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Report: Red Sox Finalizing Deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez


BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox have made quite the splash early on in free agency. Multiple outlets report that the Boston Red Sox are close to finalizing deals with free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

ESPN reports that Sandoval is nearing a five-year deal with the Red Sox worth nearly $100 million.

Sandoval is one of the best offensive third basemen in baseball and he's also been remarkably clutch during the Giants recent playoff runs. In 39 playoff games, the 28-year-old Sandoval has hit .344 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

ESPN also reports that a deal is nearly complete to bring shortstop Hanley Ramirez back to the Red Sox on a five-year deal worth around $90 million. Ramirez came up with the Red Sox, appearing in two games with the team back in 2005 before he was traded to the Florida Marlins.

Ramirez is a supremely talented player, but has had trouble staying on the field in recent years. In 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez hit .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games.

It is unclear just where Ramirez will play as the Red Sox suddenly have a glutton of position players.

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Saints Owner Tom Benson Makes Record $11M Donation to Football Hall of Fame


Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to pledge $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- it's the largest contribution by any individual in the history of the establishment.

$10 million of Benson's donation will go towards the renovation of Fawcett Stadium, which will be renamed "Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium."

The remaining money will be used for the Hall of Fame's Legends Landing Program. This program will be a mixed-use residence that includes a room for retired players and Hall of Famers.

He has also challenged the other 31 owners to match his $1 million donation towards the Legends Landing Program.

"This is a donation that I feel very strongly about," Benson said in a statement. "I have taken great pride in the recovery and renaissance of my home city, New Orleans, not only prior to but, more importantly, post-Katrina. We have done great things in our city, and today we can proudly present New Orleans as a city that is a role model to other communities. We are proud of that. So when approached to make a donation to the Pro Football of Fame in Canton, Ohio, I did not think long at all about why we should help."

Benson has owned the Saints since 1985, and is one of the NFL's longest tenured owners.

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Hornets Guard Eric Gordon Out Indefinitely with Separated Shoulder


NBA via New Orleans Pelicans(NEW YORK) -- The injury bug has bitten New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon once again after separating his shoulder during Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz.

Gordon got tangled up with Jazz guard Alec Burks in the second quarter of the game, causing him to fall to the ground and injuring his shoulder.

There is no set time table for Gordon's return, but he isn't expected back anytime soon.

The timing of the injury couldn't be worse for Gordon and the Pelicans. After a tough start to the season, Gordon was starting to come around offensively. Last season, the 25-year-old Gordon played in 64 games, the most he's played in one season since his rookie year during the 2008-2009 season when he played in 78 games. He's averaged about 46 games played the past five seasons.

In 12 games this season, Gordon was averaging 9.5 points per game, but has averaged 17.2 points for his career.

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Seahawks Stymie Cardinals


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks held the Arizona Cardinals to 204 yards of total offense as they went on to win Sunday at CenturyLink Field 19-3.

The loss snaps the Cardinals' six-game winning streak and moves the Seahawks (7-4) within two games of first place in the NFC West.

Russell Wilson was sacked seven times, three of those by Calais Campbell, but still managed to complete 17 of 22 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 73 yards in the win.

"I think we let Russell Wilson be Russell Wilson on too many occasions," Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu said.

Steven Hauschka hit four field goals to do most of Seattle's scoring.

The Seahawks will be in San Francisco on Thanksgiving night to take on the 49ers (7-4).

The Cardinals (9-2) head to Atlanta next weekend to take on the Falcons (4-7).

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Packers Edge Vikings, Take Over Sole Possession of 1st in North


Tom Lynn /Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Eddie Lacy compiled 138 yards of offense and two touchdowns to help the Green Bay Packers edge the Minnesota Vikings 24-21 Sunday.

The win, coupled with the Lions' loss to the Patriots, puts the Packers (8-3) in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Lacy ran for 125 yards on 25 carries in the win.

"He's agile for a guy his size," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Lacy. "He's got a great spin move. He takes care of the football. He does all the things you want."

Rodgers didn't fair too poorly himself. The former league MVP completed 19 of 29 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vikings (4-7) made a game of it late in the fourth quarter. With 3:23 left to play, Teddy Bridgewater threw a five-yard strike to Greg Jennings in the end zone to put Minnesota down by three, but Lacy ran the ball five straight times to kill the clock and secure the Packers a win.

Next up for the Packers is a visit by the New England Patriots (9-2) next weekend. Meanwhile, the Vikings will host the Carolina Panthers (3-7-1).

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Manning Leads Broncos to Comeback Win Over Dolphins


Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Peyton Manning threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to help the Denver Broncos erase an 11-point deficit and pull out a victory over the Miami Dolphins 39-36 Sunday.

The Dolphins took a 28-17 lead when Ryan Tannehill found Jarvis Landry for a five-yard touchdown, but the Broncos scored 22 unanswered points to take a 39-28 lead with 3:13 left in the game.

