Michigan State Loses Dawson for 4-5 Weeks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ef8fd80180.jpgMitchell Layton/Getty Images (EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan State will be without starting forward Branden Dawson for 4-5 weeks due to a broken hand, the school announced Thursday. Dawson broke his shooting hand after slamming it on a table in frustration during a film session Thursday morning.


Scoreboard Roundup - 1/23/14

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_e5c8758467.jpgGetty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Miami Heat 109 (31-12) – Los Angeles Lakers 102 (16-27)

Portland Trail Blazers 110 (32-11) - Denver Nuggets 105 (20-21)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Arizona 69 (19-0) – Colorado 57 (15-5)


Mike Pettine Named Cleveland Browns Head Coach

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_4df75081d6.jpgiStockphoto (CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns introduced Mike Pettine as their new head coach on Thursday. He will become the Browns’ seventh-full-time coach since 1999. The 47-year-old Pettine takes over for Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after one season at the helm, in which he went 4-12.


RP Grant Balfour Signs With Tampa Bay Rays

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_149538e3af.jpgRobert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images (TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a two-year contract with free agent closer Grant Balfour on Thursday, worth $12 million. This will be Balfour’s second stint with the Rays. He previously played for them from 2007 through 2010, when he compiled a record of 14-7 along with a 3.33 ERA in 203 relief appearances.


Durant Continues His Scoring Binge, Thunder Strike Down Spurs

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ffd6be42dd.jpgRonald Martinez/Getty Images (SAN ANTONIO) -- For his ninth-straight game Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points, this time scoring 36 to help lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the San Antonio Spurs 111-105 Wednesday. The win puts Oklahoma City (33-10) a half game up on San Antonio (32-10) for first place in the Western Conference. It's also the Thunders' third win over the Spurs this season.