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Top 25 roundup: Undermanned Gators stun No. 6 Vols

Missing three of their top players, the Florida Gators shocked the sixth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers 75-49 in Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday evening.

NHL roundup: Sidney Crosby's OT goal lifts Pens over Caps

Sidney Crosby swept in a rebound 1:11 into overtime Tuesday for his third point as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to top the visiting Washington Capitals 5-4.

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Ex-South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski transferring to Northwestern

Ryan Hilinski, South Carolina's starting quarterback as a freshman in 2019, is transferring to Northwestern, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.

Atlanta Dream, co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, near sale

The Atlanta Dream, overshadowed by a rift between co-owner Kelly Loeffler and her players regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, are close to being sold with the outgoing U.S. senator reportedly not expected to remain associated with the franchise.

Report: Jays land George Springer on 6-year, $150M deal

The Toronto Blue Jays landed the biggest free-agent prize of the baseball offseason, agreeing to a six-year, $150 million deal with center fielder George Springer, according to multiple media reports Tuesday night.

Dallas Empire sign FeLo as substitute

Adding depth to the roster that produced a Call of Duty League championship last year, the Dallas Empire signed Tyler "FeLo" Johnson as a substitute on Tuesday.

"Bringing FeLo to the team was a natural move for us as we prepare to repeat our championship run from the League's first season," Empire coach Ray 'Rambo' Lussier said. "He's a world-class Search & Destroy player and helped us prepare for the Grand Finals last year, so we're expecting great things from him."

FeLo tweeted in response to the team's announcement regarding his arrival, "Blessed to be apart of such a great organization, going to help the boys in anyway I can this year. Thank you guys for all the love"

FeLo, a U.S. native, spent all of last year with Triumph. He had previous stints with compLexity, Splyce, eUnited and Evil Geniuses, among other teams.

The Empire's starting lineup is set with the returning quartet of Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro of the United States, Cuyler "Huke" Garland of Saudi Arabia, Indervir "iLLeY" Dhaliwal of Canada and Ian "C6" Porter of the United States.

The fifth member of the championship side, James "Clayster" Eubanks, was released days after the team captured the title. The move came with the news that the CDL will switch from a five-vs.-five format in 2020 to a four-vs.-four format in 2021.

Clayster wound up signing with the New York Subliners, who will oppose the Empire in the first match of the Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic on Jan. 23.

The CDL regular season starts Feb. 11 with the beginning of the Atlanta FaZe's home series.

--Field Level Media

Call of Duty League announces $5M prize pool

The second season of the Call of Duty League will feature a $5 million total prize pool, including a $1.2 million payout for the playoff champion.

The CDL announced its 2021 format and financial details Tuesday in a blog post.

The season will include five stages, each beginning with three weeks of group play. At the end of each stage, all 12 CDL teams, seeded based on their group-play results, will compete in a Major event featuring a double-elimination format.

The group makeup will be determined on one-by-one selections by the teams. For the Stage 1, the reigning champion Dallas Empire and 2020 runner-up Atlanta FaZe will top the two groups. Each will pick the first team assigned to the opposite group. Then each team selected will choose the next team for the opposite group.

For the second through fifth stages, results of the prior major will determine the top two teams heading into the following group stage.

The prize money and CDL points breakdown for the five majors:
1. $200,000, 75 CDL points
2. $120,000, 60 CDL points
3. $80,000 50 CDL Points
4. $40,000, 40 CDL Points
5/6. $20,000 per team, 30 CDL points per team
7/8. $10,000 per team, 20 CDL points per team
9/10. No money, 10 CDL points per team
11/12. No money, no CDL points

The playoff prize pool:
1. $1.2 million
2. $650,000
3. $300,000
4. $150,000
5/6. $75,000 per team
7/8. $25,000 per team

The CDL will hold a Kickoff Classic, a series of exhibition matchups, on Jan. 23-24. The second league season officially begins Feb. 11-14 with the Atlanta FaZe's home series.

--Field Level Media

Atlanta Dream, co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, near sale

The Atlanta Dream, overshadowed by a rift between co-owner Kelly Loeffler and her players regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, are close to being sold with the outgoing U.S. senator reportedly not expected to remain associated with the franchise.

