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Tuesday
Jan172012

Colts Fire Head Coach Jim Caldwell

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts fired head coach Jim Caldwell Tuesday after finishing the year with a 2-14 record.

The 57-year-old Caldwell did not have the services of 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning, who missed the entire season recovering from neck surgery. During his three seasons roaming the sidelines in Indianapolis, Caldwell compiled a record of 26-22, including an appearance in Super Bowl 44, in which they lost to the New Orleans Saints, 31-17.

“This was a difficult decision,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “It was based on the feeling that this was a direction the franchise needed to go. I wanted to make sure we took all the time we needed to make sure it was the right decision.”

The Colts own the overall number-one pick in April's NFL Draft.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Rams Welcome Fisher To St. Louis

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Rams introduced Jeff Fisher as their new head coach at a news conference Tuesday.

The 53-year-old Fisher previously coached the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1994 until 2010. During the 17-year span, Fisher compiled a record of 142-120, including three division titles and six playoff appearances. He led the Titans to Super Bowl 34, in which they fell a yard short in forcing overtime in a 23-16 loss to St. Louis.

“I had two factors,” Fisher said of his decision. “One was a good owner (Stan Kroenke) and the other was the quarterback (Sam Bradford). I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

Fisher takes over a franchise that has gone a dismal 37-91 over the past eight seasons. He will be looking to turn around the fortunes of former number-one overall pick Sam Bradford. During his sophomore campaign this past season, Bradford tossed 2,164 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions, while playing in only 10 games because of a high ankle sprain.

The Rams haven't been to the playoffs since the 2004 season.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Time Running Out for Rangers, Darvish

Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers and Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish have until 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday to agree to a contract.  The Rangers paid Darvish's Japanese team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, a $51.7 million posting fee just for the right to negotiate with the talented right-hander.

Last season in Japan, Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts.  If the two sides cannot reach a deal, Darvish will return to Japan and the Rangers will get their posting fee back.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Dodgers, Ethier Agree to Deal

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and right fielder Andre Ethier have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal worth $10.95 million.

Last season, Ethier was slowed by a knee injury, but did win his first Gold Glove and had a 30-game hit streak earlier in the year.  For the 2011 season, Ethier hit .292 with 11 homers and 62 RBIs.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Top QB Prospect Kiel Spurns LSU for Notre Dame

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- Highly touted high school quarterback prospect Gunner Kiel has decommitted from LSU and will instead play for Notre Dame next season.

Kiel, who is the second-ranked quarterback in ESPN's 2012 recruiting database, is a Columbus, Indiana native who originally committed to playing at Indiana before committing to LSU.

Kiel is the nephew of former Fighting Irish quarterback Blair Kiel.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Nyjer Morgan Agrees to a One Year Deal with Brewers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Nyjer Morgan and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one year deal for an estimated $2.35 million dollars.

Morgan joined the Brewers last season. He was one of the key cogs in getting the team to its first-ever NLCS.

Morgan's stats were solid last year: he hit .304 with 61 runs scored in 119 games.

The Brewers are the third team for which the 31-year-old outfielder has played.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Derek Fisher's Last Second Shot Sinks Mavs

National Basketball Association(LOS ANGELES) -- Derek Fisher did it again. This time, the Mavericks were his victim, as he hit the game-winning three pointer with 3.1 seconds left in the game, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a 73-70 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

"This is what I do," said Fisher." With my experience and my wisdom and having been through the battles, I have to be willing to trust my instincts and take shots when they're there."

The win snapped Dallas' five game win streak and vaulted the Lakers a half game ahead of the Clippers in the Pacific Division standings.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Kansas Hands Baylor First Loss of the Season

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, KS) -- Baylor is perfect no more. The third-ranked Bears were destroyed by Kansas 92-74, ending the school's longest winning streak ever.  

The Bears Streak may be over, but at least they were beat by a good opponent.  After the win, the Jayhawks improved their record to 14-3, and they are currently ranked 7th in the AP poll.

Kansas head coach Bill Self said, "I thought everybody played terrific, but in big games you got to rely on your two best players and both Ty and Thomas were awesome." 

Self is talking about senior guard Tyshawn Taylor and junior forward Thomas Robinson. Taylor led Kansas with 28 points and 6 assists, while Robinson had 27 points and 14 rebounds.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Celtics Lose Fifth Straight

Elsa/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Celtics lost their 5th straight game, this one to Oklahoma City, 97-88. The C's haven't lost this many games in a row since the 2006-2007 season.

The Celtics' record now sits at 4-8 and puts them five-and-a-half games behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division standings.

Despite losing, Boston's head coach Doc Rivers seems rather optimistic.

"I like our spirit," said Rivers. "It's crazy this whole streak. I didn't like us the first couple games because we just didn't play well. The last couple you could just see it coming. But you got to break through at some point."

The Celtics will try to break the streak Wednesday, when they take on the Raptors.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

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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