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(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: (1) Florida State 45 (13-0) - (20) Duke 7 (10-3)
(10) Michigan State 34 (12-1) - (2) Ohio State 24 (12-1)
(3) Auburn (12-1) - (5) Missouri (11-2)
(7) Stanford 38 (11-2) - (11) Arizona State 14 (10-3)
(9) Baylor 30 (11-1) - (25) Texas 10 (8-4)
(17) Oklahoma 33 (10-2) - (6) Oklahoma State 24 (10-2)
(16) University of Central Florida (11-1) - SMU (5-7)
(23) Fresno State 24 (11-1) - Utah State 17 (8-5)
NCAAB: (2) Arizona 63 (9-0) - UNLV 58 (3-4)
(4) Syracuse 93 (9-0) - Binghamton 65 (2-7)
(5) Ohio State 74 (8-0) - Central Connecticut State 56 (2-6)
Colorado 75 (9-1) - (6) Kansas 72 (6-2)
(7) Louisville 113 (8-1) - LA Lafayette 74 (6-3)
(8) Wisconsin 70 (10-0) - Marquette 64 (5-4)
(11) Wichita State 71 (9-0) - Oral Roberts 58 (5-4)
(14) Villanova 98 (9-0) - Saint Joseph's 68 (4-4)
(16) Memphis 96 (6-1) - Northwestern State 76 (3-4)
(17) Iowa State 91 (7-0) - Northern Iowa 82 (3-5) OT
Missouri 80 (9-0) - (18) UCLA 71 (8-1)
(19) Gonzaga 80 (8-1) - New Mexico State 68 (7-4)
(21) Massachusetts 105 (8-0) - BYU 96 (7-3)
(22) Michigan 107 (6-3) - Houston Baptist 53 (3-6)
(23) Iowa 83 (9-1) - Drake 66 (6-2)
Illinois State 81 (5-4) - (25) Dayton 75 (7-2)
NHL: Dallas Stars 5 (14-9-5, 33pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 1 (13-14-2, 28pts)
Washington Capitals 5 (15-12-2, 32pts) - Nashville Predators 2 (13-14-3)
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (16-11-3, 35pts) - Ottawa Senators 3 (11-14-5, 27pts) SO
Winnipeg Jets 2 (14-13-4, 32pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (17-10-2, 36pts) OT
Florida Panthers 2 (9-16-5, 23pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (15-9-7, 37pts)
Boston Bruins 3 (19-8-2, 40pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (20-10-1, 41pts)
Montreal Canadiens 3 (19-9-3, 41pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (6-22-2, 14pts)
New Jersey Devils 4 (12-13-6, 30pts) - New York Rangers 3 (15-14-1, 31pts) OT
Anaheim Ducks 5 (20-7-5, 45pts) - St. Louis Blues 2 (19-6-3, 41pts)
Calgary Flames 2 (11-14-4, 26pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (10-18-3, 23pts) OT
Los Angeles Kings 3 (19-7-4, 42pts) - New York Islanders 0 (8-17-5, 21pts)
NBA: Golden State Warriors 108 (12-9) - Memphis Grizzlies 82 (9-10)
Detroit Pistons 92 (10-10) - Chicago Bulls 75 (8-10)
Cleveland Cavaliers 88 (7-13) - Los Angeles Clippers 82 (13-8)
Denver Nuggets 103 (12-8) - Philadelphia 76ers 92 (7-14)
Miami Heat 103 (15-5) - Minnesota Timberwolves 82 (9-11)
Indiana Pacers 111 (18-2) - San Antonio Spurs 100 (15-4)
Brooklyn Nets 90 (6-14) - Milwaukee Bucks 82 (4-16)
Sacramento Kings 112 (5-13) - Utah Jazz 102 (4-18)
Dallas Mavericks 108 (13-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 106 (17-4)
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 21:07:00 PM
(ATLANTA) -- Tre Mason rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 3 Auburn past No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship game Saturday.
"Are O-line proved to be the the best O-line in college football," Mason said when asked about how he ran for 304 yards. "Are receivers block well and of course we have the best fullback in college football in Jay Prosch."
Overall Auburn (12-1, 7-1 SEC) gained a SEC championship game record 677 yards, including 545 yards on the ground.
Missouri (11-2, 7-1 SEC) hung in the game for a while, even taking the lead with 5:35 left in the third quarter when James Franklin threw his third touchdown of the day. But Auburn scored on its next three drives to pull away.
