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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/19/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA: Washington Wizards 111 (29-13) – Philadelphia 76ers 76 (8-33)

Charlotte Hornets 105 (17-25) – Minnesota Timberwolves 80 (7-33)

Atlanta Hawks 93 (34-8) – Detroit Pistons 82 (16-26)

Los Angeles Clippers 102 (28-14) – Boston Celtics 93 (13-26)

NHL: New York Islanders 7 (31-14-1, 63pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 4 (18-22-7, 43pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/19/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA: Washington Wizards 111 (29-13) – Philadelphia 76ers 76 (8-33)

Charlotte Hornets 105 (17-25) – Minnesota Timberwolves 80 (7-33)

Atlanta Hawks 93 (34-8) – Detroit Pistons 82 (16-26)

Los Angeles Clippers 102 (28-14) – Boston Celtics 93 (13-26)

NHL: New York Islanders 7 (31-14-1, 63pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 4 (18-22-7, 43pts)

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Chuck Pagano: ‘Did Not Notice’ Deflated Footballs

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that he “did not notice” any deflated footballs that were being played with in their 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The NFL has opened up an investigation into whether the Patriots used deflated game balls in their win.

“That’s something for the league to handle,” Pagano said. “It’s not my place to comment on it.”

The league’s rulebook says game balls must be inflated with between 12.5-13.5 pounds of air.

“If any individual alters the footballs, or if a non-approved ball is used in the game, the person responsible and, if appropriate, the head coach or other club personnel will be subject to discipline, including but not limited to, a fine of $25,000,” the rule states.

New England will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Arizona on Feb. 1.

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Michigan Guard Caris LeVert Out for Season with Foot Injury

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left foot injury.

LeVert suffered the injury during the team’s win over Northwestern on Saturday. LeVert hurt the same foot in May, and will need to undergo surgery for a second time.

“Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement released by the school. “If we know anything about Caris, he will do everything it takes to not only get better, but to help his teammates during this time.

“He is a tremendous young man who I will really miss coaching the remainder of the season. However, I am optimistic he will have a complete recovery.”

LeVert, a junior, was considered one of the best guard prospects in college basketball prior to the injury.

This season, LeVert was averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.

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Cardinals’ Jason Heyward Open to Contract Extension Talks All Season

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Entering his first season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals but the last year of his current deal, outfielder Jason Heyward is willing to keep a dialog about a new contract going beyond Opening Day.

Heyward can be a free agent following the 2015 season, but while many players refuse to negotiate once the season begins, he’s open to season-long discussions if necessary.

“They asked me to be here and I was traded into this situation, and it’s a good situation,” Heyward told reporters at a team event, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. For me, I just feel like I need to show up and do my job, kind of follow their lead with certain things. Me, I’m going to show up every day and look to play the game the right way and have fun doing it. After that, we’ll see what happens.”

Heyward was acquired by the Cardinals during the offseason along with reliever Jordan Walden when they traded starting picher Shelby Miller to the Atlanta Braves.

One of the best defensive outfielders, the 25-year-old Heyward hit .271 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Braves in 2014.

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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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