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Wednesday's Results
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Top-25 College Basketball
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Erik Murphy was unstoppable for Florida, scoring a game-high 24 points to lead
the No. 10 Gators past the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 74-56, on Wednesday.
Murphy  shot  a perfect  10-for-10 from  the field and  also pulled down eight
rebounds, while Mike Rosario added 15 points for a Gators (2-0) team that shot
an incredible 61.9 percent for the game. Wisconsin fell behind early and never
recovered.  Jared  Berggren and  Sam Dekker  scored 11  apiece for the Badgers
(1-1),  who were coming off a season-opening blowout victory over Southeastern
Louisiana.

Elsewhere in the Top-25:
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(15) Creighton 77, UAB 60

National Basketball Association
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Greg  Monroe had 19  points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended their
season-opening  eight-game  losing streak in  convincing fashion, rolling to a
94-76  rout  of the Philadelphia 76ers  at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pistons
used  a combination  of balanced scoring, suffocating defense and dominance on
the glass to record their long-awaited first win of the 2012-13 campaign.

Elsewhere in the NBA:
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Boston Celtics 98, Utah Jazz 93
Houston Rockets 100, New Orleans Hornets 96
Milwaukee Bucks 99, Indiana Pacers 85
Charlotte Bobcats 89, Minnesota Timberwolves 87
Memphis Grizzlies 107, Oklahoma City Thunder 97
Dallas Mavericks 107, Washington Wizards 101
Chicago Bulls 112, Phoenix Suns 106 (OT)
Golden State Warriors 92, Atlanta Hawks 88
Los Angeles Clippers 107, Miami Heat 100

=== As of 9:45 a.m. (et) ===

=== BASEBALL ===

New  York  Mets pitcher  R.A. Dickey  capped a storybook  2012 season by being
named  the  National League's  Cy Young Award winner  by the Baseball Writers'
Association of America, with Tampa Bay Rays southpaw David Price capturing the
honor  in the American League. Dickey, a journeyman knuckleball specialist who
had never  recorded  more than  11 victories in any of his previous nine major
league seasons, was named first on 27-of-32 ballots cast to easily outdistance
2011 NL Cy Young recipient Clayton Kershaw  of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Price,
meanwhile,  edged reigning Cy Young honoree  Justin Verlander  of Detroit by a
mere  four points  in the  closest vote  in AL history  except for 1969,  when
Baltimore's  Mike Cuellar and the Tigers' Denny McClain shared the award after
tying in  the balloting.  The Tampa ace was first on 14 of the 28 ballots  and
second on 13 others, while also  receiving one third-place vote for a total of
153 points. Verlander earned 13 first-place votes, 13 seconds and was third on
two other ballots to tabulate 149 points.

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The  Tigers and free  agent outfielder Torii  Hunter have agreed to a two-year
contract,  according to  multiple  reports.  The deal  is  pending a  physical
and  is said to be worth $26 million. The 16-year veteran batted a career-high
.313 with 24 doubles, 16 home runs and 92 RBI through 140 games for the Angels
last season. A nine-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star, Hunter is a
career .277 hitter with 406 doubles, 297 homers and 1,143 RBI over 1,947 games
with the Minnesota Twins and Angels.

=== NFL ===

Week 11 of the NFL season gets underway on Thursday with an AFC East battle as
the  Buffalo  Bills host the Miami  Dolphins. Each team lost their matchup the
week  before as  Buffalo dropped  a shootout  in New  England while  Miami got
trounced  at home  by Tennessee.  The  loss was  the second  straight for  the
Dolphins  and the team sits two games behind the Patriots  for the top spot in
the  division while  the Bills have lost  three straight and are tied with the
Jets  for last place  in the division. The Dolphins won both games against the
Bills last season.

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Byron  Leftwich will  start at  quarterback for  the Pittsburgh  Steelers' key
divisional  matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the team announced
Wednesday.  Leftwich  replaced Ben  Roethlisberger  in  the third  quarter  of
Monday's   16-13  overtime   victory  over   the  Kansas   City  Chiefs   when
Roethlisberger  sprained  the sternoclavicular  joint  in  his right  shoulder
during  a sack  and completed 7-of-14 passes for 73 yards. Roethlisberger also
suffered  a dislocation of his first rib, which could puncture his aorta if it
moves  a certain  way when  hit.  Leftwich, the  seventh overall  pick by  the
Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2003 draft, has a 24-25 career record as a starter
while  completing  58.2  percent  of  his passes  for  10,333  yards  with  58
touchdowns  and  41 interceptions. It will  be his first start since Sept. 27,
2009,  when  he was  a member  of the Tampa  Bay Buccaneers. Pittsburgh enters
Sunday night's contest trailing the Ravens by one game for the top spot in the
AFC North.

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The  Green  Bay Packers have  ruled out  linebacker Clay Matthews for Sunday's
game  against Detroit  due to a hamstring injury the star pass rusher suffered
in  the  team's last outing.  Matthews got hurt in  the third quarter of Green
Bay's  31-17  victory over  Arizona on  Nov. 4, with  head coach Mike McCarthy
stating  during  the Packers'  recent bye  week that the  sack artist could be
sidelined   "a   couple  of  weeks."  McCarthy  officially  declared  Matthews
unavailable  for the Detroit game following Wednesday's practice. Matthews has
recorded  a team-best  nine sacks  through the  first nine  games, the  fifth-
highest  total in the NFL this season. McCarthy had better news regarding wide
receiver  Jordy  Nelson, who appears  on track to  return from an ankle sprain
that  knocked him  out of  the Week  9  win over  the Cardinals  in the  first
quarter.  The fifth-year  pro did  participate  in Wednesday's  practice on  a
limited basis.

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Philadelphia  Eagles  coach Andy Reid has  yet to rule out quarterback Michael
Vick  for  Sunday's game against  the Washington Redskins. Reid said Wednesday
Vick is continuing to rest after sustaining a concussion in last Sunday's loss
to  the  Dallas Cowboys.  Vick  is  still  experiencing headaches,  which  are
preventing  him from  undergoing a  series of  tests that  would allow  him to
return  to the  field. Rookie Nick Foles worked with the first-team offense in
practice  and  will make  his first NFL  start if Vick  isn't cleared to play.
Reid did rule wide receiver Jason Avant out with a hamstring injury.

 

>>Bulls Hold Off Suns In OT

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Carlos Boozer posted 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls took a 112-106 win in overtime against the Suns.  Joakim Noah had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Chicago, which bounced back from a loss to Boston on Monday.  The Bulls play the second game of their five-game road trip on Saturday against the Clippers.

>>Cutler Status Unknown

(Chicago, IL)  --  With the Bears not practicing on Wednesday, there was no update on the status of quarterback Jay Cutler.  Cutler suffered a concussion on Sunday night against the Houston Texans.  The Bears take on the 49ers on Monday night.

>>Jets Sign RB Bell

(Florham Park, NJ)  --  The New York Jets have signed running back Kahlil Bell.  The 25-year-old was waived by Chicago last month after rushing for 32 yards in two games.  Bell has run for 589 yards on 131 carries and caught 21 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in 22 career games with the Bears.

>>DePaul Hosts Gardner-Webb

(Rosemont, IL)  --  The DePaul Blue Demons host Gardner-Webb tonight at Allstate Arena.  DePaul started off the season with a 91-59 thrashing of UC Riverside in Chicago.  Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.

 

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