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Peyton Manning: ‘Sense of Urgency Has to Increase’

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning believes that the team needs to step up these last six games if they have any chance at getting back to the Super Bowl.

After losing to the Rams last Sunday, Manning and the Broncos will take on the Dolphins this weekend.

“Just your sense of urgency has to increase,” Manning said following Wednesday’s practice. “Realizing there aren’t many games left and we better get on it, better get going. Need to play better, I need to play better … You can say all you want, you can talk about doing it, but you’ve got to go and do it.”

“We’re not happy about last week’s game [against the Rams] by any means, with the way we played offensively … You can want a lot of things, but you have to go and do it.”

The Broncos started the season 6-1, but have dropped two out of the last three games.

“We’re doing everything trying to improve and get better,” Manning continued. “We’d love nothing more than come out and play better.”

The Broncos trail the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC and Manning knows how important home field throughout the playoffs is.

“I don’t think we’ve not been playing with fire … I just thought offensively it wasn’t a lack of fire, it was a lack of execution,” Manning said. “That starts with me, got to play better. I certainly think there’s plenty of fire there, but you’ve got to have more than that.”

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Peyton Manning: ‘Sense of Urgency Has to Increase’

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning believes that the team needs to step up these last six games if they have any chance at getting back to the Super Bowl.

After losing to the Rams last Sunday, Manning and the Broncos will take on the Dolphins this weekend.

“Just your sense of urgency has to increase,” Manning said following Wednesday’s practice. “Realizing there aren’t many games left and we better get on it, better get going. Need to play better, I need to play better … You can say all you want, you can talk about doing it, but you’ve got to go and do it.”

“We’re not happy about last week’s game [against the Rams] by any means, with the way we played offensively … You can want a lot of things, but you have to go and do it.”

The Broncos started the season 6-1, but have dropped two out of the last three games.

“We’re doing everything trying to improve and get better,” Manning continued. “We’d love nothing more than come out and play better.”

The Broncos trail the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC and Manning knows how important home field throughout the playoffs is.

“I don’t think we’ve not been playing with fire … I just thought offensively it wasn’t a lack of fire, it was a lack of execution,” Manning said. “That starts with me, got to play better. I certainly think there’s plenty of fire there, but you’ve got to have more than that.”

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Cardinals Prepare for Seahawks

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals will travel to Seattle on Sunday with a big chip on their shoulder playing as the underdog under backup Drew Stanton.

Stanton led the Cardinals to a 14-6 win over the Lions last Sunday, but they won’t be the favorite entering the 12th man at CenturyLink Field.

“I would’ve anticipated that,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “Going up there, everybody’s usually an underdog. It’s another one of those things that we don’t really need any extra motivation to go play them, especially at their place.

“They’re the world champions. We’re just 9-1. We haven’t done s— until we do something, but this is a big game.”

Seattle is coming off a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday and sits three games out of the NFC West behind Arizona.

“We know it’s going to be difficult,” Stanton said. “We’re not trying to pretend that it’s not, but at the same time, we have to stick with our keys and what we think we can do to be successful.”

Arizona knocked off Seattle in Week 16 last year to hand them their first home loss.

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Cardinals Prepare for Seahawks

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals will travel to Seattle on Sunday with a big chip on their shoulder playing as the underdog under backup Drew Stanton.

Stanton led the Cardinals to a 14-6 win over the Lions last Sunday, but they won’t be the favorite entering the 12th man at CenturyLink Field.

“I would’ve anticipated that,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “Going up there, everybody’s usually an underdog. It’s another one of those things that we don’t really need any extra motivation to go play them, especially at their place.

“They’re the world champions. We’re just 9-1. We haven’t done s— until we do something, but this is a big game.”

Seattle is coming off a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday and sits three games out of the NFC West behind Arizona.

“We know it’s going to be difficult,” Stanton said. “We’re not trying to pretend that it’s not, but at the same time, we have to stick with our keys and what we think we can do to be successful.”

Arizona knocked off Seattle in Week 16 last year to hand them their first home loss.

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Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) — Trailing at halftime, the Creighton Bluejays rallied from 18 points down to knock off 18th-ranked Oklahoma 65-63 Wednesday night. The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run in the second half to turn the tide on the Sooners (1-1).

Playing without the 2014 Player of the Year in Doug McDermott, now in the NBA, Creighton opened the game shooting just 6-of-25 (24%) in the first half. That allowed Oklahoma to build up a 35-24 lead at the break as the Sooners return their three top scorers from a year ago.

