Texans Clean Out Lockers

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans had a season to remember in 2011. 

They got into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, and then won that game.  But in the next round, they couldn't find a way to score against a tough Ravens' defense and headed into a long off-season.

They suffered a tough break when quarterback Matt Schaub went out with a month and a half to go in the regular season with an injury.  Then back-up quarterback T.J. Yates came in and found a way to get them into the playoffs by winning the division.

"It was a wild season, those first ten weeks I didn't have a jersey on," said Yates from his locker on Monday.  "I've got a lot to be proud of this season and a lot to learn from so I can move forward in my career."

With the return of Schaub next year, head coach Gary Kubiak knows he has a solid back-up ready in Yates.  But Kubiak isn't looking towards next year just yet.

"I don't think in all my years in this business, this day comes no matter what, whether you win a championship or don't, you've got to check players out for the season," said Kubiak.  "I've never been around a group of guys that talk more positive about each other and how good a locker room we had."

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Elway: "Tebow has earned right to start"

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo) --  Denver Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations John Elway let everyone around the NFL know that it will still be 'Tebow Time' at least through training camp.

Elway and Broncos' head coach John Fox addressed the media at the season-ending press conference on Monday.

Both Fox and Elway fielded 24 of 47 questions surrounding Tim Tebow.

"Tim's earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year," said Elway.  "He made some good strides this year.  He obviously played well against Pittsburgh and played very well in a lot of football games.  He's earned the right to be the starter going into training camp next year."

As for the rest of the team, who backed into the playoffs and then shocked the Steelers in the wild card round, head coach John Fox told them that they should take a nice long break and promised them to do whatever it takes to win the 'big boy' championship and not just the AFC West championship.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/16/12

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers (10-5) got past the Dallas Mavericks (8-6), 73-70.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (6-6) topped the Charlotte Bobcats (3-11), 102-94.

The Houston Rockets (6-7) downed the Washington Wizards (1-12), 114-106.

The Philadelphia 76ers (10-3) edged the Milwaukee Bucks (4-8), 94-82.

The Memphis Grizzlies (6-6) shut down the Chicago Bulls (12-3), 102-86.

The Orlando Magic (9-3) popped the New York Knicks (6-7), 102-93.

The Portland Trail Blazers (8-5) ko'ed the New Orleans Hornets (3-10), 84-77.

The Los Angeles Clippers (7-3) took care of the New Jersey Nets (3-11), 101-91.

The Atlanta Hawks (10-4) ripped the Toronto Raptors (4-10), 93-84.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (5-8) crowned the Sacramento Kings (4-10), 99-86.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (12-2) ran past the Boston Celtics (4-8), 97-88.

NHL:  The Nashville Predators (26-15-4) skated past the New York Islanders (16-21-6), 3-1.

The Phoenix Coyotes (21-18-7) blew by the Colorado Avalanche (24-21-2), 6-1.

The Detroit Red Wings (29-15-1) shut out the Buffalo Sabres (19-21-5), 5-0.

The Winnipeg Jets (21-19-5) blanked the Ottawa Senators (25-16-6), 2-0.

The St. Louis Blues (27-12-6) defeated the Dallas Stars (24-19-1), 1-0.

The Boston Bruins (29-12-1) sliced the Florida Panthers (21-14-9) in a shootout, 3-2.

Men's Top 25 Basketball:  (1) Syracuse (20-0) got by Pittsburgh (11-8), 71-63.

(7) Kansas (15-3) beat (3) Baylor (17-1), 92-74.

(5) Missouri (17-1) bounced Texas A&M (10-7), 70-51.

(21) Marquette rolled past (23) Louisville (14-5), 74-63.

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USA Basketball Announces Finalists For Olympic Team

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When team USA goes for another Olympic gold medal in basketball, it could be one of the most talented squads we've seen on the Olympic level in quite some time. USA Basketball announced the 20 finalists for the 2012 Olympic team.

