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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Raiders Eliminated from Playoffs

Harry How/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders (8-8) failed to show up at home with their playoff hopes on the line on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers (8-8).

Philip Rivers and the rest of the already eliminated Chargers team took care of the Raiders, 38-26.  Had Oakland won, they would have won the AFC West because the Denver Broncos (8-8) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (7-9).

Despite 417 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, his defense was unable to make the big stops when they needed to.

"To find out it worked out the way you needed it to and to lose this one," said Palmer.  "It's going to be a long offseason."

It's been an up and down season all year long for Oakland.

"It's unfortunate, I thought this team was ready to take the next step," said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.  "Didn't get it done, it's my responsiblilty so I understand that and I'm pissed to say the least."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/1/12

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: The New York Giants (9-7) shot down the Dallas Cowboys (8-8), 31-14.

The Green Bay Packers (15-1) outlasted the Detroit Lions (10-6), 45-41.

The Miami Dolphins (6-10) eliminated the New York Jets (8-8), 19-17.

The Chicago Bears (8-8) downed the Minnesota Vikings (3-13), 17-13.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) edged the Indianapolis Colts (2-14), 19-13.

The Tennessee Titans (9-7) slipped by the Houston Texans (10-6), 23-22.

The Baltimore Ravens (12-4) ko'ed the Cincinnati Bengals (9-7), 24-16.

The New England Patriots (13-3) ran past the Buffalo Bills (6-10), 49-21.

The New Orleans Saints (13-3) pounced on the Carolina Panthers (6-10), 45-17.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) sliced the Cleveland Browns (4-12), 13-9.

The San Francisco 49ers (13-3) beat the St. Louis Rams (2-14), 34-27.

The Atlanta Falcons (10-6) crushed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12), 45-24.

The Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) flew past the Washington Redskins (5-11), 34-10.

The Kanas City Chiefs (7-9) trimmed the Denver Broncos (8-8), 7-3.

The San Diego Chargers (8-8) bolted the Oakland Raiders (8-8), 38-26.

The Arizona Cardinals (8-8) got by the Seattle Seahawks (7-9) in overtime, 23-20.

NBA: The Boston Celtics (2-3) sliced the Washington Wizards (0-4), 94-86.

The Chicago Bulls (4-1) popped the Memphis Grizzlies (1-3), 104-64.

The Miami Heat (5-0) cruised past the Charlotte Bobcats (1-3), 129-90.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) topped the New Jersey Nets (1-4), 98-82.

The Orlando Magic (4-1) slipped by the Toronto Raptors (1-3), 102-96.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (1-3) surprised the Dallas Mavericks (1-4), 99-82.

The Denver Nuggets (3-2) took care of the Los Angeles Lakers (3-3), 99-90.

The Sacramento Kings (2-3) bopped the New Orleans Hornets (2-2), 96-80.

The Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) downed the Portland Trail Blazers (3-1), 93-88.

NHL: The Nashville Predators (21-14-4) defeated the Calgary Flames (18-17-5), 5-3.

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Syracuse (15-0) downed DePaul (9-4), 87-68.

(5) North Carolina (13-2) rolled over Monmouth (NJ) (2-12), 102-65.

(7) Duke (12-1) crushed Pennsylvania (6-8), 85-55.

(14) Marquette (12-2) got by Villanova (7-7), 81-77.

(18) Michigan (12-2) slipped by Minnesota (12-3), 61-56.

Cincinnati (11-3) popped (22) Pittsburgh (11-4), 66-63.

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