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Olympic schedule for Sunday Feb. 23, 2014 from Sochi, TV times with Results

Two weeks have led to this. The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia will come to a close. Three medal events will take place prior to the closing ceremony of the games. Coverage of the Men’s four-man bobsled, Men’s Cross Country Mass Start and the gold medal hockey game between Canada and Sweden will all take place prior to the closing ceremony. Tireball Sports will again...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready for Daytona 500 in new National Guard paint scheme (Photos)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to win a race in 2013 but ironically in a system that places an emphasis on winning, would have been crowed the champion under the new 2014 format. All that means nothing. The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports is ready for his 16th season at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level. Earnhardt is a 19 race winner at the Cup level who has twice...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon ready for Daytona 500 in new Drive to End Hunger paint scheme (Photos)

Jeff Gordon has 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins dating back to his debut at the end of the 1992 season. With four Winston Cup championships Gordon says he would retire if he could finally get one that Sprint Cup on it. Gordon, 42, will again be heavily sponsored by AARP’s Drive to End Hunger. As you can tell the car is more or less unchanged from last season, with the exception...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Landon Cassill lands associate sponsor for Daytona 500

Landon Cassill will compete in the Daytona 500 on Sunday with Fuhu serving as an associate sponsor for the No. 40  Chevrolet.   “Fuhu creates high-quality products that are both innovative and family friendly. As the father of a young daughter, this means a lot to me,” Cassill said. Cassill was able to race his way into the Daytona 500 and will donate 5 percent of his winnings...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke not excited for games in Australia

getty The Major League Baseball season begins in Australia this season. One player not excited about this is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. “I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it,” Greinke told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “There just isn’t any excitement to it. I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.” One of the biggest problems players have...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Bailey signs minor league deal with Yankees

getty images Andrew Bailey has accepted a minor league offer from the New York Yankees. The deal between the Yankees and Bailey is loaded with incentives which could bring its value to $2.5 million according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. When Bailey reaches to the big leagues, he’ll make a prorated base salary of $1.975 million, plus the incentives. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Knicks: Tyson Chandler to play though thigh injury

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler will play though a thigh injury on Saturday night. Knicks coach Mike Woodson says Chandler was hurt yesterday but will play against the Atlanta Hawks. Woodson says Chandler took a blow to the thigh yesterday, and is hurting a bit, but will play. — Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 22, 2014 In 31 games, Chandler has 8.6 PPG, 8, RPG and 1...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WWE Elimination Chamber PPV, Start Time, How to watch and Match List

The last pay-per-view before WrestleMania XXX is Sunday night’s Elimination Chamber. The main event features six Superstars fighting one another inside the confines of the elimination chamber. Randy Orton will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Daniel Bryan, Christian, John Cena, Sheamus and Cesaro. Of course there is plenty of other matches schedule to take...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves: Jonny Venters read to throw from mound, still months away

On Sunday Jonny Venter will throw from a mound for the first time since under going his second Tommy John surgery. The Atlanta Braves’ left handed relief pitcher is not expected back at the big league level until late May. If Venters is able to return to form it would be a big plus for the Braves bullpen. In 230 big league games Venters owns 258 strikeouts, 2.23 ERA and a 1.24...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Flowers enters spring as top catcher for White Sox

The Chicago White Sox will enter spring training with Tyler Flowers atop the depth chart at catcher. White Sox manager Robin Ventura told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin that Flowers was the team’s No. 1 catcher but stopped short of saying the job was his to lose. this point. He’s always possessed impressive power, but struggled mightily to the tune of .195/.247/.355 with 10 homers...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies keeping Carlos Gonzalez in left field, holding tryout for center

Carlos Gonzalez will not make the move to center field this season. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that the team would hold a tryout for the position while Gonzalez would remain in left. The Rockies will allow Drew Stubbs, Brandon Barnes and Corey Dickerson to compete for the starting job in center this spring. #Rockies manager Walt Weiss says...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Regan Smith leads Nationwide Series points after Daytona, Full driver Standings

Regan Smith will leave Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Nationwide Series point lead. The driver of the No. 7 car won the season opening race is currently six points ahead of second place Trevor Bayne. WINNER: Regan Smith wins at Daytona The next Nationwide Series race will be next week at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Full NASCAR Nationwide Series Standings...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Regan Smith wins DRIVE4COPD 300, Full Nationwide Series Results from Daytona

