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Howard RB killed in robbery called 'good kid'
A former coach and family friend of the Howard running back who was one of two suspects fatally shot during an attempted robbery in Texas says Terrence Neal Tusan was a "good kid" and student.

Peyton intent on playing for Broncos in 2015
Peyton Manning says he plans on being back with Denver next season "if the Broncos wouild have me."

Harbaugh's brother: Family staying out of it
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he doesn't want to know what brother Jim Harbaugh's future coaching plans are and that any reports about the family swaying him to Michigan are "absolutely false."

Pettine: Manziel will get chance to compete
Browns coach Mike Pettine agrees with Johnny Manziel that the team hasn't seen enough to write him off as a starting quarterback.

Aaron Claus: QB buys Packers linemen TVs
Aaron Rodgers' calf injury limited him in practice on Wednesday, but it didn't prevent the Green Bay Packers quarterback from playing Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Sidelined KD: Let Westbrook play his game
Oklahoma CIty forward Kevin Durant rejected recent criticism directed at teammate Russell Westbrook's late-game management during the Thunder's two recent losses in Durant's absence.

QB Smith wants to be part of Jets' 'solution'
Geno Smith is one of the big reasons the New York Jets are 3-12. He acknowledges that. He also believes he can be the quarterback that leads them back to respectability.

Patterson AP's coach of year for 2nd time
TCU's Gary Patterson is The Associated Press college football coach of the year.

Cavs lose Varejao for year with torn Achilles
Tests confirmed the Cleveland Cavaliers' fears that center Anderson Varejao has torn his Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Wednesday.

Caffeine free: Nats P tweets out comped java
In the spirit of giving, Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister told his over 24,000 Twitter followers to have free Starbucks on him.

Source: Narduzzi agrees to take Pitt job
The Pittsburgh Panthers have finalized an agreement with Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to be their next football coach, a source told on Wednesday.

Sharks' Scott banned four games for punch
San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended by the NHL for four games, without pay, for punching Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman, the league announced Wednesday.

Te'o on 49ers' hoax jab: 'Find a new joke'
Mani Te'o played every defensive snap in Saturday's 38-35 come-from-behind win against the San Francisco 49ers, but it still wasn't enough to keep his opponent from dredging up the past.

Kobe keeps faith that Lakers' brass has plan
Kobe Bryant, having watched Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo not join him in Los Angeles, still firmly believes in the Lakers' hierarchy to come up with a plan to turn it around.

Rockets sign McHale to 3-year extension
The Rockets have signed coach Kevin McHale to a three-year, fully guaranteed contract extension valued in excess of $12 million, sources told ESPN.