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Bucks Point Guard Kendall Marshall Out for Season with Torn ACL

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(ST. FRANCIS, Mil.) — The Milwaukee Bucks continue to lose key players from their lineup. The team announced that reserve point guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Marshall is a big part of the team’s bench rotation. The Bucks’ bench averages 43.6 points per game, the highest in the NBA.

“He’s been great for us,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “It’s disappointing. It’s an unfortunate accident for a player who was playing well.

“We’ll play the 11 that we have and we’ll go from there,” Kidd added. “Kendall brought a lot to the table for us, being able to anchor that second group, keep the ball moving and post up, too.”

In 28 games this season, Marshall was averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 assists per game.

The Bucks are also dealing with the loss of rookie foreard Jabari Parker, also due to a torn ACL, and the suspension of center Larry Sanders.

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Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Bob Levey/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) — The Denver Broncos have found their replacement for John Fox.

Gary Kubiak, former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and Houston Texans head coach, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport.

The team is expected to announce the hiring at a press conference Tuesday. The Denver Post first reported the story.

Kubiak, 53, was the backup quarterback to team president John Elway from 1983 to 1991 with the Broncos. The two have a close relationship, and Elway expects Kubiak to implement a similar offensive style that relies on a strong zone running game, which helped the Broncos win their two Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999.

While head coach of the Houston Texans, Kubiak amassed a record of 61-64, but led the team to their first two playoff victories and two seasons of 10-plus wins.

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Report: Patriots File Tampering Charges Against Jets

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(NEW YORK) — The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets over comments made by team owner Woody Johnson during an end-of-season press conference.

The NFL office is looking into whether Johnson committed a violation for comments he made regarding cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a December 29th press conference, when Johnson announced the firing of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, a reporter responding to Johnson’s acknowledgement that the team should have spent more money last season asked, “how much of it was your decision [to not re-sign Revis], when he made it clear he wanted to come back?”

“Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten him for that, I probably would have taken him,” Johnson responded. “It was our best judgment to do what we did, but I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”

Johnson realizing he made a mistake in his comments issued a statement the next day saying he, “misspoke” and called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to “emphasize those points.”

If found in violation of the league’s anti-tampering rules, Johnson could face a fine or the team could forfeit a draft pick.

Revis is due $20 million next year as a contract option with the Patriots. If they decline the option, he will become a free agent.

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Report: Rangers Agree to Six-Year Deal with Staal

Len Redkoles/NHL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Rangers are locking up one of the cornerstones of their franchise.

The team has agreed to a six-year deal with defenseman Marc Staal, worth $5.7 million per season, according to ESPN’s Craig Custance.

Staal, 28, was the first-round pick of the Rangers in 2005 and ranks second on the team with 29 career goals and 503 games played, and third on the team with 90 assists since joining the team in 2007-2008.

“Marc has been one of the cornerstones of our team since he arrived in New York,” general manager Glen Sather said. “His commitment and perseverance to the Rangers, and the game of hockey, has been an inspiration for everyone in the organization, and he has become a role model for young players and veterans alike. We are excited that he will continue to provide that leadership in a Rangers uniform.”

Staal returned from injuries in 2011-2013 seasons to play 72 games with the blue shirts last year.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/18/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL NFC Championship: Seattle Seahawks 28 – Green Bay Packers 22 OT

AFC Championship: New England Patriots 45 – Indianapolis Colts 7

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 95 (20-20) – Toronto Raptors 93 (26-14)

Oklahoma City Thunder 127 (20-20) – Orlando Magic 99 (15-29)

San Antonio Spurs 89 (26-16) – Utah Jazz 69 (14-27)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (15) North Carolina 68 (14-4) – Virginia Tech 53 (8-9)

(23) Northern Iowa 60 (16-2) – Missouri State 46 (8-10)

NHL: New York Rangers 5 (26-13-4; 56pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (26-12-6; 58pts)

Dallas Stars 6 (21-17-7, 49pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 3 (28-15-2, 58pts)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (25-14-8, 58pts) – Phoenix Coyotes 3 (16-24-5, 37pts) – Shootout

Golf: Gary Stal wins the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at -19.

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Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: ‘Will Hurt for a While’

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Green Bay Packers let one get away on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay had a 19-7 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game before Russell Wilson, a huge onside kick, and Marshawn Lynch erased that deficit.

Rodgers was seeking his second Super Bowl appearance of his career, the last came in 2012 against the Steelers.

“This one’s going to hurt for a while because of the close proximity to feeling that feeling when the clock hits zero when you’re ahead,” Rodgers said of the stunning loss. “We gave it away.”

