Chargers-Jaguars…Saturday wildcard game…Chargers travel day Friday
..Bolts won 3-of-4
..Chargers only 1-win vs team’s winning records
..QB-Justin Herbert (4,739-25TD)…38-sacks…93QBR
..RB-Austin Ekeler (1,637APY)..has 311-touches this year
..WR-Keean Allen-Mike Williams combined (129R)
.,WR-Josh Palmer (72R)
..Defense allow (143YPG) rushing…(5.4YPC)
..Bolts (31-of-33) FG
..Jaguars won 5-in a row…and 6-of-7
..Jaguars have beaten Dallas-Ravens-Chargers
..QB-Trevor Lawrence (4113Y-25TD)..only 8-interceptions..95QBR
..RB-Travis Etienne (1125Y-5.1YPC)
..WR-Chris Kirk-Zay Jones combined (166R)
..TE-Evan Engram (73R)
..Offense (357YPG)..Defense (353YPG)
..Defense 1TD allowed last 3-games
Chargers..WR-Mike Williams-does not practice for 4th day in row-back issue
Chargers…Head Coach Brandon Staley comments:
..Justin Herbert’s whole life-performed well in big games
..He’s played the best when the stage has been the biggest
..Jaguars ‘onboarded’ alot of quality players
..Jacksonville takes csre of the football
..We have to do good job on early downs
..Jags offense makes you defend the whole field
..We need to put a roof on explosive plays
..Their skill group has been there all season
..Our defense has to do the right thing..no free plays
..We have 17 weeks of Jaguars video now..had only 2-games in season
..Trevor Lawrence has great quick release
..They protect him well-he gets ball out so quick
..Doug Pederson’s offense..defend the entire field
49ers-Seattle…Saturday…Rain-Wind in Bay Area…Niners won 10-in row..Offense (365YPG)…Defense allow (300YPG)…Niners defense (44-sacks-30-takeaways)…QB-Brock Purdy (107-QBRating)…RB-Christian McCaffrey (1880APY)…Seahawks lost 5-of 8 over second half of season… QB-Geno Smith (4282Y-30TD)…RB-Kenneth Walker (1050Y-rushing)..WRs DK Metcalf-Ty Lockett combined (174R)..Heavy rain in forecast for Santa Clara in afternoon.
(Sunday Wildcard Games)
Bills-Miami…Buffalo (397YPG) offense…allow (319YPG)…QB-Josh Allen (5045APY-42TD…Bills defense 40-sacks…allow (37%) on 3rd downs…Miami lost 5-of-6…QB-Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussions protocol for 3rd straight week…Raheem Mostert-broken thumb.
Vikings-Giants…Minnesota (361YPG-Offense…388YPG-Defense)…QB-Kirk Cousins (4547P=29TD-17-Turnovers…46 sacks..WR-Justin Jefferson (128R-14YPC)…RB-Dalvin Cook (1100Y-rushing)…Giants won only 2-of-8-games end of year…QB-Daniel Jones (3900APY)
Bengals-Ravens..Cincinnati won 8-in row and 10-of-11…Ravens have lost 3-of-4..QB-Joe Burrow (4473Y-35TD),,Bengals convert 46%-3rd downs…WR-JaMarr Chase-Tee Higgins combined (161R)…Ravens without QB-Lamar Jackson for 6th game in a row…Backup Trace McSorley may start-has shoulder injury…Ravens defense (48-sacks-25 takeaways)
Tampa Bay-Dallas…Cowboys just (2-2) down stretch…Bucs (3-4) end of season…Dak Prescott (23TD-16-Turnovers)….Dallas defense (54-sacks-33 takeaways)…Tom Brady (4694P-25TD)….has taken only 22-sacks in 733-attempts…WRs Chris Godwin-Mike Evans combined (181R)
Dallas..Activate DT-Jon Hankins from IR
Bills..Activate WR-Cole Beasley from IR
Saints..OT-Trevor Penning needs surgery Lisfranc foot injury
Bengals..OG-Alex Cappa..OT-La’el Collins will miss this weekends game
Denver…Sets up Tuesday interview in Los Angeles with Sean Payton
Denver…Will meet Tuesday afternoon with Rams Def Coor-Raheem Morris
Arizona..gets permission to interview Sean Payton for both Coach-Director Players Personnel.
Arizona…Interviews Joe Hovtiz-Ravens for vacant GM job
Arizona..Interviews Def Coord-Vance Joseph
Denver…Interviews former Stanford head coach David Shaw-16 years
Houston..Gets permission interview Rams RB-coach Thomas Brown
Colts..Interviews Broncos Def Coor-Ejiro Evero
Patriots…Interested in Kliff Kingsbury-ex Arizona for Off Coord job
Jets..Fire OL coach-Jon Benton after firing Off Coord-Mike LaFleur
49ers..Adam Peters rejects offers to interview for GM job-Titans-Arizona
Bears..Hire Kevin Warren-President-was Big 10-Commissioner
New England..Owner Robert Kraft met with Coach Bill Belichick and agreed there will be changes to Offensive Coaching staff.
Tampa Bay..Report that QB-Tom Brady owned 1.1M-shares in FTX crypto currency…Wife owned 668,000-shares…Lost a reported 45M-investment.
NFL..Announces AFC-Championship game would be held in Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta..if Kansas City-Buffalo wind up in title game.
Senior Bowl…Announce TCU-Max Duggan…Fresno State-Jake Haener will quarterback teams next week.
