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Diamondbacks Sign Yasmany Tomas


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Major League Baseball (MLB) hot stove continues to heat up as a report from MLB.com indicates that the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached a deal with Yasmany Tomas.

The Cuban slugger will reportedly sign a six-year contract worth $68.5 million dollars. According to the report, Tomas will have an opt-out clause after the fourth year of the deal.

The 24-year-old outfielder joins a team that had the worst record in baseball last season, 64-98, and struggled with injuries at the position. Both Mark Trumbo and A.J. Pollock missed almost half the season with different injuries in 2014. 

Tomas has spent the last seven years playing for the Havana Industriales and hit .375 with two home runs and five RBIs in the World Baseball Classic.

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Pitino Picks Up 700th Career Win


J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- It wasn't as comfortable a victory as was probably expected, but No. 6 Louisville defeated Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night in what was the 700th career victory for head coach Rick Pitino. 

I hope I'm as lucky to (win) 800, because I remember it as if it was yesterday," said Pitino. "I don't think there's as much significance personally for me, but the significance I take away is that senior class last year, how many games they won. I was the beneficiary today."

The 62-year-old became the 20th coach in Division I history to win 700 career games and ranks sixth among active head coaches. Pitino is now 700-245 in his career, including 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals (5-0).

Louisville struggled to pull away all night, leading 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining. A combination of poor shooting and missed free throws allowed the Vikings (2-3) to think upset. However, Cleveland State made just two of their final 14 shots and did not score in the final six minutes.

Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win, Louisville's lowest scoring game since 1997. The Vikings were paced by Trey Lewis' 24 points.

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Butler Knocks Off (5) North Carolina


Michael Hickey/Getty Images(PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas) -- In the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Butler Bulldogs knocked off fifth-ranked North Carolina Wednesday night, 74-66, one of the bigger upsets in the first month of the college basketball season.

"This is a proud program with tremendous heritage and we're trying to do the very best with what's in front of us," said Butler's interim head coach Chris Holtmann.

It was not an easy task for Butler (4-0) who dominated the backboards, outrebounding the Tarheels (3-1) 57-40, grabbing 29 offensive rebounds in the process. That helped the Bulldogs overcome an abysmal shooting night. Butler was just 22-of-72 (30.6%) from the floor, shooting just 7 percent in the final eight minutes of regulation.

However, the Bulldogs had already built up a solid lead and were able to hold off UNC. It was a decisive 16-4 run in the second half that turned a 43-41 deficit into a 59-45 lead. Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each had 17 points for Butler in the win.

It is the second time in the last three seasons that Butler has beat a top-10 ranked North Carolina squad. They also pulled the upset in 2012 at the Maui Invitational.

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(3) Arizona Wins Maui Invitational


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MAUI, Hawai'i) -- The Arizona Wildcats used 18 points and nine rebounds from freshman Stanley Johnson to defeat San Diego State 61-59 and win the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. It was the 33rd straight non-conference win for the third-ranked Wildcats (6-0), and third win over the Aztecs (5-1) in the last two seasons.

"We have a lot of guys who don't like losing here and I'm the same way," said Johnson. His five offensive rebounds helped Arizona net 13 points off second chances.

Both teams came out shooting very strong, with 15th-rated San Diego State making 10 of 19 shots in the first half. The Wildcats were able to keep pace, going 10-for-33, and holding a 32-31 lead at halftime.

In the second half, both squads continued the high-octane pace but neither could gain a strong advantage. That changed as Arizona's defense began to clamp down, and the offense kept exploding. With less than eight minutes remaining, Kaleb Tarczewski forced a steal that resulted in T.J. McConnell's three-point shot, giving the Wildcats a 50-48 lead.

The Aztecs would not be able to recover as Arizona hit their free throws down the stretch and prevented a comeback. San Diego State was led by 14 points each from Trey Kell and Winston Shepard. It is the second Maui Invitational title for Arizona after also winning the in-season tournament in 2000.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/26/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Basketball:  (2) Wisconsin 72 (5-0) - UAB 43 (2-3)

(3) Arizona 61 (6-0) - (15) San Diego State 59 (5-1)

 (4) Duke 93 (6-0) - Furman 54 (1-3) 

Butler 74 (4-0) - (5) North Carolina 66 (3-1)

(6) Louisville 45 (5-0) - Cleveland State 33 (2-3)

(10) Gonzaga 88 (5-0) - Georgia 76 (3-2)

(16) Ohio State 91 (4-0) - Campbell 64 (1-3)

Georgetown 66 (4-0) - (18) Florida 65 (2-2) - OT

(21) West Virginia 103 (6-0) - VMI 72 (2-3)

Oklahoma 75 (3-1) - (22) UCLA 65 (4-1)

NBA: Brooklyn Nets 99 (6-8) - Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-15)

Golden State Warriors 111 (12-2) - Orlando Magic 96 (6-11)

Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (7-7) - Washington Wizards 87 (9-5)

Portland Trail Blazers 105 (12-3) - Charlotte Hornets 96 (6-11)

Oklahoma City Thunder 97 (4-12) - Utah Jazz 82 (5-11)

Milwaukee Bucks 103 (9-7) - Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (3-10)

Houston Rockets 102 (12-3) - Sacramento Kings 89 (9-6)

Los Angeles Clippers 104 (9-5) Detroit Pistons 98 (3-12)

