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Arts & Ent. Features | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Stephen Colbert retires his ‘Report’
NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewe...

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TV Book | December 19, 2014
‘Ascension’ is trip through space, time
I have tried to determine whether there is anything insidious in Syfy turning “Ascension,” originally described as a six-part miniseries, into a “three-night event” and setting it afloat in the relatively dead waters of mid-December. But I have no idea, really. Perhaps this ...

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TV Book | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Cuba Gooding Jr. cast as O.J.
Cuba Gooding Jr. has been cast as O.J. Simpson and Sarah Paulson will play prosecutor Marcia Clark in FX’s upcoming anthology miniseries from Ryan Murphy, “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson.” Gooding, who won a supporting actor Oscar for “Jerry Maguire” ...

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TV Book | December 19, 2014
Television Q&A
QUESTION: Will the “Christmas at Downton Abbey Special” being shown on ITV in the U.K. on Christmas Day make its way across the Atlantic? There was a similar show last year, too, I was told, which I don’t believe graced our shores. Based on the show’s immense popularity it wo...

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TV Book | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
TV presents some holiday fare, classics
If you need a holiday helper over the next several days, try television. Since Christmas is on a Thursday this year, there's still plenty of seasonal programming to come. It's actually more than “some,'' since certain outlets are investing so heavily in yuletide fare before and on Christmas D...

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TV Book | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
TV NOTES & NEWS
TLC to launch ‘All About Sex’ late-night talk show LOS ANGELES — The TLC channel is launching its first late-night talk show next month, one with an eye-catching title. TLC said recently the Saturday night show, “All About Sex,” will include rotating segments such as the week’s “craziest” sex-relate...

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Verse of the Day | December 19, 2014
VERSE
(Zechariah prophesied concerning John,) “You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God.” ...

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Chuckle of the day | December 19, 2014
Today’s Chuckle
Having children is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. So is having them grow up and move away. ...

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Town & County | December 19, 2014
Town and County
CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY TODAY is Laura Fisher, 17, the daughter of Floyd and Marsha Fisher of Prospect. Items for Town & County should be submitted on weekdays no later than 4 p.m. the day before requested publication. ...

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Business Features | December 19, 2014
Hack sparks alert
ATLANTA — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators ...

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Business Features | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Aldi store opens in Cranberry
CRANBERRY TWP — Despite the cold temperatures, about 30 people lined up outside Cranberry Mall’s newest store Thursday morning. Aldi officials cut the ribbon and welcomed customers to their new 18,000-square-foot grocery store, which was full of shoppers just minutes after opening at 9 ...

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Business Briefs | December 19, 2014
Environmentalists cheer as New York plans to ban fracking
ALBANY, N.Y. — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has l...

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Livestock | December 19, 2014
LIVESTOCK
The Mercer Livestock Auction provided the following report on the Tuesday livestock auction. Commercial bulls, $110. to 133.; commercial cows, 95. to 110.; feeder steers, 175. to 220.; feeder heifers, 150. to 185.; feeder bulls, 180. to 210.; calves, 350. to 450. Super year end holiday special con...

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Bulletin Board | December 19, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD
FREE COMMUNITY MEAL, 5 to 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St. GENERAL BUTLER VAGABONDS BINGO, early birds 6:45 p.m., Vagabond Center, 138 Whitestown Road, Lyndora. Kitchen open during bingo. For more information, call 724-282-7695. REFORMERS UNANIMOUS ADDICTION PROGRAM, 7 to 9 ...

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Our Opinion | December 19, 2014
Turnpike project not appropriate use for special EB-5 visa program
Looking to save some money in financing costs, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is actively soliciting wealthy Chinese investors to help pay for a long-sought connector between the turnpike and I-95 near Philadephia. To lure the rich Chinese investors, the offer of a quick path to U.S. citizens...

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Other Voices | December 19, 2014
School attack: Another Malala moment for Pakistan
Two years ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan and fired a shot that outraged the world. He seriously wounded 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai. She recovered, became a powerful voice in the fight against Taliban extremism, and won the Nobel Peace Prize this year. On Tuesday, another M...

