Two years to the day after McVay became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, he will attempt to earn his first playoff victory Saturday night when the Rams (13-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (11-6) for a trip to the NFC championship game.,LaFleur was on McVay's staff with the Rams last year, while Kingsbury is a good friend and like-minded offensive innovator.,Two of McVay's current assistant coaches — Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and passing game coordinator Shane Waldron — also landed recent interviews for head coaching jobs.,LaFleur was a longtime quarterbacks coach until McVay hired him as his offensive coordinator in 2017.,Kingsbury is coming off three consecutive losing seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech, but he improbably landed right next to McVay in the NFC West as the Arizona Cardinals' head coach.

January 7 Soccer fans wanting to watch D.C. United this season will not find matches on WJLA 24/7 News, where they were shown for three years.,United programming will be available to subscribers on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and laptops — mobile access that club officials said was a high priority for fans they surveyed.,“The decision was very much based on what our options were and what was going to be best for our fans to really connect with the team,” said Sam Porter, United’s senior vice president for business and legal affairs.,MLS on Monday announced the full schedule, which, for United, will include 13 matches on national TV, including the March 3 opener against defending champion Atlanta on ESPN.,Last year, in its inaugural season, Los Angeles FC bypassed local TV stations to become the first U.S. pro sports team to align with a streaming service: YouTube TV.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

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JJ Redick had a game high 24 points, while teammate Ben Simmons recorded his fifth triple-double of the season with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.,NCAA confirms failed drug test by Clemson DL

The NCAA has confirmed that Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been suspended for Saturday’s CFP semifinal game against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl following a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.,Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes, who lost their third out of four games.,— The Penguins won for the ninth time in 13 games this month as Phil Kessel scored two power-play goals in a 5-2 victory against the Red Wings.,Blake Coleman scored twice, Damon Severson tallied 25 seconds into the game and Kyle Palmieri added his team-high 19th goal in New Jersey’s fourth victory in 19 road games. read more

The Saints clinched homefield advantage throughout the conference championship game with a wild 31-28 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and that could ultimately be the determining factor in which team represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.,Things are even more volatile in the AFC where four teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and Texans — have punched their playoff tickets, but no seeds have been clinched.,Four teams — the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Steelers — are fighting for the final two playoff spots.,The Colts and Titans will play the final game of the regular season Sunday night with the winner earning a playoff berth.,Considering both Indy head coach Frank Reich and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel have lost games this season when they gambled instead of accepting likely ties, I don’t like Pittsburgh’s chances.

Sixty years ago this week, Maury Povich sat shivering in a mezzanine box down the third base line at the old Yankee Stadium, as the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants played deep into the winter twilight.,For Povich, all these years later that game remains window into a previous life, one where he imagined himself as a sports broadcaster.,Povich's father, Shirley, was a sports columnist at The Washington Post, who covered the 1958 championship game, too.,Povich worked as a news anchor around the country — in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and back in Washington — before Rupert Murdoch called him up to New York in 1986 to offer him a job at a tabloid news show, "A Current Affair.",Povich has been in New York for more than 30 years now, but he remains a die-hard Washington sports fan.

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles will get another shot to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs.,Coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that Foles will remain under center, though it’s no surprise because Carson Wentz hasn’t been cleared to return from a back injury that has forced him to miss the last two games.,Foles was the Super Bowl MVP 10 1/2 months ago after a spectacular performance against New England led Philadelphia to its first NFL title since 1960.,The Eagles are 8-2 with Foles the past two seasons, including the playoffs and a loss to Dallas in a meaningless game in Week 17 in which the starters only played one quarter.,Going back to Foles’ first stint in Philadelphia, he’s 22-7 as a starter for the Eagles since going 1-5 his rookie year in 2012 on a 4-12 team that cost Andy Reid his job as coach.

NATIONAL Clemson DT Lawrence, 2 others, face ban for failed PED test ARLINGTON, Texas — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and two other players failed NCAA tests for performance enhancing drugs and might not play in the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Notre Dame.,Swinney said at a news conference Monday at ATT Stadium that the NCAA informed Clemson trace amounts of ostarine were found in samples given by Lawrence, reserve offensive tackle Zach Giella and freshman tight end Braden Galloway.,Saban: 3 Alabama players suspended for Orange Bowl MIAMI — Alabama has suspended starting left guard Deonte Brown and two other players from the Orange Bowl for violating unspecified team rules.,Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement that Brown, tight end Kedrick James and offensive lineman Elliot Baker didn't make the trip to Miami on Monday.,Here are a few other tidbits from the poll: PAC-12 POWER: The Pac-12 has gotten off to a great start this season with not only the expected top teams like Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State and Cal doing well, but some of the other programs have gotten off to strong starts.

Several games this week pit a pair of teams already eliminated while others will involve one team that’s been eliminated and another that’s locked into a specific seed with no chance of improving or dropping from that position.,Sunday

Cowboys at Giants (-7): Dallas has clinched the NFC East title and is locked into the No. 4 seed which means hosting a Wild Card game next week.,UNDER read more