Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Monday. “Happy New Year”
Chargers-W-Raiders (30-10)..Philip Rivers (387P-3TD) including 56-62TD passes..Keenan Allen 28Y-TD run with fumble….Allen (9R-133)..Travis Benjamin (4R-93)…Melvin Gordon (124APY) in win…Bolts defense interception in end zone…Made 4th down stops 5-17-17Y line in game…Derek Carr (243P)…Marshawn Lynch (101R)….Owner Mark Davis fires Jack Del Rio after game….Bolts miss playoffs at (9-7)…Raiders finish (6-10)…Chargers survived blocked field goal and missed PAT…Chargers miss playoffs for 4th year in a row. .
Chargers…Stub Hub center over-run by 70% Raiders fans…Large number of no-shows for most expensive seats along sidelines….Fans chanting ‘Beat LA’ during the game..CBS’ Kevin Harlan called Raiders fan turnout ‘unbelievable’…..Chargers had to go to silent count to get plays off in the first half…Fans booed LaDainian Tomlinson in first half as he tried to interview Dodgers manager Dave Roberts….Stadium played ‘Viva Las Vegas’ as Raiders entered field…PA did not introduce Chargers players in pregame.
Chiefs-W-Denver (27-24)…Harrison Butler 30Y-FG (:04) left for KC win…QB-Pat Mahomes (284P)…Kareem Hunt 35Y-TD run…Albert Wilson (10R-147Y)….Broncos QB-Paxton Lynch (254P-2TD-2Int-1 fumble-5QB sacks)..Denver finishes (5-11).
Jaguars-L-Titans (15-10)..Tennessee gets wildcard spot…Titans defense 2-Interceptions in 2nd half…Marcus Mariota (134P-60R)…..
Bills-W-Miami (22-16)..QB-Tyrod Taylor (204P-TD)…Stephen Haushka 23-33-49Y-FGs…Bills get first playoff berth in 19Y
Carolina-L-Atlanta (22-10)..Falcons defense 3-interceptions-2 sacks…Matt Ryan (317P-TD)…Cam Newton (180P-59R)…3-interceptions-2 fumbles…Falcons get wildcard slot.
Seahawks-L-Arizona (26-24)…Phil Dawson 4FGs…Drew Stanton (145P-TD)…Russell Wilson (221P-1TD)…3-lnterceptions-3sacks-2 fumbles in loss…Seattle had (24Y-1 first down in opening half)..Ty Lockett 99KRet-TD .
Ravens-L-Bengals (31-27)..Andy Dalton throws 49Y-TD passs to Ty Boyd with (:44) left…Deq Denna4d 89Y-Interception TD..Dalton (222P)…Joe Flacco (203P)..Alex Collins (78R)…Cincinnati win knocks Ravens out of playoffs…Flacco had (26Y) passing at halftime.
Patriots-W-Jets (26-6)..Tom Brady (190P-2TD).Dion Lewis (93R)..Pats home field advantage AFC playoffs. ..
Redskins-L-Giants (18-10)…Orleans Darkwa 75Y-TD run (154R)….Wayne Gillman (89R)…Eli Manning (132P)…Kirk Cousins 3-Int-3 QB sacks..
Vikings-W-Bears (23-10)..Latavius Murray 2-TD runs..Stefon Diggs 15Y-TD catch..
Cowboys-W-Eagles (6-0)..Brice Butler 20Y-TD catch..Dak Prescott (179P) TD..Zeke Elliott (108R)….Cowboys 3-sacks of QB-Nate Sudfeld…
Packers-L-Lions. (35-11)..Matt Stafford (323P-3TD)..Lions defense 2-Int-4 QB-sacks.
Steelers-W-Browns (28-22)..Pittsburgh defense 6-sacks-key interception..QB-Landry Jones (239P-TD)..Stevan Ridley (89R)..Steelers finish at 2nd seed in AFC.
Texans-L-Colts (22-13)..Frank Gore (100Y) rushing..Jacoby Brissett (114P)..
