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Report: Dan Quinn to Be Named Falcons Head Coach

Monday, January 26th, 2015 by

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) — Once the Super Bowl has concluded, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to name Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their head coach, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Quinn, 44, has served as defensive coordinator of the Seahawks defense for the past two seasons after replacing Gus Bradley, who took the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Falcons have already named Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator, though it has been rumored that his hiring is contingent on Quinn being hired.

Raheem Morris, a former player of Quinn at Hofstra in 1990, will likely join the Falcons as defensive coordinator.  Morris was previously head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011.

Quinn has been in a bit of a tricky situation because of NFL rules. As a member of a coaching staff that is actively in the postseason, Quinn was only available to interview during the Seahawks bye weeks — the wild card round and this week leading up to the Super Bowl.  No team was able to hire him until the Seahawks season concluded.

He will replace Mike Smith, who served as Falcons head coach for the past seven seasons. 

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Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Monday, January 26th, 2015 by

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — On way to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, a remarkable event occurred for the Miami Heat. Hassan Whiteside, a center who has worked on his craft in the Developmental League, recorded a triple double for the Heat in their 96-84 win.

By putting up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks, Whiteside recorded his first career triple-double. He also did this in 25 minutes of action; achieving the feat in the second shortest period of time in the shot clock era. 

“It’s a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won’t believe how things work out in life,” said Whiteside. “Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn’t get a team to pick up the phone.”

A second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, many teams chose to steer themselves away from Whiteside because of questions about his attitude. After working on his craft overseas and in the D-League, Whiteside signed with the Heat in November.

“That’s what the team needs,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It gives us a very different dimension. It’s a credit to him for continuing to work hard and match it with his talent.”

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Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O’Neal

Monday, January 26th, 2015 by

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport(DALLAS, Tx.) — The Dallas Mavericks are inching closer to signing center Jermaine O’Neal.

The 36-year-old center, who is currently rehabilitating from numerous injuries and chronic ailments, is likely to join the Mavericks around the All-Star break, according to ESPN.

O’Neal, an 18 year veteran, last played in the 2013-2014 season with the Golden State Warriors. He has had multiple surgeries to repair both wrists and undergone plasma-rich therapy on both knees to alleviate tendinitis.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics on Dec. 18, the Mavericks are now seeking to add depth to their front line.

For his career, O’Neal has averaged 13.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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Team Irvin Wins Pro Bowl

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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NFL Shield (NFL)(GLENDALE, Az.) — The NFL’s annual All-Star competition concluded with Team Irvin defeating Team Carter 32-28.

Under the leadership of Hall of Fame wide receivers, Michael Irvin and Cris Carter, the NFL’s most popular players put on a show for the fans.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took home MVP honors for their respective side of the ball.

“I just tried to enjoy it,” Watt said, who intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the game. “That’s what the Pro Bowl is all about, giving the fans a good show. Everybody worked so hard to get here, you want to enjoy yourself and play some good ball. Guys are dancing around and having a good time, that’s what it’s all about.”

Stafford, who tossed two touchdowns and threw for 316 yards in the game, said: “It was a blast. To able to play with the best in the world is a whole lot of fun, and everybody is such good people, too. I am out here having a good time.”

This year, the Pro Bowl was held in the host city of the Super Bowl, Glendale, Arizona, taking a one year break from its usual destination of Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/25/15

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA: Miami Heat 96 (20-24) – Chicago Bulls 84 (29-17)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:(2) Virginia 50 (19-0) – Virginia Tech 47 (8-11)

(5) Duke 77 (17-2) – St. John’s 68 (13-6)

(14) Wichita State 74 (18-2) – Drake 40 (4-16)

Ohio State 82 (16-5) – (23) Indiana 70 (15-5)

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Browns W.R. Josh Gordon Facing One-Year Ban

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test and will now face a one-year suspension, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Gordon tested positive for alcohol, a source said, confirming a report by Pro Football Talk. 

Gordon was suspended at the end of the season for violating team rules after missing the first 10 games of the season, to go along with being arrested for driving while impaired after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina during the summer.

Prior to that arrest, he was suspended the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

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Mike Krzyzewski Wins 1,000th Game in Duke’s 77-68 Victory over St. John’s

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The wait is over.  Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game after his team beat St. John’s 77-68 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The Blue Devils were down 61-51 with 8:36 left in the game and had a furious rally and Quinn Cook’s three pointer gave them their first lead of the second half with 5:15 left in the game.  They’d go on to have a 26-7 run to end the game and give Coach K the milestone victory.

Tyus Jones finished with 22 points and six assists and Cook and Jahlil Okafor each added 17 in the win.

Sir’Dominic Pointer had 21 points in the loss for St. John’s.

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Ohio State gets Past (23) Indiana, 82-70

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — D’Angelo Russell wasn’t a heralded player heading into this season, but that’s all changed as he continued his great play during the Buckeyes 82-70 win over 23rd ranked Indiana on Sunday.

Ohio State has now won three-straight games for the first time in nearly a month, improving to 16-5, and 5-3 in the Big-Ten.

Russell led the way for Ohio State as he scored 22 points, dished out 10 assists, pulled down six rebounds, and also had two steals. He had 13 of the Buckeyes’ first 19 points

Forward Jae’Sean Tate also had a big game for the Buckeyes, scoring 20 points on 9-10 shooting.

Entering the game, Indiana averaged just 11.1 turnovers per game, the second-fewest in the Big-Ten. Ohio State forced 15 Hoosier turnovers, which turned into 26 points.

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Pistons’ Point Guard Brandon Jennings out 6-9 Month with Achilles Injury

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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NBA via Milwaukee Bucks(MILWAUKEE) — The Detroit Pistons’ biggest fears have come true as point guard Brandon Jennings will miss the next 6-9 months with an Achilles injury.

“6/9months.” Jennings posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, confirming the injury.

Jennings fell to the floor during the team’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night after he planted his left leg while he was guarding on inbounds pass. He had to be carried off the court by teammates.

“We gotta just keep pushin’ WE (Pistons) worked to hard to get down about anything right now. We gotta stay focus on the main Goal. Playoffs!” Jennings tweeted after the game.

Since waiving forward Josh Smith, Jennings has played some of the best basketball of his career for the white-hot Pistons.

This past Wednesday, he dished out a career-high 21 assists and was coming into his own in his second season with the team.

In 41 games this season, Jennings averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.

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NFL Hands out Warning to Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL is tired of Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch’s celebrations after he celebrates touchdowns.

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is reporting that if Lynch makes an obscene after scoring or at any other time during Super Bowl XLIX, the team will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

If he does it after scoring a touchdown, the team will have to kickoff from the 20-yard line.

Lynch has been fined twice this season for grabbing his crotch, and was fined $20,000 by the NFL for making the gesture during the NFC Championship Game. He’s also clashed with the league at times this season for his unwillingness to talk to the media.

ESPN also reports that that league will continue to consider fining Lynch “significantly more” than the $50,000 they have fined him in each of the past two seasons for not speaking to the media.

Lynch was fourth in the NFL in rushing this past season.

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