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Rival DC: Colin Kaepernick a ‘nightmare’ in Chip’s O

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By Chris Wesseling

 

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Published: Jan. 22, 2016 at 03:46 p.m. |Updated: Jan. 22, 2016 at 04:50 p.m.

 

When the 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach last week, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock hailed the move as a godsend for Colin Kaepernick‘s slumping San Francisco career.

Mayock isn’t alone in that belief.

In his latest NFL Notebook, NFL Media’s Albert Breer relayed quotes from a trio of defensive coaches dreading the prospect of Kaepernick as a dual-threat quarterback in Kelly’s read-option offense.

“I think [Kaepernick] is a good enough passer, but obviously what’ll be a nightmare is his ability to run,” on defensive coordinator said. “That offense is straight ‘Freddy Krueger’ when you have a quarterback that can pull the ball and run at any given time.”

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MLB Should Retire Roberto Clemente’s Number

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Buster Olney, ESPN Senior Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The rows of plantings sway in the prevailing wind here, not far from where Roberto Clemente was born and raised by his parents, and helped his father harvest in the fields.

Clemente’s spirit hovers over the island here, and over Pittsburgh and other distant places, with his name attached to parks and schools. The island of Puerto Rico has produced other Hall of Famers, like Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Alomar, and many other distinguished players, including Carlos Beltran, Benito Santiago, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Joey Cora and Alex Cora. But Clemente will always be regarded as pre-eminent among players of his era and of Latin America, because of how well he played, collecting 3,000 hits in his career, but also because of the standard of bravery and grace he established.

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David Blatt Fired as Cavaliers Coach, per sources

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ESPN.com news services | 4:44 PM ET

The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired second-year coach David Blatt and are replacing him with assistant Tyronn Lue, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.

The title-hopeful Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference at 30-11 but were blown out by the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday. Blatt had lost support of the locker room over the past month, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Associate head coach Tyronn Lue, Blatt’s top assistant, signed a three-year contract Friday to be the team’s head coach, according to Yahoo! Sports, which also first reported Blatt’s firing.

LeBron James was not consulted before the Cavaliers made the move to dismiss Blatt and was informed of the decision Friday, sources told Windhorst. The decision to fire Blatt was “entirely” up to general manager David Griffin, a league source told ESPN.com.

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Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Returns to Top of College Football With 45-40 Win Over Clemson

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Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN Staff Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. — What a game.

Alabama and Clemson gave fans an entertaining back-and-forth show before the Crimson Tide eventually claimed a 45-40 victory over the Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Monday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Tide are back atop the college football world. Let’s review how it all unfolded.

What the win means for Alabama: It’s the Crimson Tide’s fourth national championship in seven seasons — the others came in 2009, 2011 and 2012 — and the 16th overall in school history. It’s the fifth national title for head coach Nick Saban, further cementing his status in college football history. He trails only the late Paul “Bear” Bryant in national titles since 1936 (Bryant has six). It’s Alabama’s fourth consecutive win over a No. 1-ranked team in The Associated Press poll, a streak More >

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ESPN is reportedly giving $20M back to advertisers because the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve was such a disaster

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By on Jan 8, 2016, 2:09p

ESPN’s broadcast of the New Year’s Eve bowl games — the College Football Playoff semifinals and the Peach Bowl — saw viewership decline than more than a third in 2015. As a result, their advertisers aren’t happy.

A report from John Consoli of Broadcasting & Cable magazine says the network is currently negotiating more than $20 million in make-goods — credits given to advertisers to compensate for mistakes — in response to the broadcast’s lower-than-expected ratings. ESPN had assured advertisers that running two of the season’s biggest bowl games against a night historically reserved for parties and other non-football events would have no negative effect on their total viewers. Now, they’re making up for the lack of viewers during what had been sold as a prime advertising opportunity.

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