Clemson..Hire Garrett Riley-Off Coord-had been at TCU-3 years
Clemson..Fires Off Coord-Barrett Streeter
Mississippi State..Hire Kevin Barbay as Off Coord-Appalachian State
Oklahoma State..Def Coord Derek Mason leaving coaching
Padres..Re-sign FA-P-Craig Stammen (1Y-1.5M) with 2M-incentives…Has (55-44) record with 3.66-ERA in career.
Padres…Payroll now at 267M-with signing of DH-1B-Nelson Cruz to 1-year deal
Padres..Name Phil Wellman-Manager AAA-El Paso-was at San Antonio…Name Luke Montz-ex Red Sox as Manager AA-San Antonio…Name Jon Matthews-manager at Class A-Ft Wayne…Name Pete Zamora-Manager Lake Elsinore.
Dodgers..Release P-Trevor Bauer after failing to make a trade…Will owe him (22.M) on his 2023-contract….Had already paid him (43M) for single season ..Bauer lost (37M) during suspension.
Dodgers..Confirm newly acquired SS-Miguel Rojas has had 2-off season surgeries on wrist
Miami-Minnesota..Discuss major deal..Marlins P-Pablo Lopez for Twins OF-Max Keplar
Mets..Open talks with FA-OF-Andrew McCutchen-ex Brewers-Giants-Phillies-Pirates…Also in contact with FA-OF-Adam Duvall-ex Braves..and OF-Trey Mancini-ex Astros-Orioles
Milwaukee…Veteran P-Josh Lindblom retires after 12-years
Cubs..Sign FA-P-Vinnie Nittoli-ex Phillies
Texas..Sign FA-C-Sandy Leon-ex Red Sox-Indians-Twins
Toronto..Sign FA-P-Jay Jackson-ex Atlanta
Boston..Sign FA-OF-Greg Allen-ex Indians-Padres-Reds
Arizona..Sign FA-C-PJ Higgins-ex Cubs
Texas..Sign FA-P-Zach Littell-ex Giants
St Louis…Matt Holliday resigns as Bench Coach-will retire…had been hired in November…Hire Joe McEwing to replace him.
MLB..Announces Automated Ball-Strike system will be implemented in AAA next year….ABS system will call balls-strikes in half games….ABS will be used for Manager’s Challenges in the other half of AAA-games.
MLB..announced baseball revenue in 2022 was at 10.8B-all time hight…Attendance was a 64.6M fans-up 43% from Pandemic Years.
Boston…Daughter of legendary pitcher-broadcaster Dennis Eckersley arrested in New Hampshire-child endangerment charges for having a baby outside in cold weather…Live in father also arrested for possible assault among other charges.
Aztecs-New Mexico…Saturday game…SDSU (13-3)…Lobos (15-3)…State goes for 5th straight win against top MWC teams
USD-Loyola Marymont-Saturday game
USD-W-Pepperdine (92-89)…JaseTownsend-Eric Williams combined (49P) in Torerors win…Steve Lavin’s team now (9-10…Thursday game…
Lakers-L-Dallas Mavericks (119-115) 2OT….Luka Doncic (35P)…Christian Wood (24P-14R)…Wood blocked 2-LeBron James shots late in final overtime….LeBron (24P)…Russell Westbrook (28P)…Lakers shot (10-40) from 3 point range in loss…Thursday game
Atlanta-New Orleans…Trade talk…Hawks would deal F-John Collins for F-Trey Murphy and Pelicans #1 pick
Utah..F-Kelly Olynyk-out-ankle sprain
Indians..G-Ty Haliburton-sprained knee..averaging (21P-10A-4R) game
Boston..G-Jaylen Brown-injures groin in Wednesday game
Miami..Suspend C-Dewayne Dedmon 1-game for tantrum on bench with coaching staff.
Ducks-vs-NJersey Devils…Friday game
Ducks..Angry outburst players after poor play at home vs Oilers..Gave up 53-shots on goal…’Where’s compete on this roster’…Ducks (12-26-4) this season
Kings-New Jersey..Saturday game
Gulls-vs-Ontario Reign…Friday night…Gulls (11-24) trying to climb out of last place in AHL Pacific Division
Vancouver..Lose F-Tanner Pearson-rest of year-2nd hand surgery
Vancouver..Oliver Ekman-Larsson-benched despite 7.2M contract
Ducks..Activate C-Issac Lundstrom from IR list-fractured finger
Chicago..IR-F-Patrick Kane-leg injury
Carolina..F-Max Pacioretty injures lower back..had 3-goals in 3-games coming off injured list
Sabres..Callup G-Ukka Luukkonen from AHL
Minnesota..Buyout contract F-Joe Crammarossa-signs Manheim-Germany
English Premier League-Top weekend games:
..Arsenal (14-1-2)-vs-Hot Spur
..Manchester City (12-2-2)-vs-Manchester United (9-1-8)
Cristiano Ronaldo…Saudi team El Nassr-will play Paris St-Germain in friendly game on January 19th…Ronaldo will face Lionel Messi-Ky Mbappe-Neymar…More than 2M-soccer fans have asked for access to tickeets.
NASCAR…Jimmie Johnson-heading to Richard Petty Racing-says he will run in the Daytona 500 for the new Legacy Motor Club team…will run the Indy 500 for Chip Ganassi Racing…and will drive as part of the Garage 56-team in 24-Hours of LeMans.
NASCAR…Veteran driver Kevin Harvick says he will retire at end of the season…has 60-wins in 23-year career.
Kyle Larson….NASCAR driver works deal to run 2-races on Memorial Day weekend…will run in Indy 500 and then in Coca Cola 600 that night
Golf..Sony Open: 1st round
(64)..Chris Kirk-birdied first 3-holes
(64)..Jordan Spieth-birdied 5-of first 10-holes