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8:00 PM: For Saturday's home game against the Stockton Thunder, the Bakersfield Condors ECHL team will be wearing special The Hobbit/Lord of The Rings-themed jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game.

7:45 PM: An Indiana appeals court has upheld $1,750 in city fines given to a Bloomington resident who refuses to cut his lawn. Alexander Gul had argued that the city's ordinance prohibiting grass from being over 8 inches tall was unconstitutional and violated his freedom of expression & freedom of conscience.

7:30 PM: The Tennessee Titans had offensive tackle Taylor Lewan dress up as Santa Claus for children visiting the team's practice facility on Tuesday. No word on if this covers part of Lewan's 96 hours of community service.

7:15 PM: reports the Boston College & Georgia Tech football teams are scheduled to play at Dublin's Croke Park in 2016. Penn State & Central Florida played at Croke Park earlier this season.

7:00 PM: New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was fined $8,200 by the NFL for kicking St. Louis Rams safety Cody Davis in the face during Sunday's game.

6:45 PM: Cleveland Browns kicker Garrett Hartley played last Sunday two days after giving an eulogy for his unborn daughter. Hartley's girlfriend suffered complications seven months into her pregnancy.

6:30 PM: Pulaski (Wisconsin) High School soccer coach Eric Urben resigned on Monday. Urben suspended nine players from a state semifinal game in October after they were caught smoking cigars & setting a bonfire in a Milwaukee hotel parking lot the night before the game.

6:15 PM: A 42-year-old "cheer mom" for the Pottsgrove (PA) High School cheerleading team was arrested after being caught having sex with a 17-year-old soccer player in a car illegally parked in a town park.

6:00 PM: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks said he was "shocked and surprised" that he was only chosen as an alternate for the Pro Bowl: "I guess it's not going off performance anymore, it's going off names or your team. I didn't think that was what it should be about."

5:45 PM: 38-year-old Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said on Wednesday about next season: "I certainly plan on being back if the Broncos will have me."

5:30 PM: When asked on Wednesday if he saw Michigan's "happy birthday" tweet to him, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh replied: "I got a lot of birthday wishes."

5:15 PM: New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro was fined $10,000 by the NFL for a late hit on Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson during Sunday's game. Vaccaro was not flagged for the hit during the game & plans to appeal his fine.

5:00 PM: Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush set a new FBS bowl game record by throwing seven TDs in Wednesday's Bahamas Bowl against Western Kentucky. But the Chippewas lost 49-48 when an end-of-game two-point conversion try failed.

4:45 PM: New York Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said it was "puzzling" to him that he got fined $16,537 by the NFL for a roughing the passer penalty in Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, but players involved in an in-game brawl were fined less by the league.

4:30 PM: Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade said about facing his old teammate LeBron James on Christmas Day: "No question about it, LeBron's one of my closest friends. It's been that way 12 years and it'll be that way long after."

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