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NCAA Orders Notre Dame Football to Vacate 2012 and 2013 Season Wins

Elsa/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind) – On Tuesday, the NCAA ordered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate all the wins from their 2012 and 2013 football seasons.

According to the decision, the agreed-upon violations centered on academic misconduct by a former student athletic trainer and two football student-athletes during a three-year period. The student trainer also provided six other football players with impermissible academic benefits across 18 courses in two years.

The NCAA committee on infractions prescribed a public reprimand and censure of Notre Dame, one year of probation, a two-year show-cause order for the former trainer, a two-year disassociation of the former student trainer, a vacating of all records in which ineligible student-athletes participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, and a $5,000 fine.

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference, said the entire school has been cooperative throughout the investigation, and he thanked it for its support. Kelly said he bears no culpability for the academic misconduct that occurred under his watch.

Notre Dame announced it will appeal the decision. The Fighting Irish were the national runner-up during the 2012 season, losing to Alabama in the BCS title game and finishing with a 12-1 mark. The Irish went 9-4 in 2013.

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2017 National Hall of Fame Ballot Revealed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Fresh off of naming baseball’s MVPs, the Baseball Writers Association of America has released the ballot for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Of the 34 players on the ballot, 15 are returning. Most notably, this is the last time Fred McGriff, Tim Raines and Lee Smith will appear on the ballot. While Smith has appeared on the ballot 15 times, McGriff and Raines are making their 10th appearance. Due to a rule change, ballot eligibility was changed from 15 years to 10 years. Smith was grandfathered in due to his name appearing on the ballot prior to the change.

Some of the 19 new players the BWAA have deemed Hall of Fame eligible include Vladimir Guerrero, Jorge Posada and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.

A player is inducted into the Hall of Fame if they receive 75-percent of the vote. They also need at least 5-percent to stay on the ballot for the next year. All players who appear on the ballot must have played 10 seasons in the Major Leagues. In addition, their final game must have been at least five years ago.

Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell looks most likely to be inducted, as he received almost 72-percent of the vote last year.

All votes must be submitted by Dec. 31. The Class of 2017 will be revealed on Jan. 18 during a live broadcast on MLB Network.

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Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Charged with Sexually Assaulting Minor

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A former USA Gymnastics doctor has been charged with sexual assault involving a victim under the age of 13.

It is unclear how Dr. Larry Nassar, who is already facing sexual assault complaints from 36 people over the span of two decades, knew the victim or victims. It is also unclear if he will face additional charges.

Nassar has been accused of improper medical techniques with young gymnasts without chaperones present.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/21/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 106, Phoenix 101
Philadelphia 101, Miami 94
Golden State 120, Indiana 83
Memphis 105, Charlotte 90
Houston 99, Detroit 96
Boston 99, Minnesota 93
Milwaukee 93, Orlando 89
San Antonio 96, Dallas 91
LA Clippers 123, Toronto 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Colorado 3, Columbus 2
NY Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 2
Buffalo 4, Calgary 2
Nashville 3, Tampa Bay 1
Dallas 3, Minnesota 2
Edmonton 5, Chicago 0
San Jose 4, New Jersey 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Oakland 27, Houston 20

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(16) Wisconsin 74, Tennessee 62
Georgetown 65, (13) Oregon 61
(12) Creighton 86, Mississippi 77
(8) Arizona 71, N. Colorado 55
(5) Kansas 83, UAB 63
Northwestern 77, (22) Texas 58
(4) North Carolina 104, Chaminade University 61

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US Soccer Fires Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired as the manager of the United States, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Monday.

Klinsmann took charge of the U.S. men’s squad in 2011 and led them into the knockout stage at the 2014 World Cup, but lost his first two World Cup qualifying matches to Mexico and Costa Rica this year.

“Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director,” the statement said. “We want to thank Jürgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years. He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program, and there were considerable achievements along the way.”

No immediate replacement was announced, but sources tell ESPN that Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is being negotiated with for the position.

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University Of Texas Will Reportedly Fire Head Football Coach Charlie Strong

(Nick Caito / ESPN Images)(AUSTIN, Texas) — ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that the University of Texas has decided to fire its head football coach Charlie Strong after three seasons. The decision comes following the Longhorns’ overtime loss against Kansas University, the first time the program has lost to Kansas since 1938.

McMurphy reported on Satruday there were a number of Texas boosters exerting “extreme pressure” on Texas to fire Strong.

Strong is scheduled to speak at his Monday news conference. He told ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit on Sunday night that he has not been in contact with the university about his job status, but has heard of the reports of his potential firing. Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said Sunday night that the University was continuing to evaluate Strong.

