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Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- Once the Super Bowl has concluded, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to name Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Quinn, 44, has served as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks defense for the past two seasons after replacing Gus Bradley, who took the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Falcons have already named Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator, though it has been rumored that his hiring is contingent on Quinn being hired.

Raheem Morris, a former player of Quinn at Hofstra in 1990, will likely join the Falcons as defensive coordinator.  Morris was previously head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011.

Quinn has been in a bit of a tricky situation because of NFL rules. As a member of a coaching staff that is actively in the postseason, Quinn was only available to interview during the Seahawks bye weeks -- the wild card round and this week leading up to the Super Bowl.  No team was able to hire him until the Seahawks season concluded.

He will replace Mike Smith, who served as Falcons head coach for the past seven seasons. 

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Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- On way to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, a remarkable event occurred for the Miami Heat. Hassan Whiteside, a center who has worked on his craft in the Developmental League, recorded a triple double for the Heat in their 96-84 win.

By putting up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks, Whiteside recorded his first career triple-double. He also did this in 25 minutes of action; achieving the feat in the second shortest period of time in the shot clock era. 

"It's a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won't believe how things work out in life," said Whiteside. "Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn't get a team to pick up the phone."

A second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, many teams chose to steer themselves away from Whiteside because of questions about his attitude. After working on his craft overseas and in the D-League, Whiteside signed with the Heat in November.

“That’s what the team needs,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It gives us a very different dimension. It’s a credit to him for continuing to work hard and match it with his talent.”

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Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are inching closer to signing center Jermaine O'Neal.

The 36-year-old center, who is currently rehabilitating from numerous injuries and chronic ailments, is likely to join the Mavericks around the All-Star break, according to ESPN.

O'Neal, an 18 year veteran, last played in the 2013-2014 season with the Golden State Warriors. He has had multiple surgeries to repair both wrists and undergone plasma-rich therapy on both knees to alleviate tendinitis.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics on Dec. 18, the Mavericks are now seeking to add depth to their front line.

For his career, O'Neal has averaged 13.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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Team Irvin Wins Pro Bowl

Team Irvin Wins Pro Bowl

NFL Shield (NFL)(GLENDALE, Az.) -- The NFL's annual All-Star competition concluded with Team Irvin defeating Team Carter 32-28.

Under the leadership of Hall of Fame wide receivers, Michael Irvin and Cris Carter, the NFL's most popular players put on a show for the fans.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took home MVP honors for their respective side of the ball.

"I just tried to enjoy it," Watt said, who intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the game. "That's what the Pro Bowl is all about, giving the fans a good show. Everybody worked so hard to get here, you want to enjoy yourself and play some good ball. Guys are dancing around and having a good time, that's what it's all about."

Stafford, who tossed two touchdowns and threw for 316 yards in the game, said: "It was a blast. To able to play with the best in the world is a whole lot of fun, and everybody is such good people, too. I am out here having a good time."

This year, the Pro Bowl was held in the host city of the Super Bowl, Glendale, Arizona, taking a one year break from its usual destination of Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test and will now face a one-year suspension, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Gordon tested positive for alcohol, a source said, confirming a report by Pro Football Talk. 

Gordon was suspended at the end of the season for violating team rules after missing the first 10 games of the season, to go along with being arrested for driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina during the summer.

Prior to that arrest, he was suspended the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The wait is over.  Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game after his team beat St. John's 77-68 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The Blue Devils were down 61-51 with 8:36 left in the game and had a furious rally and Quinn Cook's three pointer gave them their first lead of the second half with 5:15 left in the game.  They'd go on to have a 26-7 run to end the game and give Coach K the milestone victory.

Tyus Jones finished with 22 points and six assists and Cook and Jahlil Okafor each added 17 in the win.

Sir'Dominic Pointer had 21 points in the loss for St. John's.

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Ohio State gets Past (23) Indiana, 82-70

Ohio State gets Past (23) Indiana, 82-70

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- D'Angelo Russell wasn't a heralded player heading into this season, but that's all changed as he continued his great play during the Buckeyes 82-70 win over 23rd ranked Indiana on Sunday.

Ohio State has now won three-straight games for the first time in nearly a month, improving to 16-5, and 5-3 in the Big-Ten.

Russell led the way for Ohio State as he scored 22 points, dished out 10 assists, pulled down six rebounds, and also had two steals. He had 13 of the Buckeyes' first 19 points

Forward Jae'Sean Tate also had a big game for the Buckeyes, scoring 20 points on 9-10 shooting.

Entering the game, Indiana averaged just 11.1 turnovers per game, the second-fewest in the Big-Ten. Ohio State forced 15 Hoosier turnovers, which turned into 26 points.

