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Hakeem Nicks Signs 1-Year Deal with Titans

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.

After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns.

Nicks was originally selected by the Giants with the 29th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.

After a solid rookie year, Nicks posted back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Nicks joins a Titans squad that already has Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas, and Kendall Wright at receiver.

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Eagles Sign CB Walter Thurmond

JupiterImages/ YORK) -- The Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback Walter Thurmond for a one-year deal, the team announced on Wednesday.

Thurmond spent last season with the Giants and prior to that was in Seattle for four years.

Thurmond tore his pectoral muscle in Week 2 last year and missed the final 14 games of the season, but will be reuniting with former Seahawks teammate Bryon Maxwell, who signed a six-year contract this week with the team.

Thurmond was a key player in Seattle's Super Bowl run in 2013 and is also a former Oregon Duck.

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Giants Release Longtime DE/LB Mathius Kiwanuka

Banana Stock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After nine years with the team, the New York Giants have released defensive end/linebacker Mathius Kiwanuka.

Kiwanuka was a member of two Super Bowl teams and amassed 38.5 sacks in his Giants career.

"The thing that has always impressed me about Kiwi is how serious he is about the game," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in a release. "He was always prepared and always in outstanding condition and played very hard."

"And he had some nasty in him," he continued. "I always felt like you could count on certain things from him: eight [or] nine sacks, harass the quarterback, and you could move him around, inside, outside. He is dependable, reliable and there is no question about his professionalism. His character and professionalism and serious approach to the game will be missed."

Now quarterback Eli Manning and long snapper Zak DeOssie are the only remaining members of the 2007 Super Bowl team.

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Spagnuolo Returns as Giants Defensive Coordinator

NFL Photos via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Steve Spagnuolo is once again the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Spagnuolo, who served as the team's DC from 2007-08, was hired Thursday back into the role he served when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.

The 55-year-old Spagnuolo spent the past two seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff, serving as the team's assistant head coach and secondary coach last season. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and served three seasons as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

“I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again," Spagnuolo said. "I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin (head coach). Tom is the highest character guy I know. The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”

During Spagnuolo's last stint as a defensive coordinator with the Saints, his defense set an NFL record for yards-allowed. Still, his success with the Giants is undeniable, helping him beat out competition for the job.

"We spoke to a lot of very good candidates," Coughlin said. "The energy, enthusiasm and strong personality that we saw before in Steve Spagnuolo, all of that was very evident again. His desire to be a Giant again was very, very obvious."

Spagnuolo takes over a defense that ranked 29th overall in total yards allowed last season.

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N.Y. Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Named to Pro Bowl

iStock/Thinkstock(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will replace injured Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson on the NFC roster in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 25. The NFL made the announcement on Wednesday.

The Giants selected Beckham out of LSU with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. In 12 games this season, he had 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“It is definitely awesome,” Beckham said in a statement released by the team. “It is something that means a lot to me, and I am definitely going to cherish the moment. I’m very excited to be going to the Pro Bowl.”

The 22-year-old had nine consecutive games with 90 or more receiving yards, tying an NFL record set by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin in 1995.

Johnson is sitting out to give his injured right ankle more time to heal.

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Former Giants Coach Sherman Passes Away at 91

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Allie Sherman, one of the most successful coaches in New York Giants franchise history, has passed away at 91 years of age.

Sherman, who led New York to three championship games, died Saturday in his home in Manhattan.

Before becoming a head coach, Sherman played four seasons;  in 1943 with the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles, a two-team merger as a result of World War II, then the remaining three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a two-way player, at both quarterback and defensive back.

Upon taking the advice of Hall of Fame coach Earl Neale, Sherman entered into coaching, getting his start with New Jersey's Paterson Panthers. The next season he joined the Giants as a defensive backs coach and then spent several seasons as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.  

Sherman would gain the top job for the Giants in 1961 and led the team to the title game three straight years, losing to the Green Bay Packers in '61 and '62, then to the Bears in 1963. 

After his coaching career, Sherman worked alongside Chris Berman at ESPN as an analyst in 1987.

Sherman was born in Brooklyn in 1923.

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Giants Want to Finish the Season Strong

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants have nothing left to play for but their head coach Tom Coughlin and pride on Sunday when they host the Eagles.

New York has won three games in a row and wants to finish the season strong under Coughlin, who has been under fire.

"We want to finish strong," quarterback Eli Manning said this week.

