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Nov182011

Penn State Introduces New Acting Athletic Director

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State formally introduced its new acting athletic director Friday amid child sex abuse allegations that have left the school scrambling to repair its now-tainted reputation.

David Joyner preached change and "doing the right thing" during a press conference at State College.

"We have a noble purpose here at this university and it doesn't just stop in the classroom," Joyner said as he addressed the media Friday. "It continues on to the athletic fields which, in my opinion, are just another classroom where young people learn to be successful."

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is charged with abusing at least eight young boys over a period of 15 years.

The allegations have led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier. Tim Curley, the school's former athletic director, and vice president of finance Gary Schultz stepped down from their positions after being charged with perjury and failing to report abuse.

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Friday
Nov182011

Oklahoma State Basketball Coaches Killed in Plane Crash

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(PERRY COUNTY, Ark.) -- Oklahoma State women's basketball head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four people killed in a plane crash Thursday night in Arkansas.

The two other people on the plane -- including the pilot -- were not affiliated with the school, officials said.

"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," OSU president Burns Hargis said Friday in the statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.

Thursday's fatal crash comes less than a year after the 10th anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 members of the men's basketball program.

School Vice President Jim Littell will assume interim head coaching duties, according to ESPN.

The school has canceled both of its games scheduled for this weekend.

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Friday
Nov182011

MLB To Add Two More Wild Cards Teams by 2013

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Major League Baseball says playoff expansion could be a reality as soon as next year.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday his committee for on-field matters is in favor of adding two more teams to the postseason by no later than 2013. The format would likely come in the form of a new playoff round featuring a one-game, winner-take-all scenario for the two wild cards teams with the winner advancing to the Division Series.

Selig characterized Thursday's meeting, which included the announcement of the Houston Astros' ownership sale and impending move to the American League, as "historic."

Any change to the playoff structure is subject to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with the players' association. The current labor contract is set to expire Dec. 11, but officials from both sides appear ready to sign off on a new deal that will run through the 2017 season.

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Friday
Nov182011

Syracuse Assistant Coach on Administrative Leave Amid Allegations

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University's longtime assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine is under investigation for allegedly molesting a ball boy for at least 12 years.

ESPN reported Thursday that 39-year-old Bobby Davis is claiming that Fine began abusing him in 1983 -- a year before he started his six-year tenure as the team's ball boy.

Davis, who alleged that the abuse continued into the 1990s, says that Fine molested him at his home, at the university's facilities and on road trips.

Fine has been put on administrative leave while Syracuse Police investigate the allegations.  He is been at Syracuse University for 35 years.

According to ESPN, Davis did not tell head basketball coach Jim Boeheim about what he alleges Fine did to him, even though he says Boeheim saw the two of them together often.

Boeheim later issued a statement that said, ‘I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years.  I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would have been involved in any of the activities alleged.  Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action.  Bernie has my full support.”

Meanwhile, Syracuse University issued a statement that it conducted an investigation of Davis' claims in 2005 and found no one who could corroborate his allegations.  ESPN said it also investigated Davis' allegations in 2003 but decided against airing the story, also citing no independent corroboration of his story.

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Friday
Nov182011

NFL Preview: Buccaneers (4-5) @ Packers (9-0) 

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-0) on Sunday.

Tampa Bay comes into the game having lost three in a row trying to get their 2011 season back on track and contend for a playoff spot.

The Packers are looking to extend their winning streak to 10 and continue their best season start since 1962.

"Our goal is to win the division and get a home playoff game, but you can't help but be excited that you're (9-0) and in the prospects of going (10-0) this weekend," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told ESPN Radio when asked about running the table in 2011.

The Packers are thinking big-picture and would trade a perfect season for back-to-back Super Bowl rings.

Kickoff is set for 1 PM Eastern Time.

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Friday
Nov182011

Kevin Durant Considering Playing Overseas 

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is in talks with BBC Bayreuth, his agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Thursday.

