Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Hobart basketball team won its home opener tonight, defeating Buffalo State 56-46 in Bristol Gym. The Statesmen got twin 13-point, eight-rebound efforts from seniors Andrew Hoy and Connor Rehbaum.

The William Smith basketball team fell behind early and never recovered, falling to visiting Cortland 71-41 in a non-conference game in Bristol Gym tonight. The Red Dragons improved to 4-0 while the Herons slip to 0-3.

The William Smith College ice hockey team scored three second period power play goals to record a 3-1 non-conference win over New England College this afternoon. Krista Federow had a hand in all three goals for the Herons.

Three Hobart football players were recognized by the Liberty League office for their roles in the Statesmen's 22-15 NCAA playoff win over Ithaca on Saturday. Marcus Jemison was tabbed the Defensive Performer of the Week, John Fasano earned the Special Teams Performer of the Week award, and Patrick Conlan earned a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll.

The Hobart College squash team split its weekend matches at the 2014 Liberty League Championships hosted by Vassar College. The Statesmen defeated Bard 9-0 and Vassar 8-1 on Sunday for their two weekend victories.

The William Smith College ice hockey team dropped an ECAC West contest to Neumann, 2-1, this afternoon.

The William Smith College squash team split a pair of matches in the Liberty League Round Robin hosted by Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, this weekend. On Saturday, the Herons downed the Brewers 8-1. Today William Smith dropped its match 7-2 to St. Lawrence.

The Hobart College hockey team scored three goals in the third period to earn a 4-2 ECAC West win over Elmira tonight in The Cooler. The Statesmen improve to 5-3-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the ECAC West, while the Soaring Eagles are now 2-2-1 overall and in conference play. 

The William Smith College ice hockey team earned the program's historic first victory topping Neumann 3-2 in overtime this afternoon. Catherine Linehan notched the game winning goal to lift the Herons past the Knights. Megan Messuri got the start in goal for William Smith and stood tall for three periods. She finished the afternoon with a career-high 57 saves.

Nationally-ranked Hobart led for only 12.4 seconds in its NCAA Division III Football Championship First Round game against Ithaca today, but it was the final 12.4 seconds of the game, as the Statesmen pulled out a 22-15 win over the Bombers.

Auburn Doubledays

Dale Carey went 2-for-4 and made a game-saving diving catch in centerfield, and relievers Connor Bach and Tyler Mapes picked up starter James Bourque as the Doubledays topped the Batavia Muckdogs 4-3 in the season finale at Falcon Park.
Chase McDowell (1-3) and the Doubledays defense combined to allow six runs in the penultimate inning of their penultimate game, and Auburn dropped a heartbreaker 7-6 to Batavia at Dwyer Stadium.
Diomedes Eusebio rocketed two home runs and finished with 6 RBI, Jeff Gardner and Bryan Mejia added bombs of their own, and the Doubledays outslugged the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 12-7 in Eastwood Field's final game of the 2014 season.
The Washington Nationals today announced the signing of a two-year Player Development Contract extension (which begins in 2015) with the Auburn Doubledays of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League through the 2016 season.
The Jammers cranked out two runs in a key seventh inning, and the Doubledays fell 4-1 to snap a three-game winning streak in front of 2,251 fans at Falcon Park.
The Auburn Doubledays stormed to walk-off wins in both ends of a doubleheader, taking the first 5-4 in nine innings, while concluding the night by winning the second 2-1 in a regulation seven frames over Jamestown.
Eleven Doubledays came to the plate, and a season-high seven of them scored to springboard the Doubledays to an 8-0 thrashing of the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Anderson Martinez (2-2), RC Orlan, and Mario Sanchez combined for a five-hit shutout as the Auburn Doubledays blanked the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-0 under the Friday night lights.
State College exploded for 13 runs over the sixth and seventh innings, and the Doubledays suffered a 14-3 defeat at the hands of the Spikes on Thursday night at Penn State University.
State College hit huge home runs in both games, and the Auburn Doubledays dropped both ends of a Sunday doubleheader to the Spikes. The Doubledays fell 4-1 in game one and 7-4 in game two.

