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    by Published on 11-06-2013 02:59 PM  Number of Views: 311 

    Each time Wade Phillips has been an interim head coach, it has happened unexpectedly.

    The Houston Texans named Phillips their interim coach Wednesday while Gary Kubiak recovers from the transient ischemic attack he suffered at halftime of Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Phillips will lead the Texans, who are mired in a six-game losing streak, until Kubiak can return -- although when that will be is still unclear.

    "We've lost some games, but there are tougher things than losing some ballgames that people have overcome," said Phillips, whose father, former coach Bum Phillips, died three weeks ago. "So we can overcome losing ballgames if people can overcome some of the things that happened."

    Phillips took over head-coaching duties for Kubiak in the second half of the Texans' 27-24 loss to the Colts. Houston led 21-3 at halftime.

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    by Published on 11-06-2013 02:48 PM  Number of Views: 1213 

    Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested late Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    Monfort was arrested in Windsor, about 60 miles north of Denver. Police Sgt. Gerald Beers said he had no details.

    Monfort issued a statement apologizing to the team, fans and his family.

    "I'm extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people," he said.

    "I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I'm committed to do what's necessary to deal with my problem."

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 03:48 PM  Number of Views: 286 

    Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday. He was 74.

    The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but didn't provide details. The Hawks said Bellamy attended the team's home opener Friday night.

    "Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. "Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt's family."

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 03:24 PM  Number of Views: 1366 

    The Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday, turning to a 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending AL Central champions.

    Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit's pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. Ausmus takes over a team that has reached the AL Championship Series three straight years and should be well positioned for another big season in 2014.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 03:12 PM  Number of Views: 315 

    The No. 52 jersey of former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote has been retired in a ceremony before Colorado's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

    A banner with Foote's name and number was raised to the rafters at the Pepsi Center at the conclusion of the ceremony on Saturday night.

    Foote joins Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Borque (77) in having his jersey retired by the Avalanche. Sakic is a team executive and Roy is in his first season as its coach.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 03:04 PM  Number of Views: 311 

    For a few moments, Pavel Bure traveled back in time with the Vancouver Canucks.

    One of the most exciting players to ever dress for the team admitted Saturday night that it was an emotional experience to have his No. 10 retired in Vancouver.

    "It was a great feeling," said Bure, nicknamed the Russian Rocket, after his jersey was raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena before the Canucks beat the Maple Leafs, 4-0.

    "It brings back lots of great memories," he said. "With the fans cheering and everybody happy, it was like you scored a goal. I felt like I had to play again. I was in the middle of the ice and 20,000 people were cheering for me."

    The crowd, many wearing Maple Leafs jerseys, chanted "Bure, Bure."

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 02:07 PM  Number of Views: 216 

    It only took four holes over two days for Dustin Johnson to lose a six-shot lead in the HSBC Champions.

    All that mattered was the high-powered kick down the stretch Sunday at Sheshan International that brought him the biggest win of his career.

    In what felt like the end of a long year and beginning of a new season, Johnson broke loose from a three-way challenge on the back nine by playing a five-hole stretch in 5-under par.

    He closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title.

    "It's the biggest win I've had in my career so far," he said. "Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I'm really proud of the way I handled myself."

    This one required a little bit of everything.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 02:02 PM  Number of Views: 167 

    Simona Halep of Romania won the season-ending Tournament of Champions on Sunday, defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 for her sixth career title.

    The top-seeded Halep, who went unbeaten through the group stage, played with a muscle strain in her left leg but still managed to win the last five games of the third set to close out the victory. Halep won 20 of the last 26 points, finishing it off with a forehand winner down the line.

    Halep enjoyed a majority of the crowd support, with a large contingent of supporters from neighboring Romania.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 01:57 PM  Number of Views: 165 

    Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan beat Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Paris Masters to win their 11th title this season.

    The American twins, who also won the Paris Masters in 2005 and 2007, have already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.

    "It's definitely our best season," Bob Bryan said. "The most titles, most money, most points, and the most fun we've had. Being able to play on big courts like this and to hold the trophy is why we're still here playing and we've done that a lot this year, which has really put a smile on our face."