Saints-L-Bucs..(31-24)…Jameis Winston 39Y-TD pass to Chris Godwin (“09) letter in game…Winston (363P-TD-3-Interceptions-2 sacks)….Drew Brxees (245P)…Alex Kamaea (106Y-KReturn-TD) for New Orleans.
Rams-L-49ers (34-13)…Jimmy Garoppolo (292P-2TD)…Carlos Hyde-Matt Briere (162Y) rushing….SF defense 3-sacks-2 fumbles…Rams rested starters…Garoppolo wins 5th start in row for Niners.
(Wildcard Weekend Matchups)
Black Monday…As many as 10-coaches could be fired this week in NFL.
Raiders..owner Mark Davis wants to hire Jon Gruden to return and would give him partial ownership in team…after firing Jack Del Rio after Sunday loss to Chargers.
Colts..fire Chuck Pagano after (4-12)..missed playoffs 3-years in a row
Giants..Hire Dave Gentlemen as GM…spent 4Y-as GM-Carolina..had worked for 11-years prior with Giants..Fiery press conference-promising ‘brutal honesty’….’don’t quit on talent…don’t quit on team’…’Culture-Leadership will change’…..’Cancers will be cut out’….Fires VP-Player Personnel Marc Ross….Releases OT-Bobby Hart…Benches OT-Erek Flowers….Lead candidate for coaching job-Eagles Def Coor-Jim Schwartz…Tampa Bay Def Coor-Mike Smith.
Houston..Reports of ‘toxic-dysfunctional’ relationship between GM-Rick Smith and Coach Bill O’Brien….Smith leaves team for indefinite period to be with ill wife….Players ask owner Bob McNair to keep O’Brien.
Jets..Say Coach Todd Bowles will return-given 2Y-extension.
Tampa Bay…Coach Dirk Koetter told he will return in 2018.
Denver…Denver Post reports Vance Joseph likely to be fired…after (5-11) season.
Chargers…DE-Joey Boss fined-(18,231) hits on QB last weekend.
Jaguars..DE-Yannick Ngokoue-fined (30,387)-touching official.
Atlanta..CB-Desmond Trufant-fined (12,128) taunting.
Sugar Bowl…Alabama-Clemson rematch of last year’s championship game..QB-Jalen Hurts-vs-Kelly Bryant.
Rose Bowl..Georgia-Oklahoma..Sooners QB-Baker Mayfield battled flu all week..Bulldogs with high powered run game led by Nick Chubb-Sonny Michel.
Outback Bowl..Michigan-vs-South Carolina
Peach Bowl..Auburn-vs-Central Florida
Citrus Bowl..Notre Dame-vs-LSU
Cotton..USC-L-Ohio State..Trojans turn ball over 4-times..3-in opening half..Sam Darnold (384P)…8-sacks..Buckeyes QB-JT Barrett 1-28TD runs..CB-Damon Webb 23-TD interception-fumble recovery.
Fiesta..Penn State-W-Washington..RB-Saquon Barkley 92Y-TD run..Lions QB-Trace McSorley (342P-60R) in win.
Orange..Wisconsin-W-Miami..Badgers defense 3-interceptions..RB-Jon Taylor (130Y) rushing..QB-Alex Hornibrook 4TD passes
Liberty..Iowa State-W-Memphis..QB-Kyle Kempt (314P-2TD) for Cyclones.
Tax Slayer..Mississippi State-W-Louisville..Bulldogs defense 4-interceptions of Lamar Jackson (325APY) in loss.
Arizona..New Mexico State-W-Utah State…Aggies 1st bowl win since 1960.
Sun..North Carolina State-W-Arizona State..Wolfpack pick off 3-Sun Devil passes.
Belk..Wake Forest-W-Texas AM..Deacons QB-John Wofford (400P-4TD)..Aggies QB-Nick Starkel (499P-4TD).
Music City..Northwestern-W-Ketucky..RB-Justin Jackson (157R) for Wildcats in win.
