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Friday
Dec022011

Seahawks Embarrass Eagles 31-14

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Things just keep getting worse for the Philadelphia Eagles. A team that had such high expectations from themselves, the fans, and media heading into the season, is now just 4-8 afer their 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It was bad from the start for the Eagles, as quarterback Vince Young threw an interception on his very first pass of the game. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran all over the Eagles' defense, as he rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, it was another ugly game for Young, who made his third straight start in place of the injured Michael Vick. Young threw a career high four interceptions, and has 8 interceptions in those three starts.

"This has been happening since the beginning of the season, there's nothing really to say," Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said following the loss. "Each time we lose it always lack of concentration, penalties, turnovers, and I could really go on forever."

With the loss, the Eagles clinched just their fourth non-winning season in the 13 years under head coach Andy Reid.

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Friday
Dec022011

Marlins Sign Closer Heath Bell

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have reportedly made their first-ever big free agency signing. According to ESPN.com, the team has signed all-star and now former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell to a three-year contract, pending a physical. The deal is believed to valued at around $9 million per year.

Formerly known as the Florida Marlins, the team has made it their goal to improve the team before they open up their new stadium for the 2012 season.

Over the past few seasons, Bell has arguably been the best closer in all of baseball. Bell had 43 saves last season while posting a 2.44 ERA, and he's the only closer in baseball who has saved 40-plus games over the past three seasons. Bell has only been a full-time closer for the past three seasons; he primarily served as a set-up man during his first two years with the Padres.

Bell has 132 saves over the past three seasons.

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Friday
Dec022011

Texas A&M Fires Mike Sherman

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a 25-25 record after four seasons, Texas A&M has decided to end the Mike Sherman era. The university announced that it will not bring back Sherman following the team's 6-6 record this season.

Sherman's only winning season with the team came last year when the Aggies went 9-4. Coming into this season, the team was ranked in the preseason top-10 and was expected to contend for the Big 12 championship, but the team underachieved, and that led to Sherman's demise.

"I appreciate coach Sherman's selfless service to Texas A&M as our head football coach and his tireless efforts in building leaders of character," Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said in a statement. "He is truly one of the great offensive minds in football, both collegiate and professional, and I know that he has much to offer the game of football in the future."

According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Houston's Kevin Sumlin is the school's top choice to replace Sherman.

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Friday
Dec022011

Bulls Circling Wizards' Young

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bulls are trying to get reigning MVP Derrick Rose some help. The team has talked to the representative for Washington Wizards guard Nick Young.

Young averaged a career high 17.4 points per game last season, and is entering his fifth year in the NBA. Because Young is a restricted free agent, the Wizards have the right to match any offer Young would receive.

"You're always looking for guys that can create shot and break defenses down, particularly in the playoffs," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And hopefully that's something that everybody improves upon."

Last season, the Bulls went an NBA best 62-20.

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Friday
Dec022011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/1/11

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Seattle Seahawks (5-7) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (4-8), 31-14.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-7-4) one upped the Washington Capitals (12-11-1), 2-1.

The New York Rangers (14-5-3) skated past the Carolina Hurricanes (8-15-4), 5-3.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (7-15-3) outlasted the Calgary Flames (10-12-2) in a shootout, 4-3.

The Winnipeg Jets (10-11-4) blanked the Phoenix Coyotes (13-8-3), 1-0.

The Dallas Stars (15-9-1) lassoed the Ottawa Senators (12-11-2), 3-2.

The Nashville Predators (12-9-4) clawed their way a win over the Vancouver Canucks(14-10-1), 6-5

The Los Angeles Kings (13-8-4) edged the Florida Panthers (13-8-4), 2-1

The San Jose Sharks (14-7-1) swam past the Montreal Canadiens 10-11-5), 4-3 in a shootout

Top 25 College Football: (22) West Virginia 30 (9-3) edged out South Florida (5-7), 30-27.

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky (7-0) bounced St. John’s (4-4), 81-59.

Georgetown (6-1) upended (12) Alabama (7-1), 57-55.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Minnesota Vikings Release Donovan McNabb

NFL(EDEN PRAIRE, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Vikings have waived quarterback Donovan McNabb at his request Thursday.

The six-time pro bowler came over this past summer in a trade with the Washington Redskins and immediately was installed as the starting quarterback. After leading the Vikings to a 1-5 record, McNabb was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Christian Ponder.

“I just thought the best move for me at this particular point was to move on, and clear my thoughts, and clear my head and see what’s next,” Mcnabb told ESPN.

McNabb spent his first 11 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, leading them to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Red Sox Introduce Bobby Valentine

Joe Faraoni/ESPN(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox introduced Bobby Valentine as their new manager Thursday.

The 61-year-old Valentine is taking over for Terry Francona, who stepped down at the end of this past season, after leading Boston to two World Series championships in eight years.

“I’m honored,” Valentine said. “I’m humbled, and I’m pretty damn excited.”

Valentine comes to Boston with 15 years of managerial experience, having led both the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets. In 2000, he guided the Amazins to a World Series appearance. Despite his resume, he has never had a team finish in first place.

“I understand the rich tradition baseball and the city of sports in this community,” Valentine said. “I understand the great rivalries that this team has and I understand the great talent that’s been assembled here.”

The Red Sox open the 2012 season on April 5 in the Motor City against the Detroit Tigers.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Celtics Deny Rondo Trade Rumors

Scott Clarke/ESPN(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge shot down rumors he is trying to trade point guard Rajon Rondo, and he does not think Rondo will be bothered by the trade talk when he reports to camp.

"Rondo will be fine. Rondo knows that we love him," Ainge told reporters Thursday. "He's excited to come back and play basketball is my opinion.  He gets a lot of attention.  He's a great player."

ESPN reported earlier this week Boston was trying to send Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets for point guard Chris Paul.  Rondo averaged 11.2 assists per game last season, second in the NBA.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Manning Has X-Rays On Neck

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who in September had his third neck surgery in a year and a half and has not played this season, had X-rays on his neck this week so doctors could determine what kind of progress he has made.

Manning told reporters on Sunday he would "probably" address the media at some point this week.

The Colts fell to 0-11 this season after Sunday's home loss to Carolina.  They visit the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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Thursday
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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