The Dolphins then marched down the field and scored on another Tannehill to Landry pass. Lamar Miller ran in the two-point conversion to put the Dolphins down three with less than two minutes to play.

The Dolphins attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Broncos' C.J. Anderson, securing a Denver win.

"I thought the best thing our team did was we stayed pretty calm," Manning said. "We just had a real calm demeanor the entire game. Everybody did. And that definitely proved to be a key factor late in the game."

Anderson ran for 167 yards and a touchdown in the win.

The Broncos (8-3) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the Dolphins (6-5) will be in New Jersey on Monday, Dec. 1 to take on the New York Jets.

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Patriots Silence Lions


Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and the New England Patriots defense held the Detroit Lions in check all game en route to a 34-9 victory Sunday.

The Patriots (9-2) took command of the game in the second quarter. After Matt Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal to put the Lions within one point of the Pats, New England scored 17 unanswered to go into halftime with a 24-6 lead.

The second half is when the Patriots defense stepped up, allowing one field goal in six Lions' drives.

LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this past week, carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit (7-4) couldn't get anything going on offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate combined for only eight catches while being blanketed by Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis all afternoon.

The Patriots have now won seven straight and will head to Green Bay next weekend, where they will take on the Packers (8-3). Meanwhile, the Lions, which have lost two straight, will host the Chicago Bears (5-6) on Thanksgiving.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/23/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Cleveland Browns 26 (7-4) - Atlanta Falcons 24 (4-7)

Green Bay Packers 24 (8-3) - Minnesota Vikings 21 (4-7)

Cincinnati Bengals 22 (7-3-1) - Houston Texans 13 (5-6)

Indianapolis Colts 23 (7-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 3 (1-10) 

New England Patriots 34 (9-2) - Detroit Lions 9 (7-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 43 (8-3) - Tennessee Titans 24 (2-9)

Chicago Bears 21 (5-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 (2-9)

Seattle Seahawks 19 (7-4) - Arizona Cardinals 3 (9-2)

San Diego Chargers 27 (7-4) - St. Louis Rams 24 (4-7)

San Francisco 49ers 17 (7-4) - Washington Redskins 13 (3-8)

Dallas Cowboys 31 (8-3) - New York Giants 28 (3-8) 

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers 94 (9-3) - Boston Celtics 88 (4-7)

Miami Heat 94 (8-6) - Charlotte Hornets 93 (4-10)

Memphis Grizzlies 107 (12-2) - Los Angeles Clippers 91 (7-5)

Golden State Warriors 91 (10-2) - Oklahoma City Thunder 86 (3-12)

Denver Nuggets 101 (6-7) - Los Angeles Lakers 94 (3-11) - OT

NHL: St. Louis Blues 4 (13-6-1, 27pts) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (10-8-3, 23pts)

New York Rangers 5 (9-7-4, 22pts) - Montreal Canadiens 0 (16-6-1, 33pts) 

Anaheim Ducks 2 (13-4-5, 31pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (9-11-2, 20pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (14-6-1, 29pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 1 (12-8-1, 25pts)

Top 25 College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 86 (5-0) - Montana State 28 (0-4)

(11) Wichita State 105 (3-0) - Newman University 57 (0-1)

West Virginia 78 (5-0) - (17) Connecticut 68 (3-1) 

(18) Oklahoma 90 (2-1) - Northwestern State 68 (2-2)

(20) Ohio State 106 (3-0) - Sacred Heart 48 (1-2)

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Andy Dalton Picks Up First Win in Houston


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton finally got a win in Houston on Sunday after he led his team to a 22-13 win over the Texans.

Dalton lost his first three games in Houston, but won on his father Greg's 55th birthday with him in attendance.

"It's cool to get a win here," Dalton said. "(And) have it timed up where we were playing in Houston on his birthday. It's a special day."

A.J. Green finished with 12 receptions and 121 yards and Mohamed Sanu caught Dalton's touchdown pass to get the Bengals on the board in the first quarter.

Jeremy Hill's two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Cincinnati a 16-3 lead and the defense would do the rest.

Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett finished with 189 yards and a pick in the loss.  The Bengals defense held wide receiver Andre Johnson to 36 yards on three receptions.

"I didn't play well," Mallett said. "I couldn't hit the broad side of the barn from 5 yards away."

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Cundiff Does It Again, Browns Beat Falcons Late


Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Cleveland Browns let a nine point fourth quarter lead slip away, but kicker Billy Cundiff hit another game winning field goal as time expired to give his team a 26-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw three picks, but found a way to lead his team down the field in the final minute to set up the Cundiff game winner.

Browns Josh Gordon pulled in eight passes for 127 yards in his first game since being suspended for 10 games due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

"I knew the guys weren't going to quit on me," Gordon said. "I definitely wasn't going to quit on them."

Hoyer admitted that he was not happy with his performance even though the Browns came out with the win.

"Nothing to lose, really," Hoyer said when asked about the final drive. "Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point."

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