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Scoreboard roundup — 12/4/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Charlotte 106, Golden State 91
Milwaukee 127, Detroit 103
Orlando 128, Phoenix 114
Brooklyn 130, Atlanta 118
Boston 112, Miami 93
Chicago 106, Memphis 99
Indiana 107, Oklahoma City 100
Dallas 121, Minnesota 114
L.A. Lakers 121, Utah 96
Portland 127, Sacramento 116

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Colorado 3, Toronto 1
Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 0
Ottawa 5, Edmonton 2
Washington 3, Los Angeles 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Maryland 72, Notre Dame 51
Purdue 69, Virginia 40
Ohio St. 74, North Carolina 49
Gonzaga 101, Texas Southern 62
Tennessee 72, Florida A&M 43
Washington 90, E. Washington 80
Villanova 80, Penn 69
Colorado 76, Loyola Marymount 64
Utah St. 71, San Jose St. 59

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New Orleans Saints re-sign linebacker Manti Te'o

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33ft/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) — Manti Te’o is reportedly rejoining the New Orleans Saints.

A source confirms to ESPN that the team has re-signed the 28-year-old veteran linebacker.

The news comes after several Saints linebackers have suffered injuries this season. Middle linebacker Alex Anzalone injured his shoulder in Week 2, forcing him to be sidelined for the rest of the season, and, most recently, middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and strongside linebacker A.J. Klein both suffered injuries during last Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Te’o began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, and joined the Saints in 2017 when he signed a two-year deal with New Orleans. Last season, he was a healthy inactive, appearing in just five games, before his contract expired.

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Scoreboard roundup — 12/3/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Detroit 127, Cleveland 94
Orlando 127, Washington 120
Dallas 118, New Orleans 97
Miami 121, Toronto 110 — OT
San Antonio 135 Houston 133 — 2OT
L.A. Lakers 105, Denver 96
L.A. Clippers 117, Portland 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 2, Carolina 0
Arizona 4, Columbus 2
Minnesota 4, Florida 2
Montreal 4, NY Islanders 2
Vegas 4, New Jersey 3
Philadelphia 6, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 3, Nashville 2 — OT
Winnipeg 5 Dallas 1
Vancouver 5, Ottawa 2
Washington 5, San Jose 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Louisville 58, Michigan 43
Indiana 80, Florida St. 64
Baylor 78, Md.-Eastern Shore 46
Dayton 99, Houston Baptist 68
Butler 67, Mississippi 58
Duke 87, Michigan St. 75
Memphis 71, Bradley 56

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Carolina Panthers fire head coach Ron Rivera

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Carolina Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera after nearly nine seasons with the team.

Rivera first joined the team in 2011, eventually leading them to 3 NFC South titles, 4 playoff appearances, and one Super Bowl appearance. The Panthers are currently third in the division with a 5-7 record, but are entering Week 14 on a 4-game losing streak.

In a statement, Panthers owner David Tepper said, “I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community. I wish him the best.”

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Secondary coach Perry Fewell has been named Carolina’s interim head coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will become a special assistant to the head coach, while quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will take over as offensive coordinator.

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'We Deserve This': Megan Rapinoe named top women's soccer player of 2019

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Marcus Millo/iStock(PARIS) — U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe took home yet another award, winning the Women’s Ballon d’Or as soccer’s women player of the year.

Rapinoe, 34, was not present in Paris to accept the award Monday. She instead delivered a recorded message, calling the win “incredible” and saying, “I can’t believe I’m the one winning in this field.”

The World Cup-winning soccer star also took to Instagram to share a powerful message about being part of a team, one that goes beyond even her fellow players on the field.

“The TEAM shook the world, and continues to. Yes the 23 players on the field, yes the coaching staff, and extended staff for the team, but the TEAM I’m talking about goes far beyond those who are lucky enough to wear the crest,” Rapinoe wrote. “The TEAM is our family, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, wives and husbands.”

“The TEAM is the thousands of fans who cheered for a team that asked them to care more about just the game of soccer, more than just themselves, more than just people who looked like them, more than just winning,” she wrote. “For that, I am forever grateful. I think this World Cup win, and all the subsequent wins, both personal and team, feel so special because for the first time in a long time, it feels like WE ALL WON.”

“And while I am truly honored to win @francefootball Ballon D’Or, I’d like to accept this on behalf of us ALL. WE DESERVE THIS,” Rapinoe concluded, adding a special thanks to her family, including her longtime girlfriend WNBA star Sue Bird.

Rapinoe co-captained the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) that won their second consecutive and fourth overall World Cup title this summer.

She was named Best FIFA Women’s Player 2019 in September and earned the World Cup’s Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.

Rapinoe also stood out this past year for her role in high-profile issues that played out off the field.

She was a leader in the U.S. team’s fight for equal pay from the U.S. Soccer Federation, telling “Good Morning America” in August, “We won’t accept anything less than equal pay. We show up for a game, if we win the game if we lose the game if we tie the game, we want to be paid equally, period.”

Rapinoe also took on President Donald Trump, saying she wouldn’t visit the “[expletive] White House” if the U.S. won the World Cup. Her comments prompted Trump to write about her on Twitter, tweeting, “Megan should win first before she talks!”

Shortly after that tweet, Rapinoe and the U.S. women won the World Cup, and did not visit the White House.

Rapinoe, who went viral during the World Cup with a confidence-invoking pose, also scored a book deal this year to write about her life and her activism.

She used her acceptance speech at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 in Milan as a call to action to her fellow pro soccer players.

“We have a unique opportunity in football different to any other sport in the world to use this beautiful game to actually change the world for better,” she said. “That’s my charge to everyone.”

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