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Saints hammer Panthers 28-10 to end road woes, take NFC South lead

The New Orleans Saints seized command of the NFC South on Thursday night, beating the Carolina Panthers 28-10 to climb into first place at the midpoint of the season. The Saints (4-4) snapped a seven-game regular-season road losing streak with a strong defensive effort that allowed the Panthers (3-5-1) to reach the end zone only once. Saints running back Mark Ingram was a workhorse...
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Report: Thomas Vanek involved in money laundering scandal

According to a report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, current Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek was involved in a money laundering scheme. The report alleges that while a member of the Islanders, Vanek endorsed a pay-check in the amount of $230,000 to Mark Ruff to cover a gambling debt. On Thursday, Ruff pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal gambling and money laundering...
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Padres Decline Josh Johnson’s Option

The Padres announced that they have declined their $4MM club option on right-hander Josh Johnson. As MLB.com’s Corey Brock tweets, the Friars are said to want to work out a lesser deal with Johnson and his representatives at Sosnick/Cobbe Sports. Johnson, 31 in January, signed a one-year, $8MM contract with the Padres last offseason. That deal contained a clause stipulating that...
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Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith, on Nuggets' Kenneth Faried: 'He's a clown ... he fears me'

Josh Smith had a pointed response to Kenneth Faried, calling him a "clown" and saying he "fears me" after the Denver Nuggets power forward said the Detroit Pistons forward shot his team out of a game Wednesday. "I don't respond to nobody that has dreadlocks and plays basketball," Smith said. "I don't respond to people like that. The man...
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Greg Hardy’s trial is continued until after season

As the Panthers continue to play without defensive end Greg Hardy, they may be playing without him even longer than they had thought. Per a league source, Hardy’s jury trial on domestic violence charges has been postponed. It had been set for November 17. A judge previously found Hardy guilty via a preliminary trial so informal that the court doesn’t even create a transcript...
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Flames place Backlund on IR, recall Ferland

You can add the Calgary Flames to the growing list of teams battling the injury bug. Center Mikael Backlund was placed on injured reserve Thursday with an abdominal injury. Its’ the same injury he returned to Calgary, from his native Sweden, with this summer. Backlund joins Mason Raymond (shoulder), Matt Stajan (knee) and Joe Colborne (wrist) as Flames currently injured at the moment.
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Adam Silver Wants To Help Set Rules For Legalized Sports Gambling

In Adam Silver's opinion, the current gambling laws aren't stopping fans from betting on sports -- they're only restricting domestic opportunities. As sports gambling in New Jersey inches closer to a reality, Silver believes now is the time to start accepting the "inevitable" future. The NBA commissioner told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck that he would...
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Chris Johnson: 'It's been frustrating'

During his peak years with the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson welcomed the Monday morning aches and pains. It usually meant a busy and productive Sunday. He longs for those days now. "I don't really play, so I'm never sore," the New York Jets running back told ESPN.com on Thursday. The former 2,000-yard rusher, who carried the ball only three times for 7 yards...
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Rangers GM: MRI on Profar's shoulder came back '95 percent clean'

Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar's ailing shoulder still isn't completely healed, but general manager Jon Daniels remains optimistic he'll be ready to resume baseball activities within the next few months, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Profar missed the entire 2014 season due to a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and the recovery process has...
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LeBron on return: One of biggest games ever

Major League Baseball enjoyed the two greatest words in all of sports with a Game 7 in the World Series on Wednesday, but LeBron James believes his regular-season opener with the Cleveland Cavaliers has the potential to draw even more attention. "For me, I know all of us shouldn't take this moment for granted," James said after shootaround Thursday in advance of the...
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Jonathan Drouin adjusts to drop in playing time, different line

Touted Lightning wing prospect Jonathan Drouin got off to a fast start in his NHL career, often playing on the top line - and up to 20 minutes - during his first four games. But on Tuesday, Drouin, 19, was placed on the fourth line with fellow rookies Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov, logging just 11 minutes, 50 seconds, including no power play time. On Thursday against...
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Cardinals exercise option to bring back Lackey

In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question. In fact, one of the reasons that Lackey was so attractive to the Cardinals at the Trade Deadline is because the Cardinals would inherit a contract that included the team...
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Red Sox Sign Uehara To Two-Year Extension

