Best 15 Minutes-Friday–1/8

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Chargers…GM-Tom Telesco-his team (23-26) and in a downard sprial, will hold his end of season press conference on Friday…..Will be asked about a contract extension for Mike McCoy….Why Telesco’s contract extension was never announced……How they expect to hire 7-assistants if this is a lame duck season…..Draft priorities….Failures in free agency……The injury crisis on the roster.

Chargers…Will have 4-of-top-104 draft picks next April and at least 35M-salary cap space for free agency.

Chargers….NFL decides not to let Mike McCoy staff coach in Senior Bowl after they fired 7-assistant coaches this week….Dallas-Jacksonville staffs will coach teams…Missed opportunity to sit and talk to players.

(Coaching)

49ers…David Shaw-Stanford coach-rejects overture to interview for job.
Tampa Bay…Fires Lovie Smith-then fires Leslie Frzier-Gil Byrd-Mikal Smith off defensive staff.
Eagles…Bringing Adam Gase-Bears-back for 2nd interview.
Miami…Asks for permission to interview Tampa Bay-Off Coor-Dirk Koetter.
Browns..Interview Paul Guenter-Bengals this weekend.
Bengals..Off Coor Hue Jackson will take part in 3-interviews on Sunday after Cincinnati playoff game.
Colts..Hire Ted Monachino-Ravens-as Def Coor.
Titans..Interview Martin Mayhew-GM job-was fired as Lions GM midseaso.
Jets..Fire Bobby April-Special Teams coach.

(Teams)

Dallas…Teammates call Greg Hardy ‘unprofessional’…chronic tardiness-practices-meetings…Coaches had to meet with him 4-times…Earned 8.8M.
Ravens…LB-Terrell Suggs…WR-Steve Smith say they will both comeback and play in 2016-after torn Achilles tendons.

(Playoffs)

Steelers-Bengals…AFC-Wildcard Game…..Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown combo tough to defend…Brown (136R) this season….Pittsburgh without its top two running backs….AJ McCarron remains Cincinnati starter……WR-AJ Green could have field day vs shaky Steelers secondary….Steelers (395YPG) this year..scored 45-TDs…#1-Offense in AFC….Defense allowing (363YPG)….Bengals-AJ Green (86R) 15YPC…..Offense turned it over only 17-times…just 9-picks….Defense allowing (358YPG)…Reggie Nelson-8 interceptions….Cincy 42-QB-sacks…Geno Atkins-Carlos Dunlop combined 24-sacks.

Chiefs-Houston….AFC-Wildcard Game….Kansas City carries 10G-win streak into playoffs…..Chiefs offense has slowed down last couple of weeks…..LB-Justin Houston-out 3W-spraine knee cleared to play…..Texans Brian Hoyer will start at QB…..JJ-Watt coming off 16-sack season-keys Houston defense….Chiefs defense 47-sacks..29-turnovers…Marcus Peters-CB-8 Interceptions….Chiefs offense just 15-tovers-2nd least in NFL….Texans 45-QB sacks-25-turnovers…#2-defense in AFC….JJ Watt-Whitney Mercilus combined 29-sacks.

Green Bay-Washington…NFC-Wildcard Game…..Packers have lost 4-of-last 6…struggling to protect Aaron Rodgers…..Defense has let down…..Kirk Cousins on strong second half run with Washington offese….Alfred Morris coming off 100-yard game…..Washington defense strong pass rush….Packers OL allowed 47-sacks….Offense ranked 23rd in league….Passing offense drops to 24th this year….Washington defense leaky-allows (380YPG)….Kirk Cousins (29TD-11Int) 4166Y passing…Aaron Rodgers (31TD-8Int)-but team struggling down stretech.

Seattle-Minnesota…NFC-Wildcard Game….Arctic blast weather…..(-23 Windchill) for Sunday afternoon…..RB-Marshawn Lynch-out since November 15th-returns from abdominal surgery-practiced well all week……Vikings Adrian Peterson-leading rusher in league-missed workouts with bruised back this week-will start…..QB-Ted Bridgewater-only 14-TDs in 16-games this year-last in starting QBs in league….Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’ defense finished 1st in NFC…..allows just (291YPG)…..37-sacks-23-turnovers….allowed just 16-red zone touchdowns…..Russell Wilsokn #1-passing NFL…(34TD-8Int)…110Rating…(4,024)….Vikes KR-Cordarelle Patterson (31YPR)….Adrian Peterson (1,485R)-…4.5YYPC….Minnesota defense allowed just 18TD in red zone…43-QB sacks.

