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National Hockey League says Seattle can apply for franchise

Commissioner Gary Bettman didn't hesitate to lay down the price ($650 million) and the specifics (the NHL is "only" interested in expanding to Seattle ) when the league welcomed a 32nd team this week. OVG CEO Tim Leiweke says his group will work to get a team to join the WNBA's Seattle Storm at KeyArena. It's clear that Bettman doesn't want to relocate this team - remember, the franchise is one of his Sun Belt babies, so it behooves him to make it work.

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LaVar: Sons LiAngelo, LaMelo sign with agent

LiAngelo Ball's outspoken father, Lavar Ball , told ESPN he made a decision to pull his son out of UCLA . LiAngelo and the other two freshmen were serving an indefinite suspension for the scandal, but LaVar told ESPN he was frustrated by the school's inability to reach a swift resolution.

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Oregon Hires a New Head Coach

He brought that with him to OR last season when he took over as co-offensive coordinator and now he'll have all that experience as he becomes a head coach for the second time. "Thank you for your trust, man". Losing Taggart, the Florida native, after less than a year meant another coaching search, but this time the Ducks stayed in-house.

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Why LA is Still the Favorite to Trade for Stanton

The St. Louis Cardinals reached a deal with the Miami Marlins to acquire slugger Giancarlo Stanton , but Stanton had other thoughts. Expect Stanton's future destination to be the main topic of interest at the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Shohei Otani, "Japanese Babe Ruth", signs with Los Angeles Angels

While being a DH might have been a factor for Ohtani, comfort mattered more. But the Angels' combination of a promising young core and a attractive West Coast location clearly appealed to the 23-year-old Ohtani, who has confounded baseball experts at nearly every step of his move to the majors.

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76ers agree to trade Jahlil Okafor to Nets

Instead, Philadelphia wanted to get something in return for the 21-year-old big man. In Brooklyn, Okafor will get the chance to team up with the player who was selected before him in the 2015 Draft, D'Angelo Russell. He's averaging just 12.5 minutes per game this season, and it was clear long ago that he wouldn't be a part of the 76ers' long-term plans. Guards T.J.

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Kevin Durant Ejected For 3rd Time In 18 Games

During another exchange, Durant talked trash to Cousins and stepped up to the Pelicans big man. Moments later, both players were ejected, and teammates and coaches had to intervene to separate the two. Cousins had 19 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. You know that he's feisty, you know that he's emotional, you know that he plays that way.

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Creek Fire Chars Nearly 11400 Acres in Sylmar

And an area south of the Foothill Freeway was ordered evacuated in Shadow Hills between Sunland Boulevard to the south, Wentworth Street to the north and Tuxford Street to the west, officials said. Residents who had to evacuate from their homes described tense moments as the fires rapidly approached. Nearly 200,000 people lost power in Ventura County on Tuesday, making it challenging for the 1,100 firefighters to put out the flames.

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City's winning run ends with defeat to Shakhtar

He will now get that opportunity in the fiery atmosphere of a Manchester derby. The incident came after Raheem Sterling's late victor sent the Etihad into pandemonium, setting them up for a record-equalling 13th consecutive Premier League victory against West Ham on Sunday.

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Jimbo Fisher on leaving FSU for Texas A&M

Fisher, who agreed to a 10-year, $75 million contract with the Aggies, cited his relationship with athletic director Scott Woodward and the school's resources as the main factors in his decision. Another factor that could be playing against Texas A&M as Taylor-Stuart's recruitment continues is that four-star defensive back Leon O'Neal recently de-committed from the Aggies.

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Japanese star Ohtani whittles list of potential teams

Their biggest sell over the other West Coast teams, however: Come play for a victor. "I can't say that is 100 percent the case, but I got the indication Friday evening that our presentation was fantastic and that it might not be a flawless fit, " Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Sunday night of a conversation he had with Ohtani's representatives.

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Penn State to play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl

Washington: QB Jake Browning. Iowa would respond cutting the lead to just five by the half as Penn State cooled and struggled with foul trouble on the defensive end of the court. Photo by: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports. The Nittany Lions went 7-2 in the Big Ten, while the Huskies went 7-2 in Pac-12 play. If McSorley can control the game with both his arm and legs, as he has done all year, Penn State has a good chance of emerging victorious.