Padres..Sign FA-P-Tyson Ross-ex Texas Rangers (7.71-ERA)
Padres..Sign FA-P-Chris Young-ex Royals (7.50-ERA)
Padres..Release minor league P-Jacob Smith (3.04-ERA)
Rockies..Sign FA-P-Wade Davis-ex Cubs..(1.45-ERA) last 3-years
Phillies..Sign FA-P-Ryan Etsell-ex Dodgers minor leaguer
Aztecs-W-Utah State (79-59)…Max Montana 14P-off the bench..Jalen McDaniels-Malik Pope 13-each…SDSU now (9-4)
Aztecs…6’8-F-Teki Gill-Caesar leaves team because of on-going hip-back problems..had played sparingly over two years with hip-back ailments after transfer from Missouri.
USD-W-Pepperdine (74-66)..G-Ollin Carter hits 7-3’s as Toreros survive foul problems
Nevada-W-New Mexico…Wolfpack now (13-3)
Fresno-W-Air Force..Bulldogs (11-4).
Boise-W-UNLV..Broncos (12-2) on season.
Colorado State-W-San Jose..Rams 9th win of year.
Lakers-L-Houston (148-142) 2OT……Chris Paul hits 6-straight free throws in 2nd overtime to give Rockets win..ex-Laker Tarik Black had blocked shot and 4-key rebounds in 2nd overtime to help Rockets…Kyle Kouzma had 2-shots blocked in final (:31) of game trying to get Lakers a tie….James Harden (40P) bu left with hamstring injury in 4th quarter….Julius Randle (29P) for Lakers before fouling out…Kouzma (23P)…Josh Hart (26P)…Lakers had 72-points in first half…and shot 52% for game…but Rockets had 19-3 point baskets….Lakers have now lost 9-of-10 games…and (11-23) on season.
Clippers-W-Charlotte (106-98)…Lou Williams scores (40P) in win..
Lakers..Players meeting to discuss teams struggles..had lost 8-of-9…Andrew Bogut says young players approach to games ‘unprofessional’….Players said ‘upset’ with trade rumors involving Jordan Clarkson-Julius Randle.
Detroit..G-Avery Bradley reportedly paid (400,000) for sexual assault case settlement…now woman has leaked confidential information in case.
Spurs..G-Rudy Gay-heel injury
Toronto..Suspend F-Sergei Ibaka-shoved employee of club.
Ducks-W-Arizona (5-2)…Anaheim erupted for 3G in 3rd period in Sunday night action
Kings-W-Vancouver (4-3)..Drew Doughty overtime goal in Saturday night action
Gulls-W-Texas…Eric Fehr 2G-1A..Gulls get 4-goals in 3rd period win on road on Saturday.
Gulls-L-San Antonio in Sunday game..Rampage tie game with (1:32) left in game..then score on rebound with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to los game.
Gulls..Release F-Jordan Samuels-Thomas to sign contract in Europe.
Gulls..Anaheim Ducks send C-Dennis Rasmussen and D-Andy Helinski down from NHL club.
Calgary…F-Michael Frolik-out broken jaw.
Tampa Bay..G-Peter Budaj-out-leg injury
Calgary-New Jersey…Trade-Flames deal G-Eddie Lack to Devils for minor leaguer.
Montreal…Reportedly shopping high scoring veteran C-Max Paciorietty in a deal.
English Premier League
..Manchester City-Tie-Crystal Palace…City 18-match win streak snapped…Goalie makes key foot save in 90th minute to prevent Crystal Palace from pulling off huge win…City is (19-0-2) this year.
..Chelsea-W-Stoke City…move into 2nd place..score 3G-in-23 minutes
..Liverpool-W-Leicester City..Mohammad Salah score 2G
..Newcastle-Tie-Brighton..United 1-point from relegation
..Watford-W-Swansea..Score in 86th-90th minute
..Everton-L-Bournemouth..Snap 6-match unbeaten streak
..Manchester United-Tie-Southhampton..6-yellow cards-25 fouls in (0-0) tie…drops Man U into 3rd place.
Tennis..Serena Williams loses in opening match in Abu Dhabe Classic (6-2, 3-6, 10-5) in first match back after having a child.
NASCAR…Lose corporate sponsor Coors Light-which sponsored pole money prizes in 3-different series last year.