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Cardinals Choose Panthers DC Steve Wilks As Their New Head Coach

The Cardinals named Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks their next head coach on Monday. The team said that Wilks agreed to a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year. The move ends Arizona’s search exactly three weeks after it began when former coach Bruce Arians retired on Jan. 1. Wilks has been an NFL assistant since 2006, most recently spending the past six seasons with the Panthers. In 2017, he was their defensive coordinator after two seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. The Panthers promoted defensive line coach Eric Washington to replace Wilks as defensive coordinator. ...Read more

USA Gymnastics Board Members Resign Amid Nassar Sexual Assault Scandal

USA Gymnastics announced Monday that its board of directors resigned to “move forward in implementing change within our organization.” The move comes as the sexual abuse scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar continues to grow. At his sentencing hearing, at least 80 victims have testified that he sexually assaulted them and more continue coming forward. The organization said its executive leadership – Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder & Treasurer Bitsy Kelley – resigned, effective Sunday. The board of directors will choose “an interim chairperson” until a permanent selection is named, the organization said. ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles Heading To Super Bowl LII After Beating Vikings For NFC Title

Quarterback Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made play after play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles’ will make their first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England Patriots. Foles threw for 352 yards, and Patrick Robinson ‘s 50-yard interception return got Philadelphia (15-3) started. LeGarrette Blount had an 11-yard scoring run when things were decided in the first half, and the Eagles were headed to a NFL title.   ...Read more

New England Patriots Beat Jacksonville Jaguars To Earn Spot In Super Bowl LII

The New England Patriots will defend their Super Bowl title in Super Bowl LII, after overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday. New England quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Danny Amendola in the final period – a 9-yarder with 8:44 to play and a 4-yarder with 2:48 to play.  New England played in the AFC title game for the seventh straight season. The victory sent Brady and New England coach Bill Belichick to the Super Bowl for the eighth time, and they’ve won five NFL championships together. ...Read more

Brazil’s Ronaldinho Gaucho Confirms Retirement From Soccer And Plans Farewell

Ronaldinho Gaucho has announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 37. He played his last professional match in 2015 for Fluminense and has now made it official. His brother and agent, Roberto Assis, confirmed the news and also indicated that plans are afoot for a series of farewell events in Brazil, Europe, and Asia. Ronaldinho’s long-time sponsor, Nike, will be actively involved in the farewell tour. In 2008 Forbes listed Ronaldinho as 38th in its Celebrity 100 and estimated his annual income at $37M – $13M coming from Barcelona and the rest from sponsors such as Pepsi and Nike.  ...Read more

St. Louis Rams Sean McVay Is Named 2017 NFL Coach Of The Year

The Pro Football Writers of America announced on Thursday that St. Louis Rams coach Sean McVay has been voted NFL Coach of the Year for 2017. McVay is the third coach in franchise history to win the award, joining Dick Vermeil (1999) and Chuck Knox (1973). McVay led a historic turnaround, taking a team that went 4-12 in 2016 with the league’s worst offense to 11-5 and the NFL’s highest- scoring offense. This honor increases McVay’s chances to win AP Coach of the Year next month at the NFL Honors show. In each of the past eight seasons, the winner of PFWA Coach of the Year has gone on to win AP’s award. ...Read more

San Antonio Spurs Announce Forward Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out Indefinitely With Quad Injury

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will remain out indefinitely as he continues recovering from quadriceps tendinopathy, the team announced Wednesday.   In a statement, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said “Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation. This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play.” Leonard didn’t make his 2017-18 debut until San Antonio’s 95-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 12. The team was careful about limiting his playing time as he got back into the swing of things, but the quad injury persisted. Despite his appearing in just nine games so far, the Spurs are third in the West, seven games back of the first-place Golden State Warriors. ...Read more

Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Dies In Apparent Suicide

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, 21, was found dead Tuesday of “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” according to police. The 6-3, 213-pound Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn’t show up for practice Tuesday. Police said in a release that, “A rife was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found.” Hilinski just completed his sophomore season and was in the running to be the No. 1 quarterback next season after starting the team’s Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State. Hilinski completed 154-of-209 passes for 1,421 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in two seasons in a backup role to Luke Falk.  Police and coroner’s office are conducting a thorough investigation to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death, according to the police release. ...Read more

Landon Donovan Given Hero’s Welcome At León Introduction

Landon Donovan was presented in front of 7,000 Club León fans on Monday evening in Estadio León. “I’m here to play, win games and be champion,” said Donovan in Spanish. The 35-year-old came out of retirement to sign a contract with León until next December in a surprising move, considering Donovan’s last game for LA Galaxy was back in November 2016. The move to bring Donovan to León happened quickly, with the forward admitting only a week ago he wasn’t interested in the move to Mexico. After thinking it through and then visiting León last Wednesday, Donovan said he was convinced coming out of retirement was the right thing to do. Donovan new club has started the 2018 Clausura perfectly, with two wins from its first two matches. ...Read more

NBA Opens Investigation Into Rockets-Clippers Postgame Incident

The NBA is planning to speak with players from both the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers to determine the specifics of late-game and postgame events involving the teams.NBA spokesman Tim Frank said that the league would look into the matter. Tempers boiled over Monday night late in the Clippers’ 113-102 victory, to the point where several security guards were needed outside the Houston locker room postgame. Several Rockets players headed toward the Clippers’ locker room afterward, seeking a confrontation, but were escorted away by security before anything got physical.  It is expected that the NBA will have to take some disciplinary action against players. Both teams are off Tuesday, which means the NBA will have some time to investigate the incident. ...Read more