Scoreboard Roundup -- 12/6/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

Orlando 110, Atlanta 106 (OT)
Cleveland 101, Sacramento 95
Indiana 98, Chicago 96
Boston 97, Dallas 90
N-Y Knicks 99, Memphis 88
Milwaukee 104, Detroit 100
New Orleans 123, Denver 114
Golden State 101, Charlotte 87
San Antonio 117, Miami 105
Minnesota 113, L.A. Clippers 107

Toronto 2, Calgary 1 (OT SO)
Washington 6, Chicago 2
Philadelphia 4, Edmonton 2
Anaheim 3, Ottawa 0

Washington 74, #2 Kansas 65
Loyola of Chicago 65, #5 Florida 59
#11 North Carolina 104, W. Carolina 61
#13 Xavier 96, Kent St. 70

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Roger Goodell signs five-year extension to remain commissioner

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League's compensation committee has approved a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a source told ESPN on Wednesday.

An extension for the powerful commissioner had been in the works for weeks. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones opposed the deal publicly in the wake of a controversial six-game suspension levied against Cowboys' running back Ezekiel Elliott. Questions about the likelihood of an extension also followed the debate over NFL player protests during the national anthem earlier this year.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says a source told him that the contract would be worth approximately $40 million per year for five years.

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Charlotte Hornets' coach Steve Clifford steps away to address health

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford will step away from the team for an undetermined period of time to "address his health," the team said Wednesday.

In a statement, the Hornets said there was no timetable for Clifford's return to the sideline, and that Associate Head Coach Stephen Silas would serve as the acting coach in his absence.

Clifford missed Monday's game against the Orlando Magic with what the team termed an illness.

Charlotte is 9-13 and in third place in the Southeast Division.  

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Colin Kaepernick accepts Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Slaven Vlasic/Stringer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Colin Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Tuesday night in New York City promising to work for the people “with or without the NFL’s platform.”

Beyonce was brought on stage by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah as a surprise presenter. She praised Kaepernick for taking “action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, last year’s Ali Award winner, also praised Kaepernick. During a video tribute, Abdul-Jabbar noted how Kaepernick “fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African-Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives.”

Kaepernick took to the stage and praised Ali as a fighter for social justice and a mentor.

"The footprints he leaves are large," Kaepernick said, "and his life is and has been a multitextured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness."

This was the second time in three days the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has spoken in public. He was honored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award on Sunday night. He was also named Citizen of the Year by GQ Magazine.

Kaepernick has kept a low public profile since filing a collusion lawsuit against the NFL. He has yet to publicly comment on the NFL’s announcement that it was committing $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes, a move many see as a response to the anthem protests Kaepernick helped start. Kaepernick began taking a knee prior to NFL preseason games in 2016 as a form of protest against the treatment of minorities, especially by police.

He has yet to be signed by a NFL team since being waived by the 49ers before the 2017 season.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/5/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

Toronto 126, Phoenix 113
Oklahoma City 100, Utah 94
Washington 106, Portland 92

New Jersey 4, Columbus 1
Tampa Bay 6, N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 3
Detroit 5, Winnipeg 1
St. Louis 4, Montreal 3
Nashville 5, Dallas 2
Buffalo 4, Colorado 2
SO Vegas 4, Anaheim 3
L.A. Kings 5, Minnesota 2
Vancouver 3, Carolina 0

(1) Duke 124, St. Francis (Pa.) 67
(3) Michigan St. 62, Rutgers 52
(4) Villanova 88, (12) Gonzaga 72
(6) Wichita St. 95, S. Dakota St. 85
Arizona 67, (7) Texas A&M 64
Ball St. 80, (9) Notre Dame 77
(10) Miami 69, Boston U. 54
Nebraska 78, (14) Minnesota 68
(18) West Virginia 68, (15) Virginia 61
(20) TCU 94, SMU 83
OT Texas Tech 82, (22) Nevada 76

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker hospitalized after suffering back injury during game

John Grieshop/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remained hospitalized on Tuesday in Cincinnati, Ohio, after suffering a back injury during an NFL game against the Bengals the night before.

In a statement released Tuesday, doctors said Shazier was still undergoing tests to evaluate his spine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

"He will continue to be monitored and treated by neurosurgery experts at UC Medical Center until he has been cleared to return to Pittsburgh," said Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Cheng.

According to ESPN, Shazier, No. 50, ran into the Bengals' Josh Malone, No. 80, in the first quarter of the game featured on "Monday Night Football."

After the play, Shazier could be seen lying on his side and reaching for his back. His legs don't appear to be moving. He reached his hands up for teammates and staff to assist him. On the sidelines, Steelers players seemed shaken up as staff ran on the field to assist Shazier.

In a statement, Steelers General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert said Tuesday that Shazier had undergone a CT scan and MRI to evaluate the condition of his back. Colbert said Shazier would not require surgery at this time.

During a news conference Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said Shazier was being given "expert medical care."

"It was a tough evening," Tomlin said. "Man, Ryan's a trooper. ... He's in really good spirits -- tough guy. He's got great support from family and loved ones there."

