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D'backs ink Hinske, Nieves to one-year deals

D'backs ink Hinske, Nieves to one-year deals

CNNSI.com Updated Dec 6, 2012
PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks completed one-year contracts with free agent Eric Hinske and catcher Wil Nieves on Thursday.
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  • Cliff Corcoran: Five cuts from winter meetings

    Cliff Corcoran: Five cuts from winter meetings

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    The hottest position of this Hot Stove season is the hot corner. Cliff Corcoran examines the thin third-base market, the lack of multi-year contracts for starting pitchers and more.
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  • Fat Chipper Jones Has Divorced His Wife And Now Has A Playboy M…

    Fat Chipper Jones Has Divorced His Wife And Now Has A Playboy Model Girlfriend

    deadspin.com Dec 6, 2012
    Leave it to those sleuths of scuzz over at Busted Coverage to make a find like this. Chipper Jones has retired, finalized his divorce from his second wife, and now appears to be dating Taylor Higgins, better known to the world as Lexi Ray or Lexi Ray Ta…
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  • Falcons refuse to play along with goading Panther

    Falcons refuse to play along with goading Panther

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    Give the Falcons credit for perspective, and kindness. A day after Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy said his 3-9 team was better than the 11-1 Falcons, the Falcons reacted the way you’d pat a child on the top of the head when they say something cute. â
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  • Falcons secondary battling injuries this week

    Falcons secondary battling injuries this week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    Falcons safety William Moore was the NFC defensive player of the week for the job he did against the Saints in Week 13, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be at full speed if he’s on the field to attempt making it two straight against the Panthers this
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel (shoulder), William Moore (hamst…

    Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel (shoulder), William Moore (hamstring) sit out practice again

    ajc.com Dec 6, 2012
    By Michael Cunningham FLOWERY BRANCH—Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) and safety William Moore (hamstring) sat out practice for the second consecutive day. “Those two guys, we will see if we can get them out here and move around a little mo
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  • Johnson, NL's top pinch-hitter, stays with Braves

    Johnson, NL's top pinch-hitter, stays with Braves

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez on Greg Hardy’s trash talk: ‘Wha…

    Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez on Greg Hardy’s trash talk: ‘What else is he going to say?’ They haven’t won’

    ajc.com Dec 6, 2012
    By Michael Cunningham FLOWERY BRANCH—The inflammatory comments by Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy got the attention of the Falcons. His quotes were a topic of conversation during team meetings this morning. But the tone among the Falcons seemed to be
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  • Braves wrap up Meetings with Johnson signing

    Braves wrap up Meetings with Johnson signing

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Braves general manager Frank Wren proved to be correct with his assumption that he would not make an impact transaction during this year's Winter Meetings. But Wren was able to bring back outfielder Reed Johnson on a one-year deal Thursday to bolster th…
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  • Atlanta Falcons: NIU alums Turner and Schiller to ESPN’s Herbst…

    Atlanta Falcons: NIU alums Turner and Schiller to ESPN’s Herbstreit: ‘Bite me!’

    ajc.com Dec 6, 2012
    By Michael Cunningham FLOWERY BRANCH—Here is what Falcons players and Northern Illinois alums Michael Turner and Pat Schiller had to say about ESPN college football analyst Kirk Hebstreit’s harsh criticism of their alma mater’s Orange Bowl bid: Mich
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  • Resilient Falcons have chance to soar

    Resilient Falcons have chance to soar

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Somewhere in the process -- and I can’t put my finger on exactly where -- Mike Smith changed buzzwords. The coach of the Atlanta Falcons still is about as predictable as a Mike Mularkey offense. But “the process" Smith talked so much about in his firs
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Cam Newton Q-and-A

    Atlanta Falcons: Cam Newton Q-and-A

    ajc.com Dec 6, 2012
    FLOWERY BRANCH—Excerpts from Carolina quarterback Cam Newton’s conference call with Atlanta reporters. Q. Falcons guys have noticed you seem more comfortable the last few weeks and the numbers have come as well. Any explanation as to why it’s been b
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  • Panthers drawing motivation from Ryan’s words after first game

    Panthers drawing motivation from Ryan’s words after first game

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    When the Falcons finished off their dramatic comeback 30-28 win over the Panthers in Week Four, quarterback Matt Ryan was caught by television cameras sending a message to the visitors from Carolina. “Get the (expletive) off our field!” Ryan said. The
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  • Joe Lemire: Hot Stove hinges on Rangers' multiple interests

    Joe Lemire: Hot Stove hinges on Rangers' multiple interests

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke remained in play as several free agents struck deals Wednesday. Until the Rangers make a move, the anticipation continues to build, writes Joe Lemire.
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  • Kobe Bryant Passes 30,000 Career NBA Points; J.R. Smith Hits A …

    Kobe Bryant Passes 30,000 Career NBA Points; J.R. Smith Hits A Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater

    dimemag.com Dec 6, 2012
    They said they were going to stop the game in New Orleans once Kobe Bryant hit 30,000 career points. He did that just before the end of the first half, going off the dribble and hitting a running floater over Robin Lopez. But the game never ceased, and …
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  • An Eye on the Hawks: The Atlanta Hawks should be one of those N…

    An Eye on the Hawks: The Atlanta Hawks should be one of those NBA team…

    grantland.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Atlanta Hawks should be one of those NBA teams whose present doesn't really matter. There are a depressing number of such teams when you really st...
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  • Video - Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers 02:02

    Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

    Dec 6
    NFL Films previews the Week 14 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Falcons-Panthers 01:01

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Falcons-Panthers

    Dec 6
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Atlanta at Carolina

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    Dec 6
    Marc Stein checks in with advance scouts to get their takes on the most pressing NBA topics.
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    Dec 6
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