Chargers…Coach Brandon Staley remains in ‘deinial’ he made the wrong calls on going for 4th down from his own 18-yard line in 3rd quarter in Raiders game…Also questioned about taking timeout on final overtime drive, stopping clock, allowing Raiders to run extra play-get 10-yards closer for game winning field goal..
Chargers…Team has (69-76) record..two playoff appearances since John Spanos-Tom Telesco took control of team 9-years ago
Chargers…Season Ending press conference:
QB-Justin Herbert….’Our team never quits’…Need to build off the good things in this offense..Look back at games we could have won-would not have had to win final game to be in playoffs..Learned alot about footwork..found a comfort zone in the pocket…Believe in our 4th down packages…Mike Williams is a special player on 50-50 balls.
WR-MikeWilliams..’I am free agent-want to stay-don’t like change’…
WR-Keenan Allen…’Culture has changed…We are trending in the right direction..Justin Herbert huddle control-amazing..Hard to reconcile how the season ended’
RB-Austin Ekeler..’Justin Herbert plays at higher level on 3rd-4th downs..Alot of what-if scenarios the way the game ended…Looking back-amazing-undrafted out of mountain college-lead NFL with 20-TDs..’
DE-Joey Bosa..’Devastation loss after such a tough game…Was really tired at the end…Grind of a game…Happy with my prodcution-pressures-forced fumbles-sacks’
OT-Rashawn Slater…Learned there is such a small margin for error in NFL’
S-Derwin James…’Believe in our coach-we have his back on playcalls’
(H)..Jaguars-Titans-Miami-Rams-Seattle out of division
(NFL Notes)..Black Monday
Miami..Fires Brian Flores..(24-25)..Missed playoffs 3-years in a row
Vikings..Fire Mike Zimmer and GM-Rick Spielman..(72-56-1)
Bears..Fire Matt Nagy and GM-Ryan Pace (34-31)
Giants..Fire GM-Dave Gettleman (19-46) in career
Denver..Fire Vic Fangio (19-30) and Off Coord-Pat Shurmur
Lions..Fire Off Coor-Anthony Lynn
Miami..Says it will not interview Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh for Dolphins job..Owner Steven Ross does not want to take him from his Alma Mater
Chicago..may interview Jim Harbaugh
Denver..Asks for permission to interview Eric Bienemy-CHiefs..Nathaniel Hackett-Packers..Kellen Moore-Denver..Dan Quinn-Dallas..Jerod Mayo-Dallas
Carolina..Will interview Pep Hamilton-Houston for Off Coord job
Bears..Will interview Leslie Frazier-Buffalo for head job
Bears..Ask permission interview Morocco Browns-Colts-Dir of Scouting
Giants..Will interview Ryan Cowder-Titans Director Player Personnel
Giants..Ask permission to interview Ryan Poles-Chiefs-Head Scout
Colts..GM-Jim Irsay-meets for 3-hours with Frank Reich over disastrous end to season.
Seattle..Coach Pete Carroll will meet with ownership aout coaching staff changes
Cleveland..Say QB-Baker Mayfield will return to team next year
Seattle..QB-Russell Wilson told he will return next year
Seattle..Backup QB-Geno Smith-DUI arrest 2am-Monday
NYJets…AFL star WR-Don Maynard passes away (86Y)..had (633R-88TD)_ in AFL career with NY Titans-Jets
NFL Draft Order-1st round
Bengals..Activate RB-Joe Mixon-DE-Trey Hendrickson from Covid list
Cowboys..Activate CB-Anthony Brown from Covid list
Bucs..Activate RB-Leonard Fournette..LB-Shaq Barrett..DE-Jason Paul-Covid
Patriots..DT-Christain Barmore-MRI-knee injury
Carolina..RB-Christian McCaffrey will change off season workout habits..has missed 22-games over last two years with major injuries.
(College Football Playoffs)
Alabama-L-Georgia (33-18)……Bulldogs QB-Stetson Bennett threw 40Y-TD pass in 4th quarter to rally his team to upset win, then went on clock-draining drive in final 6-minutes-throwing a late TD to beat Crimson Tide..Bulldogs defense used a pick six-Kei Ringo 79Y-Interception with (:54) left to seal dominant win….
Alabama lost star WR-Jamison Williams with a knee injury in the 1st quarter…Georgia defense went to heavy blitz package to disrupt Bryce Young…Tide secondary pass interference penalties and got beat deep….1st Georgia national championship since 1980….Kirby Smart beats Nick Saban for first time in 5-outings…
..Stetson Bennett (224P-2TD)
..Bulldogs (140Y) rushing
..Bryce Young (352P-TD-2 Int)…5-sacks…8-hits in loss
..Tide held 60Y-rushing
College Football Playoff Committee….Met 3-days in a row in Indianapolis but failed to come to agreement on expansion of playoffs from 4-to-12 teams…Committee says Conferences are digging in to protect their own self interests-demanding guaranteed slots for all Conference champions….Group of 5-leaders want guarantees their champions can be included in playoff format.
