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Saints Agree to Deal with CB Delvin Breaux


Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a deal with former Canadian Football League cornerback Delvin Breaux.

The 6-foot-1, 193 pound Breaux, who played high school ball in New Orleans, was once a highly recruited prospect before enduring three broken vertebrae in his back and a partially blocked artery during a high school football game in 2006.

The now 25-year-old Breaux has played the last two seasons for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He had 33 tackles, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and an interception last season.

Breaux joins a Saints team that allowed the 25th most passing yards per game last season.

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Texas Tech Upsets (9) Iowa State


G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(LUBBOCK, Texas) -- Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points to help Texas Tech upset No. 9 Iowa State, 78-73 Saturday.

Texas Tech (11-9) hit 11 three-pointers, including five by junior guard Toddrick Gotcher, to earn its first win over a top ten team since March 2009.

"We didn't plan on shooting it," Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith said. "Shoot them when you're open, and we were open because of the way they were defending us."

Down by 10 with 2:16 to play, Iowa State went on a 9-2 run to cut the Red Raiders lead to three with 43 seconds remaining. But Texas Tech would hit its free throws to win its first Big 12 game of the season.

Monte Morris had 20 points for Iowa State (14-4) in the loss.

Next up for Iowa State is a visit from Texas on Monday. Meanwhile Texas Tech will be in Norman Wednesday to take on Oklahoma.

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(1) Kentucky Knocks Off South Carolina, Improves to 19-0


Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Devin Booker scored a game-high 18 points to lead top-ranked Kentucky past South Carolina, 58-43.

Kentucky improves to 19-0, which is its best start under head coach John Calipari.

The Wildcats defense stifled South Carolina (10-8) forcing the Gamecocks to shoot 23 percent from the field for the game.

South Carolina took the lead with 4:31 remaining in the first half when Sindarius Thornwell 3-pointer put them up 24-23. But Kentucky proceeded to go on a 14-0 run, taking the lead for good.

Aaron Harrison had 13 points and Tyler Ulis added six points and six assists in the win.

Thornwell had 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

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Belichick: Patriots "Absolutely Followed Every Rule to the Letter"


Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick felt compelled to address questions that his team supposedly deflated footballs before the AFC Championship Game, so he did an investigation of his own and than spoke about it.

At an unscheduled press conference Saturday Belichick explained how he learned more about air pressure this week then he learned in a lifetime around football. And after learning exactly how the team prepares footballs before a game, and what can impact a balls weight, he came to a definite conclusion:

"I believe now 100 percent that I have personally and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter."

Belichick then got emotional and defended his team, saying, "We did everything as right as we can do it."

After explaining he was embarrassed with how much time he put into investigating this when his team is preparing to play in a Super Bowl, Belichick broke down what he learned.

"When the footballs are delivered to the officials' locker room, the officials were asked to inflate them to 12.5 PSI," he said. "What exactly they did, I don't know. But, for the purposes of our study, that's what we did. We set them at 12.5 (PSI). That's at the discretion of the official regardless of what we ask for, it's the official's discretion to put them where he wants. Again, that's done in a controlled climate.

"The footballs are prepared in our locker room. They are delivered to the officials' locker room, which is a controlled environment. ... When the footballs go out onto the field into game conditions, whatever those conditions are, whether it's hot and humid, cold and damp, cold and dry, whatever it is, that's where the footballs are played with, and that's where the measurements would be different -- possibly different -- from what they are in a controlled environment, and that's what we found."

Belichick would go on to explain some more, before saying he was done talking about "Deflategate" for a good amount of time.

