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Pacquiao Defends Welterweight Title


Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(MACAU) -- Manny Pacquiao defeated Chris Algieri by unanimous decision Saturday to retain his welterweight title.

Pacquiao dominated the fight, throwing 410 punches to Algieri's 212. Pacquiao connected on 187 punches and scored six knockdowns.

Coming off such a dominating performance and now boasting a career record of (56-6-2, 38 KOs) some, such as ESPN's boxing analyst Bernardo Osuna, wonder if he has been impressive enough to fight fellow welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"He needs to look impressive, because when he steps into the negotiating room for a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather in early 2015, he has got to have some leverage," Osuna said.

The final scores from the judges were in favor of Pacquiao, 120-102, 119-103 and 119-103.

 

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Louis Williams Drops 36 in Beat-down of Cavaliers


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CLEVELAND,Oh.) -- The Toronto Raptors smacked down the Cleveland Cavaliers as Louis Williams came in off the bench and paced the Raptors to a 110-93 victory, Saturday.

Williams put up 36 points, completing 9 of 19 from the field including three from beyond the arc.

"The thing was that [my teammates] saw that I had a hot hand and they kept coming to me," Williams said. "Just created a spark off the bench."

No shot had as much impact as the three he drained at the first half buzzer that gave Toronto a 56-54 lead.

From there it was all downhill for the Cavaliers according to LeBron James.

"[Williams] changed the game, when he came into the game," James said. "We lost the tempo that we had."

The Cavaliers began the season as the favorites to win it all. Hyped up as the new Big 3; which includes, James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers currently sit at 5-7. 

"We're a very fragile team right now, we were a fragile team from the beginning," James said. "Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up."

 

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Islanders Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Night


Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) -- For the second straight night the New York Islanders have defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In a home-and-home series, the Islanders took a 5-4 shootout win in Pittsburgh Friday, then beat the Penguins in New York Saturday 4-1.  The Islanders are now tied with the Penguins in the Metro division at 28 points.

The Penguins took the lead late in the first on an Evgeni Malkin goal.  The Islanders matched it at 1:59 in the second when Matt Martin backhanded a rebound past Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss.

The third period opened and the Islanders came out firing. Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and John Tavares each scored a goal as New York blew open the game and sealed the victory. 

"We're understanding what's bringing us success,” said Tavares. "We have a talented hockey club when everyone's committed to doing the right things and doing their job."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/22/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (1) Alabama 48 (10-1) - Western Carolina 14 (7-5)

(2) Oregon 44 (10-1) - Colorado 10 (2-9)

(3) Florida State 20 (11-0) - Boston College 17 (6-5)

(4) Mississippi State 51 (10-1) - Vanderbilt 0 (3-8)

(6) Ohio State 42 (10-1) - Indiana 27 (3-8)

(7) Baylor 49 (9-1) - Oklahoma State 28 (5-6)

Arkansas 30 (6-5) - (8) Ole Miss 0 (8-3)

(9) UCLA 38 (9-2) - (19) USC 20 (7-4)

(10) Georgia 55 (9-2) - Charleston Southern 9 (8-4)

(11) Michigan State 45 (9-2) - Rutgers 3 (6-5)

(13) Arizona State 52 (9-2) - Washington State 31 (3-8)

(14) Auburn 31 (8-3) - Samford 7 (7-4)

(15) Arizona 42 (9-2) - (17) Utah 10 (7-4)

(16) Wisconsin 26 (9-2) - Iowa 24 (7-4)

(20) Missouri 29 (9-2) - Tennessee 21 (5-6)

(21) Oklahoma 44 (7-3) - Kansas 7 (3-7)

(22) Clemson 28 (8-3) - Georgia State 0 (1-10)

(24) Louisville 31 (8-3) - Notre Dame 28 (7-4)

(25) Minnesota 28 (8-3) - (23) Nebraska 24 (8-3)

Top 25 College Basketball: (6) North Carolina 90 (3-6) - Davidson 72 (2-1)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3 (13-6-1 27pts) - Ottawa Senators 2 (9-6-4, 22pts)

Montreal Canadiens 2 (16-5-1, 33pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (13-9-0, 26pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (11-8-2, 24pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (10-5-5, 25pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (14-6-2, 30pts) - Minnesota Wild 1 (11-8-0, 22pts)

New York Islanders 4 (14-6-0, 28pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (13-4-2, 28pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (8-9-2, 18pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (6-12-2, 14pts)

Buffalo Sabres 2 (6-13-2, 14pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (9-8-3, 21pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (13-5-2, 28pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (7-5-6, 20pts) - SO

Dallas Stars 5 (8-9-4, 20pts) - Los Angeles Kings 4 (11-6-4, 26pts)

Colorado Avalanche 4 (6-9-5, 17pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (6-10-3, 15pts)

Calgary Flames 5 (13-7-2, 28 pts) - New Jersey Devils 4 (9-9-3, 21 pts) - SO

Chicago Blackhawks 7 (12-7-1, 25 pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (6-13-2, 14 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 4 (9-10-2, 20 pts) - San Jose Sharks 3 (10-9-4, 24 pts) - SO

NBA: Miami Heat 99 (7-6) - Orlando Magic 92 (6-9)

Toronto Raptors 110 (11-2) - Cleveland Cavaliers 93 (5-7)

New York Knicks 91 (4-10) - Philadelphia 76ers 83 (0-13)

Phoenix Suns 106 (9-5) - Indiana Pacers 83 (5-8)

Sacramento Kings 113 (8-5) - Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (3-9)

San Antonio Spurs 99 (9-4) - Brooklyn Nets 87 (5-8)

Houston Rockets 95 (10-3) - Dallas Mavericks 92 (10-4)

Washington Wizards 111 (9-3) - Milwaukee Bucks 100 (7-7)

New Orleans Pelicans 106 (7-5) - Utah Jazz 94 (5-9)

 

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ESPN Poll: Coaches Favor 8-Team Playoff


Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- According to a poll conducted by ESPN, FBS coaches rather have an eight-team playoff rather than the current four-team format.

