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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: NLCS: San Francisco Giants 5 – St. Louis Cardinals 4 in 10 Innings (Giants Lead Series, 2-1)

NHL: New York Islanders 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) – New York Rangers 3 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (3-1-0, 6 points) – Philadelphia Flyers 3 (0-2-2, 2 points) Shootout

San Jose Sharks 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) – Washington Capitals 5 (1-0-2, 4 points) Shootout

Dallas Stars 4 (1-1-1, 3 points) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (2-1-0, 4 points)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (2-2-0, 4 points) – Colorado Avalance 2 (1-2-1, 3 points) Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (3-0-0, 6 points) – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (2-1-1, 5 points)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (1-3-0, 2 points) – Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-1, 1 point) Shootout

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Panthers Greg Olsen Wants Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict Suspended

David Lee/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has had enough of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vantaze Burfict’s antics on the field and would like to see him suspended.

Olsen feels Burfict should be subject to punishment for trying to intentionally injure him as well as other members of the Panthers.

There are videos out there that have shown Burfict twisting and “cranking” the ankles of Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton after each player scored a touchdown.

“Punishment needs to go beyond a fine,” Olsen said on Monday. “Guys like that don’t learn from that stuff. He’s been fined a 100 times for head-hunting, and he did it to Kelvin [Benjamin] again. You watch the film; that’s just what he is.”

“At some point, if the NFL wants to really say they care about guys’ safety, they’ve got to start putting guys out for weeks. Me and Cam are lucky we aren’t out for weeks, or Kelvin isn’t out for weeks. If you’re going to start putting guys on other teams out, then the ramifications need to equal that,” he continued.

Burfict has been fined multiple times during his career for hits on defenseless players.

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Panthers Greg Olsen Wants Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict Suspended

David Lee/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has had enough of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vantaze Burfict’s antics on the field and would like to see him suspended.

Olsen feels Burfict should be subject to punishment for trying to intentionally injure him as well as other members of the Panthers.

There are videos out there that have shown Burfict twisting and “cranking” the ankles of Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton after each player scored a touchdown.

“Punishment needs to go beyond a fine,” Olsen said on Monday. “Guys like that don’t learn from that stuff. He’s been fined a 100 times for head-hunting, and he did it to Kelvin [Benjamin] again. You watch the film; that’s just what he is.”

“At some point, if the NFL wants to really say they care about guys’ safety, they’ve got to start putting guys out for weeks. Me and Cam are lucky we aren’t out for weeks, or Kelvin isn’t out for weeks. If you’re going to start putting guys on other teams out, then the ramifications need to equal that,” he continued.

Burfict has been fined multiple times during his career for hits on defenseless players.

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Patriots Lose Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley for the Season

Comstock/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The injuries keep coming for the New England Patriots as ESPN reports New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo will miss the rest of the season because of knee injuries.

Ridley was a reliable part of the Patriots’ running back rotation along with Shane Vereen. The 25-year-old Ridley has 340 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season and was seen as the more durable running back.

Vereen is more of a pass-catching running back. This season, Vereen has 216 rushing yards and touchdown but has also caught 18 passes for 114 yards.

The Patriots rank 12th in the NFL in total offense.

On defense, Mayo was a key member of the linebacker corps and a leader on defense. In his seventh season in the NFL, all with the Patriots, Mayo has 53 total tackles and 1.0 sacks.

Mayo also played in just six games last season.

New England has the 11th ranked defense in the NFL this season.

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Dolphins Running Back Knowshon Moreno Out for Season

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After just three games in his first season in Miami, Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Moreno returned to the Dolphins lineup Week 6 after missing the previous two games with an elbow injury. He carried the ball six times last Sunday for just ten yards before suffering the injury.

The 27-year-old Moreno will finish this season with 148 rushing yards on 31 attempts and just one touchdown.

After a career-year last season with the Denver Broncos, Moreno signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins during the offseason and was counted on to be their feature back.

Taking over for Moreno will be third-year running back Lamar Miller. Fortunately for the Dolphins, Miller has been very effective in relief of Moreno. In five games this season, Moreno has 330 rushing yards on 63 carries while scoring 3 touchdowns. He also has 15 catches this season.

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Stamkos Hat Trick Leads Rout of Canadiens

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) — Steven Stamkos led an offensive onslaught over the Montreal Canadiens that spearheaded a 7-1 Tampa Bay Lightning win at Amalie Arena.

Stamkos recorded a hat trick, the eighth of his career. His third goal came with 1:46 remaining in the second period, when he fired a shot from the right circle that gave the Lightning a 4-1 lead.

“I’ve learned over the years that if you stick with it, usually the floodgates open,” Stamkos said.

Stamkos is now tied with Martin St. Louis for franchise record in hat tricks.

The Lightning are 2-0-1 on the season.

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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call.

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

“For me, it hasn’t been,” Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. “I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

“I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans — we always have a really good game plan going in — and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media.”

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

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49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) — The Rams came out fast taking a a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the 49ers dominated the other three quarters to win 31-17.

Colin Kaepernick took San Francisco on his shoulders and threw three touchdowns to push the 49ers record to 4-2. Midway through the second quarter, Brandon Lloyd burned Janoris Jenkins in man coverage and Kaepernick threw it to him in stride. Lloyd outran Jenkins for an 80-yard touchdown that narrowed St. Louis’s lead to 14-10.

“We had Brandon Lloyd on a double move,” Kaepernick said. “We liked the matchup. He did an amazing job.”

Kaepernick and the 49ers came out in the second half on a mission. The 49ers marched 80 yards down the field on a twelve-play drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown grab by Anquan Boldin from Kaepernick.

“Our receivers did a great job today,” Kaepernick said. “Our offensive line did a great job, protecting us and giving us time.”

The Rams were again held without a sack. What was hyped in the offseason as one of the best four-man defensive fronts in the NFL has continued to struggle to generate a pass rush.

The 49ers will now travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday night.

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ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Game Three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was postponed Monday night due to rain in Kansas City. The Royals currently lead the Baltimore Orioles two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie will get the start for Kansas City while Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork said the decision was made, in part, with the players and fans in mind.

“We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans,” noted Woodfork.

This change in schedule also shifts Game 4 to Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, to Thursday. The final two games of the series, if needed, will be played in Baltimore on Friday (Game 6) and Saturday (Game 7).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals – Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) – St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) – Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) – Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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