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After hijinks, Tomlin close to giving Santa coal
Santa Claus’ visit to Mike Tomlin’s weekly news conference Tuesday didn’t elicit a “ho, ho, ho” from the less-than-amused Steelers coach.

Golf Women’s long drive champion used to be man
Long drive women’s champion Lana Lawless used to be a man.

Football Jets’ Ellis fined $10K for throwing snow at fans
New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for throwing snow at fans following the team’s loss at Seattle on Sunday.

Basketball Curry close to return, back in Knicks’ game plan
Knicks center Eddy Curry, who has not played this season because of a bruised right knee, said in an interview with the New York Post that he is close to returning to practice.

Baseball Sources: Teixeira, Yanks agree to $180M deal
Mark Teixeira has reached agreement with the Yankees on an eight-year contract worth $180 million, three sources involved in the negotiations tells ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

Baseball Angels GM: We won’t be pursuing Manny, either
The Los Angeles Angels aren’t interested in Manny Ramirez, either.

Football Tide has turned: Saban is AP’s coach of year
Alabama’s Nick Saban is The Associated Press college football coach of the year.

Football Miami of Ohio hires Haywood from Notre Dame
Miami, Ohio will name Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood as its head coach on Tuesday, sources familiar with the situation said.

Baseball Maddon unfazed by Tex joining Yanks
Joe Maddon, manager of defending AL East champion Tampa Bay, isn’t quaking in his cleats over the Yankees reaching a $180 million, eight-year agreement with Mark Teixeira.

Football Report: 2 Vikings used diuretic to make weight
Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams said they used a diuretic because they had $400,000 in incentive bonuses in their contracts if they met, or were below, a specific weight.

Baseball Giles: Lawsuit claiming abuse ‘all about money’
San Diego Padres right fielder Brian Giles, the subject of a $10 million lawsuit filed earlier this month by a former girlfriend, says the suit is “all about money.”

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