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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bills suspend OL coach Aaron Kromer 6 games, name Richie Incognito starter 08.03.15 at 7:42 am ET
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MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


Aaron Kromer

Aaron Kromer

— Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will avoid legal punishment for the incident last month when he allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family following a dispute over beach chairs, but the team announced Sunday night that he will be suspended six games for his behavior.

Kromer, who had a battery charge dropped after he reached a deal with the victim’s family, has been on paid leave since July 14, two days after he was arrested. He will rejoin the team at training camp and begin his suspension with the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 7.

“We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter, and we are highly supportive of the NFL personal conduct policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard,” Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement.

Kromer, who previously served as the Bears offensive coordinator, was hired in January as part of the staff hired by new head coach Rex Ryan. Assistant Kurt Anderson has been covering for Kromer and is expected to fill in during the suspension.

Kormer’s suspension was the second big story related to the Bills offensive line Sunday. Earlier in the day, Ryan announced that former outcast Richie Incognito stands to be his starting left guard.

“One thing’s for sure, Richie’s a starter,” Ryan said at the team’s training camp in Pittsford, New York. “He looks about as good as any of them. He really does.”

Ryan said Incognito, who sat out all of 2014 after being fingered in the Dolphins bullying scandal during the 2013 season, was one of the team’s top performers in conditioning tests held Thursday, the day before camp opened.

“He’s everything we thought he’d be,” Ryan said. “I think he’s probably along further than I even thought he’d be as far as coming back in shape. It’s like he never missed any time.

Incognito, who has a history of troubling behavior, signed a one-year deal with the Bills in February. He has not played in a game since Oct. 31, 2013.

“It was a long road back,” Incognito said Sunday after being told of Ryan’s comments. “It was dark times. And it was something at times I didn’t was going to happen. But I’ve been blessed with an opportunity. … A lot of people laid their neck out on the line for me. And I just wanted to prove them right.”

Added Incognito: “It left a bad taste in my mouth to kind of leave the game like that. I had a lot of time away, a lot of time to think. And today, I definitely woke up with that in the back of my head.”

— A 9-year-old bat boy was in critical condition Sunday, one day after being hit in the head by a bat during a tournament in Wichita, Kansas.

UPDATE: The boy died Sunday of his injuries.

Kaiser Carlile, who works for the Liberal (Kansas) Bee Jays, was retrieving a bat discarded by a batter when he was struck in the back of the head by a player warming up in the on-deck circle early in his team’s game against San Diego in the National Baseball Congress World Series. Carlile was wearing a helmet.

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Bills say they could have best defense ever 06.30.15 at 9:35 am ET
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Rex Ryan has brought the confidence he instilled in his early Jets teams to Buffalo, as some Bills players say they could have the best defense in the history of the NFL.

When asked about his team’s defensive goals for the season, Bills defensive tackle Marcel Dareus was pretty outspoken.

“[To be the] best ever,” Dareus said. “It’€™s so obtainable. All we have to do is continue to do what we want, and not what we can. If we do what we want, and do everything to head in that direction, why can’€™t we? Why can’€™t we?”

Linebacker Nigel Bradham echoed his teammate’s ambitions, speaking to the Toronto Sun.

“We want to be the best in history — one of the greatest,” Bradham said. “That’€™s what we’€™re striving for … the greatest of all time, not just this year or last year.”

Last year, the Bills were one of the best defenses in the NFL, finishing in the top-five for points allowed, yards per play and passing touchdowns. With the addition of defensive guru Ryan, Dareus believes the Bills can get even better and make history.

“We finally have a coach who will really lay it on the line for us,” he said. “I mean, Rex will make the tough calls and really put us in the position to win, regardless of whatever the stakes are. And he’€™s not going to be buddy-buddy. He’€™s like, ‘€˜You’€™re a grown man and I’€™m going to tell it to you like it is.’€™ And that’€™s what we all need. We’€™re all grown men. To have somebody babying us, or somebody trying to micro-manage us –€” I mean, no man really wants to ever be under somebody’€™s thumb all the time.

