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Nov232011

Lions (7-3) Host Packers (10-0) on Thanksgiving

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions (7-3) will host the Green Bay Packers (10-0) in the first of three NFL games on Thanksgiving in Detroit.

For once, NFL fans will be getting an important game between the two on Thanksgiving due to the recent resurgence of the Lions.

"It's special, when you wake up downtown and they're setting up for the parade, it's not just a normal day," said Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, "Thanksgiving in Detroit is different than other citiies, we wanted to respect that tradition and we wanted to respect it by playing well on Thanksgiving."

Green Bay enters the Motor City as the first undefeated team to play on Thanksgiving in 50 years.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was frustrated with his performance in their week 11 win over the Buccaneers and realizes that the Lions defense will be extra hungry to get to him on Thursday.

"They've got as good a front four that you're going to see, it's going to be important for us to be able to control them," said Rodgers.  "They've got a good rush up the middle, so it's going to be important for the up the middle guys to be stout."

Kickoff is set for 12:30 PM Eastern Time.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Scoreboard - 11/22/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) North Carolina (4-0) blew out Tennessee St. (2-3), 102-69.

(6) Duke (6-0) defeated (15) Michigan (4-1), 82-75.

(7) Louisville (4-0) bypassed Arkansas St. (1-4), 54-27.

(8) Memphis (2-1) needed two overtimes to dispose of Tennessee (2-2), 99-97.

(10) Baylor (4-0) cruised past South Carolina State (3-2), 70-50.

(11) Wisconsin (4-0) beat U-M-K-C (1-4), 77-31.

(14) Kansas (3-1) ko'ed UCLA (1-3), 72-56.

(16) Pittsburgh (3-1) was 73-69 winners over La Salle (2-2).

(18) California (4-1) got crushed by (21) Missouri (5-0), 92-53.

NHL: The Los Angeles Kings (11-7-3) crowned the St. Louis Blues (10-8-2), 3-2.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (12-8-2) shocked the Tampa Bay Lightning (9-9-2), 7-1.

The Edmonton Oilers (11-8-2) tamed the Nashville Predators (10-6-4), 6-2.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Denver Broncos Release Kyle Orton

NFL Shield (NFL)(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Denver Broncos have placed quarterback Kyle Orton on waivers. The seven-year NFL veteran began the season as the starting quarterback, but lost his job to Tim Tebow after going 1-4. Orton hasn't seen action since Week 5 against San Diego, when Tebow replaced him at halftime.

“I think the timing is trying to take two and a half million dollars off the payroll,” ESPN NFL insider John Clayton said. “Because thinking that somebody either can claim him and if they don’t they can get at least $710,000 dollars back at the end of the year.”

If Orton is claimed off waivers, his new team will be responsible for close to $3 million dollars in salary.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Rodriguez Introduced as New Arizona coach

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Wildcats introduced Rich Rodriguez as their new head football coach Tuesday. He will take over for the fired Mike Stoops, who went 41-50 in his eight seasons in the desert.

“I want to be in the top ten in the country every year,” Rodriguez said. “I want every one of our players to graduate with a University of Arizona degree and I want them to represent our university the right way on and off the field.”

The 48-year-old Rodriguez previously coached at West Virginia and Michigan, where he compiled a record of 75-48. His contract is for five years and worth close to $10 million dollars.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Brewers' Braun Wins NL MVP

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has won the National League Most Valuable Player award.  Braun, who helped the Brewers reach the National League Championship Series before the team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, batted .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI, and 33 stolen bases in 2011.

Braun is the first Brewer to win the MVP since Robin Yount won it in 1989.  Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished second in the MVP voting.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Major League Baseball Announces New Labor Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major Leage Baseball players and owners have signed a new labor contract that will run through the 2016 season, giving the league 21 years of labor peace since the strike of 1994.

"Nobody back in the '70s, '80s and early '90s, 1994, would ever believe that we would have 21 years of labor peace," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said.

Highlights of the deal include the implementation of human growth hormone testing and the expansion of the playoffs from eight to ten teams.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Roethlisberger In Pain, Expects To Play

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has a fractured thumb on his throwing hand, admits he is in pain but expects to play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's definitely different," Roethlisberger said. "It hurts, first off, just to grip the ball. It's something you have to get used to."

Roethlisberger, who was wearing a splint on Monday, did not take any direct snaps during practice.  He is no stranger to playing hurt, having played part of last season with a sprained foot.

The Steelers, coming off their bye week, are 7-3 on the season.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Patriots Hammer the Chiefs 34-3 on 'Monday Night Football'

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- After struggling for most of the first half, the New England Patriots eventually showed why they are one of the top teams in the NFL Monday night.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko made his first NFL start and his inexperience showed. While Palko led the team to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter, it was all New England after that. Palko went 25 for 38 for 283 yards, but he also threw three interceptions.

Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played like, well, Tom Brady. The Patriots quarterback threw for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski was on the receiving end of both Brady TD throws, and he also had 96 receiving yards on just four catches.

"He's tough, he runs hard, obviously he's great with the ball after he catches it," Brady said when asked about Gronkowski. "He's a tough match up and he made some big plays for us tonight, we needed him to make some plays."

With the win, the Patriots now in a four-way tie for the best record in the AFC at 7-3.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Crosby Makes His Presence Felt in His Returns to the Penguins Lineup

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, PA) -- Five minutes and twenty-four seconds: That's how long it took for Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby to show just what fans have been missing for nearly a year. On just his third shift, Crosby scored his first goal since December 28th. He wasn't done either, as he went to score another goal, and also dished out two assists.

This was Crosby's first game since January 5th, when he suffered a concussion in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had to work his way back to the ice from lingering post-concussion symptoms that at one point threatened his hockey career.

"It was great that we had a good game there and got the win," Crosby said. "The atmosphere was awesome coming out for warm-up and the start of the game and throughout the game. A lot of fun to be a part of it."

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Jets' Head Coach Rex Ryan Fined $75,000 for Cursing at Fan

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- This time, Rex Ryan's mouth really cost him. $75,000 to be exact. The NFL handed down the fine to Ryan for his comments towards a fan during halftime of the team's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots.

The fan yelled to Ryan "Rex, (Bill) Belichick is better than you."

Ryan responded with "Shut the f--- up!"

Ryan later apologized, saying he let his emotions get the best of him. Ryan though, is no stranger to fines by the league and the Jets. Back in February of 2010, Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team after he reportedly made an obscene gesture towards a fan at an MMA event.

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