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Marc Bergevin, general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, speaks with the media after a meeting of NHL general managers Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Montreal Canadiens have rewarded general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin for turning around the team and leading it to the playoffs the past three seasons. Bergevin, who had a year left on his contract, signed a multiyear extension through the end of the 2021-22 season, the team announced Wednesday before facing the Rangers in New York. The Canadiens have made the playoffs in three straight seasons under Bergevin's watch, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference final in 2013-14.

Posted: November 25, 2015, 11:25 pm

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks through a tackle-attempt by Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee (50) as Cowboys Byron Jones, left, comes over to help on the running play in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

If the Seattle Seahawks are going to make a late charge toward a fourth straight playoff berth, they'll do it without Marshawn Lynch. Seattle is hopeful that Lynch will return at some point and will keep the bruising running back on the active roster. ''The doctor projected that he could get back pretty quickly,'' coach Pete Carroll said.

Posted: November 25, 2015, 11:13 pm

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) plays during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Pittsburgh. Browns coach Mike Pettine says he benched Johnny Manziel because the quarterback violated the team's trust with his behavior during the bye week. Manziel was demoted from starter to third string on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, by Pettine, who was upset after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Browns believe sacking Johnny Manziel themselves will do him good. One day after taking Manziel's starting job from him for breaking his promise to stay out of the spotlight and behave during the bye week, Browns coach Mike Pettine explained his decision was necessary. Manziel was dumped as Cleveland's starter and dropped to third string by Pettine, who was angry after a video emerged of the second-year QB partying last week in Texas while the Browns were off.

Posted: November 25, 2015, 11:01 pm

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan instructs his team on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Coach Rex Ryan took the diplomatic approach. The Buffalo coach was told the NFL acknowledged the Bills should have had the chance to run at least one more play in their loss to New England on Monday night. ''Sometimes mistakes do happen,'' Ryan said Wednesday.

Posted: November 25, 2015, 10:19 pm

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2010, file photo, former New York Giants player Frank Gifford looks on during the Ring of Honor ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family says Gifford suffered from unspecified

The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. In a statement released through NBC News on Wednesday, the family said he had ''experienced firsthand'' symptoms associated with CTE but did not offer specifics. Gifford died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August at age 84.

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FanDuel, DraftKings fight threatened shutdown in New York

A DraftKings logo is displayed on a board inside of the DFS Players Conference in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel urged a New York judge on Wednesday to spare them from a potentially crippling shutdown in one of their top markets by ruling that their contests do not constitute illegal gambling. "Chance pervades fantasy sports," McGee said. The hearing in New York Supreme Court came after the state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, went to court last week seeking to halt DraftKings and FanDuel from offering the highly popular online games in New York, which has more daily fantasy sports players than any other state, according to Eilers Research.

St. Louis Rams player hospitalized after shooting in Florida

St. Louis Rams Stedman Bailey rushes with the football as Green Bay Packers Micah Hyde defends at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WisconsinBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was in critical but stable condition in a hospital on Wednesday after being shot in a car near his Miami-area hometown. Bailey was in surgery for his injuries, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department, which is investigating the Tuesday night shooting. Bailey was in a car with four other people, including two minors, at a private residence when another vehicle arrived and someone inside it opened fire, police said in a statement.

No dead end for Browns' Manziel, just a 'hurdle'

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers(Reuters) - Johnny Manziel's short-lived reign as starting quarterback for the Browns does not signal the end of his career in Cleveland but rather an obstacle for him to overcome, coach Mike Pettine said on Wednesday. Manziel, known by the moniker "Johnny Football" from his standout collegiate years at Texas A&M, was demoted by the National Football League club on Tuesday, one day after a partying video of him hit social media sites. The 22-year-old had been named the Browns' starter for the rest of the season after throwing for 372 yards in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 15, but has since been replaced by veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Family of Frank Gifford says late NFL star suffered from brain disease

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of Frank Gifford said on Wednesday the late NFL Hall of Famer suffered from the degenerative brain disease CTE and that his brain had been donated to help researchers explore the link between football and traumatic head injuries. Gifford, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection for the New York Giants, died of natural causes in August at the age of 84. Gifford's' survivors, including his wife, "Today" show host Kathie Lee Gifford, said in a statement released by NBC that pathologists confirmed their suspicions that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma. #EndofKobe: sun setting on NBA's Bryant

Stephen Curry (L) of the Golden State Warriors meets at center court with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the start of their NBA basketball game on November 24, 2015 in Oakland, CaliforniaWhile Stephen Curry looks forward to more record-breaking exploits on the horizon, the sun is setting rapidly on Kobe Bryant. As a study in contrasting fortunes, it doesn't get much starker than the chasm that separated Curry and the Golden State Warriors as they romped past Bryant and the hapless Lakers on Tuesday. Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, was his usual bewitching self in a 111-77 blowout, scoring 24 points as Golden State entered the record books to seal the longest unbeaten start to a season in history at 16-0.

Twickenham to host first NFL game in 2016

Twickenham Stadium, pictured on October 24, 2015, will host the NFL's St Louis Rams on October 23, 2016The home of English rugby Twickenham will host its first NFL game in October next year, it was announced on Wednesday. The St Louis Rams will face a team from the NFC East on October 23 with their opponents to be determined based on the final standings in that division. Earlier this month the NFL and Rugby Football Union unveiled a partnership which will see Twickenham host at least three regular-season games over the next three years.

Beating Lakers NBA record unlikely: Walton

Golden State Warriors fans hold up signs celebrating the Warriors attempt to go 16-0 to start the season on November 24, 2015 in Oakland, CaliforniaThe Golden State Warriors are not planning an assault on the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak record after etching their names into history with the longest unbeaten start to a season in NBA history. Including matches from the end of last year's regular season, the Warriors have now won 20 straight games -- a feat achieved by only three other teams. No. Eventually we will lose," Walton warned.

Man dies at Ohio State after taking annual lake plunge

The man, who has not been publicly identified, went into cardiac arrest after plunging into Mirror Lake on the Columbus campus just after midnight on Tuesday, the Ohio State University Emergency Management department said in a statement. The tradition, which the school does not sponsor, dates back to 1969. Jaguars back in London for fourth year running in 2016

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville JaguarsThe Jacksonville Jaguars will return to England for a fourth successive year when they take part in the first of three games being staged there next October, the NFL announced on Wednesday. Three weeks later on Oct.23 there is a ground-breaking fixture at the national rugby union stadium, Twickenham, which features the St Louis Rams against a team from the NFC East.

New European Tour season tees off in African bushveld

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Just a few days after Rory McIlroy won Dubai's DP World Tour Championship on Sunday and was crowned Europe’s top money earner for a third year in four, a new cycle begins in South Africa. The 2016 European Tour tees off six weeks before the turn of the year with the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club at Malelane, on the border of the Kruger National Park, reflecting the growing international nature of a tour that began in 1972 with almost all of its tournaments held in Britain and Ireland. The Leopard Creek course is one of the most unique in the world, bordering on the world-renowned game reserve and featuring water holes alive with crocodiles and hippos.

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