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#SportsReport: Mike Mularkey No Longer A Titan



The Tennessee Titans' first playoff victory in 14 years wasn't enough for the team to retain head coach Mike Mularkey. He led the Titans to a wild-card berth and a come-from-behind victory over Kansas City before losing to the New England Patriots 35-14 on Saturday. Mularkey was 20-21 at Tennessee, including a pair of 9-7 seasons after becoming the permanent head coach in January 2016.

The Indianapolis Colts appear close to finding a replacement for head coach Chuck Pagano. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Indianapolis Colts are "close" to reaching a deal to hire Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It would be the second NFL head coaching stint for McDaniel, who was 11-17 in two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

When the opposition says something you might post on a bulletin board, the New England Patriots react diplomatically. They did so again to Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey guaranteeing his team is "going to the Super Bowl."

A wheelchair that a New England Patriots fan thought had been stolen from Gillette Stadium while she watched the team's playoff win over the Tennessee Titans has been found. Season ticket-holder Cindy Morais, of Providence, Rhode Island, has cerebral palsy. Her friend, Samantha Medeiros, writes in a Facebook post that Morais' wheelchair went missing during Saturday's game. On Monday afternoon, Medeiros updated her Facebook post to say the wheelchair had been found at the stadium.


Willie Rodriguez scored 20 points, J.C. Show had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists and Binghamton beat longtime SUNY rival Albany 79-66. The Bearcats, playing their third game in six days, snapped a 14-game losing streak in the series, 10 coming by double digits.

Zach Thomas had 17 points and 15 rebounds, Nana Foulland scored 13 and grabbed 11 boards and Bucknell beat Colgate 63-51 for its fourth consecutive win. Stephen Brown added 10 points and Kimbal Mackenzie scored nine on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range for Bucknell.

Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith is leaving school a year early to enter the NFL draft. The Butkus Award winner anchored a defense that helped the Bulldogs reach the national championship game this month. He was named a first-team All-American and the SEC defensive player of the year by The Associated Press.

Ky Bowman scored 19 points had grabbed 13 rebounds, Jerome Robinson also had 19 points and Boston College beat Florida State 81-75 on Monday night. Nik Popovic and Jordan Chatman each added 14 points and Steffon Mitchell had 13 with nine boards for the Eagles (13-6, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Terance Mann scored 21 points, CJ Walker 19 and Braian Angola 17 for Florida State (13-5, 2-4). The Seminoles lost for the third time in four games. They had won their last six meetings against BC.

Kyron Cartwright scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help Providence beat Butler 70-60 on Monday night. Providence trailed 29-25 at halftime but made its first eight shots of the second half.

Villanova is the No. 1 team in The Associated Press men's basketball poll for the second straight week after picking up 63 of 65 first-place votes. Second-ranked Virginia and No. 3 Purdue are followed by Oklahoma, Duke West Virginia, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Michigan State and Kansas. UConn remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP women's basketball poll after the Huskies' latest winning streak reached triple-digits.


The UAlbany women’s basketball team topped Binghamton 63-46.

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points and Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws with 8 seconds left to help top-ranked UConn survive a tough upset bid from No. 9 Texas with a 75-71 win. UConn (16-0) found itself challenged like it seldom has been this season and trailed early in the fourth quarter before scrapping back for the win.

Louisville is No. 2 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the first time in school history. The Cardinals move up one spot after routing then-No. 2 Notre Dame 100-67 on Thursday to remain unbeaten. It's the first time that Louisville is this high in the poll since first getting ranked in 2006. Only UConn is higher as the Huskies remain a unanimous top choice by the 32-member national media panel.


The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The durable McCutchen has played at least 153 games in each of the past three seasons for the Pirates and batted .279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games last year. The Pirates receive right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Nationals and outfielder Howie Kendrick have worked out a two-year, $7 million contract, pending a physical. The 34-year-old Kendrick batted .293 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 52 games in 2017 after being acquired from the Phillies at midseason. The one-time All-Star is a lifetime .291 hitter with 104 home runs, 313 doubles, 636 RBIs and 703 runs scored in 1,435 games.


The Golden State Warriors have completed a two-game season sweep of the Cavaliers while running their road winning streak to 13 straight. Kevin Durant scored half of his 32 points in the third quarter as the Warriors earned a 118-108 comeback victory at Cleveland. The Warriors trailed by seven before Durant helped them outscore the Cavs 36-27 in the third period. Stephen Curry had 23 points for Golden State, which hasn't lost outside Oakland since Nov. 22. The Cavaliers have dropped eight of 10 dating to their loss to the Warriors on Christmas Day. LeBron James scored 32 points and Isaiah Thomas had 19 in a season-high 32 minutes as he works his way back from a hip injury. Cleveland had won 13 straight home games.