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Scott Frost Named Husker Head Football Coach

Frost met with the team before the news conference and said, "I saw a lot of fire in their eyes". According to insider Brett McMurphy , the Cornhuskers agreed to a seven-year, $35 million deal with Frost, who just led Central Florida to a 62-55 win over Memphis in double-overtime in the AAC Championship game.

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Guardiola admits regret, says he 'cannot control' himself

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has been given until Monday to respond to the FA. When the players were already heading to the locker room, Guardiola seemed to have a heated argument with midfielder Nathan Redmond . Guardiola approached Redmond moments after Raheem Sterling had scored a 96th-minute victor for the league leaders at Etihad Stadium. "It's the same as I do to beat them".

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Alabama In; Ohio State Out In College Football Playoff

Last season, the committee bypassed Big Ten champ Penn State to take Ohio State . Ohio State was the first, being selected last season over Big Ten champion Penn State. 2 Oklahoma in September. It was a point Saban made during his Saturday night politicking on ESPN . "You got to look at the total body of work that the team did for the entire season, and I would say that if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points, that you wouldn't be having this conversation".

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Jimbo Fisher leaving FSU to become head coach at Texas A&M

According to the Democrat , Fisher will not coach the Seminoles in this weekend's game against Louisiana-Monroe. Jimbo Fisher just got paid big time by Texas A&M . Earlier this week, Rick Butts, who is the godfather and guardian of quarterback James Blackman, took to social media, saying, "It's a distraction. I want yall to really think this next move thru".

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Tiger Woods Cards Opening Round 69 at Hero World Challenge

His began with a par and after coming close on the opening two holes, picked up his first birdie of the day on the par-five third. But this is very much the Tiger show. It's encouraging to see Woods taking this, the 10th comeback of his career, one step at a time. The 14-time major champion, who has had four back operations in the past three years, finished tied for eighth in the 18-strong field with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood in the lead on 66.

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Ole Miss football will get infractions ruling on Friday, per report

Ole Miss had hoped to avoid a postseason ban in 2018, but was hit with another year and plans to appeal the decision. The NCAA panel noted that this was the third case in 30 years involving Ole Miss boosters breaking rules, and said that even Freeze told them, "upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program".

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Stokes flying to New Zealand, not Adelaide Oval, England says

Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jez Curwin didn't rule it out as a possibility, telling reporters "we'd be delighted to have him come and play for us if we ever got to that stage". But England officials say that's not the case and they're still awaiting a police decision on whether Stokes will be charged over the Bristol incident.

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Top field for World Challenge as Tiger returns

The Hero World Challenge , which brings in the elite of the sport sees the man with 14 Major titles making a 10th comeback. "My doctor said, 'You'll be good for the rest of your life.'". Of course, (my lower back is) fused. And as it relates to the new generation of golfers who mostly grew up watching him instead of competing against him, he has a wish that he knows might not be realized.

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Clippers F Griffin out two months

He had just nine rebounds and just nine points, with five turnovers and four fouls. "It didn't look good", Rivers said. The team was already missing three star players - Patrick Beverley , Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic - before Griffin was injured.

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Aqib Talib Snatched Michael Crabtree's Chain Off Again

Several other players joined in as Talib eventually had Crabtree's helmet as Talib was pulled out of crowd and he tossed it toward the stands. Gabe Jackson , a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Raiders , was also ejected for contact with an official.

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Jurgen Klopp plays down Sadio Mane spat

The Liverpool boss let rip at the officials for refusing to let him bring on substitute Adam Lallana. Watching the Egyptian continually threaten the Chelsea defence, it was tempting to wonder just how good this Liverpool team could be if Klopp could correct obvious problems at the other end of the field.

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UCLA to name Kelly coach

Kelly has not coached on the collegiate level since 2012, when he led the University of OR to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where it defeated Kansas State by a score of 35-17. Kelly, 54, is coming off a failed one-year stint as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and after three years with the Eagles. He previously had been named AP Coach of the Year at OR in 2010-11, when they lost the BCS Championship game to Auburn, compiling a 46-7 record with the Ducks from ...

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Stats: Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara enter elite list

Herath posed some threat and kept the scoring down, as did Gamage but the lack of sustained pressure and the lack of effectiveness of the other bowlers let India run away with a lead in excess of 100. "I like batting so it does not matter who bats at the other end", he offered. As it turned out, a direct hit was needed, and Sadeera Samarawickrama missed from short leg.