Auburn will now wait and hope that it can pass either Florida State or Ohio State in the BCS standings to earn a spot in the National Championship game.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 20:26:01 PM
(HOUSTON, Texas) -- The Rice Owls won their first outright conference championship since 1957 on Saturday by defeating Marshall 41-24 to win the Conference-USA title.
The Owls (10-1) pounded the Thundering Herd (9-4) on the ground, rushing for 250 yards on the day. Charles Ross ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns, tying the school's single season record of 14. Running Back Luke Turner passed for two more scores as Rice jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.
The Herd tried to make a comeback and trailed by 11 at half. However, the Owls scored 14 unanswered points to put the game away.
Marshall had their five game win streak snapped in what was their first C-USA Championship Game appearance. Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 19:47:25 PM
(BOULDER, Colo.) -- Junior Askia Booker hit a 30-foot buzzer beater to give unranked Colorado a 75-72 victory over #6 Kansas on Saturday. It was the first victory for the Buffaloes (9-1) over the Jayhawks (6-2) in their last 20 attempts.
After Colorado gave up a six point lead with less than two minutes remaining, Kansas' Perry Ellis tied the game at 72 a piece with four seconds left. Colorado then called timeout to draw up their final play. Xavier Johnson inbounded the ball to Booker who dribbled a few steps past half court and launched a shot that hit nothing but net, sending fans storming onto the court.
"Unless I'm in the NBA championship, that's the only thing that could top that," Booker said.
The win was the ninth in a row for the Buffs, and their first over KU since 2003. Booker and teammate Spencer Dinwidde led Colorado with 15 points each. Andrew Wiggins scored a game high 22 points in the loss.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 18:54:53 PM
(WACO, Texas) -- It's time for Baylor to Fiesta.
Bryce Petty threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 9 Baylor past No. 25 Texas 30-10 Saturday, clinching the Bears the Big 12 title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) also clinches its first 11-win season in school history and its first outright league title since winning the Southwest Conference in 1980.
The game was tied 3-3 at halftime, but Baylor quickly turned the tide in the second half scoring on its first three drives.
Baylor rushed for a 221 yards, led by senior running back Glasco Martin 102 yards, which included an 18-yard touchdown scamper.
Junior running back Malcom Brown ran for 131 yards and caught a touchdown for Texas (8-4, 7-2 Big 12) in the loss.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 17:05:37 PM
(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Missouri won its NCAA-best 24th straight home-game upsetting No. 18 UCLA 80-71 Saturday.
Missouri (9-0) trailed by eight at halftime, but senior guard Earnest Ross scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Tigers to the upset.
"As I continue to shoot and see shots go in, it makes the basket get a little bit bigger," Ross said. "When I'm in a rhythm, I just think I'm in a pretty good groove and I just continue to keep shooting."
Jabari Brown had 22 points and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 21 in the win.
Jordan Adams had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for UCLA (8-1), which suffers its first loss of the season.
"Our offense just didn't move," UCLA coach Steve Alford said. "The ball stopped a lot. We were in a pretty good rhythm in the first half, and for whatever reason, we stopped moving the ball offensively in the second half."
That's for sure. After converting 15 of 30 attempts in the first half, UCLA made only 8 of 31 in the second.
Both teams now have extended periods of time off before taking the court again. UCLA will play Prairie View A&M on Dec. 14, while Missouri hosts Western Michigan on Dec. 15.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 16:42:53 PM
(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell entered the game in the second half in relief of injured starter Trevor Knight and didn't disappoint.
Bell completed 10-of-16 passes, for 140 yards and what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game, as No. 17 Oklahoma upended No. 6 Oklahoma State 33-24 Saturday.
The loss ruins the Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) chance at winning the Big 12 title and clinching a spot in a BCS bowl game.
It actually looked like Oklahoma State would win. With Oklahoma up 20-17 and 4:27 left in the game, Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf led the Cowboys on a 89-yard drive that ended with Desmond Roland giving State the lead when he scored his third touchdown of the day. But with 1:46 left, Bell led the Sooners on a 66-yard drive that ended with him finding Jalen Saunders for a seven-yard touchdown to put Oklahoma up for good.
"Jalen can make people miss and he's hard to cover," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said of the game-winning touchdown. "And Blake throws a good ball. He stayed in there and made some big plays down the stretch.
