December 19, 2013
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Gruden would consider Texas approach

Chuckie in Austin? has learned through a high-level source that former Super Bowl champion head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is open to hearing from the Texas athletic department about its football head coaching vacancy. Gruden, 50, last coached in the NFL in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before moving into the broadcast booth for Monday Night Football in 2009. Gruden helped lead the Buccaneers to the franchise's only Super Bowl win when he defeated the Oakland Raiders in 2002. Over the last few years, Gruden's name has often been mentioned in high-profile coaching openings at both the NFL and NCAA level. And he has received "feelers" from numerous major programs and clubs that have gone unreported. ( Comment

LeBron 'nowhere near 100 percent'

Simply, LeBron James wanted in. The decision for [James] to play against the Pacers came just a few minutes before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was required to turn in his pregame lineup card. After two straight days of treatment on his sprained left ankle, James met with Spoelstra and the Heat's training staff 45 minutes before tipoff and the group decided there wasn't a risk of further injury. James rolled his ankle in the third quarter against the Utah Jazz on Monday. "I'm nowhere near 100 percent ... but I'm good enough where I can be productive," James said. "If I felt like I was going to hurt the team [Wednesday], I wouldn't be playing." In the past, James has missed games two days after twisting his ankle, but he admitted he had extra "incentive" to play against the Pacers despite lingering soreness. (Miami Herald) Comment

Santonio Holmes open to big discount to stay a Jet

Credit Santonio Holmes for his loyalty, even when it costs him. [Holmes] wants to be a Jet so badly next year that he's willing to take a pay cut -- again. Holmes, who reduced his salary to $7.5 million before the 2013 season, said he'd reduce his salary for a second consecutive offseason if the team approached him. "Anything for the team," Holmes said. "Anything for the team." Would it matter how much of a pay cut the team asked for? "Probably not," said Holmes. "I mean with the production comes big pay so do your job." Holmes' 2013 season has been disappointing. He recovered from last season's Lisfranc injury in time to start the year, but hasn't lived up to expectations since then. In nine games this year, Holmes has caught 18 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown. (New York Daily News) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Kemba Walker levitates for his buzzer-beating shot that gave the Charlotte Bobcats a 104-102 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP)

Must-See Video

Former FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho shows he's still got it with this outrageous free kick for Atletico Mineiro at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Bo Jackson
  • 1917 -- The first NHL regular season games were played.
  • 1984 -- At 23, Wayne Gretzky became the youngest player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
  • 1990 -- L.A. Raiders running back Bo Jackson became the first athlete chosen for All-Star Games in two sports. Jackson, also a baseball standout, was named as a reserve RB for the AFC side.
  • 2006 -- The Philadelphia 76ers traded Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first-round draft picks.
  • 2011 -- The Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching ace Yu Darvish.

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