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Ryan Dempster retires to join Cubs front office

Pitcher Ryan Dempster did not play in 2014 choosing to sit out rather than pitch though neck issues. Now the 37-year-old is calling it a career in order to join the front office of the Cubs. Dempster pitched for the Cubs from 2004-2012. A decision for Dempster to retire does not seem all too surprisingly given that he sat out all of last season on his own account. He was just 8...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chiefs ready to feed Jamaal Charles as stretch run approaches

Running back Jamaal Charles was held to just 14 touches a week ago in a loss to the Broncos. Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson says that is something that much change as the season nears its end. “These last couple of games we’ve gotten into situations where we’ve been behind, and we had to play catchup, and you end up throwing the ball, so touches are going to go...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle Busch gets new crew chief as JGR restacks for 2015

Matt Kenseth will have Jason Ratcliff as his crew chief again in 2015. The rest of Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver/crew chief combinations will change. Most notable will be the promotion of Adam Stevens from the No. 54 Xfinity Series team to the role of Kyle Busch’s crew chief in the Cup Series. Busch’s former crew chief Dave Rodgers will slide over to the No. 11 car driven by Denny...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dez Bryant on sideline antics: “I don’t give a who films it”

Winning on losing Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is often animated on the sidelines. The cameras follow Bryant on the field and on the sideline. That is what 73 catches for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season will do for you. In Thursday’s win against the Bears, Bryant could be seen again letting loose another display of passion on his teammates compelling them to not...
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Justin Forsett and Torrey Smith return to Ravens practice, should start on Sunday

Ravens running back Justin Forsett returned to practice on Friday and should have no trouble suiting up for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Forsett sat out practice on both Wednesday and Thursday after dealing with knee soreness following last weekends narrow loss to the Chargers in which he ran 24 times for 106 yards and added two catches for 17 yards. Much like Forsett the...
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Yankees land shortstop Didi Gregorius from Diamondbacks

The Yankes have acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks. Gregorius, 24, will immediately be tasked with taking over a position manned by Derek Jeter for the past two decades. It’s a tall order for Gregorius who owns a career .243/.313/.366 line with 13 home runs and three stolen bases in 191 career games. Brendan Ryan will now move down on the depth chart to back...
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Temple Owls at Tulane Green Wave: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

The Temple Owls will travel to take on the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday in a match-up of two schools from the American Athletic Conference. Temple (5-6) and Tulane (3-8) will each be looking for the win in this one. Coverage of the game between these two will air on ESPN2 and WatchESPN beginning at 7:30 pm ET from Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, LA. The Odds: Temple is a 3 point...
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Kansas State Jayhawks at Baylor Bears: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

The Big 12 does not have a championship game and that means confusion. In theory the Baylor Bears would win the Big 12 championship if they defeated the Kansas State Jayhawks on Saturday, however the Big 12 has already stated they will declare both Baylor and TCU as co-championships should they both win on Saturday. Baylor defeated TCU earlier this year. No. 9 Kansas State (9-2...
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Iowa State Cyclones at TCU Horned Frogs: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

The TCU Horned Frogs will host the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday as both schools finish out their Big 12 schedule. No. 3 TCU (10-1) needs a convincing win if it is to stay in the college football playoff picture while Iowa State (2-9) could be the help that others like Baylor need. Coverage of this game will air on ABC and WatchESPN beginning at 12:00 pm ET from Amon G. Carter...
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ACC Championship: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets betting odds, point spread and tv info

The ACC Championship game will take place on Saturday when the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles and No. 11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets face off. Florida State (12-0) will look to remain unbeaten and move into the college football playoffs while they play against Georgia Tech (10-2). Coverage of the game between these two will take place on ABC and WatchESPN beginning at 8:00 pm ET...
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Moutain West Championship: Fresno State vs. Boise State betting odds, point spread and tv info

The Mountain West Championship will take place on Saturday when the Fresno State Bulldogs travel to take on the Boise State Broncos. No. 22 Boise State (10-2) will be looking to avoid an upset bid by Fresno State (6-6) in this one. Coverage of this game will air on CBS beginning at 10:00 pm et from Bronco Stadium in Boise, ID. The Odds: Boise State is a 21 point favorite against...
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Conference USA Championship: Louisiana Tech vs. Marshall betting odds, spread and tv info

The Conference USA Championship game will take place on Saturday when the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Marshall Thundering Herd. Louisiana Tech (8-4) will be looking to knock off Marshall (11-1) in this one. Coverage of this game will air on ESPN2 and WatchESPN beginning at 12:00 pm ET from Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, WV. The Odds: Marshall is a 12 point favorite...
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Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes betting odds, spread and tv info

