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Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building in this November 5, 2014 file photo. Former federal judge Barbara S. Jones overturned a suspension by the NFL on Friday after an appeal by Rice, claiming that he was punished twice for the same offense, punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer during a February altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.

Ray Rice’s suspension lifted by judge

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 28, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is eligible to sign with any team after his indefinite suspension was lifted Friday, according to reports. Judge Barbara Jones, the arbitrator chosen by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, sided with Rice in his appeal of the suspension levied after the …
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes between Chicago's Kirk Hinrich (12) and Nikola Mirotic (44) during the second half of the Chicago Bulls 109-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday at TD Garden.

Rose, Noah lift Bulls past Celtics

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 28, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
BOSTON — Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau couldn’t be sure until just before game time whether the Bulls would have Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics. Both worked out before the game. Both played. Both contributed heavily to Chicago’s 109-102 comeback victory over the Celtics. …
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by San Francisco linebacker Aaron Lynch (59) and a host of 49ers in the second quarter of Thursday night's game at Levi's Stadium.

Seahawks shut down 49ers

By SportsDirect on Nov. 27, 2014, at 11:54 p.m.
Russell Wilson threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, and Seattle turned in a dominant defensive performance en route to its first win at San Francisco since October 2008. Wilson finished 15-of-22 with a 13-yard scoring pass to Robert Turbin and Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals as the Seahawks …
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Dallas safety C.J. Spillman for a third-quarter touchdown during Thursday's game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The Eagles won 33-10.

McCoy carries Eagles past Cowboys

By Chad Conine, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:09 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Last summer during training camp, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy proclaimed, “I own Dallas.” On Thursday, he went to work ruining Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ Thanksgiving. McCoy rushed for 159 yards and scored the clinching touchdown midway through the third quarter as Philadelphia seized first …
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) drops back to pass during the first quarter of the Thanksgiving day game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.

Stafford passes Detroit Lions past Chicago Bears

By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 27, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford had a notion that the Detroit Lions’ offense would make a dramatic turnaround. The Lions had not scored a touchdown in their previous two games, but Stafford, the team’s quarterback, liked their body language prior to their annual Thanksgiving Day game. “I knew in warmups, the …

Sports briefs for November 26, 2014

By Wire Service Reports on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:06 p.m.
Brewers’ Braun encouraged about thumb Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is feeling so good about an offseason procedure to address a nerve problem near his right thumb that he says it’s 100 percent better. Bothered by the thumb problem for the past two seasons, Braun’s production at the plate declined …
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, pictured during a game in October, has been accused of not paying child support for his 4-year-old daughter, by the child’s mother. He has said the claims are false.

Still denies that he owes child support for daughter with cancer

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 26, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
The mother of an NFL player’s 4-year-old daughter who is battling cancer wrote in a letter to the NFL that he has not paid child support for months and that she is unable to pay medical bills. Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still responded Wednesday, saying the claims were false. …
Quarterback Russell Wilson of Seattle hopes to direct the Seahawks to victory in Thursday night’s Thanksgiving matchup at San Francisco.

Seahawks, 49ers meet in pivotal Thanksgiving clash

By Dave Del Grande, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 26, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
SANTA CLARA, California — As soon as the 2014 NFL schedule could be digested, most analysts pointed to the Thanksgiving night game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks as one of the must-see matchups of the season. In fact, the first head-to-head matchup of last year’s NFC finalists …

TV, radio schedule for November 27, 2014

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
BASKETBALL, MEN Orlando Classic SANTA CLARA vs. TENNESSEE, noon, ESPN2-TV KANSAS vs. RHODE ISLAND, 2 p.m., ESPN2-TV MICHIGAN STATE vs. RIDER, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV GEORGIA TECH vs. MARQUETTE, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV Battle 4 Atlantis First Semifinal: Teams TBA:, 1 p.m., ESPN-TV Second Semifinal: Teams TBA:, 3 p.m., ESPN-TV DirecTV Wooden …
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola

Lions’ Raiola not fined, has no regrets about cut block against Patriots

By Detroit Free Press/TNS on Nov. 25, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick might not approve, but the NFL apparently has no problem with the way Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola finished Sunday’s 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots. Raiola said Tuesday that he was not fined for his late-game cut block of Patriots defensive tackle …

TV, radio schedule for November 26, 2014

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
BASKETBALL, MEN LEHIGH at DEPAUL, 8 p.m., FS1-TV Battle 4 Atlantis BUTLER vs. NORTH CAROLINA, noon, ESPN2-TV OKLAHOMA vs. UCLA, 2 p.m., ESPN2-TV EA Sports Maui Invitational Fifth Place: Teams TBA:, 5 p.m., ESPN2-TV Third Place: Teams TBA:, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV Teams TBA:, 10 p.m., ESPN-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) …
A man in a panda costume greets Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval after the introductory press conference at Fenway Park.

