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The Rangers had several chances to tie the score in the third period, but Colorado held on to win nine in a row for the first time since 2000.

Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek hit Houston wide receiver Steven Dunbar for the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute left to give the West a hard-fought 14-10 victory over the East on Saturday in the 2018 East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wisconsin safety Natrell Jamerson (defense) and Northern Iowa wide receiver Daurice Fountain (offense) were named the Most Valuable Players for the 93rd edition of the event, which features senior college football players from across the nation. Jamerson scored the West's first TD.

Aside from the late heroics, defense ruled the day as the teams combined for just 445 total yards in the postseason all-star game.

Jamerson scored the only touchdown of the first half when he picked up a fumble and returned it 68 yards to the end zone for the West.

The NFL Network highlighted the game's opening score:

It helped cap an impressive display in Florida for the Badgers star. He shined in practice throughout the week, both on defense and special teams, which should help raise his stock in a 2018 draft class that lacks standouts at the safety spots.

Trevor Sikkema of the Pewter Report provided a look at an interception Jamerson made Monday:

Nebraska kicker Drew Brown tallied the only other points in the opening half with a 33-yard field goal for the East with three seconds left in the second quarter.

The East grabbed its first lead of the contest late in the third quarter as Ohio State...

LeBron James told reporters the Cleveland Cavaliers (27-18) resided in "Strugglesville" following Thursday's narrow win over the Orlando Magic, but it looked like they were in a world of hurt Saturday afternoon.

With the chance to nab consecutive wins for the first time since Dec. 17, the Cavaliers got steamrolled 148-124 by the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Thunder (26-20) have now ripped off four straight victories and are 2.5 games back of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the top spot in the Northwest Division thanks to a sensational showing from their Big Three.

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Wednesday night, Billy Preston's mother, Nicole Player, said she was as in the dark as anybody about what was going on with her son and the NCAA.          

In early November, Preston, a presumptive starter at power forward for Kansas, was involved in a single-car accident on campus in Lawrence, which triggered an investigation into what Jayhawks head coach Bill Self described as a "clearer financial picture" on the vehicle.

Nearly two-and-a-half months had passed without any new information coming to light. Nothing about the car or the investigation. Nothing, even, about Billy Preston himself, the only child of Player, a self-described Los Angeles street kid who gave birth to Preston at age 19 and watched him grow into a prolific artist, a skilled skateboarder and a McDonald's All-American basketball player bound almost certainly for the NBA draft after a year at Kansas.

But Wednesday night, there was something new.

"We finally were able to obtain council," Player told Bleacher Report. "And that's kinda where we are now."

By Saturday morning, the Kansas chapter of the Billy Preston saga was over. Through an attorney, Preston negotiated a contract with BC Igokea, a professional team in Bosnia and Herzegovina, formally putting an end to his amateur status and guaranteeing at least one lifelong dream would go unrealized.

"His dream has been to get to the NCAA tournament," Player said. "That has always been his dream since he started playing basketball."

Officially, Preston's college basketball career never existed. He...

UFC President Dana White spoke favorably Saturday regarding the odds of Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre fighting for UFC in 2018.

In an interview with TSN's Aaron Bronsteter (h/t MMAjunkie), White was given the betting odds of whether Lesnar, Jones, St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey and either Nick or Nate Diaz will compete for UFC over the next year.

White took the "yes" on Lesnar, Jones, St-Pierre and the Diaz brothers, while taking the "no" on only Rousey.

     

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that midfielder Rafinha will be allowed to leave the club amid ongoing links to Inter Milan.

The Blaugrana boss said on Saturday that, following recent transfer moves from Barca—notably the €160 million deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool—Rafinha will be allowed to leave so he can get more game time, per Chris Burton of Goal: "He won't be at the training session today as he has permission from the club to sort his situation. I spoke to him about his injury and my opinion was that he needs to play minutes and in Barcelona it would be complicated after our last market movements."

Goal's report added Italian giants Inter are set to sign him in the current transfer window, initially on loan.

Rafinha, 24, is a graduate of Barca's youth system and he has been with the club since 2006.

However, he has never been able to nail down a regular first-team spot since making his senior debut for the Catalans back in 2011.

Since his debut, the Brazilian has regularly suffered from fitness problems, and he has also always faced fierce competition for a starting spot in Barca's midfield ranks.

Per Barca, his appearance from the bench in the Copa del Rey defeat to Espanyol on Wednesday was his first since April, when he injured his right knee against Granada and then had to undergo surgery.

Rafinha has not, though, returned to an environment where he will be...

The Avalanche own the longest winning streak in the NHL after defeating the Rangers Saturday for their ninth straight.

Mike Vrabel has been coaching with the Texans since 2014 and was the defensive coordinator during 2017.

The Titans have announced the hiring of Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon views the one-year, $14 million contract he signed to avoid arbitration as a beginning.
Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg, who wasn't able to throw a single pitch last season, is confident that he'll be in the bullpen when the Red Sox open their 2018 season at Tropicana Field on March 29.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is headed into the final season of the four-year, $20-million extension he signed in 2015, and said he's willing to explore signing another extension, but the Twins have yet to offer him one yet.
For now, the Blue Jays appear to be set with the position players who will be on the roster for the upcoming season, but a lot of work still has to be done on the pitching staff.

Charissa Thompson, a host for Fox Sports, had private nude photos hacked and leaked online. Her attorney Andrew Brettler is vowing to take “every appropriate step” to secure justice. Brettler told Fox News:

“We’re working with [the Los Angeles District Attorney] hand-in-hand … I think that it’s important that the responsible individual or individuals are held accountable for this because it’s a disgusting invasion of my client’s privacy rights.”

The LA District Attorney’s office confirmed to Fox News that they are investigating the case. This story will be worth monitoring for if and when the perpetrator(s) in this case is identified and faces accountability.

Despite missing six games due to injury, Rex Burkhead arguably had the best season of his career this year. The fifth-year running back gained more than 500 yards from scrimmage and found the end zone eight times for the New England Patriots. But it’s quite possible that he’ll be forever remembered first for something he did in practice. It’s not fair, but it’s sports.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network today reported that Burkhead was the player who mysteriously and accidentally injured Tom Brady earlier this week. The resulting gash sent blood spewing everywhere and culminated in four stitches on the most valuable right hand in Boston.

As word of Brady’s injury spread, the experts in Vegas first dropped the line, then took it off the board. Currently it sits at 7. The vast majority of pundits, as well as the public, still believe the Patriots will do what they always do: win.

But the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense is formidable. And Brady’s physical challenges could be mighty. Outside of that New England locker room, no one really knows. Burkhead, a victim of cruel fate, is suddenly the man with the most on the line tomorrow — and he himself may not even play.

Would love to know how he’s sleeping tonight. Then again, disseminating that type of inside information isn’t The Patriot Way.

The Tennessee Titans have hired Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new head coach.
But since the tournament's authority, the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolitan (CCDM), has allowed clubs to exchange players among themselves, ESPNcricinfo has learned that the fast bowler is likely to be snapped up by Abahani Limited
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado skipped the team plane last fall and spent several depressive days in Phoenix after the Rockies' 11-8 loss in the 2017 National League Wild Card Game, filling his time with diversions, while longing for a baseball game that was not to come.
Twins right-handers Michael Pineda and Trevor May, who both underwent Tommy John surgery last year, said at TwinsFest they're continuing to rehab without any issues or setbacks.
The offspinner claimed three wickets while the opener smashed a 23-ball fifty to put the Melbourne Stars out of contention for the semi-finals