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Shanahan, Schwartz among 5 NFL coaches canned

Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns dismissed Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night.

Playoff bids, big bets change hands

A Week 17 schedule that shaped up as potentially explosive on paper surpassed all expectations. Thirteen of the 16 games had playoff implications. From Chicago to San Diego to Dallas, it was as great as it gets.

QB circus adds to eventful Week 17

In no way is Aaron Rodgers a clown, but when the Green Bay Packers quarterback was trotted out to meet with the media Thursday, circus music should have been playing in the background.

Faith, love more than just words for Olekaibe after father’s strokes

When Kevin Olekaibe looks at his mother, the lessons of his favorite book — “To Kill a Mockingbird” — must be plain as day. When he watches her comb his father’s hair, brush his teeth, feed him, cleanse him, talk to him, read to him.

UNLV secondary thriving in primary role

When San Diego State hit UNLV with a 39-yard touchdown pass off a flea flicker to open the Nov. 30 game, that would have seemed the perfect time for the Rebels’ secondary to wilt.

Rebels try to balance bowl fun, business

Having coached in bowls as well as the weekly pressure cooker that is the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, UNLV coach Bobby Hauck has no doubt in his mind which system he prefers.

UW-Stevens Point embodies purity of D-III basketball

If you were at the South Point over the weekend and made a wrong turn at the Garden Buffet, you might have stumbled onto a basketball game that looked like 1964. Nearly all of the players had short hair, with the taller ones appearing to be 6 feet 3 inches. They did not dunk the basketball. They took care of it, though, and they ran plays. They set screens for each other, passed to each other, cheered for each other.

Weidman was ready for Silva kick

There were a lot of adjectives used to describe the gruesome broken left leg suffered by Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 168 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden.