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FREE AGENT SPORTS NEWS - NOVEMBER 2014

Lakers Save $4.85 Million On Nash
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageThe Los Angeles Lakers have been granted a $4.85 million disabled player exception by the NBA for Steve Nash, who is out for the season with a back injury, league sources told ESPN.com.

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LeBron Believes Violence Is Not Answer To Ferguson Dispute
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageINDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James said the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, "hit home for me" and spoke out about the violent aftermath of the announcement Monday night.

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Steph Curry Leads Warriors Over Heat With 40 Points
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageMIAMI -- So much for Stephen Curry's mini-shooting slump. Curry scored 40 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

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RG III Benched
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageThe Washington Redskins will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III at quarterback on Sunday against the Colts, coach Jay Gruden confirmed during a conference call with Indianapolis reporters Wednesday.

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Ballot Out For 2015 Hall Of Fame
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

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Sherman & Baldwin Speak Mind With Parody
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageRENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Doug Baldwin did a parody in front of reporters Tuesday, making a point of criticizing the NFL over fining teammate Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for not talking to the media.

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Red Sox Doing Whatever It Takes To Resign Lester
espn.go.com | November 26, 2014
imageBOSTON -- Boston Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said Tuesday that the team remains "hopeful" of re-signing pitcher Jon Lester and indicated a willingness to exceed the $189 million luxury tax threshold as part of that pursuit.

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Ramirez and Red Sox Make Deal
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageThe Boston Red Sox agreed with Hanley Ramirez on Monday on a four-year, $88 million deal with a vesting fifth year for an additional $22 million, according to a major league source. Ramirez, who will turn 31 on Dec. 23, has primarily played shortstop throughout his 10-year career but has also told teams he would be willing to change positions.

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3rd Kicker This Season For Broncos
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos waived kicker Brandon McManus on Tuesday and replaced him with veteran Connor Barth. Barth, 28, hasn't kicked in a regular-season game since the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not play in 2013 after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon (his kicking leg) in a charity basketball game to benefit the Wilmington (North Carolina) Police Recreation Association.

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Hernandez Trial Delayed
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageBOSTON -- A judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men after his lawyer said Hernandez's defense team is busy trying to prepare for his trial in a 2013 killing.

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Xavier Henry Out For Season, Torn Achilles
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageEl SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers reserve swingman Xavier Henry will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles, the Lakers announced on Monday. Henry suffered the injury during practice, and an MRI confirmed it shortly thereafter. "Results revealed a completely torn Achilles," a source told ESPN.com. Henry is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday morning with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

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Cavs Finally Get On Winning Track
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageCLEVELAND -- After a blunt assessment of his play at the team's shoot around, LeBron James responded with a dominant performance. James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The Cavaliers were coming off an 0-4 week in which James' numbers were down, causing him to say Monday morning, "I stink."

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Help On The Way For OKC
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageThe injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder might have the second-lowest winning percentage in the NBA, but help could be on the way as both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant could return Friday, according to the Oklahoman. The Thunder's star duo practiced with the team Monday for the first time since both went down to injury. "They did participate and looked good," coach Scott Brooks said.

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Rangers Want Braves' Justin Upton
espn.go.com | November 25, 2014
imageThe Texas Rangers have inquired about trading for Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton, according to a source. With the Rangers planning on moving left fielder Shin-Soo Choo to right field, they need another corner outfielder with power. Last season, Upton played in a career-high 154 games and hit .270 while also setting career highs in home runs (29) and RBIs (102).

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Kevin Durant Adds Endorsement Deal
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageKevin Durant hasn't yet played this season as he recovers from a broken bone in his foot, but the Oklahoma City Thunder forward continues to make moves off the court. On Thursday, Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast-food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first athlete ambassador.

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Pablo Sandoval Headed To Boston
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageThe Boston Red Sox have an agreement in place with free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, sources confirmed to ESPN. CBSSports.com had earlier reported the agreement, which comes on the heels of Boston's reported deal with free-agent infielder Hanley Ramirez. Fox Sports is reporting that the Red Sox and Ramirez are finalizing a five-year, $90 million contract.

