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Kevin Youkilis is Retiring


Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Former Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is calling it a career.

Youkilis' agent announced Thursday that the man known as "The Greek God of Walks" is retiring.

The 35-year-old Youkilis played for three teams during his ten major league seasons, but is most known for his time as a member of the Red Sox. He played over nine years in Boston, winning two World Series (2004, 2007).

Youkilis was traded to the White Sox in the middle of 2012 before signing with the Yankees in 2013. He played last season in Japan.

Youkilis, a three-time All-Star who played third base, first base and some outfield, finishes his MLB career as a .281 hitter with 150 home runs, 618 RBIs, and a .382 on-base percentage.

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ESPN: Cavs Close To Signing Varejao to 3-Year Extension


NBA Via Cleveland Cavaliers (CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are close to signing center Anderson Varejao to a three-year, $30 million extension that would begin at the start of the 2015-16 season, according to ESPN.com.

The 32-year-old Varejao has played all of his 10 NBA seasons in Cleveland and is said to be one of LeBron James' "most beloved teammates," according to ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein.

Varejao will earn $9.7 million this season, the final of his previous six-year, $49 million deal.

For his career, Varejao has averaged 7.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.

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Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- No. 2 Florida State rallied from a 17 point third quarter deficit to beat No. 25 Louisville 42-31 Thursday night.

Florida State (8-0, 5-0 ACC) has now won 24 straight.

It looked early like there was no stopping the Cardinals, especially running back Michael Dyer. Dyer had two second quarter touchdown runs, the second giving Louisville a 14-0 lead. Will Gardner then threw an 11 yard touchdown to Gerald Christian to put the Birds up by 21.

But the second half was a different story. After a Louisville field goal made it 24-7, Florida State scored 21 unanswered points, 12 coming off the arm of Jameis Winston, to take the lead. The Cardinals regained the lead on Dyer's third touchdown dash of the day, but Seminoles freshman running back Dalvin Cook's 38-yard touchdown run with 3:46 remaining put FSU up for good.

"We've been there before," Winston said. "Being down is nothing when you've got heart and you persevere. Personally, we play better when we're down, honestly."

Dyer finishes the day with 134 yards rushing and those three touchdowns for Louisville (6-3, 4-3 ACC).

Winston completes 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss.

Next up for the second-ranked 'Noles: a visit from Virginia next Saturday.

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Knicks Spoil James' Return to Cleveland


Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James' first game back in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers didn't have a fairy tale ending.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points to help the New York Knicks beat the Cavaliers 95-90 Thursday night, ruining James' homecoming.

With 2:58 left in the game, the Cavaliers went on a 8-2 run to cut the Knicks' lead to three. But Anthony's jumper with 25.9 seconds to play made the score 92-87, ultimately sealing the deal for New York.

James finished the game with 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Kevin Love had a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first game as a Cavalier.

James, who left the Cavaliers for Miami in the summer of 2010, re-signed with his home-state squad this summer. Since then, the team has acquired a multitude of new faces including Kevin Love, Mike Miller, and Shawn Marion.

Before the game, thousands of fans gathered in downtown Cleveland to celebrate King James' return. There was a free concert featuring Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons in a parking lot across from Quicken Loans Arena.

Tickets for the game were selling for more than $10,000 a pop on the secondary market and celebrities such as a Michael Strahan, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber all attended.

James will now have to wait until Nov. 10, when New Orleans comes to town, to get another chance for his first win in Cleveland this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/29/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Top 25: (2) Florida State 42 (8-0) - (25) Louisville 31 (6-3)

NFL: New Orleans Saints 28 (4-4) - Carolina Panthers 10 (3-5-1)

NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (1-1) - Orlando Magic 98 (0-2)

New York Knicks 95 (1-1) - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (0-1)

Minnesota Timberwolves 97 (1-1) - Detroit Pistons 91 (0-2)

Dallas Mavericks 120 (1-1) - Utah Jazz 102 (0-2)

Los Angeles Clippers 93 (1-0) - Oklahoma City Thunder 90 (0-2)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (7-3-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-4-2)

Boston Bruins 3 (6-6-0) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-8-1) - Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (5-3-2) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (4-5-1) - Shootout

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (6-2-1) - Los Angeles Kings 0 (6-2-2)

St. Louis Blues 2 (5-3-1) - Anaheim Ducks 0 (8-3-0)

Minnesota Wild 4 (6-3-0) - San Jose Sharks 3 (6-4-2) - Shootout

Florida Panthers 2 (3-2-3) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (3-5-1)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (6-3-1) - Ottawa Sentators 4 (5-2-2) -Shootout

Colorado Avalanche 5 (3-4-4, 10pts) - New York Islanders 0 (6-4-0, 12pts)

Vancouver Canucks 3 (7-3-0, 14pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (8-2-1, 17pts) OT

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Red Sox and Reliever Koji Uehara Agree on Two-Year Extension


Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox were not about to let one of the most dominant relievers in recent years hit the free agent market as the team and closer Koji Uehara have agreed on a two-year deal through the 2016 season.

