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Tuesday
Nov292011

Jaguars Fire Jack Del Rio

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Jack Del Rio, who had been with the team since 2003.

The Jaguars fell to 3-8 on the season after Sunday's home loss to the Houston Texans.

Del Rio's overall record in Jacksonville was 68-71. The team has not had a winning season since 2007.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has been named the team's interim head coach.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Lions' Suh Suspended Two Games for Stomp

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended two games without pay for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving Day.

Suh will miss two game checks totaling $164,000 and will not be allowed to visit the team's practice facility during the suspension.  He has been penalized several times for on-field rules violations since his NFL career started last season.

Detroit visits New Orleans to take on the Saints Sunday night.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Stewart Hires New Crew Chief

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Tony Stewart, the 2011 Sprint Cup champion has added Steve Addington as his new crew chief for next season.

Stewart had told his former crew chief Darian Grubb midway through the Chase that he would not be back in 2012.

"Darian was a very important part of the success we've had at Stewart-Haas Racing," Stewart said in the statement. "I'm very proud of everything he helped accomplish, especially this year when we all rallied to win the championship."

Addington was the crew chief for Kurt Busch, but told Penske Racing that he would not be returning last week.

"My comfort level with him is already strong," Stewart said. "He balances the technical part of our sport with the real-world experiences we get at the track, and that will allow for a smooth transition as we prepare to defend our title in 2012."

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Florida's Billy Donovan Notches 400th Win

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan picked up his 400th career win Monday night as his team blew out Stetson, 96-70.

After the buzzer sounded, his players gave him a Gatorade bath on the court, as well.

"I think more about the guys who were here and the guys that have come through [the program]," Donovan said. "It's not just the NBA guys, it's the really quality kids that I've coached for a period of time."

Florida guard Bradley Beal had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Boeheim Plans to Stay on as Syracuse Head Coach

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- In the wake of long-time Syracuse basketball assistant head coach Bernie Fine's firing on Sunday, head coach Jim Boeheim said that he himself has no intention of qutting, according to sources.

"He's not going to resign," a source told ESPN's Andy Katz.  "He's like [UConn's Jim] Calhoun -- old warriors.  He'll get through this."

A source familiar with the school's basketball program said that Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins plans to succeed Boeheim as head coach whenever he steps aside.

University spokesman Kevin Quinn declined to comment to ESPN.com about whether Boeheim's job security was at stake following Fine's dismissal.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Saints Cruise Past Giants, 49-24

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORELANS) -- The New Orleans Saints (8-3) crushed the New York Giants (6-5), 49-24 on Monday night in New Orleans.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees continued his successful season, passing for 363 yards and four touchdowns, including one that he ran in himself.

"Can't say enough about our team. Our coaches, offense, defense -- it was a great team win tonight in every aspect," said Brees, who kept on pace to break Dan Marino's 1984 single-season passing record of 5,084 yards.

Brees has now passed for 3,689 yards, with five games remaining in the season.  In 2008, Brees fell a couple yards short with 5,069 yards.

New Orleans now has a one-game lead over the Atlanta Falcons (7-4) heading into December.

As for New York, they now trail the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) by one game in the NFC East.

"We didn't stop them, we didn't cover them," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin when he was asked why it was such a lopsided game.  "We prepared well, but when we got in the game we didn't cover them well."

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Monday
Nov282011

Scoreboard Roundup - 11/28/11

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL:

The New Orleans Saints (8-3) crushed the New York Giants (6-5), 49-24.

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:

(6) Louisville (6-0) flew past Long Beach St. (3-3), 79-66.

(9) Florida (5-1) beat Stetson (3-3), 96-70.

(11) Xavier (5-0) outlasted (20) Vanderbilt (5-2) in overtime, 82-70.

(16) Marquette (6-0) rolled past Jacksonville (2-4), 88-56.

(21) Memphis (3-2) bounced Jackson St. (1-7), 70-45.

(23) California (6-1) stormed past McNeese St. (3-3), 73-57.

NHL: The Minnesota Wild (14-7-3) defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning (11-10-2), 3-1.

The Nashville Predators (11-8-4) popped the Edmonton Oilers (12-10-2), 2-1.

The Dallas Stars (14-9-1) got by the Colorado Avalanche (10-13-1), 3-1.

The Los Angeles Kings (12-8-4) shut out the San Jose Sharks (13-7-1), 2-0.

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Monday
Nov282011

Maurice Out, Muller In as Carolina Hurricanes Coach

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The Carolina Hurricanes fired head coach Paul Maurice Monday and replaced him with minor league coach Kirk Muller. It's the second time in less than a decade that the Hurricanes have axed Maurice.

“When we got to the point of the game in Montreal where we started to get the inconsistent level of play that we would like,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said, "that was really at the point where I started to make the decision to make a change.”

Muller was in his first season coaching the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators.

The Hurricanes have lost three in a row and currently sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

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Monday
Nov282011

Norv Turner on the Hot Seat in San Diego

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers are in a tailspin, losers of their last six games. The latest defeat came this past Sunday: a 16-13 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. The Bolts had a chance to snap out of their funk, but kicker Nick Novak missed a 53-yard, game-winning field goal late in overtime. The Chargers (4-7) are now tied for last place in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I’m not oblivious to any of that,” Chargers head coach Norv Turner said of fans calling for his ouster. “But it’s not something that is going to be an issue for me and I’m not going to talk about it over the next five weeks.”

San Diego’s six-game losing streak is their longest in a decade.

Up next on the Chargers schedule: a Monday-night showdown in Jacksonville against the Jaguars next week.

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Monday
Nov282011

LSU, Alabama Set For Rematch?

iStockPhoto/Thinkstoc(NEW YORK) -- LSU and Alabama remained first and second respectively in the latest BCS standings. Oklahoma State is ranked third, followed by Stanford and Virginia Tech.

If LSU beats Georgia in the SEC title, they will clinch their spot in the BCS national championship game.  Alabama's regular season is over, but it will be tough for Oklahoma State to pass them in the standings even if they beat Oklahoma on Saturday due to the gap in the BCS averages of the two teams.

Unless Oklahoma State can make up that ground in the standings, LSU and Alabama will most likely face each other in the national championship game.  LSU beat the Crimson Tide 9-6 earlier this season.

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