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Gators Make QB Change


iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- In the midst of a tough season, the Florida Gators decided to make a change: Florida head coach Will Muschamp named true freshman Treon Harris the team's starting quarterback.

Harris takes over for fourth year junior Jeff Driskel.

Harris was suspended earlier this season while police investigated an accusation of sexual battery from another student. Five days after the suspension was announced, Harris was reinstated because the accuser withdrew her complaint.

Last week, Harris came into the game against Missouri in the fourth quarter, completing 8-of-12 passes for 98 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a three yard touchdown.

"You saw what he did late in the game," Muschamp said Wednesday. "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us."

Despite Harris being named starter, Muschamp says Driskel still has a role with the Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC).

Florida is on a bye this week. Their next game is Nov. 1 in Jacksonville versus Georgia.

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NBA Doesn't Pass Lottery Reform


Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There will be no changes to the NBA's draft lottery process.

At the league's board of governors meeting Wednesday, there was a vote to change the odds of who wins the draft, but it fell six votes short of passing.

The reason for the proposed change was to try to deter teams from losing on purpose in order to boost their chances of getting a better pick in the draft lottery.

Under the proposed plan, the four teams with the worst record would have identical odds of winning the rights to the first pick, with each team after that having declining odds.

As the system stands now, you have a 25% chance to win the top pick if you finish with the worst record, while the team with the second worst record has a 19.9% chance. Every team's odds decline slightly by pick.

"I think, in essence, the owners were concerned about unintended consequences," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "I think we all recognize we need to find the right balance between creating the appropriate incentives on one hand for teams to, of course, win, and on the other hand allowing for appropriate rebuilding and the draft to work as it should in which the worst performing teams get the highest picks in the draft."

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ESPN: Goodell Must Testify at Ray Rice Hearing


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must take the stand and testify at the hearing for the appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN also reports that the hearing will take place Nov. 5-6.

Rice was originally suspended for two games by Goodell for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy for allegedly striking his then fiancée, now wife Janay unconscious in an elevator in Atlantic City.

The suspension was then made indefinite once a video surfaced of the event in question. Because Rice was punished twice, the players' union is appealing the suspension. However, the league insists the video was new evidence, meaning Goodell could add to Rice's punishment.

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Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, capped off by a two-run home run by Omar Infante, en route to a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday.

The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.

It was a tight game until the sixth. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run off Yordano Ventura to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Royals answered right back at the bottom half off the inning when Billy Butler laced a single to left, scoring Lorenzo Cain to even the score. The Royals took the lead in the second when Alcides Escobar smacked a double, driving in Infante, but the Giants answered back in the fourth when Brandon Belt hit an RBI double. The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth, when the Royals went on their scoring binge.

Ventura pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing eight hits, two runs, zero walks, while striking out two. Jake Peavy takes the loss. He pitched five innings allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out one.

Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.

The series now shifts to San Francisco. Game 3 is Friday night. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, he will be opposed by Tim Hudson.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/22/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs - World Series Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7 - San Francisco Giants 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 5 (2-3-2; 6pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3-2-0; 6pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs (3-3-1; 7pts)  at Ottawa Senators (4-1-0; 8pts) Postponed

Edmonton Oilers 3 (2-4-1, 5pts) - Washington Capitals 2 (3-1-2, 8pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (6-1-0, 12pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (1-6-0, 2pts)

 

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L.A. Dodgers Pitcher Dan Haren Has Surgery


iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday afternoon, the club said. The procedure, which lasted 30 minutes, cleaned out bursitis and the AC joint in his non-throwing arm.

Haren is expected to begin rehab next week and should be ready by the start of spring training.

In 32 starts this season for the Dodgers, the 34-year-old went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA. He had 145 strikeouts in 186 innings of work.

During his 12-year big league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, Haren has compiled a record of 142-122 with a 3.77 ERA. He was named to the All-Star team from 2007-2009.

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S.D. Padres Fire Hitting Coach Phil Plantier


Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres fired hitting coach Phil Plantier on Wednesday. Under his watch, the Padres finished this past season batting just .226, worst in the majors.

The Padres will be looking for their seventh hitting coach since they moved into Petco Park in 2004.

In 2014, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko led the team in RBIs with 51 while playing in only 111 games. San Diego was shut out 19 times during the season, including getting no-hit by the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on June 25.

The Padres finished the season 77-85, their best record since 2010.

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Georgia to Apply for Gurley's Reinstatement


Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The University of Georgia is doing everything they can to get their Heisman Trophy candidate back on the field as soon as possible.

Georgia officials will apply to the NCAA on Wednesday for the reinstatement of their running back Todd Gurley, who has been sidelined due to an ongoing autograph investigation.

Gurley has been inactive since Oct. 9 and the school is hoping for his return before their game against Florida on Nov. 1, reports ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

"Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd's request," the university said in a statement issued Wednesday. "The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game."

"Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates," Gurley's attorney, William King of the firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White of Birmingham, Alabama, said in the statement. "The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd."

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Mariota: Excited to Play in Levi's Stadium


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Oregon) -- Sixth ranked Oregon will get another test on the road when they travel to California on Friday night.

The Ducks come into the game 3-1 in the Pac-12 this season and the team is looking forward to playing in the newly built Levi's Stadium.

"It'll be exciting to play in Levi's Stadium," Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota  said Tuesday. "My brother and my dad are huge Niners fans, it'll be cool to take pictures and show them."

"Playing on a Friday night, there's not that much college games on, people will be tuning in," Mariota added. "It'll be a lot of fun."

Mariota has thrown 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,957 yards this season.

The Golden Bears are 2-3 in the Pac-12 so far this season.

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Keselowski: Everyone Has a Shot


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- The chase for the Sprint Cup title is down to eight drivers headed into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Brad Keselowski had to win last weekend to get into the Eliminator round and found a way to win in the final laps at Talladega. Still, he feels it's anyones game right now.

"Everyone has a strength," Keselowski said of the final drivers remaining. "It really is pretty open to me."

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards will join Keselowski.

Hamlin is hoping to continue his run of success at Martinsville. "It's been a great track for us," Hamin said on Tuesday. "No one saw us winning last year, we were running like 15th every week and all of a sudden we went to Homestead, it's hard to pinpoint the favorites and underdogs at this point."

Gordon and his team have had success at every single track in this round, so he's betting on Martinsville.

"This to me is where we're going to shine," Gordon said. "There's such a realistic chance for us to not only win one or a couple of these races coming up, but seriously get ourselves to Homestead with a shot at winning this thing."

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