The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race this season was won by Regan Smith in the No. 7 Chevrolet just ahead of Brad Keselowski in the No. 22. Saturday’s race at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway began with Dylan Kwasniewski on the pole. Early in the race Matt Kenseth made contact on pit road damaging the right front of his car. Dale Earnhardt Jr. operating on a different...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bills willing to use franchise tag on Jairus Byrd again

getty images The Buffalo Bills are willing to use the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd for the second year in a row reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. While the Bills have been trying to re-sign Byrd they could always use the tag on him for a second straight year. Doing so would earn Byrd a salary around $8.3 million. It could give the two sides a chance to work out an extension...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons meeting with Roddy White about extension

The Atlanta Falcons are meeting with Roddy White’s agents to talk about a contract extension. White, 32, is entering the final year of his current contract. He’s set to make $6.34 million but the Falcons may want to lock him up to a team friendly deal that provides them some additional cap space. The Falcons will meet with the agents for Roddy White later today to talk possible...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Hardwick could return to Chargers for 2014

The San Diego Chargers could have center Nick Hardwick back for the 2014 season. Hardwick, 32, had been considering retirement but appears ready to return for one more season. The veteran leader of the offensive line has not missed a game since 2009. He’s set to make $3.4 million in salary but his $6.4 million cap hit makes him a candidate for a release by the Chargers. They could...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

United States 1 sits fourth after two runs of four-man Bobsled, Full Results

Four runs down the track will decide the winner of the four-man bobsled event. After two runs on Saturday in Sochi, United States 1 is sitting in fourth place. The final two runs will take place on Sunday. United States 1 piloted by Steven Holcomb which includes Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton, and Christopher Fogt was second after their first run but dropped to fourth after their...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The most bizarre National Anthem performance ever

Madison Rising sang the National Anthem before the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. Once performed, many on Twitter were quick to voice their opinions on the rendition. When I asked what fans thought, the split was 80% said they found it “disrespectful” and “horrible.” The other 20% said they liked it, and...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia to have test on shoulder

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia is heading back to St. Louis after experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder. Garcia is working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2013. “His shoulder is just not feeling quite right,” said Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, via USA Today. “He hasn’t felt right quite the last 48 hours. From a medical standpoint, no one...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ted Ligety fails to medal in Men’s Slalom, Full Olympic Results

United States skier Ted Ligety failed to win a medal in he Men’s Slalom on Saturday after he could not complete his second run down the course. Ligety, 29, won a gold medal in the Men’s Giant Slalom on Wednesday. The Salt Lake City, UT native was sixth following his first of two runs but ran into trouble on his second and did not finish. Austria’s Mario Matt and Marcel Hirscher...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants sign Tyler Colvin to minor league deal

The San Francisco Giants signed outfielder Tyler Colvin to a minor league contract on Saturday. Colvin, 28, will also receive an invitation to spring training after spending almost all of the 2013 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Giants plan to have Colvin compete for a reserve role this season. If nothing else he offers the team some depth. In parts of five big league seasons...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Reed battling stomach virus, Buescher cleared to step in if needed

Ryan Reed will start the NASCAR Nationwide Series  Drive4COPD300 in the 39th position after crashing during qualifying on Friday. There is some concern that Reed may not be able to complete the entire race after spending most of the morning in the infield care center battling either a stomach virus, or food poisoning. He has been receiving  IV fluids to help him recover faster...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles sign outfielder Nelson Cruz to one-year deal

The Baltimore Orioles have signed outfielder Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal worth $8 million. Cruz had to wait until late February to land a contract after being linked to multiple teams since the start of free agency. The outfielder missed the last 50 games of the regular season for the Texas Rangers after being suspended for PEDs. Nelson Cruz and #Orioles agree 1 year $8 million...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Teddy Bridgewater will not throw at NFL combine

Teddy Bridgewater will not throw at the NFL combine on Sunday. League sources have said that the Louisville quarterback will join Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel in waiting to throw at their Pro Days. One quarterback still scheduled to throw is UCF’s Blake Bortles. It’s becoming common for the top quarterbacks in the draft to avoid throwing at the NFL combine. Quarterbacks are...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NASCAR Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin sits on top

Week #: Preseason       2014 NASCAR POWER RANKING BROUGHT TO YOU BY TIREBALL SPORTS                         RANK DRIVER WINS TOP 5′s CHANGE +/- HIGH/LOW    COMMENTS     1 Denny Hamlin 0 0 0/0 Denny Hamlin won both the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duel #2. He Is coming off a win at the season finale at Homestead. Hamlin also...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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