Rams Playing In London for Next 3 Years

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The St. Louis Rams agreed on Friday to play a regular-season NFL game in London in each of the next three seasons.

The Rams and New England Patriots meet at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28, about two months after the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. Follwing that will be two more in Wembley against undetermined opponents in 2013 and 2014.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is also the majority shareholder in the English soccer club Arsenal.  Arsenal will be giving up their home games over the next three seasons when the Rams are in town.

"This year is a very competitive year for sport in the UK, especially with the Olympics in London," NFLUK managing director Alistair Kirkwood said. "Also, with the Rams having made an unprecedented commitment to playing in the UK for the next three years, we wanted to focus on them as our 'home' team without another game taking place."

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Gary Carter Has New Brain Tumors

Focus On Sport/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of fame catcher Gary "The Kid" Carter has developed new brain tumors, according to his daughter's website, citing results from an MRI last week.

"I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad," Kimmy Carter Bloemers posted.

She said that one of her father’s doctors “will be coming to my parents’ house this evening to talk to the family about the next step.”

Six months ago, Carter, 57, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, glioblastoma, that has been treated with radiation and chemotherapy. 

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Could the Celtics' 'Big Three' Get Dealt?

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Could it be the end of an era in Boston?  Celtics' General Manager Danny Ainge recently said he would be willing to break up the Boston "Big Three" if it would benefit the team.

He saw what happened to Boston in the early 90's, when the C's didn't part with aging veterans Larry Bird, Kevin Mchale and Robert Parish.  That decision was a major reason the Celtics didn't win a first round playoff series from the 1992-1993 season to the 2000-2001 season.

Despite this, Ainge is not totally sold on the idea.

"We've all known that there's a window for this group," Ainge said on WEEI. "We're constantly evaluating that. But I don't have anything on the books. I don't have anything imminent. There's nothing out there that I am actively doing. "I'm being patient with this group of guys. They believe they're much better than they're playing right now. Doc (Rivers) believes they're much better than they're playing right now. I believe that too."

The Big Three consist of Ray Allen, who is 36; Kevin Garnett, who is 35; and Paul Pierce, who is 34.  The three came together in the 2007 off-season. They immediately won the 2007-2008 NBA Championship and were one game away from winning another in 2010.

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Sick LeBron Leads Heat to Victory over Lakers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Flu-like symptoms weren't enough to stop LeBron James. James had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists as the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-87.

The Heat, who were also playing without star guard Dwyane Wade for the second straight game, led from the middle of the first quarter on.

The Heat are now 5-1 at home this season. They will try and make it 6-1 Saturday when they take on the 76ers.

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Forte Cleared to Play in Pro Bowl

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been medically cleared to play in the upcoming Pro Bowl game.

Forte suffered a sprained right medial collateral ligament in a game versus Kansas City December 4th. He missed the Bears final four games of the season.

Before the injury, Forte was having a fantastic year, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and gaining 1,487 yards from scrimmage in 12 games.

Those stats were enough to elect Forte to his first Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl will be held January 29th in Hawaii.

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AFC Championship Preview: Ravens @ Patriots

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, MA) -- The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will battle it out in Foxborough Sunday, for the right to play in the Super Bowl. 

In 2010, the last and only time these two teams have met in the playoffs, Baltimore running back Ray Rice rushed for 159 yards and two TDs as the Ravens crushed the Patriots, in Foxborough, 33-14.

This year, New England's defense ended the regular season ranked 31st in the league in total yards allowed from scrimmage. Despite that, Ray Rice isn't taking the Patriots' D lightly.

"I've got to face that defense," Rice said. "They've always done a great job of coming in with a game plan and executing."

As for historical significance, this will be the first time since the 2004 championship game between New England and Pittsburgh, that a number one and number two seed will match-up in the AFC Championship Game.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/19/12

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (10-4) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (10-6), 98-87.

The Houston Rockets (8-7) rocked the New Orleans Hornets (3-12) in overtime, 90-88.