Which is why the Sooners (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) have won at least 10 games in four straight seasons.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 16:09:04 PM
(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Auburn wasted no time in realizing they needed to keep head coach Gus Malzahn around for the long-term and they've done just that. The school has announced they've reach a six-year extension with the first-year coach.
Malzahn's new deal will pay him $3.85 million his first year, and then increase by $250,000 each year after.
Since being hired, Malzahn has completely turned around an Auburn program that won three games in 2012, and not a single one of them against an SEC team.
As of Fright night, Malzahn has led Auburn to an 11-1 record and has put them in position to play for a National Championship.
"As I've said before, we want coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time," Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. "The new contract includes a raise and an extension and is our statement that Auburn is committed to coach Malzahn for the long haul. While this season has been remarkable, I'm equally excited about the future of the program under his leadership. The future of Auburn football is very bright."
Malzahn had served as Auburn's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2009-2011.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 14:14:23 PM
(BOSTON) -- The beard is staying in Boston. After testing the free agent market, first baseman Mike Napoli has agreed to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox on a two-year deal worth $16 million.
In his first season with the Red Sox in 2013, Napoli endeared himself to the Red Sox faithful with his personality, clutch hits, and of course it helps when you help win a World Series.
Last offseason, the Red Sox and Naploli had agreed on a three-year deal worth $39 million. But after a physical revealed a hip condition, the team decided to give Napoli a one-year deal instead.
The move actually a blessing in disguise for Napoli. When all is said and done, Napoli will have earned $45 million from the Red Sox over three years, meaning his hip condition wound up making him an extra $6 million.
In 139 games for the Red Sox in 2013, the 32-year-old Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs while driving in 92 runs.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 14:00:35 PM
(NEW YORK) -- The rich keep getting richer as the New York Yankees have agreed on a three-year, $45 million with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran was heavily sought after around Major League Baseball, and even turned down a more lucrative offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the end though, he decided to continue his career in Yankee pin-stripes.
The 36-year-old Beltran may be getting up there in age, but he's still priving to be an above-average outfielder.
While playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, Beltran hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs.
After struggling to score many runs in 2013, the Yankees have revamped their lineup this offseason. Even though they lost second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, they have spent close to $300 million this offseason to sign catcher Brian McCann, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and now Beltran.
Beltran is no stranger to New York. He played for the New York Mets from 2005-2011.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/7/2013 13:43:05 PM
(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Bobcats 105 (9-11) - Philadelphia 76ers 88 (7-13)
Atlanta Hawks 108 (11-10) - Cleveland Cavaliers 89 (6-13)
Milwaukee Bucks 109 (4-15) - Washington Wizards 105 (9-10) OT
New York Knicks 121 (5-13) - Orlando Magic 83 (6-13)
Boston Celtics 106 (9-12) - Denver Nuggets 98 (11-8)
Houston Rockets 105 (14-7) - Golden State Warriors 83 (11-9)
Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (14-4) - New Orleans Pelicans 95 (9-10)
Phoenix Suns 106 (11-9) - Toronto Raptors 97 (6-12)
Portland Trail Blazers 130 (17-3) - Utah Jazz 98 (4-17)
Los Angeles Lakers 106 (10-9) - Sacramento Kings 100 (4-13)
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (12-14-3, 27 pts) - Minnesota Wild 0 (17-9-5, 35 pts)
Detroit Red Wings 3 (15-8-7, 37 pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (11-13-6, 28 pts)
Carolina Hurricanes 5 (13-12-5, 31 pts) - San Jose Sharks 3 (19-5-5, 43 pts)
Anaheim Ducks 3 (19-7-5, 43 pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (20-6-5, 45 pts) SO
Colorado Avalanche 3 (20-7-0, 40 pts) - Calgary Flames 2 (10-14-4, 24 pts)
Vancouver Canucks 3 (16-10-5, 37 pts) - Phoenix Coyotes 2 (16-8-5, 37 pts) OT
NCAAF: Bowling Green 47 (10-3) - (14) Northern illinois 27 (12-1)
NCAAB: (20) Baylor 67 (8-1) - (3) Kentucky 62 (7-2)
(9) Oklahoma State 79 (8-1) - South Carolina 52 (2-3)
12) Connecticut 95 (9-0) - Maine 68 (1-7)
NCAAW: (5) Kentucky 133 (9-0) - (9) Baylor 130 (7-1) 4OT
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 20:56:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Robinson Cano isn't the only player bolting his pinstripes for a new uniform. Former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson signed a four-year deal with the New York Mets for $60 million, according to ESPN.