“Rex is just that type of guy where he’€™s going to let you play ball, he’€™s going to put you in the best situations, and he’€™s going to do his best not to let you fail.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Floyd Mayweather’s ex sues for defamation 05.07.15 at 8:00 am ET
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NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championship, United States vs. Belarus, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Fiorentina at Sevilla, 3 p.m. (FS1)


— Floyd Mayweather’s attempt to soften the sting of criticism about his history of domestic violence might cost him even more.

Josie Harris, who is the mother of three of Mayweather’s children, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles accusing Mayweather of defamation. She is targeting Mayweather for his comments in an April interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric in which Mayweather said Harris was on drugs and he had to restrain her during a 2010 incident.

Mayweather was arrested and charged with domestic violence for the attack, which was witnessed by two of their children. The boxer eventually served two months in jail after agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

Reads the lawsuit: “The statements by Mayweather during the Couric interview were totally and unequivocally false and defamatory. The true facts are Harris was not a drug-abuser or drug addict.”

Harris is seeking $20 million.

Last year Mayweather was sued by former fiancee Shantel Jackson, who said Mayweather beat her and later posted a sonogram of her pregnancy, insisting they broke up because she had an abortion.

— Bills coach Rex Ryan, asked about a comment from new running back LeSean McCoy that Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been getting rid of “all the good black players,” said he will continue to allow his players to speak their minds.

“I’d rather just be ourselves,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I think the players are more comfortable doing that. I know I’m more comfortable doing that. And I think that’s the way it is. I think you’ll get a real feel for who we are.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LSU OT La’el Collins meets with police, then Bills coach Rex Ryan 05.05.15 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Hawks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Flames, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Juventus vs. Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


La'el Collins (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

La’el Collins met with police and now is meeting with NFL teams about his future. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

— La’el Collins, the LSU offensive tackle who was projected to be a first-round pick but went undrafted following the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, met with police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Monday and then dined with Bills coach Rex Ryan.

Collins, who unsuccessfully tried to pull out of the draft hours before it started, had been sought for questioning by police about the April 24 death of Brittney Mills. The 29-year-old Mills, who was eight months pregnant, was shot dead after opening the front door of her apartment. Her unborn child initially survived but later died at a hospital.

Collins has not been named as a suspect, only someone the police wanted to interview in an effort to get information about the case.

“It went fine; we answered all their questions,” Collins’ attorney, Jim Boren, told The Times-Picayune of the meeting with police. “La’el is not going to make any comments. I’m not going to have any comments. The investigation is going to continue. La’el is now going to start making an effort to start getting his football career back on track.”

Added Boren: “I think [Collins] is not a suspect. He answered all the questions they had. Every question, we didn’t claim the fifth [amendment]. We answered every single question. We gave them all the information they asked for. He’s ready to get his life back.”

After having dinner with Ryan at a restaurant in Baton Rouge, Collins reportedly was scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Tuesday. The Cowboys and Saints are rumored to have an interest as well.

Because he was not drafted, Collins could sign with any team an undrafted free agent. Although he would receive far less money than if he had been drafted in the first round, he would have the option to renegotiate his three-year UDFA deal after two seasons. There also are reports that Collins could attempt to enter the 2016 draft.

Josh Hamilton, acquired by the Rangers from the Angels last week, made his first appearance in a game of any kind since October when he took the field Monday in an extended spring training game in Surprise, Arizona.

Hamilton, who was 0-for-13 in the Angels’ loss to the Royals in the American League Division Series before having offseason shoulder surgery and then admitting to a relapse with alcohol and drugs, struck out and hit three grounders to first base Monday.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills OL Richie Incognito starts workouts with new team after ‘inner reflection’ 04.07.15 at 8:09 am ET
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MLB: Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament final, UConn vs. Notre Dame, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Aston Villa, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito

— Richie Incognito began offseason conditioning with his new Bills teammates Monday, and the controversial offensive lineman acknowledged that his year and a half in exile following the 2013 bullying scandal with the Dolphins was “humbling.”

