#sportsreport

NFL:

On Sunday, the New England Patriots will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at 3 p.m. to determine who will represent the AFC in the SuperBowl. Later at 6:40 p.m. the Minnesota Vikings will face the Philadelphia Eagles to represent the NFC in the Superbowl.

Willie O'Ree
nhl.com

NBA:

Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Pistons 96-91. C.J. Miles finished with 21 points to help Toronto avoid its first three-game skid of the season. The Raptors own the NBA's second-best record in the NBA's Eastern Conference at 30-13, three games behind the Boston Celtics.

Team USA:

More than two dozen girls and women who say they were sexually abused by a former Michigan sports doctor under the guise of medical treatment have spoken about the abuse on the first day of his sentencing hearing. Nearly 100 of them are expected to testify during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Larry Nassar. The hearing began Tuesday, with victims saying they experienced "searing pain" during the assaults and feelings of shame and embarrassment. They said the abuse changed their life trajectories — affecting relationships, causing them to be distrustful and leading to depression, suicidal thoughts and other psychological trauma. The Michigan Attorney General's Office is seeking at least 40 years in prison in the case. Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. The hearing continues Wednesday.

titansonline.com

NFL:

The Tennessee Titans' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough for the team to retain head coach Mike Mularkey. He led the Titans to a wild-card berth and a come-from-behind victory over Kansas City before losing to the New England Patriots 35-14 on Saturday. Mularkey was 20-21 at Tennessee, including a pair of 9-7 seasons after becoming the permanent head coach in January 2016.

NFL:

Tom Brady and the big game-tested Patriots square off against the sack-happy Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday in the AFC championship game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with the winner headed to the Super Bowl. Nick Foles and the resilient Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host Case Keenum and the surprising Minnesota Vikings in the NFC.

NFL:

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC. Let's see if Tennessee or Jacksonville can prove that theory wrong this weekend. The Titans play at New England on Saturday night, the Jaguars are at Pittsburgh on Sunday. For weeks, it's been presumed Steelers vs. Patriots will decide who goes to the Super Bowl from the conference. But the Titans and Jaguars want to have their say.

MLB:

The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year. The team says green netting, designed to minimize visual impact, will rise 9 feet above each dugout but the bottom 3 feet will be retractable and pulled up during batting practice. Beyond the dugouts, nets will rise to about 5 1/2 feet above the wall, which is 8 feet above the field surface.

Jon Gruden, head coach of the Oakland Raiders
raiders.com

NFL:

Jon Gruden was welcomed back for a second stint as Oakland Raiders coach with an elaborate introductory news conference. Gruden was greeted by owner Mark Davis on Tuesday with a video of the highlights from his first tenure in Oakland nearly 20 years after he was first introduced as coach as an unproven 34-year-old by late owner Al Davis. Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998-2001 before being traded to Tampa Bay 16 years ago.

NCAA:

A 13-point halftime lead wasn't enough against Alabama. Neither was a 20-7 advantage in the third quarter, or a field goal on the first possession of overtime.

The Crimson Tide earned their fifth national championship since 2009 by outlasting SEC-rival Georgia 26-23 in OT. Tua Tagovailoa threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith on the Crimson Tide's second play of overtime to complete the comeback victory over the Bulldogs in Atlanta. The freshman quarterback was sacked for a 16-yard loss on the previous play before sending Alabama to its 11th national championship.

NFL:

The New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars have advanced to the NFL's divisional round by winning at home on Sunday.

Despite exceeding expectations by making the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, the Buffalo Bills lamented missed opportunities in their 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game. There were problems that had plagued the Bills late in the season. They didn't score a touchdown for the second time in six games and squandered a key red zone opportunity late in the second quarter.

NBA:

The Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine games on Thursday by pulling away in the fourth quarter of a 124-114 victory at Houston. Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Klay Thompson added 28 in the Warriors' league-leading 16th road win. Curry added nine rebounds, five assists and a steal in his third game back after missing 11 straight with a sprained right ankle.

Keith Allison / Flickr

NFL:

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among four first-time eligible former players selected among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Receiver Randy Moss and guard Steve Hutchinson also made the cut to the finals in their first year of eligibility. They join Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Brian Dawkins, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin Mawae, Terrell Owens and Everson Walls for consideration.

wikipedia.org

NCAA:

Arizona has fired football coach Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general's office alleging he ran a hostile workplace. The Arizona Daily Star revealed the notice of claim after making a public-records request. The paper said the claim was filed last Thursday by a former employee.

NHL – Winter Classic:

J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal 2:43 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL's 10th Winter Classic at Citi Field. Paul Carey and Michael Grabner scored in the first period for the Rangers, who improved to 4-0 in regular season outdoor games. Henrik Lundqvist, who has been in goal for all four of the wins, stopped 31 shots to help New York improve to 6-2-3 in its last 11 overall.