"As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized," a WNBA spokesperson told several media outlets in separate emails. "Once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided."

ESPN reported that Loeffler, a Republican from Georgia, was not believed to be part of the future ownership group and that upwards of five potential buyers have shown a desire to purchase the team.

Loeffler became a household name outside of Georgia last summer when she publicly disagreed with the WNBA over its support of Black Lives Matter. She repeatedly criticized the social justice movement and openly expressed her dismay with the WNBA's display of "Black Lives Matter" on the court during last season's bubble in Florida.

The Dream players initially pushed for her to sell her 49 percent share of the franchise.

"This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them," Loeffler wrote in a statement issued last summer. "It's clear that the league is more concerned with playing politics than basketball."

At the height of the controversy, commissioner Cathy Engelbert opted to avoid taking any action against Loeffler, who has co-owned the Dream with Mary Brock since 2011.

"We're not going to force her to sell her ownership," Engelbert told CNN in July. "She is not a current governor (of a team), she is not involved in the day-to-day, and we are aware there are interested parties who want to purchase the team."

As the attention increased on the disagreement, players from the Dream and other teams banded together t

Evil Geniuses win DPC North America Upper Division opener

Evil Geniuses edged 4 Zoomers 2-1 on Tuesday in the opening match of the Dota Pro Circuit Season 1 North America Upper Division.

Eight teams are competing in the $205,000 round-robin event. The winner will receive $30,000, 500 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points and a berth in the DPC Major playoffs. The runner-up will get $28,000, 300 DPC points and a spot in the DPC Major group stage. The bottom two teams in the standings will be relegated to the North America lower division for Season 2.

Evil Geniuses opened with a 46-minute win on red, but 4 Zoomers pulled level with a 62-minute victory on red. Evil Geniuses claimed the decisive third map in 30 minutes on green.

Abed "Abed" Azel L. Yusop of the Philippines recorded an average 9.7-3.7-14.7 kill-death-assist ratio for Evil Geniuses. The United States' Samuel "Sammyboy" Anderson topped 4 Zoomers with a 10.0-4.7-7.0 K-D-A ratio.

Two matches are scheduled for Thursday:
--Undying vs. A-Team
--Black N Yellow vs. 5ManMidas

The opening week of action concludes Saturday with two matches:
--Evil Geniuses vs. SADBOYS
--Quincy Crew vs. 5ManMidas

Dota Pro Circuit Season 1 North America Upper Division standings, with win-loss record and map record
1. Evil Geniuses, 1-0, 2-1
T2. 5MadMidas, 0-0, 0-0
T2. A-Team, 0-0, 0-0
T2. Black N Yellow, 0-0, 0-0
T2. Quincy Crew, 0-0, 0-0
T2. SADBOYS, 0-0, 0-0
T2. Undying, 0-0, 0-0
8. 4 Zoomers, 0-1, 1-2

--Field Level Media

Triumph returns to CS:GO with trio of new players

Triumph Gaming announced its return to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with three additions to its roster on Tuesday.

"We're back," the organization tweeted.

Triumph experienced some success in lower-level events last year and finished second at IEM Beijing Online. However, the roster needed to be retooled following the departures of Michael "Grim" Wince (Team Liquid) and Paytyn "Junior" Johnson (FURIA Esports).

In-game leader Alan "Shakezullah" Hardeman returns along with Brendan "Bwills" Williams. They will be joined by newcomers Austin "Cooper-" Abadir, Danny "cxzi" Strzelczyk, and Wesley "viz" Harris.

The entire roster, aside from Brazilian coach Marcos "tacitus" Castilho, is from the United States.

Cooper- was most recently with Swole Patrol, which disbanded in September. He did compete with Mythic in DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 North America and the first ESEA Winter Cash Cup, per records.

cxzi recently played as a fill-in for Gen.G in ESL Pro League Season 12 while viz competed for Third Impact in ESEA MDL two seasons ago.

Noticeably missing was Erik "penny" Penny, who announced that he is a restricted free agent and planning a move to Valorant.

"For any inquiries, please contact me or Triumph directly," the Canadian tweeted. "Excited for the future."

Triumph are next expected to compete at the $30,000 DreamHack Open January North America beginning Jan. 27.