Checking out Monday's other NBA action:

— Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Beasley added 23 points and 10 boards as the Knicks whipped the Nets 119-104. Rookie Frank Ntilikina finished with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the third time in 13 games.

— Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 113-102 in Chris Paul's return to Staples Center against his old team. Buoyed by Williams' 13th straight game of 20 or more points, the Clippers won their fifth in a row. Paul had 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

— The 76ers saw a 21-point lead shrink to 102-101 before completing a 117-111 victory over the Raptors. Joel Embiid scored 34 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and hit four free throws in the final 25.3 seconds to help Philadelphia secure their fifth victory in six games.

— The Heat's seven-game winning streak is over after Zach LaVine (lah-VEEN') scored 18 points and the Bulls nailed 16 3-pointers in a 119-111 downing of Miami. Justin Holiday hit a career-high seven 3s and finished with 25 points in Chicago's third straight win.

— The Spurs were beaten by the league's worst team as Dennis Schroder poured in 26 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 20 in the Hawks' 102-99 win over San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who are a league-leading 19-2 at home but just 10-14 on the road.

— Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in leading the Milwaukee Bucks past the Wizards 104-95 in Washington. Eric Bledsoe had 23 points for the Bucks in outdueling former University of Kentucky teammate John Wall, who led the Wizards with 27 points.

— Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before receiving two technical fouls and an automatic ejection in the Thunder's 95-88 verdict over the Kings. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points and helped Oklahoma rally from a 15-point, first-half deficit.

— The Pacers were 109-94 winners over the Jazz behind Victor Oladipo's 28 points. Domantas Sabonis finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for Indiana.

— Kemba Walker scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Hornets turn a 56-50 halftime deficit into a 118-107 victory at Detroit. Dwight Howard had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, while teammate Marvin Williams added 21 points on 7 of 8 shooting.

— Dillon Brooks matched his season high with 18 points and Marc Gasol added 17 with eight rebounds as the Grizzlies ended the Lakers' four-game winning streak 123-114. Tyreke Evans was one of eight Memphis players to score in double figures, finishing with 15 points with 12 assists.


John Tavares scored his second goal of the game 1:51 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Mathew Barzal, coming off his second five-point game of the season, had a goal and two assists to keep up his scoring binge for New York. Anthony Beauvillier and Adam Pelech also scored to help the Islanders win their third straight after a season-high five-game losing streak, and Thomas Greiss finished with a career-high 52 saves.

Former Bruins first-round draft pick Tyler Seguin scored on a delayed penalty in overtime to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Stephen Johns and Alexander Radulov also scored for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots.


Tina Charles isn't going anywhere. The New York Liberty locked in their star center Monday, giving her the team's franchise tag. Other players that were given the franchise tag include Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner, Seattle's Crystal Langhorne, Dallas' Karima Christmas-Kelly, Indiana's Candice Dupree, Chicago's Allie Quigley and Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry.


Justin Olsen has an Olympic bobsled gold medal as a brakeman, and now gets the chance to pursue one as a driver. Olsen, Nick Cunningham and Codie Bascue were announced as the three drivers on the U.S. men's Olympic bobsled team for the Pyeongchang Games. Each will compete in the two-man and four-man events.


Top-seeded Simona Halep overcame an injured left ankle to beat Australian wildcard entry Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the first round of the Australian Open. Halep recovered from a 5-2 deficit in the first set.

Ninth seed Stan Wawrinka struggled at times in his first match since last year's Wimbledon, but held on to beat Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2) in the first round. Wawrinka underwent surgery on his left knee after Wimbledon and didn't play another match in 2017.

Six-time champion and 14th seed Novak Djokovic has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the 12th consecutive year, beating American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys has moved into the second round with a 6-1, 7-5 win over China's Wang Qiang.

U.S. women earned another victory after going 1-9 during Day 1. Bernarda Pera picked up her first career Grand Slam victory by defeating Anna Blinkova 6-2, 6-2. The Croatian-born New Jersey resident only got into the tournament on Monday when another player withdrew.

Other Day 2 winners on the women's side include 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, former No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sharapova and Johanna Konta, who ousted American Madison Brengle.

Men's fourth seed Alexander Zverev won his opening-round match in straight sets.

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