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Okafor, Duke cruise to win over Michigan St.

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:32
Quinn Cook scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 17 to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in Tuesday's State Farm Champions Classic.
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Sources: Butler, A's agree to 3-year deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:28
Free agent Billy Butler has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Oakland Athletics, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
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USC reinstates Shaw after inquiries completed

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:47
USC cornerback Josh Shaw has been reinstated to the team, the school announced Tuesday.
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LeBron: PT for Cavs' Big 3 must 'come down'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:31
We could be seeing less of LeBron James moving forward. James topped the 40-minute plateau in seven of the Cleveland Cavaliers' first nine games, with his 39.1 minutes per game average ranking third in the NBA behind Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (41.4)
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Bama leaps Ducks for No. 1 in CFP rankings

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:33
Alabama is the new No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, but the first four still includes Mississippi State.
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Mavs' Cuban hopes the Lakers 'suck forever'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:12
In a local radio interview Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't hold back when discussing the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, saying "Personally, I just hope they suck forever."
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Sources: Mitchell's tweets draw Steelers' ire

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:44
Mike Mitchell won't be using social media anytime soon after sending insensitive direct messages on Twitter to some of his followers after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
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Report: Winston said autographs were forged

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:06
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has told university compliance officials that items allegedly bearing his signature are forgeries, sources told the Palm Beach Post.
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Source: Peterson's season over after ruling

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:39
Arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled in favor of the NFL on Tuesday evening, saying the league can keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, effectively ending any chance the Minnesota Vikings running back will play again this season.
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Tiger assails Golf Digest parody interview

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:36
Tiger Woods lashed out at legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins on Tuesday, calling a parody interview Jenkins wrote in Golf Digest magazine "a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination."
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Rodgers: Magic's Bird comparison 'humbling'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:33
Aaron Rodgers has never met Magic Johnson, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback knows how the former Los Angeles Lakers star feels about fellow basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird.
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Even better: Stat fix gives Gray 201 yards

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:19
Two days after the fact, New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray's breakout performance in Sunday night's 42-20 win against the Indianapolis Colts got a little bit better.
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The Power of Sports

NASC - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:28

Not often will an NFL backup defensive lineman and a freshman forward on a Division III women’s basketball team make national news and touch countless lives. But in the last month we have seen the power of sports touch emotions and raise millions of dollars.

The story of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still’s daughter, Leah, and her fight against pediatric cancer reached far beyond the NFL. More than $1.3 million was raised through the sale of Still’s number 75 jersey for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and its pediatric cancer research.

Just as dramatic, is the story of Lauren Hill, the Mt. St. Joseph basketball player who was diagnosed her senior year of high school with an inoperable brain tumor and whose only wish was to play a college basketball game. The NCAA allowed the school to move up the date of its season opener to assure Lauren would be well enough to play in at least that one game.

But her #layups4Lauren campaign, similar to this summer’s ice bucket challenge, continues, as she challenges celebrities and pro athletes to make a donation to The Cure Starts Now, dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Her efforts, too, are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“I never thought I would play on a college court, put my feet on the floor and feel the vibration of the crowd,” she said after that first game against Hiram College. That is a quote from someone who truly loves her sport and is grateful for the opportunity to play.

Every once in a while, the games that student-athletes and professionals play transcend sports and remind us what is really important. A 4-year-old who is undergoing chemotherapy and a 19-year-old grateful to take the court before the inevitable occurs remind us that sports can touch us all and can make a difference long after the final buzzer sounds.

Pat Summitt presented Lauren Hill with the “Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award” at halftime of the Mount St. Joseph University game in Cincinnati.


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Air bag system OK'd for World Cup ski races

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:06
Perhaps if Lindsey Vonn had a big cushy air bag to fall on when she tore two ligaments in her right knee she wouldn't have missed the Sochi Olympics.
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Steelers release veteran running back Blount

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:32
The Steelers released LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the running back left the field before the end of Pittsburgh's victory over the Tennessee Titans.
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Sources: Stanton's $325M deal backloaded

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:31
If Giancarlo Stanton opts out of his new 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins after the first six seasons, he'll be walking away from a staggering $218 million over the final seven seasons, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.com.
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Browns release Tate, free up logjam at RB

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:35
The Cleveland Browns have waived running back Ben Tate, the team announced Tuesday.
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Report: Syracuse inquiry includes local YMCA

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:30
An internship program that placed Syracuse athletes at a YMCA is part of an inquiry into possible NCAA violations by the school's athletic department, according to a report.
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American Hahn cards 58 in Euro qualifying

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:30
John Hahn was one better than golf's magic number with a 12-under 58 in the fourth round of Q-school on the European Tour on Tuesday.
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Peterson suspended for at least rest of 2014

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:32
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season, the NFL announced Tuesday.
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