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Portland Extends Win Streak To 7
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageBOSTON -- LaMarcus Aldridge likes the attitude the Portland Trail Blazers have during this winning streak. Aldridge had 20 points and 14 rebounds, reserve Chris Kaman scored 16 points and the Trail Blazers extended their streak to seven games with a 94-88 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

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After Surgery, No Timetable For Return For Dwight
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageHOUSTON -- There is no timetable for Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard's return after he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat his strained right knee, coach Kevin McHale said before Saturday night's 95-92 win against the Dallas Mavericks.

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More "Uncle Drew" To Come
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
image"Uncle Drew" is coming back to get more buckets. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who transformed himself into old basketball playing legend "Uncle Drew" for three webisodes sponsored by Pepsi Max, has signed on to make more.

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Patriots Gray Apologizes For Missing Workouts On Friday
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageA week after rushing for 201 yards, New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray didn't play in Sunday's 34-9 victory against the Detroit Lions after he didn't report to the team's facility on time Friday.

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Tom Benson Pledges To Donate $11 Million to Hall Of Fame
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageMETAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has pledged $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is the largest contribution by any individual in the Hall's 51-year history, the Hall of Fame said in a statement.

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No. 42 Retired In All Sports At UCLA Honoring Jackie Robinson
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imagePASADENA, Calif. -- UCLA is honoring Jackie Robinson by retiring the former four-sport athlete's iconic No. 42 for all of its athletic teams. The school announced the honor Saturday night during the Bruins' football game against USC.

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TY Dedicates TD to New Born Daughter
espn.go.com | November 24, 2014
imageINDIANAPOLIS -- Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton followed through with a touchdown for his newborn daughter. Hilton caught a 73-yard touchdown from Andrew Luck in the third quarter Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Once he got into the end zone, the receiver cradled the football as if it was his baby daughter.

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Rob Manfred Commissioner For Next 5 Years
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imageKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Selig spoke at the conclusion of two days of meetings in Kansas City, where owners discussed a variety of issues that included pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives.

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Pitch Clock Being Implemented Into MLB?
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imagePHOENIX -- When Mark Appel was pitching at Stanford, coach Mark Marquess occasionally dusted off a time-honored baseball principle to remind the Cardinal players that no lead was big enough to feel safe and no deficit too overwhelming to overcome. "He would always say, 'There's no clock in this game' -- meaning, 'The game is never over. If you're up by 10 runs, you can't run out the clock. You're still going to have to get the final three outs," Appel said.

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Jets and Bills Will Play In Detroit On Monday Night
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imageThe NFL has moved the New York Jets-Buffalo Bills game to 7 p.m. ET on Monday at Ford Field in Detroit. The game previously was scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, but the NFL announced earlier Thursday that it would be moved as another storm brought the area's paralyzing three-day snowfall total to at least 6 feet.

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Friendly Rivalry Between Pierce and LeBron
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imageWASHINGTON -- Paul Pierce believes his contentious rivalry with LeBron James is borne out of competitive respect more than any dislike for each other over the years. "I think a lot of it is really misunderstood," Pierce said Thursday. "If I see LeBron walking down the street, it's not going to be no fistfight. I've got a lot of respect for him. It's like fighting for the same girl..."

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Big Money For The King's Jersey
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imageA jersey worn by LeBron James during the second half of his regular season return to Cleveland last month sold for $50,040 on Thursday night. The jersey, auctioned by the NBA, was used by James on Oct. 30, for the Cavaliers' season opener against the New York Knicks.

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Raiders End Losing Streak
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imageOAKLAND, Calif. -- After 368 days and 16 straight losses, the Oakland Raiders finally had something to celebrate. Rookie Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining, and the Raiders got one last defensive stop to snap a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

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Stomach Virus Affecting Grizzlies
espn.go.com | November 21, 2014
imageMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Seven members of the Memphis Grizzlies now are dealing with a stomach virus, and their status is uncertain for Friday's game with the Boston Celtics. The Grizzlies announced Thursday that guards Tony Allen, Courtney Lee and Beno Udrih, forwards Jon Leuer and Jarnell Stokes, center Kosta Koufos and guard/forward Quincy Pondexter all are ill and are questionable for the Boston game.

