Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday
Chargers…1st full on field practice to put in game prep for New England Patriots playoff game.
Chargers…Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones heaps praise on the LA market for supporting the return of the NFL to Los Angeles…..Lots of praise on the Rams…not one mention of the Chargers-nor owner Dean Spanos despite a (13-4) season so far.
Raiders…Unconfirmed report that the Raiders President has contacted the Mayor’s office as to the availability of SDCCU Stadium for Raiders home games in 2019. Mayor’s office has not responded as to whether there has been communication….Source says City would want 7M for rental of Stadium for at least 10-home games…same fee owner Mark Davis was prepared to pay the Oakland Coliseum…Raiders President Michael Bargain refused comment on whether talks took place..
Arizona…Cardinals hire Kliff Kingsbury-just fired at Texas Tech-as head coach…went (35-40) with Red Raiders…Kingsbury backed out of deal to become USC offensive coordinator.
Tampa Bay…Hires Bruce Arians as head coach..former head coach Arizona Cardinals.
Tampa Bay…Hires Byron Leftwich-passing game coach…Harold Goodwin-running game coach..both from Arizona.
Tampa Bay…Interviewing Todd Bowles for Def Coord job-just fired by Jets.
NY Jets..Mike McCarthy’s agent makes contact with Jets…waiting to set up interview
NY Jets…Interview Todd Monken-ex Tampa Bay for head job
Atlanta..Hire Dirk Koetter as Off Coord-just fired as Tampa Bay head coach.
Atlanta..Hire Mike Mularkey as TE coach
Cleveland..Bring Kevin Stefanski-Minnesota in for 2nd interview…may have narrowed choices to Freddy Kitchens and Stefanski-meaning Mike McCarthy-ex Green Bay-no longer in running.
Denver…Report John Elway has narrowed head coaching choices to two..Vic Fangio-Bears…Mike Munchak-Steelers.
Green Bay….Retain Mike Pettine as Def Coord on Matt LaFleur’s new staff
Washington..Interview Todd Bowles for DB coaching job.
Washington..Fire Torrian Gray-DB coach
New England..Off Coord Josh McDaniels says ‘book is closed’ will not interview for any more coaching jobs this offseason.
Detroit..Fires Matt Harriss-Salary Cap coordinator…Hirtes Mike Disner from Arizona Cardinals
Jaguars..Interview Darrell Bevell-ex Seattle-Green Bay for Off Coord job.
Carolina…Interview Perry Fewell for DB-job..ex-Jaguars DB coach
Steelers….Former Pittsburgh S-Ryan Clark says WR-Antonio Brown cursed out longtime Def Coord-Dick LeBeau and that Head Coach Mike Tomlin did nothing to solve the locker-room crisis with Brown over the years…Clark called Brown ‘a bad teammate’
Baltimore…Longtime Colts DE-Roy Hilton passes away (75Y)…spent 9-years with NFL Colts team during the Johnny Unitas years.
Arizona..Sign FA-WR-Bryant Mitchell-CFL-Edmonton Eskimos (60R)
Raiders..Sign FA-P-Drew Kaser-ex Chargers (47.7) average.
Chiefs..S-Eric Berry…WR-Sammy Watkins go thru full workout preparing for KC-Colts playoff game.
Rams..RB-Todd Gurley-does walk thru practice on Tuesday…will go thru full Wednesday practice-preparing for LA-Dallas playoff game
Chargers..TE-Hunter Henry-full practice-activated off IR list for Chargers-New England game.
Clemson-Alabama TV Ratings….lowest of the years the playoff has been held…..Rating (14.6) for Monday night game-huge drop-off from (16.7) a year ago…..Highest rating was Oregon-Ohio State in first year of playoffs (18.9).
AP Poll…Final poll out…1-Clemson..2-Alabama…3-Ohio State…4-Oklahoma…5-Notre Dame.
Ohio State…Fires LB-coach Bill Davis…hiring Al Washington-LB coach from Michigan…3rd Buckeye assistant to leave this week with new head coach Ryan Day taking over.
Phillies…Will meet with FA-OF-Bryce Harper on Saturday.
Yankees..Reportedly ready to offer FA-SS-Manny Machado (5Y-130M) package…well below 7-year he demanded.
Giants-Brewers…Trade talks..SF shopping P-Madison Bumgarner-but demanding P-Brandon Woodruff-P-Freddy Peralta in package.
Angels-Giants..Trade talks-Halos trying to acquire SF relief pitcher Tony Watson.
White Sox..Sign FA-OF-John Jay-ex Arizona
Seattle..Sign FA-P-Aaron Northcraft-ex Braves-Padres
Orioles..Sign FA-P-Greg Infante-ex White Sox.
Yankees..Doctors clear P-CC Sabathia for spring training workouts..passed stress test after stent surgery last month.
Aztecs-W-Wyoming..(84-54)…..SDSU jumps to 17-point lead in first half-bury poor Cowboys team….Aztes hit 12-3’s in blowout win….Jalen McDaniels (22P)…Matt Mitchell (20P)…..Devin Watson-Matt Michell combine for 8-3’s…. ….SDSU (9-6) on year…Cowboys (4-12)….State plays lowly Air Force on Saturday.
Clippers-Charlotte….Clippers jump out to rely lead behind Tobias Harris-Dino Gallinari in first half….led (91-80) in 4th quarter at press time.
Lakers-Detroit…Wednesday night matchup
NY Knicks…report Knicks are not going to offer F-Kristap Porzingas a ‘max’ free agent contract…but rather an incentive laced contract because of injuries….Opens door for Brooklyn Nets to offer him a (4Y-133M) max contract if he goes on the free agent market.
San Diego Gulls-at-Stockton….Wednesday matchup…..Gulls are (9-0-2) in last 11-games…storming into 3rd place in Pacific Division behind hot rookies Troy Terry-Max Jones-Sam Steel.
Anaheim Ducks-Ottawa Senators…Wednesday night action…Ducks have lost 8-in row…trying to avoid a franchise record 9th straight loss.
Humboldt Broncos….Driver of tractor trailer truck that T-boned bus carrying Broncos hockey team last April-pleads guilty to 29-counts of vehicular homicide and endangerment….Jask Sidhu-driver-said he did not want to cause pain for all families of those who died or were badly injured by taking the case to trial…16-players and staff died in horrible crash…Sidhu faces 24-years in prison.
St Louis…Put veteran LW-Patrick Maroon on NHL trade block.
Chicago..D-Jason Garrison released-signs with Djurrgarden-Sweden.
Arizona..Puts F-Nick Schmaltz on longterm IR-will miss rest of season with lower body injury…had scored 14-points in 18-games since coming in trade to Coyotes.