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Pistons’ Point Guard Brandon Jennings out 6-9 Month with Achilles Injury

Pistons’ Point Guard Brandon Jennings out 6-9 Month with Achilles Injury

NBA via Milwaukee Bucks(MILWAUKEE) -- The Detroit Pistons' biggest fears have come true as point guard Brandon Jennings will miss the next 6-9 months with an Achilles injury.

"6/9months." Jennings posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, confirming the injury.

Jennings fell to the floor during the team's game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night after he planted his left leg while he was guarding on inbounds pass. He had to be carried off the court by teammates.

"We gotta just keep pushin' WE (Pistons) worked to hard to get down about anything right now. We gotta stay focus on the main Goal. Playoffs!" Jennings tweeted after the game.

Since waiving forward Josh Smith, Jennings has played some of the best basketball of his career for the white-hot Pistons.

This past Wednesday, he dished out a career-high 21 assists and was coming into his own in his second season with the team.

In 41 games this season, Jennings averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.

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NFL Hands out Warning to Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch

NFL Hands out Warning to Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL is tired of Seattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch's celebrations after he celebrates touchdowns.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio is reporting that if Lynch makes an obscene after scoring or at any other time during Super Bowl XLIX, the team will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

If he does it after scoring a touchdown, the team will have to kickoff from the 20-yard line.

Lynch has been fined twice this season for grabbing his crotch, and was fined $20,000 by the NFL for making the gesture during the NFC Championship Game. He's also clashed with the league at times this season for his unwillingness to talk to the media.

ESPN also reports that that league will continue to consider fining Lynch "significantly more" than the $50,000 they have fined him in each of the past two seasons for not speaking to the media.

Lynch was fourth in the NFL in rushing this past season.

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Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama

Lane Kiffin To Remain At Alabama

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA,Al.) -- After revolutionizing the Crimson Tide passing attack in 2014, Lane Kiffin will return as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2015.

The University announced Saturday that Kiffin would return after leading the Crimson Tide to the 9th ranked offense in the country. Kiffin had been a top candidate for the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us," coach Nick Saban said via Twitter. "He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country. He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team."

Alabama's offensive skill players exploded under Kiffin's guidance. Wide receiver Amari Cooper was a Heisman Trophy finalist after catching 124 passes for 1,727 and 16 touchdowns. 

“After being here for a year, I can see why this is such a special place in terms of the history, tradition, and how much football means to everyone at Alabama," Kiffin said. "I also have learned so much in the time I’ve spent with Coach Saban and really have a better understanding of what makes him the great coach that he is. I think the more time I can spend learning from him, the better coach I will be in the future.”

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Marlins Sign Ichiro

Marlins Sign Ichiro

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(MIAMI, Fl.) -- Ichiro Suzuki will give it another go in Major League Baseball.

The Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro to a one-year deal.  The deal is for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ichiro, 41, has played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He needs 156 hits to reach the milestone of 3,000 for his career.

The Marlins outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Ichiro will likely be utilized in a platoon and defensive replacement role. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 58 (19-0)- South Carolina 43 (10-8) 

(6) Wisconsin 69 (18-2) - Michigan 64 (12-8)

Texas Tech 78 (14-4) - (9) Iowa State 73 (14-4)

(11)- Kansas 75 (16-3) - (17) Texas 62 (14-5)

(15) North Carolina 78 (16-4) - Florida State 74 (10-10) 

(18) West Virginia 95 (16-3) - TCU 85 (14-5)

(21) Baylor 69 (15-4) - (19) Oklahoma 58 (12-7)

(23) Dayton 63 (16-3) - Richmond 60 (10-9)

Purdue 67 (12-8) - (25) Iowa 63 (13-7)

Senior Bowl: North 34 - South 13

 

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Duke Center Marshall Plumlee to Enter U.S. Army

Duke Center Marshall Plumlee to Enter U.S. Army

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke Blue Devils center Marshall Plumlee will trade one uniform for another.

A member of Duke's ROTC program, Plumlee took part in a contracting ceremony on Friday, serving as his swearing-in to the U.S. Army.

As long as Plumlee completes his ROTC requirements by his graduation in 2016, he will become an official Army officer.

Marshall is the younger brother of Miles and Mason Plumlee, who both play in the NBA and are also former Blue Devils.

A 7-footer, Plumlee is exactly four inches taller than the maxiumum height allowed to become a member of the Army, but a special exception was made for him.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski as well as teammates Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson were in attendance for the ceremony.

Now a junior at Duke, Plumlee is averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for Duke.

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Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL

Sixers Lose Leading Scorer Tony Wroten to Torn ACL

Brian A. Wsterholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia 76ers will have an even harder time winning games this season as leading scorer Tony Wroten will miss the rest of the season with a partially torn ACL.

