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Athlete of the Week: Chris Favoroso

By Matt Lincoln/CBS12

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Chris Favoroso is a two-time wrestling champion, the first one in the history of one of the best high school programs in South Florida.  So he's a no-brainer choice for the CBS12 Athlete of the Week.

Favoroso moved to Florida from New Jersey in the 8th grade. It was not by chance he wound up at Jensen Beach.

"We picked here for wrestling," says Favoroso.  "No one works harder than us."

Coach Tom McMath has had 5 state champions at Jensen, but no one quite like Chris.

"You can't teach fight," says McMath. "From the start, I knew he had that in him."

Chris's promise for greatness has turned into results. He won a state championship as a Sophomore in the 170 weight class and repeated as a state champion last week at 195. 

Also a star football player, Favoroso has his eyes set on a big senior year - and the rare wrestling feat of a three-peat. Athlete of the Week: Chris Favoroso

Thursday, February 20 2014, 11:53 PM EST

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For the Ravens, backup quarterback Matt Schaub is making his first start of the season as the replacement for injured Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh). For the Browns, Josh McCown returns to the starting quarterback role after the demotion of Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') for lying to the team about some recent partying. In that overtime win back in October, McCown passed for a franchise-record 457 yards.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The banged up Indianapolis Colts have lost running back Ahmad Bradshaw for the rest of this season after injuring his wrist in Sunday's 25-12 victory over Tampa Bay. To help fill the void the 6-5 Colts have re-signed running back Zurlon Tipton, who was cut last week when the Colts claimed another running back, Daniel Herron, off waivers.

This marks the third straight season that Bradshaw has finished a season on injured reserve.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins have dismissed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The move by interim coach Dan Campbell came a day after the Dolphins lost to the Jets 38-20. The Dolphins were shut out in the first half and have scored less than 21 points in each of their past five games. Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor has been named the team's primary play-caller.

The Dolphins rank 27th in the NFL in offensive points at 18.5 points per game. They're next to last in third-down conversion at 28 percent.


DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's Tigers and free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann have finalized a five-year contract. The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for Washington, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.

Detroit will forfeit its second-round pick in June's amateur draft and Washington will gain a compensation selection, No. 38 overall.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) has reportedly turned down a $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. A person with knowledge of the situation says Cueto, who pitched for the Royals after a mid-season trade with Cincinnati, rejected a six-year offer.

The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After winning five of seven games as head coach of the Southern California Trojans, Clay Helton has been named permanent head coach. He was the school's offensive coordinator before replacing the fired Steve Sarkisian five games into the season. Since then, the Trojans have gone 5-2, including a win over cross-town rival UCLA last Saturday. The victory clinched the Pac-12 South and a spot in the conference championship game.


UNDATED (AP) -- Another Associated Press men's Top-25 basketball poll is out and once again the top team remains Kentucky. The Wildcats are off to a 6-0 start and they got 59 of the first place votes. Second-ranked Maryland, which is also unbeaten after six games, received four first place nods while third-ranked Michigan State, which is 7-0, got the remaining two.

Rounding out the top-five this week are Kansas and Iowa State. The second five consists of Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova, North Carolina and Virginia.


UNDATED (AP) -- Unbeaten Kentucky is home this evening for a game with Illinois State. The Wildcats are 6-0 on the season while the Redbirds are 3-4. One of their losses was to second-ranked Maryland, which after trailing with six minutes to go in the game, pulled out a 77-66 win.

The rest of the Top-25 men's hoops schedule has No. 15 Oregon home to Fresno State.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Connecticut women's basketball team remains the No. 1 team in The Associated Press poll. The 3-0 Huskies, who received all 32 votes from the national media panel, have three games this week including a stop with third-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday. South Carolina stayed second with Baylor fourth and Maryland fifth.


UNDATED (AP) -- Are the Golden State Warriors truly an unbeatable team? They have played 18 games this season and so far stand untouched with wins in all 18 games. Tonight they are going for No. 19 on the season with a road game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. The Warriors are not only winning, they are dominating their games with an average winning margin of 16 points a game. Tonight's game is the first of seven straight on the road in a trip that will cover over 73-hundred miles.

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Kevin Durant continues to have a Kevin Durant kind of season. Through 11 games he is averaging 28.4 points a game and is shooting 47.1 percent from three point land and 52.4 percent overall. This evening, the Thunder are facing the Hawks in Atlanta.

The rest of the card tonight has Boston playing at Miami, the Pistons home to the Rockets, Denver at Milwaukee, the Kings entertaining the Mavericks and the Clippers home to the Blazers.

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