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Jan022012

Colts Fire Bill & Chris Polian

Marc Serota/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Changes in the wind in Indianapolis.

Colts owner Jim Irsay has fired vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, general manager Chris Polian. The Colts had a dismal season on the gridiron, finishing the 2011 campaign 2-14. They were without their 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning, who missed the entire season as he recovered from neck surgery.

When Irsay was asked if head coach Jim Caldwell will return for the 2012 season, he replied, “I would anticipate that the new general manager would be hired before we confirm Jim is going to be back or we are going to go in another direction,” Irsay said. “I’m not saying that’s definitely the way it’s going to happen.”

Their ineffectiveness on the field has led the Colts to securing the overall number-one pick in this year's NFL Draft, at which they are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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Monday
Jan022012

Penn State Ends Season with a Bowl Loss

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- (24) Penn State's season came to a close Monday with a 30-14 loss to (20) Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. The Nittany Lions finished the year 9-4, during which longtime head coach Joe Paterno was fired amid the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

Houston quarterback Case Keenum dissected Penn State's defense, tossing for 532 yards and three touchdowns. The Nittany Lions were down 24-7 at halftime, a deficit that proved too big to overcome.

“I wanted to thank them for all the things that they did for all of us, for what they have been through,” Penn State head coach Tom Bradley said of his post-game speech to his players. “I told them we still had a lot to be thankful for. Things didn’t go our way today, and I told them in life it doesn’t always work out that way. I said it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it.”

Bradley took over for Paterno after he was relieved of his duties on November 9th. It was the first bowl game for Penn State that didn't have Paterno on the sidelines since the 1962 Gator Bowl.

Bradley is among the coaching candidates Penn State is considering for the full-time job. The school is aiming to have a new coach in place later this month.

After starting the season 8-1, Penn State dropped three of their last four games.

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Monday
Jan022012

Rams Fired Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As a result of a 2-14 season, the St. Louis Rams are cleaning house in hopes of rebuilding their franchise once again. The team has fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo as well as general manager Billy Devaney.

Spagnuolo went just 10-38 in three seasons as the Rams head coach. He led the team to a 7-9 season last year, but he won a combined three games in his two other seasons in St. Louis. Meanwhile, Devaney had served as the team's general manager since December 2008. The team's record since Devaney took over is just 12-52.

"I would personally like to thank Steven and Billy for their dedication to the St. Louis Rams over the past few seasons," owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. "This was a difficult decision for many reasons. We have tremendous respect for them as people and professionals. No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must ourselves accountable."

The Rams will have the second overall draft choice in the upcoming Draft.

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Monday
Jan022012

Buccaneers Fired Head Coach Raheem Morris

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a disappointing 4-12 season, including 10 straight losses to end the year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Raheem Morris.

This time last season, the Buccaneers were considered an up and coming team after going 10-6 and just missed the playoffs under Morris. Expectations were high for the team as well as Morris, but the team struggled mightily on both offense and defense.

"We want to thank Coach Morris for all of his hard work and dedication as head coach of the Buccaneers," Bucanneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.

In three seasons as the Buccaneers head coach, Morris went 17-31.

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Monday
Jan022012

DeSean Jackson Wants To Return To the Eagles Next Season

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Despite a tumultuous season with the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver DeSean Jackson wants to return to the team next season. In fact, he even apologized for how he acted during the season after he never received the contract extension he wanted so badly.

"I can admit to certain things affecting me this season. I just want to apologize," Jackson said. "I probably could have handled it a little bit differently, but now sitting here after the season's over I can just say I was able to put it behind me and really just fight for my teammates, fight for my organization."

Jackson let it be known he wanted a new contract before the season even started. The fourth-year wide receiver held out of training camp for a period of time before eventually reporting to camp, hoping a deal would eventually be struck. That never happened, and now Jackson is set to become a free agent. Jackson though, also added he would accept the franchise tag if it was tenured to him.

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Monday
Jan022012

Source: Rashard Mendenhall to have MRI on Right Knee

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Rashard Mendenhall will have a MRI on his right knee to determine if he tore his ACL, according to a source of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Mendenhall injured his knee during the Steelers 13-9 win over the Browns Sunday.

"It's not good, of course, when a guy goes down in open grass and is not touched by anyone," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Experience tells me that, in general, that's not good."

Mendanhall was hurt in the first quarter of the game and taken to the locker room for tests.  He never went back into the game and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.

The fourth year running back has rushed for 928 yards this season.

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Monday
Jan022012

According to Kings: Cousins Demands Trade

Sacramento Kings/NBA(SACRAMENTO) --  According to the Sacramento Kings, their young center DeMarcus Cousins has demanded a trade.

Kings coach Paul Westphal excused Cousins from Sunday's game against the New Orleans Hornets. 

"DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded," Westphal said. "In the best interest of our team as we go forward, he has been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight."

The 21 year old Cousins is in his second season with the Kings. This season, he is averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds per game.

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Monday
Jan022012

Giants Win the NFC East Crown

Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD) -- The New York Giants won the battle for the NFC East, by beating the Dallas Cowboys 31-14, on Sunday.

"We needed this win," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "This is the biggest win we've been a part of for a while."

Besides winning the NFC East title, the Giants also secured the four seed in the NFC.

The G-men will begin their playoff conquest Sunday, when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

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Monday
Jan022012

Patriots Clinch #1 Seed in the AFC

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW ENGLAND) -- The New England Patriots clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, when they beat the Buffalo Bills 49-21, on Sunday.

The win marks the second year in a row the Pats enter the playoffs as the top seed.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, isn’t too concerned with playoff seeding. 

"We've seen the No. 6 team win the Super Bowl. We've seen (a) first seed team win the Super Bowl," Belichick said. "What's more important than where you're seeded is how you play in the playoffs."

Belichick has good reason not to get too excited about clinching the number one seed. Last year, New England had the same seed only to be beaten in the second round by the Jets.

 

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Sunday
Jan012012

Colts Claim Number One Pick in NFL Draft

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) --  The Indianapolis Colts (2-14) locked up the number one pick in this years NFL Draft in April.

After the Jaguars (5-11) took care of them 19-13 on Sunday, the countdown began in Indy.  Had they came out victorious, they would of fell to the number two spot.

Colts current quarterback Peyton Manning has been sidelined all season long with a neck injury but hasn't really worried about whether or not the Colts would draft another quarterback come April.

"Like I said all along, the Colts are going to do what they have to do," Manning said. "The draft is something the personnel department will address. They'll deal with that as they see fit. As far as can I coexist with anybody? I think I can coexist with any player I've ever played with. I think I've always been a good teammate in that way. To speculate on how we're going to draft, that's more for other people to do, not the players."I can play with anybody. It's all going to shake out."

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