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Lester Heading Back To Boston?
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageBOSTON -- The Red Sox made a contract offer to free-agent pitcher Jon Lester when he met with the team's owners earlier this week and are also preparing to make an offer to free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to major league sources.

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Ben Tate Acquired By Vikings
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageThe Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns. In claiming Tate, the Vikings owe him $352,941 for 2014 in guaranteed base salary, plus another $46,875 for each game that he is on the 46-man game-day roster. His 2015 salary is not guaranteed.

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Blount Is Returning To New England
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageFree-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday, the team announced. The deal is for two years and is worth the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source.

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Jeff Taylor Suspended 24 Games Due To Domestic Violence Charge
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed and will sit out an additional 13, which is slightly more than one-fourth of the league's 82-game schedule.

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Citi Field's Dimensions Changing Again
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Citi Field will be more homer-friendly next season. For the second time since the ballpark debuted in 2009, the New York Mets are significantly tweaking the dimensions to their home stadium. General manager Sandy Alderson, who unveiled the revised dimensions Tuesday, indicated the Mets would have hit 17 additional homers and opponents would have hit 10 additional homers had those dimensions been in place last season.

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Durant Continues To Rack Up Endorsements
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageKevin Durant hasn't yet played this season as he recovers from a broken bone in his foot, but the Oklahoma City Thunder forward continues to make moves off the court. On Thursday, Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast-food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first athlete ambassador.

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Emotional Tip-Off as Toronto Shows Video Tribute To Vince Carter
espn.go.com | November 20, 2014
imageIt was a moment that held the potential to outshine a showdown between the NBA's top teams, with the East-leading Toronto Raptors hosting the West-leading Memphis Grizzlies. But the Raptors took the chance anyway as part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, airing a video tribute for Vince Carter, who was in town playing for the Grizzlies in his 17th NBA season.

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Russell Martin Signs $82 Million Deal with Blue Jays
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageVeteran catcher Russell Martin finalized a five-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Toronto announced the deal Tuesday, a day after Martin took a physical. He gets $7 million next year, $15 million in 2016 and $20 million in each of the final three seasons.

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Bills Still Plan To Play Sunday After Tundra Of Snow
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageDespite over four feet of snow already dumped on the area this week and another foot or more expected, the Buffalo Bills are still preparing to play Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium as scheduled.

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Blount Cut After Leaving Titans Game Early
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageThe Steelers wasted little time in getting rid of LeGarrette Blount, releasing the veteran running back less than 24 hours after he left the field before the end of Pittsburgh's victory Monday against the Titans.

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Delonte West Cut By Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageAfter playing in just four games for the Shanghai Sharks, former NBA point guard Delonte West is again looking for a new job after he was released. West, who last played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks in 2012, had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Sharks worth nearly $500,000 that could have reached $1 million with incentives. The Sharks are owned by former NBA star Yao Ming.

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Mark Cuban Feels Very Strongly About Lakers Lack Of Success
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageIn a local radio interview Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't hold back when discussing the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, saying, "Personally, I just hope they suck forever."

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A's Aquire Billy Butler
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageFree agent designated hitter Billy Butler has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Oakland Athletics. The team announced the deal Wednesday. The A's weren't willing to wait given that A's general manager Billy Beane expects the pool of available hitters to dwindle in a hurry.

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Jason Collins Retires From NBA
espn.go.com | November 19, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports when he played for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets last season, announced Wednesday his retirement from the league.

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Cardinals Acquire Star Outfielder Jason Heyward
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageATLANTA -- Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the future of the game by Hank Aaron.