The Dallas Mavericks (9-7) defeated the Utah Jazz (9-5), 94-91.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (4) Duke (16-2) pounded Wake Forest (10-8), 91-73.

(8)North Carolina (16-3) vaulted Virginia Tech (11-7), 82-68.

(15) Virginia (14-2) bounced Georgia Tech (8-9), 70-38.

Penn State (10-10) upset (22) Illinois (15-4), 54-52.

(24) Saint Mary's (18-2) popped Pepperdine (7-11), 61-47.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (25-17-4) skated past the New York Rangers (29-12-4), 4-1.

The Nashville Predators (27-16-4) blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets (13-28-5), 3-0.

The Boston Bruins (30-13-1) beat the New Jersey Devils (26-18-2), 4-1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (23-18-5) tamed the Minnesota Wild (22-18-7), 4-1.

The St. Louis Blues (28-12-6) shutdown the Edmonton Oilers (17-25-4), 1-0.

The New York Islanders (18-21-6) clipped the Philadelphia Flyers (27-14-4), 4-1.

The Winnipeg Jets (22-20-5) whipped the Buffalo Sabres (19-23-5), 4-1.

The Detroit Red Wings (31-15-1) dunked the Phoenix Coyotes (21-19-8) in shootouts, 3-2.

The Calgary Flames (22-20-6) defeated the Los Angeles Kings (23-15-10) in shootouts, 2-1.

The Ottawa Senators (27-16-6) skated past the San Jose Sharks (26-13-5), 4-1.

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NFC Championship Preview: Giants @ 49ers

Ezra Shaw/Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A ticket to Super Bowl 46 will be on the line this Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers play host to the New York Giants at Candlestick Park in the NFC Championship Game.

These two teams met in Week 10 of the regular season, with San Francisco holding on for a 27-20 victory. Justin Smith and the Niners defense secured the win when they stopped Eli Manning and the Giants offense on fourth-and-2 from San Francisco's 10-yard line with 34 seconds left in the game.

“They were playing really good at that time and they are playing really good now,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I think they are a healthy team then when we played them. This is a Super Bowl-contending team. That’s who they are.”

49ers quarterback Alex Smith was drafted with the overall number-one pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the same draft in which the Green Bay Packers selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall pick. After years of mediocre play, Smith has been on fire, winning 15 of his last 18 starts. In his playoff debut against New Orleans last week, Smith tossed for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has won four straight road playoff games. Last week in Green Bay, he torched the Packers defense for 330 yards and three touchdowns.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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Report: Spagnuolo Will Become Saints Defensive Coordinator

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW ORELANS) -- Former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to become the new defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, according to

The 52-year-old Spagnuolo was fired by the Rams earlier this month after going 10-38 in three seasons in St. Louis. He will take over for Gregg Williams, who left to join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

Spagnuolo was previously a defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, helping lead Big Blue to a victory over New England in Super Bowl 42.

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Sarah Burke Dead at 29 After Half-Pipe Skiing Accident

JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday, nine days after sustaining injuries in an accident on a half-pipe course in Utah.

The 29-year-old Winter X Games champion and 2005 half-pipe world gold medalist suffered "severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," according to a statement from Burke's publicist.

"As the result of Sarah's fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to a severe intracranial hemorrhage, which caused Sarah to go into cardiac arrest on the scene," according to the statement. "While early reports in the media stated that Sarah's injury was a traumatic brain injury, it is important to note that Sarah's condition was the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain during cardiac arrest."

Although she underwent a successful operation to repair the torn artery, tests showed she suffered irreversible brain damage.

Burke's organs and tissues were donated, in accordance with her wishes.

Burke, who was not only one of the best female skiers in the world but a red carpet regular and fashion plate who was once named one of FHM's 100 sexiest women alive, crashed after a faulty landing while on a private training run in the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort Jan. 10.

She was a favorite heading into the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, having lobbied to have women's skiing superpipe added to the lineup.

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