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The Detroit NewsVetearn reliever Jose Veras will pitch for the Cubs in 2014, and finishing 2013 with the Tigers. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News). Chicago — A person familiar with the situation said the Chicago Cubs and reliever Jose Veras were closing in on a $4 million, …AP source: Cubs, Jose Veras near $4M contractWashington PostCubs reportedly reach deal with VerasFox NewsCubs agree with Jose VerasESPNChicago Tribune –Chicago Sun-Timesall 33 news articles …read more Source: Sports From Google News ...

USA TODAYThe Brooklyn Nets seem to have turned around an atrocious start to the season. They blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 130-94 to win the fourth of their last five games. The biggest reason for Monday’s dominance was Joe Johnson, who had the best quarter of …Defense not giving Sixers a chanceThe IntelligencerAll Paul McCartney wanted at a Nets game was a free t-shirtThe Star-Ledger – NJ.comJohnson makes 10 3-pointers, Nets top 76ers 130-94Washington PostNew York Daily News –Los Angeles Times –azcentral.comall...

USA TODAYCHARLOTTE — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera can thank St. Louis Rams sack master Robert Quinn and his line mates for providing a blueprint on how to stop the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees in Sunday’s NFC South first-place …Saints release K Garrett HartleyWashington PostSaints release kicker Garrett HartleyPhilly.comGarrett Hartley waived by New Orleans SaintsNFL.comESPN –MiamiHerald.com –San Francisco Chronicleall 739 news articles …read more Source: Sports From Google...

USA TODAYThe White House delivered a strong message of opposition to Russia’s anti-gay laws Tuesday with the announcement of its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. The White House delegation will include an openly gay athlete: tennis …Figure Skating to Air Live on TV From Sochi GamesABC NewsObamas, Biden to skip the Winter Olympics in RussiaWashington PostBillie Jean King named a member of U.S. Olympic delegationSI.comCBS Newsall 486 news articles …read more Source: Sports From Google News ...

USA TODAYPresident Obama’s selection of Billie Jean King for the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is a stroke of genius. What better way to show the nation’s disgust for President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay propaganda law than for Obama …Figure Skating to Air Live on TV From Sochi GamesABC NewsSochi Winter Olympics: US to send openly gay athletes as part of delegationTelegraph.co.ukWhite House unveils US delegation to 2014 OlympicsSan Francisco ChronicleWall Street Journal –Daily...

USA TODAYBALTIMORE (AP) — A person familiar with the contract says the Baltimore Orioles and free agent closer Grant Balfour have agreed to a $15 million, two-year deal. HOT STOVE: Free agent tracker. The deal will not be finalized under right-hander passes a …Who gets better deal for closer? Orioles with Balfour or A’s with Johnson?San Jose Mercury NewsO’s, Grant Balfour agree on dealESPNAP source: Orioles, Balfour agree to 2-year dealWashington PostFox News –MLB.comall 61 news articles …read...

USA TODAYTOKYO (AP) — Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn’t want to let him go. MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball’s new posting system caps the fee for players at $20 million, less than …Tanaka Wants to Play in MLB, but Club Balks at the IdeaNew York TimesMasahiro Tanaka posting rumors: The latest on the Japanese ace’s MLB hopesPhilly.comMLB, NPB reach agreement on posting systemFox NewsMiamiHerald.comall 224 news articles …read...

New York Daily NewsWIZARDS 102, KNICKS 101. The only thing executed to perfection by the Knicks in the final 24.5 seconds was Carmelo Anthony ripping off his headband and firing it to the ground. But then, the Knicks are well-versed in expressing their frustration this season.Knicks rewind: How everything went wrong in final 24 secondsNew York PostCarmelo Anthony on Mike Woodson: ‘As far as I’m concerned, he’s secure right …SI.comAt End, Knicks Fail to Stop Beal and to Stop the ClockNew York TimesABC News –Reutersall...

USA TODAYAs a member of the most famous band in music history, Sir Paul McCartney has sold over 100 million albums and singles. He’s constantly feted across the globe, honored with knighthoods and lifetime achievement awards. The man has access to pretty much …Watch Paul McCartney try really hard to catch T-shirt at Nets gameLos Angeles TimesAll Paul McCartney needs is love and this Nets T-shirtNew York PostNBA: Trade rumors loom over Sixers’ lopsided loss to NetsMontgomery NewspapersSI.com –Washington Postall...

USA TODAYAT THE WATER COOLER: The headliner of today’s Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden matches No. 14 Memphis and No.17 Florida (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). Both teams will almost certainly be tourney-bound come March, but a win would look good on the …College basketball schedule: No. 15 Memphis and No. 16 Florida face off in …Philly.com(16) Florida (7-2) vs. (15) Memphis (7-1)News & ObserverBurno returns to where his basketball journey beganSarasota Herald-Tribune all 31 news articles …read more Source:...

