Jeff Triplette Won’t Adversely Affect Sunday’s AFC Wild Card Game – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportHow many more screwups does Jeff Triplette have left this season, really? It’s not like he can be much worse, so what’s the big deal? The NFL created a…

Charlie Strong to be announced as Texas coach Sunday – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTexas expects to complete a deal with Charlie Strong to be its new football coach by Sunday, a senior University of Texas official told USA TODAY Sports. The official,…

4-point play: How Notre Dame upset No. 8 Duke – USA TODAY

USA TODAYHOW THE IRISH WON: There have been quite a few questions about how Notre Dame would adapt to the abrupt dismissal of leading scorer Jerian Grant (for an undisclosed…

PREVIEW-American football-Auburn chases more magic in title game – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Jan 4 (Reuters) – One of the biggest questions looming ahead of Monday’s crunch BCS National Championship game is whether the second-ranked Auburn Tigers…

Wild Card: Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCheck out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY online, mobile, and print editions. View Your Contribution. Oops! Your submission didn’t go through. Please…

‘Philomena’ Box Office Surprise: Heading to $45M Worldwide; Could It Be This … – Deadline.com

‘Philomena’ Box Office Surprise: Heading to $45M Worldwide; Could It Be This …Deadline.comPhilomena-1 Philomena is heading to become one of the most successful independent films winding into awards season this…

Vandy Regroups, Tops Houston 41-24 in Compass Bowl – ABC News

ABC NewsHouston gained only 22 yards and had one first down in the first half but rallied with 24 points in the third quarter to pull even. Kenneth Farrow had…

Vanderbilt cruises past Houston 41-24 in Compass Bowl – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There are many things for which this Vanderbilt football teamwill be remembered. Its knack for inviting fourth-quarter drama may top the list. The Commodores squandered a…

Florida State on pace for historic dominance – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Because Florida State hasn’t been here in more than a decade, because its brand had been so diminished by the time Bobby Bowden finally stepped…

Chiefs RB Charles out after opening drive – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneINDIANAPOLIS — The Kansas City Chiefs lost their best offensive player on the opening drive of their AFC wild-card game against the Colts Saturday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.…

Jessica Simpson Shares Adorable Photo of Son Ace Knute – E! Online

E! OnlineSay cheese, Ace Knute! Jessica Simpson added an adorable snapshot of her 6-month-old baby boy on her Twitter account on Saturday, Jan. 4. “My snuggle bug…” the fashion mogul…

No. 4 Michigan State cruises past Indiana on the road – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — You might say it’s been a good week for Michigan State athletics. And you might say Gary Harris enjoys playing against his home-state Indiana Hoosiers. The…

Syria fighting between rebels and Al Qaeda-linked group spreads – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesAMMAN, Jordan – Clashes spread Saturday between groups nominally united against the Syrian government as mainstream rebels attempted to expel an Al Qaeda-linked group from opposition areas. Rebels…

South Sudan peace negotiations stall over agenda – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesPRETORIA, South Africa — Face-to-face peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan were stalled Saturday, government officials and rebel delegations said, dashing hopes of a swift end…

Nuns Miss Pope’s New Year’s Phone Call – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaA group of nuns in Spain got quite the New Year’s surprise when they checked their answering machine and realized they had missed a call from the pope.…

Defenseman Torey Krug misses practice with undisclosed injury – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeWILMINGTON — As soon as one player comes back for the Bruins, it seems like another one goes down. Though, in this case, it’s unclear how serious Torey Krug’s…

Jennifer Gorovitz Steps Down as San Francisco Jewish Federation Chief – Jewish Daily Forward

Jewish Daily ForwardJennifer Gorovitz, the chief executive officer of San Francisco’s Jewish federation and the only woman to head a large Jewish federation in the United States, announced that she…

Syrian Rebel Alliance Battles al-Qaida-linked Fighters – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaBEIRUT — An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in…

Phil Everly, Everly Brothers Vocal Legend, Dead at 74 – RollingStone.com

RollingStone.comRock & roll lost one of its supreme harmony singers when Phil Everly, half of the Everly Brothers, died today at the age of 74. According to a report attributed…

Texans will hire Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator, per report – SB Nation

SB NationNo official word has been released, but all signs are pointing to Crennel heading to Houston. Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook  Share + Comments. New…

Houston Texans Open to Trading No. 1 Overall Pick in 2014 NFL Draft – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportThe Houston Texans secured the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft after losing their last 14 games to finish the regular season 2-14. Owner Bob McNair isn’t…

Man’s body found on Long Island feared to be abducted Brooklyn landlord – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsAaron Showalter/New York Daily News. A body found in a dumpster along a commercial stretch of Cutter Mill Road in Great Neck, Long Island may be that…

Ke$ha checks into rehab for eating disorder – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKe$ha has checked into rehab to treat an eating disorder. The Tik Tok singer said in a statement provided by her spokesman Friday that she’ll be unavailable for the…

Al-Qaida Group Says Responsible for Beirut Bombing – ABC News

ABC NewsAn al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in Lebanon, as its fighters fought other rebels in neighboring…

An appreciation: Phil Everly, voice of desperate teenage love – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesLove hurts, and few American pop singers have conveyed the teenage depths of that despair as well as Phil Everly, who died Friday at age 74. Teamed with…

4-point play: Cincinnati upsets No. 18 Memphis – USA TODAY

USA TODAYHOW THE BEARCATS WON: Cincinnati has quietly picked up two really nice wins to start its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference (AAC): a home win vs. Southern…

Championship: London Welsh back on top after win at Jersey – BBC News

BBC NewsLondon Welsh returned to the top of the Championship as they got back to winning ways with a 33-26 victory at struggling Jersey. Tries from Mitch Lees, Joe Ajuwa…

Chris Paul Separates Right Shoulder Vs Mavericks – SLAM Online

SLAM OnlineChris Paul was taken to the locker room on Friday after suffering a shoulder injury, and a league source says it’s “too early to speculate” on when Paul might…

Winter storm Hercules pummels major US cities – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsThe first snowstorm of the new year closed New York City public schools, grounded hundreds of fights and prompted the governors of New York and New Jersey…

BCS National Championship props – Florida State, Auburn ready to unleash … – SportingNews.com

SportingNews.comAuburn RB Tre Mason has rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 22 TDs for the Tigers this season. By: The Linemakers | More Experts Published: Jan 04, 2014. This…

Bill O’Brien expected to clear out Houston Texans’ staff – NFL.com

NFL.com4, 2014 at 01:40 p.m.. Friend(s) Email Your Email Send Email. By Kevin Patra. Cleaning house

Lea Michele Gets Cheeky in Revealing Bikini Pic During Mexico Getaway – People Magazine

People MagazineThe Glee actress hopped on Instagram Friday to share a photo of her gorgeous Mexico getaway – not to mention ample glimpses of her enviable bikini bod … and…

Israel hospital: Sharon’s condition still critical – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli hospital treating Ariel Sharon says the former prime minister’s medical condition remains critical. Tel Hashomer hospital made the announcement in a short text message…

JR Smith, Knicks lose on yet another in late-game blunder – SB Nation

SB NationClock management is fast becoming a sore spot for the New York Knicks, who lost to the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on…

Downton Abbey Redux: Catch Up with Our Precap Before Season 4 Premieres – People Magazine

People MagazineDownton Abbey returns to primetime when season four of the period drama gets underway this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on PBS. The new season picks up six months…