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Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has not practiced since re-injuring his left calf on Dec. 28 against the Detroit Lions, says he will be ready to play Sunday when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC divisional playoff game."I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said Wednesday. "It's just a matter of how."Rodgers missed the Packers' two practices last week during the bye as well as practice Wednesday. Despite that, there still is a chance Rodgers could practice Thursday."It just kind of depends on how it feels," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I met with Doc. I've seen him every day. Nothing really changed on the schedule. This was kind of the plan from the start. It's progressing, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."Rodgers has started all 16 games for the Packers (12-4) this season. During that time, he's completed 65.6% of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.

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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Confident Headed into Denver

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Confident Headed into Denver

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes his team has what it takes to win a Super Bowl this year.

The Colts are preparing for a showdown with the Broncos in Denver on Sunday and Irsay told reporters in a rare media appearance on Tuesday that this could be a special run to the Super Bowl.

"I definitely feel that," Irsay said. "The expectation is again that we haven't played our best game, and that we have to play it [Sunday at Denver]."

"I like the fact that we've already won a playoff game and we're on a roll," he continued. "[Former Colts coach] Tony Dungy always said that the first one's the hardest to get. Coming out of the [Cincinnati] game healthy with the confidence of a 16-point win, that goes a long way."

The Colts were in a similar position last season after beating the Chiefs 45-44 in the wild card round, but fell to the Patriots 43-22 in New England.

"Peyton [Manning] is still playing at such a high level," Irsay said of the Colts former quarterback. "I thought that he would. It was, again, great that he was able to go to a team and get surrounded with great players like they've surrounded him with."

Still, Irsay has faith that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will deliver on Sunday.

"To be in the playoffs three straight years, win 33 games over three years, to have already won two playoff games, that's something that you don't take for granted," Irsay said of Luck's run. "This is really exciting, obviously, to have this context, but again, both teams want to advance. Our goal is to win the game."

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UFC Champion Jon Jones Enters Rehab

UFC Champion Jon Jones Enters Rehab

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

Jones (21-1 MMA), who is considered the best fighter in UFC, announced Tuesday that he will enter a rehab facility. 

On December 4, Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, with a World Anti-Doping Agency approved lab in Salt Lake City.

This comes three days after Jones defeated Daniel Cormier to successfully defend his title for the eighth straight time.  The result from the January 3 fight will stand because the positive test came "out-of competition."

"I'm proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility," said UFC Owner Dana White in a statement. "I'm confident that he will emerge from this program like the champion he truly is."

 Jones, 27, was cited with a DUI in 2012 after crashing his car into a telephone pole in New York.

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Report: Rams Owner Will Move Team Without Permission

Report: Rams Owner Will Move Team Without Permission

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is buying land in Los Angeles and is intent on using it.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Kroenke will move the Rams from St. Louis with or without NFL approval.  To move, a team needs 24 (or three fourths of the other owners) votes of approval.

Kroenke recently purchased 60 acres of land next to the Forum in Los Angeles and joined the owners of Hollywood Park to build an 80,000 seat stadium.

ProFootballTalk also reports that Kroenke has informed the mayor of Inglewood that his team will be moving to the area. 

It is possible that Kroenke could enter into a legal dispute with the NFL if enough owners intend to block the move.

The Raiders, under the ownership of Al Davis, were the last team to sue the league in an effort to move, ironically to Los Angeles. Davis, filed an anti-trust lawsuit and in 1982 a district court ruled in the Raiders favor. They then moved to Los Angeles. 

 

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Dolphins Hire Mike Tannenbaum as Head of Football Operations

Dolphins Hire Mike Tannenbaum as Head of Football Operations

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(MIAMI, FL.) -- The Miami Dolphins have named Mike Tannenbaum the Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Tannenbaum, 45, spent six seasons with the New York Jets as their General Manager.  He initially joined the team in 1997 as Director of Player Contract Negotiations."

"Football's in my blood. I spent two years away from it, and I missed it dearly," Tannenbaum said via a conference call. "I missed the competition. I missed getting in a foxhole with a bunch of people that are committed to a cause. At the end of the day, I was very comfortable with that's who I am."

Tannenbaum was hired as a consultant last year by team owner Stephen Ross.  Simultaneously, Tannenbaum worked for Priority Sports as an agent for professional coaches, such as Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn. Upon being hired for his new role, Tannenbaum will no longer represent coaches.

Last season the Dolphins hired Dennis Hickey, a long time personnel expert, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their General Manager.  Hickey was brought in to replace Jeff Ireland. 

In an interesting power structure, Hickey will report to Tannenbaum, however Coach Joe Philbin will report directly to Ross.

Tannenbaum said that Hickey will maintain final say over the team's draft but managing the team will be "a collaborative effort." 

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Yankees Re-Sign Stephen Drew

Yankees Re-Sign Stephen Drew

NY Yankees/MLB(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees are bringing Stephen Drew back in a one-year deal.

Drew will earn $5 million this season, according to David Lennon of Newsday, and can earn $1.5 million in incentives, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal -- making the potential total value of the deal $6.5 million.

