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Charlie Strong Says He Expects to Meet with UT Officials After Loss to TCU

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong said Friday he expects to meet with school officials after losing 31-9 to Texas Christian University.

Strong, who has coached the team for three seven-loss seasons, said at a post-game news conference that he had not been told if his three-year tenure at Texas was over.

“I just told our players that I look forward to coming back and make sure we get this thing on track,” he said.

Texas running back D’Onta Foreman rallied behind the coach and was in tears on the field after the loss.

“I’ve invested so much into this program, so much into the team, and to come up short like that and for [Strong] to have to go through the stuff he’s going through is very emotional,” he said. “He’s a great guy, and he doesn’t deserve it, honestly.”

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Vontaze Burfict, Doug Baldwin Fined for Obscene Gestures

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin have each been fined by the NFL for flipping the bird last Sunday, according to ESPN.

Sources said the two were hit with a $12,154 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct caught on TV in separate games– Burfict when he put up his middle fingers to the stands in a loss to the Bufalo Bills, and Baldwin for flipping off Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell during the win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Burfict served a three-game suspension at the beginning of the season for violating the NFL’s player safety rules and was fined $75,000 by the league for allegedly stomping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount’s leg.

In Baldwin’s case, he said at a press conference later that he and Bevell “joked about it” and the offensive coordinator insisted he and Baldwin “have a great relationship.”

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LeBron James to Attend Ohio State-Michigan Game

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) – Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James says he and some of his teammates will attend Saturday’s college football game between Ohio State and Michigan.

James, an Ohio State supporter, says he has always wanted to attend a Buckeyes game and will be in the crowd for the rivalry matchup in Columbus.

The meeting between the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the college football rankings could have national playoff implications.

Ohio State players will be sporting LeBron James gear when they take the field, as they are set to debut new cleats inspired by James’ basketball sneakers.

After the game, the Cavaliers travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on Sunday.

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LSU In Talks with Houston Football Coach Tom Herman, Sources Say

iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Louisiana State University is working on a deal with Tom Herman to become their next head football coach and could have a deal done by the end of the weekend, sources tell ESPN.

Herman, currently the head coach at the University of Houston, is one of the hottest names on the coaching market, after leading the Cougars to a 13-1 season last year.

The former Ohio State offensive coordinator hasn’t ruled out an offer from the University of Texas, however, which was rumored to be interested in Herman if the decision is made to fire their head coach Charlie Strong. USA Today Sports reported that Herman met with LSU officials in Houston earlier this week.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is also reportedly near the top of LSU’s coaching wish list. He was an assistant coach at LSU under both Nick Saban and Les Miles.

During LSU’s 54-39 win over Texas A&M Thursday night, the school released a statement saying that no decision has been made on the school’s next football coach. Current interim head coach Ed Orgeron was brought in after Miles was fired early in the season.

A source told ESPN this week that Texas had decided it would fire Strong after the Longhorns lost to the Kansas Jayhawks last Saturday. The school’s athletic director, however, insisted Strong would be evaluated after the season was over.

The Houston Chronicle quotes Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek as saying that he had not been informed by Herman or his agent that there were ongoing conversations with LSU. Sources told ESPN that Yurachek met with Herman’s agent earlier in the week to offer a contract extension and a raise to the highest paid coach in a Group of 5 conference school.

The Houston Cougars play their final regular season game on Friday against Memphis, while LSU finished its regular season on Thursday.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/24/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Montreal 2 Carolina 1
Ottawa 3 Boston 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(25) LSU 54 (22) Texas A&M 39

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Detroit 16 Minnesota 13
Final Dallas 31 Washington 26
Final Pittsburgh 28 Indianapolis 7

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(20) Baylor 73 (24) Michigan St. 58
Temple 89 (26) Florida St. 86
(21) Iowa St. 73 Indiana St. 71
(10) Louisville 62 Wichita St. 52
(19) West Virginia 89 Illinois 57
(11) Gonzaga 82 Quinnipiac 62
(8) Arizona 69 Santa Clara 61
(14) UCLA 99 Portland 77

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Cavaliers’ Kevin Love Scores 34 Point in First Quarter, Setting New Record

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love set an NBA record for most points scored in the first quarter of a game.

