Posted: Tuesday November 22, 2011 3:12 AM

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PITTSBURGH - The defining moment of Sidney Crosby's dazzling season debut in the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 rout over the New York Islanders on Monday had nothing to do with his two goals or assists. Rather, it came when an Islanders defenseman saw the star camped our near the goalie and sent Crosby flying. By Will Graves.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for another score and Kyle Arrington had two interceptions to help the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-3 on Monday night. By Howard Ulman.

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- Justin Verlander wins AL MVP award.

- Memorial for Oklahoma State coaches.

- Mariners outfielder killed in Netherlands.



NEW YORK - Justin Verlander predicts the debate is over for a few years. Pitches can now win the Most Valuable Player. After winning the AL's pitching triple crown by going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts, Verlander received 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He became the first pitcher voted MVP since Oakland's Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and the first starting pitcher since Boston's Roger Clemens in 1986. By Ronald Blum. Sent.

AP Video. AP Photos.


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman is stabbed to death and his brother is arrested as a suspect, police say. The 24-year-old Dutch player is found bleeding in a home, and officers and ambulance paramedics are unable to resuscitate him. By Mike Corder. Sent.

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ARLINGTON, Texas - Joe Nathan and the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with a club option for 2014, a move that means closer Neftali Feliz will shift to the starting rotation. Sent.



Rich Rodriguez turned West Virginia into a national championship contender before flaming out as Michigan coach under enormous expectations. Those turbulent three seasons with the Wolverines didn't keep Arizona from hiring Rodriguez to overhaul a program that has been mired in mediocrity for most of the past decade. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. Sent.


PHILADELPHIA - Former FBI director Louis Freeh, tapped to lead Penn State's investigation into the child sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach, says his inquiry will go as far back as 1975, a much longer period than a grand jury report issued this month. By Patrick Walters. Sent.

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ATLANTA - When Larry Munson first arrived at Georgia in 1966, he showed no signs of the trait that would make him as beloved as the coaches and players he described for millions of radio listeners. Sure, he had that gravelly voice. But, no, he didn't wear his red-and-black heart on his sleeve yet. By Paul Newberry.

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LINCOLN, Nebraska - No. 22 Nebraska has beaten the Big Ten's division leaders. The Cornhuskers have also lost on the road by 31 and 28 points, not to mention a home loss to Northwestern. Is fourth-year coach Bo Pelini's program stuck in neutral? By Eric Olson.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Harbaugh is too busy preparing for a short week and cross-country trip to Baltimore to reflect much on his history-making Thanksgiving night matchup with big brother and Ravens coach, John. By Janie McCauley.

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Whether they realize it or not, the Detroit Lions are hoping history repeats itself this week. The Lions face unbeaten Green Bay on Thursday, nearly 49 years to the day after Detroit beat the Packers on Thanksgiving to hand them their only loss of the 1962 season. That Green Bay team was defending an NFL championship. This year's Packers squad is coming off a Super Bowl victory. By Noah Trister.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse Police said Monday it will take several weeks to investigate allegations by two former ball boys who said they were molested more than 25 years ago by a Syracuse University assistant basketball coach. By John Kekis. Sent.

BKW--T25-Stanford-Connecticut Folo

HARTFORD, Conn. - Over the past four years on the rare occasion when UConn's offense sputtered, Maya Moore would usually find a way to bail them out. On Monday night, the Huskies had to turn to a new No. 23 - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to provide a spark offensively. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg.

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NEW YORK - After filing two separate antitrust lawsuits against the league in different states, NBA players are consolidating their efforts and have turned to the courts in Minnesota as their chosen venue. By Rachel Cohen.


- ALICANTE, Spain - SAI--Volvo Ocean Race.

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska - ATH--Alaska Runner-Amputation. By Dan Joling.

- LONDON - TEN--ATP Finals. By Caroline Cheese.

- BRISTOL, Conn. - SOC--ESPN-Harkes-Twellman.

- CHARLOTTE, N.C. - CAR--NASCAR-Trucks 2012.

- LONDON - OLY--WADA-BOA. By Stephen Wilson.

- LAUSANNE, Switzerland - CYC--Doping-Contador Appeal. By Graham Dunbar.

- ARBROATH, Scotland - ATH--McColgan-Cleared.

- NUREMBERG, Germany SOC--Nuremburg-Fan's Severed Arm.

Tuesday's Time Schedule

All Times EST



No. 1 North Carolina vs. Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 Duke vs. No. 15 Michigan at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Louisville vs. Arkansas State, 7 p.m.

No. 8 Memphis vs. Tennessee at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 2 p.m.

No. 9 Baylor vs. South Carolina State, 10 p.m.

No. 11 Wisconsin vs. UMKC, 8 p.m.

No. 14 Kansas vs. UCLA at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center, 9:30 p.m.

No. 17 Pittsburgh vs. La Salle, 7 p.m.

No. 20 California vs. No. 21 Missouri at the Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo., 9:45 p.m.


No. 1 Baylor vs. Yale, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Maryland vs. Saint Joseph's, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Louisville vs. Austin Peay, Noon

No. 13 Rutgers vs. Lehigh, 7:30 p.m.

No. 15 Purdue vs. Chicago State, 7 p.m.

No. 16 North Carolina vs. Presbyterian, 4:30 p.m.

No. 18 Ohio State vs. Howard, 7 p.m.

No. 20 LSU vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.


Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Nashville, 8 p.m.
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