Kings Dustin Penner Injured -- by Pancakes

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hockey is a rough sport, so news that Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Penner had been injured might not come as a surprise -- but how he was hurt definitely is: eating pancakes.

Penner had been dealing with back spasms as of late, but he further aggravated the injury while eating breakfast.

"Apparently it's one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing," Penner said in a interview with L.A. Kings insider Rich Hammond. "I just leaned over to dip some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It's just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes...So it was disappointing. Hopefully it's just an isolated injury, and not something that's going to become chronic."

Penner has just two goals and six assists in 30 games played this season with the Kings.

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Thunder Guard Maynor Out for the Season

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Eric Maynor will miss the remainder of the season, after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

He tore the ligament during the fourth quarter of the Thunder's victory over the Rockets Saturday night.

Maynor has been serving as the team's backup point guard.  He is expected to be replaced by either rookie Reggie Jackson or Royal Ivey.

For the season, Maynor was averaging 4.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.

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Josh McDaniels is Back with the Pats

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH) -- After a four year hiatus, Josh McDaniels has rejoined the New England Patriots coaching staff.

The Patriots announced Sunday that McDaniels will join the team as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the season.

McDaniels originally joined the Pats in 2001 as a defensive coaching assistant.  In 2006, he became the Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, a position he held until he left the team in 2008.

He was in charge of the offense during the Patriots record-breaking 2007 season. 

After he left, he became the head coach of the Denver Broncos for a season and a half. He may be best known in Denver as the man who drafted Tim Tebow. This season he served as the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator.

McDaniels will be with the Patriots for their upcoming playoff game against the Broncos.

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Kendrick Re-Signs with Angels

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Angels have re-signed second baseman Howie Kendrick to a four year contract extension worth a reported $33.5 million dollars, provided he passes a physical.

The 28-year-old Kendrick hit .285 with 18 home runs last season. He also made his first all-star team.

Kendrick was drafted by the Angels in 2002.  Until the past two seasons, he has had trouble staying healthy, but he holds a career .292 batting average through 655 games played.

The contract would make him the fourth highest paid second baseman in the league.

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Lakers Win Sixth Straight at Home

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Lakers (6-4) defeated the Memphis Grizzlies (3-5), 90-82 Sunday.  The win was the Lakers sixth straight home victory, and improves their record at the Staples Center to 6-1 on the season.

Kobe Bryant led the way, scoring 26 points and dishing out 9 assists.

Despite the win, the Lakers committed a season high 27 turnovers. That could be do to their busy schedule. The Purple and Gold is tied with Oklahoma City for playing the most games this season, ten.

"This is tough. You'd rather not talk about it," forward Pau Gasol said. "We're tired, and we're going to stay tired."

It's not going to get any easier for the Lakers.  They play five games in the next eight days.

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Tebow Shocks Steelers in OT, 29-23

Jeff Gross/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos almost let Tim Tebow's playoff debut slip away but Denver's defense gave him a chance to pull off the shocker in overtime.

On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, Tebow hit wide receiver Demaryius Thomas with an 80-yard touchdown pass which gave Denver a 29-23 win in Denver on Sunday.

"When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, `Thank you, Lord," Tebow said. "Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him -- Like I can catch up to D.T! Then I just jumped into the stands, first time I've done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans."

In his first playoff game, Tebow broke John Elway's debut playoff passing record with 316 yards.  He also topped the former Broncos' quarterback by winning in his first playoff game.  In 1984, Elway fell to the Steelers at home.

"He really answered the bell, he came out and played great.  He pulled that trigger and put it on the money," said Elway who is the Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Denver will travel to New England to take on the Patriots on Saturday.

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Scoreboard Roundup 1/8/12

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Playoffs: The Denver Broncos surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, 29-23.

The New York Giants punished the Atlanta Falcons, 24-2.

NBA:  The Orlando Magic (6-3) topped the Sacramento Kings (3-6), 104-97.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (3-5) beat the Washington Wizards (0-8), 93-72.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-2) got by the San Antonio Spurs (6-3), 108-96.

The Portland Trail Blazers (6-2) ran past the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-4), 98-78.

The Los Angeles Lakers (6-4) topped the Memphis Grizzlies (3-5), 90-82.

NHL: The Ottawa Senators (22-15-6) out-dueled the Philadelphia Flyers (24-12-4), 6-4.

The Detroit Red Wings (26-14-1) sliced the Chicago Blackhawks (24-13-5) in overtime, 3-2.

The Anaheim Ducks (12-22-6) popped the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-25-5), 7-4.

Top 25 Men's Basketball:  (12) Indiana (15-1) edged Penn State (9-8), 88-82.

(16) Michigan (13-3) downed (18) Wisconsin (12-5), 59-41.

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Giants Headed to Green Bay, Beat Falcons, 24-2

Elsa/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) --  The New York Giants defense came up big on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

They shut out the Atlanta Falcons offense and are headed to Green Bay to take on the Packers after Sunday's 24-2 win over Atlanta.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning provided all the offense New York would need with three touchdown passes.  The biggest one coming in the third quarter to Hakeem Nicks for a 72-yard touchdown connection that broke the game open.

"We're not trying to force things to a certain guy," said Manning.  "If they want to try and take away Victor (Cruz) that's fine.  That's why we have Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, these guys are play makers."

It was the first playoff win for the Giants since they upset the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl four years ago.

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Report: Colts Set To Draft Andrew Luck

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are planning to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the overall number one pick in this year's NFL draft, according to ESPN.

Colts owner Jim Irsay envisions Luck becoming the franchise quarterback, taking over the reigns at some point for Peyton Manning.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter says the pick is a no-brainer.

“Andrew Luck is regarded as, by many, the top quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning,” Schefter said. “So you need to find a way to get him on the field, but how do you do that if you have Peyton Manning?”

The Colts finished the 2011 campaign 2-14, after Manning missed the entire season recovering from neck surgery

During his 14-year career in Indianapolis, Manning has tossed for 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns, leading the Colts to a victory in Super Bowl 41. He has been named to the Pro Bowl 11 times, and has won the league MVP award four-times.

The first round of the NFL draft is schedule to take place Thursday, April 26th in New York City.

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Lions Breakout Season Comes To A Close

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Motor City will have to wait another year for the opportunity to capture its first Vince Lombardi trophy, after the Detroit Lions loss to the New Orleans Saints Saturday in the NFC Wild Card round, 45-28.

It was the Lions first appearance in the playoffs since 1999. During their 11 year playoff drought, Detroit went 46-128, including the NFL's first 0-16 campaign in 2008. This season, the Lions went 10-6, the first time they won ten games since 1995.

“It was a learning experience for are whole team,” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “Not many of those guys in a Lions uniform have been in the playoffs. It was a learning experience, we’ll learn from it and we’ll get better. We’ll be back.”

Stafford had a breakout season in 2011, tossing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns against only 16 interceptions.

The Lions have only won one playoff game since winning the NFL championship back in 1957.

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