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12 January, 2018

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Austin Interviews to become Cowboys WRs Coach

[ PHOTO: NBC 5 DALLAS-FORT WORTH ]
The Dallas Cowboys could be bringing back a familiar face as Miles Austin interviewed for the vacant wide receivers coaching job. Derek Dooley was the Cowboys' wide receivers coach before accepting the offensive coordinator position at Missouri.
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LaMarcus Aldridge Asked Spurs For Trade

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Prior to the 2017 NBA Draft, there were rumors that the San Antonio Spurs were shopping LaMarcus Aldridge. Those reports seem to make more sense now that head coach Greg Popovich has admitted the power forward asked to be dealt.
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ESPN's Hasselbeck to Call Pro Bowl in Potential MNF Audition

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Matt Hasselbeck will replace Jon Gruden on ESPN's telecast of the Pro Bowl, the network announced Friday. Hasselbeck will join play-by-play broadcaster Sean McDonough as well as sideline reporter Lisa Salters for the game on Jan. 28.
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Yet Another NFL Playoff Team has Fired their Offensive Coordinator

[ PHOTO: THE BUFFALO NEWS ]
January has been unkind to NFL offensive coordinators and another met a lackluster fate on Friday morning. After the Carolina Panthers parted ways with Mike Shula and the Seattle Seahawks did the same with Darrell Bevell, the Buffalo Bills announced that OC Rick Dennison will be on the outs.
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NFL Investigating Whether Raiders Broke Rooney Rule

[ PHOTO: THE SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD ]
The NFL has launched an investigation into whether the Oakland Raiders violated the Rooney Rule during their hiring of Jon Gruden as head coach. The Fitz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in NFL front offices and coaching staffs, asked the NFL to investigate whether the Raiders reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing minority candidates.
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Reports: Panthers Reel in Turner as OC

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Norv Turner has agreed in principle to become the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator, multiple outlets reported. Turner interviewed with the team last week and will take over for Mike Shula, who was fired on Tuesday.
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Zach Johnson Seizes Share of PGA Sony Open in Hawaii Lead

[ PHOTO: THE DETROIT NEWS ]
Two-time major winner Zach Johnson rolled in a five-foot birdie putt at the 18th on Thursday to seize a share of the first-round lead at the US PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii. Johnson, the 2009 winner at Waialae in Honolulu, had seven birdies in his seven-under 63, joining early pace-setter Chris Kirk atop the leaderboard…
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Timberwolves Look to Stay Defensive vs. Knicks

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After winning their third straight game, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 11 games above .500 for the first time in a long time. Minnesota (27-16) enters Friday's game with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, and Timberwolves fans are taking note. Wednesday's win over Oklahoma City was a sellout, Minnesota's fifth in a row…
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Wizards Look to Avert Letdown vs. Magic

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards open the second half of the season dealing with the issue that plagued the Eastern Conference contending hopefuls over the opening 41 games: Losing to teams with losing records. The latest frustrating setback for the Wizards (23-18) came Wednesday with a 107-104 home loss to the Jazz. Utah played without two…
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Celtics Rally to Down Sixers in London

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The Boston Celtics climbed off the mat at London's O2 Arena on Thursday, rallying from a 22-point first-half deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103. Star guard Kyrie Irving scored 20 points with seven assists and six rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Marcus Morris had 19 with eight rebounds as the…
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Giants Reportedly Trim Coaching Search to Three

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The New York Giants narrowed their coaching search to Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia and Pat Shurmur, according to a report by the New York Post on Thursday. According to the newspaper, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks did get past the first round of interviews. The report also said former Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric…
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Peyton Manning Emerges as Clear Favorite to Replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football

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Former NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning is an even favorite to replace Jon Gruden as the color commentator for Monday Night Football during the 2018 regular season, according to Odds Shark. Per @OddsShark — Peyton Manning is the betting favorite to replace Jon Gruden in the booth next season on Monday Night…
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Le'Veon Bell Threatens to Sit out if Steelers Franchise Tag him

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It is always difficult to know whether players' threats are just negotiating ploys, but Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told ESPN.com that he is willing to sit out a season, and perhaps even retire, if the franchise tag is placed on him for the second year in a row. "I hope it doesn't come to…
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Final Four Legend Responsible for One of the Most Iconic Moments Passes Away at 51

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Ernie “Pop” Lewis, a former Providence Friars co-captain etched in history for the program’s 1987 Final Four run, has passed away at age 51. Lewis, who played for Rick Pitino while with the Friars, hit one of the most iconic shots in the program’s history. His three-point bucket to beat nationally ranked Georgetown in a Big…
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Divisional Playoff Round Game Scout: Saints at Vikings