Last season, Drew sat out the first month and a half, hoping to earn a multi-year contract. He signed with the Red Sox in May for $10.2 million and was traded to the Yankees at the July deadline.

Viewed more for his defense (.986% fielding in 2014), Drew batted .162 with a .237 OBP in 89 games last season. 

A natural shortstop, Drew will return to second base after the Yankees acquired Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks last month. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/6/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/6/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 102 (21-16) – Milwaukee Bucks 96 (18-18)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 89 (14-0) – Mississippi 86 (9-5) OT

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (15-20-7; 37pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-24-3; 31pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 2 (15-18-7; 37pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (16-15-8; 40pts) SO

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (26-12-4; 56pts) – Montreal Canadiens 2 (26-12-2; 54pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (26-9-4; 56pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 2 (12-24-4; 28pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (22-14-5; 49pts) – Minnesota Wild 3 (18-15-5; 41pts) 

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Detroit Tigers Sign Free Agent LHP Tom Gorzelanny

Detroit Tigers Sign Free Agent LHP Tom Gorzelanny

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 23 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers last season, the 32-year-old Gorzelanny had an ERA of 0.86 and struck out 23 batters in 21 innings of work. He missed the beginning of the year, recovering from offseason surgery on his left-shoulder.

"We are pleased to add a veteran pitcher like Tom to our ballclub," said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski in a statement. "Tom is an established reliever who can help solidify the bullpen on the left side and will be a nice addition to our roster."

Gorzelanny was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2003 MLB draft. In 10 big league seasons with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Brewers, he has posted a record of 47-51 along with a 4.27 ERA.

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Maple Leafs Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle

Maple Leafs Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After less than four seasons on the job, the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Randy Carlyle.

"I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication," Leafs general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "It's never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary."

Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will take over the coaching duties for the team's game Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals, according to team officials.

Caryle entered the season on thin ice after management fired his assistants but decided to keep him on board to see if he could help turn the team around.

Heading into Wednesday night, the Maple Leafs sit at 21-16-3, which is good for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Caryle took over during the 2011-2012 season and went 91-78-19 during his time with the organization.

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Nuggets’ Brian Shaw Experimenting with Getting Rid of Early Shootarounds

Nuggets’ Brian Shaw Experimenting with Getting Rid of Early Shootarounds

Rick Havner for TSN(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to shake things up, Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw is looking outside the box and will experiment with getting rid of morning shootarounds.

Shaw feels that this will help energize his team and help their focus during games.

“It’s just something that I’m experimenting with now to try to get us to a point where we can come out and be a little bit more sharp,” Shaw told the Denver Post. “Our attention span isn’t always the greatest.

“When we do stuff in the morning, sometimes it’s in one ear and out by the time we come back that night. So the closer we can do everything going into the game, hopefully it will be better for us.”

So far so good for Shaw's experiment as the Nuggets won on Monday night, beating the Minnesota Timberwovles 110-101.

The Nuggets still sit at 15-20, 4.5 games behind the Phoenix Suns who hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Nowitzki Moves to 7th on Scoring List in Mavericks Win

Nowitzki Moves to 7th on Scoring List in Mavericks Win

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS, Tx.) -- With a three-point shot, Dirk Nowitski put away the Brooklyn Nets and passed Moses Malone for seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Nowitski drained the three with 34.8 seconds left in overtime of Monday Night's 96-88 win over the Nets.

"Yeah, it's been insane, crazy ride in Year No. 17, and Moses was obviously an unbelievable player," Nowitzki said. "So it has been a humbling experience to pass all these all-time greats. It's a tribute to obviously the hard work, but all the great coaches and teammates that have gotten me to this point, and obviously staying healthy is a big part. I am proud of it but I am more proud that we got the win."

Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth in November and now trails -- in order -- Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O'Neal. 

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Former Giants Coach Sherman Passes Away at 91

Former Giants Coach Sherman Passes Away at 91

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Allie Sherman, one of the most successful coaches in New York Giants franchise history, has passed away at 91 years of age.

Sherman, who led New York to three championship games, died Saturday in his home in Manhattan.

Before becoming a head coach, Sherman played four seasons;  in 1943 with the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles, a two-team merger as a result of World War II, then the remaining three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a two-way player, at both quarterback and defensive back.

Upon taking the advice of Hall of Fame coach Earl Neale, Sherman entered into coaching, getting his start with New Jersey's Paterson Panthers. The next season he joined the Giants as a defensive backs coach and then spent several seasons as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.  

Sherman would gain the top job for the Giants in 1961 and led the team to the title game three straight years, losing to the Green Bay Packers in '61 and '62, then to the Bears in 1963. 

After his coaching career, Sherman worked alongside Chris Berman at ESPN as an analyst in 1987.

Sherman was born in Brooklyn in 1923.

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Cavs, Knicks, Thunder Complete Three Team Trade

Cavs, Knicks, Thunder Complete Three Team Trade

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Thunder have completed a three-team trade headlined by Dion Waiters, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith.

In the deal completed late Monday night, the Cavaliers will obtain Smith and Shumpert from the Knicks, who in turn will receive three players with non-guaranteed contracts -- Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavaliers and Lance Thomas from the Thunder. Oklahoma City will receive Dion Waiters from Cleveland.