The Big Ten Championship will take place on Saturday when the Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes face off against one another. Entering this one No. 5 Ohio State (11-1) needs a win if they are to have any chance of making the playoffs. No. 13 Wisconsin (10-2) would love to pull off the win in this one and claim the Big Ten. Coverage of the game between these two will air...
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SMU Mustangs at Connecticut Huskies: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

On Saturday the SMU Mustangs and Connecticut Huskies will face off against one another in a American Athletic Conference game. SMU (0-11) is winless on the season but could give Connecticut (2-9) a run for their money in this one. Coverage of this game will air on CBS Sports Network beginning at 12:00 pm ET from Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. The Odds: Connecticut is a...
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Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

Getty Images On Saturday the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners will finish out their Big 12 schedule. Oklahoma State (5-6) and No. 20 Oklahoma (8-3) will each be looking to finish Big 12 play with a win in this one. Coverage of this game begins at 3:30 pm ET on Fox Sports 1 from Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK. The Odds: Oklahoma is a 20 point favorite in this one against...
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Pac 12 Championship: Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks: Line, spread and info

The Oregon Ducks won 11 games this year but they lost one. That loss came on Oct. 2 against the Arizona Wildcats. On Friday night they will look to avenge that loss while claiming the Pac-12 Championship. After entering the season unranked it is quite a surprise to see Arizona (10-2) ranked No. 11 at this point. While they delivered a signature win over Oregon two losses in the...
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MAC Championship: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Bowling Green Falcons odds, spread and info

On Friday the MAC Championship will be decided when the Northern Illinois Huskies and Bowling Green Falcons face off. Northern Illinois (10-2) enters this one 7-1 in conference play while Bowling Green (7-5) is a mere 5-3 in MAC play. Coverage of this game will air on ESPN2 and WatchESPN beginning at 7:00 pm ET from Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The Odds: Northern Illinois is a 6...
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Royals give Luke Hochevar two-year deal

Getty Images The Royals have signed relief pitcher Luke Hochevar to a two-year contract which carries a mutual option for 2017. Hochevar will earn $10 million over the course of the next two seasons giving the Royals a right hander who had a 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings in 2013. Coming off of Tommy John surgery it is questionable as to when the former...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Marshall leaves Soldier Field in ambulance

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been ruled out for the rest of Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys. Marshall was injured in the second quarter after catching a pass for a first down. He was hit in the ribs by a knee from Cowboys safety Barry Church. He had to be helped off the field by trainers and was quickly taken to the locker room. At halftime Marshall was loaded...
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Demaryius Thomas willing to take discount to stay with Broncos

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has seen what leaving the Broncos can do to one’s statistics and is willing to take a discount to remain one of Peyton Manning’s leading targets going forward. Appearing on NFL Total Access on the NFL Network, Thomas was asked about taking less money in order to stay with the Broncos next year. “Of course, why not?” Thomas replied. “Peyton...
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Brandon Marshall questionable to return with rib injury

getty images Moments after making a big 42-yard catch Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall left Thursday’s game against the Cowboys with a rib injury. Marshall took a knee to the back from Barry Church after converting a fourth down play. He was helped off the field by trainers. The Bears thus far have listed Marshall as questionable to return. For the night he had three catches...
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Brandon Marshall makes juggling 42-yard catch, then gets injured (GIF)

The Cowboys got on the board first in Thursday’s game taking a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing drive by the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler found wide receiver Brandon Marshall deep and down the middle for a big 42-yard juggling catch. A few plays later Cutler again went to Marshall on a fourth down play. Marshall would catch the pass but lay down on the field. Cowboys defensive back Barry...
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Robert Griffin III to make more starts this season?

Getty Images There are four games left in the season and while the reports of Robert Griffin III and the Redskins parting ways at the end of the season are only increasing that does not mean he will not be given additional starts. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that there is a “real chance” Griffin will be the quarterback again this year for the Redskins. Such a statement and...
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Robbie Gould inactive, Josh Brent active for Cowboys and Bears game

Josh Brent has been declared active for the Cowboys ahead of Thursday’s game against the Bears. This will be Brent’s first game since his involvement in the death of former practice squad member Jerry Brown. The Bears will be without kicker Robbie Gould. One of the leagues better kickers will be replace by Jay Feely in this one. This is interesting because tonight’s game is...
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Haloti Nagata suspended for rest of regular season

Five-time Pro Bowler Haloti Nagata has been suspended for the rest of the regular seasons the Ravens announced on Thursday. Nagata has violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. He would be eligible to return for the playoffs- if the Ravens qualified. “I made a mistake, and I own this,” Ngata said in a statement. “I took Adderall and take full responsibility...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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