Even though he'll be 40 years old in early April, the Red Sox are confident that Uehara will keep up his effectiveness out of the bullpen.

In 64 appearances this past season for Boston, Uehara posted a 2.52 ERA, posted a career-high 26 saves, and struck out 80 batters in 64.1 innings pitched.

Uehara came up big for the Red Sox during their World Series season back in 2013. He saved seven games and recorded a .66 ERA in 13 appearances. He was the named the MVP of the AL Championship Series.

Prior to joining the Red Sox in 2013, Uehara pitched for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

In six seasons in the Majors, Uehara is 15-15 with a 2.44 ERA with 61 saves.

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Knicks' Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks


Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the regular season barely a day old for the New York Knicks, they've already lost their starting point guard: Jose Calderon will be out the next 2-3 weeks with a right calf strain.

Up until about 90 minutes before the Knicks' season opener against the Chicago Bulls, the team expected Calderon in the starting lineup until he aggravated the calf injury during warm-ups.

The Knicks brought in the 33-year-old Calderon to help stabilize the position for the team. He had spent the last season with the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game for the team.

He was part of the trade that sent center Tyson Chandler back to the Mavericks.

Replacing Calderon in the lineup will be second-year guard Shane Larkin, who was also acquired in the Chandler trade.

In the first start of his NBA career on Wednesday, Larkin scored six points and three assists in 26 minutes of action in what proved to be a 24-point loss.

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Andy Dalton's Not Looking Past Jaguars


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton isn't looking past their game against Jacksonville (1-7) on Sunday.

The Bengals (4-2-1) are coming off a big win over the Ravens and Dalton will have his team ready for a young Jaguars defense.

"Up-front they're really good," Dalton said.  "With the speed, and the way they rush the passer, and the things that they do -- we've got to be ready for that stuff. We've got to know the type of team we're playing, and we've got a good plan in so we'll be prepared."

Jacksonville is 0-4 on the road this year, but Dalton knows they'll be hungry for a win.

"They've been playing better recently. You look at the record, and it doesn't show what they are on tape," Dalton said. "They're flying around, making plays. But we're not really worried about what they're doing, it's more what we're going to do, the execution of everything, and if we do that, we'll put ourselves in good spots."

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Gary Patterson Says He's Taking It One Game at a Time


iStockphoto(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Seventh-ranked TCU (6-1) will have another tough task at hand on Saturday when they travel to No. 20 West Virginia (6-2).

Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson is happy to see his team bowl eligible at this point in the season, but knows there are still more games to play.

"Everything now counts as one," Patterson said this week. "[We have] two tough games in a row [starting with] West Virginia in Morgantown. They're playing really well on both sides of the ball. You can say the same thing about Kansas State. Then a three-week stretch with Kansas, Texas and Iowa State. We just have to take it one at a time."

West Virginia comes into the game averaging 36.9 points per game.

"Coach [Dana] Holgorsen has really done a great job," Patterson said. "They're kind of in the same situation we've been in coming into the Big 12. We've had identical records the first two years. Both our games with each other have gone to overtime. We've beat each other at home. We have to find a way to win."

TCU is only giving up 21.6 points per game this year.

"We've played really well at times," Patterson said of his defense.  "They've figured some things out. They didn't play well for a quarter last week. We saw three plays that we hadn't seen. They ran the back vertical, which is a really good play, and we missed a tackle. Then two hitch screens, but you have to get ready to play."

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Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is 'One of the Better Teams'


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Third-ranked Auburn (6-1) will get one the biggest tests this season when they travel to fourth-ranked Ole Miss (7-1) on Saturday.

The Tigers are 3-1 in their SEC matchups this year and head coach Gus Malzahn is well aware of Mississippi's defense that is only allowing 10.3 points per game.

"[They have a] great defense [and] very good on offense," Malzahn said. "They have a senior quarterback who has a lot of experience. He's a very nifty runner in their zone read and power [run game]."

"Overall, this is one of the better teams in their country," he added.

Malzahn credited the work Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze has done in a short amount of time at the school.

"He's really good at what he does," Malzahn said.  "He's a great coach, he's a great communicator, he's got great vision. It doesn't surprise me because he's one of the best at what he does."

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