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Friday
Jan272012

Parcells Sounds off on Coughlin and Belichick

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ESPN Radio on Thursday, former NFL head coach Bill Parcells spoke about his two former understudies who will be meeting again in Super Bowl 46.

Both New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick came from the Parcells' coaching class.

"They do have a lot in common but I think the persona is just a little different on the part of each of them," said Parcells.  "Both of them were straight football guys, intense competitors, very thorough, and quite intense in their preparation."

Parcells coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 1990. He did not indicate who he was rooting for in Indianapolis.

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Friday
Jan272012

Forte Cleared to Play in Pro Bowl

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(HAWAII) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been cleared to play in this weekend's Pro Bowl in Hawaii after coming off a season-ending MCL sprain.

Forte is looking forward to getting back on the field since being sidelined on Dec. 4.

"I've been pretty good for a couple weeks now. My leg has been healed up for a while. I've been running and catching balls, doing all kinds of stuff just to make sure I was good," said Forte in an interview with ESPN. "I feel good, so I wanted to be out here for my first Pro Bowl."

Despite Forte's enthusiasm to play on Sunday, Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer played devils-advocate.

"There's always a concern," Spencer said about the chance of Forte tweaking the knee. "But he's nine weeks past that. And he probably could have played a couple weeks prior to now. Matt's a smart individual. He knows his body. And from what I've seen -- and I've seen him at the facility -- he looks pretty darn good. He's looks like he's ready to play football.”

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Friday
Jan272012

Clippers Hold On, Beat Memphis 98-91

Los Angeles Clippers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) found a way to hold off back to back a loss at the Staples Center on Thursday.  They beat the Memphis Grizzlies (10-8) 98-91 with help from Blake Griffin.

The Clippers were coming off a loss on Wednesday night to their Staples Center big brothers, the Lakers.

Griffin scored a team high of 20 points and Chris Paul added 18 with seven assists.

Memphis did make a late run but Mo Williams hit a jumper late to give them a 86-80 lead followed by a DeAndre Jordan alley-oop from Paul to make it 89-80.

"That's how we have to execute down the stretch," Griffin said. "It's a good win against a great team. We shouldn't be down on this win at all. They're not all going to be pretty."

The Clippers improved to 9-2 at home.

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Friday
Jan272012

Celtics Top Magic in Huge Second Half Run, 91-83

Boston Celtics/NBA(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Boston Celtics pulled off one of the biggest comebacks of this early NBA season on Thursday night.

After beating the 12-6 Magic earlier this week in Boston by 31 points, the Celts erased a 27-point deficit to shock them at home, 91-83.

Paul Pierce had 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 10 assists.

"This team decided to stand up and fight," said Pierce

Orlando's Dwight Howard did the best he could do with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

"We thought it was going to be easy after the first two quarters," Howard said. "We can't allow that to happen. We've got to change. We have to change what we do, and guys have to know their roles and do it. That's just the bottom line."

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Thursday
Jan262012

Scoreboard Roundup - 1/26/12

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Boston Celtics (8-9) defeated the Orlando Magic (12-6), 91-83.

The Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) edged the Memphis Grizzlies (10-8), 98-91.

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (7) North Carolina (17-3) blew past North Carolina State (15-6), 74-55.

(14) Florida (16-4) bounced Mississippi (13-7), 64-60.

(19) Virginia (16-3) took care of Boston College (7-13), 66-49.

(21) Saint Mary's (20-2) got by Loyola Mary (12-9), 71-64.

(25) Wisconsin (17-5) upended (16) Indiana (16-5), 57-50.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Brady Looking To Win 4th Super Bowl Ring

Winslow Townson/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- In his 12th year in the NFL, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has done it all. He is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time NFL MVP, seven-time Pro Bowler, and a two-time first team All-Pro.

Now he’ll attempt to become only the third quarterback in league history to win four Super Bowl rings when the Pats take on the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46.

So how is Brady approaching the big game?

“It’s a football game for us,” Brady said at a news conference Thursday. “It might be the Super Bowl for everybody else, but for us, we are going there trying to win a football game. So, put all the distractions aside and don’t’ let anything get in the way of our preparation.”

The championship showdown will take place on Sunday, February 5th. Kickoff is set for 6:30 P.M Eastern.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Colts Owner Not Happy With Manning

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Keep it in house! That's the message Colts owner Jim Irsay is sending to Peyton Manning, after the 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback voiced his displeasure to the Indianapolis Star over the major overhaul the team has undertaken after finishing the season 2-14.

Gone are longtime vice chairman Bill Polian, general manager Chris Polian, head coach Jim Caldwell and most of the assistant coaches. Manning could be the next one to go, as he's owed a $28 million roster bonus by March 8th. If the Colts do decide to say goodbye, Manning would become an unrestricted free agent.

“I don’t think it’s in the good interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light,” Irsay said.

Manning has spent his entire 14-year-career in Indianapolis, leading the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl 41.

“The horseshoe always comes first, and I think one thing that he’s always known, because he’s been around it so long, is that you keep it in the family,” Irsay said. “If you’ve got a problem, you talk to each other. It’s not about campaigning or anything like that.”

Manning told the Indianapolis Star that the mood at team headquarters is not the best with employees on edge due to the major changes the team has made.

The Colts own the overall number-one pick in April's NFL draft and are expected to select highly touted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Buccaneers Hire Greg Schiano As New Head Coach

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had already struck out on a bid to get a prominent coach from the college ranks to become their new head coach, so they decided to go after another one. According to ESPN, the team has hired Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano to the same position.

Schiano has agreed to a five-year deal, giving him his first NFL head coaching job. Schiano and the Bucs met for the second time on Wednesday, and eventually worked out the details of his contract. Earlier in the week, the Buccaneers were set to hire Oregon head coach Chip Kelly but a deal fell through, so the team put forth their best effort to land Schiano.

During his 11-year tenure at Rutgers, Schiano went 68-67 and won five bowl games during that time. This past season, the Buccaneers went 4-12 after ending the season on 10-game losing streak. Schiano will replace the recently fired Raheem Morris.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Texas Rewards Mack Brown With Contract Extension

iStockPhot​o/Thinksto​ck(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Even though the Texas Longhorns football program has seen better days as of late, the university is still standing behind their legendary coach. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the university is planning to extend head coach Mack Brown's contract through the 2020 season. Brown earns $5.2 million per season, and will receive an annual raise of $100,000.

"Our football program is in a great place thanks to Mack's hard work," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said in a statement. "Mack is as energized as ever, has a great staff and an exciting young team. Our future is very bright.

Brown has been at Texas for 14 seasons, winning a BCS championship in 2005. During his tenure at the university, Browns has gone 141-39, but in the past two seasons the team has struggled. The team went 5-7 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Yoenis Cespedes Officially A Free Agent

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes has officially begun. The 26-year old Cuban outfielder, who has been hyped all offseason, has established residency in the Dominican Republic, making him a free agent.

Major League Baseball had told Cespedes that he cannot finalize a contract until he obtains an unblocking license from the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control because of his status as a Cuban national who has established residency in a new country.

The big question is though, is which teams will make a serious run at signing him. He has been linked to the Marlins, Tigers, White Sox, Orioles, and Phillies, among others. He is expected to receive a contract worth more than the $30 million that Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman got from the Cincinnati Reds back in 2010.

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