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Monday
Dec052011

Busch Leaves Penske Racing

Phil Cavali/ESPN(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have decided to part ways.  At the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami, Busch was seen making an obscene gesture and directed a profanity-laced tirade at a reporter.  He was reprimanded by both NASCAR and Penske.

"I am grateful to Penske Racing for six very productive years," Busch said in statement. "Together we won a lot of races, 16 in all. It's time for a fresh start.  Leaving a great organization and a lucrative contract is not easy, but it's an important step for me and allows me to take a deep breath to work on things that can make me a better driver and a better person."

In a statement, Penske team owner Roger Penske said the split was "best for all parties, including our team and sponsors."

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Monday
Dec052011

Santo Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Chicago Cubs/MLB(DALLAS) -- Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame on Monday.  Santo received 15 of 16 votes from the Golden Era Committee and was the only player elected.

Santo, who passed away in December 2010 from bladder cancer and pneumonia, won five Gold Gloves and hit 342 home runs and drove in 1,331 runs during his 15-year career.  He also spent 21 years as a Cubs radio announcer.

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Monday
Dec052011

Alabama Will Take on LSU in Rematch for BCS Championship

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock edit Delete caption(NEW YORK) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide beat out Oklahoma State in the final round of voting on Sunday and will take on a familiar foe in the LSU Tigers on Jan. 9 for the BCS Championship.

"Absolutely, if they're 1 and 2, and they are in all the polls released today," executive director Bill Hancock said.

In their Nov. 5 matchup, the Tigers (13-0) slipped by Alabama (11-1) 9-6 in overtime. They were the only team to hand the Crimson Tide a loss this season.

"This could be a totally different type of game," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "There's so many good players on both sides of the ball for both teams."

"We look forward to playing Alabama, very quality opponent," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "Certainly someone we are familiar with."

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Monday
Dec052011

Packers Still Undefeated After Last-Second Win over Giants

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The Green Bay Packers (12-0) got by the New York Giants (6-6) on Sunday, 38-35.

New York gave the Packers all they could handle, tying the game on a two-point conversion with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The only problem for Giants fans was that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still had time left on the clock.

With the remaining ticks on the game clock, Rodgers and his offense drove down the field 80 yards, capped by a great catch by wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who set up Mason Crosby's 31-yard field goal that won it for Green Bay.

"Those are the fun ones when they end up like that," Rodgers said. "You get the ball on the 20, under a minute, and we get it down there for a chip-shot field goal, it's very rewarding. It probably (ranks) right at the top."

With the win, Green Bay also captured the NFC North due to the Saints' victory over the Lions.

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Monday
Dec052011

Scoreboard 12-5-11

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL:  The Green Bay Packers (12-0) slid by the New York Giants (6-6), 38-35.

The Arizona Cardinals (5-7) ko'ed the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) in overtime, 19-13.

The New York Jets (7-5) blew out the Washington Redskins (4-8), 34-19.

The Baltimore Ravens (9-3) downed the Cleveland Browns (4-8), 24-10.

The Houston Texans (9-3) topped the Atlanta Falcons (7-5), 17-10.

The Carolina Panthers (4-8) crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8), 38-19.

The San Francisco 49ers (10-2) shut out the St. Louis Rams (2-10), 26-0.

The New Orleans Saints (9-3) routed the Detriot Lions (7-5), 31-17.

The New England Patriots (9-3) held off the Indianapolis Colts (0-12), 31-24.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) took care of the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5), 35-7.

The Miami Dolphins (4-8) flew past the Oakland Raiders (7-5), 34-14.

The Denver Broncos (7-5) edged the Minnesota Vikings (2-10), 35-32.

The Tennessee Titans (7-5) popped Buffalo Bills (5-7), 23-17.

The Kansas City Chiefs (5-7) sliced the Chicago Bears (7-5), 10-3.

NHL:  The Colorado Avalanche (13-13-1) doubled up the Detroit Red Wings (16-8-1), 4-2.

