Friday, December 27
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Both Kyle Shanahan and Jim Haslett talked to reporters on Thursday, and they called it as they saw it. TheRedskins' two coordinators recognized that the odds of them remaining in Washington were slim but they tried not to speak as though a change in the coaching regime was a done deed. They tried, but they didn't quite succeed. Each of them made a slip of the tongue that indicated that that he thought that the end is near. Shanahan was asked about the experience of working with his father and he put it in the past tense. "It's been a great experience being with him," he said. "It's something that I'm definitely glad that I had -- or have had." Haslett was talking about the future of the organization but he removed himself from it. "I do think they have the nucleus to have a good team," he said.(CSN Washington)Comment
If you can believe it, frustration is on the rise in Brooklyn. Following [the Nets'] embarrassing 95-78 Christmas Day loss to the Chicago Bulls, an exasperated Jason Kidd called his players out in the locker room, according to multiple league sources. Tired and upset with a lack of effort, Kidd's outburst came after the Nets dropped their fourth straight game, sources say. The first-year head coach said Monday after a 103-86 loss to Indiana that the Nets were becoming too comfortable with losing. ... Following the Brooklyn Nets' embarrassing 95-78 Christmas Day loss to the Chicago Bulls, an exasperated Jason Kidd called his players out in the locker room, according to multiple league sources. Tired and upset with a lack of effort, Kidd's outburst came after the Nets dropped their fourth straight game, sources say.(ESPN New York)Comment
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien appears to be stepping closer to the door. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "Around the League Live" that O'Brien is one of the Houston Texans' top candidates to fill their coaching job, according to sources familiar with the team's process. O'Brien and the Texans agreed to have an interview after Christmas, which means it's already happened or it will happen in the near future. League executives view O'Brien, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, as a very real possibility to leap from college back to the NFL. ... It is surprising from the outside that an NFL team would be so willing to pay a big buyout, but $6.5 million is a relatively small sum for an NFL owner(NFL.com)Comment
Pittsburgh's James Connor broke Tony Dorsett's school rushing record with 229 yards and helped Pittsburgh beat Bowling Green 30-27 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Jeff Teague had himself quite the night, totaling 34 points and 14 assists and knocking down a buzzer-beater in double overtime to give his Hawks a 127-125 win over the Cavaliers:
Game To Watch
Phoenix Suns (17-10) vs. Golden State Warriors (17-13) 10:30 p.m. ET
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This Day in Sports
- 1987 -- NBC's Gayle Sierens became the first woman to do televised play-by-play of an NFL game.
- 2008 -- West Virginia's Pat White became the first FBS quarterback to start and win four bowl games in four seasons.
- 2009 -- Peyton Manning became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 50,000 career passing yards.