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Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility
CLEVELAND (AP) -- For this golden anniversary, there won't be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations....

Chiefs QB Alex Smith out with lacerated spleen
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Alex Smith thought he had some indigestion. It turned out to be a lacerated spleen....

Rockets top Grizzlies in overtime in Smith's debut
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Josh Smith immediately paid dividends for the Houston Rockets, while the Memphis Grizzlies remained spiraling on their longest losing streak of the season....

Seahawks' Lynch fined $11K for gesture on TD run
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $11,050 by the NFL for an inappropriate gesture while scoring a touchdown against Arizona last Sunday night....

Arizona's Lindley back at starter, Stanton has infection
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- More news surrounding the turbulent quarterback predicament of the Arizona Cardinals....

NC State wins Bitcoin Bowl to cap turnaround year
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A turnaround season got a little sweeter for North Carolina State in the Bitcoin Bowl....

Rutgers beats North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl
DETROIT (AP) -- Josh Hicks and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights capped their first season in the Big Ten with a dominating effort in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl....

La. Tech beats Illinois 35-18 in Heart of Dallas Bowl
DALLAS (AP) -- Louisiana Tech's Houston Bates had a career day against his former team - his 4 1/2 sacks in the Heart of Dallas Bowl matched the number he had in three seasons at Illinois....

Slumping New Jersey Devils fire coach Pete DeBoer
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Devils have been on a slide since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2012, and coach Pete DeBoer paid the price....

Reports: Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Carp
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese media are reporting that Hiroki Kuroda, a free agent with the Yankees, will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for the Hiroshima Carps....

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