Lakers' Win Seventh Straight at Home

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) --  After losing to the Chicago Bulls at home on Christmas Day, the Los Angeles Lakers have now won seven straight at home after they took care of the Phoenix Suns 99-83 on Tuesday.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored a season high of 48 points in the victory.

"I don't like them, it's plain and simple," said Bryant of the Suns' team. "They used to whoop us pretty good and used to let us know about it. I will not forget that."

This was Bryant's fifth straight game with 25 or more. Lakers center Pau Gasol chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

The Lakers are now 7-4 and in first place in the Pacific.

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Mayweather Jr. Calls Out Manny Pacquiao

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights(NEW YORK) --  If there was ever a question who Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, he made it even clearer on Tuesday.

On his personal Twitter account, Mayweather Jr. tweeted: "Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5 and give the world what they want to see," read Mayweather's first tweet.

Then he followed with: "My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk." He was referencing his sentence from his guilty plea on a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges, stemming from a fight with his ex-girlfriend in front of their two children.

Pacquiao did not respond but his promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, told the Los Angeles Times that May 5 doesn’t work.

"June 9 is perfect," Arum told The Times from the Philippines, where he is meeting with Pacquiao to talk about his next opponent. "May 5 is out, that's impossible."

Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to begin serving his 87-day sentence starting June 1.

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Sources: Jets' Schottenheimer Out, Sparano In

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Jets announced that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer won't return in 2012.

League and team sources told ESPN's senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen late on Tuesday night that the Jets have had former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano as their top choice to replace Schottenheimer in the event of a vacancy.

Schottenheimer interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars' head coaching job but they hired Mike Mularkey instead on Tuesday.

The sources say the Jets are expected to announce Sparano's hiring today.

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Jaguars' Hire Mike Mularkey as New Head Coach

National Football League(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey to be their new head coach on Tuesday.

The Jaguars, who finished third in the AFC South this year with a record of 5-11, will be hoping Mularkey will be able to improve a league-worst offense in 2011.

Mularkey will be the franchise's third head coach in 18 years.

"Mike recognizes the challenge and opportunity before all of us, and that's to make the Jacksonville Jaguars one of the premier franchises in the National Football League, bar none," new owner Shahid Khan said in a statement. "In simple terms, Mike is aiming high."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/10/12

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Houston Rockets (3-6) tamed the Charlotte Bobcats (2-8), 82-70.

The Washington Wizards (1-8) vanquished the Toronto Raptors (4-6), 93-78.

The Philadelphia 76ers (7-2) crowned the Sacramento Kings (3-7), 112-85.

The Chicago Bulls (9-2) topped the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-7), 111-100.

The Dallas Mavericks (5-5) sped past the Detroit Pistons (2-8), 100-86.

The Milwaukee Bucks (3-6) lassoed the San Antonio Spurs (6-4), 106-103.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (9-2) zapped the Memphis Grizzlies (3-6), 100-95.

The Utah Jazz (6-3) took care of the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-5), 113-105.

The Portland Trail Blazers (7-2) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (4-3), 105-97.

The Los Angeles Lakers (7-4) ran past the Phoenix Suns (4-5), 99-83.

The Golden State Warriors (3-6) shocked the Miami Heat (8-2) in overtime, 111-106.

Top 25 Men's College Basketball:  (3) North Carolina (9-6) took care of Miami (FL) (9-6), 73-56.

(4) Baylor (15-0) bounced (18) Kansas State (12-2), 75-73.

Illinois (15-3) upset (5) Ohio State (15-3), 79-74.

(6) Michigan St. (15-2) pounded Iowa (10-8), 95-61.

Providence (12-6) upended (14) Louisville (13-4), 90-59.

(19) Florida (13-4) downed Georgia (9-7), 70-48.

(22) San Diego St. (14-2) edged Chicago St. (0-16), 73-65.

(23) Creighton (14-2) slipped by Northern Iowa (12-5), 63-60.

(24) Seton Hall (15-2) beat DePaul (10-6), 94-73.

NHL: The New York Islanders (15-19-6) stopped the Detroit Red Wings (26-15-1), 5-1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (22-15-5) blanked the Buffalo Sabres (18-19-5), 2-0.

The Ottawa Senators (23-15-6) skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-16-4), 5-1.

