NFL Week 15 Preview: Steelers (10-3) @ 49ers (10-3)

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) travel to the City by the Bay Monday night to take on the San Francisco 49ers (10-3) in Week 15 of NFL action.

The black and goal will be without their all-pro linebacker, James Harrison. He will be serving a one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy during last week's victory.

The 49ers come into the contest ranked fifth overall in defense and seventh overall in rushing offense.

“They are capable of running the football on anyone. They are capable of stopping the run. They are number one in the league in stopping the run," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said.

The Steelers enter the showdown with the league's second-ranked defense, having given up only 198 points during the season.

Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Cowboys Defeat Buccaneers, 31-15

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Crisis averted in Cowboys nation--at least for now.

Dallas made short work of Tampa Bay Saturday night, scoring 28 first-half points, en-route to a 31-15 victory over the hapless Buccaneers. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made his presence felt in the Sunshine state, tossing 249 yards and three touchdowns along with one rushing T-D.

“We really needed to get back on track and this was an important game,” Romo said. “Really, the playoffs started for us and that’s the way we approached it. The guys came out with great energy and it was a great week of practice. We just had to go forward and I thought the guys did that.”

The victory snaps Dallas' two-game losing streak as they improve to 8-6 on the season.

Up next for the Cowboys is a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles followed by a season ending showdown on the road against the New York Giants.

With the loss, the Bucs fell to 4-10 for the season, placing third-year head coach Raheem Morris squarely on the hot seat.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/17/11

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The Dallas Cowboys (8-6) rolled over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-15 (4-10)

College Basketball Top 10:

(1) Syracuse (11-0) put away North Carolina State (6-4), 88-72

(2) Ohio State (10-1) got past South Carolina (4-6), 74-66

(3) Kentucky (8-1) handled Chattanooga (3-7), 87-62

(4) Louisville (10-0) put away Memphis (5-4), 95-87

(6) North Carolina (9-2) dominated Appalachian State (4-6), 97-82

(7) Baylor (9-0) edged BYU (8-3), 86-83

College Football:

Temple (9-4) handled Wyoming (8-5), 37-15 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Ohio (10-4), stunned Utah State (7-6), 24-23 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

LA-Lafayette (9-4) edged San Diego State (8-5), 32-30 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


The Bruins (21-9-1) pounded the Flyers (20-8-3), 6-0

The Canucks (19-11-2) put away the Maple Leafs (16-13-3), 5-3

The Devils (18-13-1) skated past the Canadiens (13-13-7), 5-3

The Penguins 18-11-4) easily handled the Sabres 16-13-3), 8-3

The Jets (15-13-4) flew past the Ducks 9-18-5), 5-3

The Red Wings (20-10-1) dethroned the Kings (14-14-4), 8-2

The Lightning (14-16-2) got past the Blue Jackets 9-19-4), 3-2

The Predators (17-11-4) clawed past the Blues 18-9-4), 2-1 in a shootout

The Islanders (10-14-6) tamed the Wild 2-1 (20-8-5) in a shootout

The Rangers (18-8-4) got past the Coyotes (16-12-4), 3-2

The Avalanche (15-17-1) smothered the Capitals 16-14-1), 2-1

The Sharks (17-10-3) swam past the Oilers (14-15-3), 3-2


Celtics Forward Jeff Green to Have Heart Surgery 

Boston Celtics/NBA(NEW YORK)-- Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 NBA Season, due to the finding of an aortic aneurysm while undergoing a routine physical.

After then consulting with multiple cardiac specialists, it was decided Green would undergo heart surgery, and sit out the entire season.

"While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff's case," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. "The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career."

The 25-year old Green, was traded to the Celtics in the middle of last season.  While in Boston, he averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds a game.

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Patriots Linebacker Jerod Mayo Signs Contract Extension

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo isn't going anywhere.  Mayo has signed a five-year contract extension with the Pats.

The 25-year old Mayo has been with the Patriots his entire career.  He was New England's first round draft pick back in 2008, where he went on to win defensive rookie of the year honors.

Mayo is considered by many to be a cornerstone of the New England defense.  Last year, he led the NFL in tackles with 168 and was named to his first Pro Bowl.

Full details of the extension have yet to be released.


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NFL Preview: Raiders (7-6) host Lions (8-5) on Sunday

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders (7-6) will look to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they'll play host to the Detriot Lions (8-5).

Sunday marks the return of Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh who was serving his two-game suspension after stomping on a Green Bay Packers offensive linemen's arm on Thanksgiving.

The Raiders currently trail the Denver Broncos by one game in the AFC West.

"It's a huge football game for this team," said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.  "Our guys are ready to go, we're excited."

The Lions are currently holding onto the final wildcard playoff spot in the NFC and it's been a long time since the team has played meaningful games in December.

"It's something that we've been waiting for, for a long time," said Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.  "It puts greater emphasis on taking advantage of the opportunity."

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Sources: Jimmy Rollins Reaches 3-Year Deal with Phillies

(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies and free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins have reached a three-year deal worth $33 million, according to a baseball source.

The contract also contains a vesting option for a fourth year according to the source.

On his personal twitter account, Rollins confirmed the deal by writing, "I see you all know by now. Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!"

Rollins has been in the organization since 1996 when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the amateur draft.

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Canadiens Fire Jacques Martin

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The Montreal Canadiens fired their head coach Jacques Martin on Saturday.

The Canadiens (13-12-7) are eight games behind in the Northeast Division leaders, the Boston Bruins and the teams recent bad play at home hasn't made things any easier.

Taking over for Martin will be assistant head coach Randy Cunneyworth who will serve as the interim head coach the rest of the season.

"The primary reason is the team wasn't performing as well as it should be in our minds," general manager Pierre Gauthier said during a news conference.

Martin was in his third season with Montreal and 17th in the NHL.

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Barry Bonds Appeals Judge's Sentence

Paul Morris/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- On Friday, a federal judge gave former MLB superstar Barry Bonds a sentence of 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for providing a misleading testimony before a grand jury. 

The sentence will be delayed due to an appeal by Bonds.

The former baseball slugger declined to speak in court. After the trial, some people hugged Bonds and cheered him as he left the courthouse.

Bonds is a 7 time National League MVP and is currently the Major League Baseball homerun king. 

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Erik Spoelstra Signs Contract Extension with the Heat.

Miami Heat/NBA(Miami) -- Eric Spoelstra is going nowhere.  The Miami Heat signed Spoelstra to a contract extension after taking the Heat to the NBA Finals last year. 

Spoelstra was entering the last year of his deal.  Details of the extension have not been realeased.

Heat President Pat Riley commented on the matter saying, "We have one of the great young coaches in the league and (he) is an absolute member of this family. He's the perfect coach for this team now. The reason why we did it was to extend him and keep him in the family and (not) have somebody come steal him away from us."

Spoelstra started his career with the Heat 17 years ago working in the video room.

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