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-5) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (13-3) GAME SNAPSHOT KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:40 p.m., U.S. Bank Stadium, TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter) SERIES HISTORY: 33rd all-time meeting, fourth playoff meeting. Vikings lead overall series, 21-11 and 12-3 in Minnesota, including a 29-19 victory in the season opener…
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Divisional Playoff Round Game Scout: Jaguars at Steelers

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (11-6) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-3) GAME SNAPSHOT KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Heinz Field, TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter). SERIES HISTORY: 25th all-time meeting. Jaguars lead series, 13-11, and beat the Steelers, 30-9, during the regular season. That was the Jaguars' first victory in the series since beating the…
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Divisional Playoff Round Game Scout: Titans at Patriots

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TENNESSEE TITANS (10-7) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-3) GAME SNAPSHOT KICKOFF: Saturday,8:15 p.m. ET, Gillette Stadium, TV: CBS, Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter). SERIES HISTORY: 42nd all-time meeting. Patriots lead series, 24-16-1, and the teams have split two playoff games. The Titans have never won at Gillette Stadium, with…
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An Old Danny Kanell Tweet has Come Back to Haunt him After the National Championship Game

[ PHOTO:https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/look-youll-never-guess-danny-kanell-supports-national-champions/ SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH ]
Danny Kanell already had one bad tweet come back to haunt him about the Cotton Bowl blowout of USC by Ohio State. He said that USC was superior at the skill positions on offense and the Buckeyes ended up crushing the Trojans 24-7 in that game. He also reacted pretty quickly to Alabama changing its quarterback…
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Divisional Playoff Round Game Scout: Falcons at Eagles

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ATLANTA FALCONS (11-6) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (13-3) GAME SNAPSHOT KICKOFF: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field, TV: NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) SERIES HISTORY: 35th all-time meeting. Eagles lead series, 18-14-2. They last met in Week 10 of the 2016 season at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won the game, 24-15.…
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Jags Have Tools To Upset Steelers

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It was three months ago when the Jacksonville Jaguars made the rest of the league truly take notice and treat them as a serious playoff contender, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in embarrassing fashion at Heinz Field. The AFC South champions return to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon, hoping to pull off yet another upset, this time in the…
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LaMelo Ball Makes History for American Basketball Players in his First Game as a Pro

[ PHOTO: THE DENVER POST ]
As LaMelo Ball made his professional debut in Lithuania earlier this week, he made history in the process. Ball, 16, became the youngest American basketball player to play a professional game when he took the court for Prienai Vytautas on Tuesday. History. Today, LaMelo Ball will become the youngest American basketball player to play a professional…
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Report: Kirk Cousins would ‘Seriously Consider’ Playing for the Browns

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The Washington Redskins did not operate at a level that many expected in 2017, finishing with a 7-9 record that left many with an empty feeling. One such person could be quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was paid handsomely by the team under the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, and the established starting quarterback seems…
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Miller: Patriots Gambled with Danger of Hanging on Too Long

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Reports of the New England Patriots' palace intrigue have faded into the background since everyone involved was so quick to deny them, but the Patriots will be front and center again in the playoffs this weekend, and all those denials notwithstanding, it doesn't take the Hubble Telescope to see that the NFL's first 21st-century dynasty is…
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Stephen A. Smith Takes a Strong Stance on ESPN’s Battle with Donald Trump

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ESPN has had a lot of coverage of President Donald Trump over the past year, some of which has been to the dismay of the viewers. Trump’s own war of words with the NFL has forced ESPN’s hand on the matter, but at least one prominent employee believes that some of his colleagues might be doing…
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17-year-old College Prospect Arrested on Capital Murder Charge

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Jessie Altman, a three-star college football prospect, has been arrested on a capital murder charge. The arrest happened on Wednesday, according to Donna Thornton of the Gadsden Times. Altman was one of three men arrested. According to the report, it is believed the three charged men are suspects in last week’s murder of 18-year-old Aaron “A.J.”…
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11 January, 2018

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Putin's Sochi Price Tag Cost Winter Games Dearly

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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics skewed the future of the Games because the estimated $50 billion budget bankrolled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has put off future bidders. The view is shared by Hugh Robertson, the then British sports minister responsible for delivering the 2012 London Summer Games and former International Olympic Committee (IOC) marketing director Michael Payne, speaking ahead of next month's Pyeongchang Games.
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