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Report: SP Garrett Richards Agrees to One-Year Contract with Angels


Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million deal with starting pitcher Garrett Richards on Saturday, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

The Angels avoid salary arbitration with the 26-year-old Richards by coming to a compromise. Richards asked for $3.8 million while the Angels offered $2.4 million before settling on a deal.

Richards was having a career season last year before tearing his patellar tendon in his left knee, ending his season at the end of August. Richards had surgery on the knee and is expected to be ready for opening day.

Richards was in the race for the American League Cy Young award last season, before the injury. He pitched 168 2/3 innings, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164 strikeouts.

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Seau, Bettis Two of Eight Elected to Hall of Fame


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined a class of eight people that were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

Former Oakland Raiders reciever Tim Brown, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Haley, Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields, Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian and longtime NFL executive Ron Wolf round out the 2015 enshrinees that were selected by the Hall's board of selectors.

To be elected into the Hall of Fame you must receive 80% of the vote from the 46 selectors.

Seau, who tragically committed suicide in 2012, played 13 NFL seasons with the Chargers, three with the Miami Dolphins, and four with the New England Patriots. He won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and was an eight-time first-team All-Pro.

Bettis finished his career with 13,662 rushing yards, which is the sixth most in NFL history.

Brown is fifth all-time in catches (1,094) and sixth all-time in receiving yards (14,934).

Haley won five Super Bowl rings as a member of the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.

Shields never missed a game during his 14 seasons with the Chiefs.

Everyone elected will be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in August.

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Rodgers Wins Second MVP


Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the NFL's Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career Saturday night.

Rodgers received 31 of the 50 votes, blowing away second place finisher J.J. Watt, who received 13 votes.

The 31-year-old Rodgers finished the regular season with 38 touchdowns compared to five interceptions. He also led the Packers to a 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers becomes just the ninth player to win multiple MVP awards.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each received two votes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner received one vote a piece.

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(10) Louisville Rallies to Drop (13) UNC in OT


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 10 Louisville erase an 18-point deficit and top No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 in overtime Saturday.

North Carolina had a 43-25 lead with 17:51 left to play, but within less than 10 minutes, Louisville had the game tied at 53.

Regulation ended with the game tied at 60 when Harrell's 3-point attempt clanked off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

Terry Rozier proceeded to score the first six points in overtime, and the Cardinals never looked back as they snapped North Carolina's six-game winning streak.

Despite the loss, North Carolina (17-5, 7-2 ACC) shot 43% from the field and outrebounded Louisville 27-16.

Rozier had 22 points and Chris Jones added 17 for Louisville (18-3, 6-2 ACC) in the win.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/31/15


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: 2014 AP MVP: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins for the second time in his career.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks 108 (32-17) - Orlando Magic 93 (15-35)

Sacramento Kings 99 (17-29) - Indiana Pacers 94 (17-32)

Atlanta Hawks 91 (40-8) - Philadelphia 76ers 85 (10-38)

Detroit Pistons 114 (18-30) - Houston Rockets 101 (33-15)

Toronto Raptors 120 (33-15) - Washington Wizards 116 (31-17) - Overtime

Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (29-20) - Minnesota Timberwolves 90 (8-39)

Memphis Grizzlies 85 (35-12) - Oklahoma City Thunder 74 (23-24)

Milwaukee Bucks 95 (25-22) - Portland Trail Blazers 88 (32-16)

Charlotte Hornets 104 (20-27) - Denver Nuggets 86 (19-29)

Los Angeles Clippers 105 (33-15) - San Antonio Spurs 85 (30-18)

Golden State Warriors 106 (37-8) - Phoenix Suns 87 (28-21)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 1 (32-13-3, 67pts) - Washington Capitals 0 (25-14-10, 60pts) - Overtime

Detroit Red Wings 4 (29-12-9, 67pts) - New York Islanders 1 (32-16-1, 65pts)

Ottawa Senators 7 (20-19-9, 49pts) - Arizona Coyotes 2 (17-26-6, 40pts)

New York Rangers 4 (28-15-4, 60pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (17-26-6, 40pts)

Boston Bruins 3 (27-16-7, 61pts) - Los Angeles Kings 1  (21-16-12, 54pts)

New Jersey Devils 3 19-22-9, 47pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (21-16-10, 52pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 1 (22-22-7, 51pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (22-25-4, 48pts)

Dallas Stars 5 (23-19-7, 53pts) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (26-17-8, 60pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (32-15-4, 68pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (21-24-3, 45pts)

San Jose Sharks 2 (27-17-6, 60pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 0 (31-17-2, 64pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (27-20-3, 57pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (13-28-9, 35pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Kentucky 70 (21-0) - Alabama 55 (13-8)

(3) Gonzaga 82 (22-1) - Memphis 64 (13-8)

(4) Duke 69 (18-3) - (2) Virginia 63 (19-1)

(5) Wisconsin 74 (19-2) - Iowa 63 (13-8)

