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Scoreboard Roundup 12/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Dallas Cowboys 41 (9-4) – Chicago Bears 28 (5-8)

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (10-7) – Knicks 87 (4-16)

NHL: Calgary Flames 4 (16-8-2) – Avalanche 3 (9-11-5) – Overtime

Canucks 3 (18-7-1) – Penguins 0 (17-6-2)

Washington Capitals 2 (11-10-4) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-14-3)

Tampa Lightning 5 (18-6-3) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (9-15-2)

New Jersey Devils 5 (10-12-4) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (13-9-3)

New York Islanders 2 (19-7-0) – Ottawa Senators 1 (10-10-5)

Detroit Red Wings 5 (15-6-5) – Dallas Stars 2 (9-12-5)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (8-15-2) – Florida Panthers (10-7-7) – Shootout

Nashville Predators 4 (17-6-2) – St. Louis Blues 3 (16-8-2)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (13-7-5) – Phoenix Coyotes 0 (10-13-3)

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Scoreboard Roundup 12/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Dallas Cowboys 41 (9-4) – Chicago Bears 28 (5-8)

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (10-7) – Knicks 87 (4-16)

NHL: Calgary Flames 4 (16-8-2) – Avalanche 3 (9-11-5) – Overtime

Canucks 3 (18-7-1) – Penguins 0 (17-6-2)

Washington Capitals 2 (11-10-4) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-14-3)

Tampa Lightning 5 (18-6-3) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (9-15-2)

New Jersey Devils 5 (10-12-4) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (13-9-3)

New York Islanders 2 (19-7-0) – Ottawa Senators 1 (10-10-5)

Detroit Red Wings 5 (15-6-5) – Dallas Stars 2 (9-12-5)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (8-15-2) – Florida Panthers (10-7-7) – Shootout

Nashville Predators 4 (17-6-2) – St. Louis Blues 3 (16-8-2)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (13-7-5) – Phoenix Coyotes 0 (10-13-3)

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Nebraska Hires Mike Riley as Head Football Coach

Banana Stock/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) — The University of Nebraska wasted little time in finding the successor to former head football coach Bo Pelini. The school has hired former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley to take over the program.

Riley had been with Oregon State since 2003.

Despite going 9-3 in 2014, the school fired Pelini after seven seasons.

“It is truly an honor to join the University of Nebraska family,” Riley said in a statement released by Nebraska. “Though we love Corvallis and Oregon State, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach at one of the nation’s most storied football programs and I can’t wait to get started.”

While Pelini won 71% of his games at Nebraska and won three bowl games, the school is confident Riley can take them back to national prominence.

“Mike Riley has a proven record of success, a sound approach to football and teaching, an understanding of the educational mission of our university and the integrity and values that we cherish at Nebraska,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said.

Riley had a .523 winning percentage with Oregon State and won two bowl games during that span.

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Florida Hires Jim McElwain

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Colorado State is letting Jim McElwain walk away and take the open Florida coaching job, the Gators confirmed Thursday.

McElwain and Colorado State were working on the $7.5 million buyout deal in his contract as of Wednesday night and both sides couldn’t come to a close, but things worked out on Thursday.

McElwain just finished his third season with the Rams and led them to a 10-2 season.

Prior to taking the job at Colorado State, McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama and tutored Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron during their tenure.

McElwain takes over a Florida team that never finished above 90th nationally in offense under Will Muschamp.

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Florida Hires Jim McElwain

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Colorado State is letting Jim McElwain walk away and take the open Florida coaching job, the Gators confirmed Thursday.

McElwain and Colorado State were working on the $7.5 million buyout deal in his contract as of Wednesday night and both sides couldn’t come to a close, but things worked out on Thursday.

McElwain just finished his third season with the Rams and led them to a 10-2 season.

Prior to taking the job at Colorado State, McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama and tutored Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron during their tenure.

McElwain takes over a Florida team that never finished above 90th nationally in offense under Will Muschamp.

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Report: Florida Hires Jim McElwain

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Colorado State is letting Jim McElwain walk away and take the open Florida coaching job, ESPN’s Chris Low reports.