Incognito was benched by the Dolphins for the final eight games of the 2013 season, and no team was willing to sign him last year.

“It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute,” Incognito said [via ESPN]. “It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: ‘Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?’ It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth.

“Then it was an acceptance, and accepting the fact that I’m not going to play this year, that I’m going to have to chalk it up and wait for another opportunity.”

An NFL investigation found that Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin, and there were reports of other incidents of harassment.

“There was a lot of things said and done that I wish I could change,” Incognito said. “But moving forward, you have to accept that there was definitely a learning process and a growing process and a process that I went through to become a better person. Nobody’s perfect. I think the biggest thing is I’ve learned from what I’ve went through, I’ve learned from what went down. I’ve grown from it.”

Incognito added that he’s “very thankful” that the Bills have given him a chance, which came about after he met with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula as well as new coach Rex Ryan.

Rex Ryan spent a lot of time talking about being a good teammate and coming in and putting my best foot forward,” Incognito said. “One of the big things they wanted to make sure was that I could still be myself without having any of the issues.”

Said Ryan: “I just wanted to see the sincerity that he was speaking with and where he was at. He’s got a burning desire to play this game still. I think that’s important. And obviously — hey, look, we’ve all made mistakes. Every single one of us in here has made mistakes. I know I’ve made than you guys. But it’s what we do and how excited he is about getting a new opportunity, and I can’t wait to watch him. But he’s a Bill now. He’s just one of us.”

Alex Rodriguez received mostly cheers from the Yankee Stadium faithful in Monday’s opener, although there wasn’t much else for New Yorkers to cheer about in a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez, in his first at-bat in over a year following his MLB suspension, batted seventh as the designated hitter. He walked in his first plate appearance, then hit a single to right-center fielder in his second and lined out in his final at-bat.

“I have to admit, it definitely felt good. That’s for sure,” Rodriguez said.

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Report: Bills’ deal with Richie Incognito worth $2.25M 02.09.15 at 9:40 am ET
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Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito

On Saturday, the Bills announced via their website that they had “reached an agreement in principle” with Richie Incognito and, according to ESPN, the deal is for one year and $2.25 million.

The former Dolphin was involved in a bullying scandal in 2013 where he and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey bullied former teammate Jonathan Martin. The incident led to Incognito’s suspension for the remainder of that season, the last eight games.

Incognito, 31, reportedly had visits with the Buccaneers in August and Broncos in November but remained out of football for the 2014 season.

Now, with Rex Ryan at Buffalo’s helm, Incognito has landed with the Bills, despite Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus once calling him “the dirtiest player in the NFL.”

During his introductory news conference in January, Ryan expressed his intentions to “build a bully” of a football team.

“We’re going to see if you want to play it for 60 minutes,” Ryan said.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan plays down impact of Deflategate on Patriots 01.30.15 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Monmouth at Fairfield, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kent State at Buffalo, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Sabres at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Providence at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 a.m. (ESPN)


— New Bills coach Rex Ryan still might not want to kiss Bill Belichick‘s rings, but he also isn’t ready to pile on the Patriots coach regarding Deflategate.

Reporters caught up with Ryan on Thursday in Phoenix, and Ryan laughed when asked if he ever suspected that the Patriots deflated footballs.

“No, I never, you know, I don’€™t see that,” Ryan said (via “And I think it’€™s unfortunate that this takes away. This is the biggest stage there is and here we’€™re talking about something like that. It is a black eye to the league and the league will handle it as they see fit. But they’€™re a great football team, and they’€™ve earned the right to get here. Same thing with Seattle.”

Ryan also said he doesn’t believe the legacies of Belichick and Tom Brady will be affected by this controversy.

