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Knicks welcome Lin back to New York on Monday

by SI.com

Jeremy Lin will make his first appearance against his former team when his Houston Rockets face the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden.

NHL Lockout: Lack of New CBA Results in More December Game Cancellations

By Nicholas Goss, Bleacher Report

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association are still struggling to reach a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Although the window is closing, there is still time for the two sides to make a deal that would save this year's season.

BCS title showdown between Notre Dame, Alabama tops bowl rankings

By Stewart Mandel, SI.com

With college football's bowl season fast approaching, SI.com's Stewart Mandel breaks down each matchup and ranks all 35 games.

BCS National Championship game a boon for ticket brokers

By Linda Robertson, the Miami Herald

The undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for College Football's National Championship on January 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

NASCAR makes a push for greater fan engagement

By Kristina LaFountain

NASCAR has announced several changes for the 2013 season in regards to the Sprint Cup Series. Perhaps the biggest change will come with the official debut of the new "Gen 6" racecar, which after implementation, could lead to even more rule changes throughout the course of the season.

After two years of development, and some testing last season, the "Gen 6" (short for Generation 6) car will be unveiled at Daytona in February. The 2013 model was designed with manufacturer identity in mind – meaning the racecars will more closely resemble streetcars. As a way of increasing driver identity, drivers' last names will be placed on the front windshields.

2013 NFL Pro Bowl set for January 27

By J. Alan Hayes

After recent threats of cancelling professional football's all-star game, NFL executives and Commissioner Roger Goodell have decided to keep the game in its yearly schedule. The NFL Pro Bowl is an exhibition game between stars within the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. Selection to participate in the annual event is an honor for players, and primarily signifies recognition of superior on-field performance.

NHL cancels more games including 2013 All-Star Game

By Robert Held

The NHL has lost nearly 35 percent of its regular season after it cancelled all games through December 14, including the All-Star game, the league announced Friday.

The 2013 All-Star Game was scheduled to be held in Columbus, Ohio on January 27. This would have marked the first time that the Blue Jackets organization hosted the event. With 422 games already lost in the 2012-2013 NHL season even if an agreement was reached in the near future the All-Star Game would likely remain cancelled. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly stated that the NHL will "work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible," as reported by The Huffington Post.

Barclays Center hosts fifth annual Legends Classic

By Robert Held

The Legends Classic featuring Georgetown, UCLA, Georgia, and the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers takes place today and tomorrow at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Games begin at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Each team warmed up for the championship round with two regional games. Indiana took on North Dakota State first with an 87-61 win, and then cruised to a 99-45 win over Sam Houston State in their second game. While Georgia found itself in a fight with Youngstown State losing 68-56 followed by another battle against Southern Miss, a game that ended with a 62-60 overtime loss for the Bulldogs. UCLA took on UC Irvine in a game that headed to overtime and resulted in an 80-79 win for the Bruins. In the second game of the week James Madison proved to be no match for Norman Powell and No. 13 UCLA, losing 70-100.

Marlins and Blue Jays make 12-player swap

By J. Alan Hayes

On Tuesday, November 13, an anonymous source involved with the two MLB teams announced a huge trade between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays that will include 12 players. The announcement comes less than a year after the Marlins moved to a new, publicly funded ballpark, an occasion that the team complemented with a $191 million splurge on high-profile talent.

For their spending binge in early 2012, the Marlins acquired All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle, and closer Heath Bell. Since the move and rebranding, the Marlins’ onfield results have not lived up to expectations. Despite high hopes, they finished last in the National League’s East division. The Marlins had a projected attendance of almost 3 million for this past season, but only drew in just over 2.2 million fans. Team officials have partly blamed the poor attendance on ex-manager Ozzie Gullen’s inflammatory comments regarding Fidel Castro. Revenue also fell short of projections, and to compensate, owners began paring down the salary in July. At that time the Marlins parted with several players, including Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez; high-profile closer Heath Bell was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in October.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Miami-Homestead for season finale

By Kristina LaFountain

The Chase will come to an end on Sunday, November 18 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Brad Keselowski enters the finale in the driver's seat with a 20-point lead over five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. In order to clinch his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, Keselowski must finish 15th or better. He can finish 16th so long as he leads one lap, or finish 17th and lead the most laps and still secure the title, regardless of Johnson's performance.

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