New York PostMoney can’t buy Paul McCartney love, nor can it buy the thrill of a free T-shirt. The near-billionaire was at Barclays Center on Monday, watching the Nets play the 76ers, when the member of the most famous band in history reacted like a teenage girl seeing …Paul McCartney Tries to Catch T-Shirt at a Brooklyn Nets GameSI.comPaul McCartney Sits In The Barclays Center Cheap SeatsPatch.comPaul McCartney was at Nets game Monday, really wanted a T-Shirt (VIDEO)NBCSports.comFOXSports.com –Washington Post (blog)...

USA TODAYIn the fourth quarter of last night’s Monday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions, the Ravens were trailing the Lions by one point and driving down the field. The drive stalled, though, with Joe Flacco unable to move his …Mitch Albom: Detroit Lions still aren’t ready for prime timeDetroit Free PressCalvin Johnson defends Matthew Stafford’s poor playNFL.comHere’s Justin Tucker’s fantastic 61-yard field goal, and other MNF notesSan Jose Mercury NewsChicago...

FOXSports.comThings were already pretty wild for Texas Longhorns football Monday by the time the Ravens and Lions kicked off. Then Justin Tucker happened. And by the time he was done, all the second-year kicker and pride of the Longhorns had done in the Ravens’ …Detroit Lions notes: Despite three interceptions, Matthew Stafford still has …Detroit Free PressMatthew Stafford takes rap for Lions offense’s ineptitudeThe Detroit NewsTucker’s 61-yard FG boosts Ravens over LionsReutersSportingNews.com –Minneapolis...

USA TODAYFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan’s tenure as coach of the New York Jets could be in its final weeks. Keep Rex or Fire Rex? Well, that depends on who you ask. There’s one guy, though, who thinks the Jets already have the right man to lead them …Rex Ryan’s future with NY Jets all but decided regardless of final two games …New York Daily NewsRex Ryan believes he’s still right man for JetsWashington PostRex Ryan Says He Deserves to Keep His JobWall Street JournalThe Star-Ledger –...

“Khloe Khardashian And Lamar Odom Divorce After LA Lakers Trade”? My observation is that it seemed as long as Lamar Odom was an LA Lakers player, his marriage with Khloe Khardashian worked. But after he was traded in 2011 (and after the Chris Paul deal was nixed by the NBA), it seemed like their relationship tumbled. I’m not blaming her, but saying Lamar Odom’s self-esteem came not just from being an NBA star, but an LA Lakers star. I really think that impacted him negatively. Stay tuned. ...

USA TODAYATLANTA (AP) — DeMarre Carroll shadowed Kobe Bryant from one end of the court to the other, leading Atlanta’s defensive effort that eventually wore down the Lakers and their star. Carroll’s strong defense and Kyle Korver’s three 3-pointers in Atlanta’s …Hawks 114, Lakers 100 (Updated)Atlanta Journal ConstitutionHorford, Hawks handle LakersChicago TribuneLakers fall apart in second half of 114-100 loss to HawksLos Angeles TimesJournal Gazette and Times-Courierall 134 news articles …read...

SI.comThe Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions are both in position for playoff berths, but only one of them has made significant progress toward reaching that goal lately. The surging Ravens, though, have also struggled on the road this season and will try to end …Ravens Get 4 FGs, Lead Lions 12-10 After 3rdABC NewsRavens’ fourth field goal is difference as Lions offense sputtersThe Detroit NewsLive blog: Stafford’s 2nd INT turns into Ravens’ 5th FG; Lions down, 15-10Detroit Free PressChicago Tribune –SB...

USA TODAYINDIANAPOLIS — It looked like the Detroit Pistons were headed to yet another fourth-quarter collapse. An 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter against the Eastern Conference power Indiana Pacers had shrunk to two points at 96-94 after Lance …Pistons Hand Pacers First Home Defeat, 101-96ABC NewsDetroit Pistons close the door in fourth quarter to beat league-leading Indiana …MLive.comJosh Smith stars again as Pistons bounce back to topple PacersThe Detroit NewsKansas City Star –HoopsWorldall 62 news...

USA TODAYBoston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is appealing his 15-game suspension, his agent, Anton Thun, said Monday. The 15 games is the longest suspension handed out by the NHL’s Brendan Shanahan in his two-plus years as the league’s disciplinarian for …Bruins’ Thornton appeals suspensionChicago TribuneEducating players on dangers of illegal hockey hits must start earlyLos Angeles TimesShawn Thornton’s suspension appeal doesn’t quite make him a hypocriteSportingNews.comCBC.ca –WEEI.com –Morning...

USA TODAYOne of the most significant deals of this offseason was completed Monday and no player changed addresses. A new posting agreement between Major League Baseball and NPB, the governing body of Japanese baseball, is in effect and its ramifications …Decision on major league future of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka appears …Los Angeles TimesAfter a Posting Deal, Questions on a PitcherNew York TimesPosting fee for players from Japan capped at $20 millionNewsdayBusinessweek –MLB.com –Reutersall 81 news articles ...