best recruit in the nation.

Despite the decision, Sanders still needs to hear from Stanford before he packs his bags.

"I honestly don't know if I have qualified for Stanford," he said. "I'm waiting to get accepted. I've done all I can do. Now I'm just waiting to see if what I've done is enough."


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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/6/12

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  The New York Knicks (3-4) got by the Washington Wizards (0-7), 99-96.

The Philadelphia 76ers (4-2) tomahawked the Detroit Pistons (2-5), 96-73.

The New Jersey Nets (2-6) slid by the Toronto Raptors (3-4), 97-85.

The Atlanta Hawks (5-3) took care of the Charlotte Bobcats (2-5), in overtime, 102-96.

The Indiana Pacers (5-2) popped the Boston Celtics (4-4), 87-74.

The Denver Nuggets (6-2) ko'ed the New Orleans Hornets (2-5), 96-88.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (6-2) bolted the Houston Rockets (2-5), 109-94.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (2-5) downed the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3), 98-87.

The Chicago Bulls (7-1) zapped the Orlando Magic (5-3), 97-83.

The Utah Jazz (4-3) bounced the Memphis Grizzlies (3-4), 94-85.

The Los Angeles Lakers (5-4) outlasted the Golden State Warriors (2-5), 97-90.

The Phoenix Suns (3-4) blew out the Portland Trail Blazers (5-2), 102-77.

NHL:  The New York Rangers (26-9-4) topped the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-14-4), 3-1.

The New Jersey Devils (22-16-2) cruised past the Florida Panthers (20-13-8), 5-2.

The Carolina Hurricanes (14-21-7) doubled up the Buffalo Sabres (18-18-4), 4-2.

The Colorado Avalanche (23-18-1) shut out the Chicago Blackhawks (24-13-4), 4-0.

The Anaheim Ducks (11-22-6) doubled up the New York Islanders (14-18-6), 4-2.

College Football:  Arkansas (11-2) beat Kansas State (10-3) in the Cotton Bowl, 29-16.

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ESPN: Ducks' LaMichael James Going Pro

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to ESPN's College Football Insider, Joe Schad, Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James will skip his senior season and declare for the 2012 NFL Draft in April.

"My experience at the University of Oregon has been one unlike any other, and one I will never forget," James said. "I am grateful for the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the amazing community I have had the privilege of being a part of over the last three-and-a-half years."

James rushed for 1,805 yards and scored 18 touchdowns this season for the Ducks'.

"I am 100 percent behind LaMichael," Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said when he heard the news.

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Mayweather's Jail Time Delayed

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights(LAS VEGAS) --  Floyd Mayweather Jr. will get a chance to fight at least one more time before his 90-day jail sentence begins on June 1st.

On Friday, a judge in Las Vegas granted Mayweather Jr. the permission to fight on Cinco de Mayo against an as-yet unnamed opponent.  The ruling by Justice of the Peace Melissa Sargosa came after she was swayed by the last-minute pleas by Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright.

Wright had told the judge that Mayweather’s May 5th pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas would boost business to the community at more than $100 billion.

He also included, that Mayweather was not trying to avoid his sentence, which came after he attacked his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010.

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Steelers Coach Kirby Wilson Badly Burned In Fire

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Denver to face the Broncos in the opening round of the NFL playoffs, they will be without running backs coach Kirby Wilson. Wilson was badly burned early Friday morning in a house fire.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Wilson has burns on about 30 to 50 percent of his body. He also reported that while Wilson's injuries are serious, they are not life threatening. He is currently in a medically induced coma.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family," Steelers President Art Rooney said in a statement. We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time."

Wilson is in his fifth year with the Steelers.

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