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Jan062012

ESPN: Raiders To Hire Reggie McKenzie As General Manager

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders are moving on from the Al Davis era. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team will hire Green Bay Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie to become the new general manager.

The two sides had been engaged in talks, as McKenzie would apparently only accept the position if he had the powers and responsibilities of a typical NFL general manger, which was not the case when the late Al Davis was running the show in Oakland.

"Reggie's a tremendous evaluator," former Raiders executive Ron Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He can tell you who can play and who can't play. That's what it's all about. Some can write reports but can't tell you who to play. Whatever that is, he has that. He has a feel."

McKenzie does have previous ties with the Raiders, he played linebacker for the team from 1985-1988.

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Friday
Jan062012

Four Senators Voted In for NHL All-Star Game

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Ottawa Senators will have four players in this year's NHL All-Star game when they host it January 29th. Defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, and Jason Spezza, were all voted in by the fans. 

"It's great, obviously, to see all four of us getting in," Alfredsson said. "You look at Jason, Erik, and Milan, too, they've had great starts to the season. If we would have had to choose one player, it would have been tough because they've all played great to start the season. To be able to all get in when it is in Ottawa, it's going to be a special occasion for all of us and something we'll cherish forever, I'm sure."

From November 14th thru January 4th, about 24 million votes were cast in the all-digital balloting. The rest of the players will be chosen later this month. They will then be placed on one of two teams via a fantasy draft that takes place All-Star weekend.

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Friday
Jan062012

Jets Fine Scott $10K for Middle Finger to Journalist

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott was slapped with a $10,000 fine by the team Thursday, for flipping his middle finger at a media member in the locker room on Monday.

"We'll address it," head coach Rex Ryan said. "That's not acceptable in dealing with the media."

The day after the end of a disappointing season for the Jets, players were cleaning out their lockers, and some were refusing to speak with the media.  As Scott was leaving the locker room, a photographer tried to snap a picture.  Scott apparently wasn’t amused, so he said some choice words and proceeded to flip his middle finger at the photographer.

The NFL has said there will be no further punishment for Scott. 

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Friday
Jan062012

Landry Jones to Stay at Oklahoma

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NORMAN)-- Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones announced Thursday he will return for his senior season in Norman.

"I want to accomplish the goals that I set before I got here, and there is still a lot more to do," Jones said. "I want to make sure I've exhausted every effort in that area. And I want to be a senior. I enjoy being at OU and with my teammates and look forward to graduating with the guys that were in my class when I got here."

Jones will return following a disappointing season.  The Sooners entered the season with the #1 ranking in the USA Today coaches’ poll.  They were a popular pick to win it all, but ended the year 9-3, before beating Iowa in the Insight Bowl.

Jones heads into his senior season as Oklahoma’s all-time leading passer.

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Friday
Jan062012

Kings Fire Westphal

Sacramento Kings/NBA(SACRAMENTO) -- The Sacramento Kings fired head coach Paul Westphal on Thursday.  

Westphal was coaching his third season for the Kings.  Over his time as head coach he compiled a record of 51-120, including a 2-5 start to this season.

"I want to thank Paul for all of his effort on behalf of the Kings," Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said. "Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team has not approached what we felt was reasonable to expect. I wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Westphal has been in the news lately for clashing with young center Demarcus Cousins.

He released a statement questioning Cousins’ commitment to the franchise.  He also claimed Cousins demanded to be traded, a claim Cousins’ agent denies.

Assistant Keith Smart signed a deal with the team and will take over as head coach.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/5/12

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: The Boston Bruins (26-10-1) shutout the Calgary Flames (18-19-5), 9-0.

The Philadelphia Flyers (23-11-4) one upped the Chicago Blackhawks (24-12-4), 5-4.

The New York Rangers (25-9-4) outlasted the Florida Panthers (20-12-8) in overtime, 3-2.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (20-15-5) blanked the Winnipeg Jets (19-16-5), 4-0.

The Ottawa Senators (21-15-5) crowned the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-19-3), 4-1.

The Dallas Stars (22-16-1) tamed the Nashville Predators (21-15-4), 4-1.

The St. Louis Blues (23-12-5) defeated the Edmonton Oilers (16-21-3), 4-3.

The San Jose Sharks (22-11-4) stifled the Columbus Blue Jackets (10-24-5), 2-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (20-14-7) stole one in overtime beating the Phoenix Coyotes (19-17-4), 1-0.

NBA: The San Antonio Spurs (5-2) topped the Dallas Mavericks (3-5), 93-71.

The Miami Heat (7-1) bounced the Atlanta Hawks (4-3) in triple overtime, 116-109.

The Sacramento Kings (3-5) crowned the Milwaukee Bucks (2-4), 103-100.

The Portland Trail Blazers (5-1) popped the Los Angeles Lakers (4-4), 107-96.


Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (12) Indiana (14-1) beat (16) Michigan (12-3), 73-71.

(17) UNLV (16-2) vaulted Cal State Bakersfield (7-9), 89-57.

(24) San Diego State (13-2) smothered San Diego Christian (4-7), 83-52.

(25) Gonzaga (12-2) pounded Pepperdine (7-7), 73-45.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Report: Penn State Hires O'Brien as Next Head Coach

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has agreed to become Penn State's next head football coach, according to ESPN. An official announcement by Penn State is expected on Saturday.

“The Penn State search committee was looking for a guy who certainly had some NFL pedigree,” ESPN senior NFL insider Chris Mortensen said. “For Bill O’Brien, it’s a guy who actually spent all of his coaching career in college until he joined the Patriots in 2007. So he has a considerable amount of experience.”

Tom Bradley had being the interim coach after Joe Paterno was fired amid the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Ball Returning To Wisconsin For Senior Season

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) -- Staying in school! Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has announced that he is returning for his senior season.

The 21-year-old Ball rushed for 1,923 yards and scored 39 touchdowns this season, tying the NCAA single-season touchdown record held by former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders.

In Monday's Rose Bowl, the native of Wentzville, Missouri, rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown in his team's 45-38 loss to Oregon.

He was projected by NFL talent evaluators to be a third-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

“I do believe I’m better than a third round,” Bell said. “Once I saw that, I kind of was leaning more towards to come back for my players and also for myself. I’m really looking forward to bettering my stock and preparing even harder in the off-season."

Ball was named to the First-Team All-Big Ten in 2011.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Coco Crisp Re-Signs With Oakland

Oakland A's/MLB(OAKLAND, Calif.) – The Oakland Athletics have re-signed outfielder Coco Crisp to a two-year deal worth $14 million. The contract also contains a club option for 2014 at $7.5 million with a buyout for $1 million.

The 32-year-old Crisp has spent the past two seasons in Oakland, batting .269 with 16 homers and 92 RBIs, while swiping 81 bases.

Before Oakland, the 10-year major league veteran played for Cleveland, Boston and Kansas City.

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Thursday
Jan052012

Ben Roethlisberger Has 'A Little Setback'

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roesthliserger, who is still nursing a sprained left ankle suffered December 8 against the Cleveland Browns, revealed on Wednesday he tweaked the ankle again on Sunday against the Browns.

"I had a little setback early in the third quarter," Roethlisberger told reporters. "We're working really hard with the trainers and doctors to get back to even where we were before the Cleveland game. I felt pretty good going in and moved a little bit at the beginning of that game."

The Steelers will need Big Ben in top form this weekend, as they face the Broncos in Denver on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.

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