Eli Manning threw three touchdowns to three different receivers and Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for two scores, as the Giants embarrassed the Redskins, 45-12, to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff race. New York's defense had allowed 32.4 points per game over the previous eight contests, with six resulting in losses, but a five-sack, three-interception performance on Monday helped keep the Giants (8-6) a game behind Dallas for the final wild card spot.
Mike Holmgren has agreed to become president of the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Monday. Additionally, current president Mike Keenan will transition to the role of chief financial officer. Browns owner Randy Lerner said the team will spend the rest of the week finalizing details of the agreement, then make a formal announcement next week. Holmgren did not take a head coaching position for 2009 after leaving the Seattle Seahawks following the 2008 season. He spent 10 seasons with Seattle after coaching Green Bay from 1992-1998. In 17 seasons, Holmgren's teams have gone 161-111. He guided Green Bay to a win in Super Bowl XXXI following the 1996 season, and the Packers won the NFC title the following year. He also won an NFC championship with the Seahawks in 2005, and owns a 13-11 record in the postseason.
Tennessee Titans linebackers Keith Bulluck and David Thornton will miss the rest of the season because of injury. Bulluck suffered a torn ACL, while Thornton has a shoulder injury, and both players will be placed on injured reserve, head coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. Bulluck started all 14 of the Titans' games this season and leads the team with 108 tackles. He has also totaled three interceptions and seven passes defensed. In 11 starts, Thornton compiled 59 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.
The Dallas Cowboys made a change at kicker on Monday, releasing Nick Folk and signing Shaun Suisham. Folk had spent his entire career with Dallas after they selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He was 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) on field goal attempts in 14 games for the Cowboys this season. He missed a 24-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter of Dallas' 24-17 victory over the Saints on Saturday night. The miss could have been costly, but New Orleans was unable to come back and tie the game. Suisham was released by the Redskins on December 8 after playing in 12 games and making 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) field goal attempts.
In a season that had already witnessed him add two more records to his stellar career, Martin Brodeur captured one more in a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh on Monday as he set the NHL's all-time shutout record. Thanks to a 35-save performance against the high-powered Penguins offense, Brodeur notched the 104th save of his career to surpass Terry Sawchuk for No. 1 on the list. He had tied Sawchuk's mark in a 3-0 win against Buffalo on December 7. The four- time Vezina Trophy winner is now the holder of all the big goaltender marks with most wins (580), games played (1,032) and minutes played (60,962).
The college football bowl schedule took a day off Monday. Wyoming and Rutgers were winners in the first two bowl games on Saturday, and Middle Tennessee was a 42-32 winner over Southern Miss on Sunday in the New Orleans Bowl. Action will resume Tuesday with a matchup of top-25 teams, as No. 16 Oregon State faces 15th-ranked BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers had a chance to play in a BCS game this season but lost to rival Oregon, 37-33, in the annual Civil War rivalry game, which played as a de facto Pac-10 title bout in the regular season finale. That left OSU at 8-4 on the season and has it facing the Cougars, who are playing in this bowl for the fifth straight year after a 10-2 campaign.
Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown announced the reinstatement of versatile freshman kick returner/wide receiver D.J. Monroe at a press conference Monday leading up to next month's BCS National Championship game. Brown met with the media to discuss the state of the team in preparation for its trip to Pasadena on January 7 against Alabama and indicated Monroe would be with the team. Monroe had charges of driving while intoxicated dismissed last week. He was arrested on November 15 and was suspended for the Longhorns' final three games of the season.
USC declared three players academically ineligible for the Emerald Bowl on Monday. A Los Angeles newspaper reported that tight end Anthony McCoy, tackle Tyron Smith and defensive end Averell Spicer will each sit out the December 26th matchup against Boston College. McCoy, a starter, and Spicer are seniors. Smith, also a starter, is a sophomore. The Trojans are already dealing with accusations that tailback Joe McKnight, the team's leading rusher, used an SUV registered to a Santa Monica businessman. At 8-4, USC had its worst season since 2001. The Trojans had played in seven consecutive Pac-10 championships and seven consecutive BCS bowls before this season.
The Washington Nationals have reportedly come to terms with veteran free agent pitcher Jason Marquis on a two-year, $15 million contract. The team is reserving comment until Marquis can pass a physical. A news conference to announce the signing is expected for Tuesday. Both the team's official website and a Washington newspaper are reporting the agreement. Marquis was considered to be among the top starting options still available on the free agent market, having won 15 games and pitching to a 4.04 earned run average in a career-high 216 innings last year for Colorado while serving as one of the team's two All- Star representatives. The right-hander made 33 starts, recorded two complete games and ended 15-13 on the year.
Kentucky notched another milestone Monday night, as DeMarcus Cousins finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the third-ranked Wildcats to an 88-44 throttling of Drexel to become the first basketball program to claim its 2,000th win in NCAA history. Patrick Patterson also netted 18 points, while John Wall went for 16 points and seven assists for Kentucky (12-0), which registered its first-ever win on February 18, 1903, an 11-10 decision against Lexington YMCA. The Wildcats are off to a perfect start under new head coach John Calipari.
Texas' victory over North Carolina on Saturday swayed a few voters in the media and enabled the Longhorns to move closer to top-ranked Kansas in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll. Kansas (10-0), which posted a 75-64 win over Michigan on Saturday, remained a solid No. 1 with 55 first-place votes and 1,611 total points from a nationwide media panel. However, Texas (10-0) took six top votes away from the Jayhawks for a total of seven and 1,543 points after its 103-90 win over North Carolina in the first basketball game at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Kentucky (11-0) again garnered a No. 1 vote and remained third, followed by Purdue and Syracuse. The Orange again received two first-place votes.