Update on the latest in sports:
(Eds: Updates with Arizona Cardinals firing coach Steve Wilks.)
Firings begin as season ends
UNDATED (AP) – The list of NFL coaching vacancies started to grow as soon as games started to finish Sunday.
Cleveland and Green Bay were already on the list after firing coaches mid-season. Tampa Bay and the New York Jets joined them Sunday, cutting ties with coach Dirk Koetter and Todd Bowles respectively. This morning, Denver announced Vance Joseph is out, while Miami dumped Adam Gase, Cincinnati ousted Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons, and Arizona let Steve Wilks go.
– It might have been the most expensive seat in the NFL on Sunday. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was inactive due to injury and spent much of his team’s 20-3 loss to the Texans sitting on the bench, talking with teammate T.J. Yeldon (who was active but didn’t play) and seemingly disinterested in the action. Tom Coughlin was not impressed, saying: “They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.” Earlier this season, the Jaguars notified Fournette that his suspension earlier this season voided the guarantees for his $7.1 million salary over 2019 and 2020.
– Three quarterbacks put themselves in the books on Sunday. Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes in the Brown’s 26-24 loss to the Ravens, to finish the season with 27, an NFL record for a rookie. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Chiefs’ blowout of the Oakland Raiders to become the third quarterback in NFL history with 50 in a season. Peyton Manning set the record of 55 with the Broncos in 2013, while the Patriots’ Tom Brady threw also threw 50 touchdown passes in the 2007 season. And before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a chest injury, Nick Foles tied Philip Rivers’ NFL record for consecutive completions by connecting on 25 straight passes in Philadelphia’s 24-0 win over Washington.
Also finding himself in rare company Sunday was Saquon Barkley. The Giants running back joined Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as only the third rookie to gain 2,000 yards from scrimmage. Barkley’s effort Sunday included a 68-yard touchdown run.
Busy day/night on ice
UNDATED (AP) – Twenty six of the NHL’s 31 teams will be on the ice for games today. Here’s the schedule. (All times Eastern.)
Nashville at Washington, 12:30 p.m.
Vancouver at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Carolina, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Florida at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Montreal at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Seven game NBA slate
UNDATED (AP) – There are six games in the NBA tonight, in addition to one matinee. Here’s the schedule. (All times Eastern.)
Atlanta at Indiana, 3 p.m.
Orlando at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Boston at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Memphis at Houston, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
Two top 25 teams in action
UNDATED (AP) – Men’s college basketball has two top-25 teams on the court today.
No. 4 Virginia plays Marshall this afternoon, while No. 7 Gonzaga faces Cal State Bakersfield tonight.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES
Half a dozen bowl games
UNDATED (AP) – It’s a day full of college bowl games, even if none are for the highest honor.
The games start at noon Eastern with the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, where Cincinnati takes on Virginia Tech.
Pittsburgh and Stanford, meet in El Paso, Texas at the Sun Bowl, at 2 p.m. Eastern.
An hour later, the Redbox Bowl kicks off in Santa Clara, California, with Michigan State up against Oregon.
Missouri faces Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. That’s a 3:45 p.m. Eastern start.
This evening, Holiday Bowl features Northwestern versus Utah. That’s scheduled for 7 p.m. in San Diego.
And a half hour after that, in Jacksonville, Florida, the Gator Bowl matches NC State against Texas A&M.
Top-ranked Alabama and No. 2 Clemson play for the national championship a week from today, January 7, in Santa Clara, California.