Toronto Raptors 126 (13-2) - Atlanta Hawks 115 (7-6)

Dallas Mavericks 109 (11-5) - New York Knicks 102 (4-12) - OT

San Antonio Spurs 106 (10-4) - Indiana Pacers 100 (6-9)

Phoenix Suns 120 (10-6) - Denver Nuggets 112 (7-8)

Memphis Grizzlies 99 (13-2) - Los Angeles Lakers 93 (3-12)

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 2 (11-9-3, 25pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (6-14-2, 14pts)

New York Islanders 3 (16-6-0, 32pts) - Washington Capitals 2 (9-8-4, 22pts) - OT

Los Angeles Kings 4 (12-6-5, 29pts) - Minnesota Wild 0 (12-9-0, 24pts)

Florida Panthers 1 (8-6-6, 22pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 0 (6-12-3, 15pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (15-6-2, 32pts) - New York Rangers 3 (9-8-4, 22pts)

Detroit Red Wings 5 (12-5-5, 29pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (8-10-3, 19pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (15-4-2, 32pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (11-8-3, 25pts) - OT

Chicago Blackhawks 3 (13-8-1, 27pts) - Colorado Avalanche 2 (8-10-5, 21pts)

Calgary Flames 2 (13-8-2, 28pts) - San Jose Sharks 0 (10-9-4, 24pts)

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ESPN: Pats Extend Captain Matthew Slater Through 2016


Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots extended the contract of special teams' specialist Matthew Slater through the 2016 season, according to ESPNBoston.com.

ESPNBoston.com also reports that the 29-year-old Slater, who is a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the Patriots' captains, will receive $3 million in guarenteed money with incentives that could earn up to $4.2 million.

"Matt does a lot of things for us," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said. "Obviously he's a very good player on the field, professional, works hard. (He) does a great job with all the players -- younger players -- but also his peers. He's very well-respected in the locker room, not just by the players but by the entire organization by the way he goes about his job, how dependable he is, his work ethic, his attitude, his toughness. He's really such a model player. I'd love to have 53 guys like him."

Slater has played in 98 regular-season games making 99 tackles for the Patriots since they selected him in the fifth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Jets Name Geno Smith Starter for Monday's Game Against Dolphins


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing his starting spot to Michael Vick Week 9, Geno Smith has gotten his old job back.

The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Smith will be the starting quarterback during their game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.

"As an organization, all of our decisions are organizational driven," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call Wednesday. "We just want to get Geno another opportunity to show what he can do. Obviously we like the way he finished last season. We've had some bumps in the road this year. We sat him down for a few weeks and we'll see how he responds."

Smith relieved Vick during the Jets' 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills Monday. Vick had completed 7 of 19 passes with an interception before giving way to Smith. Smith played solid completing 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.

The 24-year-old Smith, who the Jets selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, has played in 25 games during his career with Gang Green. During that time he has completed 56.4 percent of his passes throwing for 4,505 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Smith has also ran for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Cowboys' Jerry Jones Confident Against Eagles


Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident in his team headed into their Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jones, who is teaming up with The Salvation Army this holiday season, said on Wednesday that he has faith his team.

"It's one of the biggest, if not the biggest we've ever played on Thanksgiving Day," Jones told ABC Sports Radio.  

The Eagles are 5-0 on Thanksgiving and both teams are tied for first in the NFC East, but Jones isn't worried about that.

"I don't know what our record is, but we've played more turkey days than the Eagles have, I'm not going to let them have that advantage either," Jones continued.

Jones saw his team go into MetLife Stadium on Sunday and beat the Giants in front of a lot of Dallas fans.

"It was fabulous," Jones said. "Boy I was rewarded by all of those Cowboys fans. That defense [chant] that was going on at the Meadowlands was real rewarding."

The Eagles are averaging 31.1 points per game this year under head coach Chip Kelly.

"We have all the respect for Chip Kelly, certainly their style is a challenge," Jones said.  "What we need to do is keep the ball with the Cowboys, we don't need our defense out there any longer then it has to be."

For more information on how you can help out The Salvation Army and their national Red Kettle Campaign, visit salvationarmyusa.org and help spread the word using the hashtag #RedKettleReason.

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Egg Bowl Preview


American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Mississippi State can't afford a loss to rival Ole Miss on Saturday. The Bulldogs sit at No. 4 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings that were announced on Tuesday and are looking forward to the Egg Bowl.

"[It's the] last regular season for us, rivalry game, you got to leave it all out there on the field," Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen said this week. "You kind of work all year round for this type of game."

Both teams come in ranked for only the third time in 57 years of the Egg Bowl, but Ole Miss dropped to No. 18 after a 30-0 loss to Arkansas last weekend.

"They're a very good football team," Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze said.  "[Quarterback] Dak Prescott makes them better than very good.  You take him away from that team they're still really good."

"Defensively they're one of the best in the nation against the rush. They just don't give up much on the ground at all," Freeze continued. 

Prescott rallied Mississippi State to a comeback victory in last year's matchup and remains one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.

"It's a game played with emotions and a game played with the heart," Prescott said. "It's a good rivalry and I'm glad to be a part of it."

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Florida Prepares for Florida State


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) -- Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

"[They're a] really good football team. [I've] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he's done and his staff," Muschamp said. "They've won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They've done a outstanding job."

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

"We're going into battle," Fisher said. "These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose."

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year.  The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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