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Wednesday, January 2
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Reid's pitch to Cards: I can fix Kolb

Andy Reid and Kevin Kolb, together again? In 2011, Reid's Philadelphia Eagles sent Kolb to the Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie and draft picks. Reid, whom the Eagles fired Monday, has a planned interview with the Cardinals on Thursday, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport cited a source with knowledge of the process in reporting part of Reid's pitch will be: "I can fix Kevin Kolb." Kolb signed a six-year, $63.5 million contract with the Cardinals in July 2011 and is due a $2 million roster bonus in March, in addition to $9 million in salary. ... [Kolb] has played in just 15 of 32 possible games in two seasons in Arizona. Despite that, Rapoport reported the Cardinals would like to keep Kolb, if possible. (NFL.com) Comment

Kobe: 'Old as [expletive]' Lakers need change

A New Year only marks the passing of more time. Following the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on New Year's Day, Kobe Bryant had a simple answer for what has been plaguing the 15-16 Lakers this season: their age. "'Cause we're old as s---," said the 34-year-old Bryant when asked why a lack of energy has been a problem for L.A. all season. "What do you want? We just got to figure out how to play when we don't have that energy. We got to change things up a little bit defensively. We got to figure out what we want to do offensively, figure out what we want to do on nights when we don't have those legs or have that energy." ... "You just saw an old damn team," Bryant continued. "I don't know how else to put it to you." (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment

The next Tebow?

Merely bringing up the name makes for lofty praise. Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford sees a lot of Tim Tebow in Jeff Driskel. Gators senior running back Mike Gillislee, who has played with both quarterbacks, sees even more in store for Driskel than the player considered by many the greatest Gator. "Tim Tebow is a great quarterback, I don't want to take nothing from him," Gillislee said Sunday as Florida prepares for Wednesday night's Sugar Bowl. "But I think Driskel is going to be a lot better." ... Bedford said Driskel will be "a concern" for his defense when the No. 3 Gators and No. 21 Cardinals square off in the Superdome. "You see a version of Tim Tebow in him," Bedford said. "He's big. He's strong. He's fast. He's athletic." (Orlando Sentinel) Comment

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One South Carolina fan at the Outback Bowl is apparently not intimidated by former Bucs coach Jon Gruden. (Jim Dedmon/Icon SMI)

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JaVale McGee's first career three-pointer was finger-licking good.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Joe Namath
  • 1965 -- Joe Namath signs with the New York Jets for a then-pro football record $427,000, beginning a 13-year Hall of Fame NFL career.
  • 1982 -- The Chargers beat the Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in one of the NFL's most memorable playoff games. Kellen Winslow, who caught 13 passes for 166 yards, had to be helped off the field.
  • 1987 -- No. 2 Penn State upsets No. 1 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl, winning 14-10 to capture the national championship.
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