McElwain and Colorado State were working on the $7.5 million buyout deal in his contract as of Wednesday night and both sides couldn’t come to a close, but things worked out on Thursday.

McElwain just finished his third season with the Rams and led them to a 10-2 season.

Prior to taking the job at Colorado State, McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama and tutored Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron during their tenure.

McElwain takes over a Florida team that never finished above 90th nationally in offense under Will Muschamp.

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Mets’ Matt Harvey Looking Forward to Spring Training

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is ready to get back to work after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.

Harvey said he plans to report early to spring training in February.

“I’m healthy,” Harvey said on Wednesday. “It’s nice to have a normal offseason and prepare like a normal offseason and get ready for spring training.”

“It’s been great,” Harvey continued. “I’ve been at it for over a month now. We’re getting excited. I think spring training can’t come quick enough for me.”

Harvey is “completely on board” with his innings at Citi Field being limited in hopes that he can pitch late into October 2015.

“I just want to be healthy,” Harvey said. “I think after missing a whole year, coming back and just being able to pitch every five days is something I’m looking forward to.”

Harvey said he has faith that the pitching staff will be one of the best in the MLB next season.

“The staff is going to be very solid,” Harvey said. “I think the pieces that we’ve added; winning in New York and bringing a parade back to Queens would be exactly what we want to do.”

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Twins Introduce Torii Hunter

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) — Torii Hunter is happy to be back in Minnesota. The Twins introduced Hunter on Wednesday after they announced his $10.5 million one-year deal.

Hunter spent 11 years in Minnesota before playing five seasons with the Angels and the last two with the Tigers.

“It’s always been true love,” Hunter said. “I felt the love coming from you guys; this is where I needed to be.”

“I’m just a little piece to the puzzle,” Hunter continued. “I’m not the guy that’s going to turn it around right away, but I really think this ball club will really do some things.”

“I’m here and I’m here to win,” Hunter added.

Hunter batted .286 with 17 homers and 83 RBIs last year and is looking forward to playing with a lot of the young talent in Minnesota.

When asked if this would be his final season, the 39-year-old outfielder said: “If I have bullets left and I’m playing well and at the end of the season I’m playing great and having a good time and having good numbers, I’m playing again. I’m going to make sure there no bullets left.”

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Big 12 Title Preview

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WACO, Texas) — The Baylor Bears will have to win on Saturday against Kansas State to keep their College Football playoff hopes alive.

Baylor sits on the outside looking in at No. 5 in the rankings, and winning the Big 12 title could boost their chances of getting one of the top four spots.

“Down to a one games season. That’s the way we’re looking at it,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said this week. “We’re going to try and win every possession Saturday and take care of business.”

Baylor is going for back-to-back Big 12 titles.

“Making history is about winning football games,” Briles said. “We’re winning games and trying to create a consistency in the program; trying to prove that we belong with the nation’s elite in college football.”

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is set to play despite suffering concussion-related symptoms from a hit he took last weekend.

Still, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder is ready for the game.

“They’re obviously a very talented well coached football team,” he said. “It is a great challenge.”

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Mariners Send Saunders to Jays for J.A. Happ

iStockphoto(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-hander J.A. Happ, the Mariners announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Happ is owed $6.7 million next season, which is the final year of his contract.

Happ, who had an 11-11 record with a 4.22 ERA for the Jays last season, gives the Mariners some depth at pitcher, a position the team has a lot of question marks with after starters Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

“I just felt we were in a position where we needed to add a starting pitcher,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “When you look at all the trade options and free-agent market, there was a big gap. Where we ended up with this trade is exactly what we’re looking for.

“He’s a very athletic kid and pitched very well in the second half. He’s got a swing-and-miss type fastball and established his breaking ball more as the year went on. He’s pitched in Philly and Toronto, two hitter-friendly ballparks. When you think of him pitching here, we’re a pretty good defensive team with a pitcher’s ballpark.”

Meanwhile the Blue Jays get the 28-year-old Saunders.

Saunders played in only 78 games last season while battling with a variety of injuries. In the games he played, Saunders hit .273 with eight home runs, 34 RBIs, four stolen bases, and a .341 on-base percentage.

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