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Rob Ryan: "I Got Outcoached"  

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan might have bit off more than he could chew when he called the Philadelphia Eagles an "all-hype team" last week in preparation for their game on Sunday.

As it turned out, the "all-hype team" ran all over the Cowboys defense for a 34-7 win.

On Monday, Ryan said, "The whole thing is I got outcoached by [Andy] Reid and their staff, I mean it's ridiculous.  I never gave our guys a chance.  The whole thing was on me.  If I gave them any extra motivation, hell, I certainly never backed it up.  I gave our guys a lousy plan.  We had no chance, and it's all on me."

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CC Sabathia Staying in New York

(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia announced on Monday that he will be staying in pinstripes.  He had until midnight Tuesday to opt out of the remaining four years of his seven-year deal. Instead, he reached a new deal.

Through his personal Twitter account, Sabathia tweeted, "Yankee fans, I'll be here fighting for number 28 next year!"

The new deal adds $30 million to his existing contract, reports ESPN.  The new total deal is now for five years at $122 million.  In 2016,  the final year of the contract, Sabathia will be paid $25 million with a vesting option for $25 million in 2017 and a $5 million buyout.

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Indians Decline Option on Sizemore, Acquire Derek Lowe

Comstock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians made a few roster moves Monday, acquiring starting pitcher Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves and declining their 2012 option on center fielder Grady Sizemore.

Sizemore's career has been hampered by injuries over the past three years.  His best season came in 2008, when he hit 33 home runs, drove in 90 runs, and stole 38 bases.

Lowe was 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA last season.  The Braves received minor league pitcher Chris Jones in return for Lowe.

The Indians also exercised their $7 million option on starting pitcher Fausto Carmona.

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Stanford Moves up BCS Standings

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stanford, coming off of a thrilling, 56-48, triple-overtime victory against USC on Saturday night, moved two spots up to fourth in the BCS standings.  Boise State fell one spot to fifth.

The top three spots in the standings did not change.  LSU and Alabama, who will face off Saturday in Tuscaloosa, are first and second, respectively, followed by Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma, which beat Kansas State over the weekend, moved up from ninth to sixth, followed by Arkansas, Oregon, South Carolina, and Nebraska to round out the top ten.  Clemson fell from fifth to 11th and Kansas State dropped six spots to 14th after both teams lost over the weekend.

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Tony La Russa Retires

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday, three days after the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series.

"I feel great about what's here for 2012," La Russa told reporters during a press conference to announce his retirement.  "The job is, everybody knows, is a great place to manage, and the team is very solid so I feel really good about leaving."

The 67-year-old La Russa, who spent the past sixteen years in St. Louis, won three World Series titles during his 33 seasons as a manager, two with the Cardinals and one with the Oakland Athletics.  He is third on the all-time wins list.

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Eagles Make a Statement in 34-7 Win over the Cowboys

Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Dallas Cowboys had a chance to bury the Eagles in the NFC East standings, but they failed miserably in their attempt.

From the beginning, the Eagles looked more and more like the "Dream Team" and not a team that started out 1-4. Philadelphia jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter and before Dallas could react, they were down 24-0 after the first half. Heading into the game, the Cowboys had the best run defense in the NFL and hadn't allowed a 100 yard rusher all year. That streak ended spectacularly, however, as the Eagles had over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter alone.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick picked apart the Dallas defense, throwing for 279 yards with two touchdowns and finished the game with a 129.9 quarterback rating. Even though Vick played very well, running back LeSean McCoy was the best offensive player for the Eagles as he ran for a career high 185 yards on a career high 30 carries; he also scored two touchdowns.

"I feel like every game is a chance for me to prove myself," McCoy said. "At any given time, any one of our guys could go off."

As impressive as the Eagles offense was, their defense was just as outstanding. Dallas had a season-low 267 yards on offense. The Eagles' much-maligned run defense allowed the Cowboys to rush for just 85 yards, and held the rest of the offense in check as quarterback Tony Romo threw for just 203 yards; throwing a touchdown as well as an interception.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-4 while the Cowboys are now tied with the Eagles at 3-4 as well. Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid is now 13-0 all-time, coming off the team's bye week.

