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Tuesday
Dec272011

Pitino Done With Coaching In 2017

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- The end of the coaching road is near for Louisville head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. Speaking at a pre-game news conference on Tuesday, the 59-year-old Pitino said he does not plan on coaching beyond his current contract, which ends after the 2016-2017 season.

“When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left,” Pitino said. “My contract’s going to run out in 2017. Not coaching any more after that.”

Pitino is in his 11th season at Louisville, having led the Cardinals to a Final Four appearance in 2005. Before that, he coached at Kentucky from 1989-1997, leading the Wildcats to a national championship in 1996.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Kyle Orton Returns To Denver

Kansas City Chiefs/NFL(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton returns to the Mile High City this Sunday afternoon for the first time since Denver waived him in late November.

Orton was named the starting QB during Broncos training camp, but soon found himself on the bench in favor of Tim Tebow after a 1-4 start. Denver later released the 29-year-old, saving $2.6 million in the process.

Now Orton has a chance to derail the Broncos' playoff hopes by playing spoiler, something he says he's not concerned about.

“I think you got to worry about yourself,” Orton told reporters Tuesday. “There’s still plenty of things to play for just of your group of 53 and I think that’s the approach you got to take.”

Kansas City comes into the showdown with a record of 6-9, while Denver is 8-7. A victory by the Broncos would clinch the AFC West division crown for Denver.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Trial Date Set for Packers' Walden

NFL via Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden, who was arrested the day after Thanksgiving following a fight with his girlfriend and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and domestic abuse, will stand trial on February 16.  Walden has pleaded not guilty.

Walden has played in every game this season and has 57 tackles and three sacks.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Edwards Says 49ers Cut Him

NFL(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Wide receiver Braylon Edwards posted a message on his official website saying he has been waived by the San Francisco 49ers.

"I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense," Edwards said. "I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans."

Edwards had 15 catches for 181 yards this season.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Knicks Claim Guard Lin off Waivers

Houston Rockets/NBA(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks have claimed guard Jeremy Lin off waivers.  Lin, who was released by the Rockets on Sunday and played for the Warriors last season as a rookie, played his college ball at Harvard and is the first Asian American in the NBA since 1947.

The Knicks needed to add guard depth after rookie Iman Shumpert sprained his knee during New York's Christmas Day win over the Boston Celtics.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Missouri Crushes North Carolina, 41-24; Win Independence Bowl

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SHREVEPORT, La.) -- The Missouri Tigers (8-5) ended their 2011 season on a high note.  They took care of the North Carolina Tar Heels' (7-6) 41-24 on Monday night in the Independence Bowl.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the rout.  He also won the MVP award.

Franklin and the rest of the returning Tigers' will be headed to the Southern Eastern Conference next season. 

As for the trophy the Tigers' were going to receive; Missouri's mascot, Truman the Tiger, shattered the Independence Bowl trophy before the game started in a pre-game accident.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Sources: Cowboys Not Looking To Add Quarterback

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS) --  Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder that the Dallas Cowboys will not pursue a quarterback for this Sunday's game against the Giants.

Romo who went down after suffering a bruised hand when he struck Jason Babin's helmet in Saturday's 20-7 loss to the Eagles should be capable of playing, according to sources.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett addressed the injury on Monday and said the team hopes that Romo will be able to practice on Wednesday.

"He needs to play as well as he can play and we're excited again about the opportunity," Garrett said. "He's a tough guy. He's played through injury this year. He's a great competitor. He's excited about the chance to be a part of this thing."

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Mavericks Drop Two Straight

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks (0-2) dropped their second straight game at home on Monday night against the Denver Nuggets (1-0), 115-93. 

Not exactly what Mavericks fans envisioned with their new-look team.

Dallas gave up 20 straight points in the second quarter and had a stretch of 14 straight missed shots during a 9:52 drought between baskets. 

In the third quarter, it got worse.  They trailed by 33, a day after being down 35 to the Heat.

"It's on all of us, but it's on me more than anybody," said Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle.  "I got to have these guys ready to play."

They'll travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Thursday.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Drew Brees Breaks All-Time Passing Record in Rout

National Football League(NEW ORLEANS) -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is all alone in the record books now.  He broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old record for most passing yards in a season Monday night in the Saints' 45-16 rout of the Atlanta Falcons (9-6).

The Saints (12-3) also clinched the NFC South title in the victory. 

History came in the fourth quarter when Brees threw a 9-yard touchdown strike to Darren Sproles to set the record with 2:51 to go.

"Honestly, I was really trying not to think about the record or anything," Brees said. "I knew we were close. A couple guys mentioned stuff to me on the sideline. I didn't want to hear it. It's like a pitcher with a no-hitter, I guess."

That was Brees' last play of the game which gave him 5,087 yards.  He'll have a chance Sunday to pile on against the Carolina Panthers at home.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Source: Garnett Won't be Penalized for Postgame Incident

Boston Celtics/NBA(NEW YORK) -- According to a NBA source who spoke with ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett will not be penalized for his postgame scuffle on Sunday with New York Knicks guard Bill Walker.

After Garnett missed what would have been the game tying shot at the buzzer, he got his arm around Walker's neck.  That led to the two having to be separated by coaches and players.

"Heat of the moment," Walker said on Monday. "I just went and contested the shot. We got wrapped up, tangled up and, you know, the rest happened."

Walker said he approached Garnett as he was leaving Madison Square Garden and told him he had no hard feelings.

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