Guards: Dwayne Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westrbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant.

Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love.

Centers: Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler.

Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski will have some tough decisions to make. He has to cut the roster down to 12 players, and he has until June 20 to finalize his roster.

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Yao Ming Going Into Politics

National Basketball Association(SHANGHAI) -- Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is making the most of free time since he retired from the NBA last July. The former all-star seems to have found his new politics.

Yao has become a member of an advisory board to Shanghai's legislature. While the committee doesn't hold much true power, The China Daily reports that Yao is supposed to regularly attend meetings, and may also make suggestions for the board and government departments.

"There are about 142 members in the group, and Yao is the youngest," Kong Rong, who works in the service office of committee, told the China Daly.

The 31-year old Ming played eight seasons in the NBA, all with Houston. He was forced to retire due to various foot injuries.

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Carmelo Anthony Wants the Knicks To Have More Fun

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- So far this season, things aren't going quite as planned for the New York Knicks. Even though they're playing much better defense this season, the team is struggling to remain over .500 in large part due to the offense and early injuries. Forward Carmelo Anthony thinks that the team just needs to enjoy themselves more.

"I think everybody needs to relax out there, just play basketball," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, it looks like we're not having fun out there. And when your not having fun out there on the basketball court, it makes everything that much tougher."

Anthony, who is nursing a sore right ankle, has still been carrying the load for the Knicks offense as he is fourth in the NBA in scoring average (25.5 points per game), but overall the Knicks are in the bottom half of the NBA in overall points per game, while their defense is surprisingly in the top half of the NBA.

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Chris Paul's MRI Comes Back Negative

Los Angeles Clippers/NBA(PLAYA VISTA, CA) -- The Los Angeles Clippers can breath a sigh of relief.

All-star guard Chris Paul's MRI on his left hamstring came back negative according to the team.

Paul is now listed as day to day and is questionable for Monday's game against New Jersey.

He injured himself during the fourth quarter of the Clippers 102-94 win over the Lakers on Saturday.

If Paul can't play Monday, the Clippers will call up Courtney Fortson from the D-League to add some depth.

Paul is averaging 18 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game this season.

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Packers Season Comes to an End

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, WI) -- A fantastic season has come to the end for the Green Bay Packers.  They were defeated by the New York Giants, 37-20, in their NFC Divsional playoff game on Sunday.

The loss ends Green Bay's chances of becoming only the 2nd team this century to win back-to-back Super Bowls. 

The Packers finished the season 15-1 and scored the second most points ever in an NFL season.

Nevertheless, the Pack lost.

"It's all-most like college basketball," Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "You get in the tournament and it's how far you go in there. It's the same feeling I think. It almost erases what you did in the regular season."

The Packers become the eighth #1 seed to lose in the Divisional playoff round since 2006.

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Source: Colon Agrees to a One Year Deal With the A's

Gregory Shamus/MLBPA via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca) -- A major league source told that pitcher Bartolo Colon has agreed to a one year deal with the Oakland Athletics.

The 38 year old right hander, had one of his best seasons in a while last year.  He pitched just over 164 innings for the Yankees with an ERA of 4 while compiling 135 strikeouts and just 40 walks. It was the first time Colon had pitched over 100 innings in a season since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young as an Angel.

This would be Colons eighth major league team he's played for.

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Wade Hurt, Status Unknown

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade has a sprained right ankle, and the team is unsure of his timetable before he gets back on the court. 

Wade injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Heats loss to the Denver Nuggets, Friday night. He hurt himself chasing a loose ball and fell awkwardly twisting his ankle on the way down.

X-rays were negative, and Wade could be back for Tuesday nights game versus the Spurs, but the Heat are preparing as if he won't be back.

Wade told reporters that he hadn't felt this kind of pain from a sprain ever.

Since last season, when the Heat signed LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Miami is 7-2 with Wade out of the lineup.

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