"This is the end of this subject for me for a long time, OK?" Belichick said. "We have a huge game, a huge challenge for our football team and that's where that focus is going to go."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/24/15


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 76 (19-26)- New York Knicks 71 (8-37)

Milwaukee Bucks 101 (21-21) - Detroit Pistons 86 (17-26)

Memphis Grizzlies 101 (31-12) - Philadelphia 76ers (8-36)

Portland Trail Blazers 103 (32-13) - Washington Wizards 96 (29-15)

Utah Jazz 108 (16-28) - Brooklyn Nets 73 (18-26)

NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 58 (19-0)- South Carolina 43 (10-8) 

(3) Gonzaga 91 (20-1) - Pacific 60 (10-11)

(6) Wisconsin 69 (18-2) - Michigan 64 (12-8)

(7) Arizona 73 (18-2) - California 50 (11-9)

Texas Tech 78 (14-4) - (9) Iowa State 73 (14-4)

(11)- Kansas 75 (16-3) - (17) Texas 62 (14-5)

(15) North Carolina 78 (16-4) - Florida State 74 (10-10) 

(18) West Virginia 95 (16-3) - TCU 85 (14-5)

(21) Baylor 69 (15-4) - (19) Oklahoma 58 (12-7)

(23) Dayton 63 (16-3) - Richmond 60 (10-9)

Purdue 67 (12-8) - (25) Iowa 63 (13-7)

Senior Bowl: North 34 - South 13

 

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Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama


Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA,Al.) -- After revolutionizing the Crimson Tide passing attack in 2014, Lane Kiffin will return as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2015.

The University announced Saturday that Kiffin would return after leading the Crimson Tide to the 9th ranked offense in the country. Kiffin had been a top candidate for the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us," coach Nick Saban said via Twitter. "He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country. He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team."

Alabama's offensive skill players exploded under Kiffin's guidance. Wide receiver Amari Cooper was a Heisman Trophy finalist after catching 124 passes for 1,727 and 16 touchdowns. 

“After being here for a year, I can see why this is such a special place in terms of the history, tradition, and how much football means to everyone at Alabama," Kiffin said. "I also have learned so much in the time I’ve spent with Coach Saban and really have a better understanding of what makes him the great coach that he is. I think the more time I can spend learning from him, the better coach I will be in the future.”

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Marlins Sign Ichiro


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(MIAMI, Fl.) -- Ichiro Suzuki will give it another go in Major League Baseball.

The Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro to a one-year deal.  The deal is for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ichiro, 41, has played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He needs 156 hits to reach the milestone of 3,000 for his career.

The Marlins outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Ichiro will likely be utilized in a platoon and defensive replacement role. 

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Duke Center Marshall Plumlee to Enter U.S. Army


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke Blue Devils center Marshall Plumlee will trade one uniform for another.

A member of Duke's ROTC program, Plumlee took part in a contracting ceremony on Friday, serving as his swearing-in to the U.S. Army.

As long as Plumlee completes his ROTC requirements by his graduation in 2016, he will become an official Army officer.

Marshall is the younger brother of Miles and Mason Plumlee, who both play in the NBA and are also former Blue Devils.

A 7-footer, Plumlee is exactly four inches taller than the maxiumum height allowed to become a member of the Army, but a special exception was made for him.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski as well as teammates Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson were in attendance for the ceremony.

Now a junior at Duke, Plumlee is averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Duke.

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Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL


Brian A. Wsterholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia 76ers will have an even harder time winning games this season as leading scorer Tony Wroten will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn ACL.

“During our game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, Tony Wroten suffered an injury to his right knee," The team announced in a statement. "Over the past week, we have worked closely with Tony, our medical and sports performance teams, his representatives, and renowned specialists in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and provide him with the best possible care."

In his third NBA season, the 21-year-old Wroten was having the best season of his young career. In 30 games he averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while coming off the bench and starting for the team.

“I don’t think there is anybody else who can do what he did,” Brown said. “He was such a kamikaze, fearless competitor that this city fell in love with — they loved his energy.”

Wroten originally was selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

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Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- It was a night that Klay Thompson won't soon forget as he set an NBA record Friday night, scoring 37 points in the third quarter of the team's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Thompson broke the record shared by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin as made all 13 shots he took in the quarter, including nine from the 3-point line. He wound up finishing the game with 52 points.

"It was kind of a blur. I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast," Thompson said.

During the quarter, Thompson's teammates kept feeding him the ball, even passing up their own open looks just to see if Thompson could keep his historic streak going.

"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."

With the win, the Warriors improved to 35-6, the best record in the NBA.

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