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Magic Guard Victor Oladipo to Miss the Next Month with Facial Fracture

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is having a rough start to his second NBA season. After already dealing with a sprained MCL, Oladipo is now expected to miss a month after suffering a facial fracture.

After dealing with the MCL injury for most of the preseason, Oladipo finally returned to practice earlier last week but suffered an elbow to the face. The injury required surgery.

Having Oladipo missing the first month of the season could prove to be a tough blow for the Magic, who is rebuilding. He was expected to start at shooting guard and help ease the burden for rookie point guard Elfrid Payton as he will be counted on heavily as a rookie.

Oladipo was last season’s Rookie of the Year runner-up after averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.

The Magic will now likely turn to third-year player Evan Fournier to start at shooting guard while Oladipo recovers.

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Warriors Consider Bringing Andre Iguodala Off the Bench

NBA via Philadelphia 76ers(NEW YORK) — Despite being one of the highest paid players on the team and a seasoned veteran, first-year Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is strongly considering bringing Andre Iguodala off the bench.

The Warriors are one of the more talented and deep teams in the NBA, and Kerr thinks bringing Iguodala off the bench could best serve the team as he is one of the best all-around defensive players in the entire NBA.

“I could make an argument he’s been our best player, especially over the last two weeks,” Kerr told the Bay Area News Group. “Right now in the scrimmages, he’s the most impactful player that we have. The last couple of weeks, he has sort of determined who’s winning [the scrimmage] depending on what side he’s on.”

“So from that standpoint, you could call me an idiot. If he’s my best player and I’m not starting him, maybe I’m the one who’s wrong,” he continued. “The argument is absolutely there.”

Prior to last season, Iguodala signed a four-year deal with the Warriors worth $48 million.

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Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Following a 10-7 loss at 24th ranked Louisiana State, the Mississippi Rebels fell to 7th in the latest Associated Press poll, which was revealed on Sunday. Ole Miss (7-1) had been ranked third in the nation before suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday night.

Both Mississippi State (7-0) and Florida State (7-0) remained unbeaten over the weekend and stayed at 1 and 2 in the poll respectively. Alabama (7-1) replaced Ole Miss as the number three team in the country while Auburn (6-1) and Oregon (7-1) finished out the top five.

Coming off a bye week, the Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish (6-1) moved up one spot to sixth, followed by the Rebels. Michigan State (7-1) remained eighth while Georgia (6-1) and TCU (6-1) each stayed in the top-10.

The biggest jump in the poll was LSU (7-2), which moved up to 16th in the poll. Southern California, which had been ranked 20th, fell out of the top-25 after a loss to Utah over the weekend.

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Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Both Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger had big days on Sunday, leading their teams to impressive routs. Brady and the New England Patriots easily handled the Chicago Bears 51-23 while Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers dominated in a 51-34 win over Indianapolis.

Brady tossed five touchdown passes in the romp over Chicago, continuing an impressive stretch of four straight wins. The Patriots quarterback was 30-for-35 in the win for 354 yards. New England (6-2) scored on all five possessions in the first half, leading 38-7 at halftime.

“I love coaching Tom. I’ve been fortunate to have him the whole career since he’s been here,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “He does a great job of executing the team game plan.”

Meanwhile, Big Ben outdid Brady by throwing for six touchdowns, a franchise record, in a big momentum win over the Colts. The Pittsburgh quarterback also set a franchise mark with 522 passing yards while picking up his 100th career victory.

“We just felt like they couldn’t stop us because we were just clicking,” said Roethlisberger. “It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they’re going right.”

The Steelers improved to 5-3 on the year and won consecutive games for the first time all season.

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Bumgarner’s Gem Lifts Giants to World Series Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game shutout and Brandon Crawford had three RBI’s as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night. With the victory, the Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years.

“He was on early in the game and didn’t have any stressful innings,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “This guy was right on tonight. He was strong all night and when this guy is on, it’s fun to watch.”

Bumgarner finished the game with no walks and eight strikeouts, giving up just four hits in the game. The 25-year-old became the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett did it for the Florida Marlins in 2003.

The Giants ace was aided by a strong effort from his offense. Despite a solid six innings of work by Kansas City’s James Shields, San Francisco struck for a run in the second and another in the fourth. Crawford drove in both runs before adding another RBI to his day in the eighth. Juan Perez tripled in the eighth as well, driving in two insurance runs.

San Francisco can clinch their third championship in five years when the series returns to Kansas City on Tuesday night.

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Saints March Past Packers at Home

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns while Mark Ingram ran for 172 yards and another score, helping the New Orleans Saints rout Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Packers (5-3) four-game winning streak while pulling the Saints (3-4) into a tie atop the NFC South.

“All we talked about all week long is just coming together as a team and playing a complete game as a team,” said Brees. “It was a perfect representation of that.”

