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Redskins Bench RGIII for McCoy


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va) -- Push has come to shove as the Redskins have decided to bench Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy this Sunday when Washington will face Indianapolis.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Griffin will not play this weekend, but remains a part of the team's long term plans. 

Griffin has struggled this season. He has missed six games after suffering a dislocated ankle in week 2. In the five games he has started, Griffin has completed 69.7% of his passes for 869 yards while throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions. Additionally, he has been sacked 16 times. The team is 1-4 in those five starts.

McCoy made his only start of the season against the Dallas Cowboys on October 27. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards with one interception and a rushing touchdown in a game that saw the Redskins defeat the Cowboys 20-17.

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Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Delayed


John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(MASSACHUSETTS) -- Aaron Hernandez has had his trial for a 2012 double murder delayed so his lawyers could prepare for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez is charged with the 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The fallen star is alleged to have killed the two men after one of them spilled a drink on him at a Boston nightclub.

Lawyers for Hernandez say they are reviewing more than 500,000 pieces of evidence and more than 300 names turned over by the district attorney's office.

The judge in the case, Jeffery Locke, has agreed to delay the case but did not set a new trial date. Locke stated that he would like to see how long the trial in Lloyd's murder takes before making a decision. 

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/25/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Atlanta Hawks 106 (7-5) - Washington Wizards 102 (9-4)

Golden State Warriors 114 (11-2) - Miami Heat 97 (8-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 98 (8-7) - Detroit Pistons 86 (3-11)

Sacramento Kings 99 (9-5) - New Orleans Pelicans 89 (7-6)

Denver Nuggets 114 (7-7) - Chicago Bulls 109 (9-6)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 3 (10-7-4) - St. Louis Blues 2 (14-6-2) - Shootout

Nashville Predators 4 (14-5-2) - Los Angeles Kings 3 (11-6-5) - Shootout

Dallas Stars 3 (9-9-4) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (6-14-2)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (11-9-3) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (11-9-3)

Colorado Avalanche (7-9-5, 19 pts) - Arizona Coyotes (9-11-2, 20 pts) - Overtime

Anaheim Ducks 3 (14-4-5, 33 pts) - Calgary Flames 2 (13-8-2, 28 pts)

Vancouver Canucks 2 (15-6-1, 31 pts) - New Jersey Devils 0 (9-10-3, 21 pts)

NCAAB Top-25: (1) Kentucky 92 (6-0) - TX-Arlington 44 (3-2)

(3) Arizona 72 (5-0) - Kansas State 62 (3-2)

(7) Texas 78 (5-0) - St. Francis (PA) 46 (2-3)

(8) Virginia 79 (5-0) - Tenn State 36 (2-3)

(12) Villanova 60 (5-0) - (19) Michigan 55 (4-1)

Maryland 72 (5-0) - (13) Iowa State 63 (3-1)

(14) VCU 77 (4-1) - Oregon 63 (3-2)

(15) San Diego State 74 (5-0) - Pittsburgh 57 (3-2) 

(17) Miami (FL) 77 (6-0) - Charlotte 74 (3-2)

(23) Creighton75 (5-0) - E Illinois 53 (1-4)

(25) Arkansas 78 (4-0) - SMU 72 (2-3)

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Bills Will Play in Buffalo on Sunday


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a temporary hiatus from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills are fully planning on playing in front of their home crowd this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

The Bills' scheduled game this past Sunday in Buffalo needed to be played on Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit due to a massive snowstorm that hit the area. Over seven feet of snow fell in less than a week.

"We are looking forward to preparing for the Browns and playing Sunday here at Ralph Wilson Stadium," Bills president Russ Brandon said. "There's been an enormous amount of progress over the last few days, and while we had a difficult hand from Mother Nature last week, Mother Nature certainly assisted this week."

Bills players and coaches barely had any time to meet or practice, yet they were still able to defeat the New York Jets 38-3 on Monday night.

According to Brandon, engineers found no structural issues to the stadium, and it will be safe to host a game.

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Broncos Release Kicker Brandon McManus, Sign Connor Barth to Replace Him


National Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- Frustrated by the lack of consistency in their kicking game, the Denver Broncos have cut kicker Brandon McManus and replaced him with Connor Barth.

The Broncos had worked out kickers Jay Feely and Barth this week and decided that Barth was a better option.

"We're in a performance-based business, regardless of what your job description is, you're expected to perform. I don't think he's the worst kicker in the league by any stretch, as I mentioned earlier...don't know there's a whole lot of kickers who've made every kick thus far, 11 or 12 games into the season," Broncos head coach John Fox said. "Whether you're a rookie or a 12-year veteran, you're still expected to perform. It doesn't matter what position."

The Broncos acquired McManus from the New York Giants for a seventh-round pick prior to the start of the season. He converted 9 of 13 field goal attempts, good for only 69.2%.