The run began with consecutive three-pointers from Isaiah Zierden and Austin Chatman and sparked a 13-0 run that cut the deficit to 44-40 with 13:57 left in regulation. It was another Zierden triple that put Creighton ahead for the first time, with a 48-46 advantage. Both squads battled back and forth with Oklahoma eventually holding a 61-57 lead with less than four minutes to play.

Creighton then rattled off six straight points, taking the lead on Zach Hanson’s layup with 49 seconds to play. Chatman would sink a pair of free throws to give the Bluejays a four-point advantage, before ultimately holding on by two.

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield led all scorers with 21 points, while Chatman paced the Bluejays with 17.

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Charlotte’s Jeff Taylor Suspended 24 Games

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The NBA announced Wednesday that Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor would be suspended for 24 games without pay after pleading guilty to misdemeanor physical assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month.

The 25-year-old will be credited the first 11 games of the season, which he sat out, and be forced to miss the next 13 as well. In total, the suspension will cost Taylor $119,689 of his $915,000 salary. As of Wednesday night, both Taylor and his officials were working with union officials to go over their options.

“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”

Taylor was arrested on Sept. 25 at a hotel in East Lansing, Mich. after an altercation with a woman with whom he was reportedly having a romantic relationship. An NBA release stated that the two had been drinking heavily when an argument ensued, resulting in Taylor shoving the woman into the hallway, where she fell and struck her head. The statement also noted that Taylor punched a hole in the wall near his room.

Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty in October. He also must complete 26 weeks of a domestic violence intervention program.

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Lakers Win Consecutive Games for First Time This Year

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — For the first time in the 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games with a 98-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant led the way with 29 points, seven assists, and five rebounds for the Lakers (3-9).

“Look, we had a bad start,” Bryant said. “Are we a 3-9 team? No. We’re a much better team than that. We got off to a really bad start, but we’ll (get better).”

Trailing by four with less than a minute to play, Los Angeles used a 7-1 run to take a 94-92 lead and pick up the victory. Nick Young scored 16 points in just his second game of the season, scoring 17 in Tuesday night’s win. Young added a pair of free throws late to seal the win.

The Rockets (9-3) were playing without center Dwight Howard who missed the game with a knee injury. James Harden paced Houston with 24 points while three other players scored in double figures. Despite shooting 15-of-38 from beyond the arc, the Rockets turned the ball over 17 times and were out-rebounded 47-38 in the loss.

It was the first meeting between the Western Conference foes after Houston’s opening night win in Los Angeles. That contest featured a small spat between Howard and Bryant, heightening the drama going into Wednesday’s game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: San Antonio Spurs 92 (7-4) – Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (5-5)

Indiana Pacers 88 (5-7) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (4-8)

Los Angeles Clippers 114 (6-4) – Orlando Magic 90 (5-8)

Boston Celtics 101 (4-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (0-11)

Dallas Mavericks 105 (9-3) – Washington Wizards 102 (7-3)

Phoenix Suns 88 (7-5) – Detroit Pistons 86 (3-9)

Toronto Raptors 96 (9-2) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (10-2)

Minnesota Timberwolves 115 (3-7) – New York Knicks 99 (3-10)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Creighton 65 (3-0) – (18) Oklahoma 63 (1-1)

NHL: New York Rangers 2 (7-7-4; 18pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (7-7-2; 16pts)

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Stanton Officially Signs Record-Breaking Deal with Marlins

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton officially signed his record-breaking $325 million, 13-year contract during a news conference at Marlins Park on Wednesday.

“It’s a huge responsibility and one I’m willing to take,” Stanton said. “I need to come into this as if I am drafted back in 2007 and I have work to do and things to progress and make this a huge step for the team.”

Stanton has spent his entire five-year major league career with the Marlins, where he has batted .271 with 154 home runs and 399 RBIs. He also has scored 350 runs and swiped 30 bases.

Stanton is a two-time All-Star (2012 and 2014).

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Red Sox Claim INF Juan Francisco Off Waivers

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

In 106 games with the Blue Jays last season, the 27-year-old Francisco batted .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. He also scored 40 runs and had an OBP of .291.

Francisco is a six-year major league veteran, having previously played for the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Blue Jays. He is a career .236 hitter with 48 homers and 152 RBIs.

Francisco hit a career-high 18 home runs in 2013 while playing for the Braves and Brewers.

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