Update on the latest in sports:
Redskins fire President Bruce Allen, eye Ron Rivera to coach
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen has been fired after a tumultuous and loss-filled decade with the NFL team once coached by his father.
The Redskins never won a playoff game during Allen’s time as owner Daniel Snyder’s right-hand man.
They made the playoffs only twice and only once won as many as 10 games in a season. This season’s team went 3-13.
Allen’s tenure had plenty of defeats on the field and public relations disasters off it.
There could be another important move soon. Ron Rivera, fired as coach of the Carolina Panthers during the season, was visiting the Redskins today.
Giants have fired coach Pat Shurmur, GM Dave Gettleman stays
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -The New York Giants have fired coach Pat Shurmur after the once-proud franchise took a step back by winning four games in a season marked by a franchise record-tying nine-game losing streak.
The Giants also say that general manager Dave Gettleman will return despite seeing the team win only nine games in his two seasons.
Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch informed Shurmur of the decision today, less than a day after the Giants finished a 4-12 season with a loss to the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles.
WILD CARD SCHEDULE
Patriots get Saturday night prime-time slot vs Titans
UNDATED (AP) – New England’s fall into a wild-card game for the NFL playoffs has landed the defending champions in prime time.
The Patriots will host the Tennessee Titans next Saturday night on CBS in the second of the four weekend games.
New England lost at home to Miami and, combined with Kansas City’s victory over the Chargers, slipped to the third AFC seed.
The playoffs open Saturday with Buffalo at Houston on ESPN/ABC at 4:35 p.m. EST.
Titans-Patriots is set for an 8:15 EST kickoff.
Next Sunday, the 1:05 p.m. EST game features Minnesota at New Orleans on Fox. At 4:40 p.m. EST, it’s Seattle at Philadelphia NBC.
SUN BOWL PREVIEW
Arizona State makes another Sun Bowl trip, faces Florida St
UNDATED (AP) – Arizona State is in the Sun Bowl for the third time in six seasons, facing Florida State tomorrow afternoon.
The Sun Devils are looking for their first bowl victory since winning in El Paso in 2014.
Arizona State has lost three postseason games since then, including the Sun Bowl two years ago.
Florida State’s Odell Haggins is looking for another victory to finish his second stint as interim coach. His 4-1 record in the interim role includes two wins to finish 2017. Mike Norvell is set to take over for the fired Willie Taggart.