Green Bay jumped on top early when Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 70-yard touchdown strike just two minutes into the first quarter. The Saints quickly countered with touchdown of their own, courtesy of Brandin Cooks’ four-yard run. Both teams each converted three field goals in the first half, heading into halftime tied at 16-16.

The second half featured a little more defense, both teams scored on every possession in the first, but only from the Saints. After New Orleans turned the ball over on downs, the defense picked off Rodgers inside the redzone. Four plays later, Brees connected with Cooks on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 23-16.

Brees would also find Jimmy Graham and Josh Hill in the end zone, giving New Orleans a 37-16 lead before the Packers finally scored in the fourth quarter. The Saints quarterback finished the game with 311 yards on 27-of-32 passing.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Picks Up First Win at Martinsville

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the chase, but he didn’t mind taking home the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Earnhardt Jr. was eliminated from title contention last weekend and held off Jeff Gordon, who is one of the eight remaining drivers left in the Chase, for his first career win at the track in 30 starts.

The win comes 10 years after Hendrick Motor Sports lost ten members of their team, including team owner Rick Hendricks son at Martinsville during a plane crash.

“I could feel how important it was to him and his embrace when he hugged me,” Earnhardt said. “There’s a genuine hug and there’s a hug. His was the real deal. This is the 10th anniversary. It’s more difficult. The 10th anniversary sort of has you reflecting and remembering.”

Ryan Newman, who is also one of the eight remaining drivers, finished in third. Tony Stewart followed Newman and Joey Logano was fifth.

Gordon said finishing in second was tough, but he’s happy to see Team Hendrick get the win at this track.

“I will say that it makes me feel a little bit better about finishing second that it was second to somebody that’s not in the Chase,” Gordon said. “Had that been somebody in the Chase, it would have been hard to swallow.”

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Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Dies in Car Crash

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, his agent Brian Mejia and a spokesman for the Dominican National Police confirmed.

ABC News has learned that Taveras was driving with his girlfriend when the car they were driving slid off the road. She died as well.

“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family,” Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”

“I simply can’t believe it,” said John Mozeliak, Sr. VP & GM of the St. Louis Cardinals. “I first met Oscar when he was sixteen years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”

Taveras homered in his debut for the Cardinals and finished the season batting .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.

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Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) — The Arizona Cardinals won in dramatic fashion, 24-20 over the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the majority of the game it was a defensive struggle.

The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting as the offenses began to gain steam. After tieing the game at 17 with 9:01 to go, the Eagles methodically moved the ball on a 13-play seven minute drive down to the Cardinals three. Cody Parkey lined up for the go-ahead field goal and gave Philadelphia a 20-17 lead.

With 1:21 remaining in the fourth quarter Carson Palmer heaved a pass up to rookie John Brown. Brown was screaming past two Eagles defenders reached out and caught the ball. After a quick stumble, Brown regained his momentum and raced to the endzone for a 75-yard touchdown.

The Eagles mounted a quick rally driving the ball 64 yards to attempt several throws into the Cardinals endzone. On the final play with one second remaining, pressure in his face, Foles threw up a pass to rookie Jordan Matthews. Matthews caught the ball but was shoved out by safety Rashad Johnson.

The Cardinals move to 6-1 and hold a firm grasp on the NFL West.

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Falcons Collapse in London, Lose to Lions 22-21

Leon Halip/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Atlanta Falcons led at halftime over the Lions 21-0. When they looked up at the clock as the game was over, the score favored Detroit 22-21.

The Falcons suffered a defensive breakdown with 4:38 to go in the third quarter as Golden Tate ran past two Atlanta defenders and caught a 59-yard bomb from Matt Stafford, closing Atlanta’s early lead to 21-10.

On the ensuing drive, with pressure in his face quarterback Matt Ryan threw a terrible inteception to Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn.

“In my mind, that kind of cost us the ball game,” Ryan said. “I was trying to throw the ball away and I never saw him.”

The Falcons defense remained stought and held the Lions to a field goal. The Lions would score another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick on a five yard completion. The score was now 21-19 after Detroit missed a two point attempt to tie the game.

The Falcons would try to run the clock out with a poorly executed drive. With less than two minutes to go the Falcons commited a holding penalty that would stop the clock at 1:55. On the next play, Matt Ryan attempted a screen to Julio Jones, who dropped the ball. Atlanta would punt the ball inside Detroit’s ten yard line.

Detroit would march down the field with little resistance. Settling at Atlanta’s 25 yard line, Detroit lined up for a field goal and newly signed kick Matt Prater pushed the ball wide right. Atlanta ran on the field in celebration only to find out a whistle had blown. The Lions were called for a delay of game penalty: the kick was negated. Prater got a second chance and drilled it though the uprights.

That’s football. He missed it and there was a delay of game penalty,” Mike Smith, Falcons head coach said after the loss. “Thought we were going to squeak one out. Obviously we didn’t.”

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