Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to accept an offer to become the next coach of the New York Giants. Multiple outlets reported Monday afternoon that Shurmur will accept the offer, making him the sixth straight Giants head coach since Bill Parcells departed the team in 1991 with an offensive background. Shurmur, 52, was in contention to succeed the recently retired Bruce Arians as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants can’t officially offer the job or hire Shurmur until the Vikings season comes to an end.
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Keith Jackson, the voice of college football for generations of fans, died Friday night. He was 89. Jackson worked for ABC Sports from 1966-2006 and college football wasn’t his only sport. Jackson covered the Olympics, the NBA, Major League Baseball, auto racing and more. He was also the play-by-play voice for the first season of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” in 1970. “For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Turi Ann, and his family.” In 2015, the Rose Bowl’s radio and television facilities were named for Jackson.
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and quarterback Blake Bortles helped delivered a 45-42 AFC divisional playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, to send the Jaguars to the AFC Championship next Sunday in New England. This will be the Jaguars’ third appearance in the AFC title game and first since the 1999 season. Bortles and Fournette helped make up for a Jaguars defense that gave up three touchdowns on fourth down and 545 yards of total offense.
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The World Series champion Astros added a piece to their starting pitching rotation on Saturday, as Houston agreed to acquire Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in exchange for a package including Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran. Cole was 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2017. It was the highest ERA of his four-year career, and Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA en route to becoming an All-Star in 2015. Cole will make $6.75 million this season after settling with the Pirates in arbitration, and he’ll be eligible for arbitration again year after next season.
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Free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce has reached agreement on a three-year, $39 million contract with the New York Mets. Bruce, 30, is a .249 career hitter with 277 home runs over 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets and Cleveland Indians. He had received interest from the San Francisco Giants on the free-agent market before electing to return to New York. The Mets initially acquired Bruce from Cincinnati in August 2016, then traded him to Cleveland for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan during the stretch drive last summer. Bruce’s deal is the second highest for a free-agent position player this offseason — trailing only first baseman Carlos Santana’s three-year, guaranteed $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Goalies David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell have been added to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, and the 25-man roster is now complete. The organization announced on Thursday that Europe-based professionals Leggio and Maxwell will join Ryan Zapolski as Team USA’s goalies in PyeongChang. All three played for Team USA at November’s Deutschland Cup in Germany. Leggio has been with EHC München the last three seasons after playing for six American Hockey League teams from 2007-08 through 2014-15. Maxwell has been playing for BK Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic. He has played in that country for parts of the last four seasons. Team USA’s Olympic schedule is set for PyeongChang. The Americans open preliminary-round play against Slovenia 7:10 a.m. ET on Feb. 14.
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000 for clotheslining Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins in the third quarter of a 28-point loss Monday. Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president for basketball operations, announced the fine Wednesday. Thomas was issued a flagrant-two foul for the play — which came with 6:47 left in the third quarter — drawing an automatic ejection. He apologized to Wiggins for striking him in the jaw/neck area, and said after the game that he was trying to go for the steal. Thomas has also picked up three technical fouls already (in only three games played), costing him $2,000 per foul.
The Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to reports. Bevell spent the last seven seasons heading up the Seattle offense, and was told of the team’s decision to let him go on Tuesday night. This past season, Seattle ranked 15th in total offense, with quarterback Russell Wilson leading the team in passing and rushing. The Seahawks, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, had only four rushing touchdowns all season, which tied for last in the NFL. Seattle did lead the league in rushing three seasons ago and was in the top 10 in that category frequently under Bevell.
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The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, the team announced Tuesday. Shula has been with Carolina for the last seven years, spending his first two seasons with the team as the quarterbacks coach before becoming offensive coordinator in 2013. Dorsey has also been with the squad over the last seven seasons, serving as a scout for the first two years of his tenure and quarterbacks coach over the last five. This season the Panthers were fourth in the league in rushing; however, the team struggled in the passing game, averaging just 192.3 yards, which was the 28th in the league this year.
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The Chicago Bears’ general manager, Ryan Pace, has named Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, 39, their new head coach. Nagy was the sixth and final NFL assistant to interview with Pace. The two spoke on Sunday, a day after the Chiefs’ upset loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Nagy will be the sixth current NFL head coach to have been an assistant under Reid. The Bears’ new head coach was introduced at a Halas Hall news conference on Wednesday.