Talks escalated quickly between the two sides after they met for the first time on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Granderson will provide much-needed power to a Mets lineup that ranked 11th in the National League in home runs.
Granderson hit 84 combined home runs in 2011 and 2012 for the Yankees, but a slew of injuries limited him to just 245 plate appearances in 2013. He suffered a broken forearm during spring training and a pinkie injury during the regular season.
The deal is contingent upon Granderson passing a physical. He is expected to play left field for the Mets.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 18:12:00 PM
(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans have fired head coach Gary Kubiak, the team announced Friday.
Houston (2-11) came into the 2013 season expected to contend for the Super Bowl. They started the season 2-0, but have lost a franchise-record 11 straight game since then. Their latest setback came at the hands of the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
The 52-year-old Kubiak coached the Texans for eight seasons, guiding them to a 61-64 record. He was the fourth longest-tenured coach in the NFL before he was let go.
Another issue for Kubiak this season was his health. He suffered a "mini-stroke" on Nov 3. while walking off the field at halftime of their 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to the team after missing one game.
Wade Phillips will serve as the interim head coach until Texans owner Bob McNair can find a permanent replacement.
Kubiak is the first NFL head coach to be fired this season.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 17:38:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed on a ten-year deal worth $240 million, a source told ESPNdeportes.com.
Earlier reports on Friday claimed that Cano was still undecided about a nine-year deal that had been offered.
The five-time All-Star spent eight seasons with the Yankees before becoming a free agent. He's batted .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBI's last season.
The source said that Cano must undergo a physical on Monday before the deal can become official.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 11:12:01 AM
(STANFORD, Calif.) -- The Pac-12 championship will be on the line on Saturday when Arizona State hosts Stanford.
The winner will head to the Rose Bowl. Arizona State (10-2) is seeking their first Rose Bowl berth since 1997.
''I can tell you this: Our guys are determined, and we need everyone in these seats,'' Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said. ''We need to be loud and proud and make it a great home-field advantage. Our guys want to win this and go to the Rose Bowl.''
The 10-2 Cardinals are seeking back-to-back trips to the bowl.
"We had ups and downs; we had bumps and bruises,'' Stanford coach David Shaw said. ''We lost some guys, had some guys step up. We lost a couple games. But when you look up, we're where we wanted to be, a 10-win team in the Pac-12 championship game, and it's going to be a heck of a game.''
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 10:40:43 AM
(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets will look to snap a three-game losing skid on Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith will get the call again, despite his rookie struggles this season.
"I definitely feel the sense of urgency," Smith said. "I've got to go out there and play hard and get the job done, I've been saying that every week, nothing has changed."
Jets head coach Rex Ryan has faith that Smith will get the job done on Sunday. "I believe in Geno," Ryan said. "I think he has the tools to be a good quarterback in this league."
Matt McGloin will get the start for Oakland, who is looking to snap a 12-game Eastern Time zone losing streak.
"That statistic isn't something we're proud of," McGloin said of the tough luck. "For me it's exciting to go back East, I grew up two hours from that stadium. To play in the cold weather it's going to be a nice change for me."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 10:26:11 AM
(NEW YORK) -- With just one month left of the NFL regular season, the New England Patriots are in a familiar situation, sitting atop the AFC East.
New England is 6-0 this season at home and will host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
“They got a good team, good defense,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said of the 4-8 Browns. “[We're] stout up front, it's a good group. We've got to somehow put together 60 good minutes, hopefully we can do that.”
Brady admitted that the team needs to get off to a better start early in games.
“The execution needs to be a lot better at the start of the game,” Brady said. “It's hard sometimes to play 60 good minutes of football, but we gotta start doing it at some point."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/6/2013 10:00:20 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Infielder Rafael Furcal has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The 36-year-old Furcal missed all of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow.
According to Rosenthal, the Marlins will use Furcal at second base, a position he has only played 36 games at during his major league career.
The three-time All-Star is a career .281 hitter with 1,059 runs scored, 113 home runs, 585 RBIs and 314 stolen bases.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 23:50:02 PM
(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with reliever Brian Wilson, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.
ESPN also reports the deal includes $700,000 in performance incentives and has a player option worth between $9 million and $10 million based on performance.
Wilson joined the Dodgers last season after spending his first seven major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants.
