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Man convicted in Taylor killing
A 23-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder Monday in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during what witnesses say was a botched burglary.
Police punch and use Taser on fan at Chiefs vs. Cowboys game 
A Kansas City Chiefs fan who allegedly dumped beers on nearby fans Sunday was tasered and punched by police during a game against the Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium.
Gilbert Arenas has so much money ...
Gilbert Arenas did not play in the NBA last season, yet reportedly took home more than $20 million thanks to a six-year, $111 million contract he signed with Washington in 2008. He was traded to Orlando in 2010 and was amnestied by the Magic in 2011. So he is being paid eight figures not to play.
Team 242 become the 2013 Williamsburg Basketball Champions
Still the champions "Team Dragon" are in the 4th time Champions
Russell finally getting statue in Boston
UPDATED OCT 17, 2013 2:20AM 

In just a few weeks, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell will be the latest former Boston athlete to be honored with a statue in the city.On Friday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m., Russell’s statue, which was created by Ann 
Villanova Scores on Fake Punt vs Boston College
NASCAR may overhaul qualifying
Junior not totally happy with second
The idea Brett Favre could make a comeback at the age of 44 began with his agent Bus Cook saying last month Favre was still in great shape and has "blacksmith's arms."
For Typhoon Haiyan survivors, pickup hoops a welcome distraction
17-year-old boxer dies after beating
He was the second man to beat Muhammad Ali, breaking Ali's jaw and sending him to the hospital in their 1973 heavyweight fight. Ken Norton frustrated Ali three times in all, including their final bout at Yankee 
Stadium where he was sure he had beaten him once again. Norton, who died Wednesday at the age of 70, lost that fight for the heavyweight title. But he was forever linked to Ali for the 39 rounds they fought over three fights, with very little separating one man from the other in the ring.

"Kenny was a good, good fighter. He beat a lot of guys," said Ed Schuyler Jr., who covered many of Norton's fights for The Associated Press. "He gave Ali fits because Ali let him fight coming forward instead of making him back up."

Norton is the only heavyweight champion never to win the title in the ring, and boxing fans still talk about the bruising battle he waged with Larry Holmes for the title in 1978. But it was his first fight with Ali that made the former Marine a big name and the two fights that followed that were his real legacy.
Johnson's daughter born Friday
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, announced the birth of their second daughter on Friday.

Johnson, who is the series points leader with one race remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup, will miss Friday's activities at Richmond International Raceway, according to a team release. Regan Smith will serve as interim driver for practice and qualifying, with Johnson returning for Saturday night's race.

His daughter was born at 2:02 a.m. ET in Charlotte and weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces.
A video clip of the incident on YouTube begins with the action already in progress, with three police officers pinning the man to the ground and someone shouting “stop resisting” while bystanders implore the officers to stop and stadium workers try to disperse the crowd....
NASCAR told its competitors Thursday it is considering eliminating single-car qualifying next season in an overhaul that would likely implement road course-style qualifying at all but two tracks.
After a natural disaster, it seems sports provide the first glimpses of happiness after unthinkable tragedy: That first high school football game after the devastating tornado in Missouri; the first Major League 
Shaq joins Kings' ownership group
The Kings announced Monday that Shaquille O'Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings will introduce the four-time NBA champion at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.
The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor's death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door. At the trial, he said on the witness stand that his confession was given only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family.

Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary.

Rivera, who was 17 at the time of the slaying, could be sentenced to life in prison.
High school basketball All-Star, 15, collapses and dies during game
A star basketball player and a top prospect for the state of Georgia, died tragically during a Sunday All-Star basketball game, his school has confirmed.
Terrell Coleman, a freshman player for Miller Grove High School, stood 6-foot-5 and was nicknamed "Too Tall." The 15-year-old was deemed "loaded with talent" and was expected to attend a top-tier college....
The “fiery” rivalry between Serbian clubs Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade is considered by many to be one of the most intense in the world, if not the most. The latest edition of the “Eternal Derby” more than lived up to the billing.

Hirsch, will be unveiled during a special ceremony at Boston City Hall Plaza, according to a team release on Wednesday.

The 11-time NBA champion will be joined by a number of distinguished guests, including NBA commissioner David Stern, Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Julius Erving, as well as Arnold “Red” Auerbach‘s daughters and the Celtics ownership group, among many others.

Other famous Boston sports heroes who have statues around the city include former Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr and former Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams. The Red Sox recently announced former star Carl Yestrzemski also will have a statue outside Fenway Park.

Russell shouldn't feel too bad it took so long. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn't get a statue from the Lakers until last year.

