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Mariota: Excited to Play in Levi’s Stadium

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Oregon) — Sixth ranked Oregon will get another test on the road when they travel to California on Friday night.

The Ducks come into the game 3-1 in the Pac-12 this season and the team is looking forward to playing in the newly built Levi’s Stadium.

“It’ll be exciting to play in Levi’s Stadium,” Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota said Tuesday. “My brother and my dad are huge Niners fans, it’ll be cool to take pictures and show them.”

“Playing on a Friday night, there’s not that much college games on, people will be tuning in,” Mariota added. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Mariota has thrown 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,957 yards this season.

The Golden Bears are 2-3 in the Pac-12 so far this season.

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) — The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it’s anyones game right now.

“Everyone has a strength,” Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. “It really is pretty open to me.”

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. “It’s been a great track for us,” Hamin said on Tuesday. “No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it’s hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point.”

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he’s betting on Martinsville.

“This to me is where we’re going to shine,” Gordon said. “There’s such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing.”

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ESPN: Magic Agree to 4-Year Extension with Vucevic

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Center Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic agreed on a four-year, $53 million contract extension that will begin this season, according to ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-10, 240 pound Vucevic joined the Magic in August 2012 when he was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal.

The soon-to-be 24-year-old averaged 14.2 points, 11 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game last season.

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Bills Place Spiller on Short-Term IR

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Bills placed running back C.J. Spiller on the Reserved/Injured, Designated for Return list Tuesday.

Spiller suffered a broken collarbone during the team’s 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.

Spiller will be eligible to return Week 16 when Buffalo takes on the Oakland Raiders.

The Bills signed running back Philip Tanner to help out a backfield that also lost Fred Jackson to a groin injury on Sunday. Along with Tanner, the Bills will also give carries to Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

The 27-year-old Spiller had rushed for 287 yards and scored two touchdowns this season.

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Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Madison Bumgarner continued his postseason excellence Tuesday night.

Bumgarner pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City.

Bumgarner allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out five to earn his third win of the 2014 playoffs.

Royals starter James Shields didn’t fair quite as well as Bumgarner. Shields lasted only three innings, allowing seven hits, five runs and one walk, and striking out one.

Shields’ bad day started right away. He opened up the top of the first by allowing singles to Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey, before allowing an RBI double to Pablo Sandoval and a two-run home run to Hunter Pence.

Shields pitched perfect second and third innings before coming out in the fourth and letting three straight batters on base, which led to his early exit.

Already up 5-0 in the seventh, the Giants scored two more times, once on a Joe Panik triple and the other on a Sandoval single.

Game 2 of the World Series is Wednesday in Kansas City. The Giants send Jake Peavy to the mound. He will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.

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Jets and WR Jeremy Kerley Agree to Contract Extension

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets (1-6) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley agreed to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

The deal is worth $16 million, with $5.4 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

The Jets selected Kerley out of TCU with the 153rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. In 49 career regular-season games, he has 150 receptions for 1,865 yards and seven touchdowns.

Kerley has led the Jets in receptions and receiving yards the last two seasons.

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Florida’s Athletic Director to Continue to Evaluate Will Muschamp

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of what is proving to be another disappointing season, Florida Gators’ athletic Director Jeremy Foley has stated that he will continue to evaluate head coach Will Muschamp “as it plays out” over the season.

Through the first six weeks of the season, the Gators find themselves at 3-3 and 5th in the SEC East standings behind South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia.

“At the beginning of the season, we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,” Foley said in a statement. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

The fan criticism towards Mushamp has grown week by week as he is now in his fourth season as the team’s head coach and has had little success.

In Muschamp’s second season with Florida back in 2012, he went 11-2 that year, but is a combined 14-17 in his other three seasons at the helm.

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49ers Center Daniel Kilgore Out the Rest of the Season

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers will to press on as starting center Daniel Kilgore will miss the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his left leg.

Kilgore suffered the injury during the team’s loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

“It’s an obstacle to overcome, and he’s made of the right stuff,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said of Kilgore. “No doubt that he’ll overcome it.”

“We’ll say a prayer and hope the surgery goes real well tomorrow, which I’m confident it will, and he’ll start healing,” he continued.

In his first year as the starting center, Kilgore was more than holding his own as the 49ers have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.

Marcus Martin, who was the team’s third-round draft pick this year, is expected to take over as the team’s new starting center. He’s close to recovering from a left knee injury he suffered back in the preseason.

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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Bryn Lennon/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced Tuesday.

Before announcing her decision, Masipa acknowledged that sentencing is “not a perfect exercise.”

“A non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. But a long sentence would also not be appropriate, because it would lack mercy,” she said.

Pistorius was convicted last month of culpable homicide — comparable to manslaughter — in Steenkamp’s death. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison with no minimum prescribed sentence.

He was found not guilty of a more serious premeditated murder charge.

Prosecutors had requested 10 years in prison for Pistorius, 27, who’s known as Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs. The South African athlete’s defense team suggested a sentence of house arrest.

The trial began in March and was marked by the athlete’s emotional outbursts — often sobbing and wailing in court as details of the shooting were discussed.

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Florida’s Athletic Director to Continue to Evaluate Will Muschamp

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of what is proving to be another disappointing season, Florida Gators’ athletic Director Jeremy Foley has stated that he will continue to evaluate head coach Will Muschamp “as it plays out” over the season.

Through the first six weeks of the season, the Gators find themselves at 3-3 and 5th in the SEC East standings behind South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia.

“At the beginning of the season, we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,” Foley said in a statement. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”

The fan criticism towards Mushamp has grown week by week as he is now in his fourth season as the team’s head coach and has had little success.

In Muschamp’s second season with Florida back in 2012, he went 11-2 that year, but is a combined 14-17 in his other three seasons at the helm.

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