(7) Villanova 68 (19-2) - DePaul 55 (11-12)

Pittsburgh 76 (14-8) - (8) Notre Dame 72 (20-3)

(9) Kansas 68 (18-3) - Kansas State 57 (12-10)

(10) Louisville 78 (18-3) - (13) North Carolina 68 (17-5) - Overtime

Richmond 64 (12-9) - (14) VCU 55 (17-4)

(18) Northern Iowa 70 (20-2) - (12) Wichita State 54 (19-3)

(15) Iowa State 83 (16-4) - TCU 66 (14-7)

(17) West Virginia 77 (18-3) - Texas Tech 58 (11-11)

(20) Baylor 83 (16-5) - (19) Texas 60 (14-7)

(21) Georgetown 67 (15-6) - Creighton 40 (10-13)

(22) Indiana 72 (16-6) - Rutgers 64 (10-13)

(24) Oklahoma 64 (14-7) - Oklahoma State 56 (14-7)

(25) Butler 72 (16-6) - Marquette 68 (10-11) - Overtime

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Bruce Arians: We 'Desperately' Want Larry Fitzgerald Back


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made his case for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to stay put.

Fitzgerald is due $15 million base salary in 2015 and holds $23.6 million of the Cardinals' salary, but the organization is hoping he'll restructure his deal.

"We definitely, desperately want him to stay," coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via the team's official website. "He knows that. It's really his decision."

Fitzgerald pulled in 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, which was the lowest in his career.

Fitzgerald also had to deal with four different quarterbacks throwing to him this season, because of Carson Palmer going down mid-way through the year with a torn ACL.

Arizona finished 11-5, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

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Seahawks' Kam Chancellor Listed as Probable for Super Bowl


NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor looks like he'll be ready to go on Sunday for Super Bowl 49 after he participated in the team's walk-through practice without favoring his leg, according to the pool report.

Chancellor is listed as probable for their game against the New England Patriots.

Chancellor left Friday's practice with his left knee wrapped, but all signs point towards him making it on the field in Arizona.

"He looked pretty good today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Emily Kaplan, the Super Bowl pool reporter for the Pro Football Writers of America. "We will make sure we test him in pregame, but he remarkably looked great today and so that's all we have to go on."

Chancellor was drafted by Seattle in 2010 and was a member of last year's Super Bowl team.

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Pitt Upsets No. 8 Notre Dame


G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa.)-- The Pittsburgh Panthers have upset the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

With a last second steal by junior guard James Robinson the Panthers took down the Fighting Irish 76-72 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.

Robinson was one of four Panthers to score at least 14 points.  He would finish shooting 5 of 8, including nailing both shots from beyond the arc, while dishing out ten assists; it was his first career double-double.

The loss for Notre Dame (20-3) comes on the heels of  Wednesday's 77-73 home victory over No.4 Duke. 

The Panthers (14-8) will have to show their true colors over the next month with upcoming matchups against Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia.  If Pittsburgh can take two of three they stand a chance of making a late push into the March Madness Tournament. 

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NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season


Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX, Az.)-- The NFL has come full circle on an embarrassing 2014-2015 season.

In the annual pre-Super Bowl press conference, held Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell was asked by CNN's Rachel Nichols if the league could take any steps to mitigate conflicts of interest when hiring outside investigators.

 "I think we have done an excellent job of bringing outside consultants in," Goodell said. "Somebody has to pay them Rachel, so unless you are volunteering, which I don't think you are, we will do that." 

This latest gaffe by Goodell comes in the same year that domestic violence has taken center stage for the NFL.  After the commissioner mishandled the punishment of Ray Rice for punching his then fiancée’s face in an Atlantic City elevator, a series of public relations mis-steps have left Goodell's credibility with fans and players nearly at zero.

Which leads to the question of why Goodell remains as the commissioner.  NFLPA president Eric Winston commented to CSNNE.com's Tom Curran after the press conference, “Hey, even the worst bartender at Spring Break does pretty well. Think about it, a 2-year-old could [be NFL Commissioner] and still make money.”

Winston has since apologized. 

In wake of the Deflate-gate scandal that appears to be overshadowing the Super Bowl, the most staunch supporter of Goodell, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, demanded that the League apologize to the team if no evidence is found of New England's guilt. The League has been recieved numerous criticisms for the pace and poor effort it has showing in the investigation.

Goodell acknowledged it has been a "tough year" but has no plans to resign.

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Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future


Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Even at age 38, Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos don't know if he'll be lining up behind center next season. Manning says he's still deciding if he wants to come back and play in 2015 or not.

Even though Manning was rated among one of the best at his position in 2014, he is not the same player he once was, and even dealt with injuries throughout the season.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with Coach (Gary) Kubiak and did have a chance (to) see him in person.

"I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach (Kubiak), (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders."

This past season, Manning threw for 4,727 yards and threw 39 touchdowns.

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