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Other Voices | December 19, 2014
Will policies, falling prices derail fracking?
Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in various parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices. While voters and many municipal governments h...

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Other Voices | December 19, 2014
Congressional stalemate continues
WASHINGTON — The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee issued a fascinating and largely overlooked report the other day highlighting how little Congress and the White House have done to deal with the nation’s budget problems. Don’t be fooled by Congress’ recent approval ...

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Focus Features | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Moniteau grad becomes diplomat
It’s a long way from Clay Township to Cyprus, but that won’t stop Randy Cole Jr. He’s got the travel bug and doesn’t expect to recover from it. “I’m going to a job in Nicosia, Cyprus, which is the capital,” said Cole, a new Foreign Service officer for the U...

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Health & Fitness | December 19, 2014
How to up odds to make a baby
If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. couples trying to get pregnant this season — and December is the most popular month for baby-making — experts say there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your odds. Some are fairly obvious: Maintain a healthy weight and...

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Health & Fitness | December 19, 2014
Study: Fasting 15 hours a day wards off obesity in lab mice
If obesity is linked to Americans’ 24/7 lifestyles, would it help to reset the clock that dictates our eating? A new study suggests it would, and in ways that go well beyond weight alone. Even with a diet high in fat and sugar, mice that had their “eating day” compressed into eigh...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
Tourism board votes for changes
CRANBERRY TWP — The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau wants to completely change its membership structure, and it also might soon allow businesses in neighboring counties as members. The overhaul, which will require a bylaw change that would have to be approved by the bureau’...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
IN BRIEF
Metered parking in Butler will be free until after Christmas. Mayor Tom Donaldson announced at city council's meeting Thursday night that motorists may park for free at any metered street parking space through Dec. 26. Jim Chiprean, chairman of the city parking authority, told the city that the s...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
Jackson Twp. budget OK’d
JACKSON TWP — Supervisors Thursday night approved the 2015 operating budget that keeps taxes the same, but increases spending. The budget projects $4.15 million in revenue and $4.02 million in expenditures. In 2014, the budget had only $3.1 million in expenditures. The tax rate will stay at ...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
Judge orders sex offender back to jail
Eric Dickerson said he changed during the 25 years he spent in state prison for rape. But so did the world. And Dickerson said when he was paroled in July 2013 there was a lot of learning to do. New driving rules, cell phones, even ordering food was a little different from what it was in the mid-1...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
County agency has new director
Butler County promoted from within to fill the post of Children and Youth Services director. The county on Thursday announced the appointment of Charlie Johns, who was the assistant CYS director for the past five years. Johns, 37, of Bruin said he’s ready to get started. “I am really...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
Man gets 2½ to 5 years for drugs
Butler County has exhausted its efforts to rehabilitate a city man with a drug problem, Judge Timothy McCune decided Thursday. The county has spent $64,000 in those efforts. And so, McCune sentenced 48-year-old Timothy Saeler to serve 2½ to 5 years in state prison for possessing a controlled subst...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
Man dies on icy I-79
WORTH TWP — A West Virginia man died Thursday night when his tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 79. The accident occurred just after 11 p.m. near mile-marker 102 of the highway’s northbound lanes. State police said Robert Chafin, 51, of Weirton, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
Icy roads result in accidents
This morning’s slick roads caused several accidents across Butler County and led to the delayed start of classes in some districts. Route 68 was closed at the Kriess Road intersection after a several-vehicle wreck occurred around 6:15 a.m. According to county 911 records, one person had a mi...

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Local News | December 19, 2014
City OKs budget with tax hike
City council passed its 2015 budget Thursday night with a property tax hike. Included in the $8.3 million budget is a 1.25 mills tax hike on the city’s debt service tax. The tax was increased to 7.5 mills, up from 6.25 mills, to help pay for street paving projects next year. “ThatR...

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Local News | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Overnight fire fatal
JACKSON TWP — A 67-year-old man died Thursday night when his mobile home caught fire on Beahm Crest Lane. The fire started just after 7 p.m. The scene still was smoldering this morning. Butler County Deputy Coroner John Hanovick said the body of the man was found in the home. Hanovick said...