    The Bryans' season includes titles at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. They have won a record 15 Grand Slam titles together.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 01:52 PM  Number of Views: 145 

    Novak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 Sunday to win the Paris Masters for his 17th straight match victory and sixth title of the season.

    The second-seeded Serb still has a slim chance to finish the season ranked ahead of No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Djokovic improved to 11-5 against Ferrer, who was looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Paris Masters titles.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 11:40 AM  Number of Views: 178 

    John Force won his record 16th Funny Car season title Sunday, beating daughter Courtney Force in the final round in the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

    The 64-year-old Force has won three straight events and four overall this season to push his record career total to 138.

    "I read an article this morning about being humble, but right now I'd like to scream and shout," Force said. "If there is anything I've ever done right in my life, it's been a team effort."

    He won the final with a 4.062-second run at 310.63 mph.

    "We've won the championship and we're glad to have done so, man we're having fun. ... I don't want to end my career at 16. I want to end it at 17 at least."

    Force beat Gary Densham, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria to reach the final round.

    "I'd like to scream and say, `Gee, it was me,' but the truth is (crew chief) Jimmy Prock and the team he's got around him is unbelievable," Force said. "It's a team effort and that's what I'm really proud of, holding together when it looked like we were falling apart."

    Matt Smith also won at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to wrap up his second Pro Stock Motorcycle season title. Antron Brown won the Top Fuel event, and Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock field.

    The season-ending Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals Nov. 7-10 in Pomona, Calif.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 11:37 AM  Number of Views: 138 

    World champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant fashion Sunday to clinch a seventh straight victory and 11th of the season.

    Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian GP last weekend, he pledged there would be no let up. Starting from second on the grid, Vettel overtook his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the first turn and was untroubled after that.

    "Obviously, winning is very special," Vettel said. "Seven races in a row -- every single one is tough."

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 11:32 AM  Number of Views: 175 

    Ty Dillon led 130 of the 147 laps for a dominating milestone victory at Texas, while Matt Crafton moved closer to a NASCAR Truck Series season championship with another top-10 finish.

    Dillon drove the No. 3 Chevrolet to its 100th NASCAR victory across the sanctioning body's three main series, including the late Dale Earnhardt in Cup races. Dillon was greeted in Victory Lane on Friday night by Richard Childress, his grandfather and truck owner.

    "It's great. To have my grandson to win the 100th race with the No. 3, with Dale Earnhardt, and Austin and Ty, all they've done, it's very, very special," Childress said. "It'll be a night I remember for a long time. ... I know Dale Earnhardt is smiling down tonight."

    Childress had used the No. 3 regularly in the truck series. But after Earnhardt's death in a crash at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500, Childress didn't bring back the No. 3 full-time in a car again until Austin Dillon moved up from trucks to the Nationwide Series last year.

    Crafton finished 10th and has a 46-point lead over defending series champion James Buescher with two races left. Crafton only has to finish 18th or better in the last two races to win the season title.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 11:29 AM  Number of Views: 163 

    Brad Keselowski raced to his sixth Nationwide victory in his last eight starts, leading 106 of 200 laps at Texas to give Roger Penske's No. 22 car the lead in the owners' standings.

    For the drivers' title, Sam Hornish Jr. overcame being a lap down early in the race to finish third and cut his deficit behind Austin Dillon from eight points to six with two races left in the season. Dillon finished fifth.

    "We did what we could do. We took care of ourselves," Hornish said. "We came back when it didn't look like we would gain points for quite a bit of the race. ... If we can take one or two off the following weekend that puts the pressure on him. He doesn't just have to finish within a couple spots of us then, he will have to beat us."

    With the win in the No. 22 Ford, Keselowski put Penske back in the lead in the owners' standings, 26 points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota. Keselowski finished nearly a second ahead of Denny Hamlin.

    Keselowski has 26 career Nationwide wins.

    The No. 22 car has been to Victory Lane 12 times this season, with wins also by Joey Logano (three), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (one). The single-season Nationwide record is 13 wins by the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in 2010.

    Keselowski wrecked at Kansas the last time he drove the Nationwide car.

    "I had to redeem myself," he said. "When you win, it's almost more of a relief that you didn't screw it up. It's obviously a lot of fun."

    Last season, Keselowski gave Penske his first Sprint Cup title. Penske still hasn't won a Nationwide championship.