NY Yankees

For Yankees right-hander Shawn Kelley, Thanksgiving has long been an important opportunity to spend table time with the family, digging forks into a bird and delightful side items. His favorite dish of all, though, is a fruit salad that was always waiting at his grandmother's home in Louisville, Ky.
The Red Sox have pulled out of the gate as the early offseason noisemakers, nearing completion on deals that appear set to deliver Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to Fenway Park. Must the Yankees respond with a splashy move of their own?
The home clubhouse at Yankee Stadium has long been known as a landing spot for some of the top talent in baseball history. Accordingly, eight members of that pinstriped alumni are appearing on this year's ballot for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The most-played rivalry in college football came to Yankee Stadium on Saturday as Lafayette defeated Lehigh, 27-7, in the 150th meeting between the schools. Among those in attendance for the game was Cubs manager Joe Maddon, a member of Lafayette's class of 1976.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and former big league manager Bobby Valentine will once again rappel down the side of a 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the annual Heights & Lights event.
General manager Brian Cashman remained tight-lipped Thursday while discussing the team's progress in the marketplace, indicating that there have been plenty of phone calls and text messages exchanged but little to show for it as of yet.
Along with more than 750 of the nation's top executives, Yankees GM Brian Cashman participated in the Covenant House's "Sleep Out" movement, aiming to raise awareness for homeless youth. It marked Cashman's fourth consecutive year supporting the event.
The Yankees sold the rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Japanese Pacific League's Rakuten Golden Eagles on Thursday, one of several moves they made before the deadline to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
The Yankees added another top teenage prospect to their system on Thursday, signing outfielder Bryan Emery to a $500,000 deal, according to an industry source.
The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.
The Arizona Fall League named Yankees first baseman Greg Bird the winner of its Joe Black MVP Award, honoring him before Saturday's championship game between the Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters.
On Thursday night at Chelsea Piers, Andrew Eugene Pettitte, the winningest (19-11) postseason pitcher of all time, was the honoree at the star-studded 12th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala.
For one final time this fall, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Dante Bichette, Jr. turned Scottsdale Stadium into a mini-Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman left the Arizona Biltmore on Thursday feeling like he had jump-started the Yanks' offseason plans. Before the annual General Manager Meetings even began, he had re-signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, and this week, he also signed a left-handed Minor League starter and made a trade for a left-handed reliever.
The Yankees have acquired left-hander Justin Wilson from the Pirates in exchange for catcher Francisco Cervelli, both clubs announced on Wednesday evening.
Only the top 22 percent of players between two and three years of service time qualify for arbitration, provided they had at least 86 days of service time this season. This year's list is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.
In an offseason where David Robertson has already turned down an opportunity to bring home the highest single-season salary ever issued to a closer, the free agent has his eyes set upon scoring an even bigger prize.
Every fall, Minor Leaguers raise their stock with their performances in the Arizona Fall League. The caveats that are typically thrown out when discussing such matters: it's a small sample size and the AFL is always very hitter-friendly. But it's also true that every year, expectations around some prospects are heightened based on what they did during six weeks in the desert.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have signed left-hander Jose De Paula to a one-year Major League contract for the 2015 season.
Despite the imminent return of Alex Rodriguez from a one-season suspension for performance-enhancing substances, the Yankees are in the market for a third baseman and are trying to re-sign free agent Chase Headley, general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday.
The national spotlight will be focused on Yankees camp next spring when Alex Rodriguez returns to duty as an active player, and even with the anticipated spotlight of sorts that will accompany his presence in Tampa, manager Joe Girardi said he is excited to have A-Rod back on the roster.
More than 150 volunteers snaked through Yankee Stadium's Great Hall on Tuesday morning, each lending their time to help create thousands of gift packs that will be shipped from the Bronx to remote areas of Afghanistan this holiday season.
Can the Yankees contend in 2015? In the end, that's the only question that matters. "I do believe that we have a chance," said general manager Brian Cashman. All things considered, he's optimistic.
If the Yankees intend to keep David Robertson as a member of their bullpen, they'll have to raise their bid and battle other suitors for the free-agent closer's services.
Yankees reliever Dellin Betances finished third behind winner and White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker for the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, as selected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

