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Tuesday
Feb142012

Woods To Compete In Honda Classic

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- Tiger Woods announced on his website Tuesday that he will play in the Honda Classic, to be held at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, beginning March 1st.

“We’ve worked hard for this,” Ken Kennerly, Honda Classic executive director said. “We always wanted to make this a premier event on the PGA Tour and we had a great field. It continues to get better and better, but just having Tiger joins us this year puts it over the top.”

The 14-time major champion last played in the event in 1993, when he was a 17-year-old amateur.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Minnesota Wild Suspend Prospect For Gay Slur Made On Twitter

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Wild have suspended prospect Justin Fontaine two games for making a gay slur towards the rock band the Foo Fighters in reference to the Grammys.

Apparently Fontaine isn't a big fan of the band, who took home five awards. When the team found about the tweet sent out by Fontaine, they acted quickly by suspending him.

"Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night," the Wild said in a statement Monday night. "Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros."

Fontaine quickly apologized for his offensive tweet.

"My apologies to everyone, it was wrong," Fontaine later tweeted. "Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more."

The 24-year old Fontaine is in his first season with the Aeros.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Hornets' Eric Gordon To Have Knee Surgery, Out Another Six Weeks

National Basketball Association(NEW ORLEANS) -- It has been a rough season for the 5-23 New Orleans Hornets, and it won't be getting easier anytime soon. Guard Eric Gordon, the key player the New Orleans Hornets acquired before the season in the trade that sent point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, will miss another six weeks because of knee surgery.

Gordon has played in just two games this season for his new team. If Gordon comes back, he'd be lucky to play in the last 20 games of the season. Gordon was supposed to take away the burden of replacing Paul, who was the team's franchise player for six seasons.

"After consulting with our medical staff, we concluded surgery was the best route and in the best interest of Eric for the long term," Hornets general manager Dell Demps said in a team statement. "Eric is eager to return to the court and we are confident Hornet fans will get to see him soon.

In four NBA seasons, Gordon has averaged 18.1 points per game. He has missed at least 20 games in each of the past three seasons.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Thinks Race Is the Reason For 'Linsanity'

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's recent high level of play has inspired the latest NBA craze: "Linsanity." After being an under-the-radar player in the NBA to start his career, Lin has revitalized his new team, the Knicks, by averaging nearly 27 points per game over the last five games. However, boxer Floyd Mayweather think "Linsanity" is the result of Lin being Asian.

"Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise," Mayweather said on his Twitter account on Monday.

Lin is the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descendant to play in the NBA. He is also the first player in NBA history to have at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first career four starts. In his first four career starts, Lin has scored 109 points, which is the most by any player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.

The Knicks have won all five games Lin has started, after previously struggling to remain in the playoff hunt.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

C-USA and MWC Will Form New Conference

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With so many teams being purged from their conferences, the Mountain West and Conference USA decided to form their own. The new conference could start as early as 2013-14.

It would likely contain between 18 and 24 teams.

"This is an exciting development that will stabilize the current conferences and create the first truly national conference with members in five time zones and television viewership from coast to coast," UNLV president Neal Smatresk said in a statement. "This partnership brings together like-minded institutions to improve the integrity and stability of intercollegiate athletics.

Both conferences have lost some big name tems recently. Conference USA lost Memphis, SMU, Houston and Central Florida, while the Mountain West lost Boise State and San Diego State.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Carmelo Has No Problem with 'Linsanity'

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) --  Carmelo Anthony has no clue why there has been speculation he can't play with the new sensation that is Jeremy Lin.

"I can play with anybody," Anthony said. "People said, could I play with Amare when I first got here?  People say can I play with Jeremy Lin right now? It's funny to me. I accept it...I embrace it. When I get back it will be that much more fun for myself."

The Knicks have won their last three games without Carmelo in the lineup and are currently on a five game winning streak.

Carmelo is expected to return to the court later in the week.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Syracuse Wins a Nail Biter over Louisville

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, KY) -- Syracuse was due for a win. After losing to Louisville the last seven meetings, Syracuse finally was able to pull off the victory beating them 52-52 Monday night in Louisville (20-6). 

Sophomore forward C.J. Fair scored the go-ahead basket with 2:11 left in the game.

"Louisville had our number for the past few years," Fair said, "It feels good to Get Scoop (Jardine) and Kris Joseph a win. Our seniors haven't beat Louisville and it feels good."

The win means the Syracuse (26-1) is still in the running for the overall number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

No Structural Damage to Rose's Back

Chicago Bulls/NBA(CHICAGO)  --  Good and bad news for Bulls fans. The good news: Derrick Rose had a back specialist confirm there is no structural damage to his back. The bad news is there is no timetable set for his return.

"I think he (Derrick) realizes that until he's back to 100 percent that he needs to get his rest and continue with therapy to try to get him back where he's healthy," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "We're always cautious with any injury, and we want to evaluate all the information and have our medical staff keep tabs with what's going on."

The league's reigning MVP has missed Chicago's last two games with what is being called back spasms.

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Monday
Feb132012

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/13/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (22-7) scorched the Milwaukee Bucks (12-16), 114-96.

The Philadelphia 76ers (20-9) defeated the Charlotte Bobcats (3-25), 98-89.

The Orlando Magic (18-11) vanquished the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-16), 102-89,

The New Orleans Hornets (5-23) buzzed the Utah Jazz (14-13), 86-80.

The Dallas Mavericks (18-11) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (17-9), 96-92.

The Golden State Warriors (11-14) defeated the Phoenix Suns (12-16), 102-96.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (2) Syracuse (26-1) one upped (19) Louisville (20-6), 52-51.

(4) Kansas (21-5) beat their interstate rival Kansas State (17-8), 59-53.

(9) Baylor (22-4) bounced Iowa State (18-8), 79-64.

NHL: The San Jose Sharks (31-17-6) skated past the Washington Capitals (28-23-5), 5-3.

The Carolina Hurricanes (21-25-11) downed the Montreal Canadiens (23-25-9), 5-3.

The Vancouver Canucks (35-15-6) edged the Phoenix Coyotes (27-21-9) in shootouts, 2-1.

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Monday
Feb132012

Garland Signs Minor League Deal With Cleveland

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Free-agent starting pitcher Jon Garland has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical next week, when the Indians begin spring training.

Garland spent his first eight big league seasons with the White Sox, winning 18 games twice while helping Chicago end their 88-year World Series title drought in 2005. He later went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers twice.

The Indians will give Garland the opportunity to battle for the fifth spot in the rotation along with Kevin Slowey, David Huff, Zach McAllister and Jeanmar Gomez.

The former All-Star owns a career record of 131-119 with a 4.32 ERA in 330 starts.

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