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-Andrew McCutchen (above) was honored as the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year. Additionally, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was given the Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award, Penn State soccer player Taylor Schramm the Sportswoman of the Year and executive director of stadium management at Heinz Field Jimmie Sacco, the Freddie Fu Sports Leadership Award.
-How did a library in California end up with a bible autographed by the 1953 Pirates roster?
-The Rays re-signed designated hitter Luke Scott to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million.
-Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrestested on charges of driving under the influence.
-The Penguins trade Ben Lovejoy to the Ducks in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and recalled defenseman Dylan Reese from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-“We’ve liked Ben for a number of years and are happy to have him. With the schedule in the West this season, we think we may need 10 or 11 defensemen when it’s all said and done.” - Ducks general manager Bob Murray on Lovejoy.
-"To play hockey for a living is the best thing in the world." - Simon Despres.
-Robert Bortuzzo joined Ian Moran, Greg Andrusak, Billy Tibbetts, Tomas Surovy and Evgeni Malkin in some 'exclusive' company.
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Beau Bennett resumed practicing after missing five games due to a "lower-body" injury.
-Pitt signs 23 players to letters of intent including Clairton wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
-Penn State gets 17 players despite sanctions.
-West Virginia lands 18 players.
-Derrick Colter scored 18 points for Duquesne in a 79-57 loss to George Washington.
-Lucky Jones scored 20 points for Robert Morris which beat Saint Francis, 60-48.
-Garlon Green had 20 points for TCU in a 62-55 upset of No. 5 Kansas.
-Mark Lyons scored 25 points for No. 7 Arizona in a 73-66 win against Stanford.
-Wayne Blackshear had 19 points for No. 11 Louisville which pounded Rutgers, 68-48.
-Gary Harris scored 15 points for No. 12 Michigan State in a 61-50 win against No. 18 Minnesota.
Tony Snell, Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk scored 14 points apiece for No. 15 New Mexico which defeated Air Force, 81-58.
-Indiana State got 22 points from Jake Odum in a 76-57 upset of No. 16 Creighton.
-Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and led Providence to a 57-54 upset of No. 17 Cincinnati.
-Markel Brown had 13 points for No. 22 Oklahoma State in a 69-67 overtime win against Baylor.
-Rotnei Clarke had 17 points for Butler in a 77-58 defeat of Saint Bonaventure.
-Vander Blue and Todd Mayo each scored 13 points for No. 24 Marquette which beat South Florida , 70-47.
(Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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