(College)

USC…Hires Clancy Pedergast-49ers-to return as Def Coor-turned down same job offer at Oregon.
Ball State..Hires Mike Neu-head coach…was QB-Coach-New Orleans Saints.
Texas State…Hires Ev Withers-head coach…was (19-7) at 1AA-James Madison.
Texas AM…Hires Noel Mazzone-Off Coor-was at UCLA with Jim Mora.
Texas AM…Hires Scott Woodward as AD-was Athletic Director at U-Washington.
Mississippi State..Hires Ed Ogeron-Def Coor…had been at LSU…turned down USC job.
Georgia..Hires Mel Tucker-Def Coor…was at Alabama.
Auburn..Hires Wes McGriff-Def Coor…had been on New Orleans Saints staff.
Boston College…Hires Jim Reid-Def Coor…had been at Iowa.

Ohio State..coach Urban Meyer upset record 9-Buckeyes underclassmen file dfor NFL draft-charges tampering by lawyers-agents.
WVU…RB-Wendel Smallwood (I600R)-files for NFL Draft.

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———————(Baseball)————————————-

Dodgers…Confirm signing Japanese FA-P-Kenta Maeda….contract contained only 24M-guaranteed monies-but big incentives….concern about arm issues.
Giants…Sign FA-OF-Denard Span-Washington (3Y-31M).
Mariners..Sign FA-P-Ryan Cook-A’s.
Seattle…Releases P-Anthony Bass-to sign in Japan.
Marlins-Texas…Trade Talks…OF-Marcel Ozuna-for-P-Chi Chi Gonzalez.

MLB…Hires longtime OF-Curtis Pride to become ‘Ambassador of Inclusion’ to counsel players who are gay….Promotes Billy Bean to VP-of Inclusion.

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——————————(Basketball)—————————-

Lakers-L-Sacramento (118-115)…DeMarcus Cousins hits 3-free throws down the stretch to finally get Kings win……..Fans give Kobe Bryant huge farewell receptions….Cowbells included…then Kings jump out to 17P-opening quarter lead…lead by 22-at half in bad blowout and 27P early in 3rd….Kobe hit 4-shots in a row to trigger rally-LA came back to take lead with 3-minutes left…Sacramento shot 59% in first half-scored 69P…..LA had 38P-3rd quarter….Lakers fall to (8-29)….

Lakers-Oklahoma City….Thunder (25-11) coming to town.
Golden State-Portland…Warriors now (33-2) heading to road game tonite.
Spurs-NY Knicks….SanAntonio (31-6).

Denver…Waive F-Kostas Papanikolau
Suns…Release G-Bryan Cotton…F-Corey Jefferson.
Houston…G-Ty Lawson suspended 3G-for DUI arrest last June.
Sacramento…NBA will not discipline Rajon Rondo for alledged leg whip of Dallas player while sitting on bench.
Celtics…coach Brad Stevens leaves team to visit former Butler C-Andrew Smith-fighting for his life with stem cell-cancer surgery.

USD-L-USF (73-65)….Dons hit 8-3’s in game….USD without Duda Sanadze fall to (5-9)

UCLA-W-Arizona (87-84)…Bryce Alford hits 3-point shot (:05) left..finishes with 25P…Cats rallied from 13-back but lost…Bruins have now beaten top ranked Kentucky and 4th seed Wildcats….UCLA now (10-6)

Aztecs….Off weekend-don’t play till next Wednesday.

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—————————-(Hockey)————————————–

Kings-W-Maple Leafs (2-1)….LA relentless forechecking-score 2-goals early in 3rd period break scoreless tie..Jeff Carter key goal…Vinnie Lecavalier key assist on first goal in first game with Kings…Kings fired 41-shots on goal…LA now (26-12-2)

Ducks-St Louis…..Anaheim (16-16-7)….won 4-of-6…Blues (23-14-6)
Ducks….Shutout 8X this year…19-of-39 games have scored 1-goal or less this season.
Ducks-Montreal…Trade…Canadiens deal G-Dustin Tokarski to Ducks for F-Max Friberg…Tokarski assigned to Gulls-now have 3-goalies

Washington Caps…Sign FA-C-Mike Richards-ex LA Kings-suspended then released by team following drug arrest with painkillers last June at Canadian border…Still facing court appearance end of month….NHL cleared him to sign.

Gulls-Charlotte…..Gulls open 3-game homestand tonite vs Checkers-AHL action
Gulls…..AHL names Nick Ritchie-Brandon Montour to All Star team roster. …

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