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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

Minnesota Vikings OC Pat Shurmur To Be New York Giants New Head Coach

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to accept an offer to become the next coach of the New York Giants. Multiple outlets reported Monday afternoon that Shurmur will accept the offer, making him the sixth straight Giants head coach since Bill Parcells departed the team in 1991 with an offensive background. Shurmur, 52, was in contention to succeed the recently retired Bruce Arians as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants can’t officially offer the job or hire Shurmur until the Vikings season comes to an end.  ...Read more

Iconic College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At 89

Keith Jackson, the voice of college football for generations of fans, died Friday night. He was 89. Jackson worked for ABC Sports from 1966-2006 and college football wasn’t his only sport. Jackson covered the Olympics, the NBA, Major League Baseball, auto racing and more. He was also the play-by-play voice for the first season of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” in 1970. “For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Turi Ann, and his family.”  In 2015, the Rose Bowl’s radio and television facilities were named for Jackson. ...Read more

Jacksonville Jaguars Win 45-42 In Upset Over The Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and quarterback Blake Bortles helped delivered a 45-42 AFC divisional playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, to send the Jaguars to the AFC Championship next Sunday in New England. This will be the Jaguars’ third appearance in the AFC title game and first since the 1999 season. Bortles and Fournette helped make up for a Jaguars defense that gave up three touchdowns on fourth down and 545 yards of total offense.  ...Read more

Houston Astros Acquire Pitcher Gerrit Cole In Trade With Pirates

The World Series champion Astros added a piece to their starting pitching rotation on Saturday, as Houston agreed to acquire Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in exchange for a package including Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran.  Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2017. It was the highest ERA of his four-year career, and Cole went 19-8  with a 2.60 ERA en route to becoming an All-Star in 2015.  Cole will make $6.75 million this season after settling with the Pirates in arbitration, and he’ll be eligible for arbitration again year after next season. ...Read more

Jay Bruce To Rejoin New York Mets With A 3-Year, $39 Million Deal

Free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce has reached agreement on a three-year, $39 million contract with the New York Mets. Bruce, 30, is a .249 career hitter with 277 home runs over 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets and Cleveland Indians. He had received interest from the San Francisco Giants on the free-agent market before electing to return to New York.  The Mets initially acquired Bruce from Cincinnati in August 2016, then traded him to Cleveland for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan during the stretch drive last summer. Bruce’s deal is the second highest for a free-agent position player this offseason — trailing only first baseman Carlos Santana’s three-year, guaranteed $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. ...Read more