--Field Level Media

Subliners' ZooMaa cites injury in stepping back from CDL

New York Subliners SMG Tommy "ZooMaa" Paparratto announced Tuesday that he is taking a step back from competitive Call of Duty "for the forseeable future" due to injury.

In a TwitLonger post calling the decision the "hardest thing I've ever had to write," ZooMaa said he has suffered a recurrence of the thumb/wrist injury he previously needed surgery for while competing for FaZe Clan.

"Unfortunately, the injury has returned making it really hard for me to compete at the highest level against some of the best players in the world," he wrote. "Playing through the weakness and pain in my hand just isn't possible anymore.

"I don't enjoy competing when I can't be the ZooMaa everyone knows and loves and feel like it's not fair to myself or to my team to go through all that again, potentially causing more damage to my hand."

ZooMaa, 25, joined his hometown Subliners in 2019 after spending time with numerous top Call of Duty teams including Team Envy, FaZe and OpTic Gaming.

"It breaks my heart to step away from a game I put my heart and soul into every single day for eight years," he wrote. "Tearing up just writing this, but I don't know what else to do at this point. It's been an amazing run... I don't regret anything and I am grateful to have had a long playing career doing what I love to do at such a high level.

"I love CoD and esports in general so much and will continue to show my love and support to the scene. I'm not sure what the future holds and will explore all options as I love this game too much to walk away completely. I look at it as one door closing and another one opening."

--Field Level Media

Astralis, G2 Esports advance in BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020

Astralis and G2 Esports each recorded a 2-1 win on Tuesday in their respective upper-bracket quarterfinal matches in the BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020.

Astralis overcame a 16-14 setback on Inferno before dispatching Evil Geniuses with a 16-8 win on Overpass and a 16-6 victory on Vertigo.

Nicolai "device" Reedtz had 56 kills and fellow Denmark native Andreas "Xyp9x" Hojsleth notched a plus-16 kills-to-death differential to pace Astralis.

Astralis will square off against G2 Esports in the upper-bracket semifinals on Thursday.

Bulgaria's Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov joined American Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte with a team-best 47 kills and had a plus-2 kills-to-death differential for Evil Geniuses.

Evil Geniuses will attempt to rebound versus FURIA Esports in a lower-bracket match on Wednesday.

G2 Esports dispatched FURIA Esports after sandwiching a 16-12 win on Inferno and a 16-10 victory on Nuke around a 16-14 setback on Mirage.

Nikola "NiKo" Kovac of Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 70 kills and a plus-20 kills-to-death differential for G2.

Yuri "yuurih" Santos had 61 kills and fellow Brazilian Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato had a plus-9 kills-to-death differential for FURIA Esports.

The $1 million Counter-Strike: Global Offensive online event began Tuesday and consists of eight teams.

The tournament features a double-elimination bracket with all matches best-of-three, including the Sunday grand final. The winning team will pocket $600,000.

The tournament continues Wednesday with upper bracket quarterfinal matchups between Team Vitality and Complexity, and Natus Vincere vs. Team Liquid. In addition. EG and FURIA face off in a lower bracket elimination match.

--Field Level Media

New Falcons coach excited to work with QB Matt Ryan

Taking over as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Smith knows one person he can rely on for stability: quarterback Matt Ryan.

New Lions GM Brad Holmes to evaluate everything, including Matthew Stafford

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Saints' next QB? Taysom Hill leads odds on 21 names

Taysom Hill watched in street clothes as Drew Brees struggled in the New Orleans Saints' loss in the Divisional Playoffs on Sunday.

Report: WR Corey Coleman suspended six games

Free-agent wide receiver Corey Coleman has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy, the NFL Network announced Tuesday.

Saints keep D-line coach Ryan Nielsen from leaving for LSU

After New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen was offered the defensive coordinator position at LSU, the NFL team responded by elevating his position and giving him with a new three-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Avalanche acquire Greg Pateryn from Wild for Ian Cole

The Colorado Avalanche acquired Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in exchange for fellow defenseman Ian Cole.

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75

Hall of Fame pitcher and Los Angeles Dodgers great Don Sutton has died at the age of 75, his family announced Tuesday.

D.J. Trahan tests positive, withdraws from The American Express

D.J. Trahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from The American Express, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday.

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