USC..Trojans freshman QB-Jaxson Dart-enters Transfer portal
UCLA..OT-Sean Rhyan..OG-Alec Anderson file for NFL draft
Washington State…Lands 1AA passing star Cameron Ward (6’3-QB)-transfer Division II-Incarnate Word-Texas…(4,648Y-47TD)..has 3-years eligibility left.
West Virginia..Hires Grahame Harrell-ex USC-as Off Coord-Mountaineers.
Aztecs…Mountain West Conference cancels SDSU-at-Wyoming game scheduled for mid week…Coach Brian Dutcher Press Conference:
..Defense sets the tone for our 30-point win against Colorado State
..Matt Bradley had his most complete game (26P)
..Bradley gears himself to play at higher level
..Bradley learns to play off the dribble..how to post up..production up
..Adam Seiko to rejoin team from Covid list
..Keshod Johnson-3rd year in program-grown in confidence with role
..Johnson learned how to attack the glass and how to guard big men
..AG Arop..Unsung hero of the program-has won a ton of games for us
..Arop..Makes game winning plays each shift
..Colorado State win..we knew their comeback abilities-not let them do it
..Mountain West Conference-consults with schools-keep schedule equal
..MWC does not make decisions in a vacuum
..We’ve lost 3-games to Covid so far
..We tested everyone on Monday
..We plan on playing at New Mexico on Saturday
..We don’t know if MWC would send us to play at altitude twice this week
..Wyoming didn’t cancel to avoid us..they wanted to host us in Laramie
..Everyone wants Quad 1-quality wins
..We get our whole team together-we will settle in
..We are scratching the surface of what we can be
..Believe our best basketball is ahead of us
..We are finiding different guys for different roles
..We get an intact lineup we will play even better
..I don’t want back to back games at altitude
..Laramie is toughest trip with charter flights both ways
..We have taken good teams to Wyoming and gotten beat
USD-W-Pepperdine (72-62)….Toreros jumped out to (17-6) lead early in first half…USD now (8-7)….Monday game in WCC
AP Poll…1-Baylor (15-0)..2-Gonzaga (12-2)..3-UCLA (10-1)..4-Auburn…5-USC (13-0).
Orlando..Gives President Jeff Weltman..GM-John Hammond contract extensions in midst of rebuilding team…Magic have 6-first round picks in next 4-years
Portland..Sends G-Damien Lillard to specialists for 2nd opinion on tendon damage in abdomen.
Charlotte..F-Kelly Oubre-on Covid list
Denver..Sign FA-F-James Ennis-ex Dallas
Utah..Sign FA-G-Denzell Valentine-ex Knicks
Padres…Deny NY Mets permission to interview Ryan Flaherty for Bench Coach job…is special consultant to manager in San Diego
Giants..Reportedly made big money offer to Japanese FA-OF-Seiyou Suzuki..1-of 6-teams bidding on him.
Yankees..Hire Rachel Balkover-as manager of Class A-Tampa team..first female manager in baseball…worked for Cardinals-Astros
Kings-NY Rangers…LA led (2-0) in 2nd period on Monday game
NHL Union…Files grievance on behalf of F-Evander Kane-demanding 22M in remaining contract be paid upon his release…Kane was put on waivers for violation of Covid rules in Canada…after coming off 21-game suspension for forged Covid card.
Dallas..Coach Rick Bowness faces major fine for swinging hockey sticks near referees in angry exchange over blown calls when St Louis scored two power play goals in (:16) over weekend.
Colorado..Suspends C-Mike Hofmann-took personal leave-failed to rejoin team
Carolina..Sign college hockey goalie Jack LaFontaine-Univ Minnesota
Kings..F-Martin Frk put on Covid list
Washington..LW-Carl Hagelin-on Covid list
Blues..D-Brayden Schenn on Covid list
Arizona..Coach Andre Tourigny and 5-players on Covid list
Avalanche..Lose F-Gabe Landeskog to Covid
Jets..F-Nick Ehlers on Covid list
Ducks..Send 7-players back to San Diego Gulls to get ice time and practice
Ducks..#1-pick Mason McTavish traded in Ontario Hockey League…Peterborough Petes deal McTavish to Hamilton Bulldogs for 2-players and 6-draft picks in 2nd and 3rd rounds.
Tennis..Novak Djokovic regains Visa after lengthy appeals hearing…Exits hotel detention…Begins week long practice at Rod Laver Stadium going towards next Monday’s start of Australian Open…Judge over ruled Health Officials who banned Djokovic because he is Un-vaxxed.
Tennis..Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Australian Open-has Covid.
Shaun White…USA Olympic snowboarder battling Covid fatigue in attempting to qualify for Olympics..pulled out of qualifying runs in Colorado