Daily Jolt, January 8: Manziel still unsure of NFL draft decision
Many believe that Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has already played his final down in College Station. However, he has yet to officially announce whether or not he will be forgoing his final years of eligibility to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. While the belief that Manziel will bolt for the NFL remains, Manziel continues to sidestep the questions about his future. Manziel said that he still hasn't decided on what his decision will be, but he will continue to discuss the matter with his family as he tries to ensure that he makes the best possible decision. (Fansided.com) Comment
On the day Detroit announced the dismissal of Jim Schwartz, team president Tom Lewand said the franchise had a detailed profile of what the next head coach needs to look like. Based on the five candidates linked to Detroit through the initial stages of the team's coaching search, that profile might as well be a single sheet of paper that says, "Not Jim Schwartz." Detroit has interviewed two candidates, has a third interview set up for later this week and has requested permission to talk to two others. The reoccurring themes, thus far, are each candidate has an offensive background and, at some level, head coaching experience. How strange. It's almost like the Lions hired a defensive coach with no head coaching experience and things didn't work out." (MLive) Comment
Farewell, Gary Neal? The Milwaukee Bucks are actively looking to move [Neal], according to sources familiar with Milwaukee's thinking. Sources told ESPN.com that the Bucks will do everything they can to find a new home for Neal before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, conceding that last summer's signing of the former San Antonio sharpshooter hasn't worked out as planned. That realization was slammed home over the weekend when Neal and Bucks center Larry Sanders engaged in a heated locker-room argument in Phoenix. ... Some of the back-and-forth was heard by reporters, with Neal quoted as shouting at Sanders: "I earned my money. Why don't you try it?" It's merely the latest controversy to envelop Sanders since the Bucks' defensive anchor landed a four-year, $44 million contract extension coming into the season. (ESPN.com) Comment
Sumo Grand Champion Harumafuji Kohei (R) performs 'Dohyo-iri' (ring purification ritual) during Dezuiri ceremony at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. It is a custom for Sumo Grand Champions to celebrate the new year by performing the ritual.
In the latest edition of "Hockey players are much tougher than you," the Flyers' Brayden Schenn got sliced by a skate to the stomach ... and returned to ice, hitting the game-winning shot in overtime.