"We've been playing pretty good football lately," Manning continued.  "We want to end the season on a high note."

The Eagles have dropped their last three games and quarterback Mark Sanchez will make his return to New York, where he first started with the Jets.

"You have to win games," Sanchez said. "The head coach and the quarterback, we are the only ones who keep a record, so it goes with the territory of this position. There have been three really tough games and (last week's) came down to the wire and we came up a little short."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 (9-5) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (5-9) 

New York Giants 24 (5-9) - Washington Redskins 13 (3-11)

New England Patriots 41 (11-3) - Miami Dolphins 13 (7-7)

Indianapolis Colts 17 (10-4) - Houston Texans 10 (7-7)

Baltimore Ravens 20 (9-5) - Jacksonville Jaguars 12 (2-12)

Buffalo Bills 21 (8-6) - Green Bay Packers 13 (10-4)

Carolina Panthers 19 (5-8-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (2-12)

Cincinnati Bengals 30 (9-4-1) - Cleveland Browns 0 (7-7)

Kansas City Chiefs 31 (8-6) - Oakland Raiders 13 (2-12)

New York Jets 16 (3-11) - Tennessee Titans 11 (2-12)

Denver Broncos 22 (11-3) - San Diego Chargers 10 (8-6)

Seattle Seahawks 17 (10-4) - San Francisco 49ers 7 (7-7)

Detroit Lions 16 (10-4) - Minnesota Vikings 14 (6-8)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (10-4) - Philadelphia Eagles 27 (9-5)

NBA: Washington Wizards 93 (17-6) - Utah Jazz 84 (6-18)

Chicago Bulls 93 (15-8) - Miami Heat 75 (11-13)

Golden State Warriors 128 (21-2) - New Orleans Pelicans 122 (11-12) - Overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder 112 (11-13) - Phoenix Suns 88 (12-13)

Los Angeles Lakers 100 (8-16) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (5-18)

Toronto Raptors 95 (18-6) - New York Knicks 90 (5-21) - Overtime

San Antonio Spurs 99 (17-7) - Denver Nuggets 91 (10-14)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (18-9-3, 39pts) - Los Angeles Kings 3 (15-10-6, 36pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 2 (21-9-1, 43pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (17-13-2, 36pts)

Top 25 College Basketball: (4) Louisville 68 (9-0) - UNC-Wilmington 57 (3-3)

(7) Villanova 85 (10-0) - Temple 62 (6-4) 

(14) Iowa State 88 (8-1) - Southern 78 (2-8)

Tennessee 67 (4-3) - (15) Butler 55 (8-2)

(17) Washington 81 (8-0) - East Washington 77 (8-2)

(22) West Virginia 69 (9-1) - Marshall 66 (3-6)

(24) St. John's 74 (8-1) - Fordham 53 (3-5)

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Odell Beckham Jr. Obliterates Redskins

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants found a gem with their first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Odell Beckham Jr. racked up 143 yards on 12 catches, including three touchdowns, Sunday on way to a Giants 24-13 victory. Beckham had a fourth that was negated because of a holding penalty.

After missing the first four games of the season, Beckham has quickly racked up 71 catches for 972 yards and nine touchdowns.  

"I don't want to get his head too big right now, but he has a lot of skill," Eli Manning said. "You hope he keeps working and grinding and doing the little things to correct. There is still room for improvement."

Colt McCoy got the start for the Redskins but quickly exited after re-injuring his neck on the opening series. 

Robert Griffin III entered and found a groove early. He found Christian Thompson for a nine yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Griffin nearly found the end zone again when he called his own number but after an official replay was ruled to have fumbled the ball before crossing the pylon. The Redskins seemed to go into a funk after that play.

Griffin finished 18 of 27 for 236 yards.

"It's not been a fun year," Griffin said. "We've had a lot of turmoil, a lot of things going on. At the end of the day, you suit up and when your number's called, be ready to play."

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ESPN: Robert Ayers' Season Is Over

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers' season is over, according to ESPN New York.

Ayers tore his pectoral muscle in the second half of the team's loss to Jacksonville Sunday and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Ayers, who signed a two-year contract with the Giants in March, has played in all 12 of New York's games this season. He is tied with Jason Pierre-Paul for the team lead in sacks with five, and has one forced fumble.

Ayers was originally selected by the Denver Broncos with the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Since then he's played in 84 regular season games, registering 169 tackles, 17 sacks, four forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

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