Before the deal was completed, Cleveland officials spoke with LeBron James about his willingness to play alongside Smith, according to ESPN.

The Cavaliers are also receiving a 2015 protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City. 

The Knicks are receiving the Cavaliers' 2019 second round pick, though the motivation for the move was more about financial flexibility: By trading Smith, the Knicks no longer face his $6.4 million option next season, and may have more than $30 million in cap space for free agency.

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Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida State

Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida StateStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- Jameis Winston appears to be leaning towards playing another season of Seminoles football. Winston seems intent on leading Florida State to another National Championship after a beat down at the hands of...

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/5/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Philadelphia 76ers 95 (5-28) – Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (19-16)

Charlotte Hornets 104 (12-24) – Boston Celtics 95 (11-21)

Dallas Mavericks 96 (26-10) – Brooklyn Nets 88 (16-18) OT

Chicago Bulls 114 (25-10) – Houston Rockets 105 (23-11)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (25-9) – New York Knicks 83 (5-32)

Denver Nuggets 110 (15-20) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (5-28)

Washington Wizards 92 (23-11) – New Orleans Pelicans 85 (17-17)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (13) Notre Dame 71 (15-1) – (18) North Carolina 70 (11-4)

(14) West Virginia 78 (14-1) – Texas Tech 67 (10-5)

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Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago White Sox and veteran utilityman Emilio Bonifacio agreed to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $4 million, according to ESPN.

Bonifacio will earn $3 million guaranteed this season. The deal includes a club option for the 2016 season worth $4 million and a buyout at $1 million.

In 110 games with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs last season, Bonifacio batted .259 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He also had 26 stolen bases and scored 47 runs.

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Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Philadelphia Phillies reliever/closer Ryan Madson hasn't given up on pitching in the Major Leagues as he's agreed on a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training camp.

The 34-year-old Madson hasn't thrown a pitch in a Major League game since 2011 when he went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA to go along with a career-high 32 saves.

That offseason, Madson hit the free agent market as he signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds worth $8.5 million. He wound up never pitching for the Reds as he underwent Tommy John Surgery in spring training.

He tried to make a comeback in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels, but nothing materialized. He wound up sitting out the entire 2014 season in an attempt to get healthy.

Mike Arbuckle, who is now a senior advisor for the Royals, was the Phillies' scouting director in 1998 when the Phillies drafted Madson.

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Bengals’ Head Coach Marvin Lewis Hopes to Return Next Season

Bengals’ Head Coach Marvin Lewis Hopes to Return Next Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Marvin Lewis is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise, but his future is in doubt after another playoff loss.

"Tomorrow's not promised for anyone," Lewis said. "That's part of life in the NFL and the finality of losing when you lose in the playoffs."

Lewis took over the team in 2003 when the franchise was among the worst in the NFL. Lewis made them among the best teams in the AFC.

Despite his success, including four-straight postseason appearances (a team record), Lewis is 0-6 in the playoffs.

On Sunday, Lewis joined Jim Mora, Steve Owen and Marty Schottenheimer as the only coaches with at least six consecutive postseason losses.

"The only way to do it is to at some point -- whoever it is, whatever it will be -- to go back to work, put their heads down and kick the door down," Lewis said about winning in the playoffs. "That's all you can do. There's no other words about it."

In 12 seasons, Lewis is 100-90-2 as the team's head coach. In the previous 12 seasons, the Bengals went 55-137.

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Rips AAU Player Development, Praises European System

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Rips AAU Player Development, Praises European System

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Known as one of the most fundamental players in the NBA today, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had some very critical words regarding AAU basketball and how young basketball players are being developed.

Bryant sees the players coming over from Europe as more skilled basketball players while the players coming up from AAU leagues struggle with some fundamental elements of basketball.

“I just think European players are just way more skillful,” Bryant said, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN. “They are just taught the game the right way at an early age. …They’re more skillful. It’s something we really have to fix. We really have to address that. We have to teach our kids to play the right way."

“AAU basketball -- horrible, terrible AAU basketball -- it's stupid," Bryant continued. "It doesn’t teach our kids how to play the game at all so you wind up having players that are big and they bring it up and they do all this fancy crap and they don’t know how to post. They don’t know the fundamentals of the game. It's stupid.”

Bryant is in his 19th NBA season.

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Report: Rams Owner Seeking to Build Stadium in Los Angeles

Report: Rams Owner Seeking to Build Stadium in Los Angeles

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The St. Louis Rams may soon be returning to the City of Angels.

Stan Kroenke, who last year purchased 60 acres next to the Forum and Hollywood Park, recently joined the owners of Hollywood Park to build an NFL stadium, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kronke also is "negotiating to purchase" the 300-acre defunct horse racing track that resides on Hollywood Park.

The current owners of the land, Stockbridge Capital Group, already plan to build a mixed-use community that now includes an 80,000-seat stadium.

The lease on the Edward Jones Dome, where the Rams currently play in St. Louis, expires at the end of this season.  The team is reportedly negotiating a year-to-year lease with the city.

The Rams previously resided in L.A. from 1946 through 1994.

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