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No. 16 Nebraska Stomps Rutgers

Football Texture/iStockphoto(LINCOLN, NE) — With a masterful effort from running back Ameer Abdullah the Nebraska Cornhuskers ran right through the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 42-24.

Abdullah broke a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, surpassing Roy Helu’s previous record of 321 yards from scrimmage. The diminutive running back scampered for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

Nebraska is now 7-1 with an upcoming matchup against Purdue.

Rutgers continues to receive a rude awakening to the realities of playing in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are now 1-3 in conference play and coming off a 56-17 drubbing from Ohio State the previous week.

Quarterback Gary Nova remained unimpressive completing 8 of 19 passes, throwing one touchdown and one interception before suffering an injury to his knee at the end of the first half.

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Gerald McCoy Signs Mega Deal With Buccaneers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) — Gerald McCoy is now the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history.

The Buccaneers re-signed their 2010 first round pick to a seven-year $98 million dollar contract extension with $51.5 million in guarantees.

McCoy struggled with injuries in his first two seasons, but has proven to be one of the most dominant nose tackles over the past two. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and was named a 2013 All-Pro.

Despite McCoy’s individual success, the Buccaneers continue to struggle. The team is currently 1-5 and coming off a 4-12 record in 2013.

Now with a new contract in hand, McCoy can maintain focus on bringing the Bucs back to postseason prominence.

“That’s eating away at me, man,” McCoy said earlier this season. “I do all this training and preparing, trying to do what I can for my team for us to get to the playoffs. I just want to experience it.”

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Kobe: Nash Retiring is Tough

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LAS VEGAS) — Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant stands behind future Hall of Famer Steve Nash’s decision to hang it up this week.

Nash announced his retirement following another back injury and Bryant said on Friday that he knows Nash did everything he could to get back on the court.

“You can control what you can control,” Bryant said. “He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn’t in the cards, if I couldn’t get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible.”

Bryant would have liked to play a full season with Nash, but understands that his teammate made the right choice.

“It’s tough,” said Bryant.. “I just asked him if he was in good spirits and he said, ‘Yeah.’ It kind of is what it is at this point. … He struggled with his back even when he was in his prime. I really don’t think it’s an age thing, it’s an injury thing. He’s had to deal with it his entire career, and it just caught up with him now.”

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception.

“I think all he knows is that he can’t continue to play,” Kupchak said. “Whenever he feels like he can, he tries to and then he gets set back three or four weeks. There’s age, there’s life after basketball. The only reason he’s playing this year is because he loves to play, so there’s a lot racing through his head. The bottom line is he can’t put it together.”

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – MLB – World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals 3 – San Francisco Giants 2 (Royals Lead World Series, 2-1)

NHL: Dallas Stars 3 (4-1-2) – New Jersey Devils 2 (3-2-2) – Shootout

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (5-2-1) – Winnipeg Jets 2 (2-5-0)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (7-1-0, 14pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (4-3-0, 8pts)

Edmonton Oilers 6 (3-4-1, 7pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-5-2, 2pts)

Colorado Avalanche 7 (2-4-2, 6pts) – Vancouver Canucks 3 (4-3-0, 8pts)

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Royals’ Bullpen Lights Out Again, KC Takes 2-1 Series Lead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Once again the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen proved its worth.

Kelvin Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to pitch four innings of hitless relief to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night.

The Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Kansas City headed into the bottom of the sixth with a 3-0 lead. But after starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie let up back-to-back hits, the second being an RBI double by Michael Morse, Royals skipper Ned Yost made the call to his trusty pen. Kelvin Herrera came in first. He walked Gegor Blanco before getting three straight-groundouts, yielding only one run, to preserve the Royals lead. The Giants only had one more baserunner the rest of the way, as the Royals improve their record to 9-1 in this postseason.

“This is the way our games have gone all year,” Yost said. “I’m getting really good at protecting a one-run lead because a lot of times that’s exactly what we have to deal with. “But I have the necessary tools to be able to do that. It’s not me doing it. It’s the guys that we put out there that are doing it. We have the type of pitchers in our bullpen that can accomplish that.”

Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain all had RBIs in the win.

Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who was pitching in the first World Series game of his career, went 5 2/3 innings allowing four hits, three runs, one walk while striking out two in the loss.

Game 4 is Saturday in San Francisco. The Royals send Jason Vargas to the mound. He’ll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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McMurray Takes Pole at Martinsville

BananaStock(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Despite not qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, Jamie McMurray won the poll at Martinsville Speedway Friday.

McMurray ran a lap of 99.905 mph, which is a qualifying record, to earn the top starting position for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.

“We made the car better throughout the test and hit on a couple of things that really had a lot of speed in it, so I was pretty excited about getting here this weekend,” McMurray said. “Our cars have been so quick the past two or three months. This is a great track for me, we had a really good test, and when things are going well, you get excited to come to the track.”

Championship contenders Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth qualified second and third.

Martinsville will be the first of three races that will determine the four final drivers that will compete for the Sprint Cup title Nov. 16 at Homestead.

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Reggie Wayne Out for Sunday’s Game Versus Steelers

NFL via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts will be without receiver Reggie Wayne when they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh Sunday, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday.

Wayne suffered an elbow injury during the team’s victory over Cincinnati last Sunday.

Wayne didn’t practice all week and has had a compression sleeve on his left arm.

The 35-year-old Wayne, has 38 catches for 434 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season.

The Colts (5-2) are looking for their sixth straight win.

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Bruins’ Defenseman Zdeno Chara Out 4-6 Weeks with Knee Injury

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins will be without one of the most imposing players in the NHL for the foreseeable future as defenseman Zdeno Chara will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Chara suffered the injury on Thursday during the Bruins’ game against the New York Islanders.

While the injury could have been a lot worse, Chara’s absence will still felt on the team.

“You hope everyone else picks up the slack,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “We’ve had a stretch before, might not have been four to six weeks, more like three weeks where Z was out. They don’t happen too often, but you hope everyone picks up the slack and we play a solid defensive game.”

Despite being in his 17th NHL season, ninth with the Bruins, the 37-year-old Chara is still one of the best defenseman in the NHL.

Since joining the Bruins in 2006, the team is 341-204-66 with Chara in the lineup during the regular season, and 8-7-5 without him.

During his time with the Bruins, Chara has never missed more than five-straight games.

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Bruins’ Defenseman Zdeno Chara Out 4-6 Weeks with Knee Injury

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Bruins will be without one of the most imposing players in the NHL for the foreseeable future as defenseman Zdeno Chara will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Chara suffered the injury on Thursday during the Bruins’ game against the New York Islanders.

While the injury could have been a lot worse, Chara’s absence will still felt on the team.

“You hope everyone else picks up the slack,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “We’ve had a stretch before, might not have been four to six weeks, more like three weeks where Z was out. They don’t happen too often, but you hope everyone picks up the slack and we play a solid defensive game.”

Despite being in his 17th NHL season, ninth with the Bruins, the 37-year-old Chara is still one of the best defenseman in the NHL.

Since joining the Bruins in 2006, the team is 341-204-66 with Chara in the lineup during the regular season, and 8-7-5 without him.

During his time with the Bruins, Chara has never missed more than five-straight games.

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Austin Davis Says He’s Humbled by Brett Favre’s Comments

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis received some high praise from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre this week.

Favre spoke with ESPN’s Ed Werder and compared the Southern Miss alumni to another future Hall of Famer.

“Austin can definitely play at this level,” Favre told Werder this week. “Not to sound off my rocker, but [Davis], in my mind, can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. [Brian] Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity.”

Davis was humbled by the comments and said that Favre has sent him text messages of encouragement. Still, he told reporters that he just wants to be himself.

“I don’t really want to be the next anybody,” Davis said. “I just want to be the first Austin Davis and just keep doing what we’re doing.”

Davis and the Rams are coming off a 28-26 win over the Seahawks last Sunday.

“It felt good to get one this past week. I think it was much needed for our football team,” Davis said of the win.

The Rams (2-4) will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs (3-3) on Sunday.

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