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Local News | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Family creates extravaganza
CRANBERRY TWP — One family has gone all out for Christmas, stringing up more than 30,000 lights that are synchronized to music that plays through your car stereo. And, it’s all for a good cause, as any donations the family receives are given to an organization that helps children with ...

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Local News | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Salvation Army distributes toys
Toys were distributed Wednesday to 298 families by the Salvation Army. Volunteers gathered gifts to give to parents for their children at the Salvation Army in Butler. ...

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Pennsylvania | December 19, 2014
Judge delays PSU sanctions trial
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania judge is delaying a trial on the legality of the NCAA’s consent decree that punished Penn State for its handling of complaints about Jerry Sandusky. Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Thursday said the case brought by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman an...

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Pennsylvania | December 19, 2014
Bill would ban gifts to officials
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers’ willingness to stop taking gifts from lobbyists, state contractors and other people who want to influence state government is about to be tested. Lancaster County Sen. Lloyd Smucker said Thursday that he will introduce a sweeping bill next month to b...

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National | December 19, 2014
U.S. ag market eyes Cuba trade
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island. Agricultur...

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National | December 19, 2014
Tax refunds could be delayed
WASHINGTON — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency fo...

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National | December 19, 2014
Obama calls governor’s show
BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “IR...

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International | December 19, 2014
IN BRIEF
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said today, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecu...

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Police Reports | December 19, 2014
POLICE REPORTS
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Tomorrow's Headlines | December 19, 2014
Web promos for Sunday
1. Butler School District administrators have released results of two school consolidation surveys this week, one public and the other private. 2. The Butler County Humane Society wants to get the word out to municipalities that stray dogs and cats are welcome at its Evans City Road s...

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Death Notices | December 19, 2014
Death Notices
Orrin Miles Bedell Jr., Butler Marion L. Lang Donaldson, Zelienople Cheryl V. Grove, Petrolia Robert Wyman Kimble, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., formerly of Pittsburgh Edward J. Locher, Penn Township Margaret ...

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Birthday Tributes | December 19, 2014
Gary J. Boice
In loving memory of Gary J. Boice whose birthday was December 19, 1955. Close in our hearts you will always stay, Loved and remembered everyday. Sadly missed and loved by, All Your Family ...

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Birthday Tributes | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Richard T. Johnson
In loving memory of our beloved Richard T. Johnson whose birthday is December 19. Birthday Wishes Here it is the month of December The leaves are gone, but the snow is here You’re not here but we remember No cake or candles just a tear We all miss you more this day Days have passed, b...

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Birthday Tributes | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Paul Desmond
In loving memory of our beloved Paul Desmond whose birthday is December 19. Today is the day the world was blest With a little boy I knew best As Dad! Although you are not here to celebrate I want to wish you a Happy 61st Birthday! I miss you deeply and still mourn Over the fact that you a...

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Professional Football | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Harrison hopeful of 1 more title shot
PITTSBURGH — James Harrison returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers for two main reasons, to shore up the team’s sagging linebacking corps and to win another Super Bowl. It took a month for Harrison to make an impact on the Steelers defense, but the team’s postseason fate could be det...

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Professional Football | December 19, 2014
Marks picks up $600,000 QB sack in Jaguars’ win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sen’Derrick Marks slipped by Andy Levitre, grabbed Charlie Whitehurst around the legs and dragged him to the ground. It was the most rewarding sack of Marks’ six-year career — literally. Forget that it came against his former team. Forget that it came o...

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Professional Hockey | December 19, 2014
Comeau scores winner in OT
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins and captain Sidney Crosby hope that a recent bout with the mumps is a thing of the past. Blake Comeau scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Penguins a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, regist...

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College Basketball | December 19, 2014
PSU volleyball in NCAA final
OKLAHOMA CITY — It would be difficult to find two schools with more differing pedigrees heading into a championship match than Penn State and Brigham Young. Penn State earned a chance to repeat with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 win over top-seeded Stanford on Thursday night. The Nittany Lions...

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College Football | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
SRU’s Martin an early All-American
SLIPPERY ROCK — Marcus Martin is finding himself alone among freshmen this postseason. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Slippery Rock University defensive end is the lone freshman to gain Daktronics All-America recognition, being named to the second team. He is also the only frosh among the 70 finali...