NY Mets

By the time Major League Baseball's season comes to an end, most players want nothing more than to head straight home and relax. Not Curtis Granderson, who has been spending time supporting charities, delivering speeches and participating in fundraisers for children.
Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has decided to return to his home country, according to a report in The Japan Times on Monday, with the defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks expressing a strong interest in signing him.
Will the Mets address their surplus of starting pitchers via trade? Could the club be interested in Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo has answers in the Inbox.
Mike Piazza is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to his Hall of Fame candidacy. After coming up a bit short in his first two years on the ballot, Piazza is hoping that 2015 is the year that he finally breaks through into Cooperstown. Piazza's third time on the ballot comes in a year stacked with Hall of Fame-caliber players, including a pair of players that also spent time with the Mets in Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield, both on the ballot for the first time.
Mets fans can officially begin planning their 2015 trips to Citi Field, as single-game tickets for next season are on sale now. Tickets, which start at $11, can be purchased by visiting mets.com/tickets or by calling 718-507-TIXX.
The Mets added top prospect Noah Syndergaard to the 40-man roster on Thursday, along with fellow right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and left-hander Jack Leathersich, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
Zack Wheeler admitted on Thursday that he couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to still be a member of the Giants as he watched them win their second World Series title in three seasons last month.
For the handful of fathers and sons who spent their trip to Japan bonding in a way that life almost never allows, the All-Star Series was a throwback to simpler times.
Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher who won 20 games for the Cardinals in their 1964 championship season, died Monday due to complications of blood cancer. He was 73.
New hitting coach Kevin Long wasted little time immersing himself in video of the Mets' hitters this offseason.

SU Athletics

The No. 22 Syracuse University women's basketball team heads down to the Bahamas for the 2014 Junkanoo Jam. Syracuse will take on East Carolina in its first contest on the island on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. George's High School Gymnasium in Freeport, Bahamas. The Orange will then play either No. 1/2 South Carolina or Wisconsin on Friday.

Syracuse goes for its third straight win when it hosts Holy Cross on Friday, Nov. 28. The contest will tip off at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Junior guard Brittney Sykes continues to give Syracuse women's basketball fans an inside look at the program on the Cuse TV weekly segment, Inside Scoop with Sykes. This week, Sykes and the Orange are on the road in the Bahamas.

In this week's episode of senior linebacker Cameron Lynch's weekly Cuse TV show, "Cam's Cam," he welcomes Eric Crume, Jamar McGloster and Alex Hayes onto the show where they talk about their recruitment and Crume's impressive stats recall and video game skills.

Fans looking to stay up to date with the Syracuse football team as it heads into Saturday's game at Boston College will get a chance to do so a day earlier this week as the Coach Shafer Radio Show will air on Wednesday this week.

Wednesday night the Orange fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-16). The 'Cuse offense thrived in the first but defensive adjustments and a steady, consistent attack eventually became insurmountable.

Four Syracuse freshmen who played big roles in last week's game against Pitt spoke with Cuse TV to preview this week's matchup with Boston College.

Syracuse will wrap up its 2014 campaign this week with a match against Virginia Tech on Wednesday and a match against Virginia on Friday in the Women's Building.

Freshman receiver Steve Ishmael was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, Nov. 25 for performance last Saturday at Pitt. Ishmael caught six passes for a career-high 97 yards in a 30-7 loss to the Panthers at Heinz Field.

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Buffalo Bills

Bills center Eric Wood talks about this weekend's game against Cleveland, facing Browns head coach Mike Pettine, and returning to Ralph Wilson Stadium to play in front of the Bills fans.
Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams talks about the return of Mike Pettine, returning to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and stopping the run game of the Browns.
A year after a traffic violation led to a one-game suspension for LB Nigel Bradham, the FSU product has set his sights higher.
The Bills returned to practice at One Bills Drive in preps for Sunday's game, looking to grab a win inside Ralph Wilson Stadium against Mike Pettine's Cleveland Browns.
The Bills running back talks about not being satisfied with his game, his long touchdown run against the Jets, and winning special teams player of the week.
Thigpen entered the NFL in 2009 when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer spoke to the Buffalo media via conference call to discuss facing the Bills again, his relationship with Mike Pettine, and the return of wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke to the Buffalo media to discuss his return to Buffalo, what he has seen from the Bills defense, the Browns success so far, and why he respects Bills fans.
The Bills quarterback talks about Robert Woods performance against the Jets, having good balance on offense, and what makes the Browns defense so challenging.
As the Bills return to Ralph Wilson Stadium, their game this Sunday against the Browns is a sellout.

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