The 31-year-old Wilson, who was coming off his second Tommy John surgery, served as Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen's setup man at the end of last season. During that time, Wilson appeared in 18 games compiling a 0.66 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 23:45:46 PM
(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that quarterback Jay Cutler will not suit up for the team's game Monday against the Dallas Cowboys.Cutler is dealing with a high ankle sprain which has caused him to miss the Bears' last three games. Cutler did practice in a limited capacity on Thursday.With Cutler out, Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the third straight week. McCown has thrown for 1,461 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception this season.
"There's a lot of clarity to Jay's and our communication," Trestman said. "Jay's very clear on where he is medically. We've been very, very clear that he's got to be released by the doctors before he can play. He's come to terms with that. He's a strong-willed, strong-minded guy. He can't control this decision on Monday other than to continue to work at his rehab."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 23:43:12 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Quarterback Bryce Petty will return for his senior season at Baylor.
The 6-foot-3, 230 pound Petty told reporters earlier in the week that he would "definitely be back."
Petty hasn't disappointed in his first season as starter. He is the leader of the nation's top scoring offense (55.4 points per game) and has thrown 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions while rushing for 11 touchdowns. Petty also leads the nation in yards per play (9.5).
No. 9 Baylor (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) takes on No. 25 Texas on Saturday. If Baylor wins and Oklahoma State loses, Baylor will win the Big 12 title and qualify for a BCS Bowl.
Petty has a passer efficiency rating of 183.75, the second best in the nation behind Florida State's Jameis Winston.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 23:39:00 PM
(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars 27 (4-9) - Houston Texans 20 (2-11)
College Football Top-25: (19) Louisville 31 (11-1) - Cincinnati 24 (9-3)
College Basketball Top-25: (24) San Diego St. 65 (6-1) - San Diego 64 (7-3)
NBA: New York Knicks 113 (4-13) - Brooklyn Nets 83 (5-13)
Los Angeles Clippers 101 (13-7) - Memphis Grizzlies 81 (9-9)
Chicago Bulls 107 (8-9) - Miami Heat 87 (14-5)
NHL: Florida Panthers 5 (8-16-5) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (13-13-4)
Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (17-10-1) - Ottawa Senators 1 (11-14-4)
Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (20-9-1) - San Jose Sharks 1 (19-4-5)
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (15-11-3) - Dallas Stars 2 (13-9-5) in overtime
New York Rangers 3 (15-14-0) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (6-21-2)
Montreal Canadiens 2 (18-9-3) - Boston Bruins 1 (18-8-2)
St. Louis Blues 5 (19-5-3) - New York Islanders 1 (8-16-5)
Carolina Hurricanes 5 (12-12-5) - Nashville Predators 2 (13-13-3)
Minnesota Wild 4 (17-8-5) - Chicago Blackhawks 3 (20-6-4)
Edmonton Oilers 8 (10-18-2) - Colorado Avalanche 2 (19-7-0)
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 22:16:42 PM
(CHICAGO) -- As the Chicago Bulls try to navigate yet another season without point guard Derrick Rose, the former MVP says he's trying to come back and play in the playoffs.
Back on Nov. 22, Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee and underwent surgery three days later. He's expected to miss the rest of the season.
Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee he suffered during the playoffs. Despite another setback, Rose is determined to return sooner than later.
"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," Rose said on Thursday. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing. But if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there's no need."
The Bulls have gone 1-4 since Rose was sidelined, but they still have a realistic shot at the playoffs.
In his return from the ACL, Rose was averaging 15.9 points and 4.3 assists in 10 games this season.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 20:02:15 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Building off their success in 2013, the Kansas City Royals have their sights set on 2014 as they've acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for reliever Will Smith.
Since coming over from Japan, Aoki has been a very productive hitter during his short Major League career.
In 2013, Aoki had 40 infield hits -- which led all of baseball. He's also stolen 50 bases over the past two seasons while hitting .287 for the Brewers.
"We like his energy, we like his work ethic. He's a pro," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said when asked about Aoki. "We had a chance so seem him a lot in Japan coming up. ...We'll see how it plays out."
The move will allow outfielder Alex Gordon to move down into the lineup to get more RBIs.
Last season, the Royals finished 86-76, their best record to finish a regular season since 1989. They haven't made the playoffs since 1985.
Meanwhile for the Brewers, Smith went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 appearances last season for Kansas City.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 19:35:14 PM
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kobe Bryant will not return on Friday against the Sacramento Kings.
The five-time champion has been working hard this week to get back on the court after being sidelined since last April with an Achillies injury.
Bryant attended a launch event for his new Nike "Kobe 9" signature sneaker on Wednesday and spoke about the issue.