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Other College Sports | December 19, 2014
Luck wants to make a difference
INDIANAPOLIS — Oliver Luck is ready to embark on another rebuilding project. He hopes to rebuild trust and confidence in the NCAA. He’s pushing for clearer rules, a more efficient enforcement system and punishments that are easy to understand. And he wants to protect the “fundamen...

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High School Basketball | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Survival mode
JACKSON TWP — Winning in Section 3-AAAA sometimes means simply surviving against your opponent. That's what Seneca Valley did Thursday night. The Raiders watched a 16-point lead melt away as North Hills pulled even at 60-all with 2:26 left in the game. Sophomore guard Jack Cook drained a 3-p...

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High School Basketball | December 19, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Freeport's Beale grew into versatile scorer
BUFFALO TWP — Josh Beale stands on the wing, waiting for the basketball. The pass is crisp and Beale sets his feet, squares his shoulders and lifts his 6-foot-3 body into the air, releasing his shot at the highest point of his jump. The ball tumbles through the hoop. Nothing but net. Swish....

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High School Round Up | December 19, 2014
Butler girls fall in Arizona, 45-34
Alyssa DiPippa scored 19 points, but the Butler girls basketball team dropped the first game at the Nike Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., to Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.), 45-34, Thursday afternoon. DiPippa also had five rebounds for the Golden Tornado (3-3). Julia Baxter added seven points and 1...

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In Brief | December 19, 2014
IN BRIEF
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson, Ja...

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Trivia | December 19, 2014
TRIVIA
Who holds the NFL record for most passes caught in one game? ...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
ON THE AIR
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 3 p.m. ESPNU — NAIA, playoffs, championship, teams TBD, at Daytona Beach, Fla. 7 p.m. ESPNU — NCAA, Division III, playoffs, championship, teams TBD, at Salem, Va. 8 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA, FCS, playoffs, semifinal, teams and site TBD MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
BOWLING
Jolly Girls Standings: Brown Sox 22-10, Yellow Sox 21-11, Purple Sox 20-12, Blue Sox 17-15, Red Sox 14-18, Pink Sox 13-19, Green Sox 13-19, Orange Sox 8-24 High women’s series-Lisa Suchonic 541 High women’s game-Jane Casey 202 Auto Dealers Standings: Butler Tire 41-11, RCA’s...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
DEALS
BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Kris Medlen on a two-year contract. Designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment. OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Acquired LHP Eury De La Rosa from Arizona for cash considerations. Designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assi...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
BASEBALL
AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (6) — Alexi Casilla, inf; Nick Hundley, c; Kelly Johnson, 2b; Johan Santana, lhp; Joe Saunders, lhp; Delmon Young, of. BOSTON (4) — Burke Badenhop, rhp; Craig Breslow, lhp; Ryan Dempster, rhp; David Ross, c. CHICAGO (3) — Paul Konerko, 1b; Matt Lindstom...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
HOCKEY
All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 33 20 10 3 43 110 87 Detroit 32 17 7 8 42 92 80 Montreal 33 20 11 2 42 88 82 Toronto 32 19 10 3 41 110 91 Florida 30 14 8 8 36 68 76 Boston 32 16 13 3 35 81 83 Ottawa 31 13 12 6 32 82 86 Buffalo 32 13 17 2 28...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
FOOTBALL
All Times EST AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England 11 3 0 .786 442 280 Buffalo 8 6 0 .571 302 254 Miami 7 7 0 .500 327 301 N.Y. Jets 3 11 0 .214 230 360 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Indianapolis 10 4 0 .714 424 317 Houston 7 7 0 .500 324 277 Jacksonville 3 12 0 .200 232 38...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
BASKETBALL
All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 20 6 .769 — Brooklyn 10 14 .417 9 Boston 9 14 .391 9½ New York 5 23 .179 16 Philadelphia 2 22 .083 17 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Washington 18 6 .750 — Atlanta 18 7 .720 ½ Miami 12 14 .462 7 Orlando ...

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Scoreboard | December 19, 2014
EVENTS
Boys Basketball

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