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Bye Bye Ben Tate
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageThe Cleveland Browns have waived running back Ben Tate, the team announced Tuesday. Tate had just two carries for minus-9 yards in last weekend's loss after complaining earlier in the week about the number of carries he was getting in the Browns' three-running back rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.

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Bulls Improve To 6-0 on Road
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageLOS ANGELES -- Taj Gibson stole the ball from Jamal Crawford and passed to Jimmy Butler, who sank a 17-footer, got fouled and made the free throw with two-tenths of a second left in the first half.

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Peterson Gone Until 2015 Season
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageAdrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of this season. The NFL announced its highly anticipated ruling Tuesday morning, stating that the Minnesota Vikings' star running back will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

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Corey Brewer being Looked at by Rockets and Cavs
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageThe Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources.

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Mega Deal Is Done Between Marlins and Stanton; $325 million
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageMIAMI -- The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won't be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It's the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season, or $154,321 per game.

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Grizzlies Take #1 Spot Alone In NBA
espn.go.com | November 18, 2014
imageMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- For a night, the Houston Rockets' new defensive mindset was blown up completely, leading to a blowout by the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies dominated a showdown between the teams with the NBA's best records, running away from the Rockets in a 119-93 victory on Monday night.

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Busy Off-season for Kershaw Thus Far
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageLos Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw picked up Cy Young and MVP awards this week, the first National League pitcher to do so in a season since Bob Gibson in 1968.

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Packers Continue Their Montage Against Opponents
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageGREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers handed off to Eddie Lacy, turned and started jogging to the sideline before his running back had crossed the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown. It was as if the Green Bay quarterback knew what was going to happen.

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Drastic Day For Broncos In St. Louis
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageST. LOUIS -- The Denver Broncos' trip to this city has been a painful one. Tight end Julius Thomas, running back Montee Ball and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders all suffered injuries in a 22-7 loss to the Rams.

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Rockets Play Terrible But Still Find A Way To Win
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageOKLAHOMA CITY -- The Houston Rockets prepared for Monday night's showdown with the gritty Memphis Grizzlies with one of the NBA's ugliest games in years. James Harden scored 19 points, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 69-65 on Sunday night.

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Garnett Plans To Own Timberwolves After Career
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageBrooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett has sky-high ambitions for his post-playing days. Garnett told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday that he would like to become the owner of his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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USA Finally Beats Japan
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageTOKYO -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer and Chris Capuano pitched five strong innings Sunday as the MLB All-Stars beat Japan 6-1 for the first win of their five-game postseason tour.

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Rudy Gay and Kings Make A Deal
espn.go.com | November 17, 2014
imageThe Sacramento Kings have agreed to a three-year contract extension with forward Rudy Gay, sources told ESPN.com. The contract will pay Gay $40 million and includes an opt-out clause before the 2017-18 season, Yahoo! Sports first reported. Gay is currently in the final year of a contract that is paying him $19.3 million this season.

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Trout Youngest Player To Win MVP By Unanimous Vote
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageLos Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the unanimous 2014 American League MVP on Thursday night. Trout finished second in MVP voting both of his first two seasons, losing to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. He joins Mickey Mantle as the only players who finished as MVP runner-up in consecutive seasons before winning in the following season.

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Adam Silver Encourages Legalization of Gambling
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageNBA commissioner Adam Silver wants the United States to get with the times in regard to sports betting. In an op-ed posted Thursday on the New York Times website, Silver pointed to Europe's legal sports betting market and wrote that Congress "should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards."

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"Hamstring Injury Is Minor" Says Rose
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageTORONTO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will be re-evaluated Friday after he injured his left hamstring late in Thursday night's 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors. Rose did not return to the game but did not seem too concerned about the injury.

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Mavs Score 73 At Half, And Beat Sixers By 53
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageDALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks had no need for another big comeback when playing the NBA's only winless team. This time, the Mavs built a big early lead that kept growing until they had their largest victory ever, 123-70 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

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Marshall Bets Detroit Fan $25,000 to Box Him
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageBrandon Marshall's Twitter back-and-forth with a Detroit Lions fan Thursday morphed into a $25,000 challenge from the receiver to step into the ring. A Lions fan reminded Marshall of his comment last November when he referred to the Lions as "little brother" of the Chicago Bears, in addition to insulting the receiver's mother.

