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NFL: NFL wary of Seahawks in prime time


07:38 AM ET 04.24 | To kick things off, the Seahawks will host Green Bay on Thursday, Sept. 4. However, it's the only time this year the defending Super Bowl champions will be at home for a nationally televised prime-time game. The Seahawks have four prime-time games on their schedule this season. But after the season opener against the Packers, Seattle has to play on the road for their remaining three nationally televised games. ... According to a league source, the NFL was wary of putting Seahawks home games on in prime-time due to their track record of blowouts in nationally televised games played in Seattle the last several seasons. The last three times Seattle has hosted a prime-time match-up, the games have been extremely uncompetitive.

Pro Football Talk

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NCAAF: 'Bama prepping to lose Yeldon?


07:51 AM ET 04.24 | Coming out of A-Day weekend, Alabama had 14 commitments. Add Hoover linebacker Christian Bell, who committed on Wednesday, and the Tide has landed five commitments in the last five days. ... The 15 commitments in Alabama's class hit all the notes position-wise except one -- quarterback. The Crimson Tide currently has five on campus and one soon to join them in transfer Jacob Coker, but look for the Tide to zero in on a prospect or two -- Zach Gentry, maybe? -- as spring turns to summer, particularly if there's any attrition. The position to watch, however, may be running back. The Tide currently has a commitment from one -- Vigor's Desherrius Flowers -- and has a loaded stable of backs on campus. But Alabama signed only one back, Bo Scarbrough, this year and T.J. Yeldon could leave early for the NFL with another good season.

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MLB: Cashman scratching his head over Pineda


07:47 AM ET 04.24 | From nearly the start, this one wasn't going to go well. The Yankees are "embarrassed" Michael Pineda was caught with pine tar again, general manager Brian Cashman said. "Right now we're all scratching our heads about how that actually took place," Cashman said after Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox in Fenway Park. Cashman said the team had spoken with Pineda about using the substance so blatantly in an April 10 game against Boston in The Bronx. That day, the Red Sox didn't call Pineda out on it, and several of their players actually said they didn't care whether the 25-year-old used pine tar. But, this time, TV cameras caught a big, brown streak on Pineda's neck, right above a big gold necklace. Red Sox manager John Farrell told home plate umpire Gerry Davis about it.

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NBA: UConn's Napier dreams of wearing green


07:43 AM ET 04.24 | Could Roxbury's own Shabazz Napier someday play for his hometown Celtics? That scenario would be a dream come true for the UConn point guard. The Boston native led his seventh-seeded Huskies to a national championship earlier this month. Napier and his teammates were honored [Tuesday] for their historic run at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox-Yankees series opener. Napier threw out the first pitch to Red Sox catcher David Ross. The 22-year-old was asked about the possibility of playing for the Celtics while speaking with reporters before the game. "Man, that would be crazy," Napier said. "That would be insane, man. Growing up, that's something I envisioned, myself playing for the Celtics. It's just something every Boston kid envisions himself [being able to do]."

ESPN Boston

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NHL: Foligno called his OT game-winner


07:54 AM ET 04.24 | Nick Foligno had a few choice words for his teammates on Wednesday night, and he made them count. With the crowd of 18,970 at Nationwide Arena still buzzing after his Columbus Blue Jackets teammate Brandon Dubinsky scored in the final minute of the third period in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending the game to overtime, Foligno looked around the dressing room and said what was on his mind. He told his teammates he was going to score the winning goal. "I didn't actually think it would work," the bearded Foligno said after the game with a huge grin. "So I'm thanking my lucky stars that it ended up working. I am just happy to get that win for the guys. It feels great. We're really happy to push this into Saturday (for Game 5 in Pittsburgh) and we have a huge test."

Toronto Sun

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MMA: UFC 171 weigh-ins set for March 14


01:57 PM ET 03.06 | UFC 171 will take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and the weigh-ins have officially been set. With a Dallas Stars game taking place in the arena that will host Saturday's fight card, weigh-ins will be held at The Gilley's Jack Daniel's Saloon. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. CT, and the first fighter will weigh in at 4 p.m. CT. Prior to the official weigh-ins, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will host a fan Q&A with UFC Fight Club members. Doors for the Q&A will open at 1 p.m. CT local time, with Pettis taking questions beginning at 2 p.m. CT.

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Golf: Tiger Woods might make rare Texas start


07:23 AM ET 03.18 | ...if Tiger Woods doesn't regain his once-customary form this week at Arnie's Place, where he's won only eight times, I suspect he might play in the Shell Houston Open -- the week before the Masters. The last time Woods played in Texas was 2005. It's the last time Woods won the Masters, but the Lone Star State has nothing to do with it. The man needs another start, and besides, the long-prescribed, pre-major routine hasn't exactly shortened his climb up Mount Nicklaus in recent years.

Golf Channel

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Auto Racing: NASCAR planning to reduce Cup horsepower


10:55 AM ET 03.23 | NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes in 2015 to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in 2015 as well. That's the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton. In an exclusive interview with Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota and race teams about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes for next year. Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks.

FOX Sports

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Soccer: Report: Danny Welbeck considers leaving Manchester United


10:31 AM ET 04.20 | Danny Welbeck is considering his future at Manchester United after becoming dismayed at his lack of opportunity as a striker under David Moyes and unsure of his relationship with the manager. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are two clubs interested in signing Welbeck whose pedigree as a Premier League winner and established international make him an attractive target in the close season. Welbeck is aware of the interest and is weighing up his options as he is intent on ensuring his career does not stall under Moyes.

The Guardian

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Tennis: Rafael Nadal advances to ATP World Tour finals


11:14 PM ET 11.10 | You can add another great win for Rafael Nadal, and another tough loss for Roger Federer. Nadal beat Federer in a semifinal match of the ATP World Tour Finals in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. After Federer lost the first set, you could tell he knew his time was up against Nadal. Roger had some critical errors late in the second set that ultimately led to his loss.

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    Vogel coaching for his job
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    Youthful Red Wings are rattled

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