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FaviconReport: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent 24 Jun 2014, 10:04 am

Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

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FaviconUruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again? 24 Jun 2014, 9:44 am

Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

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FaviconO's Davis walks off White Sox with pinch-hit HR 23 Jun 2014, 11:56 pm

Chris Davis had been scuffling, and with lefty Chris Sale on the mound, it was a perfect night for the Orioles first baseman to ride the pine. He didn’t get the entire night off, however. Manager Buck Showalter called his number in the bottom of the ninth, and Davis delivered a walk-off three-run homer.

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10/30/2014 05:37 PM
Koji Uehara, Red Sox agree to new two-year contract worth $18 million

The luster wore off Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara a bit in 2014, but the team still likes Uehara enough to extend him for two more seasons. The team announced Thursday a new two-year contract for Uehara, who will bypass free agency and make $18M over the next two seasons.

Uehara was lights-out in 2013, saving 21 games with a minuscule 1.09 ERA. He also saved seven games in the postseason and allowed just one run as the Red Sox won the World Series. This season wasn't as kind. Uehara had 26 saves and a 2.52 ERA — which isn't bad, just not as great as 2013.

Alex Speier of WEEI in Boston was first to report how much the Red Sox were paying Uehara. That leaves David Robertson, Casey Janssen and Francisco Rodriguez among the top closers on the free-agent market. Other top free-agent relievers include Pat Neshek, Andrew Miller and Luke Gregerson.

As for Uehara, he'll turn 40 on April 3, so the Red Sox are committing a considerable amount of money to a pitcher in the twilight of his career. But, it's not like Uehara is a mystery for Boston GM Ben Cherington. The Red Sox know exactly who they're getting. 

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10/30/2014 10:29 PM
NFC South isn't pretty, but the New Orleans Saints are in control of it

Someone has to win the NFC South. It's in the rules.

One big road win from the New Orleans Saints, who were on a seven-game road regular season losing streak, might be enough to bend the balance of power in the NFC South their way.

New Orleans had a methodical 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. They frustrated a shorthanded and talent-poor Panthers offense, and an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive that chewed up 7:27 and finished with Mark Ingram's second rushing touchdown sealed the victory.

The win improves the Saints' record to 4-4, which isn't impressive anywhere but the NFC South. They're in first place, ahead of the 3-5-1 Panthers. The moribund Falcons and Buccaneers aren't even worth mentioning as contenders anymore. Considering how dominant the Saints are at home they were 3-0 at home this season and 0-4 on the road before Thursday night it'll be a tough battle for the Panthers to defend as NFC South champions. There has never been a repeat champion in the NFC South.

The Saints were very good on defense. The Panthers are really beat up on the offensive line and it showed. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn't at his best either. He was off on many passes, and has been erratic for three games in a row.

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The Saints had a tough start to the season, but they're looking like they're figuring some things out. The defense played maybe its best game of the season. Ingram, who missed some time with an injury, is making a huge difference for the offense. The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2011 first-round pick has become a legitimate workhorse after three disappointing NFL seasons. He rushed 30 times for 100 yards against Carolina, and was the Saints' preferred option in the red zone. He'll be a free agent after this season.

The Saints cashed in on a Newton fumble deep in Panthers territory for their first touchdown, and took a 14-0 lead into halftime on Jimmy Graham's 1-yard touchdown with three seconds left in the first half. The Panthers tried to rally in the second half, but were held to a field goal on a promising drive early in the fourth quarter. With the lead cut to 21-10, the Saints' long drive and Ingram's second score iced the game.

The Saints haven't won the division just because they climbed back to .500. But nobody else in the division is playing well. If the Saints can play like this on the road a few more times, they'll guarantee themselves one home playoff game in January.

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10/30/2014 11:55 PM
Russell Westbrook leaves an Oklahoma City Thunder game with a right hand injury (Video)

It’s not so much that the Oklahoma City Thunder is already without Kevin Durant. It’s that Durant’s sweet-shooting reserve, Anthony Morrow, is also injured. It’s that his potential perimeter complement, hybrid guard Reggie Jackson, is nursing an ankle injury. It’s that James Harden’s hoped-for replacement, Jeremy Lamb, is out with a bad back.

