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Nov072011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/7/11

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NFL: The Chicago Bears (5-3) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (3-5), 30-24.

NHL: The Boston Bruins (6-7-0) beat the New York Islanders (4-6-2), 6-2.

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (16) Arizona (1-0) bounced Valparaiso (0-1), 73-64.

Monday
Nov072011

Joe Frazier Passes Away 

Jay Reilly/Getty(PHILADELPHIA) -- Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier passed away Monday night after a brief battle with liver cancer. He was 67.

Frazier is best remembered for his three epic fights in the 1970s with Muhammad Ali, during which he became the first person to hand Ali a defeat.

Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970, stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden. He finished his career 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts.

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Monday
Nov072011

Struggling Redskins Mired in 4-Game Skid

NFL/Washington Redskins(ASHBURN, Va.) -- The Redskins (3-5) lost their fourth straight game to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, 19-11.

Washington started the season 3-1, but have cooled after injuries to wide receiver Santana Moss, tight-end Chris Cooley and running back Tim Hightower. The Redskins also have not been able to get quality production at the quarterback position from Rex Grossman and John Beck.

“You just got to fight through it,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said during his news conference Monday. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen too many times, you won’t be in this profession very long. That’s the nature of the game.”

The Redskins will try to get back on the winning track this Sunday in South Florida against the Miami Dolphins.

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Monday
Nov072011

Report: NBA Players Set to Meet Tuesday 

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Officials from the NBA Players Association are set to meet with player representatives from all 30 teams in New York on Tuesday to update them on the progress of negotiations, according to ESPN.com.

“A lot of them are going in open minded,” ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard said. “They really want to hear the details of the situation. They obviously have been following it, but they first want to hear exactly what is being offered. Exactly what the players’ options are if they don’t accept the deal, and what the plan is moving forward if they don’t accept the deal.”

Late Saturday night the NBA presented a deal to the union that would give the players a chance to earn up to 51 percent of league revenue. Union President Derek Fisher called the NBA’s latest offer, “not acceptable.”

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Monday
Nov072011

Greg Norman: Williams Not a Racist

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Golfer Greg Norman has come to the defense of Tiger Woods' ex-caddie Steve Williams, who used a racial slur when talking about Woods during an event in Shanghai last week.

"Steve's not a racist," Norman told reporters in Sydney ahead of Thursday's Australian Open.  "We've all made stupid comments at stupid times.  Unfortunately, his stupid comment became worldwide news, and I know he probably regrets saying it.  But I guarantee you in that room that night, there was probably some heavier things said."

Last week, during a caddie awards ceremony, Williams, who was fired by Woods this year, explained his over-the-top celebration after his new employer, golfer Adam Scott, won a tournament in August.

"It was my aim to shove it up that black arse----," Williams said, referring to Woods.

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Monday
Nov072011

Magic Johnson, 20 Years Later

NOVEMBER 7, 1991: Magic Johnson announces his retirement from basketball after being diagnosed as HIV positive. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Monday marked the 20th anniversary of basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson's announcement that he was HIV-positive and retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since making the announcement, Johnson has been able to maintain a normal lifestyle, thanks to medication.  He came back to play 32 games for the Lakers in 1996 and has become a successful businessman in retirement.

On the same day Johnson made his announcement, he created the Magic Johnson Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission, according to the foundation's website, is to "address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities."

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Monday
Nov072011

Oklahoma State Now Second In BCS Standings

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- LSU held on to the top spot in the BCS standings after beating then-number two Alabama 9-6 on Saturday night.  Oklahoma State, who beat Kansas State over the weekend, moved up one spot to second while Alabama fell to third.

Stanford remained in fourth, followed by Boise State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arkansas, Clemson and Virginia Tech, to round out the top 10.  South Carolina and Nebraska, who both lost on Saturday, fell out of the top ten.  Cincinnati (23) and Baylor (25) are newcomers to the BCS top 25 this week.

The top ten will change next week since Stanford hosts Oregon on Saturday night.

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Monday
Nov072011

Ravens Stun Steelers 23-20 In Final Seconds

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Sunday night showdown between the Ravens and Steelers -- that resulted in a 23-20 Baltimore win -- showed why these two teams have arguably the best rivalry in the entire NFL.

Not a single touchdown was scored in the first half, as the Ravens led 9-6 going into the third quarter.

Once the second half started it was a different story, as the Ravens took a 16-6 lead mid-way through the third quarter after a Ray Rice touchdown. Pittsburgh swiftly responded with touchdowns from Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter to take a 20-16 lead.

Baltimore had one more chance to win the game. The team started its final drive at the 8-yard line with 2:17 left in the game. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led the Ravens to the 26-yard line, and with just eight seconds left, Flacco threw a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith to take a 23-20 lead -- and that was the difference.

With the win, the Ravens sweep the season series against the Steelers. At 6-2, they are tied with fellow AFC North rival Cincinatti Bengals for the best record in the conference.  

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Monday
Nov072011

Blues Fire Head Coach Davis Payne, Hire Ken Hitchcock

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- After starting the season 6-7, the St. Louis Blues front office had seen enough and fired head coach Davis Payne. Payne served as the team's interim coach last season, and became the second-youngest head coach in the NHL at age 40. Payne went 67-55-15 as the team's head coach.

The Blues rank 20th in goals per game, 15th in goals against, 30th in power play percentage, and 27th in penalty kill percentage. The team has the fourth-worst record in the NHL.

Replacing Payne will be Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars during the 1998-1999 season, and has also coached the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets. He boasts a career coaching record of 534-35-88-70.

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Monday
Nov072011

Report: Spurs GM R.C. Buford Faces DWI Charge

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been charged with driving while intoxicated following his arrest Friday night near downtown San Antonio, according to a report from KSAT-TV.

Buford apparently crashed into a fence before police responded to the scene. According to court documents, Buford was booked at a Bexar County Jail at 3:38 a.m. He was then released after posting $2,500 bond.

Buford released the following statement: "I take great pride in being a positive member of our community and deeply regret this incident. I apologize to our community, our fans and the entire Spurs family," Buford said.

Buford has been GM of the Spurs since 2002. He has overseen three championship teams during that time.

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