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Rams Stun Saints for First Win of the Season

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Last week, the New Orleans Saints dominated the winless Indianapolis Colts 62-7 to improve to 5-2 on the season. So with their next game being against the winless St. Louis Rams, it should have been an easy win, right? Wrong.

With the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in attendance, the Rams came out firing and jumped out to a 17-0 lead a halftime -- the first time the Saints had been held scoreless at halftime since 2007.

Even though the Saints made a run, the Rams went on to upset the Saints 31-21 to earn their first victory of the season. Heading into the game, the Rams had one of the worst offenses in the NFL and a defense that wasn't anything to brag about. Meanwhile, the Saints had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, but they couldn't get much going against the Rams.

This all happened without Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford on the field because of an ankle injury. Backup quarterback A.J. Feely filled in nicely for Bradford for the second straight week, throwing for 175 yards and a touchdown. What is even more notable is that Feely won a start for the first time since he was with the Miami Dolphins -- back in 2004.

Rams running back Steven Jackson, who ran for 159 and two touchdowns, attributed part of the team's success on Sunday to the Cardinals who were in attendance watching the game.

"I think the Cardinals being here was great for the city," Jackson said. "Whoever showed up today, regardless if the place was empty, today was fun. We came out with a mindset we were going to fight."

After his big day, Jackson is now third all-time in Rams franchise history for yards from scrimmage, and fourth all-time in touchdowns with 59.

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Lions' Suh Will Discuss Rules with NFL

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Usually when a player meets with NFL officials and Commissioner Roger Goodell, he did something he likely wasn't supposed to -- almost like getting sent to the principal's office. However, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh himself has requested a sit-down with Goodell and other NFL officials on Tuesday.

Suh apparently requested the meeting because he wants a better understanding on the NFL's rules on the defensive side of the ball. Suh has come under fire since during his young career for being a overly physical player -- has been labeled as dirty by some around the NFL, and has been fined multiple times for his ferocious playing style and sometimes brutal hits. He hopes to alleviate any concerns during the meeting.

"To me," Suh said, "It's just an opportunity to go out there and have good diolague and see what I can take from that meeting. If it's nothing, then it's nothing. If it's something good, it's something good."

Suh is the defensive anchor for the 6-2 Lions and one of the faces of the franchise. This season, the 24-year-old Suh has 24 tackles and three sacks.

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Bob Barry Sr., 'Voice Of the Sooners,' Dies at 80

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oklahoma Sooners have lost one of the greatest voices in the history of their program. Longtime announcer Bob Barry Sr. passed away on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

Barry served as the play-by-play announcer for Oklahoma from 1961-1972, and then from 1991-2010 before retiring as Oklahoma's football and basketball play-by-play man in the spring. According to Barry at the time, he retired for apparent health reasons, feeling he  couldn't perform in the way countless fans had come to expect. Barry spent 50 years as a broadcaster; he called games for Oklahoma State as well as Tulsa in between his stints at Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops knows that Barry's family, as well as the entire state of Oklahoma, lost a great man. "I know this is a difficult time for them, but hope they can find comfort in a life well-lived and the love of countless fans all over the country," Stoops said.

Berry's first broadcasting job came in 1956 as a disk jockey, sportscaster, and salesman at a radio station at Norman High School in Oklahoma. Then Oklahoma Head Coach Bud Wilkinson's son played at Norman High, Barry was asked to try out for the Oklahoma play-by-play job by Wilkinson. The rest, as they say, was history.

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Message Is Clear: Cardinals Fans Want Pujols Back

(ST. LOUIS) -- Hundreds of thousands of fans jammed downtown St. Louis Sunday to honor the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Sunday also officially marked the fact that Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is now a free agent.  But the message was clear from fans: they'd like him to stay.  Along the streets Pujols drew loud cheers and had a long standing ovation at Busch Stadium. 

When asked on the podium if he'd like to be back for another celebration next season, he smiled and said, "Hey, why not?" 

Pujols spent 11 seasons with St. Louis and isn't sure if the Cardinals, a mid-market franchise, will be able to -- or will be willing to -- give him a long-term, lucrative contract.  He hit 455 homers and was part of two World Series teams during the first 11 seasons of his career.

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