“During our game against the New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, Tony Wroten suffered an injury to his right knee," The team announced in a statement. "Over the past week, we have worked closely with Tony, our medical and sports performance teams, his representatives, and renowned specialists in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and provide him with the best possible care."

In his third NBA season, the 21-year-old Wroten was having the best season of his young career. In 30 games he averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while coming off the bench and starting for the team.

“I don’t think there is anybody else who can do what he did,” Brown said. “He was such a kamikaze, fearless competitor that this city fell in love with — they loved his energy.”

Wroten originally was selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.

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Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Klay Thompson Scores 37 Points In 3rd Quarter of Warriors Win over Kings

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- It was a night that Klay Thompson won't soon forget as he set an NBA record Friday night, scoring 37 points in the third quarter of the team's win over the Sacramento Kings.

Thompson broke the record shared by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin as made all 13 shots he took in the quarter, including nine from the 3-point line. He wound up finishing the game with 52 points.

"It was kind of a blur. I wish I could go back and enjoy it some more, but moments like that go by really fast," Thompson said.

During the quarter, Thompson's teammates kept feeding him the ball, even passing up their own open looks just to see if Thompson could keep his historic streak going.

"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."

With the win, the Warriors improved to 35-6, the best record in the NBA.

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Hall of Famer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks Dies at 83

Hall of Famer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks Dies at 83

Chicago Cubs/MLB(NEW YORK) -- Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks died on Friday night, just days before his 84th birthday, the Cubs confirmed. 

Banks was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 after 19 seasons playing in Wrigley Field.

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team. "He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known.

"Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie's life in the days ahead."

Banks made his debut for the Cubs in 1953, as the team's first black player, and hit 512 homers, had 1,636 RBI's, with 2,583 hits during his 19-year run with the club.

Banks ranks first in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009) and total bases (4,706); second in home runs (512), RBI (1,636) and hits (2,583); third in doubles (407); fifth in runs scored (1,305); seventh in triples (90); and eighth in walks (763). 

Banks was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Toronto Raptors 91 (28-15) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (8-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 (24-20) - Charlotte Hornets 90 (18-26)

Atlanta Hawks 103 (36-8) - Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (22-21)

New York Knicks 113 (8-36) - Orlando Magic 106 (15-31)

Miami Heat 89 (19-24) - Indiana Pacers 87 (15-30)

Chicago Bulls 102 (29-16) - Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 92 (22-21) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-35)

San Antonio Spurs 99 (28-17) - Los Angeles Lakers 85 (12-32)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (16) VCU 63 (16-3) - Saint Louis 61 (9-10)

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Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Kobe Bryant Expected to Miss Rest of the Season

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant's season is over after he suffered a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday night's loss to New Orleans, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports.

Bryant met with doctors in Los Angeles on Friday and team doctor Steven Lombardo found a significant tear in Bryant's right shoulder.

It's a tough blow for Bryant and the Lakers, who have struggled to see him on the court over the last two seasons.

Bryant was sidelined due to a torn Achilles injury and a knee injury that allowed him to play six games last year.

Bryant will take the weekend to decide whether he'll undergo surgery and has an appointment with team doctor Neal ElAttrache on Monday. 

Bryant was voted to his 17th consecutive All-Star game after averaging 22.3 points in 35 games this year.

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Andreas Seppi Ousts Roger Federer at Australian Open

Andreas Seppi Ousts Roger Federer at Australian Open

Comstock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- For the first time in over 12 years, Roger Federer will not be playing in the Australian Open semifinals after being upset by unseeded Andreas Seppi on Friday.

Federer didn't look like the dominant player we've grown accustomed to seeing as he fell 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5).

"The way he hits it you think, 'This can't possibly land in.' You kind of go and you're there and you're like, 'No, I'm going to let it go,'" the second-seeded Federer said. "As you're telling yourself that, you look behind you and you already know it's done."

The 43rd ranked Seppi advanced beyond the second round of the Australian Open just once in the previous nine years.

"I just tried to enjoy to play on the center court again, so I just tried to do my best," Seppi said. "It was one of my best matches, for sure, or else I couldn't win against Roger. It was fun to play in front of a full stadium."

This was Federer's earliest exit in Australia since 2001.

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NBA All-Stars Announced

NBA All-Stars Announced

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new era has arrived in the NBA as young stars are taking over the league. On Thursday night, the NBA released the All-Star Game starters.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry passed Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James as the overall leading vote-getter for the event.

"This means a lot; it's something that I don't take for granted," Curry said in a statement. "To have support of fans not only in the Bay Area but across the nation and across the world, supporting not only myself but our team, it means a lot."

Here are the Eastern Conference starters: Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lebron James, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Here are the Western Conference starters: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

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