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Cowher exit leaves Fins to target Fisher

Bill Cowher told a pregame television audience he didn't plan on coaching next season, which obviously affects the Dolphins. [Owner] Stephen Ross intends to start his head coach search looking for a star. That means he'll either try to find a star head coach who will have say over the personnel department, or he wants a star personnel man to bring in his head coach.I cannot tell you what star personnel men there are out there. Star head coaches? Cowher's stance seem to leave only Jon Gruden and Jeff Fisher at the moment, although others may emerge. Gruden, by the way, signed a five-year contract extension with ESPN and has privately told the network he probably will continue to work on Monday Night Football. (The Miami Herald)Comment

Boras priced Yankees out of Beltran

How close was New York to another Carlos Beltran era? You can thank Scott Boras for the Yankees decision to pick up the option on Nick Swisher for the 2012 season. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Yankees were seriously considering replacing Swisher in right-field with [Beltran] -- until the club learned on Saturday that Boras, Beltran's agent, was seeking a three-year deal for the oft-injured outfielder, who will turn 35 in April. That tipped the scales in favor of Swisher, who will return for one year at $10.25 million. And, presumably, get one last crack at proving he can produce in the post-season. (

Giants fans turn on Jacobs

Brandon Jacobs has placed himself in a tough spot: in the cross hairs of New York fans. For the first time all week, [Jacobs] took his mother's advice. The problem is, it was a little too late. The Giants' backup tailback spent last week grousing about not getting the ball enough, about not getting the opportunity to showcase his skills. Then he totaled 10 yards and drew a chorus of boos in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. And just like that, the monstrous tailback had nothing to say. "My momma always said, 'If you don't want to say nothing good, don't say it at all,'" Jacobs said before a member of the Giants PR staff pulled him away. (New York Daily News)Comment

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