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Cutler Understands He Has To Be Better In Order To Win
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler agreed with coach Marc Trestman's assertion that he needs to play better, and admitted "you can definitely feel the pressure" mounting at Halas Hall from the team's disappointing 3-6 start. "We have to get better, I have to get better," Cutler said. "That's just kind of the focus right now, finding every little thing I can get better at to try to win a ballgame."

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Stanton Biggest Deal Ever!?
espn.go.com | November 14, 2014
imageSlugger Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins are discussing a long-term contract in the $300 million range, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. FoxSports.com first reported terms of the deal. The Marlins have made locking up Stanton a priority this offseason, with president of baseball operations Mike Hill saying earlier this week that the team had begun discussions with agent Joel Wolfe regarding an agreement with the All-Star right fielder.

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Brady Looking Up To Luck??
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows his focus is on the Indianapolis Colts' defense leading into Sunday night's clash between the teams, but as a veteran at the position, he can also appreciate the excellence of Andrew Luck.

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Rookie Taveras Was Intoxicated At Time Of Accident
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month in his Caribbean homeland, an official in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday.

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Kershaw Claims 3rd Cy Young Award in 4 years
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageLos Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award for the third time. Kershaw, who also won the award in 2011 and 2013, went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA this past season, leading the Dodgers (94-68) to their second straight NL West title. Kershaw was baseball's most dominant pitcher despite missing over a month with a back injury.

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No Football For The James Household
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageLeBron James told ESPN.com on Friday that he does not let his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, play football. When asked whether the reason for his decision was the health dangers related to football, James replied, "Yes."

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Every NBA Player On All-Star Ballot Now
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- The NBA is expanding the All-Star ballot to include all players, and pushing back the start of voting so fans can better consider their choices. Voting for the Feb. 15 game in New York will open Dec. 11. It traditionally began this week, when teams aren't even 10 games into their seasons.

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Rockets Improve to 7-1 In Mexico City
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageMEXICO CITY -- Feeling better after missing his first game of the season because of a flu-like virus, Dwight Howard promised to put on a show for his Mexican fans. And he delivered.

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Dez on contract talks: 'Don't test my loyalty'
espn.go.com | November 13, 2014
imageIRVING, Texas -- Dez Bryant says he would prefer to retire as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but feeling respected by the franchise he plays for is a higher priority for the Pro Bowl receiver.

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Kawhi Leonard Wants To Be A Spur Forever
espn.go.com | November 12, 2014
imageSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, having scored 47 total points in back-to-back wins, is quite comfortable with where he is and where he'll be despite not getting a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

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Most Career Missed Shots? Kobe Bryant
espn.go.com | November 12, 2014
imageMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Kobe Bryant made history Tuesday, setting the NBA record for missed field goals. The Los Angeles Lakers star set the mark with 6:22 left in the fourth quarter of a 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He missed a 14-foot fadeaway jumper from the left side, giving him 13,418 career missed field goals, one more than Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek.

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Dirk Is Now The Top International Scorer Of All Time
espn.go.com | November 12, 2014
imageDALLAS - No international player has scored more points in the NBA than Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki, the native of Wurzburg, Germany, and face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise, moved past Nigerian-born Hakeem Olajuwon into ninth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list Tuesday night.

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Anthony Davis Ready To Take Thrown From The King
espn.go.com | November 11, 2014
imageTonight, Anthony Davis and LeBron James will meet in Cleveland, when Davis' New Orleans Pelicans face James' Cleveland Cavaliers. That might not be the last time their paths intersect in the near future, and not only in terms of the return matchup Dec. 12 in the Big Easy.