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    by Published on 11-03-2013 11:19 AM  Number of Views: 163 

    WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO’s) gave Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KO’s) a methodical beating on Saturday night in stopping him in an 8th round stoppage at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York.

    The fight was halted by Stevens’ corner after he’d taken an enormous amount of punishment in the 8th round. It was all one-way punishment with Stevens taking huge head and body shots while against the ropes for the entire round.

    Golovkin knocked Stevens down with a hard left hook in the 2nd round. Stevens barely made it out of the round, as he was badly hurt when he got up at the count of 7. Golovkin stalked a timid looking Stevens in rounds 3 through 6 in punishing him with head and body shots.

    The fight became really one-sided in the 7th, as Golovkin pounded Stevens with big shots for the entire round. Stevens was perched against the ropes for the entire round and took some scary head shots. Stevens would attempt to land an occasional shot, but Golovkin did a good job of avoiding most of his punches. The ones that did leak through didn’t bother Golovkin at all.

    Read more at http://www.boxingnews24.com/2013/11/...YGTCQiel6kz.99
    by Published on 11-02-2013 02:34 PM  Number of Views: 168 

    Denver Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf.

    The Broncos released a statement confirming that the 58-year-old Fox was taken to a hospital in the Charlotte area.

    "Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday," the Broncos' statement said. "He is being held at the hospital for testing and further observation. Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox, his family and the doctors who are treating him.

    "Additional information will be provided as it becomes available."

    Sources initially told ESPN that Fox had experienced symptoms similar to a heart attack.

    But Broncos executive director of media relations Patrick Smyth tweeted that Fox did not suffer a heart attack.

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    by Published on 11-01-2013 10:39 AM  Number of Views: 163 

    Saying he's lost his desire to play, Allen Iverson formally announced his retirement from basketball Wednesday.

    Iverson last played in the NBA in the 2009-10 season, when he played three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and 25 with the Philadelphia 76ers -- he spent the first 10 years of his 14-year career with the Sixers -- before leaving both teams. He last played professionally in Turkey during the 2010-11 season but left halfway through the first season of a two-year contract. Iverson was offered a contract to play in the NBA Development League with the Texas Legends last year but ultimately declined it.

    "I gave everything I had to basketball," Iverson said at the Wells Fargo Center. "The passion is still there but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride."

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    by Published on 11-01-2013 08:48 AM  Number of Views: 184 

    This is how Dwight Howard plays when he's healthy.

    Howard had 17 points and a career-high-tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut, James Harden added 21 points and the Rockets cruised to a 96-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

    Howard spurned the Lakers to sign an $88 million deal with Houston, joining Harden and a team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.

    He said he rushed back too quickly from offseason back surgery last year and never felt quite right in his one disappointing season with Los Angeles. He believes he's returned to form since arriving in Houston and on Wednesday night he showed it.

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    by Published on 11-01-2013 08:25 AM  Number of Views: 159 
    1. Boston Red Sox

    The old ballpark was packed for a celebration nearly a century in the making.

    Players danced around the infield with their families.

    Fans remained in the stands, savoring a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness in person.

    Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.

    David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

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    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:42 PM  Number of Views: 163 

    Jeff Gordon earned his first win of the season Sunday, using a late pass of Matt Kenseth at Martinsville to snap a 32-race losing streak.

    Jeff Gordon pulled into the championship picture Sunday with a win at Martinsville Speedway, his first of the season.

    It was Gordon's eighth career win at Martinsville, but first since he swept the two races at the track in 2005. He's tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for Martinsville victories, but both trail Richard Petty (15) and Darrell Waltrip (11) on the career list.

    Most important, though, is that the victory moved Gordon from fifth to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

    Matt Kenseth and Johnson left Martinsville tied atop the standings with three races remaining, and Gordon sits 27 points behind the leaders. Kevin Harvick is 28 points out, while Kyle Busch is 36 points behind.

    Kenseth led a race-high 202 laps and was out front on the final restart with 77 laps remaining and Gordon lurking in third. Gordon stalked him for more than 50 laps, thinking to himself, "What would Jimmie Johnson do, or better yet, what would Richard Petty do?" before finally making the pass for the lead with 21 laps remaining.

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