Will Raiders keep Sparano, McKenzie? 

December, 28, 2014
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If San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh does not become the University of Michigan's next head coach, the Oakland Raiders are expected to be his top suitor from the NFL.

Part of what owner Mark Davis may offer Harbaugh to lure him to Oakland could be control of personnel matters and something like $50 million in salary-cap space to build up his own roster.

Andrea Bargnani nearing season debut? 

December, 28, 2014
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It's been more than 11 months since Andrea Bargnani played an NBA game, as he has battled several injuries. He has missed every game this season due to nagging calf and hamstring strains.

However, it looks like he may be getting close to hitting the hardwood again.

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Replacement options if Trestman is fired 

December, 28, 2014
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The Chicago Bears' train wreck of season will come to a merciful end Sunday with a road tilt against the Minnesota Vikings. Win or lose, big leadership changes are expected to take place soon after the game is completed.

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Latest buzz on Embiid's rehab process 

December, 28, 2014
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Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers had injured rookie Nerlens Noel travel with the team throughout the campaign with the idea that keeping him involved with the team would help him adjust to the NBA.

They have been doing the same thing this year with Joel Embiid, who likely will miss the entire season with a foot injury. However, coach Brett Brown announced Saturday that they had sent Embiid home two days into their current five-game road trip.

"Brown said Embiid's recovery is moving in the right direction," wrote Keith Pompey of Philly.com. "He added that the team believes that flying Embiid around the country might not be the smartest thing to do on the five-game West Coast trip."

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How Mike Smith can keep his job 

December, 28, 2014
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If Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith ends up keeping his job, he will have to give thanks to the rest of the NFC South for stinking so badly all season that the Falcons will be in the playoffs with a Sunday win over the Carolina Panthers.

However, simply making the playoffs likely won't be enough to save his hide.

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When will Rubio return to action? 

December, 28, 2014
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November 7 -- that's the last time we saw Ricky Rubio on the hardwood. An ankle injury has kept him sideline since, and there remains no definitive timetable for his return to game action.

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Cubs seeking veteran OF? 

December, 28, 2014
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There's plenty of optimism surrounding the Chicago Cubs in 2015. As ESPN.com's Buster Olney writes, "(New manager Joe) Maddon and president Theo Epstein have spoken openly of increased expectations for next season, and it's not out of the question that the Cubs could play meaningful games in September, or vie for a playoff spot."

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Current favorites for Scherzer? 

December, 28, 2014
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Will free agent pitcher Max Scherzer sign a contract in January, or will he still be on the market for quite some time? According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there's every reason to believe that "January is Max Scherzer Month."

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Coughlin expected to return for 2015? 

December, 28, 2014
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The New York Giants' 2014 campaign has been a series of streaks: back-to-back losses to open the season, followed by a trio of wins, then seven straight losses, and currently a three-game winning streak. As they head into their final contest Sunday at home versus the Philadelphia Eagles, they sit at 6-9.

During their midseason skid, it sure looked like coach Tom Coughlin would depart at season's end -- be it his or the team's choice -- but the recent stretch of victories has helped stabilize Coughlin's job situation.

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Is Seattle set for a playoff run? 

December, 28, 2014
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Are the Seattle Mariners favorites to win their division, if not the World Series, in 2015? As Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times points out, "The pieces appear to be in place. The pitching and defense should remain outstanding. If the offense can rise from awful to decent, the Mariners could be a 95-win team, which would put them in the playoffs as a wild card, at least, if not as the AL West division champion."

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Wandy coming to Philly? 

December, 28, 2014
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According to CSNPhilly.com, the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a minor-league deal with Wandy Rodriguez, who still has to pass a physical before this news becomes official.

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Is Rex Ryan preparing to be fired? 

December, 28, 2014
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The final games of the 2014 regular season will kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday. By the time Monday rolls around, several coaches likely will have been fired. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is expected to be one of them.

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Vikings FB Felton prepared to opt out? 

December, 27, 2014
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Back in March, Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton agreed to take a $500K pay cut. In return, he was granted the ability to opt out of his contract after the 2014 season.

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Latest buzz on Jim Harbaugh's future 

December, 27, 2014
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Black Monday is just two days away. In fact, some NFL coaches may get axed as soon as Sunday evening. Of course, no coach is generating more buzz than the San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh, who is expected to be fired or traded by early next week.

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Uggla to have impact in DC? 

December, 27, 2014
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Could the Washington Nationals have found their starting second baseman for the 2015 season in the form of Dan Uggla? It's certainly in the conversation after the team signed the veteran to a minor league deal on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.

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