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Patriots WR Michael Floyd Had BAC of .217 At Time of DUI Arrest

(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(NEW YORK) — Wide receiver Michael Floyd, claimed on waivers last week by the New England Patriots, had a blood alcohol content of .217 when he was arrested for DUI earlier this month.

Following his arrest, Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals. ESPN reports that Floyd could face a mandatory jail sentence of at least 45 days, required use of an interlock system, and thousands of dollars in fines and monetary contributions if convicted.

Floyd was previously arrested for DUI while a student at Notre Dame. He had a BAC of .19 at the time of his 2011 arrest.

Police have released a video from Floyd’s most recent arrest, which showed the wide receiver asleep in his Cadillac Escalade at about 2:48 a.m. on December 12. An officer can be seen knocking on the window of Floyd’s vehicle, finally waking him.

Floyd initially failed to follow the officer’s instructions to put the car in park and turn it off, but eventually rolled down his window, at which point the officer unlocked the door and removed Floyd from his vehicle.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that the team was aware of the video, and that Floyd was practice with the team.

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NFL Unveils Rosters for 2017 Pro Bowl

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NFL has announced its rosters for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

For the American Football Conference, the Oakland Raiders lead all teams with seven players. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, along with wide receiver Amari Cooper, center Rodney Hudson, defensive end Khalil Mack, safety Reggie Nelson, offensive tackle Donald Penn and offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, will all play in the game, scheduled for Jan. 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

On the other side, the Atlanta Falcons lead the National Football Conference with six players. They include quarterback Matt Ryan, linebacker Vic Beasley, placekicker Matt Bryant, running back Devonta Freeman, wide receiver Julio Jones and center Alex Mack.

You can check out the full rosters for the AFC and NFC here.

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Harlem Globetrotter Sinks Basket from Top of Houston Stadium

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — In a video posted to the official Harlem Globetrotters’ YouTube channel, Corey “Thunder” Law, a star Globetrotter and holder of three basketball-related world records, effortlessly throws a ball from the roof of the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium. through a hoop set up on the ground below.

The NRG Stadium is 260 feet high. Even more impressive, it’s pretty much nothin’ but net when he sinks it.

In the video, Law said the distance was far more than his 2013 record of 109 feet.

Law previously managed an amazing trick shot at the US Airways Center in Phoenix — home of the Phoenix Suns — as part of the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day.

The trick shot was part of a promotion for The Harlem Globetrotters‘ world tour, which kicks off in Houston Dec. 26.

Earlier in December, Globetrotter Anthony “Buckets” Blakes climbed 58 stories up the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas to make a similarly incredible shot.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/20/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 117, LA Lakers 113
New Orleans 108, Philadelphia 93
NY Knicks 118, Indiana 111
Toronto 116, Brooklyn 104
Orlando 136, Miami 130 (2OT)
Cleveland 114, Milwaukee 108 (OT)
Boston 112, Memphis 109 (OT)
San Antonio 102, Houston 100
Golden State 104, Utah 74
Sacramento 126, Portland 121
LA Clippers 119, Denver 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NY Islanders 4, Boston 2
Nashville 5, New Jersey 1
Columbus 3, LA Kings 2 (SO)
Pittsburgh 7, NY Rangers 2
Florida 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Montreal 5, Anaheim 1
Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 1
Minnesota 2, Colorado 0
Ottawa 4, Chicago 3
St. Louis 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Vancouver 4, Winnipeg 1
San Jose 4, Calgary 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(9) Creighton 96, Arizona St. 85
(11) West Virginia 84, Radford 57
(17) Xavier 85, E. Washington 56
(18) Arizona 77, New Mexico 46
(19) Saint Mary’s (Cal), 67 Texas A&M-CC 46
(20) Oregon 75, Fresno St. 63

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McAdoo, Giants Penalized by NFL for Walkie-Talkie Use

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — The NFL has fined the New York Giants $150,000 and head coach Ben McAdoo $50,000 for the use of walkie-talkies in the team’s Week 14 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The use violated the NFL’s game operations policy, because two-way radios cannot be cut off within 15 seconds of the play clock expiring like the NFL’s.

New York will also have their fourth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft dropped below compensatory picks, as long as it doesn’t go 12 spots below where they would have originally selected.

The drive in which the Giants’ used the walkie-talkies ended in Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning throwing an interception.

The Giants released a statement accepting the penalty and taking full responsibilty for the incident.

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Two-Time Wimbledon Champ Petra Kvitova Injured by Knife-Wielding Attacker

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(PRAGUE) — Petra Kvitova, a Czech tennis player and two-time Wimbledon champion, is out of professional tennis for at least three months after a reported home invasion.

Kvitova, 26, was allegedly attacked by an intruder with a knife at her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic, on Tuesday. She said on Twitter that she “badly injured” her left hand, her playing hand, trying to defend herself.

“I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive,” she said on Twitter.