Texas is still searching for its first winning season since Mack BRown resigned in 2013.

Strong took over the program in 2014 and lost seven games in each of his first two seasons. The Longhorns are currently 5-6 and face TCU on Friday. Should they lose, it would be the first time the Longhorns have ever lost at least seven games in three straight seasons.

Strong was hired after serving as the University of Louisville’s head football coach for four seasons. During his tenure at Louisville, he went 37-15 and won two bowl games.

Should Strong be fired, the school will owe him a $10.7 million buyout for the final two years left on his contract.

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University Of Texas Will Reportdly Fire Head Football Coach Charlie Strong

(Nick Caito / ESPN Images)(AUSTIN, Texas) — ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that the University of Texas has decided to fire its head football coach Charlie Strong after three seasons. The decision comes following the Longhorns’ overtime loss against Kansas University, the first time the program has lost to Kansas since 1938.

McMurphy reported on Satruday there were a number of Texas boosters exerting “extreme pressure” on Texas to fire Strong.

Strong is scheduled to speak at his Monday news conference. He told ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit on Sunday night that he has not been in contact with the university about his job status, but has heard of the reports of his potential firing. Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said Sunday night that the University was continuing to evaluate Strong.

Texas is still searching for its first winning season since Mack BRown resigned in 2013.

Strong took over the program in 2014 and lost seven games in each of his first two seasons. The Longhorns are currently 5-6 and face TCU on Friday. Should they lose, it would be the first time the Longhorns have ever lost at least seven games in three straight seasons.

Strong was hired after serving as the University of Louisville’s head football coach for four seasons. During his tenure at Louisville, he went 37-15 and won two bowl games.

Should Strong be fired, the school will owe him a $10.7 million buyout for the final two years left on his contract.

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Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Praises Jared Goff’s Performance

(Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Rams head cocah Jeff Fisher told reporters on Sunday that quarterback Jared Goff did a “really good job” in his NFL debut against the Miami Dolphins.

Goff was the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, selected out of the University of California.

Fisher went on to say Goff “did a nice job on the line of scrimmage,” adding that he was “in complete control” during the game.

The 22-year-old quarterback did not score a touchdown nor did he commit any turnovers. He completed 17-of-31 passes for 134 yards. Speaking to reporters, Goff said he felt “very comfortable” while playing on wet field conditions.

Goff earned the Rams’ starting quarterback job due in part to ineffective play from previous starter Case Keenum. The Rams face the New Orleans Saints next weekend on the road, where Goff is expected to make his second career start.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Historic 7th NASCAR Championship; Ties Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Record

Hemera/Thinkstock(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — Jimmie Johnson has made history, winning his seventh Sprint Cup Championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Johnson, 41, now ties Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers to win the championship seven times. He’s also the youngest, a year younger than Petty was when he won his seventh title in 1979.

The win is particularly sweet for Johnson, who earlier this season went 25 starts without a victory, the longest winless stretch of his career.

The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy SS pulled away from Kyle Busch and Joey Logano with just three laps to go, to seal his victory.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/20/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

NY Knicks 104, Atlanta 94
Portland 129, Brooklyn 109
Indiana 115, Oklahoma City 111 (OT)
Sacramento 102, Toronto 99
Denver 105, Utah 91
Chicago 118, LA Lakers 110

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Columbus 3, Washington 2
Carolina 3, Winnipeg 1
Florida 3, NY Rangers 2 (2OT)
Calgary 3, Detroit 2
LA Kings 3, Anaheim 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 9
Minnesota 30, Arizona 24
Buffalo 16, Cincinnati 12
Dallas 27, Baltimore 17
Detroit 26, Jacksonville 19
Tampa Bay 19, Kansas City 17
Indianapolis 24, Tennessee 17
NY Giants 22, Chicago 16
Miami 14, Los Angeles 10
Seattle 26, Philadelphia 15
New England 30, San Francisco 17
Washington 42, Green Bay 24

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(19) West Virginia 100, New Hampshire 41
(8) Virginia 62, Yale 38
(1) Duke 75, (21) Rhode Island 65
(20) Iowa St. 130, The Citadel 63
(24) Cincinnati 71, Penn St. 50
(11) Xavier 67, N. Iowa 59
(13) Michigan St. 78, Florida Gulf Coast 77
(22) Creighton 112, NC State 94
(3) Villanova 67, UCF 57
(2) Kentucky 93, Duquesne 59
(16) UCLA 114, Long Beach St. 77

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