The Minnesota Wild (17-7-3) topped the Anaheim Ducks (7-14-5), 5-3.

The Vancouver Canucks (15-10-1) blew by the Calgary Flames (11-13-2), 5-1.

NCAA Men's Top 25 Basketball:  (8) Baylor (7-0) bounced Northwestern (7-1), 69-41.

Wichita State (5-2) upset (20) UNLV (8-1), 89-70.

(22) Creighton (7-0) got by Nebraska (4-3), 76-66.

San Diego State (8-2) one up'ed (23) California (6-2), 64-63.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Marlins Reportedly Sign Jose Reyes

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to ESPN, former New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has signed a six-year deal with the Miami Marlins that will play the All-Star a minimum of $111 million. The deal also includes a seventh-year option, which, if exercised, would pay Reyes $22 million in 2018.

The 28-year-old Reyes is coming off the best season of his nine-year career. Reyes won the National League's batting title after hitting .337 with 181 hits in just 126 games played. He also posted an on-base percentage of .384, stole 39 bases, and scored 101 runs.

This is the second big free agency signing for the Miami (formerly known as Florida) Marlins. Earlier this week the team signed All-Star closer Heath Bell to a three-year contract. ESPN is also reporting that the Marlins will now focus their attention on signing St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Tiger Woods Wins the Chevron World Challenge

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.) -- Seven hundred forty-nine days. That is how long it had been since Tiger Woods won an event, until Sunday. After hitting a birdie on the 18th hole, Tiger Woods won the Chevron World Challenge by shooting a -10.

He beat out Zach Johnson by just one stroke for his first win since the Australian Masters back in November of 2009. Woods had to work for the win, though. He trailed by one shot with just two holes to play. Two big putts at the end of each sealed the deal for Tiger.

"It feels great," Woods said. "To go basically head to head against Zach all day was just a bunch of fun for both of us."

Woods now has 83 career worldwide wins in tournaments that award ranking points.

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Sunday
Dec042011

NFL Week 13 Preview: Chargers (4-7) @ Jaguars (3-8)

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8) play host to the San Diego Chargers (4-7) Monday night in Week 13 of NFL action. The Jaguars will have a new coach roaming the sidelines for this showdown, having fired Jack Del Rio last Tuesday and replaced him with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

“The players have been very supportive and enthusiastic about what we are doing,” Tucker said. “It’s an ultimate team game, and in order for us to get anything done in a positive way, we have to pull together as a team.”

Since 2006, San Diego is 20-2 in the month of December.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Oklahoma State Wins Big 12 Championship

Jackson Laizure/Getty Images(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- It was a no contest in Stillwater Saturday night as Oklahoma State (3) pounded  Oklahoma (13), 44-10, to win their first Big 12 title. The Cowboys backfield of Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith joined forces earning 270 rushing yards and scoring four touchdowns.

“Our players had two really good weeks of practice,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said after the game. “These are special kids. I told them in the locker room before the game that they are a special group and that they deserve it. They worked for a long time, so they’ve earned it.”

Oklahoma State's victory snaps an eight-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry.  

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Sunday
Dec042011

Questions Surround Howard's Future In Orlando

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Will he stay or will he go? That's the question on the minds of many Orlando Magic fans, as superstar Dwight Howard enters what could be his final season in Central Florida. The 6-ft-11-in center can opt out of his contract at the end of this upcoming season and enter the free agent market.

 “It certainly can be a distraction to guys,” Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Something we will have to deal with.”

The Magic selected Howard from the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy with the overall number one pick in the 2004 NBA draft.

In seven seasons in Orlando, Howard has been named to four NBA-All Star teams, and has won the NBA Defensive Player of the year award twice.

“I expect that Dwight will be the same,” Van Gundy said. “He’s a great player; he’s a guy we build our team around. We expect him to be great.”

The Magic tip off the new season in Oklahoma City against the Thunder on Christmas Day.

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