SPOX.com reported that the deal was in the final stages but Goodwin told ESPN.com that talks are "ongoing."  Last weekend, Durant told Yahoo Sports! that he was also weighing offers from Valencia in Spain and Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel.

The NBA has canceled games through December 15.

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Friday
Nov182011

Houston Astros Headed to American League

Major League Baseball(MILWAUKEE) -- The Houston Astros will be heading to the American League as soon as 2013 after Drayton McLane sold the team to Jim Crane on Thursday.

With the move, both the National League and American League will now have 15 teams apiece.  It also marks baseball's first realignment since the Milwaukee Brewers moved from the AL to the NL after the 1997 season.

"It won't be perfect. Nothing in any schedule is ever perfect," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said, "but this will be very good."

Interleague play will now take place from April through September due to the odd number of teams in each league.

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Friday
Nov182011

Americans lead 7-5 through Two Rounds at Presidents Cup

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- The Americans lead 7-5 through two rounds of the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Tiger Woods is still yet to record a point and is 0-2 for the first time ever at the event.  Woods and Dustin Johnson fell to Aaron Baddley and Jason Day on the 18th hole on Friday, which gave the International team a split of fourball matches.

One huge factor for all who played on Friday were the winds along the course. 

"The wind was very difficult, it was manipulating our ball and it was hard to use the wind out there," Jim Furyk told the Golf Channel.  Both Furyk and Phil Mickelson remain perfect through two rounds in the tournament.

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Friday
Nov182011

Scoreboard Roundup 11-17-11

National Football LeagueNFL:

The Denver Broncos (5-5) Stunned the New York Jets (5-5), 17-13.

NHL:

The Flyers (11-4-3) edged the Coyotes (9-5-3), 2-1.

The Bruins (10-7-0) took down the Blue Jackets (3-13-2), 2-1 in a shootout.

The Sharks (10-5-1) downed the Red Wings (9-7-1), 5-2.

The Senators (10-9-1) popped the Oilers (9-7-2), 5-2.

The Kings (10-6-3) ko'ed the Ducks (6-9-4), 5-3.

The Predators (10-5-3) were 4-1 winners over the Maple Leafs (10-7-2).

The Islanders (5-8-3) edged the Canadiens (8-8-3), 4-3

The Lightning (9-7-2) got past the Penguins (11-5-3), 4-1

The Blues (10-7-1) took care of the Panthers (9-6-3), 4-1

The Wild (11-5-3) shut out the Avalanche (8-10-1), 1-0.

The Senators (10-9-1) handled the Oilers (9-7-2), 5-2

College Basketball Top-25:

(4) Connecticut (3-0) defeated Maine (1-1), 80-60

(8) Florida (2-1) put away North Florida (1-2), 91-55

(15) Alabama (3-0) topped Maryland (1-1), 62-42

(16) Arizona (4-0) got past St. John's (3-1), 81-72

(17) Michigan (3-0) edged Western Illinois (0-2), 59-55

Mississippi State (3-1) upset (18) Texas A&M (2-1), 69-60

(25) Missouri (3-0) beat Niagra (1-1), 83-52

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Friday
Nov182011

Tebow Does It Again, As Broncos Defeat Jets 17-13

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Tim Tebow is now 4-1 as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback, and he has his team in playoff contention after stunning the New York Jets 17-13 Thursday night at Sports Authority Field.

The Broncos were down 13-10 in the fourth quarter until Tebow drove the team down the field. With a minute left on the clock, Tebow ran for a 20-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 17-13 lead. Tebow completed just nine passes on 20 attempts for 107 yards, but also ran for 68 yards, including the game-winning score.

"We thought he was going to carry it and he did, he didn't disappoint us, but he ran for a touchdown," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan regarding Tebow's game-winning touchdown. "Kid's a competitor, you know, makes big plays, you know, with the game on the line. That's why you have to give him credit."

With the loss, the Jets fell to 5-5 and one and a half games behind the AFC East-leading New England Patriots.

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