Now, another dagger. We’re not yet aware of the severity of the injury, MRIs and x-rays have yet to be administered, but All-Star point man Russell Westbrook had to leave Thursday night’s Thunder/Los Angeles Clipper game with an injured right hand.

Here’s how it happened:

It’s unclear if Westbrook hurt the hand while bashing it into Kendrick Perkins’ thigh, or if the hand was caught in Perkins’ uniform. He may have injured himself while driving on Clippers reserve guard Jordan Farmar, as well. Whatever the spark, Westbrook had to leave the game after just 8:43 of frustrating play – he dished four assists, but turned the ball over three times, picked up two fouls, and missed two of three shots from the field.

Anything is worth guessing at this point. RW could have a dislocated finger, common amongst injuries that see players get their hands caught in someone’s uniform. It could be as simple as a contusion, or as severe as a break. What we do know is that Westbrook spent the rest of his team’s second game of the season with a massive wrap and ice pack surrounding his aching shooting hand, as the severely undermanned Thunder attempted to keep up with a buoyant Los Angeles Clippers squad. Seven players on the active roster were inactive on Thursday, following Westbrook's injury.

Nearly as annoying was Westbrook’s exit – we’re not sure of the details, but he took offense to either a thrown object or an uncalled-for heckle while leaving the Staples Center court. TNT’s David Aldridge later reported that the fan, thankfully, was denied a chance to see the second half of the contest.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

 

10/30/2014 11:31 PM
Evgeni Malkin and Justin Williams scrap, given roughing minors after fight (Video)

Per the website hockeyfights.com, Evgeni Malkin doesn't have any regular season fights. And even after Malkin picked a scrap with Los Angeles' Justin Williams, in the Penguins 3-0 win over the Kings, this pristine record will likely stand. 

Both were assessed roughing minors. Though as the below video shows, it indeed looks like a fight.

Why would Malkin decide to tussle with Williams? To prove his Conn Smythe Trophy was more worthy than Williams'?

It looks like Malkin was angry by an attempted hit by Dustin Brown ... so of course Malkin didn't look for Brown and found the closest player who looks nothing like Brown in Williams. 

Said Malkin to Sporting News' Sean Gentille following the game...

"Malkin said that Williams asked him to go earlier, but he downplayed that, too: "It's all emotion. I don't like fight, but (there's) sometimes lots of emotion."

A star player who picks a fight tends to be interesting and noteworthy ... and always somewhat comical. This is indeed the case with Malkin on Thursday. 

 

 

 

 

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10/30/2014 11:55 PM
Russell Westbrook leaves an Oklahoma City Thunder game with a right hand injury (Video)

It’s not so much that the Oklahoma City Thunder is already without Kevin Durant. It’s that Durant’s sweet-shooting reserve, Anthony Morrow, is also injured. It’s that his potential perimeter complement, hybrid guard Reggie Jackson, is nursing an ankle injury. It’s that James Harden’s hoped-for replacement, Jeremy Lamb, is out with a bad back.

Now, another dagger. We’re not yet aware of the severity of the injury, MRIs and x-rays have yet to be administered, but All-Star point man Russell Westbrook had to leave Thursday night’s Thunder/Los Angeles Clipper game with an injured right hand.

Here’s how it happened:

It’s unclear if Westbrook hurt the hand while bashing it into Kendrick Perkins’ thigh, or if the hand was caught in Perkins’ uniform. He may have injured himself while driving on Clippers reserve guard Jordan Farmar, as well. Whatever the spark, Westbrook had to leave the game after just 8:43 of frustrating play – he dished four assists, but turned the ball over three times, picked up two fouls, and missed two of three shots from the field.

Anything is worth guessing at this point. RW could have a dislocated finger, common amongst injuries that see players get their hands caught in someone’s uniform. It could be as simple as a contusion, or as severe as a break. What we do know is that Westbrook spent the rest of his team’s second game of the season with a massive wrap and ice pack surrounding his aching shooting hand, as the severely undermanned Thunder attempted to keep up with a buoyant Los Angeles Clippers squad. Seven players on the active roster were inactive on Thursday, following Westbrook's injury.

Nearly as annoying was Westbrook’s exit – we’re not sure of the details, but he took offense to either a thrown object or an uncalled-for heckle while leaving the Staples Center court. TNT’s David Aldridge later reported that the fan, thankfully, was denied a chance to see the second half of the contest.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

 

 

 

 

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