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Rose Back In Action
espn.go.com | November 11, 2014
imageCHICAGO -- After missing so many games over the past three seasons because of various injuries, and missing four of the previous five games because of sprained ankles, Derrick Rose decided to let his play speak for itself.

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LeBron Being LeBron Again
espn.go.com | November 11, 2014
imageCLEVELAND -- LeBron James wanted so badly to give back to Cleveland fans after he played poorly in his emotion-laced home opener. They deserved something. On Monday night, he delivered a belated gift.

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Kawhi Leonard's Vision Is Still Blurry
espn.go.com | November 10, 2014
imageSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who battled conjunctivitis during the preseason, says his vision still hasn't returned to normal. "My right eye, the vision's not all the way back yet," Leonard told the San Antonio Express News. "Hopefully I can heal up soon. I've just got to keep competing so I can get used to it and get my rhythm going."

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Lakers Finally Get A Win
espn.go.com | November 10, 2014
imageLOS ANGELES -- Purple and gold streamers descended from the ceiling and fans were on their feet applauding at the end. The Los Angeles Lakers finally won a game after five straight losses to open the season. "I know the city probably feels good about it," said Byron Scott, who got his first victory as Lakers coach after they rallied to beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-92 on Sunday night.

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Rookie Marcus Smart Out 2-3 Weeks With Sprained Ankle
espn.go.com | November 10, 2014
imageThe Boston Celtics announced Saturday that rookie guard Marcus Smart suffered a sprained ankle and bone bruise Friday and is expected to miss two to three weeks. For the Celtics, it's encouraging news given how severe the injury looked in the moment. Smart's left ankle turned awkwardly after he stepped on the foot of Indiana's Lavoy Allen while driving to the basket early in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' victory over the Pacers.

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Brett Gardner Will be 100% for Training Camp After Surgery
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner had surgery to repair a core muscle near his ribs, the team announced Wednesday. The procedure on his right rectus abdominis muscle took place Oct. 16 and has a recovery period of four weeks, meaning Gardner should be fine for his regular offseason program by next week.

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Trout, McCutchen, and Desmond Win 3rd Straight Silver Slugger
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Washington's Ian Desmond have won their third straight Silver Slugger Awards. Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and Houston second baseman Jose Altuve were among eight first-time winners announced Thursday by Louisville Slugger, which presents the annual honors following voting by major league managers and coaches for the top hitter in each league at every position.

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Sandoval Wants To Be A Giant For A Long Time
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageSAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are planning their offseason around efforts to re-sign Pablo Sandoval. General manager Brian Sabean and his staff have told free-agent starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong that the World Series champions need time to try to strike a deal with Sandoval before turning their attention to the mound or any other position.

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Romo Is Probable Against Jags In London
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageLONDON -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went through a full practice Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, making it a virtual certainty he will start. Romo, who has two transverse process fractures in his back, went through a limited practice Thursday. He said he felt better as the practice went on, but there was some soreness.

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Beautiful Night In Cincinnati For Leah Still
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageCINCINNATI -- The star of the Browns-Bengals game Thursday night was Leah Still, the courageous 4-year-old daughter of Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still. Fans at Paul Brown Stadium roared between the first and second quarters as the Bengals honored Leah, who's battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer.

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Jerry Rice is Impressed With Antonio Brown's Play
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imagePORTLAND, Ore. -- First, the Trail Blazers held LeBron James to just 11 points. Two nights later they held Dirk Nowitzki to 17. And just like that, Portland is pointing to an improved defense for two key wins.

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Portland Surpasses Dallas With Late Surge
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imagePORTLAND, Ore. -- First, the Trail Blazers held LeBron James to just 11 points. Two nights later they held Dirk Nowitzki to 17. And just like that, Portland is pointing to an improved defense for two key wins.

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Lebron Needs Irving To Be A Point Guard
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageLeBron James and Kyrie Irving exchanged words in the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room following the team's 19-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, and it led to Irving leaving quickly without speaking to the media, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

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Howard Leads Rockets To 6-0
espn.go.com | November 7, 2014
imageHOUSTON -- Heading into a game with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale had his eye on a few matchups. A specific one was getting Dwight Howard in the post. The plan worked.

