What was going on out there? The NFL is expected to look into an incident along the 49ers sideline in the first half in which Seattle's Jeremy Lane was hit after going out of bounds while covering a punt. Lane was driven out of bounds and continued to run through the San Francisco team when a member of the 49ers team dressed in a warmup suit collided with Lane. The person on the 49ers sideline appeared to lean into Lane as they collided. The play was reminiscent of when members of the New York Jets, led by former strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, interfered with Miami Dolphins coverage man Nolan Carroll. Alosi was fined $25,000 by the NFL and was suspended for the remainder of the season. The Jets were eventually fined $100,000. (National Football Post) Comment
Mr. Tortorella, there's a call from the league -- would you like to take it? [Tortorella] is expected to return to New York early this week for a disciplinary hearing with NHL VP Colin Campbell. And Tortorella will be suspended, all right, probably for a minimum of five games and a max sentence of 10, for his actions that could have incited a dangerous riot in a crammed hallway if any of the Flames' players or coaches had gotten physical with him. And as he acted in that one as the home coach responding to the visiting team's starting lineup, Tortorella may have been in the wrong on Saturday in a theoretical, ethereal environment, but in fact did what was necessary in the real world of an NHL that countenances fighting and does not in any manner reward teams who chose to unilaterally disarm. (New York Post) Comment
To hear Milwaukee guard O.J. Mayo tell it, minor tweaks aren't going to be enough for the Bucks, who lost again Sunday and are 0-for-2014, to shake their current malaise. On Saturday it was veteran Caron Butler who had his minutes limited off the bench, playing just 6. Khris Middleton, John Henson and Mayo all were around the 30-minute mark. "It's the same thing it's been night in and night out," Mayo said. "It's been the same result, whatever the game plan has been. It's hard to get a rhythm when you don't know what's going to happen for you night in and night out. You may get 6 minutes, 30 minutes. ... If you don't have a backbone to what you do, whether it's going to be a defensive thing, an up-tempo thing, a pound-it-in-the-paint thing, a drive-and-kick thing. We've got to find a staple as a team." (Journal Sentinel) Comment
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman seals Seattle's 23-17 NFC Championship Game victory over the 49ers by batting Colin Kaepernick's pass away from wideout Michael Crabtree in the end zone. The ball was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
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