Red Sox view Sandoval as ‘perfect fit’

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 25, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
When Pablo Sandoval arrived in Boston early Tuesday, the natives made sure he quickly recognized his new home. The switch-hitting third baseman was greeted at his introductory press conference at Fenway Park by a fan wearing a mascot-type, oversized panda head. “It was a tough decision for me,” said Sandoval. …
New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) breaks up a pass intended for Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots won 34-9.

Veterans Revis, Browner giving big boost to Pats’ defense

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:29 a.m.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After two weeks of outscoring the most productive offenses in the NFL, the New England Patriots extended their winning streak to seven games with impressive defense Sunday in a 34-9 taming of the Detroit Lions. It was especially interesting coming on the heels of victories over those …
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) tries to elude the tackle of New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) in the fourth quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans Monday night.

Ravens rally in second half to beat Saints

By Peter Finney Jr., The Sports Xchange on Nov. 25, 2014, at 12:58 a.m.
NEW ORLEANS — Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, and safety Will Hill returned an interception for a go-ahead, 44-yard touchdown in the third quarter, powering the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-27 victory over the reeling New Orleans Saints on Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz …
New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) makes a catch in front of Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at Ford Field in Detroit Monday night.

Bills rout Jets at Ford Field in Detroit

By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 24, 2014, at 10:53 p.m.
DETROIT — Kyle Orton threw two first-half touchdown passes, and the Buffalo Bills overcame a tumultuous week and a change of venue to clobber the hapless New York Jets 38-3 Monday night at Ford Field. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday in Orchard Park, New York, but was postponed …
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) is congratulated by  Sidney Crosby (87), Nick Spaling (13) and Christian Ehrhoff (10) after scoring the winning goal during the overtime period of the Penguins' 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston Monday night.

Crosby-Malkin connection lifts Penguins by Bruins in OT

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 24, 2014, at 10:13 p.m.
BOSTON — The Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin connection won a game in overtime for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Crosby, who already had a goal and an assist, set up Malkin for his second goal of the game 32 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a hard-fought 3-2 victory …

TV, radio schedule for November 25, 2014

on Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR Live, 7 p.m., WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio BASKETBALL, MEN EASTERN ILLINOIS at CREIGHTON, 8 p.m., FS1-TV EA Sports Maui Invitational Game 5: Teams TBA, 2 p.m., ESPN2-TV Game 6: Teams TBA, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2-TV First Semifinal, Teams TBA:, 7:30 p.m., ESPN-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 …
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) looks on during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Aug. 27.

Red Sox, SS Ramirez agree on $88 million deal

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 24, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
The Boston Red Sox got their man, make that their men. On Monday afternoon, the Red Sox and free-agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez agreed on a five-year deal worth $88 million, according to multiple reports. Ramirez, 30, hit .283 with a .369 on-base percentage, a .448 slugging percentage, 13 homers and …
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval speaks to the crowd during the World Series celebration at City Hall on Oct. 31.

Reports: Red Sox land Giants’ Pablo Sandoval

By The Sports Xchange on Nov. 24, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is leaving his heart in San Francisco and heading cross-country to Beantown. According to multiple reports, Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a five-year deal worth close to $100 million. The Red Sox have also reached a deal with free-agent shortstop …
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores a touchdown under New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday night. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 31-28.

Bryant’s two TDs help Cowboys rally to defeat Giants

By Patti Traina, The Sports Xchange on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:32 a.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant scored two touchdowns in the second half to give his team a 31-28 comeback win over the New York Giants Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. The Giants, who had jumped out to a 21-10 halftime lead, quickly reverted to their disturbing …
 
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