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Morning Jolt: Cowher eyes Giants, Texans, Fins jobs

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Monday, December 20

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Cowher eyes Giants, Texans, Fins jobs

Let the speculation begin. Bill Cowher could be ready to return to the NFL. Cowher, the former Steelers coach and a Crafton native, would be willing to return to coaching next season if the head job with the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans or New York Giants became available. ... The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday that the Carolina Panthers could be interested in Cowher, as coach John Fox's contract apparently won't be extended beyond this season. The jobs of Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano have been rumored to be in jeopardy. Cowher's name has been linked to the Giants job. Coach Tom Coughlin has one year remaining on his contract, ESPN reported. Dallas, Denver and Minnesota already have fired their coaches and have interim coaches finishing the year. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)Comment

More knee pain for Lakers' Bynum

Followed not long after his own return, Andrew Bynum felt the return of pain in his right knee Sunday. Bynum reported no swelling in the knee he had surgery on last summer, the same knee that forced him to miss the first 24 regular-season games while he recovered. It was Bynum's fourth game back, and it was his best effort. ... Bynum maintained that he wasn't nervous about this latest situation. "I have to live with it," Bynum said. "It's not going to change. So, there's nothing to be nervous about now. You just have to expect that that's going to happen. But I can't wait to start working with my trainer when we get back home, so I can get a little bit of my explosion back. I feel like I can't really jump right now. As of right now, I feel like I'm kind of glued to the floor." (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Pavano headed back to Twins?

With Zack Greinke off the board, where does that leave Carl Pavano? [Sunday's trade] makes it more likely than ever that Carl Pavano will re-sign with the Minnesota Twins. The Brewers had been in contact recently with Pavano's agent, Tom O'Connell, but the Greinke trade satisfied their need for a top-of-the-rotation starter. Meanwhile, sources say the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals -- who had attempted to acquire Greinke -- haven't seriously pursued Pavano. (It's possible they will change their approach and bid on Pavano now that Greinke is off the board.) (Fox Sports)Comment

Must-See Photo

Giants punter Matt Dodge reacts moments after he watches the Eagles DeSean Jackson race by him and his teammates for a game-winning 65-yard punt return Sunday in New Jersey. (AP)

Must-See Video

Is the "wall" of coaches the Jets set-up against the Dolphins in Week 14 standard practice for the team? One analyst thinks so.

Game To Watch

The Mavericks take their 21-5 mark into Miami as they try to break the Heat's 12-game winning streak, 7:30 p.m. ET

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