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Scoreboard Roundup 10/29/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Top 25: (2) Florida State 42 (8-0) - (25) Louisville 31 (6-3)

NFL: New Orleans Saints 28 (4-4) - Carolina Panthers 10 (3-5-1)

NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (1-1) - Orlando Magic 98 (0-2)

New York Knicks 95 (1-1) - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (0-1)

Minnesota Timberwolves 97 (1-1) - Detroit Pistons 91 (0-2)

Dallas Mavericks 120 (1-1) - Utah Jazz 102 (0-2)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (7-3-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-4-2)

Boston Bruins 3 (6-6-0) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-8-1) - Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (5-3-2) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (4-5-1) - Shootout

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (6-2-1) - Los Angeles Kings 0 (6-2-2)

St. Louis Blues 2 (5-3-1) - Anaheim Ducks 0 (8-3-0)

Minnesota Wild 4 (6-3-0) - San Jose Sharks 3 (6-4-2) - Shootout

Florida Panthers 2 (3-2-3) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (3-5-1)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (6-3-1) - Ottawa Sentators 4 (5-2-2) -Shootout

Colorado Avalanche 5 (3-4-4, 10pts) - New York Islanders 0 (6-4-0, 12pts)

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Red Sox and Reliever Koji Uehara Agree on Two-Year Extension


Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox were not about to let one of the most dominant relievers in recent years hit the free agent market as the team and closer Koji Uehara have agreed on a two-year deal through the 2016 season.

Even though he'll be 40 years old in early April, the Red Sox are confident that Uehara will keep up his effectiveness out of the bullpen.

In 64 appearances this past season for Boston, Uehara posted a 2.52 ERA, posted a career-high 26 saves, and struck out 80 batters in 64.1 innings pitched.

Uehara came up big for the Red Sox during their World Series season back in 2013. He saved seven games and recorded a .66 ERA in 13 appearances. He was the named the MVP of the AL Championship Series.

Prior to joining the Red Sox in 2013, Uehara pitched for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

In six seasons in the Majors, Uehara is 15-15 with a 2.44 ERA with 61 saves.

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Knicks' Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks


Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the regular season barely a day old for the New York Knicks, they've already lost their starting point guard: Jose Calderon will be out the next 2-3 weeks with a right calf strain.

Up until about 90 minutes before the Knicks' season opener against the Chicago Bulls, the team expected Calderon in the starting lineup until he aggravated the calf injury during warm-ups.

The Knicks brought in the 33-year-old Calderon to help stabilize the position for the team. He had spent the last season with the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game for the team.

He was part of the trade that sent center Tyson Chandler back to the Mavericks.

Replacing Calderon in the lineup will be second-year guard Shane Larkin, who was also acquired in the Chandler trade.

In the first start of his NBA career on Wednesday, Larkin scored six points and three assists in 26 minutes of action in what proved to be a 24-point loss.

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Andy Dalton's Not Looking Past Jaguars


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton isn't looking past their game against Jacksonville (1-7) on Sunday.

The Bengals (4-2-1) are coming off a big win over the Ravens and Dalton will have his team ready for a young Jaguars defense.

"Up-front they're really good," Dalton said.  "With the speed, and the way they rush the passer, and the things that they do -- we've got to be ready for that stuff. We've got to know the type of team we're playing, and we've got a good plan in so we'll be prepared."

Jacksonville is 0-4 on the road this year, but Dalton knows they'll be hungry for a win.

"They've been playing better recently. You look at the record, and it doesn't show what they are on tape," Dalton said. "They're flying around, making plays. But we're not really worried about what they're doing, it's more what we're going to do, the execution of everything, and if we do that, we'll put ourselves in good spots."

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Gary Patterson Says He's Taking It One Game at a Time


iStockphoto(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Seventh-ranked TCU (6-1) will have another tough task at hand on Saturday when they travel to No. 20 West Virginia (6-2).

Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson is happy to see his team bowl eligible at this point in the season, but knows there are still more games to play.

"Everything now counts as one," Patterson said this week. "[We have] two tough games in a row [starting with] West Virginia in Morgantown. They're playing really well on both sides of the ball. You can say the same thing about Kansas State. Then a three-week stretch with Kansas, Texas and Iowa State. We just have to take it one at a time."

West Virginia comes into the game averaging 36.9 points per game.

"Coach [Dana] Holgorsen has really done a great job," Patterson said. "They're kind of in the same situation we've been in coming into the Big 12. We've had identical records the first two years. Both our games with each other have gone to overtime. We've beat each other at home. We have to find a way to win."

TCU is only giving up 21.6 points per game this year.

"We've played really well at times," Patterson said of his defense.  "They've figured some things out. They didn't play well for a quarter last week. We saw three plays that we hadn't seen. They ran the back vertical, which is a really good play, and we missed a tackle. Then two hitch screens, but you have to get ready to play."

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Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is 'One of the Better Teams'


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Third-ranked Auburn (6-1) will get one the biggest tests this season when they travel to fourth-ranked Ole Miss (7-1) on Saturday.

The Tigers are 3-1 in their SEC matchups this year and head coach Gus Malzahn is well aware of Mississippi's defense that is only allowing 10.3 points per game.

"[They have a] great defense [and] very good on offense," Malzahn said. "They have a senior quarterback who has a lot of experience. He's a very nifty runner in their zone read and power [run game]."

"Overall, this is one of the better teams in their country," he added.

Malzahn credited the work Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze has done in a short amount of time at the school.

"He's really good at what he does," Malzahn said.  "He's a great coach, he's a great communicator, he's got great vision. It doesn't surprise me because he's one of the best at what he does."

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Belichick Calls Manning 'Best Quarterback I've Ever Coached Against'


Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Mass.) -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has created many defensive schemes in his 40 years of NFL coaching, but during that time, the man under the hoodie says he's never faced a quarterback better than Peyton Manning.

"I mean, (Manning is) great, he's obviously a great quarterback," Belichick said. "The best quarterback I've coached against."

Belichick's comments come in the wake of his team's match-up versus Manning's Denver Broncos Sunday in Foxboro.

Belichick has schemed against Manning 22 times as either a coordinator or head coach, going 12-10 in those games.

Belichick also said, "I see no weaknesses in (Manning's) game".

"I truly appreciate those words because of just the unbelievable productivity and consistency of his teams over the course of his entire career," Manning said after hearing Belichick's comments.

The Denver Broncos (6-1) and the New England Patriots (6-2) will square off at Gillette Stadium Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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ESPN: Robert Griffin III Will Start Sunday


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN.

The 24-year-old has been out since week two when he dislocated his left ankle. He participated in full during practice Wednesday, taking snaps with the first team offense.

During his three NFL seasons, Griffin has started 30 games, completing 63.3% of his passes for 6,708 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions, while also rushing for 1,328 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Mass.) -- The Boston Bruins' blueline takes another hit.

Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning.

Krug broke the finger after getting slashed during his final shift in the Bruins loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.

Krug joins a growing list of injured Boston defensemen. The B's are already without captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks with a left knee injury and Kevan Miller, who has a dislocated right shoulder.

Despite the growing list of injuries, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is staying upbeat.

“For us, with our system, it’s about not just about the defensemen, but really the whole aspect of all the guys on the ice and playing a good system,” Bergeron said. “And that’s what we need to have.”

The Bruins (5-6-0, 10pts) re-called defensemen David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from their AHL affiliate in Providence to pick up the slack.

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Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series


Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."

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