Tonight, Boston will take on the Islanders in New York at 7 p.m.

New York Giants Sideline
Keith Allison/Flickr

The New York Giants have hired Dave Gettleman as their new general manager and will introduce him at a news conference Friday.

The 66-year-old Gettleman spent 15 years in the Giants front office before becoming Carolina's GM from 2013-2016. He replaces Jerry Reese, who was fired earlier this month after 11 seasons at the helm.

Soccer ball
Scott Calleja | Flickr

SOCCER-WORLD CUP-MUTKO

A top Russian official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in the Russian doping program says he will step down as head of the organizing committee of the 2018 soccer World Cup.

Vitaly Mutko told Russian news agencies on Wednesday that he would be replaced by another World Cup organizer, Alexei Sorokin.

Boston College will take on Iowa in the New Era Pinstripe bowl at 5:15 p.m. today at Yankee Stadium.

Zach Moss rushed for 150 yards and Tyler Huntley scored on a pair of two-yard keepers as Utah rolled to a 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Colby Perry/Flickr

Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg has died at age 82, according to his daughter, Nicole.

Enberg retired in October 2016 after a 60-year career — and countless calls of "Oh my!" in describing a play that nearly defied description. He got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics and Final Fours, along with Angels and Padres baseball games.

His daughter said the family became concerned when he didn't arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.

UAlbany logo
wikipedia commons

LOCAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men’s Scores:

UAlbany was defeated by Louisville 70 to 68.

Georgia State topped UMass 71 to 63.

Memphis beat Siena 70 to 66.

And on the Women’s side:

Kansas beat Iona 72 to 58.

UConn Women's Basketball game vs. Duke
Flickr

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-1,000 WINS

Just two women's basketball coaches had earned 1,000 career victories before Tuesday. That number has doubled as Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Syliva Hatchell of North Carolina reached the milestone to join Pat Summitt and Tara Vanderveer.

Auriemma improved to 1,000-135 at UConn as the top-ranked Huskies cruised past Oklahoma 88-64. Napheesa Collier had a game-high 21 points to help Auriemma become the fastest coach to win 1,000 games.

NFL-PANTHERS OWNER-MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has announced that he will sell the NFL team after the season.

The decision comes amid a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work.

The team made the announcement on Twitter and linked a five-paragraph letter by the Panthers' only owner. He said he believed it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership and hoped the organization would be firmly focused on playing and winning the Super Bowl. However, the letter didn't directly address the investigation or allegations against him.

wikimedia commons

NASCAR-STEWART-WARD

A federal judge has ruled the family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star.

U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd dismissed Stewart's counterclaim and said the case was best left to a jury.

wikipedia.org

NFL

An NFL spokesman says Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the league. Spokesman Joe Lockhart says Goodell "has been clear that he views this as his last contract" and that it will allow him to -- quote -- "deal with some of the important issues that we know are on the horizon." They include a labor deal and TV contracts.

NFL-

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says on Instagram that he has been "medically cleared to return" to action after missing seven games with a broken right collarbone. Rodgers was hurt during a loss to Minnesota on Oct. 15 and had surgery five days later. He could suit up for Sunday's big game against Carolina as the 7-6 Packers try to grab a playoff berth.

The Packers went 3-4 in Brett Hundley's seven starts, including back-to-back overtime wins over Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

New York Yankees stadium
wikipedia commons

MLB STANTON

The New York Yankees have acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

The Yankees announced the trade Monday, getting the slugger and cash from Miami for Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers, right-hander Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

wikipedia.org

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

Morris and Trammell were chosen Sunday by a 16-man panel that considered candidates from the sport's modern era.

Matt Dunham / AP

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

The criminal case was one of three against former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports physician Dr. Larry Nassar, who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

Separately, the 54-year-old has pleaded guilty to molesting gymnasts with his hands in the Lansing, Michigan, area under the guise of treatment. He'll be sentenced in those cases in January.

NBA-NEWS

The defending NBA champs will be spending a few games without their two-time NBA most valuable player.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss a minimum of two weeks after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right ankle. Curry was injured while scoring 31 points in Monday's win at New Orleans.

Curry is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.

Golden State says its leading scorer will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

NBA-SCHEDULE

IOC-RUSSIAN-DOPING

The International Olympic Committee says Russians will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea as neutral athletes, despite orchestrated doping at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

The IOC today ruled that some Russians will be invited to compete under the designation "Olympic Athlete from Russia," but without their national flag or anthem.

Russia could still refuse the offer and boycott the games.

commons.wikimedia.org

NFL-GIANTS-MCADOO FIRED

The New York Giants have made a midseason coaching change for the first time in 41 years following a 2-10 start that also cost their general manager his job.

Head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese have been fired less than a year after the team made the playoffs. The decision follows Sunday's 24-17 loss at Oakland, five days after McAdoo benched two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith.

Pages