The Detroit Lions D has turned into one of the top outfits in the league under the direction of first-year NFL coordinator Teryl Austin. As is the case for many successful coordinators, Austin may generate some head-coaching interest during the offseason from teams that fire their current coach.

Thursday rumor roundup 

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The intrigue surrounding the potential deal of Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres continues to undergo more twists and turns than the Serial podcast. Thursday morning, the prevailing feeling was that while there were some reported snags in the trade, everything was still expected to be ironed out by the end of the day.

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Week 16 expectations for Colts WR corps 

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So far during his first season with the Indianapolis Colts, Hakeem Nicks has been a complete non-factor. He has totaled just 287 yards and 4 TDs on 26 receptions and has yet to top 50 yards in a game. He did manage to score a key 22-yard touchdown in Week 15, though he ended up with just one other catch (also for 22 yards).

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Broncos overworking C.J. Anderson? 

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In recent weeks, the Denver Broncos have saddled up RB C.J. Anderson, while taking it easy on QB Peyton Manning. We can debate why that is -- Sunday, he was battling an illness and a thigh injury -- but it's fair to wonder whether they might run Anderson into the ground before the playoffs even start.

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Market for Asdrubal Cabrera 

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Multiple teams are now looking at Asdrubal Cabrera as a possible addition to their roster for the 2015 season. As Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports, "the Giants, A's, Mets, Cards and Twins (are) among teams to show interest in Cabrera, who could play 3B or 2B as well as SS."

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Could Rajon Rondo land in Big D? 

December, 18, 2014
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The Rajon Rondo rumors have been going on for almost two years and Wednesday came word from ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Dallas Mavericks are pushing hard for the point guard.

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PIT: return of no-huddle vs. KC? 

December, 18, 2014
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Early on this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers often went to a no-huddle offense. But about a month into the season, they largely ditched it as a central part of their offense. Since then, they've had one of the more productive offenses in the NFL and have themselves in playoff contention in the AFC North chase.

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Braves stuck with B.J. Upton? 

December, 18, 2014
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Although rumors surrounding B.J. Upton and the Atlanta Braves' desire to send him packing this winter continue to make the rounds, it's beginning to look like there aren't going to be any takers for the outfielder and his huge contract.

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Corey Brewer back on the block 

December, 18, 2014
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Corey Brewer has been in the rumor mill for that last few months since a good number of teams are in need of a wing defender, but Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations/head coach Flip Saunders has publicly stated he's not willing to trade the swingman. Well, Saunders may be changing his mind, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

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Randy Foye's uncertain return 

December, 18, 2014
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The Denver Nuggets have been without guard Randy Foye for the last 12 games due to a torn right quadriceps and as of Wednesday he is still not sure when he might be able to rejoin the active roster.

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Free-agent pitcher Jake Peavy's last appearance for the San Francisco Giants was a memorable one -- and not in a good way -- as he lost Game 6 of the World Series, allowing five of the 11 batters he faced before getting the hook to score. However, that last appearance may not, in fact, be his last for the team.

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Crawford splits from Miller; downplays trade speculation 

December, 18, 2014
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December has not been a good month for agent Andy Miller as we have reports has he been dumped by Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas and now a player on the Los Angeles Clippers. According to Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group, that player is Jamal Crawford.

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Spencer Hawes not out for the season 

December, 18, 2014
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During Wednesday's "First Take" on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith purportedly mentioned the Los Angeles Clippers will be without Spencer Hawes for the duration of the season. That was likely a slip up by Smith, if heard correctly, but it was enough for Hawes' financial advisor to make a call to his client.

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Why Rams-to-L.A. is growing unlikely 

December, 18, 2014
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The San Diego Chargers announced Wednesday their intent to stay in San Diego in 2015, rather than attempt to move to Los Angeles. The other teams most often connected to L.A. are the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

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Is Kemp deal in trouble? 

December, 18, 2014
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The San Diego Padres have a deal in place with the Los Angeles Dodgers that would bring outfielder Matt Kemp to the team. However, with a Thursday deadline to finalize the trade, there are concerns as to why the transaction has yet to become official.

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