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L.A. Dodgers Pitcher Dan Haren Has Surgery


iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday afternoon, the club said. The procedure, which lasted 30 minutes, cleaned out bursitis and the AC joint in his non-throwing arm.

Haren is expected to begin rehab next week and should be ready by the start of spring training.

In 32 starts this season for the Dodgers, the 34-year-old went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA. He had 145 strikeouts in 186 innings of work.

During his 12-year big league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, Haren has compiled a record of 142-122 with a 3.77 ERA. He was named to the All-Star team from 2007-2009.

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S.D. Padres Fire Hitting Coach Phil Plantier


Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres fired hitting coach Phil Plantier on Wednesday. Under his watch, the Padres finished this past season batting just .226, worst in the majors.

The Padres will be looking for their seventh hitting coach since they moved into Petco Park in 2004.

In 2014, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko led the team in RBIs with 51 while playing in only 111 games. San Diego was shut out 19 times during the season, including getting no-hit by the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on June 25.

The Padres finished the season 77-85, their best record since 2010.

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Georgia to Apply for Gurley's Reinstatement


Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The University of Georgia is doing everything they can to get their Heisman Trophy candidate back on the field as soon as possible.

Georgia officials will apply to the NCAA on Wednesday for the reinstatement of their running back Todd Gurley, who has been sidelined due to an ongoing autograph investigation.

Gurley has been inactive since Oct. 9 and the school is hoping for his return before their game against Florida on Nov. 1, reports ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

"Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd's request," the university said in a statement issued Wednesday. "The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game."

"Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates," Gurley's attorney, William King of the firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White of Birmingham, Alabama, said in the statement. "The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd."

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Mariota: Excited to Play in Levi's Stadium


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Oregon) -- Sixth ranked Oregon will get another test on the road when they travel to California on Friday night.

The Ducks come into the game 3-1 in the Pac-12 this season and the team is looking forward to playing in the newly built Levi's Stadium.

"It'll be exciting to play in Levi's Stadium," Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota  said Tuesday. "My brother and my dad are huge Niners fans, it'll be cool to take pictures and show them."

"Playing on a Friday night, there's not that much college games on, people will be tuning in," Mariota added. "It'll be a lot of fun."

Mariota has thrown 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,957 yards this season.

The Golden Bears are 2-3 in the Pac-12 so far this season.

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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ESPN: Magic Agree to 4-Year Extension with Vucevic


Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Center Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic agreed on a four-year, $53 million contract extension that will begin this season, according to ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-10, 240 pound Vucevic joined the Magic in August 2012 when he was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal.

The soon-to-be 24-year-old averaged 14.2 points, 11 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game last season.

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Bills Place Spiller on Short-Term IR


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Bills placed running back C.J. Spiller on the Reserved/Injured, Designated for Return list Tuesday.

Spiller suffered a broken collarbone during the team's 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.

Spiller will be eligible to return Week 16 when Buffalo takes on the Oakland Raiders.

The Bills signed running back Philip Tanner to help out a backfield that also lost Fred Jackson to a groin injury on Sunday. Along with Tanner, the Bills will also give carries to Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown.

The 27-year-old Spiller had rushed for 287 yards and scored two touchdowns this season.

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Report: Pats Lose Chandler Jones for About a Month


Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones has a hip injury that will sideline him for about a month, according to the Boston Globe.

Jones is a tough loss for a Patriots defense that's already playing without defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and linebacker Jerod Mayo.

The 24-year-old Jones has done well this season, leading the Patriots with 4.5 sacks. Jones also has 26 tackles, two passes defended, one forced fumble, and a blocked field goal that he recovered and returned for a touchdown.

The Boston Globe also reports that due to Jones' injury, the Patriots traded for linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans and will sign defensive lineman Alan Branch.

The Patriots have a tough schedule coming up. This weekend they play the Chicago Bears, followed next week by the Denver Broncos -- both at home -- before getting a bye week and then going to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.

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Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win over Royals


Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner continued his postseason excellence Tuesday night.

Bumgarner pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City.

Bumgarner allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out five to earn his third win of the 2014 playoffs.

Royals starter James Shields didn't fair quite as well: Shields lasted only three innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, and one walk; he struck out one.

Shields' bad day started right away. He opened up the top of the first by allowing singles to Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey, before allowing an RBI double to Pablo Sandoval and a two-run home run to Hunter Pence.

Shields pitched perfect second and third innings before coming out in the fourth and letting three straight batters on base, which led to his early exit.

Already up 5-0 in the seventh, the Giants scored two more times, once on a Joe Panik triple and the other on a Sandoval single.

Game 2 of the World Series is Wednesday in Kansas City. The Giants send Jake Peavy to the mound. He will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/21/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB World Series - Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7 - Kansas City Royals 1 (Giants lead series, 1-0)

NHL: Boston Bruins 5 (4-4-0; 8pts) – San Jose Sharks 3 (4-2-1; 9pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (3-3-1; 7pts) – New York Islanders 2 (4-2-0; 8pts)

New York Rangers 4 (4-3-0; 8pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (3-2-1; 7pts) OT

Montreal Canadiens 2 (5-1-0; 10pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (3-1-1; 7pts) OT

Winnipeg Jets 3 (2-4-0; 4pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (0-3-2; 2pts) 

Florida Panthers 4 (2-2-2, 6pts) - Colorado Avalanche 3 (1-4-2, 4pts) OT

Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (4-2-1, 9pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (4-3-1, 9pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (4-0-1, 9pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 0 (1-3-2, 4pts)

Dallas Stars 6 (3-1-2, 8pts) - Vancouver Canucks 3 (3-2-0, 6pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (4-0-2, 10pts) - Arizona Coyotes 3 (2-2-1, 5pts) SO

 

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