Thursday, December 23
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Only four months into his Broncos career, Kyle Orton is holding a clipboard. Rookie Tim Tebow has replaced him, not only for Sunday's game, but most likely for good. Orton, who sat out last Sunday's game at Oakland because of a rib injury, said Wednesday he believes he will be healthy enough to play the final two games but has been told Tebow will get the nod. ... "Like I've said, I don't think anything I've done with my play warrants anything other than that. But they've made the decision, and I'm not going to fight the decision. It's the decision. I'll just prepare myself to play." (The Denver Post)Comment
Ah, dry-heaving, a joy of rehab. Come January, [Chipper] Jones will head to his hitting facility in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee and begin taking batting practice with Brian McCann, Mark DeRosa, Jeff Francoeur, Andruw Jones and his other winter workout buddies. At the moment, he's focused on lifting weights at the gym and running the hills in his subdivision. "I actually have a funny story about that," Jones said. "I'm so out of shape, one of my neighbors caught me dry-heaving on his lawn. We had a nice little chuckle out of it. I grabbed his phone to make sure he didn't take any video and people would see it on YouTube." (ESPN.com)Comment
Paul Westphal announced Wednesday that DeMarcus Cousins had been fined and removed from the starting lineup for making a choke sign during a game against Golden State. At the time, the Kings led 98-93, were 19.3 from a victory, with Warriors swingman Reggie Williams at the free throw line. Cousins, who was fined Nov. 12 after clashing with an assistant and team trainer, flashed a grin and placed his right hand around his throat. Williams missed two of his three attempts. ... Westphal's latest disciplinary move seems even more extreme [than a benching last year of Spencer Hawes]. It would have been different if Cousins had flipped somebody off or engaged in similarly offensive behavior. (The Sacramento Bee)Comment
Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy lands a punch on Florida's Shawn Mathias during a game in Pittsburgh last night. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
Larry Brown, who was ousted as coach of the Bobcats yesterday, earns a technical foul during his days coaching the Sixers.
Game To Watch
Spurs at Magic, 8 p.m., ET
- San Antonio Spurs
- Orlando Magic
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This Day in Sports
- 1972 -- The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second play that was dubbed the "Immaculate Reception." Pittsburgh's Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran it in for the winning touchdown.
- 1991 -- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll retired after 23 seasons. He was the only coach to win four Super Bowls.
- 1997 -- Colorado's Jari Kurri became the 8th NHL player to score 600 goals.
- 1997 -- Chicago's Phil Jackson recorded his 500th victory as an NBA coach, reaching the mark in his 682nd game, faster than any other coach in NBA history.