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NFL

ODB makes catch of the year on Sunday night
Odell Beckham | NYG
(November 24, 2014 12:45 AM EST)
Odell Beckham had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 12 loss to Dallas.
Beckham made a highlight one-handed 43-yard touchdown over Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the second quarter. He easily won one-on-one matchups, and was able to get open against double teams. Beckham was targeted a team-high 11 times, but briefly exited in the fourth quarter with a back injury. He's now posted 90-plus yards in four straight weeks and is averaging at least seven catches since entering the starting lineup. Beckham will be a top-ten receiver play in Week 13 and has a favorable rest-of-season schedule with games against Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Washington.
QB Ryan Mallett headed for MRI on pectoral
Ryan Mallett | HOU
(November 23, 2014 8:57 PM EST)
Texans QB Ryan Mallett played through an injured right pectoral muscle during Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Bengals.
Mallett suffered the potentially season-ending injury in warmups, perhaps explaining his erratic play against the Browns. He's headed for an MRI and if it shows a tear, the chance he's been awaiting for so long is over. The Houston Chronicle is already suggesting that Ryan Fitzpatrick is "likely back" for the foreseeable future, although we wouldn't be shocked if the Texans turned to fourth-round rookie Tom Savage. Bill O'Brien has seen Fitzpatrick's ceiling and hit his head on it.
Source:
John McClain on Twitter

MLB

Red Sox trying to land Ramirez and Sandoval
Hanley Ramirez | LA
(November 23, 2014 6:18 PM EST)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Red Sox are trying to land both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency.
The Red Sox have already shown their interest publicly in Sandoval and are believed to have an offer on the table in the range of five years and $95 million. They have also been in contact with Ramirez's agent since the winter meetings and are believed to be working towards a deal with the star shortstop. Adding both of them would certainly be a massive upgrade to the Boston offense and could vault them to the top of the American League East.
Source:
CBS Sports
Athletics acquire slugger Ike Davis from Bucs
Ike Davis | OAK
(November 23, 2014 5:16 PM EST)
Athletics acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.
The 27-year-old slugger was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in the week. In 143 contests between the Mets and Pirates in 2014, Davis slashed .233/.344/.378 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 360 at-bats. With his ability to draw a walk and hit for power from the left-hand side of the plate, he should be able to carve out a platoon role with the A's.

NBA

Kenneth Faried logs just 19 minutes vs. LAL
Kenneth Faried | DEN
(November 24, 2014 12:45 AM EST)
Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A.
Faried sat out the end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar.
Ty Lawson drops 16 assists in overtime win
Ty Lawson | DEN
(November 24, 2014 12:45 AM EST)
Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.
This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November.

NHL

Jannik Hansen scores hat trick vs. Hawks
Jannik Hansen | VAN
(November 24, 2014 12:27 AM EST)
Jannik Hansen scored a hat trick in Vancouver's 4-1 win over Chicago on Sunday.
The 28-year-old had five goals in 20 games coming into this one, so the hat trick was a little unexpected. Hansen opened the scoring in the first period, and then gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead in the third before scoring an empty netter to ice the game. He has scored five of his eight goals in his last three games. Hansen was the game's first star. Radim Vrbata scored the other goal for Vancouver.
Martin St. Louis scores goal & assist in win
Martin St. Louis | NYR
(November 23, 2014 9:41 PM EST)
Martin St. Louis scored a goal and an assist in the Rangers' 5-0 beat down of the Canadiens.
St. Louis assisted Derek Stepan's second period goal and he also netted his own goal in the second frame. The two points were the 997th and 998th of St. Louis' career. The Rangers next game is in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, so St. Louis has an opportunity to collect his 1000th point against his former team. The Rangers just dominated the Habs tonight. Dominic Moore, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Rick Nash scored the other goals for New York.

PGA

McIlroy seizes his second Race to Dubai title
Rory McIlroy | PGA
(November 23, 2014 5:04 PM EST)
With the DP World Tour Championship complete, Rory McIlroy officially won the 2014 Race to Dubai.
McIlroy clinched the season-long award following last week's Turkish Airlines Open, but needed to wait out the finale before putting his mitts on the hardware. Instead of coasting to the finish line, the 25-year-old shared second place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai today, just two strokes off the pace of two-time defending champion Henrik Stenson. This is McIlroy's second R2D title in three seasons. "Winning it for the first time two years ago was a fantastic feeling," he said a week ago, "but I feel like I’m now a more complete player and my all-round game has moved to another level. I've put in a lot of hard work this season, with my game and my fitness, so it’s nice to get the rewards at the end of it." All told, the Ulsterman went 13-for-14 on the European Tour this season with four wins and a trio of runner-up finishes.
Source:
EuropeanTour.com
WGC-Cadillac gains 16 via final R2D standings
Ross Fisher | PGA
(November 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST)
Fifteen golfers qualified for the 2015 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship when the final Race to Dubai ranking went official today.
The DP World Tour Championship marked the finale on the 2014 European Tour schedule. Golfers inside the top 20 not previously exempt into the no-cut perk at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course on March 5-8 earned berths. Ross Fisher of England finished 20th with 1,574,123 points, just 3,908 clear of 50-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez in 21st place. The Brit is one of 15 to gain entry into the WGC. The others: Henrik Stenson (2nd in R2D); Jamie Donaldson (4th); Victor Dubuisson (5th); Marcel Siem (7th); Brooks Koepka (8th); Alexander Levy (9th); Shane Lowry (10th); Joost Luiten (11th); Thomas Björn (12th); Ian Poulter (13th); Graeme McDowell (14th); Stephen Gallacher (16th); Louis Oosthuizen (17th); Mikko Ilonen (18th); Tommy Fleetwood (19th).

NASCAR

Townley full-time trucks, part-time XFINITY
John Wes Townley | 805
(November 21, 2014 4:00 PM EST)
Athenian Motorsports, LLC is proud to announce it will field a Chevrolet Camaro full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and a Chevrolet Silverado in all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015 with engines provided by Hendrick Motorsports.
John Wes Townley will compete full-time for AMS in the Truck Series and run a partial schedule on the circuit previously known as the Nationwide Series. A search is underway to find a driver with sponsorship who will pilot the No. 25 Camaro in the remaining XFINITY Series events. Veteran crew chiefs Mike Ford and Michael Shelton will continue to call the shots for AMS. Ford, a multiple-race winner in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, will return to lead the XFINITY team. Michael Shelton, who guided James Buescher to a NASCAR Truck Series title, will direct Townley’s 2015 effort in the Truck Series.-Athenian Motorsports
Kimmel to get CGS Imaging Hard Charger award
Frank Kimmel | A44
(November 20, 2014 11:30 PM EST)
Frank Kimmel is a 10-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion and has collected plenty of hardware in his illustrious ARCA racing career.
This past season, he finished fourth in points and didn’t win a race. However, he won’t leave the December 13 post-season ARCA banquet empty-handed. Kimmel will take with him the 2014 CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award. The driver who advances the most positions during each race receives the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award for that event, and the driver who improved the most positions by the end of the season receives the CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Year award.
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ARCA Racing