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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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Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Ex-Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel will transfer from the University of Florida to Louisiana Tech, according to 247Sports.com.

The University of Florida granted Driskel's release from scholarship after head coach Will Muschamp was fired and replaced by Jim McElwain.

Driskel will be eligible to play next season with the Bulldogs as he has already graduated from the University of Florida.

In 2011, Driskel was the No. 1 quarterback recruit and signed with Florida. He took over as the starter in 2012 and led the team to an 11-2 season. The Gators lost the Sugar Bowl to the Teddy Bridgewater-led Louisville Cardinals 33-23.

Freshman Treon Harris took the starting job from Driskel this past season as the former No. 1 recruit struggled to complete 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

National Basketball Association(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are not off to the start everyone expected.

After acquiring LeBron James and Kevin Love this offseason to team with young point guard Kyrie Irving, Cleveland was looked at as the best team in the Eastern Conference. Still, the Cavaliers are currently 19-15.

The narrative is shifting to seek a scapegoat and first-year head coach David Blatt has become the target.

General Manager David Griffin is not happy, accusing some in the media of purposely driving a story of a divide within the team.

"This narrative of our coaching situation is truly ridiculous," Griffin told reporters on Sunday. "It's a non-story, it's a non-narrative. Coach Blatt is our coach, he's going to remain our coach. Do not write that as a vote of confidence. He never needed one. It was never a question. So don't write it that way."

What really seemed to irk Griffin was when members of the media ignored comments by James that were in support of the team.

"I heard the entire audio file of LeBron James' comments. No more than three different times he said, 'We are growing together every day. The team grows together every day and I am happy with who we have at the helm,'" Griffin stated. "But that wasn't a sexy pull quote, so we kept looking for something else, until we could pull something negative."

Griffin emphatically denied the idea of Blatt being removed as head coach, saying "No change is being made. Period."

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Doug Marrone “Stormed Out” over Watkins Trade

Doug Marrone “Stormed Out” over Watkins Trade

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was reportedly so upset about the Bills trading up for Sammy Watkins in last April's NFL draft that he stormed out of the team's war room.

Multiple accounts surfaced Sunday revealing more of the discord that went on behind the scenes in Orchard Park between Marrone and the Bills front office.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Marrone was unhappy about a trade that involved such high draft picks for a non-quarterback.

Marrone opted out of his contract with the Bills last week, after a contractual clause allowed him to leave in the event of a change of ownership.  The founder of the team, Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away in March and the team was sold to former Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula in October.

In a September practice, Marrone had a loud verbal altercation with Buffalo player personnel director Jim Monos in front of players and media. The two had to be separated by General Manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.

The Bills traded the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft -- as well as a 2015 first-round pick and 2015 fourth-round pick -- to the Cleveland Browns in order to select Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick.

 

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Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Tony Romo came through when it counted late in the fourth quarter and hit Terrance Williams with a eight-yard touchdown strike to rally the Cowboys back to a 24-20 win over the Lions in the wild card round on Sunday.

Romo finished the game with 293 yards and two touchdown passes to Williams, the first was a 76-yard bomb in the second quarter.

DeMarco Murray pulled Dallas within seven with a touchdown run in the third quarter, which set up the go-ahead pass to Williams with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Romo's winning drive came after officials reversed a pass interference penalty against the Cowboys, the Lions then punted the ball.

The Cowboys defense did the rest and sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who fumbled and Demarcus Lawrence recovered it to seal the deal for Detroit.

The Green Bay Packers will host Dallas next weekend.

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Colts Stifle Bengals, 26-10, Headed to Denver

Colts Stifle Bengals, 26-10, Headed to Denver

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are headed to Denver for a matchup with the Broncos after taking care of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, 26-10 in the wild card round.

Colts running back Daniel Herron got them started with a two-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the game and quarterback Andrew Luck tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief to give them a 19-10 lead with 7:48 left in the third quarter.

"I think you appreciate every win and you don't take it for granted," Luck said of the win.  "We're onto next week, the playoffs it's a different feel, you got to move on and you've got to keep that journey alive."

The Bengals have now dropped their last seven playoff games in a row and quarterback Andy Dalton joined the company of Y.A. Tittle to drop his first four playoff starts.

"I felt like we were ready to go," Dalton said.  "You know all the hard work that's been put in, you feel like you're prepared going into a game, again it falls by the waste side, it is tough from that standpoint."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is now 0-6 in the playoffs.

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Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 1/3/15

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 1/3/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Carolina Panthers 27 - Arizona Cardinals 16 (Panthers advance to the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs)

NCAAF: Florida 28 (7-5) - East Carolina 20 (8-5) (Florida wins the Birmingham Bowl)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 98 (11-24) - Orlando Magic 90 (13-24)

Houston Rockets 115 (23-10) - Miami Heat 79 (14-20)

Utah Jazz 101 (12-22) - Minnesota Timberwovles 87 (5-27)

Chicago Bulls 109 (23-10) - Boston Celtics 104 (11-19)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (21-14) - Washington Wizards 92 (22-11)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 3 (16-14-7) - Boston Bruins 2 (19-15-5) - Overtime

Nashville Predators 7 (25-9-3) - Los Angeles Kings 6 (19-12-9) - Overtime

New Jersey Devils 5 (14-20-7) - Philadelphia Flyers (14-18-7)

New York Rangers 6 (21-11-4) - Sabres 1 (14-23-4)

Winnipeg Jets 5 (20-12-7) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (21-16-3)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (26-11-2) - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (24-10-5)

Dallas Stars7 (18-14-5) - Minnesota Wild 1 (18-15-4)

Arizona Coyotes 6 (15-19-4) - Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (16-17-3)

College Basketball Top-25: (2) Duke 85 (13-0) - Boston College 62 (7-5)

(3) Virginia 89 (13-0) - Miami (FL) 80 (10-4) - Double Overtime

Seton Hall 66 (12-2) - (6) Villanova 61 (13-1)

South Carolina 64 (9-3) - (9) Iowa State 60 (10-2)

(11) Texas 70 (11-2) - Texas Tech 61 (10-4)

(12) Maryland 70 (14-1) - Minnesota 58 (11-4)

(14) Notre Dame 83 (14-1) - Georgia Tech 76 (9-4) - Double Overtime

Butler 73 (11-4) - (15) St. John's 69 (11-3)

(17) West Virginia 78 (13-1) - TCU 67 (13-1)

(18) Oklahoma 73 (10-3) - (22) Baylor 63 (11-2)

(19) North Carolina 74 (11-3) - Clemson 50 (8-5)

(20) Ohio State 77 (12-3) - Illinois 61 (10-5)

New Mexico 66 (10-4) - (24) Colorado State 53 (14-1)

(25) Georgetown 76 (9-4) - Creighton 61 (9-6)

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Panthers Run Over Cardinals

Panthers Run Over Cardinals

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will continue roolling along into the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

The Panthers (8-8-1) dominated the Cardinals 27-16 Saturday, holding Arizona to 77 total yards of offense.

Jonathan Stewart took advantage of a Cardinals defense that has lost its edge over the past few weeks to the tune of 123 yards on 24 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the first quarter. 

The Cardinals (11-6) limped into the playoffs after losing starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton to knee injuries. Ryan Lindley, who was forced into the starting role the past three weeks, committed two crucial interceptions.

The Cardinals defense could no longer carry the team as missed tackles proved to be Arizona's undoing. The Panthers kept the Cardinals off balance with power runs and quick passes to the backs and receivers in the seam on the way to racking up 386 yards of total offense. 

The Panthers will play at Seattle next weekend if Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday. Green Bay will host Carolina if the Lions win.

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