The poll, which 103 of the 128 FBS coaches voted in, showed 44 percent prefer an eight-team playoff, 29 percent are happy with the current four-team playoff and 17 percent want a 16-team playoff.

Most off the coaches who voted for an eight-team playoff think that system should be comprised of the conference champions from each of the Power 5 conferences as well as either the top-ranked team from the Power 5 and the two-highest ranked at-large teams, or just the three-highest ranked at-large teams.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said earlier in the week that an eight-team playoff would probably be ideal.

"You have four teams that get a chance to play for the national championship, which is twice as many as before," Swofford said. "But whoever's fifth or sixth is not going to be happy. There will be some (Power 5) conferences that won't have a team in the playoff."

There was one coach who voted fo a 64-team playoff.

 

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Oklahoma's Perine Breaks Gordon's Single-Game Rushing Record


JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Sooners running back Samaje Perine holds the new single-game rushing record after breaking Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon's record in Oklahoma's 44-7 win over Kansas on Saturday.

Perine finished the day with 427 rushing yards on 34 carries and five touchdowns in four quarters of work.

Gordon set the record in last week's win in the third quarter, but sat following setting the record.

Oklahoma finished with 510 total yards on the ground and quarterback Cody Thomas was 3 for 13 with 39 yards in the air.

Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings threw a pick and finished 8 for 22 with 89 yards in the loss.

Kansas only touchdown of the day came on an 11-yard fumble return.

The Sooners improved to 5-3 in the Big 12 and Kansas fell to 1-7 in their conference.

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Georgia Pounds Charleston-Southern, 55-3


BananaStock(ATHENS, Ga.) -- (9) Georgia (9-2) cruised past Charleston-Southern (8-4) 55-3 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on the first three snaps including running back Nick Chubb's 83-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and never looked back.

Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason tossed three touchdown passes and had 187 yards in the first half and sat the rest of the game.

Brice Ramsey replaced Hutson and threw a touchdown pass and an interception in the second half, but the game was already over.

Georgia rushed for 270 yards on Charleston-Southern and their defense allowed 211 total yards with only one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Todd Gurley, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury, was in attendance on the sidelines with a brace and crutches.

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Ohio State Cruises Past Indiana, Clinches Big Ten Title Berth


Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- (6) Ohio State clinched a Big Ten title berth in their 42-27 win over Indiana on Saturday.

Buckeyes running back Jalin Marshall scored four second-half touchdowns, including a 54-yard punt return in the third quarter.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Marshall for the other three touchdowns and finished with four touchdown passes of his own and 302 yards.

"We're conference division champions, we've won a bunch of games (nine) in a row," said Meyer. "We have some work to do. Sometimes in college football, things don't go exactly as scripted."

Ohio State will wait on the winner of Minnesota and Wisconsin next week to decide their opponent for the title.  

In the meantime, the win could increase their chances of getting one of the top spots in the College Football Playoff rankings that will be released on Tuesday.

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Tickets Are Free to Bills-Jets Game in Detroit


Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tickets are free to Monday night's game at Ford Field in Detroit between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.

Tickets became available to season-ticket holders Friday, and opened up to the general public Saturday. To get the tickets you must go to the Detroit Lions' website or show up at Ford Field Sunday or Monday before the 7 p.m ET kick-off. The tickets are first come, first serve.

The game was orginally suppossed to be played at Ralph Wilson Staduim in Buffalo, but severe snow storms forced the change of venue.

"We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night," Lions president Tom Lewand said. "While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend."

Ford Field also hosted the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game in 2010, when the game had to be moved from Minneapolis because the Metrodome roof caved in. Tickets to that game were also free.

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Kobe Bryant Defends his Contract, says Players shouldn't take Discounts


Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- With the losses piling up for the Los Angeles Lakers, many wonder why Kobe Bryant didn't take a pay cut in order to help the team assemble a better roster. According to Bryant, he shouldn't have to do that.

The 36-year-old Bryant signed a two-year extension with the Lakers prior to the start of last season worth $48.5 million. Even though some players like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed to below market value salaries for the good of the team, Bryant isn't going for it.

"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said. "The player takes less, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money. Because if you don't, then you get criticized for it.

"So did I take a discount? Yeah. Did I take as big a discount as some of you fans would want me to? No. Is it a big enough discount to help us be a contender? Yeah. So what we try to do is be in a situation where they take care of the player and the player takes care of the organization enough to put us in a championship predicament eventually."

Heading into Saturday, the Lakers have the second-worst record in the Western Conference. Nowitzki's Mavericks have third-best record in the West while Duncan's Spurs won the NBA title last season.

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