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Tuesday
Dec202011

Foyt Racing Hires Mike Conway

Dan Helrigel/IndyCar(WALLER, Texas) -- A.J. Foyt Racing has hired Mike Conway to drive the number 14 Honda in 2012.  Conway, 28, won the Long Beach Grand Prix last season and finished in the top ten four times.

“With the Series having twice as many road courses as ovals, we looked for a driver who is fast on those tracks and Mike has certainly proved himself in that area,” Foyt told his team's website.

Conway made his IndyCar debut in 2009.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

NBA Sharpshooter Stojakovic Retires

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Forward Peja Stojakovic has decided to retire after 13 NBA seasons. He played for the Kings, Pacers, Hornets, Raptors and Mavericks.

For his career, Stojakovic averaged 17 points per game and shot over 40 percent for three-point range. His best season came in 2003-04 with the Kings when he averaged over 24 points per game and made over 43 percent of his three-point attempts. He won his first NBA title last season with the Mavericks.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Jets' Ryan Takes First Shot at Giants

Nick Laham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After his team failed to show up on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-8), New York Jets (8-6) head coach Rex Ryan deffered attention away from his teams terrible 45-19 loss and instead took the first shot at his Christmas Eve opponent, the New York Giants (7-7).

"There's no way I'm going to be second fiddle. If we were playing the New York Yankees, I don't want to be second fiddle to them. This is the same type of deal. I want to be the best team in football, not just the best team in this city. But we'll start by being the best team in this city," said Ryan.  "I recognize they're an excellent team but I think we're better."

Since the rivalry began in 1970, the Giants hold a 7-4 advantage.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Rangers Awarded Rights To Talk With Yu Darvish

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Texas Rangers won the Yu Darvish sweepstakes according to reports by ESPN on Monday.

Darvish is considered to be the best Japanese professional pitcher in the league.  Sources said the Rangers bid was around $51.7 million.

Bidding for the posting fee closed last Wednesday, and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters had until 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday to accept.

The Rangers will now have 30 days to reach a deal with Darvish and his representatives.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Clippers Get Best of Lakers in First NBA Preseason Game

National Basketball Association(LOS ANGELES) -- Yes, it's only the first preseason game between the Clippers and Lakers but for one night, Los Angeles is a Clipper town.

The Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) bounced the Los Angeles Lakers (1-0), 114-95 on Monday night at the Staples Center.

Newly acquired guard Chris Paul put up 17 points in the first of two preseason games against the Lakers before the regular season tips off on Christmas Day.

Another new face, Chauncey Billups topped Paul and scored a team high of 23 in the rout.

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points for the Lakers in less than 30 minutes of play.

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Tuesday
Dec202011

49ers (11-3) cruise past Steelers (10-4), 20-3

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers (11-3) made it look easy, even with two blackouts on Monday night. 

They beat an injured Ben Roethlisberger and his Steelers (10-4) 20-3 in a game that was delayed twice due to power outages.

San Francisco's defense shut down the Pittsburgh offense all night and still have not allowed a rushing touchdown all season.

"It was a big game, two 10 win teams." said 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.  "It was a game about respect.  Our defense played great tonight and we came out on top."

With the win, the men from Candlestick Park still hold on to the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round bye.

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Monday
Dec192011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/19/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL:  The San Francisco 49ers (11-3) shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4), 20-3.

NHL: The Dallas Stars (19-12-1) lassoed the Anaheim Ducks (9-19-5), 5-3.

The Los Angeles Kings (15-14-4) outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-13-4) in a shootout, 3-2.

The Boston Bruins (22-9-1) one upped the Montreal Canadiens (13-14-7), 3-2.

The Vancouver Canucks (20-11-2) skated past the Minnesota Wild (20-9-5), 4-0.

The Colorado Avalanche (16-17-1) edged the Philadelphia Flyers (20-8-4) in overtime, 3-2.

The Detroit Red Wings (21-10-1) sliced the Edmonton Oilers (14-16-3), 3-2.

NBA Pre-Season: The Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) got the best of the Los Angeles Lakers (0-1), 114-95.

The Charlotte Bobcats (1-0) tamed the Atlanta Hawks (0-1), 79-77.

The Portland Trailblazers (1-0) got past the Utah Jazz (0-1), 110-90.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (5) North Carolina (10-2) pounded Nicholls St. (4-8), 99-49.

(6) Baylor (10-0) topped Paul Quinn, 95-54.

(7) Duke (10-1) bounced UNC Greensboro (2-10), 90-63.

LSU (8-3) upset (10) Marquette (10-1), 67-59.

(11) Florida defeated MVSU, 82-54.

Davidson (7-3) got by (12) Kansas (7-3), 80-74.

(17) Indiana (11-0) beat Howard (3-9), 107-50.

(19) Michigan St. (10-2) topped UMKC (7-6), 89-54.

(23) Creighton (9-1) took care of Tulsa (5-7), 83-64.

(25) Illinois (11-1) edged Cornell (4-5), 64-60.

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Monday
Dec192011

Arizona Diamondbacks Sign OF Jason Kubel

Photos.com/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have added power to their lineup, signing free agent outfielder Jason Kubel to a two-year contract worth $15 million with a mutual option for a third year. The deal is contingent on Kubel passing a physical.

The 29-year-old Kubel spent his entire seven-year career with the Minnesota Twins, where he hit 104 home runs and 429 RBIs. Battling injuries in 2011, Kubel played in 99 games, batting .273 with 12 homers and 92 RBIs.

Minnesota was interested in resigning their homegrown product, but decided to ink slugger Josh Willingham instead.

The signing will make gold glove winner Gerardo Parra the fourth outfielder.

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Monday
Dec192011

Crennel Has The Kansas City Chiefs Believing

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- What a difference a week makes in Kansas City.

After suffering a blowout loss on the road against the New York Jets in Week 14, the Chiefs were all but eliminated from playoff contention.  The club made a coaching change, naming defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel interim head coach for the fired Todd Haley.

Facing the undefeated Green Bay Packers Sunday, Crennel and the Chiefs rose to the occasion, pulling off the 19-14 upset to put themselves right back in the hunt for the AFC West divison crown.

Kansas City has a tough road ahead of them in securing a playoff berth. They must beat the Oakland Raiders this Saturday at home, have the Denver Broncos lose to the Buffalo Bills and have the San Diego Chargers lose one of their last two games. If that scenario plays out, then they will be playing for a playoff spot when they take on the Broncos in the final game of the regular season.

“We have to win the next one,” Crennel said at a news conference Monday. “It’s a short week and we are coming up on it. We are looking forward to that, to try to keep this thing rolling. Because we are in the race and we got a chance.”

Crennel previously was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

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Monday
Dec192011

Bobcats' Biyombo Buying His Way into NBA

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Bismack Biyombo is so eager to play in the NBA this season, he's paying out of his own pocket to make that happen.

The 19-year old is a Congo-native and was still under contract from his Spanish club, Fuenlabrada. His contract isn't up for another two seasons, and has a $1.5 million buyout clause. Without getting his contract bought out, Biyombo was stuck overseas and couldn't join his new NBA team.

The Bobcats informed Biyombo that they could only pay $500,000 and not the full $1.5 million. So in an effort to make it to the NBA this season, Biyombo will pay the remaining $1 million so he can join the Bobcats for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

Biyombo was selected by the Sacramento Kings seventh overall in this past year's draft, and was traded to the Bobcats on draft night.

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