Barth hasn't kicked in a regular-season game since 2012, when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Lions Prepare for Bears on Thanksgiving


Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETRIOT) -- Thanksgiving Day football will kickoff with the Chicago Bears traveling to the Motor City to take on their divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions.

Detroit (7-4) is coming off a 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

"[We've] got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry," Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. "[It's a] tough Chicago Bear team that we're about to face who's won two games in a row."

Chicago (5-6) is coming off a 21-13 win over Tampa on Sunday and are well aware of the challenges of playing during a short week.

"It's something that's universal throughout the league," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "Everybody's playing Thursday night games. We've all had experience in putting gameplans together."

Trestman knows that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be looking to erase a tough day on Sunday.

"We know what they have talent wise offensively," Trestman said.  "That'll be a challenge for us."

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Gary Patterson: We're Trying 'to Finish the Journey'


Football Texture/iStockphoto(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- The fifth-ranked Texas Christian University Horned Frogs will travel to Austin to take on the Longhorns Thursday.

TCU is on the outside looking in, according to the latest College Football Playoff rankings, but head coach Gary Patterson wants his team to keep doing what they've done all season.

"Our job is to keep our nose down and to finish the journey. That's what we're trying to get accomplished," coach Patterson said.

TCU has won five in a row and the offense is averaging 45.9 points per game.

"All of our running backs have played a part...and Aaron [Green] has had a couple of big ballgames that have really made a difference for us," Patterson said.

Texas is bowl eligible in their first season under head coach Charlie Strong.

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Nick Saban on Auburn: We Remember Last Year


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Alabama) -- Alabama is hoping to avoid another shocking defeat to Auburn this year in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

In the final play of last year's game, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Alabama for a 100-yard touchdown run, stunning top-ranked Alabama.

Head coach Nick Saban said Monday that this is what the game is all about.

"We all kind of remember what happened," he added. "I think that it was very disappointing to all of us here, not just the last play, but the last five minutes of the game, that we never finished the game like we needed to and it was a tough way to lose a game."

"The Iron Bowl is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and means a lot to people in the state, regardless of which side you're on," Saban continued.  "As a competitor it's a great opportunity because this game has had a lot of significance over the last few years."

Alabama currently sits in the number one spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. Meanwhile, Auburn is 4-3 in their SEC matchups this year and are 8-3.

"Their offense is one of the most productive in the country," Saban said. "They got a very good scheme. [Auburn quarterback] Nick Marshall does a fantastic job of executing that on the field."

Marshall has tossed 15 touchdowns this year and thrown for 1,859 yards.

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2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced


Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot was released and features 44 players, including 27 newcomers. 

Three of the best pitchers of their era highlight the list of first-timers up for induction. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz join a bevy of others looking to be enshrined among the games greats in Cooperstown next summer.

Martinez owns the sixth-best win percentage of all-time at .687, while Johnson became the last 300-game winner in his final season of 2009. Smoltz, who racked up 231 wins and 121 saves in 21 seasons, will be looking to join former Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine who were selected to the Hall in 2014.

Carlos Delgado, Nomar Garciappara, Gary Sheffield and Tony Clark, the current head of the players' association, are also among those appearing on the ballot for the first time. 

Among the 17 players making a return to the ballot, Craig Biggio seems to be a favorite for enshrinement. The former Houston Astros infielder missed induction by two votes last year, receiving 74.8 percent of the vote.

Also on the list are Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens. Piazza, who earned 62.2 percent of the 75 percent needed, has hit more home runs than any other catcher ever (396). Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell are among the others back on the ballot while Don Mattingly enters his 15th, and final, year of eligibility.

In order to be inducted, a player must receive 75% of the vote on a ballot. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) are only allowed to put 10 names on a singular ballot. Enshrined along with those from the BBWAA ballot is anyone elected by the 16-person Golden Era Committee, which will make its announcement on Dec. 8. Results of the BBWAA ballot will be revealed on Jan. 6, 2015.

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Cavs Snap Skid with Win over Orlando


Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James scored 29 points -- 16 in the first quarter -- as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Orlando Magic 106-74 on Monday night.

Prior to the game, James called himself out by telling reporters "I stink" and taking responsibility for the team's lackluster performance.

"I'm my biggest critic," James said. "I wasn't happy with my play the last week. No one puts any more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you just don't talk about it, you show it too."

The veteran took his own advice and came out strong, scoring as many points in the first quarter as the Magic (6-10) did. James finished the day by shooting 9-for-17 and pushing the lead to the point where he did not play in the fourth quarter. As a team, Cleveland (6-7) controlled the game defensively with 14 steals and nine blocks, forcing 21 turnovers.

"He's a great player and that's what great players do," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of James. "They lead their team and make plays at both ends of the floor." 

Orlando struggled offensively as well, shooting 36.3 percent (29-of-80) from the floor. The Magic, who had won consecutive road games, were playing without leading rebounder and scorer Tobias Harris for the second straight night. Victor Oladipo picked up the scoring, racking up 22 points in the loss.

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