Following Wilson’s one-yard touchdown run, the Seahawks went with an onside kick that Brandon Bostwick let go through his hands to give them the ball back with 2:13 left in the game, which set up the Lynch 24-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

“Just have to move on I guess,” Bostwick said of not recovering the onside kick. “I don’t really know what to say.”

“I just reacted and thought I’d make a play on it, but obviously I didn’t,” Bostwick continued.

Had it not been for Mason Crosby’s fifth field goal of the game with 14 seconds left to tie things up, the Packers’ season would have ended sooner.

Seattle won the coin toss in overtime and Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown to end the game.

“If I played a really bad game, yeah, it’d eat at me all offseason,” Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, who was covering Kearse. “I don’t feel that I played bad at all. I feel that I played that I played a good game.”

“The guy at the end of the game made a play,” Williams continued. “You’ve got to give him his credibility.”

Green Bay is now 3-3 in NFC Championship games. They have five Super Bowl titles in franchise history.

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Seahawks Stun Packers in OT, 28-22, Will Defend Super Bowl Title

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks are headed back to defend their Super Bowl title on Feb. 1 after they came back from 19-7 down to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a career-high four interceptions, but pulled them within five on a rushing touchdown with 2:09 left in the game.

Following the score, Seattle went with an onside kick that Chris Matthews recovered, which set up Marshawn Lynch’s 24-yard rushing touchdown with 1:25 left in the game. Wilson would hit Luke Wilson in the end zone for the two-point conversion to take a three point lead.

Mason Crosby’s 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left tied the game up before Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to end the game.

Lynch rushed for 157 yards in the victory to go along with the touchdown. Wilson finished the game with 209 yards, the rushing touchdown, and game winning pass to Kearse.

The Packers offense failed to convert on offense early in the first quarter and settled for two field goals.

Aaron Rodgers finished with two picks, a touchdown, and threw for 178 yards in the loss.

Seattle has now won nine in a row at Century Link in the postseason.

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Curry & Thompson Send Warriors Over Rockets, 131-106

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each had 27 points as Golden State (32-6) defeated the Houston Rockets (28-13) on Saturday night, 131-106.

Curry was 9-of-18 from the field and 2-of-8 from beyond the arc. He also contributed 11 assists and seven rebounds.

The Warriors took a 64-59 lead into the third quarter, where they proceeded to outscore the Rockets, 38-21. They finished the frame on a 12-0 run; with power forward David Lee pouring in eight points.

Rockets center Dwight Howard scored a team-high 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Warriors have now won an NBA leading 24 games by double digits.

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Griffin Leads Clippers Past Kings, 117-108

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Clippers power forward Blake Griffin scored 30 points as Los Angeles (27-14) took care of the Sacramento Kings (16-24) on Saturday night, 117-108.

Griffin was 11-of-16 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line. Small forward Matt Barnes contributed 26 points and 10 rebounds while shooting guard J.J. Redick had 18 points.

With the scored tied at 64-64 with 5:33 left in the third quarter, the Clippers went on an 11-0 run, with guard Chris Paul scoring four points and contributing an assist on a Griffin dunk.

Power forward Jason Thompson led the Kings with 23 points and 22 rebounds while center Reggie Evans had 22 points in 19 minutes.

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Power 5 Approve Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

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(FORT WASHINGTON, Md) — Another step has been taken towards reforming the treatment of student-athletes in college athletics.

A panel of 80 — 15 student-athletes, and 65 universities — voted 79-1 to pass the full cost of attendance issue that will provide athletes compensation outside of athletic scholarships.

Boston College was the lone dissenting vote according to tabulations.

Schools will provide stipends that could range from $2,000 to $5,000, determined by the universities, while under federally mandated guidelines, to cover cost of living expenses.

Other issues that will be reformed include Universities no longer having the ability to revoke scholarships solely based on athletic performance. Athletes will also be able to borrow from a discretionary student assistance fund against future earnings and the establishment of a concussion safety protocol.

These are the latest changes that include reforming how much food players are allowed to eat, not provided by the school. In 2014, the University of Oklahoma self-reported a violation in which three football players ate too much pasta at a graduation banquet. The players had to donate $3.83 to charities of their choice to repay the cost of the pasta.

While at the University of Connecticut, Shabazz Napier spoke to the issue:

“We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don’t think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing, because a lot of times guys don’t know how to handle themselves with money. I feel like a student athlete. Sometimes, there’s hungry nights where I’m not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities.”

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