Love scored 34 points within the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The forward was just 3 points shy of the league record for points in any quarter. That is held by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015, according to ESPN.

“I’m not trying to be nonchalant about it, but sometimes when you’re in it, you don’t necessarily feel it,” said Love, who finished with 40 points in Cleveland’s victory over Portland.

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San Francisco Cyclists Complete 50-Mile Turkey-Shaped Bike Ride

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — This is a Thanksgiving turkey that will actually help you lose weight.

Take a look at this map throughout San Francisco of the fourth annual “Turkey Ride,” complete with feathers, a beak and a Thanksgiving hat.

Courtesy Bret Lobree

Cyclist Bret Lobree created the route. He and seven of his friends completed the 50.5-mile ride on Monday in just over four hours.

How did the group celebrate?

“No pie or turkey,” Lobree told ABC News. “Just high fives with the riders.”

Lobree tracked the route with GPS and has this awesome map to prove it.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/23/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 96 Indiana 85
Phoenix 92 Orlando 87
Cleveland 137 Portland 125
2OT Memphis 104 Philadelphia 99
San Antonio 119 Charlotte 114
Boston 111 Brooklyn 92
Detroit 107 Miami 84
Toronto 115 Houston 102
L.A. Clippers 124 Dallas 104
Utah 108 Denver 83
New Orleans 117 Minnesota 96
Golden State 149 L.A. Lakers 106
Sacramento 116 Oklahoma City 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
New Jersey 5 Toronto 4
Calgary 2 Columbus 0
Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 1
Pittsburgh 6 N-Y Rangers 1
Detroit 2 Buffalo 1
Washington 4 St. Louis 3
Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 2
Nashville 5 Dallas 2
San Jose 2 Chicago 1
Vancouver 4 Arizona 1
Edmonton 6 Colorado 3
L.A. Kings 4 N-Y Islanders 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kentucky 101 Cleveland St. 70
Baylor 71 VCU 63
Oregon 79 UConn 69
South Carolina 61 (25) Michigan 46
Villanova 63 Coll. of Charleston 47
Duke 88 William & Mary 67
Michigan St. 73 St. John’s 62
Purdue 96 Auburn 71
Louisville 68 Old Dominion 62
North Carolina 71 (16) Wisconsin 56

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Ralph Branca, of ‘Shot Heard ‘Round The World’ Fame, Dead at 90

Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, whose baseball career will forever be defined by one fateful pitch, died in Rye, New York on Wednesday. Branca was 90 years old.

In 1951, Branca surrendered a game-winning home run to New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thompson that gave the National League Pennant to the Giants. Known as the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” the home run capped a miraculous climb from more than 12 games back in the standings to win the pennant.

Branca won 76 games in his first seven seasons, including three All-Star Game appearances.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement on Branca’s death calling him “a true gentleman who earned universal respect in the game he loved and served so well. Ralph’s participation in the ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ was eclipsed by the grace and sportsmanship he demonstrated following one of the game’s signature moments.”

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JJ Watt Opens Up About Threatening Staph Infection

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is opening up about a staph infection that nearly ended his NFL career and almost his life.

The three-time defensive player of the year is no stranger to injuries and setbacks. During the 2015 season alone, Watt suffered a broken hand, two torn abs, three torn adductor muscles and herniated discs.

But the four-time all-pro told The Players’ Tribune, “The scariest was probably the staph infection.”

In October 2015, Watt told his trainer about bumps he noticed on his knee. Watt was then rushed him to the hospital for antibiotic treatment.

Watt said “team doctors told me that if our trainer hadn’t recognized the problem so quickly, I could have lost my leg.”

ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser said, “Staph infections are spread among teams very easily. They’re spread through contact, also spread in the locker room through surfaces people can sit on, through razors, through sharing towels.”

Concerns are growing in the football world, especially after the outbreak in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ locker room that led to three players who contracted staph infections.

Lawrence Tynes, a former placekicker for the Buccaneers, said, “This infection is [was] just eating me up inside. It can kill you.”

Also in 2015, New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells almost had his foot amputated because of a staph infection.

Luckily for Watt, this infection did not get the better of him and won’t keep him down.

“The kid in me is back,” he said. “Am I done? Hell, no. I’m just getting started.”

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