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Bengals Sign Head Coach Marvin Lewis To Two-Year Contract Extension Through 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed a two-year contract extension with head coach Marvin Lewis to keep him at the helm through 2019. Lewis met with the team’s ownership on Monday to discuss the future plans. The Bengals missed the playoffs at the end of the season with a 7–9 record. Lewis’ contract and his 15th season as head coach came to an end with a 31–27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Under Lewis, the Bengals are 0–7 in the playoffs, which is the worst postseason coaching record in NFL history. However, his 125 career victories for the Bengals are the most in franchise history. Lewis is the second-longest active tenured coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick’s 18 years with the New England Patriots. ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Are Back In The Playoffs For The First Time Since 1999

After the Buffalo Bills beat the Dolphins in Miami, all they needed to secure a playoff spot was a victory by the Bengals, who were playing the Ravens in Baltimore.  As the Bills watched in their locker room, the game came down to a fourth-and-12 play at the Ravens 49 with 53 seconds left and then a touchdown that lifted Buffalo to its first playoff berth since 1999. The Bills now turn their attention to the wild-card game against the Jaguars on Sunday in Jacksonville. ...Read more

Indianapolis Colts Fire Coach Chuck Pagano After Six Seasons

The Indianapolis Colts announced they’ve fired head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons. The news comes as the 4-12 Colts had their worst season since finishing 2-14 in 2011 and have missed the playoffs for the last three seasons. Pagano coached his way through a season that was without quarterback Andrew Luck because of a shoulder injury. Pagano arrived in Indianapolis for the head coaching job in 2012, after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. ...Read more

MLB Investigating Sexual Assault Allegation Against Twins’ Miguel Sano

Minnesota Twins All-Star slugger Miguel Sano is under investigation by Major League Baseball for a 2015 incident in which a photographer alleges Sano attempted to sexually assault her. The photographer, Betsy Bissen, wrote about the incident on her Twitter account on Thursday and said it happened after Sano participated in an autograph session at a local shopping mall. Bissen, who worked for Twins Daily at the time, said Sano repeatedly tried to kiss her and attempted to force her into a bathroom. MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said in a statement that “we are aware of the allegations and are now in the process of looking into it.” ...Read more

Dave Gettleman Hired as Giants GM After Jerry Reese Firing

The New York Giants have hired former Carolina Panthers architect Dave Gettleman as their new general manager following Jerry Reese’s ouster on Dec. 4. The Giants announced Gettleman’s hiring on Thursday with a joint statement from team president John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch.  Kevin Abrams is expected to remain with the Giants as assistant GM.   ...Read more

Kansas City Chiefs To Start Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes Vs. Broncos

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start the team’s regular-season finale versus the Denver Broncos. With the Chiefs locked into the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC West, the first-round pick will take his first snaps since a dazzling preseason. Reid added that Mahomes would get the first-team snaps in practice this week with Alex Smith leading the scout team. The veteran coach added he’d use the final game of the 2017 season to rest key starters and get other younger players besides Mahomes reps.  ...Read more

Astros Second Baseman Jose Altuve Named AP’s Male Athlete Of Year

Houston Astros Jose Altuve, who was one of only a handful of players who endured the Astros’ painful rebuilding process en route to this year’s championship, was chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Results of voting by U.S. editors and news directors was announced Wednesday. The 5-foot-6 second baseman got 715 points, beating New England quarterback Tom Brady, who had 646, and third-place finisher LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward, with 626. ...Read more

Righty Reliever Jared Hughes Signs 2-Year Deal With Reds

The Reds have signed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal with a club option for 2020, according to a team announcement. Hughes will receive $4.5 million guaranteed, according to a baseball source, with the third-year option being valued at $3 million with a $250k buyout. Hughes has spent his entire career in the NL Central, posting a career 2.85 ERA in 369 innings with Pittsburgh (2011-16) and Milwaukee (2017). He’ll provide a veteran presence in a Reds bullpen. ...Read more

Former Steelers LB James Harrison Visits Patriots At Gillette Stadium

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is visiting the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Last week, Harrison was released by the Steelers in order to make room on the roster for right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Harrison, 39, has played 40 snaps through 14 games on the season and has just one sack and has recorded 788 tackles, 82.5 sacks and eight interceptions in his 14-year career. Harrison went unclaimed on waivers. The Patriots will play the New York Jets on Sunday. ...Read more

Cancer Survivor David Quessenberry Makes NFL Debut For Texans

Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry made his regular-season NFL debut on Christmas Day against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quessenberry fought non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma for three years before finishing his treatments in the spring. He was promoted to Houston’s active roster last week, according to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling. The 2013 sixth-round pick was named a captain for Monday’s game and saw action as an extra blocker in the Texans’ “jumbo” packages.  ...Read more