Rockies Welcome Cuddyer To Colorado

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Colorado Rockies welcomed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to the Mile High City Tuesday. The one-time All-Star agreed to a three-year deal with the Rockies, worth $31.5 million.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here, and to be part of the Colorado Rockies family,” Cuddyer said at a news conference Tuesday. “I say family and I used that term and I mean it, because it’s more than an organization here.”

The 32-year-old Cuddyer was originally drafted by Minnesota with the ninth overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft. He spent his entire 11-year career with the Twins, where he batted .272 with 141 home runs and 580 RBIs.

Cuddyer will give Rockies manager Jim Tracy flexibility in the field. The native of Norfolk, Virginia, has experience playing first, second and third base, as well as all three outfield positions.

Cuddyer will wear number three with the Rockies as a tribute to Hall of Fame Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, who passed away in May.

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Ohio State Receives Bowl Ban and Other Penalties

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Bad news for new Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer. The NCAA has handed down additional penalties to Ohio State, including a one-year bowl ban, probation and loss of scholarships, stemming from an extra benefits scandal in which players received cash and free tattoos.
“Urban Meyer says he received no assurances that there would not be additional penalties,” ESPN college football insider Joe Schad said. “He did do his research. He did believe that it was likely that the school was not going to be hammered to an extent that he wouldn’t want to take the job.”    

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who knew about the violations but failed to act, will receive a five-year "show-cause" order. He's currently working for the Indianapolis Colts as a video-review coordinator.

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Grizzlies Forward Arthur Out for Season

Memphis Grizzlies/NBA(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur, coming off the best season of his three-year NBA career, will miss the 2011-12 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Arthur, who suffered the injury during practice, averaged 9.1 points per game last season and shot just under 50 percent from the field.  He helped Memphis reached the second round of the playoffs.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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