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Warriors Remain One Of Few Unbeaten In West
espn.go.com | November 6, 2014
imageOAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob smiled as he approached Stephen Curry in the locker room, shook his star guard's hand and asked a question that needed no reply.

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D-League Takes Away "Hack-a-Shaq"
espn.go.com | November 6, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- The NBA Development League is giving coaches the chance to challenge calls but effectively taking away their ability to use the so-called "Hack-a-Shaq" system of intentional fouling.

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Gordon Hayward Steals The Show
espn.go.com | November 6, 2014
imageSALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward prides himself on his self-control. After hitting a step-back, game-winning jumper at the buzzer, he couldn't help himself. He let out all his emotion in a celebratory frenzy.

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Rose Still Out, Whats New?
espn.go.com | November 5, 2014
imageCHICAGO -- Bulls point guard Derrick Rose sat out Tuesday night's 98-90 win over the Orlando Magic. Rose had gone through all of Tuesday's shootaround and was expected to play, with coach Tom Thibodeau saying he was probable. However, he was ruled out about a half-hour before the game after taking part in warm-ups.

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Lebron Will Not Allow Selfishness
espn.go.com | November 5, 2014
imagePORTLAND, Ore. -- Part of the development process for any new team is having individuals willing to make sacrifices for the good of the group. When it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they'll have LeBron James policing that process to make sure it occurs.

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Kobe Mentors Durant During Injury
espn.go.com | November 5, 2014
imageAfter suffering the first significant injury of his career, Kevin Durant got some advice from another superstar forced to grow used to watching his team from the bench -- Kobe Bryant.

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Martin Uses $15,000 Gesture
espn.go.com | November 4, 2014
imageMINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA has fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin $15,000 for what the league called an "obscene gesture" during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls.

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Memphis Continues To Be Stout At Home
espn.go.com | November 4, 2014
imageMEMPHIS -- The New Orleans Pelicans discovered that the Memphis Grizzlies defense was as tough as advertised The Pelicans were averaging 102.5 points and shooting 42 percent entering Monday night's game, but the Grizzlies -- the NBA's top defensive unit -- limited New Orleans to 34 percent shooting in a 93-81 loss to Memphis.

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Rockets Title Contender?
espn.go.com | November 4, 2014
imagePHILADELPHIA -- Play time is over, Houston. The Rockets are off to their best start since 1996 thanks in part to a lightweight schedule. Up next, games against NBA finalists Miami and San Antonio that will serve as an early-season proving ground for a team with designs on playing deep into the postseason.

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Ricky Rubio Gets Payed!!
espn.go.com | November 3, 2014
imageWith three hours to go before the midnight deadline Friday, Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to terms on a contract extension, the team announced.

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Melo Conquers Another Milestone
espn.go.com | November 3, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Before forcing his way to New York, Carmelo Anthony recalled how he marveled at the numbers that Denver Nuggets teammate Allen Iverson had posted in his career.

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Heat First Place In The East?
espn.go.com | November 3, 2014
imageMIAMI -- So much for Miami needing time to find its way with a rebuilt roster. The Heat are the last unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference. Chris Bosh scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 19 points and Miami beat Toronto 107-102 on Sunday night, the 16th straight win for the Heat over the Raptors.

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Cavs Keep Their Brazilian Centerpiece
espn.go.com | November 3, 2014
imageCLEVELAND -- Best known for his wild hair and hustle, Anderson Varejao's heart and hard work got him a new contract with the Cavaliers.

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Thunder in Trouble With Batman and Robin both sidelined
espn.go.com | November 3, 2014
imageOklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair the broken bone in his right hand Saturday and will be sidelined at least four weeks.

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Splash Brother is $70 million richer
espn.go.com | November 3, 2014
imageThe Golden State Warriors have agreed to a contract extension with shooting guard Klay Thompson. "I knew there was going to be a lot of money on the table, but I play this game because I really do love it,"

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