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>>Tigers Clinch Third Straight AL Central

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Detroit Tigers are champions of the American League Central Division for the third straight season.  The Tigers defeated the Twins 1-0 in Minneapolis on Wednesday night to clinch.  Max Scherzer was credited with his Major League-leading 21st win of the season after seven scoreless innings.  The only other time the franchise has gone to the postseason in three straight years was from 1907-09.

>>MLB Postseason Picture

(Undated)  --  Baseball's postseason picture is becoming clearer.  The Indians were eliminated from the AL Central Division after the Tigers won 1-0 over the Twins.  Cleveland still holds the second AL Wild Card spot by a game over Texas.  The Rays are a game better than the Tribe.  In the NL, the Cardinals are one win or a Pittsburgh loss from clinching the Central Division.  The Cards are half a game ahead of the Braves for the best record in the NL.

>>Bucs Benching Freeman For Glennon

(Tampa, FL)  --  The Buccaneers are making a change at quarterback.  The Bucs are benching quarterback Josh Freeman and will start rookie Mike Glennon this Sunday against the Cardinals.  ESPN reports that giving Glennon the start on Sunday before the team's bye week will allow coaches to review his performance and make corrections.  Freeman has completed just 45.7-percent of his passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

>>Ex-Charger Oliver Dies At 29

(San Diego, CA)  --  Former Chargers safety Paul Oliver is dead at the age of 29.  The "San Diego Union-Tribune" reports Oliver committed suicide.  The Chargers selected Oliver in the fourth round of the 2007 supplemental draft out of Georgia.  He played in 57 games with the Bolts from 2007 through 2011, including 12 starts.  Oliver recorded 144 tackles, one sack and four interceptions.

>>NYC To Host 2015 NBA All-Star Game

(New York, NY)  --  The NBA All-Star Game is returning to the Big Apple.  The All-Star Friday and Saturday night events will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the All-Star Game itself on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Madison Square Garden.  The last All-Star Game at MSG was in 1998.  This season's All-Star Game will take place in New Orleans.

>>Pacers Finalize Extension With George

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  A multi-year contract extension for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is complete.  Financial terms were not disclosed, but the first-time All-Star was eligible to earn as much as 90-million-dollars on a five-year maximum deal through the 2018-19 season.  George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 79 games last season.  He helped lead the Pacers to a Central Division title and the Eastern Conference finals.


>>WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD

MLB NL
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New York Mets 1, Cincinnati Reds 0
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Washington Nationals 1
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Miami Marlins 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Atlanta Braves 0
San Francisco Giants 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
San Diego Padres 12, Arizona Diamondbacks 2

MLB AL
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3, Oakland Athletics 1
Cleveland Indians 7, Chicago White Sox 2
Baltimore Orioles 9, Toronto Blue Jays 5
Tampa Bay Rays 8, New York Yankees 3
Texas Rangers 7, Houston Astros 3
Detroit Tigers 1, Minnesota Twins 0
Seattle Mariners 6, Kansas City Royals 0

MLB Interleague
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Boston Red Sox 15, Colorado Rockies 5

NHL Preseason
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Washington Capitals 4, Nashville Predators 1
Buffalo Sabres 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Ottawa Senators 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Detroit Red Wings 1
Minnesota Wild 3, St. Louis Blues 1
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)


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