“I don’€™t think that’€™s anything,” Ryan said. “I mean, when you look at, you’€™re going to have a guy that’€™s arguably going to end up being if not the best coach in the history of the game, at least in that conversation. Same thing about their quarterback. So I don’€™t think it’€™s going to be anything.”

Ryan also weighed in on the issue the Patriots have been having with the fire alarm in their hotel going off in the middle of the night.

“Let’€™s face it: Belichick probably did it himself,” Ryan joked. “He’€™s the one that pulled the thing and created a different story. Those things happen. You try to prepare your team in the offseason — training camps and all that kind of stuff. Would you pull a fire alarm or something? You may.”

Ryan claimed that alarms have gone off in his teams’ hotels during visits to New England, but he insisted he wasn’t getting his revenge this week.

“I was not there,” he said. “You can’t blame that one on me.”

— Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is headed to jail for five days after pleading guilty Thursday to reckless driving for an incident in July in Virginia.

Werth admitted that he was driving his Porsche GT3 RS more than 100 mph on I-495 in Fairfax Country. A Virginia State Police trooper paced Werth driving at least 105 mph on an on-ramp, and Werth pulled way from the police cruiser on the highway, which has a posted speed limit of 55 mph.

Werth, who was cooperative after being pulled over and admitted he was “pressing his luck” by driving so fast, had been convicted of the charges in December. He appealed and was due for another trial next week before reaching a plea deal. He will serve his sentence on weekends.

“We are aware of the agreement reached today. It is clear that Jayson has taken this matter seriously and with great personal reflection,” the team said in a statement. “We do not condone reckless behavior, and we expect all members of the Washington Nationals organization to act in a responsible manner. We support Jayson, who is an integral part of the community and of the Washington Nationals family.

Werth, who declined comment after the hearing, is entering the fifth season of a seven-year, $126 million contract. He hit .292 with 16 home runs, 82 RBIs and a team-high .849 OPS in 147 games last season. He had arthroscopic shoulder surgery Jan. 9 and is expected to be ready to play in 2-3 months.

— One day after having season-ending shoulder surgery, Kobe Bryant said he intends to return in September for his 20th season.

“Yeah, that’s the plan,” Bryant told ESPN.

Bryant stopped by Staples Center to visit with former teammate Pau Gasol before Thursday’s Bulls-Lakers game, although Bryant said he wasn’t feeling well enough to go on the court.

Bryant will be heading into the final year of his contract in 2015-16, when he is slated to earn $25 million. The 36-year-old said he doesn’t pay attention to other people’s suggestions that he should retire.

“I don’t really listen much to what people have to say, to be honest with you,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 30, 1973, the Patriots had perhaps their best draft ever. Which three players did they select in Round 1?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “His desire to be so competitive, I’€™ve never seen it. You could put him in the category of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, just some of the great athletes in this world, and I’€™€™m talking different sports, too. He has the fight, the will and the determination to go out there and destroy anybody who’€™€™s in his way. You see the results on the field, he’€™€™s awesome.” Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis on Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 25 — Percent decrease in recorded concussions in NFL games from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by the league Thursday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch play Mortal Kombat X on “Conan.”

Magic guard Victor Oladipo soars in for an impressive dunk against the Bucks.

Bulls forward Joakim Noah makes a nice behind-the-back pass to Pau Gasol for a layup against the Lakers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Offensive lineman John Hannah (fourth), running back Sam Cunningham (11th) and receiver Darryl Stingley (19th)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Phil Collins was born on this day in 1951.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Rice reportedly reaches settlement with Ravens 01.16.15 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iona at Niagara, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis at Robert Morris, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
NHL: Capitals at Predators, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Boston University, 7 pm. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UConn at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


Ray Rice, who had been seeking more than $3.5 million for wrongful termination from the Ravens, reportedly reached a settlement with the team Thursday, shortly before his grievance hearing was to be held.

