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Leinart hurt, Texans hold on to beat Jaguars 20-13

  • November 28, 2011, 10:17 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Leinart and Matt Schaub stood next to each other for the final few snaps, Leinart in a sling and Schaub in a walking boot.

The scene spoke volumes about Houston's quarterback situation and playoff chances.

If the Texans are going to make the postseason for the first time in franchise history, they probably will have to do it with a third-string quarterback.

Leinart injured his throwing shoulder Sunday at Jacksonville, overshadowing Houston's 20-13 victory against the offensively inept Jaguars. Leinart believes he broke his collarbone, but coach Gary Kubiak said initial X-rays were inconclusive.

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Brewers' Braun wins NL MVP

  • November 22, 2011, 7:13 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee's Ryan Braun won the NL Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday after helping lead the Brewers to their first division title in nearly 30 years.

The left fielder received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Arizona introduces Rich Rodriguez

  • November 22, 2011, 7:11 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Rich Rodriguez made his first public appearance as football coach at Arizona, standing at center court at McKale Center on Tuesday at a news conference interrupted repeatedly by hearty applause from boosters happy to have a big-name coach take over a program in dire need of a boost to compete in the expanded Pac-12.

The former West Virginia and Michigan coach reeled off a list of attributes that Tucson and the university have, then asked "Why not Arizona? Why not us? Why can't we win it all?"

Arizona is the only member of the old Pac-10 never to appear in the Rose Bowl.

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Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s power rankings will feature a list of what every team has to be thankful for this holiday season. But before we get down to football business, I want to wish you, your family and friends a happy holiday weekend. Gobble, gobble! Now, on to the rankings…










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Crosby has 2 goals, 2 assists; Pens top Isles 5-0

  • November 22, 2011, 10:54 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- One flick of the wrist. One guttural scream. One very simple message to the rest of an equal parts welcoming and wary NHL.

Sidney Crosby is back.

The superstar center capped his return from concussion-like symptoms with two goals and two assists in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins roared by the New York Islanders 5-0 on Monday night. Unleashing more than 10 months of frustration in 16 energetic minutes, Crosby put to rest all the questions that had popped up during his lengthy comeback.

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Brady throws 2 TD passes, Pats beat Chiefs 34-3

  • November 22, 2011, 10:51 AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Rob Gronkowski somersaulted into the end zone, staggered to his feet and still managed to spike the ball.

"I was just fine," the Patriots star tight end said. "I just got the wind knocked out of me a little bit."

New England was more than fine after looking groggy on offense early in the game before finishing big with a 34-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Gronkowski, who has five in his past three games. Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for another score and Kyle Arrington had two of the Patriots three interceptions.

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Justin Verlander wins AL MVP

  • November 21, 2011, 4:13 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Detroit's Justin Verlander became the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win a Most Valuable Player award, adding it to the Cy Young Award he won last week.


Verlander earned the American League MVP honor Monday, receiving 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was second with four firsts and 242 points, followed by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista with five firsts and 231 points, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson with 215 and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera with 193.

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