The Steelers defeated the Bengals Monday night, 23-20.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/4/17

(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

Charlotte 104, Orlando 94
Indiana 115, N.Y. Knicks 97
Phoenix 115, Philadelphia 101
Boston 111, Milwaukee 100
Brooklyn 110, Atlanta 90
Cleveland 113, Chicago 91
Golden State 125, New Orleans 115
Memphis 95, Minnesota 92
Dallas 122, Denver 105
San Antonio 96, Detroit 93
Utah 116, Washington 69

Washington 4, San Jose 1
N.Y. Islanders 5, Florida 4; SO  
Nashville 5, Boston 3
Philadelphia 5, Calgary 2

Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 20

Florida St. 83, (5) Florida 66
(23) Baylor 84, Sam Houston St. 56

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Supreme Court mulling scrapping law prohibiting sports betting

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court signaled Monday that it might allow New Jersey to legalize sports betting, doing away with a federal law that prohibits states from sponsoring, operating, advertising, promoting, licensing or authorizing sports gambling.

In 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation that modified the state's sports gambling prohibition, allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks.

The NCAA, along with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, immediately filed a lawsuit arguing the law violated the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Act.

Lower courts have ruled in favor of the challengers and in June, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

Here is what you need to know:

What is the Professional and Amateur Sports Act?

The act, passed in 1992, prohibits states from sponsoring, operating, advertising, promoting, licensing, or authorizing sports gambling, and it prohibits individual conduct pursuant to any such state law. Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana were exempt from the statute.

Congress, along with the backing of the NCAA, NFL, NBA and NHL was concerned that sports betting would hurt the "integrity" of the game. "Sports gambling threatens to change the nature of sporting events from wholesome entertainment for all ages to devices for gambling,” Congress said at the time.

What is being challenged?

New Jersey argues the law violates the 10th Amendment’s “anti-commandeering principle,” which limits the degree to which the federal government can compel the states to enforce federal law.

Christie, in legal briefs, argues that: "Never before has congressional power been constructed to allow the federal government to dictate whether or to what extent a state may repeal, lift, or otherwise modulate its own state-law prohibitions on private conduct."

The NCAA and four professional organizations disagree with New Jersey's arguments saying, the law "is a straightforward exercise of Congress’ power to preempt the operation of state laws that conflict with federal policy on matters within Congress’ purview."

Importance of the case: State's rights

John Holden, who has written a friend of the court brief in support of New Jersey, argues that there's more on the line than gambling.

"This case is a lot bigger than sports gambling and more about what a state can do when it doesn’t agree with federal policy preferences," Holden argued.

When will we get a decision?

A decision will be rendered before the close of the court's term in June.

On Monday, some of the justices argued the statute could violate the 10th Amendment.

Justice Stephen Breyer suggested the federal law appears to be "telling states what to do" and that would fall within the definition of “commandeering.”

Chief Justice John Roberts pointed to the phrase “pursuant to the state” as an indication that Congress may have given power to states when it didn’t give the states guidance on how to enforce the law.

"If the state law says you can do it, that's the only situation in which it's illegal," said Roberts. "If the state law doesn't say anything about it, well, feel free, you can do it.”

But Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered a reason for concern.

“So why don't we -- why don't we legalize -- this is a hypothetical -- marijuana because all -- and all drugs, because there's a rampant market out there for those drugs, but we've made a policy choice that we don't want the state involved in promoting that type of enterprise,” she said.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/3/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the latest scores from yesterday's sports events:


Orlando 105, N.Y. Knicks 100
Oklahoma City 90, San Antonio 87
Golden State 123, Miami 95
Minnesota 112, L.A. Clippers 106
Houston 118, L.A. Lakers 95

L.A. Kings 3, Chicago 1
Winnipeg 5, Ottawa 0
Vegas 3, Arizona 2; OT  
Dallas 7, Colorado 2

Miami 35, Denver 9
San Francisco 15, Chicago 14
New England 23, Buffalo 3
N.Y. Jets 38, Kansas City 31
Tennessee 24, Houston 13
Minnesota 14, Atlanta 9
Baltimore 44, Detroit 20
Green Bay 26, Tampa Bay 20; OT  
Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 10
L.A. Chargers 19, Cleveland 10
New Orleans 31, Carolina 21
Oakland 24, N.Y. Giants 17
L.A. Rams 32, Arizona 16
Seattle 24, Philadelphia 10

(3) Michigan St. 86, Nebraska 57
(5) Notre Dame 71, St. Francis Brooklyn 53
(12) Minnesota 89, Rutgers 67
(13) North Carolina 97, Tulane 73
Seton Hall 79,  (17) Louisville  77
UCF 65, (24) Alabama 62

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/2/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:


Boston 116, Phoenix 111
Dallas 108, L.A. Clippers 82
Atlanta 114, Brooklyn 102
Cleveland 116, Memphis 111
Philadelphia 108, Detroit 103
Milwaukee 109, Sacramento 104
Denver 115, L.A. Lakers 100
New Orleans 123, Portland 116

Boston 3, Philadelphia 0
OT Minnesota 2, St. Louis 1
Pittsburgh 5, Buffalo 1
Montreal 10, Detroit 1
Washington 4, Columbus 3
Vancouver 2, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 5, San Jose 2
OT Carolina 3, Florida 2
SO Nashville 3, Anaheim 2
Arizona 5, New Jersey 0
SO Dallas 3, Chicago 2
Edmonton 7, Calgary 5

(1) Clemson 38, (7) Miami 3
(2) Oklahoma 41, (10) TCU 17
(8) Ohio St. 27, (3) Wisconsin 21
(6) Georgia 28, (4) Auburn 7
2OT (12) UCF 62, (16) Memphis 55
Boise St. 17, (25) Fresno St. 14

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