Morning Jolt: Falcons' Gonzalez to retire?

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Monday, January 17

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Falcons' Gonzalez ready to retire?

Tony Gonzalez has one year left on his contract, though the 34-year-old won't be making any hasty decisions. [Gonzalez] sounded like he intends to return for his 15th NFL season. However, the Falcons tight end acknowledged he may have played his last game Saturday in the team's divisional playoff loss to Green Bay. "It's always a possibility," Gonzalez said. "Year 15 is a long time." ... For the third time in as many attempts, Gonzalez lost with a team that was seeded first or second in its opening playoff game. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Comment

Nets coach laughs off Melo talk

Uncharacteristically candid on the topic, Avery Johnson diffused reports stating Carmelo Anthony could join the Nets this coming week. "That's laughable," Johnson said about the reports. "It's straight comedy to me and that's the problem because we deal with this stuff everyday and I'm fine dealing with it, you know, but it's laughable. It's comedy. The team that you see right now, you'll see this team in uniform on Wednesday." ... "You see this team," he said pointing at the court, which held every player on the roster except Troy Murphy. "You'll see them Wednesday night (against the Jazz)." (New York Daily News)Comment

Singletary headed to Twin Cities?

Mike Singletary is likely close to trading the Bay Area for the Twin Cities. A league source said it "looks good" that Singletary will become linebackers coach on Leslie Frazier's staff. also reported Sunday night that the Vikings are expected to reach a deal with the former San Francisco 49ers coach. The Carolina Panthers also are reportedly interested in hiring Singletary as linebackers coach. Singletary's decision to join Frazier's staff would not be surprising. The two were roommates as rookies with the Chicago Bears in 1981 and have remained close friends. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

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Tom Brady looks up at the Jets' Shaun Ellis after suffering one of five sacks in the Patriots' 28-21 loss Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

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Jets linebacker channels his inner WWE wrestler after New York's 28-21 playoff win in New England.

Game To Watch

No. 4 Syracuse puts its 18-0 start to its toughest test yet when it travels to play No. 5 Pittsburgh, loser of only one game this season, 7:30 p.m. ET

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SI Vault: More Wilt Chamberlain

This Day in Sports

  • 1963 -- Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors scores 67 points against Los Angeles
  • 1971 -- The Baltimore Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 to win Super Bowl V
  • 1970 -- Former NHL center Jeremy Roenick born in Boston
  • 1960 -- Former major league outfielder Chili Davis born in Kingston, Jamaica