"This is the second day now that I've been able to get out there and move around and play and play pretty well, and it felt like I could do anything that I wanted to do out there on the floor, so we progress to [Thursday], Bryant told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "Let's see if I can go three days straight and then have another hard workout on Friday and kind of measure it accordingly."
Bryant said his status is getting closer to a game-to-game basis. He added that he has not ruled out returning on Sunday when the Lakers play the Toronto Raptors.
Bryant said his biggest hurdle to overcome was "just running into the shooting."
"Because, it's one thing to be out on the track all day and run. It's another thing to run, jump, change directions, now gather your legs for a shot. You still kind of feel like you get those 'Bambi' legs and that sort of thing," he continued. "But, the Achilles feels pretty good. Other than that, you're just dealing with the typical things that a player playing 18 years is going to deal with -- just it's sore here, sore there."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 09:48:22 AM
(NEW YORK) -- The Conference USA championship comes down to Marshall and Rice University on Saturday. Both teams finished 9-3 this season and will play at Rice Stadium in Houston.
Owls head coach David Bailiff knows the Thundering Herd will give his defense all they can handle.
"They're unbelievable offensively," Bailiff said of the Marshall offense that is averaging 513 yards of offense per game. "They've averaged over 50 points their last five games. They're really a balanced offense, very productive."
Meanwhile, Marshall head coach Doc Holiday respects the Owls and coach Bailiff a lot. "They're leading our league in rushing," he said. "They're extremely physical football team, they're very well coached."
Holiday added that he has to look out for the Rice defense, which is allowing 350 yards of offense per game this season.
"They got two corners that can play for anybody in the country, the safeties are good players," Holiday continued. "They get lined up; they don't make a lot of mistakes."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 09:29:00 AM
(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- The Missouri Tigers (5) are in their second year in the Southeastern Conference, but will play Auburn (3) for the championship on Saturday.
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, who is a National Coach of the Year candidate, has led his team to a 11-1 season after finishing 5-7 last season.
Still, Missouri suffered a blow earlier this season when starting quarterback James Franklin missed four games after injuring his shoulder against Georgia in mid-October. Maty Mauk filled the void.
"I think everybody knows at this level, when you lose a starting quarterback who is having a great year, then all of a sudden you have to put a redshirt freshman in there who hasn't played very much, [it's tough]," Pinkel said. "...He did a phenomenal job. We're very fortunate to have a player play at that level."Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 09:10:00 AM
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- LaQuinton Ross scored 20 and grabbed six rebounds, as No. 8 Ohio State trampled Maryland 76-60 Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.Sam Thompson had 14 points while Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 12 for Ohio State (7-0) which has now won its last 73 home games against unranked opponents.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 04:38:41 AM
(NEW YORK) -- LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL and a sprained MCL, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.The injury was suffered in the fourth quarter of LSU's 31-27 win over Arkansas last week when Mettenberger was hit in the knee by Arkanas defensive end Byran Jones. Mettenberger immediately left the game and did not return.While the school wouldn't confirm the specifics of the injury it did announce that Mettenberger will miss whatever bowl game the Tigers play. Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings will take his place.
"We are very disappointed for Zach," coach Les Miles said. "He's been a tremendous leader for our team and he's as competitive a guy as I have ever been around. He's had a great impact on our program."Mettenberger threw for 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 64.9 percent of his passes. Mettenberger joins Rohan Davey and JaMarcus Russell as the only three LSU quarterbacks to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season.An ESPN source reports Mettenberger will have surgery to repair his torn ACL in approximately two weeks.Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 04:35:24 AM
(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Wisconsin was held to 29 percent shooting from the field but Virginia was held to 24, as the No. 8 Badgers stymied the Cavaliers 48-38 Wednesday, earning Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan his 300th career victory with the Badgers.Josh Gasser led the way for Wisconsin with 11 points as the Badgers (9-0) are off to their best start since the 1993-94 season.Frank Kaminsky added nine points and 12 rebounds for Wisconsin, which snapped Virginia's three game win streak at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.London Perrantes led Virginia (7-2) with eight points.Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 04:28:52 AM
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a fractured left hand, the team announced Wednesday.Kidd-Gilchrist injured the hand in the third quarter of the team's loss to the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday.The former No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Kidd-Gilchrist could miss up to 20 games with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand.Kidd-Gilchrist, 20, is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds through 18 games this season.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 12/5/2013 04:24:55 AM