Thank you for all your messages. As you may have already heard, today I was attacked in my apartment by an individual with a knife

— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) December 20, 2016

The tennis star’s manager Katie Spellman said Kvitova underwent surgery Tuesday to repair tendons and nerves on her hand. She tweeted that Kvitova will have to wear a cast for 6-8 weeks and cannot bear weight on the injured hand for at least three months.

Petra has undergone surgery for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Considering the extent of the damage, the surgery went very well. Doctors repaired

— Katie Spellman (@Spellman_Katie) December 20, 2016

The Championships, Wimbledon said in a statement: “The thoughts of everyone at Wimbledon are with Petra Kvitova, and we send her our best wishes for her recovery.”

Earlier on Tuesday before the incident, the Czech tennis player said she would not be able to play the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, in January because of a foot injury.

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Witness Identifies Former Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez as Gunman in 2012 Double Murder

John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been accused of pulling the trigger in another murder case.

Raychides Sanches, a witness to a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston’s South End, was asked by prosecutors at a pre-trial hearing Tuesday to identify the shooter in the case. According to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, Sanches said the shooter appeared to look like the ex-Patriots star.

Hernandez was charged in 2014 for the killings of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu.

Prosecutors said according to WCVB-TV that one of the men bumped into him at a nightclub, which made Hernandez angry and led him to later gun them down in their white BMW.

Since 2015, Hernandez has been serving a life sentence for murder in the first degree for the killing of Odin Lloyd in 2013. He was also charged with witness intimidation last year for allegedly shooting former friend Alexander Bradley in Miami in 2013. Authorities allege that Bradley was in the car with Hernandez during the 2012 Boston double homicide.

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Notre Dame Basketball Player Surprised by Military Brother

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — The Notre Dame men’s basketball team’s 77-62 victory against Colgate on Monday was hardly the highlight of junior guard Matt Farrell’s night.

The 21-year-old player was surprised after the game to see his soldier brother’s face in a video message to him on a big screen at the school’s arena in South Bend, Indiana. Soon after that, Army 1st Lt. Bo Farrell, 26, walked out of the team’s locker room, onto the court and into his brother’s arms.

Bo Farrell had been deployed in Afghanistan since May — the last time he saw his brother before his deployment. He coordinated his surprise visit with the United Service Organization, a nonprofit organization that helps connect service members and their families, and the Notre Dame athletics department for nearly two months.

In that time, he had to keep his plans a secret to everyone in his family except for his grandmother and a few aunts, he told ABC News. He even told his younger brother that he would not be able to reunite with him until February.

“I had to keep it a secret because we have a very big family and some of them can’t really keep secrets, unfortunately,” said Bo.

“Up until the day of, I would say only about 15 people in the university knew about it,” said Aaron Horvath, the digital platform manager for the university’s athletic department.

Horvath was the brains behind the operation. “It worked out better than we expected. Matt is a pretty laid-back Jersey kid, so we didn’t expect him to cry, but he started crying before Bo actually told him he was here,” he said.

The Farrell brothers described the moment as surreal.

“This is a game that I’ll probably never forget,” Matt Farrell said. “I didn’t even know. I just wanted to go over and hug him and just talk to him.”

He added, “This is the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten. I can’t wait to be at home and just be around him and spend the holidays with our family. Being close to family is really important to us.”

The brothers said they talk almost every day despite the time difference between Afghanistan and South Bend. “He’s just been my role model for a long time now,” Matt Farrell said of his older brother.

Bo Farrell said he and his brother grew up Notre Dame fans. “My grandfather graduated from there back in the ’50s. So Matt is the second Farrell to go to Notre Dame. It’s always been a blessing to see the name on the back of his jersey,” he said.

Bo Farrell is currently on leave and will spend a few weeks in New Jersey with his family before returning to his station in Fort Hood, Texas, then to Afghanistan.

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Red Sox Trade Clay Buchholz to Phillies in Exchange for Minor Leaguer

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday that they traded right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies.

In exchange, Boston picked up minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.

The #RedSox today traded RHP Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league 2B Josh Tobias. pic.twitter.com/q6qj4cHaR6

— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) December 20, 2016

Last season, Buchholz had an 8-10 record with a 4.78 ERA and 93 strikeouts. ESPN reports the 32-year-old is owed $13.5 million in 2017, the last year of his current contract.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/19/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 107, Washington 105
Atlanta 110, Oklahoma City 108
Minnesota 115, Phoenix 108
Chicago 113, Detroit 82
Denver 117, Dallas 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Nashville 2, Philadelphia 1 (SO)
Anaheim 3, Toronto 2
Edmonton 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)
Calgary 4, Arizona 2
Detroit at Carolina: postponed

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Carolina 26, Washington 15

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(5) Duke 65, Tennessee St. 55
(15) Purdue 82, W. Illinois 50
(16) Indiana 103, Delaware St. 56
(21) Florida St. 76, Samford 68
(23) Southern Cal 79, Cornell 67
(25) Notre Dame 77, Colgate 62

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