Then again, Stephon Marbury had a statue in China before both of 'em. We all should feel bad about that.
Last updated Nov 21 2013 9PM
"We're not running second by making mistakes," said Earnhardt, who has posted top-10 finishes in six of eight Chase races but now has a 55-race winless streak. "We're not giving away wins. So I feel like we're just getting close to cracking through, and just trying to maintain the momentum with two races to go is going to be tough, but that's what we're focusing on."
AAlthough the engine failure Earnhardt experienced in the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway knocked him out of contention for the title, 
Drivers from all three national series met with top NASCAR officials for almost two hours at the R&D Center in Concord to discuss several different ideas under consideration for 2014. The only thing officially announced by NASCAR was that it will mandate baseline concussion testing for drivers starting next season.

But series officials also outlined potential changes to qualifying procedures everywhere except Daytona and Talladega. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the field would likely be set at Daytona and Talladega with an "open qualifying session" that would allow for a 60-minute drafting session.

"It's not written in stone at this point in time," Tharp told The Associated Press. "We just talked about some ideas that would make things more interesting. Today was an opportunity for us to talk to the drivers about ideas, and I'm sure other ideas will come up over the next few weeks."

NASCAR also informed drivers of a Dec. 9 test at Charlotte Motor Speedway to continue work on its intermediate track package, with Dec. 10 held as a rain date. NASCAR tested a variety of different packages Oct. 14 at Charlotte and discussed the results of those tests with drivers Thursday.

"We are just trying to do everything we can to make the racing better, particularly at the intermediate tracks," Tharp said.
Elway: Return would be hard for Favre
"I’m sure Brett’s in good shape, I’m sure he could probably go out and play a couple series and throw the ball as well as he ever has," John Elway told FOX Sports 1 in a sit-down interview this week. "But I’m very doubtful that he could make it through a 16-game schedule." Favre seems to agree. He turned down inquiries from the St. Louis Rams into possibly returning to the league as a replacement for the injured Sam Bradford and told a Washington, D.C. radio station this morning, "there's no way in hell I'm going to do that."
New goalie but same old result for Rangers
Cam Talbot kicked off his NHL career with poise Thursday night but lost when league officials said J.T. Miller kicked it in.
Talbot made 25 saves in his debut in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist, but the low-scoring Rangers fell to the division-rival Flyers, 2-1, at Wells Fargo Center after officials in Toronto overturned a power-play goal by left wing Miller with 14:24 remaining in the third period
With home side Red Star up 1-0 early in the second half, Partizan fans began throwing flares on the pitch. OK, pretty standard rivalry etiquette so far. But then, the supporters began lighting several fires in their own cheering section.

Actual fires.

More and more fires started in the away section, and before long the referee had to stop play until smoke cleared the stadium. Fire trucks were brought in to quell the flames, before the match could restart.

Despite all of their fans’ efforts, Partizan still lost to Red Star. And they probably deserved that.
It's clear that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is tired of settling for second place. For the fifth time this season — and the third time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup — Earnhardt finished as runner-up Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Following Saturday's slugfest at Madison 
Square Garden, Abdusalamov was rushed to Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he later complained of headaches and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. While he was reported to be in stable condition on Sunday, his status apparently changed to 'critical' Monday and he remains in the intensive care unit.
Magomed Abdusalamov put in medically-induced coma after loss to Mike Perez 
Alex Rodriguez admits to using steroids from 2001 to 2003. A new court document complains that MLB leaks a lie about his 2006 positive test for a stimulant.
Attorneys for Alex Rodriguez filed an "application" on Sunday with arbitrator Fredric Horowitz that alleges Major League Baseball officials leaked to the media that Rodriguez had tested positive for a stimulant in 2006....
Long brothers set to take sibling rivalry to a whole new level Sunday at the Dome
ST. LOUIS -- Howie Long has stories. Oh brother, does he have some. 
"There's a million stories," he says.
When you have three boys growing up in 
the same household, most of the stories involve some kind of mischief. Or competition. Sometimes emergency room visits. 

Long, the Hall of Fame defensive end-turned-broadcaster for FOX Sports, and his wife, Diane, will fly to St. Louis on Friday to watch the Rams play the Chicago Bears on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. 
Baseball game after September 11th; and in the Philippines, the first pickup games after Typhoon Haiyan.
You may remember that name. Earlier this year, Guttenfelder made news by capturing a series of stunning photos from North Korea.

His shots from the Philippines depict a ravaged town where the only things left standing (or the first things repaired) seem to be basketball hoops. 

GGuttenfelder's decription of the game might be the most emotionally moving thing you'll read all day: "[The survivors] found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes.