Daily Jolt, January 2: Stephen Ross ready to clean house
If change looms in South Florida, it may be drastic. [Owner] Stephen Ross has been meeting with his top advisers before deciding whether to fire anyone, two people familiar with the situation said. One of the people said the meetings began Sunday night and will resume Thursday, and a decision could come then. That person said that during the Dolphins' loss Sunday to the New York Jets, Ross became so upset he turned away at one point because he could no longer watch. ... Second-year offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is considered the most likely to be fired, and sixth-year general manager Jeff Ireland's job is also in serious jeopardy. Coach Joe Philbin is likely to return for a third season, the two people familiar with the situation said, but that's not a certainty. (Miami Herald) Comment
Happy New Year, Mark Mulder. [Mulder] has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels that includes an invitation to the team's big league spring training camp, Mulder's agent confirmed Wednesday. If Mulder makes the big league roster and achieves all his incentives and award bonuses, the deal could be worth more than $6 million, according to a baseball source. "Mark chose the Angels because he has an opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Along with the Angels being a championship-caliber club, that made it a good fit," agent Brian Charles of Big League Management Company said. Mulder, 36, is 103-60 with a 4.18 ERA in nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. He hasn't pitched since 2008. (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment
Baylor coach Art Briles lost on Wednesday night, but his week may just be getting started. [Briles] has not been interviewed by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson for the Longhorns head coaching vacancy, but a source very close to Briles said he would be willing to visit after Wednesday night's Fiesta Bowl. ... According to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Patterson telephoned Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich seeking permission to talk to [Charlie Strong], but the two did not make contact with each other. The Baylor source said that Briles has no plans to remain in Arizona and is scheduled to return to Waco. ... Two sources, including one close to Briles, has told the Statesman that Briles would accept the Texas job if offered. (Austin American-Statesman) Comment
A view of Michigan Stadium before the Winter Classic. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Cody Zeller badly misses a dunk in a 112-85 loss to the Clippers Wednesday night.