Rice, who had signed a five-year, $35 million contract in July 2012, was seeking back pay of his $3.529 million base salary for the season.

A source told The Baltimore Sun that the two sides reached a compromise that was “fair.”

Rice was released on Sept. 8, after video emerged of him knocking out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator earlier in the year. The NFL, which had suspended Rice two games, extended his suspension to indefinite when the video become public. However, an arbitrator overturned the suspension and reinstated Rice, who became a free agent.

Rice, 27, apparently has received no interest from other teams since his reinstatement, although he continues to work out in hopes of getting a second chance.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Rice is the second-leading rusher in Ravens history.

— With the retirement of Kyle Orton, the Bills are in the market for a quarterback — either a starter or someone to back up EJ Manuel. In a radio interview Thursday, new coach Rex Ryan creatively implied that he wouldn’t rule out a reunion with Mark Sanchez.

“Well, I’ve still got the tattoo,” he told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” referring to the infamous rendering of his wife in a Sanchez No. 6 Jets jersey on his right arm.

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Bills confirm hiring of Rex Ryan 01.12.15 at 10:57 am ET
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The Bills on Monday confirmed that Rex Ryan has been hired to be their coach. Ryan agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $5.5 million per year to remain in the AFC East.

Ryan, fired by the Jets after their 3-13 season, replaces Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract Dec. 31.

“Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “Rex brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we feel will be a tremendous benefit to our players and the entire Bills organization.

“He was very impressive during the interview process, as were many of the candidates to which we spoke, and we feel Rex is the best fit for our team,” added Pegula, who interviewed 12 candidates. “We look forward to his leadership and expertise in directing our team to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans.”

Ryan was rumored to be on the short list for the Falcons, but Atlanta apparently was not ready to commit while Buffalo was following a second interview Saturday night.

The Bills reportedly plan to hire 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to run the offense. The Bills said they would like to retain defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, although there are concerns about differences in his and Ryan’s defensive preferences.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan reportedly set to interview with Bills 01.08.15 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Wild, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Rangers at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Rockets at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Michigan State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Radford at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: George Mason at Richmond, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Bonaventure, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Stanford at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pepperdine at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


— Following a five-hour interview with the Falcons on Tuesday, former Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly will meet with the Bills on Thursday about their coaching vacancy.

According to an NFL Network report, Ryan will return to Atlanta for a second interview when the team puts together its list of finalists. He also has interviewed with the 49ers.

In the meantime, he’ll explore the possibility of remaining in the AFC East. Ryan was fired Dec. 29 after going 50-52 in six seasons (including postseason) in the Meadowlands.

Where will Rex Ryan land?

  • Falcons (42%, 182 Votes)
  • Bills (21%, 93 Votes)
  • Broadcasting (20%, 87 Votes)
  • 49ers (12%, 54 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 438

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Former Jets linebacker Bart Scott said Ryan can win with the right personnel.

“I think it depends where he goes. If he goes where there is a quarterback, he has a very great chance of winning. He showed what he can do with a decent quarterback and a below-average quarterback in terms of performance,” Scott told Yahoo Sports. “You send him to a place where there is a leader in terms of a quarterback, who commands respect not just from other teams but from the skill position players in that building, it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous.

“It is dangerous to give that man a lead. Last time I played in that system when we had a lead, we put up 60 sacks and teams were afraid to play us. Downright afraid of us.”

If he does not return to the sideline, Ryan is expected to spend next season in broadcasting. He reportedly has spoken with ESPN and CBS.

— J.R. Smith’s debut with the Cavaliers was one he won’t want to remember. Smith, traded from the Knicks this week, went 0-for-5 in 18 minutes off the bench in a 105-93 loss.

Asked before the game how he would do without yet learning the team’s plays, Smith said with a smile: “My motto is, ‘When in doubt, shoot the ball.’ So when in doubt, I’m going to shoot it, and hopefully that don’t catch nobody off guard.”

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