The Red Sox announced that they have signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that it is a two-year, $18MM contract (Twitter link). Uehara is represented by Mark Pieper of Relativity Sports.
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MGM 'in discussions' with group looking to bring NHL to Las Vegas

It is fairly well documented that there will be a new $350 million arena fit for a major league professional franchise in Las Vegas soon. The ground has already broken, construction is already under way and there's a lot of money behind these efforts. The arena is being built by MGM Resorts International and sports and entertainment superpower AEG, which owns the Los Angeles...
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Angels Exercise Street Option, Decline Burnett Option, Return Moran To Mariners

The Angels have announced a series of transactions (Twitter links). As expected, the team exercised its $7MM option over closer Huston Street while declining a $4.5MM option over reliever Sean Burnett. The Halos also returned Rule 5 lefty Brian Moran to the Mariners after he cleared waivers. Street, 31, was an easy decision. He excelled before and after coming to Los Angeles via...
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Dallas Stars Activate Forward Valeri Nichushkin from I.R., Loaned To Texas On Conditioning Assignment

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve and assigned him to the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), on a conditioning assignment.
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Michael Vick throws so hard, he might have broken his TE's finger vs. Bills

Jets quarterback Michael Vick admitted this week that he's not as athletic as he used to be when he was 24. Vick might not be be able to run as fast as he could 10 years ago, but he still has his fastball, just ask tight end Jeff Cumberland. Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said on Wednesday that Vick threw a pass so hard against the Bills that it broke Cumberland's finger.
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Saints' Mark Ingram likely to test free agency in 2015

Mark Ingram is coming off the best game of his career, breaking tackles and making defenders miss time and time again in the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Green Bay Packers. Coach Sean Payton not only increased Ingram's workload, but also shifted the offense to more base personnel sets, leaning on the ground game to set up Drew Brees' aerial attack. As Ingram...
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Kevin Youkilis retires from baseball

Infielder Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire from baseball after a ten-year major league career, according to a tweet from his agency, Pro Star Management. Youkilis spent the 2014 season in Japan, appearing in 21 games for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. In ten major league seasons with the Red Sox (2004-2012), White Sox (2012) and Yankees (2013), Youkilis posted a lifetime .281/.382...
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Suspended Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon agrees to probation in plea deal

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon entered a plea deal, agreeing to a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and mandatory counseling, instead of a trial that was set to begin in January 2015. Mixon was charged with one misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury for his role in an altercation with another OU student in July. According to the affidavit...
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Gio Bernard could miss next 2 games

The Bengals just can’t seem to get all their weapons on the field at the same time. While Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green began his second straight practice Thursday, running back Giovani Bernard was nowhere to be seen for the second straight day. That would indicate Bernard is going to miss the first game of his two-year NFL career 1 p.m. Sunday against the Jaguars at Paul...
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Kenneth Faried on Josh Smith: ‘He shot them out of the game’

Detroit lost, 89-79. How did the Nuggets turn their fortunes? Kenneth Faried, via the Nuggets’ official website: Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting. And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game. Right now, all of the Pistons’ future opponents are telling Faried: “Shhhhh.” If Smith ever gets wise to why opponents leave him open...
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Royals' Yost wants to manager for 2-3 more seasons

A loss in Game 7 of the World Series hasn't extinguished the fire Ned Yost has to manage. The Kansas City Royals manager addressed the media on Thursday, and while still contemplating what could have been, the 60-year-old told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he still would like to manage for two or three more seasons.
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Sources: Maddon, Cubs on verge of contract

The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of hiring Joe Maddon as manager, as first reported by CBSSports.com. Two sources familiar with the situation confirmed the agreement to ESPN's Jim Bowden. However, three team sources told ESPN's Buster Olney a deal is not yet in place, though they say one is expected. Major League Baseball is sensitive to teams making major announcements...
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Michael Jordan deserves credit for Hornets' buzz

Say a person started a new career four years ago. Odds are he is better at the job now. Through trial and error, experience and focusing on the keys to running a successful NBA team on and off the court, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan acknowledged he's a better owner today than he when he first became majority owner. "I always considered myself an owner that was...
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