The Philadelphia Flyers (25-12-4) one upped the Carolina Hurricanes (14-23-7), 2-1.

The New York Rangers (27-9-4) outlasted the Phoenix Coyotes (20-17-6) in a shootout, 2-1.

The St. Louis Blues (25-12-5) shutdown the Montreal Canadiens (16-19-7), 3-0.

The Minnesota Wild (22-15-6) defeated the San Jose Sharks (23-11-5) in a shootout, 5-4.

The Boston Bruins (27-11-1) cooled off the Winnipeg Jets (20-17-5), 5-3.

The Vancouver Canucks (27-14-3) iced the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout (17-20-4), 5-4.

The Anaheim Ducks (13-22-6) stormed past the Dallas Stars (23-17-1), 5-2.

The Calgary Flames (20-19-5) doubled up the New Jersey Devils (23-17-2), 6-3.

The Nashville Predators (23-15-4) downed the Colorado Avalanche (23-20-1), 4-1.

The Chicago Blackhawks (25-13-5) popped the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-26-5), 5-2.

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Report: Baylor's Griffin III Declaring For NFL Draft

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(WACO, Texas) -- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has decided to declare for this year's NFL draft, according to ESPN.

RG3 won the Heisman Trophy this season, beating out Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

“The personnel people I’ve spoken with believe he’s going to be a top-10 pick,” ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen said. “However, they always remind you about the process. The process being, you are going to have to go through these evaluations, the workouts. Your game tape is a great resume, but he played in an offense that is going to be different than what he is going to play in the NFL.”

Griffin tossed for 4,293 yards with 37 touchdowns and only six interceptions this season, while leading the Bears to a victory in the Alamo Bowl.

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Hue Jackson Out As Raiders Head Coach

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The coaching carousel continues in Oakland. The Raiders fired head coach Hue Jackson Tuesday after just one year.

The Silver and Black will be looking for their seventh head coach in 10 seasons, following Bill Callahan, Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable and Jackson.  

“I felt there was a need for change at the head coaching position from the top,” new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “We’re moving into a new era. No disrespect to coach Jackson, but this is something I wanted to do, start anew.”

McKenzie was hired by the Raiders from Green Bay's front office last week, becoming Oakland's first general manager since the death of longtime owner Al Davis.

Following Davis' passing in October 2011, Jackson took over personnel decisions. His big move came when he acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a 2012 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2013 second-round draft pick.  The two-time Pro Bowler finished the 2011 campaign with 2,753 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

The Raiders began the season 7-4, but lost four of their final five games to finish the season 8-8. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

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Bruin Marchand Suspended Five Games for Salo Hit

Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand has been suspended five games by the NHL for his hit on Vancouver Canuck Sami Salo on Saturday.  

"As the video shows, Marchand skates towards Salo along the boards," league vice president of player safety and hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said in a video posted on the league's website. "Rather than deliver a shoulder-to-shoulder check, Marchand drops down dangerously low into Salo's knee area, propelling Salo up and over, causing an injury."

Salo ended up suffering a concussion from the hit. 

The game was the first between Boston and Vancouver since Boston beat the Canucks in June to win the Stanley Cup.

Marchand was also fined $152,439.02 for the hit.

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Surgery Successful for Celtic Jeff Green

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- According to Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, the team was informed Monday forward Jeff Green had successful surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. 

Green will miss the entire 2011-2012 season. He found out during his team physical prior to the season that surgery would be necessary.

Before becoming aware of the operation, the C's were hoping Green would be a big piece of the team this season.

Boston acquired Green from Oklahoma City in the Kendrick Perkins trade in the middle of last season, but he never seemed truly comfortable on the court. The team was hoping a new year and short training camp would provide their forward with that comfort.

The hope now is that Green will be back on the court for the beginning of the 2012-2013 season.

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Body of Packers Coach's Son Found in River: Report

National Football League(OSHKOSH, Wis.) -- The body of Green Bay Packers offensive cooridinator Joe Philbin's son was pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Monday, according to a source close to the family who spoke with ESPN. 

Michael Philbin, 21, is the second-oldest child of Joe and his wife Diane's six children.

Michael was last heard from around 2 a.m. Sunday, when he was hanging out with friends near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Oshkosh police say no foul play is suspected.

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