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Dec132011

Cowboys Owner Jones Supports Head Coach Garrett

NFL Shield (NFL)(IRVING, Texas) -- Is head coach Jason Garrett on the hot seat in Big 'D'?

The Dallas Cowboys (7-6) enter their Week 15 contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) Saturday night on a two-game losing streak. They had a chance to take a two-game lead in the NFC East on Sunday, but blew a 12-point lead late in the fourth quarter against their division rivals, the New York Giants.  

Despite their up-and-down performance this season, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones tells ESPN that Garrett will be roaming the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

“I do intend, if there are mistakes made, that I want to be around for the rewards when they’re corrected and he’s the guy that can correct them,” Jones said.

The Cowboys still control their own destiny in the NFC East. If they win their final three games, including the season finale against the Giants, they will clinch the division title.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

NFL Week 15 Preview: Jaguars (4-9) @ Falcons (8-5)

Falcons Jaguars (NFL)(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons (8-5) will continue their drive towards the playoffs Thursday night, when they welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) to the Georgia Dome in Week 15 of NFL action.

With three games left in the season, the Birds are clinging to an NFC wild card berth, a game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.

Atlanta comes into the contest ranked 13th overall in total offense while the Jaguars are ranked fourth overall in total defense.

“They’re good, they’re real good up front,” Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said of Jacksonville’s defense. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. Going into this game, we don’t want to start it like we did last week, because that could be disastrous.”

Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Phillies, Willis Agree to Deal

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies and left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis have agreed to a one-year deal.  Willis pitched for the Cincinnati Reds last season and has also played for the Marlins, Tigers, and Diamondbacks.

Willis was named the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and finished second in NL Cy Young voting in 2005.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

MLB Players Association Issues Statement on Braun

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner has issued a statement regarding Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, the reigning NL MVP who is facing a 50-game ban for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

"Our Joint Drug Agreement is designed to protect a player from a rush to judgment before he can challenge a reported positive test result," Weiner said. "Fairness dictates that Ryan Braun be treated no differently."

Braun is appealing the result of the failed test to an arbitrator.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Steelers LB Harrison Suspended One Game

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- The NFL has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy on Thursday night.  According to the league's website, Harrison has three days to appeal the suspension.

This is the fifth time in three seasons Harrison has been punished for an illegal hit.  It is the first time this season he has been penalized by the NFL.

The Steelers take on the 49ers in San Francisco on Monday night.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Packers Wide Receiver Greg Jennings Will Miss 2-3 Weeks

Matt Ludtke /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- If the Green Bay Packers hope to go 16-0 in the regular season, they will have to do it without one of their biggest playmakers on offense. Head coach Mike McCarthy announced that wide receiver Greg Jennings will miss 2-3 weeks after suffering a knee sprain during the team's 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Despite Jenning's injury, the decision to sit him out for the remainder of the regular season is more for precautionary reasons. He is expected to return to the field once the playoffs begin. The team is hardly in a position to rush Jennings back. The Packers are 13-0 and have all but locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

"We feel we have enough to move forward," McCarthy said. "Greg will be missed, but with that, it's more opportunities for the other perimeter players."

The season, Jennings had 67 catches for 949 yards and also scored nine touchdowns.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Clippers Grab Point Guard Chauncey Billups from Waivers

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- If Chris Paul does indeed wind up with the Clippers, he'll have some company at the point guard position. The team has acquired Chauncey Billups after the New York Knicks placed him on waivers.

 The Clippers are taking a bit of a risk with this move, and Billups had threatened to retire if any team claimed him. If Billups had hit the open market he would have garnered strong interest from multiple contending teams.

"There's going to be some work to do," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said. "I think Chauncey would've like to control the process, but unfortunately we have to do what's best for our team. I think once he gets here and sees the resources we have, meets the guys and sees what kind of team we have, hopefully we can do the same thing with him as we were able to do with Sam [Cassell] and Marcus Camby."

Last season the 25-year old Billups averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 assists per game for the Knicks and Denver Nuggets.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Kings Fire Head Coach Terry Murray

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a four-game losing streak that saw them fall all the way to twelfth in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings had seen enough. The team has fired head coach Terry Murray after three and a half seasons with the Kings.

Coming off of a 98-point season last year and the addition of offensive minded players like Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, expectations were high for the Kings. Los Angeles started out 5-1-1 but have gone 8-11-3 since, and have dropped out of the playoff race in the Western Conference. He will be replaced by John Stevens on an interim basis.

"I don't think words can ever describe how hard something like this is," said Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. "Terry really stabilized this franchise, pointed it in the right direction. He taught these players a lot. When they look back, they're going to realize they learned a lot from him."

Murray leaves the Kings with the third most wins in franchise history with 139.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Brewers Sign Third Baseman Aramis Ramirez

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the controversy surrounding their team, the Milwaukee Brewers added some insurance to their lineup. According to his agent, the team has signed former Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez signed a three-year $36 million contract according to ESPNChicago.com.

The Brewers will all but likely lose first baseman Prince Fielder through free agency, and reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun is facing a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test, so Ramirez' bat will be a welcome addition to the team.

Ramirez spent the past eight and a half seasons with the Cubs and made two all-star teams during his tenure with the Cubs. Last season, the 33-year old Ramirez hit .306, blasted 26 homers and drove in 93 runs.

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Monday
Dec122011

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/12/11

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The Seattle Seahawks (6-7) flew past the St. Louis Rams (2-11), 30-13.

NHL: The New Jersey Devils (15-13-1) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (12-16-2), 5-4.

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